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The Dartmoor Halfway Inn
This is a modest site with under 20 pitches at the rear of a 12th century inn. Drive through the pub car park and there’s a tight turn into the site where there are hard standing pitches with 16amps electricity; some have water and drainage too. Access to some of the pitches would be easier if you had a caravan mover; we didn’t!
There is a basic but clean heated facilities block. There is a motorhome service point and the pub serves food all day; what’s better than a meal one minute’s walk from your unit? There is a bus stop about half a mile away.
Opening times: All year
Nightly costs: from £12 per night for two people, outfit, electric hook-up and awning.
Children under 5 years: no charge.
Children over 5 years: £2.00.
Pets: no charge.
(Correct as of May 2010 – please contact the park for most up to date information)
Eat and drink:
As the name suggests, this campsite is sited behind a pub. The Dartmoor Halfway Inn offers a wide menu for breakfast, lunch time snacks and a la carte meals in its restaurant.
The campsite is situated midway between Ashburton and Newton Abbot and is four miles from Dartmoor. It sells itself as an ideal base to visit most of Devon’s top attractions. These include the Babbacoombe Model Village (http://www.babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk/) where visitors can experience an animated miniature village, Kents Cavern (http://www.kents-cavern.co.uk/) which states it has Britain’s oldest home dating back 500,000 years. And for the kids, why not visit Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park (http://www.crealy.co.uk/).
For more details of Devon attractions visit http://www.lotstodo.co.uk/
From Exeter on A38, stay on A38 southbound towards Plymouth and leave at Ashburton and return to A38 northbound. Follow signs for Newton Abbot A383, Bickington and Widecombe. The pub will be on your left on the A383 and there is a signpost.
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All pitches have hard standing
An airstream was on site at the time of our visit
The entrance has a secure barrier
The facilities blocks are heated and well equipped
The well kept hedges between pitches are a nice touch
Some new larger pitches were completed in 2010
The site backs on to the countryside. Note: Some pitches have an artificial grass sufrace for the awning.