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Hidden Valley Park
West Down
Devon (North)   (Browse area)
EX34 8NU
Tel: 01271 813837
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Pitches: 120
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 128 Reviews
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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing 5 miles   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool 5 miles   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding 1 mile   Cycle Hire 5 miles   Golf 5 miles   Tennis 5 miles 
 Beach 5 miles   Watersports 5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring 5 miles 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport On Site  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: December 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: MrsRys 9 reviews from this member

Have just returned from this site, having spent a week here for Christmas. The restaurant was not open during this time, so can't comment on that. But the rest of the site was great! The facilities were always clean, the walks through the woods and along the river were fantastic for the dog. Fully serviced pitch with water, electric and aerial connection was great. On our pitch we could hear the road noise - but to be fair the campsite is situated alongside the A361, so you can't complain. And it didn't keep us awake! We thoroughly enjoyed the stay here and would definitely come back (we're already thinking about booking for next Christmas!).

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mark-Gill66 1 review from this member

A very good, generally quiet site, can hear traffic noise on the A361.

Excellent cream teas and meals at the on site restaurant. Only downside was that smokers were allowed to smoke on the decking outside the restaurant, as it was a hot summers night the smoke was blowing inside. A separate smoking area should be established around the corner. Very enjoyable homemade food.

Date of Visit: December 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Linda Dyrda 2 reviews from this member

This site is a hidden gem that was great for a Christmas break to see family. We had a great 4 days with a warm welcome great facilities. Toilet block was a bit of a walk from our pitch especially if it is raining. A peaceful site with good walks for our two dogs.

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Le Boon 1 review from this member

Fantastic site arrived slightly earlier than the arrival time which can be an issue at some sites. But not here! Staff were friendly and wanted to help with anything and everything.

The Site itself is set in the woods, with streams either side and lovely walks to keep the kids entertained. Dam building is now a family favourite!

The facilities were clean at all hours and the camp shop was well stocked only running out of bread on one day.

We arrived after a heavy week of rain which continued into our holiday, the ground had taken a lot of water but was still ok.

Overall, VERY VERY satisfied with this campsite and can't wait to go back!

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Tintent1 2 reviews from this member

We stayed on the kingfisher meadow part of the site and yes like other people have mentioned the road(trackway) is not very smooth and you do have to take a lot of due care and attention to these dips and large bumps especially when you are towing a caravan as you will scrape the bottom of your car.

We were met by the warden at the bottom of road and taken to our pitch (nice touch) first impression was a muddy and not a level pitch. You can't do anything about the weather but the lie of the land meant we couldn't use our waste pipe as the caravan pitch was lower than drain supplied on our serviced pitch so we had to use a waste bottle instead !

Once set up we had a look around the site and the toilet blocks are first class, very modern clean with excellent showers.

Plenty for children to do with a nice park on the edge of the woods and a nice shallow stream for them to mess about in and a large grassed field for playing football etc.

The pub/restaurant is very nice and easy going with a pool table, football table and dogs are allowed in.

On a whole a very nice site but make sure you take plenty length of mains water pipe and carry waste bottles even on serviced pitches.

Date of Visit: April 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Klongman66 1 review from this member

This site was recommended in a free booklet with a Practical Caravan magazine that we bought, so we decided to try it, we took our 15 year old daughter, & we have 2 little dogs, so thought the setting would be ideal. It's set in a lovely valley, with a river running through it, & it did take a day or 2 to get used to the noise from this. It also took a couple of nights to get used to the traffic noise from the road that runs alongside the park, but by the third night this didn't really bother us, although I'm a light sleeper, so I was affected the most by it.

Whilst setting up we were bothered a bit by a dog roaming around on its own, which we found to be owned by the young couple in the pitch beside us, but they left the next day. The owners were very helpful & cheerful which is always nice! Our pitch was very close to the dog exercise area, which was fine for us, although we were very disappointed to find there were some other dog owners on site who seemed incapable of clearing up after their dogs, & this also applied through the lovely woodland walks sadly, which ruined it a bit, even though there were plenty of bins provided!

