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Harford Bridge Holiday Park
Peter Tavy
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
PL19 9LS   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01822 810349

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Pitches: 120
Open: March To November

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 64 Reviews
              9/10 from 64 Reviews

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Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: RiBlack 1 review from this member

What a find!

I was a little apprehensive after reading the reviews. My family (2 adults children aged 8 and 10 and labradoodle, 3) visited with on August Bank Holiday weekend.

I telephoned several campsites to enquire on availability. Many were unhelpful, some bordering rude.

However, the staff at this site were lovely. Despite being the busiest weekend of the year they were polite, friendly and welcoming. I overheard a conversation in the background to the effect that they would not allow the campsite to become overcrowded and were preparing to turn people away, if necessary, to avoid overcrowding. I found this reassuring.

One review mentioned rules. There are rules in place to protect everyone and so that everyone knows what is expected. The emphasis is not on strict regimes, but respecting other campers. For instance, there are no ball games on the main pitching area. However, there is a large well kept recreation area at the top of the site, where there was usually a communal football game taking place.

The toilets and washrooms were excellent. Warm, clean, modern and plentiful. Mops are provided with disinfectant to allow you to clean before or after your shower. It rained for much of the first 2 days and I was expecting the showers to be a mudbath, but this wasn't the case.

In addition the site stood up very well to the rain and drained quickly, despite the pitches being very level.

The location is perfect: on one side, Tavistock is walking distance away with a large Morrisons, pharmacy and cafe; on the other, Dartmoor at her brooding best. The quaint Peter Tavy Inn is a 10 minute walk away. Excellent food, not cheap, but very good.

The children's play area is very good and being sited close to the centre of the site feels very safe. The resident ducks delighted everyone with their occasional parade around the site.

The site is bordered on 2 sides by the river Tavy. This is a fast flowing moorland river and as such young children obviously need supervision. However it is a good distance from the main camping area and a child would have to stray approx 100 metres to get to the river. If my children were younger, I would not choose a riverside pitch.

In addition, the river can be quite noisy. We loved it, but choose a site away from the river if this is not the case.

The staff provided an information sheet on walks from the campsite. Tavistock is a lovely town. We walked into the town via the route provided using the lanes around the quarry. There is an on road section just before reaching Tavistock which is approximately 200 m long, which was a little hair raising. Drivers weren't surprised by us being on the road and gave us space.

There is also a cycle route into Tavistock and beyond, the sections we saw looked very well kept.

If you enjoy walking, then don't miss the walk on the sheet, taking in the Combe. It was truly beautiful. You can carry on up onto the tors from here and extend your walk as far as you like. We walked up to Cox Tor and from the top could see Plymouth Sound, the Brunel bridge and even France in the distance. The Peter Tavy Inn is perfectly positioned for refreshments on the way back.

The site is very dog friendly. The exercise area is excellent, complete with regularly emptied) poo bin. Perfect for a 10 minute stroll around the edge with lots of sniffs, or for throwing a ball. It does have 2 horses which was initially a concern with an overly friendly and very energetic Doodle. But the horses ignored us completely and were pleasant company.

All in all I would give this site 10 out of 10. The owners work very hard in their efforts to make this site peaceful, welcoming and enjoyable for everybody. The variety of people here are testament to this.

I cannot wait to go back. The children didn't want to come home and want to go back next weekend.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Kayfamily 4 reviews from this member

We (2 adults 2 children) camped at this site over the August bank holiday weekend. It was a last minute booking and the site was almost full when we arrived although the pitch sizes are very generous so it didn't feel cramped at all.

You get a map of the site upon arrival although be aware that its just a sketch really and has at least one inaccuracy we resulted in us pitching on the wrong place although in the end it didn't affect anyone.

Harford Bridge is in a great location on the edge of Dartmoor which gives you loads of choice for daytime activities - walking on the Moor, National Trust sites and shopping in Tavistock or Plymouth.

The site is very clean and has a great play area which our 2 girls loved. There are plenty of washing up bays and a nice big toilet block with lovely hot (free) showers. The pitches are well maintained and level with good drainage and a really nice touch is that each pitch has its own picnic bench which really came in useful.

Criticisms are hard to think of, they could benefit from an on-site shop perhaps but then there is a Morrisons down the road in Tavistock. If you go for a riverside pitch, some of the ones at the far end are a bit far from the toilet block.

We would happily visit this site again.

Date of Visit: June 2011 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: T4Camperman 2 reviews from this member

Excellent site, walking distance to Tavistock. Very child friendly, excellent facilities and the shower block was very clean.

There is a kids play area on site and a number of wardens out and around on site to help with any questions or advice.

Its only 45 mins from my house but I prefer this place to quite a few ive been to so far.

Very close to the river, and about 15 mins walk to the first pub and a little further to Tavistock.

At a push I would say that this place could be the best campsite I have been to in a camping career of many years! Only bad bit is the pub is a fair walk away though the on site shop sells all types of things you might need.

Pitches are all even and on nice ground, I cannot fault this place at all!

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: 3rackhams 7 reviews from this member

Now we are home I would like to let you know that there are a few changes the toilet block has been total updated and the kids park is being up dated,

The staff are still as friendly as the first time we went to this site, the place is always clean and after being back 4 years in a row we are still liking the place.

Fishing was not too bad this year we put 3 nice trout on the BBQ Tavistock still looks like it could do with another super market just too give some more choice, And still more places to visit that we did not get round too

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: CJnSim 2 reviews from this member

Great facilities and location for exploring Devon, in all its glory, but with a subdued atmosphere.

Although the facilities were truly outstanding, and the staff very friendly, there are an awful lot of restrictions on children playing etc (this did not affect us) and the pitches are marked. Although we could easily fit 'between the markers', the pitches were very cosy, and notwithstanding the restrictions, we were awoken very early by our less than considerate neighbours.

The campsite had a very subdued atmosphere with an almost clinical feel. Not our favourite site by far, but if you are after a site with state-of-the art facilities, this is definitely the site for you.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: JAZZYJASPER 2 reviews from this member

Just left Harford Bridge after our 7th visit in the last 4 years,'Yes we like this site'. The pitches are big, level with plenty of lush thick grass. The toilets and showers this year are all new, and spotless at all times. There's plenty of room here as they don't pack you in like sardines. This really is a site where you can lay back and relax. Smashing Pub a couple of miles away in Peter Tavy with very good evening menu. Looking forward to going back in 2011.

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