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Visitor Reviews - River Dart Country Park ( River Dart Adventures)

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River Dart Country Park ( River Dart Adventures)
Holne Park
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
TQ13 7NP   See Map
Tel: 01364 652511
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Pitches: 295
Open: April To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 94 Reviews
                9/10 from 94 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire On Site   Golf   Tennis On Site 
 Beach <10 miles   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Riverside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

Reviews:  94 in total, now showing 25 to 30                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mrsgrumpy 5 reviews from this member

We first booked this site in April after searching for sites in Dartmouth area, but were disappointed in our search so widened it to Dartmoor. I am so glad that we did.

This is an 'Adventure Park' in every sense.

On the main road winding upto the entrance this is a narrow stretch of road (1 mile or so - from Southbound A38 exit) therefore requires both vehicles to stop allowing passage, not sure how this would fair with a caravan!

Upon entrance to the park we were greeted by a 'gatekeeper' who kept the day-trippers at bay and allowed us passage to the site. As we proceeded: to the left was the Picnic Meadow for non-electric pitches and to the right was the 'Tree Tops-12-Activities and Zorbs-5 etc.

(All prices advertised)

Continuing our journey through the beautiful wooded road and past manor house, to our left was the Old Sawmill Restaurant (we never used it - but it looked busy) and the site shop. A little further round to the right was the reception and the adventure kiosk.

The lady was very helpful, explaining where are pitch was and issuing gate codes and cards. The cards have a 5 refundable deposit and allow entrance through the first gate upon arrival!

As we entered my first impressions were that 90% of the pitches varied from a slight incline to a manageable incline including some of the hardstanding pitches. Only 10% were what I called flat.

Some pitches are backed onto the wooded area with the majority in the middle back to back with a 3m path in between them.

The pitches are very large and fitted our tent and electric lovely.

We were pitched in the 'Riverside' Area.

We wanted to erect our gazebo. And it was larger than I remembered, so went off the end of our pitch by a metre or so. But vehicles were still able to get past! Before we pegged the gazebo down, we asked one of the wardens if it was OK. He replied that it would be fine, especially as he could still get his tractor through the gap. He also did say that it was nice someone had asked, rather than putting it there (Bless!) So we were happy.

The amenities were excellent. For a site so big. The toilets were very clean and cleaned twice daily, first thing in the morning and in the afternoon as with the showers. They were always warm. There were 6 washing-up sinks. I didn't have to queue once but could see a potential problem. They also had washer and dryer facilities to the rear of the blocks. I'm quite a 'toilet critic' and these were lovely!

I didn't see any muddy puddled floors and we were there in the rainiest week of August!

For the Park itself. Well well what a total surprise.

Deep within the woods are free and pay-for activities, playgrounds, pirateships. Make sure your kids take their wetsuits (if not, the shop and icecream cabin, near to the ship, sells them)

Make you sure you take yours too. The Pirate ship is in the middle of 70cm pond/lake (has a gang-plank to walk across) be prepared to get wet so take your water pistols and dinghys. (the shop sells them to!) This shop could have done with selling hot food rather than chocolate, crisps, coffee and ice creams. So don't forget your picnic.

The adventure park is full of huge slides and zip wires and you can easily spend all day there.

The only gripes I had was concerning the shops. The cabin need to sell hot food - we had cold wet days and after coming out of the water.

The main shop upon the site. Was very lacksicle of prices. They seemed to have a generic pricelist, but didn't seem to list other things that were on the shelf. Its quite soul destroying when you have to keep asking!

I will definitely come back again.

It is worth paying the camp fees as your whole holiday can be in one place. What great fun! Well-Done River Dart

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: WendyMorris 3 reviews from this member

We've just spent a week at this site.

Family rating: GREAT.

We were in the overflow pitching meadow. Large, flat, grassy pitches. Quiet and relaxed during the night.

All woodland activities were top quality and great fun. Minimal queuing even though the site was busy.

Toilet block was a bit of a let down. It was cleaned once a day which was inadequate due to grass and showers blocking by the evening.

However, it really was such a lovely site, these things could be tolerated and over looked.

