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The River Dart Country Park

With over ninety acres of woods, scenic walks and beautiful lakes, the River Dart Country Park is the perfect setting for all kinds of outdoor activities. With over 25 park attractions, children can rough-and-tumble over space nets, swing through trees on jungle ropes, or even capture a wooden pirate ship surrounded by water! Toddlers aren’t left out either with our Toddlers Beach and Playground (Lilliput), just perfect for tiny explorers.

You can visit for the day, camp on our award-winning camping and touring site, or stay in our luxurious en-suite rooms in Holne Park House and the refurbished Coach House. For the more adventurous, during high season, at extra cost, “Dare Devils” offer instructor supervised activities on-site, including mega zip wire, high ropes course, open boat canoeing and more!

With our multi-award-winning camping and caravanning holiday park,  and comfortable en-suite accommodation at Holne Park House, the choice of holiday is yours. Our AA report 2021 is available for you to view. 

Our access statement can be found here – Accessibility.

History of Holne Park Estate

The House itself was built as a private family home between 1885 and 1906 and was the main property of the Holne Estate, lived in by the Dawson family until the 1930’s. The house and the agricultural estate was purchased by the Simpson family in 1932, since then there have been a variety of occupants, from the RAF during the war, a hotel and later an outward-bound training centre. The house itself is available for weddings and receptions, private functions and conferences.

The River Dart Country Park opened in 1976, established by Mark Simpson’s parents, and the continuous investment in facilities ensures a top quality experience for all to enjoy. We take pleasure in providing a beautiful setting and base from where you can really experience the unique wonders of Dartmoor and South Devon. Everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors is close by, from the wonderful South Devon coast, the cathedral city of Exeter and the numerous visitor attractions in the region.

Within just a few miles of us are the award-winning Pennywell Farm, Buckfast Abbey (home of the famous Tonic Wine), the romantic South Devon Steam Railway and for those interested in brewing, Tuckers Maltings!

See more of the beautiful Dartmoor landscape with this stunning time lapse video YouTube video

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

The River Dart Team


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