What a great time we had at RDCP. We (a family of four with two boys 12 and 9) had a brilliant time and our children wouldn't let us leave without us agreeing to go back next year. We've never had this from any site before.
We stayed for 9 nights during a very challenging period for the site which it handled with openness, honesty and achieved the utmost respect from most campers.
When we were packing up to leave we discovered a puncture on our trailer tyre and the staff were fantastic, they helped us to take the wheel off (as our socket set didn't fit!) and then took the wheel to a local tyre company to be fixed and then returned it. Amazing!
During our stay we ate in The Saw Mill three times at breakfast and in the evening and thought the food was good and reasonably-ish priced.
We also experienced the high ropes (£14/pp) and the zorbs (£5/5 mins) both of which the boys, big and small, thought were great.
We stayed in the Meadows which was a lovely position. We seemed to have the sun for most of the day. Our only gripe was that the pitch was on a slight slope so it was a bit tricky to keep food on the table and it took a bit of getting used to sleeping - I just seemed to roll-off our SIM!
The amenity block was clean most of the time and there were plenty of showers. I only had to wait once.
The park is picturesque with lots of space to wander and play. In the surrounding area there is Ashburton (great butcher) or Newton Abbot for supplies. We also took a trip to Torquay one day and also the steam train from Paignton to Kingsmead and then the foot ferry across to Dartmouth. All good days out.
I'd have no hesitation to recommending River Dart Country Park to anyone.
Literally just returned from river dart country park. 2nd time of visiting and it doesn't disappoint. Huge pitches (we were on pitch 28 with electric hook up). Large pitch easily fitted our 8 man tent and car alongside, nice and flat and caught the morning sun to early evening.
Kids loved the lake with assault course, my 7 yr old skillfully mastered very quickly and spent many an hour playing, whilst the 9 yr old joined forces with other children to storm the pirate ship and had to be retrieved by his younger sister once it was time to go. Huge play area in amongst the trees plus smaller toddler area within view of the tents. Kids played here happily with their new found friends.
Shower block cleaned daily and was adequate never had to queue for a free hot shower. My only critism would be not much of a partition between shower and drying area within the cubicle meant the odd damp towel, if this was only a couple of inches wider then it would be perfect.
Staff very polite and helpful.
Shop sold the basis, but it's not far to ashburton to stock up on more. (Lovely little tea shop in ashburton worth a visit for afternoon tea).
Ate once in the restaurant, food was delicious and plentiful, although not the cheapest.
Security patrolled of an evening, but to be fair we found all noise had died down by 10. 30, not that it was loud in the first place.
Kids did high ropes £14 and zorbs £5 for 5 mins, staff running these activities knowledgeable, polite and a credit to the company. Felt the activities good value for money.
Would we visit again, yes absolutely in fact 2015 already booked! Highly recommend this campsite.
The playgrounds are brilliant with an area for children under 4, large slides, a fort, zip wire and even an assault course. There are also a number of chargeable activities such as high ropes and water zorbing which makes this a great place to stay.
The crème de la crème of this site is the river which is a small trickle into zoned play areas with a little beach for babies, a submerged pirate ship for larger ones and a number of rope bridges. The kids (2, 6&9) spent ages here and it had a really good 'back to nature' feel to it.
The site is kept very clean with clean toilets and showers and a restaurant serving food and drinks in the evening (not very reasonable) but to be fair the food was fantastic.
We will definitely be going back, my 9 year old hasn't stopped asking me since the moment we left!
This is our third visit to River Dart Country Park and it won't be our last. If there is a better family campsite in the UK, we've yet to find it. This time we stayed in our caravan, but previously we've used our tent.
The facilities are excellent, always clean and the showers never run out of hot water. This is a major achievement given the activities on site.
The pitches are large and well spaced out with good access, no trying to reverse a caravan around a tree into a tight spot. There are plenty of water points and pitches with electric hook up. It is busy in the summer holidays, but it's a huge place and never feels cramped.
The kids activities really take some beating - they are not 'worn out' as mentioned in another review, they are in a forest and made of wood, it's how we used to play as kids. If you want arcade games, an indoor swimming pool with lots of rules and health and safety posters everywhere, this is not the place for you. Activities are 'old school' and designed to be a bit of a challenge. Rope swings, assault courses (for different ages and abilities), zip wires, and friendly water fights in the lake with a pirate ship to invade or defend. These are not small play areas for a few kids - the pirate ship can handle 50+ on it's own and the free zip wire is about 50m long. And don't think these are just for kids, any adult in the lake is considered target practice and expected to join in. All these things are free to those staying on the site.
For young kids there is a small beach on the edge of the lake and for older kids and adults there is a 'paid for' high ropes course, canoes and water zorbing. For teenagers they run activities out onto Dartmoor. Our grandson is only 9 so he's not done those, but if the other activities are anything to go by, they will be well run and just challenging enough that they come away with a sense of achievement that you can't get from a theme park or video arcade.
As mentioned in other reviews, the bar is very good value with a wide range of beers, wines and soft drinks (inc milkshakes for the kids) and you can't fault the food. The shop is basic but in fairness probably holds a better range of essentials than most campsite shops, including water squirters for use on the pirate ship and children's wetsuits and it's not over priced.
This site is really designed for families, so there are a lot of children. But it's always quiet by 10pm - I think they are exhausted by then!
I've tried to think of a negative to balance out the review, but I can't. There are plenty of staff about and all very helpful and friendly. The owners have clearly thought long and hard about what makes a great family holiday in the UK and made it work. The only thing I can thing I can think of and it has nothing to do with the site is the road from the A38 is tight in places and it can be quite busy. The site is well away from the road, you can't hear or see it at all but for some reason coaches use it to take people onto Dartmoor. I've no idea why because there are better, wider roads. I can only guess it's the way the sat nav directs them. It's never happened to us, but you wouldn't want to meet one coming the other way if you're towing a caravan.
One thing worth mentioning is; you'll need a wetsuit. The water is diverted from the River Dart. The source is only a few miles away so it's pretty cold. The kids are having too much fun to care, but if you plan on going in the lake or using the rope swing with them - you'll feel it!
The only downside for us is it's a long way from Essex to South Devon. But it's well worth the trip!
This place is absolutely fabulous! We couldn't fault it. Despite the enormous amount of people it caters for, it didn't feel overcrowded, there was plenty of space between campers and everybody we spoke to were very friendly. Dogs are allowed on this site but nowhere did they bother us and no unexpected mess anywhere. The grounds are beautifully kept and the facilities spotless. There is also a family bathroom with a bath which was wonderful as I could stick my littlies in the bath after a very busy day. A drying room too where you can hang your wet gear overnight and get it back dry in the morning. The activities you can get up to here are amazing and very reasonably priced. The restaurant is marvellous, lovely food and good service all at a price that is affordable for a family on holiday. The on site shop is very small and only has the barest of essentials but in the nearby town there is a small supermarket if you need it. We had a fantastic holiday here and I would and have recommended it to all our friends. We will definitely be back. Happy Campers!
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