The staff in the on site bar were really good and friendly, food was good standard and value for money.

Local village was within easy driving distance and very pretty.

Generally, excellent and would definitely visit again.

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Silver Storm 5 reviews from this member

We visited this site as part of a small group (6 adults and 4 young children). We were allocated pitches in the Walled Garden which we have to say is so quiet! The pitches are well marked out and of a good size so you don't feel on top of each other. The only downside is that it doesn't have it's own amenity block and you have to walk across to the meadows to use theirs.

Plenty of showers (always had hot water), lots to keep the children entertained. Also enjoyed a meal at the on-site restaurant which was very good value for money.

We spent 3 nights there and didn't feel the need to to head off site in all of that time! We would definitely return again!

Date of Visit: June 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Malc_hall 2 reviews from this member

We have had a great time here. Stayed for a short break of Thursday to Sunday at the end of half term. Even though the site was obviously busy we did not feel at all crowded.

We went with friends and kids of 14, 9, 8 and 6 had no problems keeping busy with all the activities. Favourite is the Pirate Ship pool.

Site shop is Ok but ran out of stock quickly due to the good weather and number of people, so we had to go out for essential supplies (hic).

Toilet/showers were always available and clean - good numbers of cubicles so never had to queue. Washing up facilities also far better then we've used before. Site staff friendly and helpful.

This is a site that we will probably return to. The worst I can say about the site is the narrow road from the A38.

Date of Visit: June 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Fertile Phill 10 reviews from this member

Just returned from a weeks holiday at the River dart and have to say that on the whole, it was a great experience.

On arrival, the pitches we were given were unsuitable as we were with friends and would have ended up back to back and too close to other campers. Without any problems, we were relocated to the emergency pitches, which, I have to say, are probably the best pitches on the site.

The facilities are first class and regularly cleaned., the biggest issue is that the toilets have push and hold buttons to flush. Not many people understood this and therefore it could be difficult to find a 'usable' toilet at times. Showers were hot and free, plenty of sinks and lots of covered washing up space. Chemical disposal was efficient with flushing and a hose to rinse your unit.

The bar / cafe was okay. The food is plentiful with large portions and therefore great value for money. The service at busy times was poor and slow.

As for the activities - these are second to none. There is no excuse for being bored. There is so much to do for nothing and that includes the adults. We barely saw the boys during the day.

The paid for activities are worth looking at. We opted for the high ropes (12 each) and they are challenging and fun. The boys did the water zorbs (5)and had a great time. We didn't bother with the canoes as for the cost and size of the lake it didn't represent value for money. The climbing wall looks okay but has no real height to it.

There is plenty to do out and about and there is a Coop and a Spar 5 minutes down the road in Ashburton. You are only 30 minutes from Teigmouth beach which is well worth a visit on a sunny day.

It's worth getting a gate key for arriving back in the evening otherwise you could be sat at the gate for a while! (5 returnable deposit)

Generally the staff are friendly and helpful and the site is well kept and bins emptied frequently. There's lots of wildlife about and in general, for a busy site, the late night noise is acceptable.

We will be returning next year for sure.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: M+mrachel 19 reviews from this member

We have just returned from a 4 night stay at this site and I have to say I'm left with mixed feelings whether to recommend it or not. The facilities on offer around the park are plentiful and some can turn out to be expensive but that is personal view.

We chose the meadows when booking and was disappointed in our pitch as we were a trailer tent it wasn't the flattest of pitches and had very little grass,more dust, and when it rained it became very muddy.

The toilet blokes weren't the cleanest and I found that may need in the height of season cleaning more than once a day as they were when we were there, by early evening and first thing in the morning they weren't the best. Plus I think they could benefit from another toilet block which would be open at peak periods.

If you go as a group of friends with children then your children will love the place and they will amuse themselves all day long. The pay for activities are great for teenagers but could end up expensive if your child prefers them over the free activities.

The shop has the basic needs and food in the cafe looked nice but we never ate there.

I'm not sure if we would return again. Maybe they could set up an arm band scheme for campers so that the children could have unlimited access to the pay for activities,this being a 1 off payment on booking for the nights that you stay,as 7.75 per night for child is expensive.

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