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California Cross Camping And Caravanning Club Site
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
PL21 0SG
Tel: 01548 821297
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Pitches: 80
Open: 01/04 to 30/09

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 24 Reviews
                8/10 from 24 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available    Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 No Shop   No Bar   No Restaurant   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  Dog Walk 

Reviews:  24 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Susperella 9 reviews from this member

Thought I would write a review, as this site has not been reviewed in some time- and could do with a mention. This is a lovely little club site in a fantastic location in south Devon. Within 15 mins drive you can visit the scenic coast via country lanes through lush farmland or within 30 mins you can be climbing the Dartmoor hills in the national park- best of both worlds! The site is a typical camping and caravanning site with the usual facilities you would expect- plus a little swing/ slide set for children to play on. For those with pets- this site doesn't have a dog walk unlike some club sites. Let me start with the facilities- 3 showers in ladies, around 6 or more wash cubicals, and the same again toilets. Thought I would end up waiting ages for shower- but only waited twice- and no longer than 10 mins- which I thought was good. Facilities could use a refurb- which I am sure the club will get round to doing- but they were clean and tidy and cleaned daily between 10:30-12:00. The toilet block also housed washing machine/ tumble facilities - 3. 50 per wash 1 for 20 min tumble. They also had 2 rotary line Airers that were free to use- brilliant for wet swimsuits/ beach towels. There was disabled facilities and also a parent and child room which I believe had a wet room set up. Reception offered sweets and ice cream for sale and brilliant wardens who made our stay easy and comfortable. Wardens really were friendly and nothing too much trouble. Most groceries can be picked up from the BP garage that is a 2 min walk from site entrance. Really impressed with their little spa shop- had everything! Could really use it for whole stay if needed- incredibly well stocked! If you do want a bigger store- there is a huge tesco at ivybridge or a smaller one at Kingsbridge and a Lidl at Dartmouth. Pub opposite shop looked nice- but didn't use. Fish and chip wagon came every Wednesday - really lovely- but gets busy- do get there early. Site is sloped, and operates on a series of tiered levels. We were at the bottom near the park which we found to be quite flat- however the top areas also looked pretty levelled- only really side pitches that suffered from a slight slope. Would recommend a visit to the local beaches- hope cove and soar mill cove our favs. Lydford gorge national trust well worth a visit.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: PoppydogandRhi 1 review from this member

Had a lovely few days at Calif Cross with my pooch. It was my first Campervan trip having been a solo tenter for years but the wardens could not have been more helpful and welcoming.

The fact that the gate is shut on arrival is my only negative about the site and seems totally unnecessary to me but maybe that's because I don't have kids.

The approach roads were fine for a VW camper but I can imagine that it's a bit hairy for caravans. But it's worth it when you get there.

Smashing site. Excellent Spar in the petrol station right next door.

Nice pub opposite. Totally over priced - and I'm used to London prices!

Back to the site, really not much for sale because why would you when you have such a comprehensive shop right next door.

The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and keep the place beautifully.

Only 3 showers, but I didn't have to wait at all - only negative is the shower curtains which are set a bit too close so you have to fight them a lot but lovely hot proper showers not silly push buttons.

Dog friendly. The wardens have a huge GSD but other than a quick display of 'this is my turf' to my dog with which I had no issue as, it is hers, and she was locked behind a fence and the warden quieted her very quickly, we heard nothing of her the whole time we were there.

No dog run and nowhere to really walk nearby as the road is a very fast road so you need to leave to go for a proper walk. But there is a farmers field nearby where a quick off lead run can be had.

Looking forward to going back again very soon - hopefully next month!

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Freyasmum 33 reviews from this member

A great site. Friendly staff, excellent facilities. Pleasantly landscaped. Dog friendly. Very handy and well stocked Spar shop next door. Quiet, although near a well used B road. Visiting fish and chip van calls every Wednesday evening. The only improvement that I could think of is to provide a few picnic tables

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Cmes 5 reviews from this member

I hadn't planned to be at this site, but begged to allowed to use the shower facilities (as a member in dire need of good hot safe shower) and booked in as soon as I could. To the amusement of the assistant site manager.

It's a club site which seems to mean, excellent facilities, clean pitches, well maintained grounds, shopping facilities on site or nearby, reasonably flat pitches, the list could continue. Along with all the good stuff, you get the usual rules to follow, but it isn't an issue. It's a quiet season so far, according to the manager, we were one of two or three tents and half a dozen caravans. Remote, but Devon seems to be, within driving distance to Modbury, Kingsbridge, Slapton and Dartmouth one way and Plymouth the other direction.

