The best campsites in Devon put you at the heart of this county’s wild side. Whether you’re camping on North Devon’s best beach or wild camping right on the moors, Devon’s wildlife and stunning scenery will wow you. For those that like a few home comforts, glamping in Devon can come with five star pampering on the side or riverside locations that glint with the blue flash of kingfishers. Struggling to choose from the hundreds of camping sites in Devon? We’ve handpicked the best ones to get you started…
Rhea Farm and Fishery
One of the best campsites in Devon mingles eco-friendly stays with a menagerie of exotic animals. An unusual combo but, somehow, Rhea Farm and Fishery makes it work. The big draw for anglers is the 1.5 acre lake. Fish the days away trying to land the monster 20lb carp – or keep on casting for smaller hauls of tench and rudd. On the green front, you’re looking at an entirely solar powered park, with heat for your showers coming from the woodburner powered by kindling and fallen trees from the 5 acre woodland. Nestled on a farm just outside Axminster it puts you within roaming range of the River Cottage Kitchen and just a 15 minute drive from the Jurassic Coast. And the animals? Chill with the giant tortoise, watch the goats and sheep graze the meadows or check out the huge but flightless rhea, ostrich and emus.
Orbzii tip: Fishing here comes free with your stay – but beginners can take advantage of the £10 per day rod hire offering, which comes with full kit and a few tips for newbies.
Hole Station Campsite
Imagine a car-free, adult-only campsite in a deciduous wood that’s teeming with wildlife. Sounds too good to be true? You can experience all that and more at Hole Station Campsite in Beaworthy. A west Devon wonderland where each pitch comes pre-kitted out with a private loo, covered kitchen area and privacy. Bring your own gear – or book a pre-pitched set up from the site. Forest bathing in the woods comes with the chance to spot hedgehogs, buzzards, jays and finches. Relax in the wild flower meadow or swing in your hammock and snooze until sunset. Despite the rustic surroundings, the thoughtful facilities allow you to do everything from charging your phone to re-freezing your cold blocks. Best of all, campfires are encouraged in this back to nature site.
Ocean Pitch Campsite
If you’re looking for beach campsites in Devon, look no further. Unzip your tent and taste the sea air at the aptly named, Ocean Pitch Campsite. Tents, campers and a few glamping pods are your options on this 35 pitch site perched right on the edge of Croyde beach. Their prime location on one of Devon’s best surf beaches comes with a surfboard hire option – and the chance to take a lesson or two with the local surf school. Ocean Pitch’s onsite snack shack serves up curries, wraps and bowls to hungry campers and surfers looking to fuel up for a day on the beach. And, the free WiFi is handy for uploading your best wave of the day to your Insta-stories.
Orbzii tip: The site’s snack shack caters for vegans too – making this a handy food option for plant-based campers.
Otter Pods Glamping Park
This small, but swish, glamping park in East Devon combines a bijou and bespoke glamping pod with the camping essentials – fire pits and bbq cooking.The handcrafted wooden pods have views over the Otter Valley – with the River Otter just a short walk away. Sit quietly on the river banks in spring to spot the resident kingfishers or take a short drive to the Sidmouth coast – less than fifteen minutes away. Conveniently, one of the best things to do in Devon is on your doorstep. You’ll find thousands of donkeys at the nearby, free to enter, sanctuary. The clean lines and manicured site at Otter Pods Glamping Park will please those who love the idea of camping – but want more than a few of life’s luxuries by their side wherever they go.
Can a stay in this 5 star tree house ever be described as camping? Let’s not get bogged down in technicalities, because a stay in North Devon’s best kept secret is so worth it. You’ll rarely find the TreeTop Escape in a Google search – largely because the 32 acre Millbrook Estate caters almost exclusively to tiny, elopement weddings. But those in the know can book the treehouse for a romantic getaway. And, because the team here are used to laying on the most important day of any couple’s lives, there’s the opportunity to book a couple of fancy extras. Hire a private chef to come and cook up a storm for you or invite a reiki master to help you unwind in the tree house’s very own pamper nest. The pinnacle of glamping all set within acres of North Devon countryside.
Glamping in Devon comes in many, many imaginative forms. Buses, pods, huts, yurts, railway carriages. But perhaps nothing whips up some romantic whimsy like a stay in a Gypsy cabin. The Travellers Rest site has three, all set in individual woodland glades on their working farm in Mamhead. Minutes away from one of the best beaches in Devon, Dawlish Warren, where wild orchids bloom in the sand dunes and fairground rides and a go kart track add some thrills and spills to a day at the beach. Back at your cabin, you can dream of the day’s adventures on a memory foam mattress and live the glamping life to the max.
Wolf Meadows Farm
If you can’t quite embrace wild camping, Devon has the perfect answer. The pop up campsite at Wolf Meadows Farm delivers on the wild side – with a small side order of basic facilities. You’re free to pitch your tent in their sweeping meadow – or along the river bank, safe in the knowledge there’s a couple of eco-toilets and outdoor showers. A sink to wash your camp kitchen kit helps too. Other than that, you’re embracing the wild side of camping in North Devon. Swim or paddle in the river, meet the cattle on the organic farm or lie in your tent and listen to the dawn chorus. When you get up, scan the river for sightings of curlews, otters, salmon and geese.
It doesn’t get more wild than this. Wandering out onto the moor and spending one to two nights away from every convenience imaginable is the ultimate wild camping experience. Yes, you’ve got to adhere to Dartmoor’s stringent rules on wild camping, but it’s worth dealing with a few t’s and c’s to camp in the midst of this wildlife rich national park. You’ll need a fair bit of outdoorsy experience under your belt here though. The ever-changing weather, free-roaming ponies and the occasional boggy patch means you’ll always need your wits about you.