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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
Ashburton
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
TQ13 7NP   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01364 652511

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Pitches: 295
Open: April To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 91 Reviews
              9/10 from 91 Reviews


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Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Got the tshirt 13 reviews from this member

Have just returned from a great holiday at River dart. Despite arriving to find that the Picnic meadow [which I booked] was not open until the school hols [except at the weekends], we were given by the site manager a great pitch at the top of riverside, slightly away from the last official pitch. He called it 77a.

They were so helpful, the site is spotless, showers boiling, freezers for ice packs in the laundry room, covered washing up,so much to do we hardly left the site other than to do a mini tour of Dartmoor.

The more adventurous activities were only available on sunday and were very popular, especially the new High ropes course. There was a long queue but we returned at the end of the day and the queue had shrunk a lot. Save some money if your kids like these activities because you do pay separately but that is made clear on the website.

There was a lovely mix of people from all over europe. We will return, the kids want to go with another family next time so they can have even more fun. Good luck to anyone else going over the summer, we loved it and hope you do too.

Date of Visit: April 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Stutalk 2 reviews from this member

As a rule we try and get at least one weekend in fairly local before our two week camp in the summer. Due to space restrictions in the car and a new family member (Pringles the German Shepherd puppy!) We were forced to consider somewhere local so that we could make two trips to get the tribe to the site along with all the gear!.

We chose River Dart as the pictures we had seen on the internet promised somewhere the kids would love and they accept well behaved dogs (Pringles decided to play ball so we may even be allowed back).

The site is a beautiful setting, mature woodland and gently sloping grass areas. The first pitch we were allocated had suffered from the rains of last year and was deeply rutted with sun baked hard mud, obviously a non starter in a tent!

The friendly staff were brilliant and immediately set us up on a site on the “Village Green”. The pitch was simply massive. It swallowed our Kura 800 with ease, we could have set up four more tents on our pitch! There are, as I said, gentle slopes to consider when you pitch but nothing that would cause a serious headache. The only drawback was the distance to the nearest hook up point for the electric, but the Warden Staff were again brilliant and located an extension for me within minutes (£30 deposit refundable in full on departure).

As we were only there for a short weekend break we took most of our food with us, which is a bonus as the shop is half filled with trinkets and cheap toys and has hardly nothing in the way of serious supplies (We were there out of the “High” season so it is possible more and better stock is bought in for the summer). With that said Ashburton is a short five minute drive and there is an abundance of local retailers selling top quality supplies for your Barbie!, they also close at 1700 and did not sell alcohol or tobacco.

The bar and restaurant served well priced and tasty food, but closed early evening for some reason (this again could be due to low season but something to consider querying when you book)

The amenities are acceptable, the site can’t have been ten percent full for our weekend and there was an obvious lack of queuing, I can see how this would be the opposite at peak season, however the Site will benefit from refitted, modernised and extended blocks during this year (work was underway as we departed). Toilets and showers were clean and hot water plentiful.

As far as activities on site…. Take plenty of towels! The lakes provide hours of fun for the kids, especially the main lake with the Pirate Ship, totally surrounded by water and with a narrow plank bridge if the grown ups fancy taking a look around!

The woods also hide a fort and several play area’s. Wetsuits and booties are an absolute must for the kids (and the odd grown up who fancies a dip!) and consider your own dinghy as well, our kids loved storming the pirate ship from their own boat, and the ship has a couple of handy boarding holes at water level for just that very thing.

The additional activities are also good value for money, the high wire course looked like fun, sadly three of us had visited “Go Ape” a few weeks previously so only the boy tried it and his verdict was fun, but not as good. We booked Zorbing but didn’t manage to get around to it as the giant balls were breaking, however the staff from the site gave full, no quibble refunds on any tokens returned.

All in all the setting is wonderful, the activities for the youngsters enough to have them arguing about what to do next, but don’t expect to much for the adults and check your pitch before unloading. We will certainly consider it for a short “Holi-Trip” before our main holiday next year!.

Date of Visit: September 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Chazkell 3 reviews from this member

Lovely place to stay, we camped there during the very last weekend of the season (end sept). A large group of us met there for a friends birthday it was lovely, even though not everything was open being end of season such as the canoeing, climbing wall pool etc, and the shop didn't have much stock but we were readily prepared for that, there was still enough activities to keep us occupied such as the the assult course in the woods (so much fun and free too!)

Toilet/shower block not the best in the world, but it was a busy place, and staff chose such an awkward time to come and clean (1st thing in the morning on leaving day!) so there was a big queue by the time they were done!

We have since been back there for a charity fun day as its only and hour or so away, and it made us think about booking another camping trip there in the summer!

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Camper44 2 reviews from this member

We loved it here. We booked without really studying the site plan and we were very fortunate with are pitch which was in a lovely location and absoulutely huge. I thought there was loads to do both free and things to pay for although reasonably prices. It is a place that covers all age groups.

The area is great with lots of other places to visit close by if that's what you want to do.

The cafe was good, the shop ok and I was really impressed with facilities. There are plenty of showers, toilets etc and they were constantly cleaned by an army of people and then appeared to be checked by someone else. It rained a lot whilst we were there but other than grass which no one could help they were spotless.

A couple of recommendations, wetsuits for little ones as water activities are abundant and beach shoes for everyone going in the lake.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Heatherlw 3 reviews from this member

Visited last month for a week for the first time. Arrival was a little tricky down a single track road when caravan met motorhome! Thankfully the motorhome was able to reverse to a slightly wider point in the road.

Pitch was large with plenty of room for car, caravan, awning with plenty of room left for the kids to play.

Fantastic site loads for the kids to do, canoeing, kayaks, wall climbing, play lake, water zorbs (giant blow up beach balls you could climb into and float on the river), obstacle course. Pub/bar on site was good and not bad value. Shop sold the basics. Toilet block was just about passable. Unfortunately they don't leave mop buckets in the block like on some other sites so instead of people mopping the floor after theyve been in the shower, we ended up getting into a shower cubicle that had a muddy grass covered floor. On site swimming pool was okay, could do with a bit of a refurb. Would definitely visit this site again as activities for the kids were fantastic.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: MACKAY633 4 reviews from this member

We stayed here for the first time & would definitely like to return.It is a gem of a place with beautiful grounds & lots of activities for children.Although it was high season the wait for some paying activities was minimal.There was also plenty of free activities to entertain too. We ate at the on site bar and the food was reasonable & tasted good.Shower blocks are looking tired & could do with being renovated though to be fair some other campers amaze me with their treatment of the facilities.A nightly round to ensure noise is kept down would be helpful too as persons behind us were very loud until about 1am.We didn't complain to them as there must have been 12/15 of them which can be quite intimidating when they appear worse for drink.Having said that though I would hope they are in the minority and did have a lovely time.

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