We decided to try the takeaway service provided in the restaurant on our last night, as we'd seen fish & chips advertised on the board outside reception, & were really looking forward to it, but were very disappointed to be told they don't get very many requests for takeaways, & we also couldn't have the fish as this was 'reserved' for people who wanted to eat in the restaurant. We were told that if we brought our own plates down, we could have something from the main menu to takeaway, but didn't fancy walking back to our caravan with 3 plates of food. The lady behind the bar tried persuading us to eat in the restaurant, which wasn't what we wanted, especially with 2 bouncy little dogs, so much to our disappointment we left empty handed.

Be aware the Dogs Trust is situated just up the road from the site, & we did occasionally hear a bit of barking, but not excessive until the Saturday morning before we left, when there was a huge amount of noise.

We can't comment on the shower facilities as we didn't use them, we have everything in our caravan.

There were plenty of supermarkets, we used Tesco at Ilfracombe, & also just down the road in Braunton. During our stay we visited Saunton Sands, the Valley of the Rocks, Tarr Steps on Exmoor, & Hartland Point, so there's plenty to do during your holiday, even if you don't want to travel far.

All in all we had a lovely stay, & it was a well maintained site, just a shame about the amount of dog mess you had to keep an eye out for, which is down to a few inconsiderate people, & not the fault of the owners.

Date of Visit: March 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Doggies On Tour 28 reviews from this member

Mixed thoughts on arrival, seemed nice although building looked a bit dated, everything was modern and clean. However, mix up re our booking as we hadn't been clear about our specifics so the lady was a bit off, but when the younger guys turned up he sorted everything out and we were able to pitch on a smaller, cheaper site, although no offer of a refund for the difference! Once we had got over the initial hiccups, the site is actually really nice, hidden in the valley makes it very sheltered although you can hear the road noise. The stream that runs through is pretty although overgrown in places. I know wildlife need some overgrown areas, but overgrown brambles by your pitch isn't the best. The pitches are spacious yet closely sited. You have a tap and grey emptying point on the pitch and the toilets were clean, although I do wish some other campers wouldn't leave the toilets so dirty. You wouldn't do it in your own home, so why do it at a campsite and let other people clean your mess up for you. It does infuriate me! Rant over! The location is set down from the main road, and a few miles in either direction gets you to the most amazing beaches, either Woolacombe or Saunton. Dog friendly bar in Woolacombe Hotel was most inviting. The floor in the dog section has underfloor heating and the staff were so accommodating which was nice, considering the rest of the hotel was a no dog zone. We had a lovely meal there. Croyde bay has a nice walk round to Baggy Point and there are good sized tescos in both Ilfracombe and Braunton, both only a few miles away. Overall, I think the site is just about perfect for a winter get away, summer may be different as sitting outside with the road noise and being close to neighbours maybe a bit off putting, but then we are more used to small sites in the middle of nowhere. We will be returning over the winter months as the beaches are beautiful and plenty of open sand for the dogs to play on.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Monkeydog 3 reviews from this member

A beautiful and well kept camp site. Unfortunately on arrival we were told we couldn't use the footprint to go under the tent because the ground was so wet it would make it more boggy. ? If you're putting a tent down then what difference does a footprint make anyway apart from helping to keep the mud off your tent? We were told we would be charged 5 per night if we put it down. But we risked it anyway and put it down. They had put wood chip down on the pitch anyway, so I didn't want to put our tent directly on top of that in case it damaged the tent.

We were on the grass pitches near Kingfisher Meadow and despite no rain for a good few days you could tell the drainage wasn't great on the site, obviously with it being in a valley you were quite low down for all the water to come down to you. As we were due more rain this wasn't great news. Unfortunately the rain did come down, and it got boggier and boggier, when we took the tent down the awning area was particularly muddy - I'm not sure what they can do about this.

The facilities were very modern and lovely, the womens had 3 individual showers, 1 family room shower with an enclosed sink and toilet, about 5 toilets and 4 open sinks. The family room shower was lovely, powerful and good hot water flow. Sadly the individual showers were little more than a dribble and the hot water wasn't consistent. This meant that women without children with them (including me when my kids weren't with me) opted for the family shower which was a shame really for mothers with kids. But had all showers been as good then there wouldn't have been this problem - something that can perhaps be addressed by the site? I understand it was the same in the mens too.

