When the sun is shining this summer, you need to pack a bag and get yourself on holiday. The South West has some of the best holiday spots, beaches and tourist attractions in the UK, as well as some of the best caravan parks.
Thanks to our loyal social media following, we have compiled a list of the best caravan parks in Devon, due to their location, facilities and much more. Take a look below, and find your perfect destination this summer!
Cofton Country Holidays, Cockwood
Anyone who relishes a bit of variety on their holidays should give this award-winning site serious consideration: there are buckets and spades of activities for all ages, both on site and in the immediate vicinity.
Tucked into a valley, and only a mile away from swathes of Blue Flag beaches, Cofton Country Holidays has 80 glorious acres of meadows, orchards and woodland laced with tranquil nature trails for visitors to explore.
Lydford Caravan and Camping Park, Lydford
Lydford Caravan & Camping Park is a private site affiliated to the Caravan Club. They welcome caravans, motorhomes, folding campers (max shipping length 8.5m) and tents. They offer hard standing or grass pitches with electric hook up plus a separate area for tents offering wonderful panoramic views of Dartmoor.
Lydford has much of interest to offer all within a short walk from the site. Spectacular National Trust Lydford Gorge is a 3.5 mile (5km) circular walk in the deepest gorge in the south of England.
Lady’s Mile Holiday Park, Dawlish
It’s an award winner, and it’s easy to see why – Devon’s Lady’s Mile near the Blue Flag beaches of Dawlish Warren has all that’s needed for ladies and gentlemen to pitch up. It’s had cracking reviews and full marks for location, cleanliness, facilities, customer service and more, and also has five-star scores for value for money.
And there’s more – Lady’s Mile also has an indoor and outdoor pool, an on-site restaurant, a bar, fab play areas for the kids including an adventure playground and soft play area, evening entertainment to croon along to, a takeaway and even a gym if you feel like working the calories off (or you could just decide to relax by the pool or in the sauna instead).
Wilton Farm, Kingsbridge
The laidback owners of Wilton Farm, just outside Kingsbridge in south Devon, very much like their local landscape. They’ve been living in the area for over 50 years, but resolutely say they’ll never tire of looking at the glorious views from their farm.
After a peek at the site pics (go on), you’ll probably a) agree and b) have envy! Wilton Farm is on eight acres of land, with splendidly spectacular scenes across the site to Salcombe and to the local village of South Pool, all tucked into South Hams countryside a couple of miles from the – also highly scenic – Devon coast.
Broadleigh Farm Park, Totnes
What might you say to camping on a Devon farm only a couple of miles away from the beach, minutes from Paignton and Totnes, with views that might make you crumble? What about a site that produces its own scrumpy cider from 15 acres of on-site apple orchards among its 400 acres? Like the many returning guests of Broadleigh Farm Park, you might say it’s pretty sweet.
Facilities including showers, toilets, launderette and washing-up area are kept in apple-pie order: you’ll find free hairdryers too and there are disabled facilities and a parent and baby washroom.
Broadleigh is a working farm, so while dogs are welcome, please keep them on leads while on site or unless in the separate dog-walking field.
Appledore Park, Okehampton
Come and meet Spooky and Fester this summer! These two clever pooches, along with resident owners Tim and Rebecca, run Appledore Park two miles from Okehampton near the north Devon coast, where you’ll also find over 4,500 recently planted trees and hedges (so far), spankingly clean facilities and so many little extra touches you might wonder if Tim and Rebecca (and Spooky and Fester) ran campsites in a previous life. ‘Awesome’, ‘top notch’ and ‘knocked our socks off’ are just a few of the accolades Appledore has already received from grateful guests.
Roadford Lake, Lifton
A site for campers who like paddling their own canoe, kayak, boat, board or anything in between…
At a whopping 730 acres, Roadford Lake Campsite is the biggest lake for watersports in the southwest and has all manner of aquatic capers, including windsurfing, sailing, rowing, canoeing, surf skiing and water zorbing. There’s no shortage of action on land either, with a high ropes adventure course, archery and climbing.
The site has kit to hire out to have a go on the water, as well as qualified instructors whose time can be booked if you want a bit of tuition. Those who have their own kit can bring it along and hit the water for a small fee – please ask at reception for details (third party insurance on your own craft is essential!). For land activities, ask at reception when you arrive as these require minimum numbers and need to be booked in advance.
The Old Rectory Caravan and Camping Park, Tavistock
Devon or Cornwall, Cornwall or Devon? There are certainly worse decisions to make in life, but many that are far less tricky. The good news is that at The Old Rectory Caravan and Camping Park in Tavistock, you’ll be slap bang on the border of these bountiful counties, so you can explore both with total ease.
Enjoy a slice of relaxed and self-sufficient living at The Old Rectory but fear not, simple living is no less comfortable at this family-run park. Alongside the modern toilet and shower blocks, which have disabled access, the site also has a laundry room, a washing-up area, and a play area with swings and a slide.
Widdicombe Farm Touring Park, Paignton
Widdicombe Farm Touring Park is a family-run, adults-only site, set in eight acres of scenic farmland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are no winding narrow country lanes to negotiate so no tiresome reversing if you should meet other traffic on the way to the park.
The site serves home-cooked meals in its licensed restaurant from Easter to the end of September, so you can come here to relax and let someone else cook your evening meal or Sunday lunch. The restaurant has a cosy and friendly atmosphere and also provides takeaways.
River Dart Country Park, Ashburton
River Dart Country Park is the ideal place for outdoor fun and adventure. The campsite offers everything that camping in the great outdoors is all about: nights under canvas, open air cooking and perhaps even a little star gazing – in a superb location on the edge of the River Dart.
Facilities include modern, well-equipped amenity blocks, with free hot water and showers. There is a covered washing-up area and a laundry room (coin operated). Leisure facilities include a tennis court (bring your own rackets) and a toddlers’ beach. Guests can also enjoy a quick bite at the on-site Old Sawmill café along with refreshments and delicious Sunday Carvery.