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Visitor Reviews - Lydford Caravan And Camping Park

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Lydford Caravan And Camping Park
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
EX20 4BE   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01822 820497

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Pitches: 90
Open: 15/03 To 04/11

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 52 Reviews
              8/10 from 52 Reviews

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Date of Visit: October 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Wildlifewarden 6 reviews from this member

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.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Kernow Camper 148 reviews from this member

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!

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Russjoizz 1 review from this member

What a lovely, friendly site!

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.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Viggo 15 reviews from this member

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.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Smirge 2 reviews from this member

This is the worst site we have ever visited in 14 years of camping at dozens of sites all over UK and Ireland. Extremely rude owner ruined our holiday .

Site OK in itself. Facilities average and proximity to Dartmoor and Lydford Gorge.

However, we would never return or recommend this site to anyone else.

Date of Visit: May 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Earthbrother 1 review from this member

This was our first visit to this site and hopefully it wont be our last!

The location of the campsite was well signposted from the village of Lydford.

Upon arrival we were greeted in a courteous and helpful manner by competent campsite staff who made the usual pain of booking in quite pleasant.

We were lead to our friends caravan (who had already set up on a hardstanding and had left room for our tent) we had arranged that we could have them together (with the obvious statutory distance apart) previously by phone.

We found the layout of the site was really well planned (as it was springbank holiday we expected to have less room) with plenty of hardstanding for caravans / motorhomes in the smaller entrance part which was nicely set out with high surrounding trees.

There are plenty of power points and also free wi fi for computer laptops etc.

The toilet blocks were spotless and cleaned frequently.The water in the showers was always hot and a very easy to use watersave button ensured good environmental practice without being inconvenient.Also there were a few separate 'private' washing rooms which had shaving points and a mirror (these being in addition to the existing washbasins and showers)

Toilets were clean and also provided a toilet brush with bleach for individuals to keep extra clean after each use ! At night lights came on and went off automatically in the toilet blocks.

The campsites second field was much larger and there was plenty of room for more caravans / motorhomes and tents (this 2nd field was mostly for tents) the view from the top of the field was stunning and overlooking the moors.

Running around the perimeter of the field was a good size dog walk with plenty of disposable bins for pickups and a request to keep dogs on leads.

There were good recycling facilities near to the entrance and at the shop papers could be ordered along with maps for local walks with good information re local attractions -- eg we visited Lydford gorge (stunning walks with lots to see chance for some great photos but a little on the expensive side at 6.50 entrance fee per person.

Also Lydford forest and local walks onto the moors were within 15 minutes walk of the site with some brilliant wildlife --- deer, fox, badger, bats, otters, buzzards and wild ponies.

Local nature reserve near to Tavistock but didn't get time to go.Excellent cycle paths just outside Lydford village along disused railway, tarmac surface with excellent views over moors and links up with local quiet roads to Oakhampton.

The local pub Castle inn which was 10 minutes walk from the site, provided very good food at a reasonable price with friendly service. There is a pleasant garden to the rear of the pub. A quiz night is held on a Wednesday and whilst we were there they held a Caribbean music bbq with some really nice food for 5 per head. Local people were friendly and most helpful.

We didn't go in the Lydford hotel the only reason being we had trouble fitting everything in 7 days. Trips out to Croyd (stunning place), Dartmouth (also excellent) and Clovelly were all within 1.5 hours from Lydford.

Downside to site ---1/ - no nappy changing facilities for babies although when we mentioned this to staff they did say there may be room to use part of disabled unit in future.

N.B If you are tenting have young kiddies and are not prepared to spend time entertaining, inventing and playing games or visiting places with them in BAD weather don't go.

Upside, --- everything else --- excellent site and location

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