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Tarka Trail Camping

8.7

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General

  • Peaceful, family-run site on the outskirts of Yelland
  • Five miles from Barnstaple and Bideford, and six from Westward Ho!
  • Walkers' paradise: direct access to Tarka Trail/South West Coast Path

North Devon has many special spots, but the golden triangle around the rivers Taw and Torridge and the sea is particularly pretty. Guests at Tarka Trail Camping are right in the middle of this sweet spot, making this a great base to explore the area's various watery vistas.

This site on the outskirts of Yelland is well suited to quiet rural hols, but its location close to a main road makes getting around a breeze: popular spots such as Barnstaple, Bideford and Westward Ho! can all be reached within 15 minutes' drive. Guests who want to leave the car behind can hop about on the local bus, which handily stops in the village (10 minutes' walk away).

There's direct access to the popular Tarka Trail from the site – it is, of course, named after an otter so it's no surprise that the creatures make an appearance now and then around these parts (although this smashing stretch of river is reward enough even without them). If all that walking (or cycling) builds up an appetite, fear not – weary wanderers are free to enjoy a barbecue back at base (provisions can be picked up a mile away in Fremington). Looking for a drink with that? Yelland Manor Micro Brewery is located right next door, and a café is 10 minutes' walk away.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a lead while on site.


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8.7

Overall rating based on 35 reviews

 

86% would recommend this site to a friend.

91% would stay here again.

  73% described as Peaceful ?

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It's a lovely spot and ideal if you're cycling the Tarka trail.04/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMark B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautiful view, friendly owner, the portaloos are kept clean.

    Disliked: 

    The overhead power lines, the on site brewery wasn't open.

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Flat pitches, clean facilities especially with Co-vid, hosts friendly02/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLise B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Fabulous view, amenities fine for us. Lovely hosts welcoming us.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Great location, excellent site with good facilities.02/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMatthew K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The campsite is right next to the trail, making it ideal for cycling and walking. I would really recommend a walk to Instow along the trail, its a beautiful little seaside town, Johns of Instow was amazing for breakfast too. We had a great stay at Tarka Trail Camping and would recommend to everyone, we are excited to come and stay again.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing.

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Very basic site. Pitches level, but lumpy. Trail difficult to access.01/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The location and views. Right on the Tarka trail. Fairly flat field

    Disliked: 

    Having to take rubbish home. Long grass.

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Nice place close to nature, to the beach 15 minutes …01/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice place close to nature, to the beach 15 minutes by car friendly for children and pets, BQ supermarket 15 min if nead.

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This is a lovely site with stunning views, although it …28/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRosalie S.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    This is a lovely site with stunning views, although it is very exposed for a tent. It is well placed for access to local places to eat and the towns of Barnstaple and Bideford supermarket is a short drive away too. On this occasion we were unable to stay our full stay due to Storm Francis blowing us away! But although the facilities are very basic just 4 portaloos they were clean with plenty of hand sanitizer available. I would happily visit again but maybe when my youngest 4 is a little older as he struggled to access the toilets independently due to the spring fitted to all portaloo doors, which although this was a personal issue to us it may be worth bearing in mind if you travel alone with young children (especially determined independent ones!) We had a lovely stay and its on our list to visit again.

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Great value for money, basic off grid camping!28/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    What a fab little site. Flat, nice soft ground with no stones!
    Basic with minimal amenities but they advertised nothing else.
    Portable toilets which are regularly cleaned, a kitchen sink area and great access to North Devon and especially the Tarka trail by bike or foot.
    Don’t expect posh showers and hot running water, it’s back to basics almost off grid camping. Plenty of space for the children to run around.

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Location- right on Tarka Trail. Lovely area, Instow only a …26/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Location- right on Tarka Trail. Lovely area, Instow only a 45 min walk and 30 min walk to Fremington Quay. Toilet were very clean and pitch was level

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A very good site,clean toilets, nice cut grass and very friendly25/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomvictoria p.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    We liked the wildness of camping and the freedom to let the children play and be children as they should be.
    A very good holiday

    Disliked: 

    Could have access to bottom gate to taka trail and a large waste bin for rubbish.

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Lovely basic site, level tidy tent pitches, clean loos.23/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Lovely quiet campsite directly next to the Tarka trail and estuary. Enjoyed a beer at the brewery nextdoor too. Portaloos were kept very clean.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No hot water

No potable water point

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

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Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Location

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  • Lower Yelland Farm, Yelland, Devon, England, EX31 3EN
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.0721°N 4.1549°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Yelland (Devon): Pottery Lane Coach Stop — 0.3 miles
Fremington: New Inn Coach Stop — 1.5 miles
Chivenor (Devon): Camp Gates Coach Stop — 1.7 miles
Train stations
Barnstaple Rail Station — 4.0 miles
Chapelton (Devon) Rail Station — 6.8 miles
Umberleigh Rail Station — 9.1 miles
Ferry ports
Instow Ferry Landing — 1.9 miles
Appledore Ferry Landing — 2.0 miles
Bideford Ferry Landing — 4.3 miles
Airports
Swansea Airport — 36.9 miles

Directions


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The traffic-free Tarka Trail is a top pick for walks and bike rides around here. The 30-mile section that runs adjacent to the site follows the route of an old railway, so it's fairly flat (excellent news for occasional walkers/cyclists). Bike hire is available at the old station by Fremington Quay (three miles away by road/a mile and a half's walk along the trail), where there's also a café and heritage centre.

Twitchers should check out RSPB Isley Marsh (under a mile by foot), where waders galore are drawn to a peaceful saltmarsh. Serious birdwatchers can head out for the day to to Lundy Island: the ferry leaves Bideford (10 minutes' drive) several times a week and takes around two hours.

For a day at the beach, head to Instow (a five-minute drive), a sandy riverside spot with sweeping views over the estuary that's popular with sailors and windsurfers. If you fancy taking to the waves, catch the Instow to Appledore Ferry across the Taw. Westward Ho! (15 minutes) is home to another fine beach and is a hub for surfers, kayakers and paddleboarders (with kit for hire) as well as go-karting.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (8.9 miles)
  • Castle Drogo (30.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (9.0 miles)
  • Heddon Valley (14.0 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  10 a.m. –  6:30 p.m.
Depart by:  11:30 a.m.

Tarka Trail Camping cancellation policy

No refunds within 5 days of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 5 day(s) of arrival.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Tarka Trail Camping will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Tarka Trail Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Tarka Trail Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Tarka Trail Camping? The traffic-free Tarka Trail is a top pick for walks and bike rides around here. The 30-mile section that runs adjacent to the site follows the route of an old railway, so … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Tarka Trail Camping?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  10 a.m. –  6:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 5 day(s) of arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

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