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Editor's Pick - Top Sites in Devon

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The best campsites for discovering this south west county

At Castle Brake, you’ll discover the perfect rural retreat in a beautiful setting in the heart of east Devon. It's 15 minutes from the bustling cathedral city of Exeter and just 10 minutes from stunning beaches, busy towns and pretty villages. As well as a state-of-the-art shower block with underfloor heating, there’s also the Castle Inn, which serves a wonderful selection of evening meals and a takeaway service. The small on-site shop offers the daily essentials and other facilities include a play park and woodland walk. Accommodation options range from fully serviced tent and touring pitches to luxury holiday homes with hot tubs all situated within the stunning countryside. Seasonal pitches and holiday homes to purchase are also available.

Tucked away in a wooded valley, close to the picturesque Ilfracombe Harbour and Woolacombe
beach. The site is a secluded retreat perfect for rest and relaxation. The valley is flanked on both sides by mature trees, with plenty of walks through the wooded areas. A bus stop can be found at the site entrance. On site you’ll find a shop and a bar and restaurant area serving hot food, snacks and drinks. The elevated position of the bar and restaurant gives great views over the ornamental lake. Hidden Valley has 70 hardstanding pitches, some large enough for RVs, all with hook-up and Premium pitches come complete with full services. The amenities are underfloor heated with showers, a laundry and facilities for the disabled.

Ladram Bay is an award-winning holiday park with its own private pebble beach set in a secluded, sheltered bay. Perfect for swimming and watersports, you can also hire a kayak, paddle board or a motorboat to do some exploring. Enjoy refreshments from the Beach Shack and be sure to visit the fabulous rock pools too. The modern restaurant and bar has an outdoor terrace with panoramic views of the beach. There’s also an indoor swimming pool complex with splash zone, Climbing Wall, Jurassic themed adventure golf, and a full entertainment programme, along with amusements, shop, play area, laundry and WiFi. The pitches are all fully serviced and situated on level tiers with views across the bay. Dogs are welcome at Ladram Bay and they can enjoy the dog walking areas and nearby Jurassic Coast.

Harford Bridge is a 2019 Visit Devon tourism award-winning holiday park set within the Dartmoor National Park with views of the moor and the River Tavy forming a boundary offering riverside pitches in some areas. The park is family and dog friendly, and is located on the Dartmoor Way cycle route. There are grass and hardstanding pitches (30 of these are located by the river) with or without electric and facilities include a shop, wet rooms, tennis court, play area, covered table tennis and table football, a dog exercise area and dog shower. There’s also a handy bike storage and info area where hired bikes can also be picked up. This is a truly beautiful park in a pleasant, rural area with all the activities of the National Park and Tamar Valley AONB on the doorstep.

Well situated between Braunton and the miles of golden sands at Saunton, Lobb Fields is a traditional touring campsite offering 180 pitches in two areas. If you are looking for peace and outstanding natural beauty, then you will find it here. The touring park is dog friendly, as is the beach at nearby Saunton Sands. Facilities on site include toilets and unlimited hot water showers, WiFi, a play area, dedicated dog walk, electric car charging points and the Lobb Shack, serving hot food and drinks. The local area is especially attractive to surfers, and the campsite has a surf hire shop just to the right of the entrance. As well as surfing, this is a good area for walkers and cyclists with Baggy Point, Braunton Burrows and the Tarka Trail within easy reach.

This is a family-run park set in 33 acres of parkland and surrounded by fields. Because of the parkland location, it is perfect for walking and the Tarka Trail can be accessed directly from the site. The camping and touring pitches are set in the grounds of the old manor house. There are a variety of pitches available, with hook-ups,, some are fully serviced and some en-suite with their own facilities in a cedar cabin. Tents can be pitched in the Old Walled Garden which provides shelter and easy access to the outdoor pool. Three camping pods and three timber lodges are also available to hire. On site are new heated amenities, a laundry, shop, bar (seasonal), games room and play area. WiFi is available throughout the park. Attractions in the area include some great sandy beaches, the pretty village of Clovelly, zoos and farm parks ... the list is endless! Pets welcome.

Close to Dartmouth, Woodlands combines an award-winning campsite with a large family theme park geared around families. The campsite offers 300 pitches for motorhomes, caravans and tents and has excellent facilities including bathrooms, private shower rooms, baby changing and laundry. Its location and quality make it worthy of note on its own, with stays of two nights or more giving your family free entry to the leisure park being a major plus. This has all sorts of rides, plus some peaceful activities on site, including woodland walks, falconry centre and a zoo-farm. During term time the valley location, with mature hedging, shrubs and plants dividing the pitches into small groups, makes this site a peaceful choice for those without children too.

Mill Park is a sheltered caravan and camping site set around a sparkling 1.5 acre lake. Located in an attractive wooded valley on the North Devon coast, it is perfectly situated for coastal walks, fun seaside activities and the breathtaking beauty of Exmoor. Mill Park offers good sized level grassed and hardstanding pitches with electric hook-ups, some fully serviced pitches, modern shower blocks, laundry room and camping supplies. There is an on-site family room and pub plus a well-stocked shop. Attractive flat grassed areas for camping and a number of glamping options and a dog exercise field are also available. The nearest village, Berrynarbor, is just a five minute walk and offers a country pub, village store and post office.

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