The local pub was over the road, it was a lovely place, dogs welcome. Food very good value, we had a lovely evening made entertaining by chatting to the local residents.

What you'd expect from a club site.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mr.big09 3 reviews from this member

This was the best place we have ever stopped at. The people that run the site are very nice and very helpful. The toilets and showers are 100%%% and free.

The site is nice and quiet. The lane to get to it is very narrow. But there is pull ins. But hi will be going back next year for sure.

And only a short drive to paighton, torquay. Morrisons is just out side paighton. The woodlands leisure park is a great place for kids. We spent 9 hours at the park.

Plenty to do for the kids. And not to pricey as well. Very close to the camp site as well.

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Gasguzzler 5 reviews from this member

Just spent six lovely nights at this site. As previous reviews have said there is a gate that you have to open/close but no great hardship. In fact having young kids just gives you that little bit of added comfort they wont run off out into the road (that said it is a quiet Devon lane).

The site itself is spotless. The pitches are very slightly sloping but not an issue at all. The ground is very easy for getting the pegs into.

There is a toilet block was kept very clean, a washing up area and laundry rooms. The showers were hot and free. You had to be careful with which one you chose as the temperature on one could not be controlled as easily for the others. Not a problem for adults but was for the kids. There is also a parent /baby room with a tub and shower attachment for those who have babies.

There is a very small play area (swing and climbing frame/slide). Although small it kept the kids amused for hours playing with the other children.

There is a mobile butcher who visits the site twice a week and a mobile fish and chip van on a Thursday night. We didn't use the butcher but the fish and chips were lovely! The California Cross pub is a two minute walk away from the site. The a la carte menu was very nice but a little on the pricey side. We didn't try the bar meals while we were there. There is also a Spar/garage a minute walk from the site. Useful for little things that you may have forgotten.

The overall atmosphere of the site was quiet, family friendly site. We'd happily go back to the site as it was so easy to explore South Devon from.

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: StixJimbo 8 reviews from this member

Our first visit to this site, it is a great little site!

The site is situated not to far from the A38 and as such has very easy access, some of the lanes are a little narrow but not too bad.

The site is quiet and immaculately kept, a real gem. The facilities are also immaculately kept.

We would recommend this site to anyone, it is the perfect place for a quiet getaway whilst being close enough to the A38 to explore the rest of Devon with ease.

The site staff are very helpful and will accommodate most needs. Booking, through the club website, was easy and the pitches are relatively cheap.

There is a pub located within 100 yds of the site and there you can buy decent food at reasonable prices. The South Devon Chilli Farm is also located within a few miles of the site and makes for an interesting visit.

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Gailk 18 reviews from this member

We've used this site before but not for several years. The facilities are kept very clean and were certainly up to usual club standards. There is a handy shop and pub near at hand.

However, we found one warden surly and unpleasant - having had a long drive a smile would not have gone amiss.

The site has now also got a gate which must be opened and closed each time you exit or arrive - we would have no objection if this were a 'swipe' or 'number pad' system. But it's a manual gate - off a very narrow Devon road, so you have stop, get out, drive through and close - it may not sound much but it is infuriating! Especially as I doubt there is any real reason behind it - the site is very secluded and unlikely to attract any passer bys.

We find the Caravan Club system of picking your own pitch far preferable.

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Scats.miller 41 reviews from this member

Stayed for 4 days on this excellent site. A little cramped in places but extremely clean and tidy. We found the wardens very friendly and helpful.

The toilets and showers were very clean and had no queues to deal with.

No dog walk on site but walks available in lane opposite and seemed to be used by all doggie people. Spar shop was good supplemented by a fruit and veg seller outside. Thought the near by pub very expensive so gave it a miss.

The setting for the site is quite rural and agree the opening and closing of the gate is a pain, Also no parking places if you come back late at night. Lots of places to see in the area.

Happy to say I recommend it to members

Date of Visit: April 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Major Road 1 review from this member

The site was great and the site managers were excellent 'hosts' & very helpful, we had a great day with them during the 'wedding'. Contrary to other comments we were at the bottom of the site which had the sun all day.

It was also very handy for water & waste etc. The toilet blocks were immaculate.

The Spar shop had everything needed if you ran out & supermarkets were not far away.

The calfornia inn was overpriced, the food average & had the most miserable landlord its ever been my misfortune to meet. All Beer at 3.50 per pint was a bit greedy. The table we had booked for a meal was occupied & we had to wait. All in all OK for a beer but average food that was overpriced.

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