Woodland Springs Touring Park is an adults only site located within the northern boundary of the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. This is one of the most popular caravan parks in Devon for couples, or single adults looking for a retreat from the stress and pressure of everyday life, and the surroundings mean that anyone travelling here will definitely find what they are looking for.
The park is open all throughout the year, and is open to caravans, motorhomes, and tents. There is a small shop and off licence on site that can be used to purchase all of your essentials, and where possible they sell as much local produce as possible, including freshly baked bread, which they bake on site to order, as well as eggs and dairy products from local farmers.
Woodland Springs is the perfect base for exploring the rest of Dartmoor National Park, whether you wish to do so on foot or on bicycle. There is a variety of terrain and landscape to experience, and it is a great location in which to ‘lose yourself’ for the duration of your trip.
For those who wish to explore outside the confines of Dartmoor, access to both the north and south coasts of Devon and Cornwall are within easy reach. If you are looking to surf or indulge in other water sport activities it is best to head north, while the south coastal areas are home to some of the most tranquil, unspoiled beaches anywhere in England.
In addition to outdoor pursuits and activities, Exeter and Plymouth are both easily reachable with a short drive, and both are home to some great shops as well as a variety of bars, restaurants, and entertainment centres. There are also many small, friendly villages situated within and around the border of Dartmoor, many of which have local amenities such as country pubs available for you to enjoy.
Gravel pitches, mixed gravel and grass pitches and all grass pitches. Day Kennels. Shop/off licence, fresh bread baked to order
Dartmoor, Castle Drogo, Stone Lane Gardens, Finch Foundry, Spinsters Rock, Fernworthy Reservoir, Parke, Dartmoor Prison Museum, Museum of Dartmoor Life, Exeter and many more
Pony Trekking, Hiking and walking on Dartmoor and in the Teign Valley.
: July in 2013
I understand the need for hard standings, especially in the UK with our unreliable weather, but this site has truly gone too far and spoiled what had, up until this visit, been a very nice, green site. I felt like we were spending the night on a dusty, gravelled car park.... bring back some grass please site owners!
We have posted a picture of this reviewer on one of our so called dusty gravelled car parks on their last stay with us. On each visit they have always been on similar pitches, never on grass. We always put motorhomes on stone pitches. Please make your own mind up.
: April in 2011
This is our 4th year of staying at this lovely site and it just seems to get better and better each year we return. It has benefited this year from the winter's work of white stoning the pitches.
As always Chris and Jan were as friendly as they always have been, happy to chat and have a laugh with customers. I would happily recommend others to use this site whether they are caravanners or campers.
In many ways the system of not having cars driving around on the camping pitches is far better as we have seen episodes where idiots have caught guy ropes in the evenings, causing major problems.
Top marks to Chris and Jan for creating and maintaining and exceptionally peaceful site, they are hard working whilst remaining friendly and helpful.
: April in 2011
We arrived at what we thought was going to be an attractive and spacious campsite on the Royal Wedding Bank Holiday, only to find that the pictures on the website are somewhat deceptive - the site is much smaller than appears, and the tent area is situated right in the middle of all the caravans - it is fairly cramped too with no space at all to park a car in-between pitches... you are required to park in front of your pitch, which affords no privacy between tents. Our allocated pitch was adjacent to the toilet and shower block, as most of the camping pitches are - that is okay if you don’t mind the corresponding pedestrian traffic - and it was incredibly uneven, covered in grass interspersed with large patches of semi-dry mud and gravel, suggesting to us that the drainage is sub-standard - certainly not worth the £18 charged per night! When we asked if there was another pitch available, we were allocated a much smaller pitch (without a smile and without an apology either might I add), which hugged the gravel road lying between the tent area and the caravans. It was suggested by the proprietors that if we preferred a nicer, more level pitch with an electric hook-up, we were welcome to one, but we would have to pay for the hook-up whether we used it or not! With that, my partner and I left the site and found another Tranquil campsite about 45 minutes away, where the owners couldn’t be more accommodating... and we had amazing views over the moors (for less than £18 per night!), so in the end, the complete lack in customer care and service at Woodland Springs did us the biggest favour. If you are travelling and need somewhere to stay for just one night, and are not bothered too much about your surroundings, then this is the campsite for you - however, if you prefer more space and sweeping landscapes to enjoy over a relaxing long weekend, then go elsewhere.
We are very sorry that Sharon feels like she does but we feel we must reply as she failed to give us full and proper opportunity to address her issues. As nice as it would be we cannot please everyone and are not for everyone. We offer customers their own space by allocating pitches and are all about peace and quiet and have a very high satisfaction and return rate.
We don’t have a “tent area”, all customers are allocated a pitch so you have your own space and do not have the situation of finding someone else pitching across the front of your tent as sometimes happens in “tent areas”. The basic pitches (without electric hook up) are in the general area of the toilet/shower block but as the toilet/shower block is in a convenient central location in the park that is true about many pitches.
Sharon had been allocated pitch 70. The pitch is 15m long and 7.5m wide (this excludes the car parking bay at the head of the pitch) and we admit it is not as level or as good as we would like, we are still working on this. The “gravel” Sharon refers to is actually horticultural sand. The area had drainage put in over the winter to improve what was then poor drainage.
The other pitch she refers to is pitch 67, which is shaped like a quarter of a circle, is on the inside corner of the park and is 9.3m down one edge, 9.8m down the other and the shortest radius of the curve of the road from the back corner of the pitch is 8.7m. You can get a big tent on either of these pitches. All pitches border the site roads except a small number which have their own access roads.
