This was our second visit to this site, we so love it here that we are already looking foward to next year when we hope to visit with friends.
For those who like a peaceful holiday this is the place, within minutes you can walk to the moors,or you can cycle in any direction. Those who want to travel more afield can do so easily, lots to see and visit.
Lydford Gorge is close by and you are not many miles from the interesting museum at Dartmoor Prison. Taverstock on a Saturday makes a good morning out, or a trip to Okehampton.
The campsite was always clean and tidy and the wardens always willing to answer any questions. Whilst on our daily hikes which ever direction we travelled there was always a good pub to eat and drink at.
A lovely, CC affiliated, site situated on the outskirts of Lydford village on Dartmoor.
On arrival (off the A30/A386 then village road -so no tiny lanes to negotiate!) you are welcomed by cheery wardens and shown to your pitch.
There are 3 fields, the first one nearest to the facilities block, the second one with mainly hardstandings & EHU's with views of the moor and the third one, higher up, mainly for tents (no EHUs) with fabulous views of the surrounding moors and Devon countryside.
The facilities block houses both ladies and gents, showers, toilets and privacy cublices (in the ladies) and was kept clean at all times. Plenty of free hot water in the showers and the cubicles are a decent size too. There is also a laundry and a dishwashing area (under cover) with information room.
Opposite the block is a motorhome service point. The reception also sells a few food items (no shop in the village) and you can order daily newspapers the day before: note - there is a 10p per paper delivery charge. There is a fantastic dog walk on site up around the third field with fab views and poo bins along the route.
Plenty to do in the local area if you fancy a weekend without using the car. From the village war memorial take a left and a 5/10 minute stroll takes you to the start of the Granite Way (a cycle track to Okehampton). Turn right at the war memorial and it takes you into the village.
Once again a 10/15 minute stroll takes you to the heart of the village and the pub (Castle Inn) which we would highly recommend (good food, great cider and doggie friendly): note - gets VERY busy from 7:30pm onwards so book if you want to be sure of a table. Next to the pub is Lydford Castle ruins, run by English Heritage and it's free to have a mooch around.
The church sits next to the castle. Further out of the village is Lydford Gorge, run by the National Trust (so it's not cheap - £6.50 per person!). The site also provides information of other local walks (Lydford viaduct - very overgrown but a nice walk down the the river!) and Lydford forest (didn't fancy doing this in torrential rain!) being another two of them.
All in all a lovely site in a great village. Would certainly stay again and hope for less rain and more sunshine next time!
Arrived and was promptly shown to our pitch, and was told where to find everything and cleaning times for the toilet!
Toilets were spotless, every time I used the facilities I always spotted a warden in there ensuring the facilities were clean.
Site was very quiet, considering the number of units on site. And also on the Friday night whilst we were there, the Lydfest was being held in a field across the lane from the campsite, and even the noise from this (which apparently didn't stop till 2.30am), did not prevent me from falling asleep!
View from front of tent once pitched was spectacular. Across the moors, even when the fog came down.
There is a lovely friendly pub in the village which was about 5 minutes walk from the site - although, a word of warning - take a torch as there is no street lighting!
Excellent site, although little to do for children, but as we did not have our 4 year old with us this time, this was not a problem.
Will definitely use again as a base to explre the moors and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Nice location with good view from the upper tent camping field, and pleasant, helpful wardens. The village is in easy walking distance, and the Castle pub serves good food and beer. Lydford Gorge is a great, dramatic walk and the medieval castle is fascinating.
The main hardstanding area felt crowded, and the site road is narrow, unpaved and potholed. It was uncomfortable to walk on the large, loose gravel and when it rained it was covered in puddles.
There are too few water points (one tap is accessed by a grass path, which was a mud path due to heavy rain), even fewer grey water disposal points, and only one chemical loo point for the entire site.
The facilities block is tired, with cramped showers - although they produce lots of hot water and have great water pressure.
But perhaps the worst thing is the dozens of notices about rules, repeating themselves again and again. That gives the place a regimented, vibe that certainly doesn't echo the great welcome.
Owners response: Looks like you can't win them all! It appears that we get the blame for yet another wet August weekend when yes there were probably puddles the same as every other campsite. All our pitches, roads and paths comply fully with industry and legal standards and the site being within Dartmoor National Park has to maintain its rural appearance and feel while over development is Strictly not allowed, as reflected by our third consecutive David Bellamy Gold Award for conservation and environmental excellence this year.
Our toilet facilities more than provide for the number of pitches we have and are regularly complimented for their roominess and cleanliness as reflected in the other 18 reviews on this site. We do ask all visitors to respect our rules that all but the unruly are fully supportive of, having suffered on other sites from others poor behaviour. Our signs are in the main informative or polite requests however we make no apology for repeating ourselves when it comes to the well being, safety and enjoyment of the majority on our Site. The Caravan Club is happy to have us as an affiliate member.
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