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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 56 Reviews
              8/10 from 56 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes 

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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

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Beerandtools 9 reviews from this member

Having spent the past two weekends at holiday parks near Dawlish Warren, we wanted somewhere quiet and peaceful. We were also meeting up with some relatives who were staying in a holiday barn in Lydford, so this site's location was perfect.

All I can say is wow, with a capital WOW! We could not have found a site that better suited our needs, if we had built it ourselves. From the moment we arrived and were greeted by the incredibly helpful Steve & Christine, we felt completely at peace.

This site is only 30 miles from our home, but may as well be a million miles away. The only noise is from the odd vehicle and the plethora of birds.

Steve showed us to our pitch and carefully explained the strict rules of the site, which are totally understandable and make the stay even more pleasant. There is a minimum distance of 6 metres that needs to be maintained between units and this gives you so much space around you that you feel like you're there on your own. The fact that the entry to the park is gated and locked at night makes you feel safe.

The site has a few hardstanding pitches, some fully serviced, but the field at the back of the site is grass. Levelling chocks are essential, but Steve tried to position us in the flattest spot he possibly could. If you end up with too short a hook up lead, fear not they have plenty of extension leads for you to borrow.

SHOP: A basic shop and reception area which sells the bare essentials and some sweets and fabulous local ice cream. Calor gas is available.

BAR: None, but the local pub, The Castle Inn, is only a ten minute stroll away and here you will find a warm and friendly welcome from the new licensees.

PLAYGROUND: None. Great! but there is plenty of space for the little ones to run themselves ragged.

SHOWER / TOILETS: Exceptional. They are clean, warm and user friendly. Whilst they do close them for a period of time in the morning, this maintains their high standards. A mop and bucket are provided for you to wipe around after your shower. There is a separate parent and child shower room which again could be copied by many other sites.

ELSAN DISPOSAL: All part of the shower block and easy to use.

LAUNDRY: Coin operated washing and drying facilities, drying line and iron provided. Brilliant.

LOCAL AREA: Lydford village is very pretty and a walk through it's centre takes you to the Castle which was a prison and courthouse right up until the early 19th century. The local church is loaded with history, including the watchmaker's tomb and usually has a few homemade cakes and jams and the like for sale with an an honesty box payment system. I don't know who makes the cakes, but my waistline now indicates how good they are!

Lydford Gorge is a must visit for anyone who appreciates natural beauty spots. If you intend to do the walk, you need some good footwear, at the very least some training shoes.

Okehampton Town in one direction, Tavistock in the other and the lovely village of Bridestowe a couple of miles away, which has a well stocked Post Office and shop. As well as two ale houses.

Cyclists are spoiled by the lovely Granite Way Track which runs from Lydford to Okehampton along the old railway line.

Would we go back? You betcha! If we are welcomed, which I'm sure we will be then this site will become a regular haunt.

Steve and Christine need to be and have been highly praised for their efforts in making this site among one of the best, anywhere. They obviously have a passion for what they do and their environment and this is reflected by the sheer quality of the site.

There are cheaper sites within a few miles, but don't waste your time. This is the perfect site to pitch up and do nothing for the whole of your stay. Equally it is ideally placed for anyone wanting to explore some of the most fantastic countryside the West Country has to offer.

Date of Visit: October 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: EribaTaffy 21 reviews from this member

This site is located on the outskirts of Lydford village and is privately owned but affiliated to the Caravan Club. It is open March to November. Earliest arrival time is 12 noon and departures also 12 noon. The site has had a David Bellamy Gold Award for environmental touring-park excellence.

The wardens are very welcoming and are a mine of information about the area particularly for walking and cycling routes.

There are 80 touring pitches with a mixture of grass and hardstandings. Some pitches are part sloping so you may need levelling blocks. There is also a separate camping area.

Access to the site is controlled by a vehicle barrier which is locked between 11pm and 7am. Up to 2 visitors are allowed.

There is a single heated toilet block with showers, WCs and privacy cubicles. Also a parent / toddler room and disabled bathroom, washing up / vegetable preparation area and laundry facilities. The showers are free and are pre-set at a reasonable temperature and operated with a push button. The facilities are kept very clean and you are ‘encouraged’ to keep them that way.

Service points around the site for water and rubbish disposal. Also chemical disposal facilities. If you drop your toilet cap down the drain they will retrieve it for you for a fee. Recycling facilities around the site except for plastic.

Dog walk on site and if you plan to take Fido on Dartmoor you are encouraged to treat against sheep ticks.

No children’s play area on site.

TV reception is good although you need to be aware that Devon has gone digital. The warden is very helpful if you cannot retune your television yourself. Mobile phone reception was good. Free Wi-fi available.

Shopping facilities for basic provisions in the site shop or there are supermarkets in Okehampton (about 9 miles) or Tavistock (about 9 miles).

There are a couple of pubs within walking distance including the Castle Inn and Lydford Country House with an Italian restaurant.

We paid £13.10 per night for two adults in a caravan with awning on a standard hardstanding pitch with electrical hook-up.

Local attractions include:

• Lydford Gorge National Trust is about ½ mile from the site and has some stunning scenery although you need to be reasonably fit and agile.

• Lydford Castle managed by English Heritage and access is free.

• Dartmoor National Park is on your doorstep and seems one of the most welcoming national parks we have visited.

• Granite Way cycleway is close to the site

• Brentor Church is perched on a rocky outcrop and again you need to be reasonably fit and agile to climb up for a viewing.

This is a quiet rural site ideally situated if you want to walk or cycle on Dartmoor. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and intend to return.

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