Hole Station Adults Only Woodland Campsite

UK England South West England Devon Okehampton

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Staggered showering times
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Individual toilets per camping pitch
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Hole Station is a firm favourite among the camping fraternity, which is hardly surprising given its secluded woodland pitches, campfire encouragement, and natural beauty

Situated on the land of a former railway station in a sparsely populated part of Devon, this adult-only hideaway is a truly special place. We first heard about it in 2009, and it quickly became a favourite among Cool Camping readers, and we’re pleased to say that it has retained all its rustic charm – along with its secluded woodland pitches, campfires and natural beauty.

Whether you bring your own tent or opt for a pre-erected Rent-A-Tent here, you’re going to love your pitch. There are just 19 of them, spread about the place in woodland clearings. Each pitch bears its own number and offers privacy within a magical tree-filled setting. Each has a tarp strung up to one side, allowing some added all-weather protection and creating the perfect space to set up your own bush-craft kitchen.

The owners Greg and Liz eventually bought Hole Station after keeping their eyes on the property for years. They live in what was the old ticket office while their kids are residents of a renovated old railway carriage next door (think Annie and Clarabel-style from Thomas The Tank Engine). Together they are slowly bringing the wood back to its former forest glory by coppicing and pollarding, which they do in winter, after the last of the season’s campers has packed up and gone home.

The cut-down wood is used to create wildlife habitats and fuel for campfires. So feel a little smug, as you sit mesmerised by the licking flames of your fire at night, that you’re forming a symbiotic relationship with the trees all around you. In fact, the clearing you’re pitched in is helping to shed more life-giving light on the young oaks nearby, enabling them to have a kick-start at growing into huge, majestic trees likely to outlive us for centuries to come.

It’s not just the campfire culture, perfect pitches and woodland restoration that Liz, Greg and family have got right at Hole Station, though. The loos are of the compost variety and all rubbish (including food waste) is recycled or turned into compost wherever possible in order to give something back to this lovely corner of England.

Finally their resident pony Sanne is on hand to provide horse-and-trap rides and there are three goats – the preposterously named Dominar Rigel 16th, Kha’Dargo and Grace. Greg and Liz plan to relaunch their meadow as a centre for ‘low-tech living’ courses. Plus there’s a signed Woodland Walk on which you half expect to encounter a fairy or two before reaching (handily labelled) The End – a top spot for watching the sunset. Evenings are peaceful wherever you are, with quiet time after 10pm.

So there you have it: Hole Station is as peaceful and bucolic as it gets, and about as refreshing and romantic a country getaway as you will find.

Details

Facilities

EVERY PITCH HAS IT'S OWN TOILET FACILITY. Campfires are permitted (encouraged actually), kits consisting of logs, kindling, and firelighters are available from reception – no need to pre-order and all you need to bring are matches. There are also tripod cooking grills for hire (first come first served)  which go over your campfire, lots of fun to be had with those.
We have a cafe where we serve breakfast which has a local info board and things to do info in the seating area, and you can also order from a selection of delicious home cooked pre-cooked evening meals that just need heating.
For a wash and dry laundry service just bring your togs to reception in the morning and they will be ready for the afternoon, or in the afternoon ready for morning.
The car park is private.
The facilities block has covered washing up stations with hot water, a freezer for cool blocks, electric showers with large cubicles (and lots of hooks),  a mobile phone charging station, eco loos, wash basins, mirrors and hairdryer plug in – everything is free to use.

Suitable For

18+ adults only. Tents – yes. Campervans, caravans, dogs, kids, radios, TVs, musical instruments – no.

Nearby

Dartmoor is a 20-minute drive away and the beaches of Bude and Widemouth are a 35–40-minute drive in the opposite direction. You can be standing on a Dartmoor Tor in the morning, swimming in the Atlantic in the afternoon, enjoying dinner in a tucked-away country pub in the evening, and finishing the day sitting gazing into your campfire on site. The area is great for cycling with the nearby Tarka Trail and the Granite Way for off road, and any number of quiet country lanes. If you fancy honing your Robin Hood skills, there’s an archery centre just down the road: Arms of Old (01409 231171). Or Dragon Archery (08000 372466), further afield, has exciting courses – come and have a go at the Agincourt course if you and your bow are up to it.

