We arrived on 6th June, just as the south east was getting a downpour the like of which hadn't been seen for ages. First time with a new awning too and as we fought and battled in the rain and wind to put it up, as we drove the last peg in, glorious sunshine ensued from then on!
Wonderful site, truly peaceful and relaxing which is what we needed.
The wardens on arrival were extremely friendly and welcoming, even though just as I put my card in the machine to pay there was a 'bang' and a semi major fuse had blown somewhere resulting in the electricity board having to be called! some pitches left with no power but this was not the sites fault and they sorted it extremely quickly.
The site has the most excellent toilet facilities, clean, warm and in extremely good order. The water was piping hot and after a day out were so welcome.
Ideally situated 5 minutes walk to the village of Slapton with two local pubs. Local beer such as Otter etc is georgous so if you are a beer, bitter or even lager drinker, you will love Otter or other local brews. We didn't sample the food at the Queens Arms, but from what we saw at other tables it looked superb.
Weather didn't permit beach activity as such but its a lovely walk in the early evening as the shingle beach goes on for ages and yields lots of driftwood to collect for kids etc. Very clean too with only a little deritus from shipping compared to a lot of beaches. Very historic, as this area was taken over by the military in the war to practise the 'D Day' landings.
One highlight mentioned by others is the fish and chip van, Tuesdays at 7.30pm. Stunning is all I can say. If there are two of you, one £1.60 portion of chips to go with the delicious pieces of cod will feed both of you, don't get family size unless you do have at least three generations with you as you wont finish it! the fish, caught local of course was sublime and as you queue, its a great way to chat to others too.
One warning however. Unless you are a racing snake, tour de France regular or a masochist, this is not an area for relaxing cycling. We did about 26 miles in one day around the area including Kingsbridge and I have never worked so hard in my life! Beautiful scenery, quiet roads and lovely villages and sea fronts yes, but hills! I'm not talking short inclines here. Think Snowdon or base camp at Everest and your there! Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration but they were steep, hard and as it was drizzle all day, not the most pleasant day we spent lol. But, after completing a tour of the area on bike, you deserve your fish and chips, beer or wine and a you sleep like a baby too, so it was worth it I suppose.
Buses run frequently to Dartmouth and surrounding areas which we also utilised and made for nice days out.
Overall, an extremely pleasant and well run, friendly and calming site which I will hope to revisit and would recommend to anyone, including families as there is plenty to do for kids without the neon lights and arcades. If you want to start your kids of right with a respect for the country and beaches etc, this is a great place to go.
So impressed with the site and people who run it that we joined the C&CC!
Still very clean at the end of the season, woken at night once or twice either by the owls or the badgers visiting the site. If you have a bike it's a great ride along the coast road to Torcross for a beer and fish & chips.
Took the local bus to Dartmouth £4.20 return, cheaper than diesel & parking charges!
Just got back from a weekend break, the site is really nice and just past the small, pretty, windy-bendy lanes of Slapton - if you drive this way make sure you can drive as well backwards as you can forwards (having been the unfortunate followers of drivers unable to do this!)
The site is very friendly, the staff are lovely and the toilet blocks what you would expect from C&CC - although mirroring the previous posts, with only 3 showers be prepared to queue, or did what I did the following day and get in there early!
The play area is central and ideal for the children. Being the bank holiday weekend the site was very busy and probably up to capacity. We stayed in a fairly sheltered area with electric hook up.
There is a sloping walk down to the beach which is pleasant and you are central on the coast with Dartmouth and Kingsbridge fairly equal distances in each direction.
This site is somewhere we would definitely return to and if you are lucky enough (we weren't) you can have a pitch with a lovely sea view.
For a weekends break this was a lovely little site with everything needed.
Considering we camped in quite extreme weather conditions rain and gales we still managed to have a good time. This was helped by the two lovely pubs in Slapton village, the Queens Arms is more pubby and the Tower is more restauranty. I would recommend booking a table if you want to eat, only a 5 minute walk from the site. Toilet block well kept, but 3 showers in the ladies did mean a queue most mornings. Dont worry about taking your own ice blocks as you have to use theirs at 45p a block, which I think is a bit steep. I recommend a visit to Start Bay Lighthouse which was only £3 to park the car all day and then £2.50 for adults for the guided tour takes approx 1 hour - really interesting, only children above 1m are allowed up the light house.
Fish & Chip van comes on site on a Tuesday night at 7:30 which must be the best I have EVER tasted. Would recommend you start to queue at 7'ish though as we joined the queue at 8:00 and didnt get served till 9:30!
Site has great sea views too which is always pleasant to look at whilst having your bacon & eggs! Overall a great site and well positioned, we will be back!
Spent a week here during the summer. A really lovely countryside type site next to the lovely village of slapton overlooking fields and sea views. Site was really clean and well run with the site staff being friendly yet firm when they had to be. Toilet blocks were immaculate if not over generous in the number of showers available. Would not hesitate to visit again. The area is beautiful and has a close association with the training of servicemen in readyness for the D-day landings during WW2. The 2 village pubs are really friendly and a walk around the freshwater Ley is a must especially for birdwatching enthusiasts. A few pointers though. Be careful if using Satnav to get there as depending on which direction you are going, and also if towing, this could get you in deep trouble as it did us! The beach at Slapton is shingle and is not everyones cup of tea. Also the 'famous' Blackpool Sands, although it really does look idylic from the high coastal road turns out to be shingle also. We didn't realise until we had descended, queued in the traffic and paid the £6 parking fee by which time it was too late. Nearest supermarket is about 6-8 miles away at either Dartford or Kingsbridge the other way. Small stores in village & surrounding villages and camp shop seemed well stocked. Fish & chip van visits once a week but make sure you get in the queue early. We waited well over 2 hours for our supper which wasn't great especially with 4 hungry kiddies to attend to! Small playground but kids generally all got on well together in what was a really friendly and aggro free atmosphere.
Have just returned after two weeks here. The facilities are all that you would expect from a C & C C site, and the warden team are the most pleasant I've come across. The number of toilets and showers is an issue as even though the site was not full I had to wait for a toilet on a couple of occasions.
It is a beautifully situated site in a very scenic area and so convenient for the beach and village. If you are happy walking then there's no need to get in the car, although the nearby shops at Slapton and Torcross are small and unsurprisingly have limited ranges of products.
The resident rabbit population are in abundance and very tame and add to the peacefulness and charm of the site, all in all a great place for a relaxing break.
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