Destination Dartmoor with lots of out-doorsy delights for all. And as we're on Dartmoor already you haven't far to travel!
Castle Drogo and Fingle Bridge can't be missed. The National Trust property, Castle Drogo was the last castle built in England. Set in acres of stunning moorland scenery, this is a fascinating place to visit for everyone. Beautiful house and gardens with a great café. Fingle Bridge is located slightly further on, though the road is very narrow and steep. There is a great riverside pub here called the Fingle Bridge Inn (odd opening times so always wise to call first 01647 281287). You can reach Fingle Bridge on foot from Castle Drogo if you are keen to avoid the drive! The circular walk takes around 2.5 hours and is moderately challenging! Our children love this walk.
Stay at: For couples, try Woodland Springs Touring Park, Venton, Drewsteignton EX6 6PG Located in a secluded and quiet hamlet which is set within the boundaries of the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. It is exclusively for adults who are looking for peace, quiet and tranquillity. About 10 minutes from Okehampton. During high season, they bake fresh bread to order so you can guarantee a yummy breakfast in your van. Great pub in Drewsteignton called the Drewe Arms or try Chagford for a great selection of pubs and eateries. Tel: 01647 231695 Open all year.
For families, try Dartmoor View Touring Park at Whiddon Down EX20 2QL Set in an accessible location with a Dartmoor backdrop, this site has great facilities for families including a play area, outdoor pool and small football pitch. Tel: 01647 588026 Open March – October.
Chagford is just a few miles away from either location. This lovely small Dartmoor town has a fine selection of cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops. Just a little further, Moretonhampstead has a tiny Motor Museum which will delight car enthusiasts. Families will love the Miniature Pony Centre, located closer to Princetown: a scenic farm park with a great café and lots to do for little ones. Older children might enjoy the Dartmoor Prison Museum, at Princetown. The visitors centre there is really worth a look.
Destination River Dart Country Park, at Ashburton on the South East side of Dartmoor
On route from your first campsite, stop at the award-winning Home Farm Café Bovey Tracey, at the National Trust property, Parke (dog friendly) for a mid-morning cuppa or even lunch. You can take a walk in the walled garden or along the river, then on to Hay Tor for a spot of rock climbing and kite flying. Proper Dartmoor wind makes this a great spot to launch your kite!
Stay at: River Dart Country Park, Ashburton TQ13 7NP Just the best place to go with (over) active kids. This fantastic campsite has great clean facilities, a beautiful setting with challenging and unusual play equipment to keep the kids entertained. Those camping in the Country Park have free access to the facilities including a good café bar. Take bikes for the kids & wetsuits too are useful for all the river activities! As you can imagine this site can get busy during the school holidays. Tel: 01364 65251 Open April – end September.
The endless range of activities on offer at this site will keep families entertained for hours. Those staying for more than one night might like to venture off-site to visit Pennywell Farm Park at Rattery. This one will keep small children busy all day. Those travelling as a couple might prefer to visit The Shops at Dartington a really lovely shopping village with eateries, then on to Dartmouth for some further retail therapy.
Heading for Tavistock, visiting Dartmeet on the way
If you are visiting during peak season, you’ll need to reach Dartmeet early to grab a parking spot. This beautiful place can get very busy. Scenic riverside location with a great café. Ideal for dog walking and jumping from stone-to-stone in the river.
You’ll find a good selection of campsites at Tavistock, so something to suit everyone!
Harford Bridge Tavistock PL19 9LS Tel: 01822 810349 10% off all Bookings here when you trundle up in an O’Connors Campervan! Ensure you book over the phone to secure your discount. This award winning, beautiful, family-run caravan park is set in Dartmoor National Park with delightful views of Cox Tor. The River Tavy forms a boundary offering riverside camping and other level spacious pitches. Previous customers have recommended the bottom field for camping which is right next to the river. This site can be found to the west of Okehampton (about 25 minutes away). Tel: 01822 810349 Open mid-March – Mid November. The Elephant’s Nest at Horndon, Mary Tavy is worth a visit. Great food and gorgeous garden. The Peter Tavy Inn is also about 30 minutes walk from the campsite & serves good local food & real ale.
Woodovis Park, Gulworthy, Tavistock PL19 8NY Small & gorgeous holiday park. Beautiful setting and an on-site bakery! Close to the Chipshop Inn. Tel: 01822 832968 Open Easter – end October
Langstone Manor Holiday Park, Moortown, Tavistock PL19 9JZ Peaceful campsite with Dartmoor views. Immaculate facilities and lovely children’s play area. On site, Langstone Bar is useful for evening meals. Jane has kindly offered 10% reduction on pitch fees to O’Connors Campervans. Tel: 01822 613371 Open mid-March until mid-November.
Horse-riding is a great way to get a different view of Dartmoor. Cholwell Riding Stables offer a range of options for all ages and abilities. www.cholwellridingstables.co.uk t: 01822 810526 Those looking for an alternative day out might enjoy nearby Lydford Gorge, Morwellham Quay, Buckland Abbey or even shopping in bustling Tavistock itself.
It’s just a 30 minute drive back to O’Connors Campers workshop on your final morning. Don’t want to go home yet? Hire some bikes from Devon Cycle hire at Sourton (just 10 minutes drive from O’Connors). Cycle the Granite Way, stopping for lunch at The Bearslake Inn or The Castle at Lydford.