Both these pitches are to the rear aspect of the toilet/shower block so have no or very little passing traffic as all access to the block is at the opposite end and it is only 6 to 8 pitches in that corner of the park that may have need to walk anywhere near to these pitches.
The car rule is not just for tents as we prefer all of our customers on grass pitches to park at the head of the pitch, we make no apologies for this.
When Sharon came to reception to ask about another pitch we were dealing with other customers at the time, she talked over them from the reception door. We immediately responded letting her know which was the only other basic pitch that was unallocated (67) and said some other pitches were available which she may prefer but these were more expensive as they have an electric hook-up on them. It must be stated that choice was very low as it was the Bank Holiday and our occupancy rate for the weekend was very high. This was a very brief exchange so she could go and see what other options were available to her whilst we continued dealing with the customers we were with and then we could then further discuss how to resolve Sharon’s problem. We saw no more of Sharon so once free Chris went down to the pitches to check that she was OK, to see what decision she had come to and see if there was anything else we could do, we found that both pitches were empty and it was obvious she had left without saying anything else to us at all. If Sharon had come back to see us to talk it through we are sure we could have easily addressed her problems, but as she did not grant us this opportunity we were unable to offer any acceptable level of Customer Care.
We feel very insulted by Sharon’s closing comments as we have very many satisfied customers and many who return regularly and she was not on site long enough to make any real judgement about us. Our customers generally hold the site in very high regard and we have a very good reputation.
It must be pointed out that due to the Utilities Act 2000 a park cannot charge for using a hook-up separate to the pitch fee and there are 3 options of how to apply the OFGEM ruling. 1. Put a meter on the hook-up and take readings at arrival and departure time and the electricity charged at the same rate as paid for by the park. 2. Carry out a complicated average calculation based on the average consumption per pitch per night, this is calculated using the electricity actually consumed by the pitches and the number of pitch nights where electricity was consumed (previous year’s figures), the result is then multiplied by the actual charge made to the park for electricity. This calculation must be repeated at the end of a season using the seasons actual figures and then any overcharge paid back to customers (any undercharge can also be claimed back from customers, very difficult on a touring site). 3. You charge a price for the pitch that does not change whether the customer uses the hook-up or not and is not based on any consumption figures. This is how we do it here.
In a very brief summary Sharon did not like the pitch she was initially allocated and left the site without giving us the opportunity to properly resolve her issues and therefore denied us the chance of offering her a satisfactory level of Customer Care.
: June in 2010
A pleasant site with good new facilities and good gravel pitches for Motor Homes,but it would have been more pleasing to the eye if all the roadways had been done with the same colour road stone. Unfortunately we did not receive a particulary warm welcome as we were an hour early by mistake arriving at 12 noon instead of 1pm after having been on the road since 7am. Why are arrival times at so many sites getting later & later I wonder?
Fair comment from the site owner, like I said it was a mistake on our part due to not having a brochure or print out of that part off the web site and it is a site we will use again, also it was a journey we had never done before.
Woodland Springs Touring Park
This reviewer is a couple, a tourer/motorhomer
Having just returned from yet another fabulous holiday in Devon at Woodland Springs Touring Park we felt that we had to provide a review of the site.
We first stayed at this site just after Jan & Chris acquired it some 5 years ago and, whilst we could see the development potential, we felt that there was a lot of work needed to make it attractive to visitors.
Our last visit was some eighteen months ago and we have been aware of work that has been undertaken, such as drainage and upgrading of pitches but imagine our surprise when we returned a few weeks ago to find that the owner’s plans, and may I say hard work, have all come together in the form of, a new toilet block which incorporates a first class dishwashing room as well as a laundry room; a new information hut housing a small freezer and coffee machine. It was delicious having a special coffee with one of Jan's oven baked croissants in the morning; also a really brilliant idea are the day dog kennels. The shop offers basic requirements, but has been extended to incorporate local products not least beer from Dartmoor Brewery.
Well done Jan & Chris. You have a beautiful site and ought to be proud the results of all of your hard work.
Woodland Springs Touring Park, Exeter, Devon
Peaceful, well maintained, great facilities, friendly team, dog friendly
Sarah Bolton8 Sep 2013
Very welcoming and very clean. Very peaceful stay.
Lorna Boyne14 Aug 2013
Friendly, welcomed our dogs, quiet, dog exercise area. Beautifully maintained site, couldn't wish for more.
Gina Benson11 Aug 2013
Quietness but evening access restricted by locked gate.
Anne Jackson11 Aug 2013
Clean friendly well organised and tranquil. Site Owners always helpful.
Ian Mason10 Aug 2013
Toilet and shower facilities, very very clean and warm showers. Owners professional but very friendly. Site nice and quiet and extremely well kept. Good recycling facilities.
Annika Johnson31 Jul 2013
The Friendly Staff Good Facilities Beautifully Plaice Out Site Easy Access To Theme Park.
Felicity Walker27 Jul 2013
Immaculate well maintained site, friendly staff.
Joe Traynor28 May 2013
Friendly, welcoming owner. Superb toilet/shower facilities. Well laid out site with plenty of hardstandings and situated in a lovely part of the country. Adult only.
Peter Lane29 Apr 2013
Very Friendly Staff Spotless Dean Facilities Noting To Fault, Will Be Back Soon
Beverley Gauci29 Apr 2013
location and quietness and cleanliness
Bruce Pargeter25 Apr 2013
Very helpful owners, freshly baked bread available, site kept immaculately clean, lovely clean modern toilets, showers, washing up facilities, good recycling, dog friendly and quiet site.
Moira Wood25 Apr 2013