Hunters Lodge Caravan and Camping Site8.6
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No need to hunt for a tiny and tranquil Devon destination: we bring you teeny Hunters Lodge Caravan and Camping Site on the edge of the estuary village of Starcross, near the sands and nature reserve of Dawlish Warren beach. It’s listed as one of our tiny sites with less than ten pitches, but is set over ten acres of its own ground so you could almost pretend to be surveying your own kingdom. And there are 28 ways of serving River Exe mussels on offer at the Anchor pub half a mile down the road – better book for 28 days then…
Take the fishing rod and stride off Hunters Lodge's own coarse fishing lake on site to see what you might land, or bring the dog for a wander around the ten acres: pooches are welcome at Hunters Lodge all year round. Once you're rested and ready to go off exploring, public transport is close to hand for those who don't want to drive: the site is half a mile from Starcross Rail Station and coach stop and 15 minutes’ walk from the site to the Starcross passenger ferry to Exmouth. Still fancy some fishing? There's a coarse fishery at nearby Exminster.
The level grass pitches at this friendly site come with excellent amenities including recycling and chemical disposal, drying facilities, shower block and washroom.
Open from 1 Jan to 31 Dec
Take your feet to Starcross ferry landing and catch the passenger ferry to Exmouth to see its seafront and the famous 16-sided house A La Ronde, then head further inland to Devon’s county town Exeter, home of Exeter Castle and the stunning Exeter Cathedral, medieval churches and a museum in the eleventh century former priory.
Old buildings and castles abound in the area: the twelfth century Powderham Castle lies just north of Starcross at the village of Kenton and there are more National Trust properties in Devon than anywhere else in the country. Topsham Museum, with period rooms, info on maritime history and exhibitions on local wildlife, is housed in seventeenth century buildings overlooking the Exe Estuary.
Kids clamouring for something a bit more suited to their tastes? There are animal parks, zoos, aquariums and adventure parks all over this area and Devon: six miles away at Exeter, there’s Go Ape! for tree swinging and zip slides, and Crealy Great Adventure Park for all sorts of crealy great capering.
Or take them to the sand instead: the acclaimed beach of Dawlish Warren is almost on the doorstep for fairground rides, summer events and old seafront standby Punch and Judy. From here it’s a scenic stroll to the Dawlish Warren nature reserve on the mouth of the Exe Estuary, with visitor centre and free admission.
Taking the bikes along to Devon? The National Cycle Network Exe Estuary Trail goes from Dawlish to Exmouth and there’s more cycling through the woods at Haldon Forest Park, with a bike hire shop there if you’re not bringing your own wheels.
Dartmoor National Park, about an hour inland from Dawlish, has cycle routes for riders of all abilities, with a cycling map available to buy from local information centres. Letterboxer or geocacher? Indulge these passions in the park too.
