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- Farm site between Dartmoor and the coast
- Daily farm walks and animal petting for children
- Just outside the town of Ashburton
Doo you have a Little animal fan at home? Park them at Parkers Farm Cottages and Caravans, where they can gabble to the animals to their hearts’ content… There are daily farm walks to help feed and pet the pigs, cows, ponies, guinea pigs and other inhabitants of this friendly Devon farm, and easy access from here to Devon’s top animal attractions like Paignton Zoo and Pennywell Farm, not to mention the ponies roaming wild on Dartmoor…
Parkers Farm Cottages and Caravans is in the Devonshire countryside between Dartmoor and the coast, and is just outside the old stannary town of Ashburton, the biggest town in Dartmoor National Park.
If the weather is beastly, settle down in Miss Piggy’s Bar & Restaurant just down the hill from Parkers Farm, with a playroom, games room and entertainment in peak season.
There’s also a TV room at the farm as well as free wifi.
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Family Friendly Site with everything we needed
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Ashburton: Bull Ring Bus Stop — 1.6 miles
1.6 miles Buckfastleigh: Station Approach Bus Stop — 3.7 miles
3.7 miles Newton Abbot: Lay by Coach Stop — 5.4 miles
- Train stations
Newton Abbot Rail Station — 5.5 miles
5.5 miles Totnes Rail Station — 6.3 miles
6.3 miles Torre Rail Station — 8.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Totnes Ferry Landing — 6.9 miles
6.9 miles Torquay - North Quay — 9.7 miles
9.7 miles Shaldon Teignmouth Ferry Landing — 9.7 miles
Exeter International Airport — 19.6 miles
From Exeter, take the A38 towards Plymouth. Turn off left one mile before Ashburton signposted Woodland/Denbury. Look out for the brown caravan tourist signs.
Continue up the hill past Parkers Farm Holiday Park, which is the second turning on the right. You'll see a big board in the shape of a cow: follow the signs for reception.
Parkers Farm Cottages and Caravans is perfectly placed for both Dartmoor and the south Devon coast, so we think a few days at each should be in order.
Animal fans can find out all about Dartmoor’s wildlife at the High Moorland Visitor Centre at Princetown in the heart of the park, with free admission, regularly changing exhibitions and knowledgeable staff who can point enthusiasts in the right direction.
Kids will probably also want to ebb towards the award-winning River Dart Country Park for adrenaline activities, zipwires and nature trails, and to Becky Falls, picked by the World Wildlife Fund as an Incredible Family Day Out.
If you have to firmly tell your disappointed offspring that no, wild Dartmoor ponies are not there for riding, take them instead to one of the several stables around on the moor for horse rides and pony treks. There are stables for all abilities from beginner to expert, including enclosed schools for beginners, and different parts of park recommended according to experience: the south-east quarter is best for beginners, with accessible moorland and gentle slopes. Many Dartmoor pubs have tie rails or paddocks for horses if you’re making a pitstop.
Also in the national park, spend a day or three at Pennywell Farm and the Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, both in Buckfastleigh. Farm rides, a falconry centre and regular shows are on the agenda at Pennywell Farm; listen for the bell every half an hour which rings in the start of a new activity.
Now knackered? Also at Buckfastleigh, browse peacefully around Buckfast Abbey to browse around, or have some sedate steam-based sightseeing on the South Devon Railway to Totnes (once there, the kids will probably find more energetic things to do at the Woodlands Adventure Park, which has a zoo farm including Meerkat Hotel, a dinosaur ride and several hair-raising play and adventure zones).
Towards the coast, let little folk make a splash at Paignton’s Quay West, the biggest outdoor waterpark in the UK, or get busy on the beaches of the English Riviera at Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.
On the way, stop off at Newton Abbot for the brilliantly bonkers House of Marbles for its games and marbles museums, games and glass for sale, and the games garden with giant floating marble.
- Buckfast Abbey (3.2 miles)
- Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (9.2 miles)
- Living Coasts (9.8 miles)
- The Church House (5.3 miles)
- Compton Castle (6.6 miles)
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