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Paddlers Welcome...

The River Dart Country Park & Holne Park House will open to paddlers at weekends for the winter season.

Access to the river

The Dart Fisheries Association and the BCU have an agreement permitting access to the river from Newbridge from 1st Oct 2016 to 13th March 2017, and from Dartmeet from 15th Oct  2016 to 13th March 2017.

There is no canoeing or paddling permitted during the summer months

The egress points are at Dartmeet, Newbridge, Waterworks Bridge and at Totnes. The BCU allow egress at Holne Weir (below Holne Bridge) on river left bank, but please note there is no parking available on this narrow part of the road. The existing Egress at Holne Bridge is closed.

Paddlers are welcome to paddle on the river through the Park, we politely request that if you wish to use our land or any of our facilities, that you respect our property.

Parking for paddlers

The car park at Newbridge (donation required) is limited in size and the Dartmoor National Park have reserved the first row of car parking spaces for members of the public who are not paddlers. Please do not park in these spaces as it annoys the Rangers and public and we do not wish to lose this car parking facility!

Following road improvement works at Holne Bridge, there is now no space for parking. The egress is now closed permanently.

Parking at the River Dart Country Park

The River Dart Country Park, via the main entrance, is available for paddlers to park at weekends through the winter season. There is a pay and display car parking charge for the day (£4 for up to 2 hours and £7 for the day) and residents will be issued with a dated, non-transferable car pass.

Visitors who have paid the car parking charge, will be able to use, at weekends unless by prior arrangement, the communal boot room area for changing and the communal showers   Duplicate car parking tickets are issued, which can be redeemed against main meals (not snacks or drinks) when spending £10 or more on that day of issue in The Old Sawmill.

Winter car parking pass

Priced at £50 for vehicles with up to 7 seven seats, and £120 for vehicles with 8 seats and over - please pay at reception. Valid from October - March.

The Old Sawmill cafe bar will be open at weekends offering hot drinks, snacks, food and beer and a Carvery on Sunday - Please no wet clothing inside!

Paddlers not wishing to use the facilities at the Park will need to egress at Totnes. We have been informed that the egress at Buckfastleigh (Butterfly Farm / Steam Railway) has now been closed.

We would like to encourage paddlers to use our facilities and stay on site - there is a special weekend promotion to help you. Please see accommodation page for details.

Commercal operators please contact our events team on 01364 655918 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rules and Regulations for the Paddling Season

Whilst we welcome all of our padders to the River Dart Country Park, we do ask you respect a few simple rules

  • All boats MUST be carried from the car park to the river and back again
  • All cars MUST be parked in the car park.
  • Parking is NOT permitted on any access roads, all padding places must be kept clear.
  • Only food purchased in the Cafe can be consumed in the Cafe
  • Any person running courses from our site must first obtain permission from the General Manager

We ask you respect our other customers, if you need to change in the car park please use the top tier only.

Any paddlers caught in breach of our rules run the risk of being banned from the site.

Opening Times

The Park is open daily from 10am until dusk.

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