There are too many other day trips in and around Hunters Lodge to list, but a quick selection includes: a trip to England’s highest waterfall Canonteign Falls; sightseeing along the Torbay coast on the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway; taking in Torquay; booking a boat and seeing the Golden Hind at Brixham, or going to one of the local festivals: look under ‘Nearby events’ to the left for details of what’s coming up – no need to hunt down info here…
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
East Devon, Devon
|Dawlish Coryton Cove
East Devon, Devon
|Comfortable traditional 17th-c pub overlooking estuary and harbour, good value generous food including good fish dishes and puddings (freshly made by landlady so takes time), Butcombe and Sharps Doom Bar, friendly helpful staff, partitioned beamed bar with big log fire and ancient oven, decorative plates and seafaring memorabilia, small restaurant; background music; children and dogs welcome, nice steep-sided garden||Ship
|Extremely popular dining pub specialising in seafood (inc 29 choices of mussels), food all day with two restaurant sittings summer evenings and winter weekends to cope with crowds, six real ales, a dozen wines by the glass, 130 malt whiskies and quite a few brandies and ports, several low-ceilinged small rooms with panelling, coal fire in snug, extension made mainly of reclaimed timber with over 300 ship emblems, brass and copper lamps and nautical knick-knacks, live music including Weds jazz; children welcome seated away from bar, dogs allowed in bar, tables on verandah looking across road to inlet, open all day||Anchor
|Pleasant old-fashioned décor, split-level panelled dining area with leather sofas by big fire, good generously served home-made food including fresh local fish and Sun roasts, well kept ales such as Otter, Palmers, St Austell and Wadworths, short interesting wine list, may be winter mulled cider, friendly helpful staff, games room with pool, Sun live music; children welcome, picnic-sets out at front, smokers' area, open all day||Swan
|Tucked down narrow street close to the station and getting good reports under present management, decent choice of enjoyable reasonably priced food including well cooked fresh fish, several west country ales, cosy linked beamed bars, live music weekends||Exeter Inn
|Remote but very popular waterside pub reached by 30-minute towpath walk, cycle ride or 60-seater boat from Topsham quay (15-minute trip), also visitor moorings; three simply furnished informal rooms, built-in seats, wood-strip floors, lots of photographs of the pub, woodburner, up to five real ales, local cider, decent wines by the glass, good food (not Sun evening) using organic produce, summer barbecues, efficient friendly staff even when packed (queues at peak summer times); children and dogs welcome, plenty of picnic-sets in big garden, sea and estuary birds to watch at low tide, open all day in summer, closed weekdays in Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar, all Dec and Jan||Turf Hotel
- Crealy Great Adventure Park (6.1 miles)
- Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (7.6 miles)
- Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (10.2 miles)
- A la Ronde (2.6 miles)
- Killerton: Clyston Mill (9.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Exmouth, Geoneedle, Coast Path and Knowle Walk
- EXE ESTUARY (CURRENT BOUNDARY FROM 16/01/2003) (3.7 miles)
- Woodbury Common and Woodbury Castle (4.9 miles)
- EXE ESTUARY (CURRENT BOUNDARY FROM 16/01/2003) (3.7 miles)
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Lovely quiet site. Will definitely return! 19 Nov 2014
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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
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourersMax. motorhome length: 8.0 metres
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Starcross: Rail Station Coach Stop — 0.5mi
0.5mi Kenton (Devon): Coach Stop — 1.4mi
1.4mi Exmouth Bus Station — 1.8mi
- Train stations
Starcross Rail Station — 0.5mi
0.5mi Dawlish Warren Rail Station — 1.8mi
1.8mi Exmouth Rail Station — 1.9mi
- Ferry ports
Starcross Ferry Landing — 0.6mi
0.6mi Exmouth Ferry Landing — 1.5mi
1.5mi Turf Lock Inn Ferry Landing — 2.8mi
Exeter International Airport — 7.7mi
By car, coming from the Exeter direction: drive through the village of Starcross, turn right on to New Road opposite Cockwood Harbour, turn left opposite the golf course, and the turning for Hunters Lodge can be found after approximately 200m on the right-hand side. Alternatively, coming from the dual carriageway to Starcross via Black Forrest Hill, then Hunters Lodge will be found on the left just before Starcross. Look out for the White Hunters Lodge sign.
By bus: there is a bus stop at the end of Staplake Lane. Access by foot to Hunters Lodge is by walking 200m along Staplake Lane. We are the last entrance on the left.
By rail: the nearest train station is Starcross. Walk along New Road until you see the sign for Staplake Lane on the right, and access by foot to Hunters Lodge is by walking 200m along Staplake Lane. We are the last entrance on the left.
By bicycle: leave the Exe Estuary Cycle path at Starcross Station, turn right into New Road, follow New Road through the village until you see the sign for Staplake Lane on the right, follow Staplake Lane for approximately 200m, we are the last entrance on the left.
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Arrive:Sun 10 Mar 2013
Depart:Fri 15 Mar 2013
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