Small site at the end of a long and narrow country road. Nice flat pitching with plenty of room and you can pitch right up to the river bank although there is only one block of toilets/showers so if you go down the far end, you will have quite a walk back.
Booking isn't required, just pitch and the lady comes round and takes the money - you can also buy logs from her at a reasonable rate.
The showers and toilets are basic but adequate and were pretty clean.
There is ZERO mobile reception in the valley - fine for getting away but frustrating if you need to meet other people or you get lost :-)
Our children had great fun playing in/around the river which is quite shallow in a lot of places and really only getting to 2-3ft deep at the points we saw.
We were up obscenely late (almost dawn!) as were a few other groups, sat around a campfire with friends chatting and the river as background music, it was a brilliant weekend.
There are no shops around, the shop that used to be by the ford is now a little Inn so make sure you have everything before arriving.
The perfect place for families to enjoy. We took our granddaughters camping for their first time here having visited many times with our children when they were younger. We had a brilliant time, a stream to paddle in, camp fires in the evening to cook marshmallows over and clean toileting facilities. We enjoyed peace and quiet as we pitched at the far end of the field as we did not want to disturb other campers if the little one woke in the night, as it happened they slept until 9am as we had worn them out the day before.
There is no shop close by for essentials (the nearby cafe sells bread I think but not much else)so you need to plan your provisions well, there is no mobile signal either which means you can really get away from everything. The scenery is spectacular and plenty of walks from the campsite along the valley or up on to Exmoor. Closest town with reasonable shops is either Minehead or Barnstaple both of which are a 20+ min drive away.
Love the site but it does get busy in the school holidays.
Went with friends plus children and dogs, amazing time, kids loved playing in the stream that borders and the site - if you can get a pitch right by it go for it although it seems the most popular so if your going for a weekend get there as early as you can we pulled in on Friday morning and I expect in the school holidays its heaving.
Also no pitch layout so you have to watch how close others try to pitch to you
Can have camp fires which was fab and we took some marsh mellows yummy. There was also a picnic bench which was a blessing as we only had 1 camping table between us all.
Toilets and showers a bit basic but clean tidy and hot water
Go prepared to walk otherwise you'll miss the scenery which is fantastic There are woods opposite where we took the kids and dogs to wear them out and collect some more wood plenty just lying on the ground.
We didn't use the café but menu looked good.
As others have said owners seem laid back but they do find you at some point.
Camped here back in April and managed to get good, though slightly drizzly weather! It's the third or fourth time we've been having originally found it by chance around 6 years ago. We usually pop down just for a night but are gearing ourselves up for longer now the kids are older because it is such a beautiful spot.
Situated in a somewhat sheltered valley with a tea room around the corner (a tad on pricey side, but I understand it's good) and stables over the road (yet to try). The ground is nice and flat, if a little stoney but there are plenty of good sized firepits with logs for sale, if needed. They come round with logs twice a day though at nonspecific times, so you may have to wait.
The kids always enjoy themselves around the field or river, never had to take anything other than sleep toys! VERY quite except for the sounds of sheep or lambs.
Prices do seem to have gone up drastically in the last two years, paying £18. 00 this time (£12 for two adults and £3 per child), whereas it used to be £5 per tent per night! Logs are £5 per bag, with kindling and you do get a good amount. Shower and toilet facilities are basic and generally clean and the wash up area has hot water and a tap for drinking water, which is really helpful.
We've always enjoyed it here, sun or rain, and will continue to go back, in spite of the price hike.
We came to stay here for a week as a group of 16 (4 separate units), we hired a field for a week (£90 per night, which worked out at £22. 50 per couple) as it was the only way we could get a booking, although our family had the electric hook-up, after some lighthearted haggling we managed to get this included within the £90 for the field. If there's a big group of you going, this could work out really good value as I reckon you could fit at least 20 tents into the field we were in.
The location is truly beautiful, the stream is great for the kids, we loved listening to the sheep and cows, this is a very relaxing site, you're surrounded on all sides by hills so you do lose the sun quite early but that is when the campfires come into their own! We had some roaring ones and came equipped with our own wood, although you can buy it from the owner. Beware the annoying midges in the early evening, bring some insect repellent with you.
Toilets are ok (4 of them) toilet roll kept well stocked. Two showers, not brilliant, sometimes warm, sometimes a tad hot but with the stunning scenery & location you can look past that!
We sampled the cafe just outside the campsite, £6. 50 for cod and chips, £6 for a pizza, very nice food & good portions.
Lots to do in the surrounding area, Lynmouth/Lynton are 15 minutes drive away, Minehead about half an hour, Combe Martin around 3/4 of an hour. The Valley of the Rocks is a must-do, good walking / scrambling, superb views, lots of goats & a great teashop to finish! However, there's so many different walks locally that you don't have to use your car at all if you don't want to.
We had such a relaxing time here, no phone signal unless you go up to the top of the hill, but we liked that!
All in all, this is a super but basic site in a stunning location-and that's what counts! We're planning on going back next year :)
We have just spent 5 nights on this site in glorious sunshine. The site is beautifully positioned and is enhanced by the East Lyn river flowing through it, needless to say most campers preferred to pitch next to it.
£19 per night was very reasonable for two adults and two children, the only facilities offered were toilets, showers and washing up sinks, all with free hot water, and an undercover sitting area which would have been handy if it had rained. There were many fire pits so you can build your own camp fire with your own wood or you can buy it from the site owner.
There is a cafe and gift shop next door but the nearest pub is two miles away which can be reached on a very narrow road - not recommended!
The Doone Valley is delightful and has classic Exmoor features such as small hamlets / villages, picnic sites, the river and the church at Oare. Supplies were plentiful in Lynton which is about 4 miles away.
We had only one negative - lots of biting midges in the evening but once we had lit the fire they seemed to go elsewhere. The river could be a hazard to young children but on balance it offered loads to more savvy children, ours loved it.
We would visit this site again.
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