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River Dart Country Park, Devon: Review

We spotted this place in Devon and didn’t think it could be as good as it looks… streams to swim in, pirate ships and obstacle courses, all set in a country park.

Well, it turned out to be one of our favourite trips in 2018.

The Park

River Dart Country Park is set in 90 acres of lush parkland within Dartmoor National Park. It is packed with things to do, and if you stay in the award-winning campsite you can enjoy the facilities as part of your stay.

Campsite

With heaps of pitches on the landscaped lawns, the views across the valley are stunning. The pitches are generous and there is a peaceful, festival vibe about the place.

The facilities are modern and clean and only a short walk from the fun.

Park Attractions

River Dart Country Park lists over 25 attractions included in the price. An obstacle course, zip wire, snake slides, spiders web, fort, tyre swings… and they’re dotted all over the place.

Hidden in hillsides and through thickets were endless discoveries to fuel our kid’s imagination and sense of adventure. And they were simply blown away. We planned to stay four nights and changed our booking to a week, there was so much to do.

Much of the fun involves getting wet. River walking, kayaking, obstacles across a lake. It’s good fun, but unless it’s the hottest day of the year, you’ll need a wetsuit to keep the chills away.

Worth a mention

We love a local tipple, and The Old Sawmill is an attractive onsite Café Bar & Restaurant that sources its food and drinks from Devon and prepares them on site. We sat under the enormous outdoor umbrellas, watching the kids climb and play as we enjoyed a local treat.

Things to do in Devon

We visited the beautiful town of Totnes and its eclectic mix of shops and cafes. Next was the beautiful beach of South Milton Sands, and we enjoyed a day in Teignmouth where we caught the small ferry boat across to pretty Shaldon.

Why so special?

River Dart Country Park has won multiple awards and accolades, and rightly so. It’s imaginative and adventurous, and it encouraged our two young children to enjoy the world around them.

They climbed trees, explored streams, got filthy and wet, and they loved every minute… and so did Mum and Dad!

Next time

We will definitely take a day trip to Dartmouth, Buckfast Abbey, Powderham Castle, and Pennywell Farm which looks like loads of fun.

If you’ve been here before, please share your suggestions. Tell us what you think?

 

NB: Everything about our stay was organised and paid for ourselves, and all views expressed are entirely those of Curious Campers.

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