UK England South West England Devon Tavistock
Feeling a bit hemmed in? Then take a trip to the ancient, fascinating landscape of Dartmoor, one of England’s great breathing spaces. With some of Europe’s finest archaeological remains (including circles & stone rows), burial chambers and moss-covered boulders in woods of twisted trees, a visit here feels like falling into a chapter of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Set amongst a sheltered valley in Dartmoor’s favoured south-west edge, Langstone Manor is an idyllic camping escape, perfect for those wanting to discover the brooding, windswept wilds of the adjacent moorland.
There’s a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere here, with no long list of rules and regulations. Set in the grounds of a traditional country manor, the entrance to the site (through a field of mobile homes) can be slightly off-putting, however the camping fields are truly superb. Pitches in the Daffodil field are flat, predominantly terraced (to ensure a sense of seclusion), and offer panoramic views across the neighbouring moors. The facilities are of a high standard too. The toilet block is kept immaculately clean, with spacious, roomy showers, vanity basins and flushing toilets, whilst in cooler months the block is heated. There’s also a separate bathroom (for a small charge), ideal if you’re camping with the kids.
On a summer's day, Dartmoor is a postcard-maker's dream. Ponies wander fancy-free, sheep graze beside walking paths and the welcoming communities of Princetown, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, and petite Postbridge bustle along nicely with craft markets, small festivals and cosy pubs. It's this cinematic scenery that persuaded Steven Spielberg to film War Horse here, and Dartmoor also became the setting for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary crime novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles. When winter arrives and sleeting rain, howling winds and churning mists take over, you can see why Doyle choose this wonderfully eerie wilderness.
Many families bring bicycles to Langstone Manor so their offspring can tear along the purpose-built cycle ways, with The Granite Way and Drake's Trail providing spectacular, traffic free routes. If they’re not doing that, guests can usually be found skinny-dipping in the nearby river, or swing merrily in the outdoor play area. As for everyone else? Well, they’re just kicking back and enjoying that peaceful, relaxed atmosphere.
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The campsite owner saysClose to the town of Tavistock on Dartmoor National Park in a peaceful sheltered valley - we have camping pitches, camping pods, mega pods & a range of self-catering accommodation. Langstone Manor has a small bar serving evening meals.
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