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When a family spends forty years building their site to the highest standards, there might be an award. Or two. Or three. Or…OK, you get the picture. Developed by the Franks family over forty years from open meadowland to an award-winning secluded park, Oakdown Touring & Holiday Caravan Park at Sidmouth has been lauded with all sorts of accolades: there’s the AA South West Regional Campsite of the Year award in 2011 for starters, as well as gongs for cleanliness, green credentials and even its spotless loos.
And then there are the showers…sparkling clean and warm shower blocks with lashings of free hot water and a free hairdryer in each block; these little touches are evident all over Oakdown, such as the big roomy pitches, playground with climbing frames and play tower, family golf course, maps and books of local walks available at reception, and a dedicated dog walking area on site for furry campers.
For tuck, there’s an Oakdown café selling tea, coffee and hot chocolate as well as toasty breakfast paninis, and a shop with essentials, daily papers and camping stock; a supermarket to stock up at is five miles’ drive away, or the staff can recommend local pubs and restaurants if you’d rather let someone else do the cooking.
Nearby attractions and activities
Based on the East Devon Heritage Coast in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the area around Oakdown has walks, wildlife, history and geology galore; stretches of coast here and along the Weston Valley are managed by the National Trust and there’s also easy access to the tors and Bronze Age features of Dartmoor National Park.
There are historic villages all around for sightseeing, traditional pubs and the essential Devon cream tea: Branscombe, the longest village in England, has a working Victorian thatched forge, a Norman church and a drive-on beach, or there’s the shingle beach and caves of Otterton’s Ladram Bay, home of the Otter Estuary Nature Reserve. The fishing village of Beer is five miles away with huge quarry caves to explore, gardens and a model railway at Pecorama, sea fishing from its sheltered shore or just picking up a fresh catch from the fishermen on the beach. Not that you’d get back to base and pretend you landed the haul yourself…
Sidmouth has its famous Folk Week to bop along to in August each year; between sets, wander down the Esplanade from the red cliffs to Jacobs Ladder Beach, amble around the nineteenth century Connaught Gardens – with more music at the bandstand in the summer months – or take in the spectacular view towards Salcombe Hill after clambering up Peak Hill Slope. The village of Sidbury is in the Sid Valley a few miles inland from Sidmouth and has an Iron Age fort, a working watermill and a Saxon crypt at St Giles Church.
Day trippers are spoilt for choice too: there’s the historic city of Exeter with shopping, museums and its famous cathedral as well as Bicton Park Botanical Gardens to sink down and relax in. The watersports centre of Exmouth has its Country Life Museum and is one of the several Devon gateways to the Jurassic Coast for fossil-hunting and coastal clambering: hire a bike in the town to go along the seafront and up the Exe estuary to Lympstone, or explore the estuary by taking a tram from Seaton along the River Axe.
Junior campers can fly high at the adventure areas at Crealy Adventure Park between Sidmouth and Exeter, with farm animals and pony rides for when they’re back down to earth; if they’re still equinely inclined the famous Donkey Sanctuary is a short walk from Oakdown and there’s pony trekking available at Farway.
Attractions near Oakdown Touring & Holiday Caravan Park
- Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (3.1 miles)
- Crealy Great Adventure Park (10.2 miles)
- The National Trust Killerton House & Gardens (13.5 miles)
- Branscombe: the Old Bakery, Manor Mill and Forge (2.1 miles)
- Shute Barton (6.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Activities near Oakdown Touring & Holiday Caravan Park
Weston - Coastal Path - Salcombe Regis (0.7 miles) Walking
Branscombe – Street and the Coastal Path (2.7 miles) Walking
Sidmouth Town (3.1 miles) Beach - Excellent Water Quality Beaches Surfing
Overall rating based
Liked: The amount of space per pitch
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Not worth the hype
simned01 (Family with young children, 3 reviews, 0 photos)
Liked: Very clean
Disliked: Near busy road so noisy
From the manager...
A little disappointed with the comment "Not worth the hype" we do advertise that we're near to a road, and we have provided some of the biggest pitches in the Country, I see that you felt that the Park was Clean, has Large Pitches, Great Location and has a Good kids area would you consider changing the heading please?
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Sidmouth: Triangle Bus Stop — 3.1mi
Seaton (Devon): Sea Front Bus Stop — 4.8mi
Exeter: Airport Terminal Bus Stop — 10.5mi
- Train stations
Honiton Rail Station — 6.4mi
Feniton Rail Station — 7.3mi
Whimple Rail Station — 8.8mi
- Ferry ports
Exmouth Ferry Landing — 12.3mi
Topsham (Turf Lock Ferry) Ferry Landing — 12.6mi
Topsham Ferry Landing — 12.7mi
Exeter International Airport — 10.5mi
From M5 junction 30 at Exeter, follow the A3052 eastwards through Newton Poppleford to Sidford. Proceed for another one and a half miles towards Lyme Regis and take the second Weston turning at the Oakdown sign on your right.
Permitted arrival time
It is regretted that no refunds can be made if guests depart prior to the end of the booked holiday. Any changes to your booking must be completed prior to your balance due date (28 days before arrival); no refunds will be given. Any amendments to your original reservation will be charged a £10 administration fee.
Please note that your deposit paid to Pitchup.com is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
Balance payment is due 28 days before arrival, or as soon as possible if the booking is for within 28 days. We will send an email confirmation of your booking with contact details to arrange your balance payment.
Cards accepted on the parkMaestro
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