Food & Drink

Three pubs are within walking distance – the Golden Inn in Highampton (01409 231200), the Half Moon at Sheepwash (01409 231376) and Black River Inn in Black Torrington (01409 231888). There are also plenty of other pubs and restaurants within easy driving distance. 

Opening Times

Pretty much all year.

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The Owner Says

COVID-19 measures - EVERY PITCH HAS IT'S OWN TOILET FACILITY. Protocols are published on our website (this is not our website, it is the Cool Camping Directory) which include not offering all the pitches we have available, and limiting pitch occupation to 2 persons per pitch. Under normal circumstances the site is never crowded - even less so now.

We strongly advise you visit our official website which is holestation at co dot uk (we are not permitted to put a link here, this is NOT our website) to reassure yourselves - you can also book direct from our official website, it's the same system as used here at Cool Camping.

Camping at Hole Station is unique, pitches are sited in private clearings in woodland - about as far from camping in a field as you can get. The peace, quiet and privacy you enjoy here are an eye opener for those who have previously camped on sites that are 'open plan'.

No tripping over next doors guylines here, or experiencing the joys of kids playing football at 6am. You won't suffer the delights of car doors slamming, headlights providing illumination in your tent , others who are convinced their choice in music is what you want to hear 24 hours, or finding out what some shouty cockney is up to on Eastenders.

Sat by your campfire, gazing up at the stars sans light pollution, you could be forgiven for thinking you have the place all to yourselves.

A rare place when mums and dads can have some grown up time together – no under 18's.

Two styles of camping:

BYO  -  you bring all your own gear. Every BYO pitch has it's own kitchen shelter, simple bench and  campfire pit. No two pitches are the same, and it's self selection so on arrival the first thing you do is have a wander and choose from those available. We charge per person which means you can put up awnings, hammocks, multiple tents etc. without being hit with a bill for extras.

Rent-A-Tent  - All you need to bring is your bedding, torches, matches and a toiletry kit. Everything else is provided including a large, fully equipped wooden open fronted kitchen/dining shelter and of course a tent. Your tent has plenty of stand up headroom with a wood floor, two bedrooms and airbeds included. Although you have gas cooking facilities provided, if you really don't want to cook then don't - we have an on site takeaway cafe.

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Social Distancing Measures

Social distancing of 2 metres on any part of the site

Face masks to be worn in public areas

Limits on numbers using washing up and wash sink facilities at any one time

Showers – time slot system

Bring the following with you:

Face masks.

Disposable gloves.

Toilet roll.

Soap/hand sanitiser.

Disinfectant wipes - for surfaces that you will come in contact with e.g. Taps, toilet facilities etc.

Accommodation

18 BYO and 5 Rent-A-Tent pitches, all situated within woodland clearings. 

BYO Camping

All-weather Sleeps 2
You bring your own camping gear. Pitches are self selection, so the first thing to do on arrival is choose. Your own private pitch is set in a 23 acre native deciduous woodland, including a pre-erected kitchen shelter, a fire pit and campfire bench. You won't feel crammed in, there are a small number of pitches set over many acres!

BYO Camping

All-weather Sleeps 2 17 Available
We supply a pitch, you bring your own tents and camping kit. Pitches are self selection, so the first thing to do on arrival is choose. Your own private pitch is set in a 23 acre native deciduous woodland, including a pre-erected kitchen shelter, a fire pit and campfire bench. There are a small number of pitches set over many acres!

Rent-A-Tent Camping

All-weather Sleeps 2 4 Available
All you need to bring is your bedding, a toiletry kit, torches and matches for your camp fire. Our pre-erected Rent-A-Tent service was originally designed as an easy introduction to camping for first timers, but it's just as popular with seasoned campers, particularly with returnees who first came here as BYO campers! Maximum 4 persons per pitch.

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Location

Contact Hole Station Adults Only Woodland Campsite, Hole Station, Highampton, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5JH

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Getting There

M5 south then A30 to Okehampton. In the town centre turn right (signposted Hatherleigh) when you reach the White Hart hotel. Continue along this road towards Hatherleigh then take the first exit (signed Highampton and Holsworthy) on reaching the roundabout at Hatherleigh. Go through Highampton village, past the Golden Inn and post office, and after 1 mile turn left (signposted footpath and cycle track) opposite the turn off to Black Torrington. Follow the lane down and the white gateway to Hole Station is on the right.

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