Because of the set up of the site, there wasn't really a play area for the kids from the tent, however the woods and park in the woods were brilliant. OK for good weather, but not so great for rainy wet weather which we had during most of our stay. Also our kids are still too young to go off on their own, where as older kids probably would have gotten a lot more out of the woods etc.

The driveway down from reception to the Kingfisher area was fine for us in a van but created problems for those pulling caravans as it was so steep in certain places that the tow bars or caravans scraped the road badly. Something that could perhaps be resolved given than you can see where the road is damaged, obviously needs to be lowered and evened out?

We used the on site restaurant a couple of times, which was sufficient but in our opinion over priced for what you got and nothing amazing food wise.

Location wise it was a pretty good setting for visiting places and not too far for beaches, however unfortunately due to the closely located Braunton traffic lights, we lost between half an hour to an hour every day queuing to get through Braunton. Not a great start to the day, and we even queued although not as long to come back through Braunton.

Sadly due to the site pitches for tents being so low into the valley, even if you had perfect weather, due to the shelter of the trees either side of you, you didn't get the crucial morning sun hit your tent to dry the dew and make the tent feel lovely and dry. And for that reason alone we probably won't be going back to this site.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Dollchickgb 19 reviews from this member

A great site in lovely, wooded surroundings. The restaurant accepted dogs which was an added bonus too. There's also a really nice little walk around a lake which the dog enjoyed. The toilet/shower facilities are good and clean with music playing throughout the evening as well, so it they don't feel 'eerie' if your visiting them during the late/early hours! However, I do agree that the nearby road can be noisy and it even woke us up early on the Monday/Tuesday mornings. This can't be helped and it didn't spoil our stay, but thought it's worth the mention. I would recommend this site however.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Scuzbert 15 reviews from this member

We stayed at Hidden Valley campsite last week and found it to be a very pleasant site which is indeed within a hidden valley, wooded and attractive. The descriptions of it as peaceful are, however, not really accurate given that the site is right next to the A361, a busy road. Late at night there is not a great deal of traffic but at other times of the day it is busy and therefore noisy.

The facilities are excellent and the three showers, four loos and four basins (similar number and standard for men) were kept extremely clean at all times. Showers are free and not on those timed things so that was nice to see. Also, there is a hairdryer which is free to use. AND, most importantly, there are three hooks and two shelves in all the shower cubicles. Wonderful! The showers and loos are in a block which also contains the CDP and washing up sink as well as a separate disabled persons facility. The reception doubles as a shop, selling all the basics, and from where you can order a newspaper for the following day.

The site has the Lakeside restaurant and bar to hand, serving good food at reasonable prices. Excellent chips! We particularly liked the pool table in the lounge area - 1 per hour!

Apart from the road noise, there are just a couple of other 'negatives' to mention. Our pitch and its adjacent bit of grass was littered with dogends. Disgusting! Have these people never heard of ashtrays?! Our friends' pitch was likewise afflicted along with a couple of left behind awning pegs which could possibly damage tyres if not discovered. The grass is cut regularly and is neat and tidy as is the rest of the site, but the dogends really were unpleasant.

The only other 'negative' is regarding the security gate. While it's good to have that security it would be nice to know that it is locked for the night from (I think) 10pm. We returned at 10. 30 precisely from a meal out in Ilfracombe on the Saturday night to find our way back in was barred. Luckily my friend had the good sense to check the exit keypad - the barrier opened for that otherwise they and their camper van would have had to spend the night in the car park area sans hookup. 10 out of 10 for making sure there are no noisy cars roaring around the site late at night but really, 10pm? A little early, I'd have thought, especially as we had no warning. A little sign on the barrier stating locking up times would be very helpful. It's been a long time since I felt like a naughty schoolgirl.

All in all, this is a good site with smashing facilities, and has some excellent deals - we stayed on one of the small pitches with EHU and fresh water shared between two pitches, for the princely sum of 79 for 7 nights. Can't be bad. I have given only 4 out of 10 for location purely because of proximity to that road but from its geographical location it is well-placed for lots of what makes North Devon so special.

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