Lydford Caravan & Camping Park
The weather outside is utterly beyond the pale. Below zero temperature with a bitterly cold dry
biting wind, chilling my feet, fingers and nose, and making my eyes stream with tears.
Just the wrong day to visit a campsite on Dartmoor you might think ?
Not a bit of it. JUST THE RIGHT DAY to see Steve, Bro and Simon putting finishing touches to the new
borehole installation some 40 feet into the ground that will provide the campsite with fresh clean
water, because of course holidaymakers like to have a nice shower whenever they feel like it don't they?
This is just one of the green practices here at the Lydford caravan and camping site between
Okehampton and Tavistock. A campsite in quiet country lanes with long views all round.
Here's two ladies who help to keep the site in good running order. Christine seen stocking the shelves of
the small but well stocked shop is part of the husband and wife warden team with Steve. (top photo)
The lady in reception didn't have to pose for this shot, she was busy fielding calls for bookings over
Easter when I called. She and her huband are deputy site managers and I can see why this is such a
popular site. Even on this freezing cold day in March, there is plenty going on to get the site in apple
pie order. Everything outside is neatly organised and owner Roger was ready to show me round.
First of all we went into the shower block. On the walk over from reception, I had been expecting to
find a cold wash block of a place that in these freezing temperatures I would not imagine stripping off in.
But I was completely wrong. It's a spotlessly clean and warm area with lights coming on as we walk in.
All sensibly laid out and taking advantage no doubt from the solar power units they have here on site.
Our elder daughter Jennifer and her husband like to take their 2 daughters camping, so I was able to
imagine her bringing the girls aged 2 and 5 in for a mixed shower. They would like it. And better to come...
For families with smaller babies there is a separate parent and child/baby room with it's own toilet,
sink, nappy changing area and shower for a £5 returnable deposit for the key. What a good idea.
As we walk around looking at all the facilities, Roger stops for a chat to a regular visitor who comes to the site
at least 4 times each year from the Netherlands. He and his wife are keen Dartmoor letterbox hunters.
No doubt on wet days they will take full advantage of this helpful shoe drying area in the laundry room.
I ask if he would mind me taking a photo of him with his caravan and he calls his wife out for the pose.
Thank you folks from the Netherlands !! They tell me that this is their favourite caravan park and that
I must come again in the Summer to take photos of the wonderful views all around and did I know
that there was an owl roosting in the large bird box behind me ? See pic above this one.
I ask Roger about facilities for the disabled, and he opens up a separate room to the side of the showers.
Again it is available for the cost of a £5 returnable deposit for the key. A giant wetroom, it has everything
you need including the all important plastic chair which is so useful for anyone who finds it difficult to stand.
This room impressed me too. Again nice and warm, it houses the washing machine (£4.50 per wash)
and a bigtumble drier (£1 for 30 minutes - but only washing that has been through the washing machine)
with outdoor drying lines, as wet washing drying around your own unit is not allowed. Fair enough.
Also in this room is the space for Wi Fi users should you not be able to power it from your own set up.
20p for 15 metered minutes. Free access to wifi is on offer at this site, just ask for the code in reception.
I'm happy to recommend this site to folks with tents or caravans. The shop sells Calor and Camping
Gaz, toilet chemicals, rock pegs and camping sundries. Milk, bread, eggs, bacon, cake, drinks,
canned and some dry groceries, ice cream, sweets and award winning local cheese.
And a nice touch, daily newspapers can be ordered for a small 10p charge.
One last thing to mention, dogs on leads are welcome and they have an excellent dog walk.
More information about reception opening times, recycling facilities, the shop, bus service
and lots more is to be found on the campsite website. Just click the link below. Jill
Take a look at the Lydford Caravan Park website