Oakenham Bridge

UK England South West England Devon Totnes

  • Contactless check in
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Almost wild off-grid field camping alongside the River Avon in the south Devon AONB

Coming off the A38 and driving towards Oakenham Bridge is a joyful experience. Travelling south, the dense and wild vegetation grows thicker and signals the moment you have started to follow the River Avon. Beech and sycamore branches reach out at the sides of the narrow road, hazel and hard fern jostle for space, and pines stretch in the background forming a quintessential English scene. One can sense the river, and suddenly the flora at the banks open up and allow a glimpse of it making its merry way with you. This is the entrance to South Devon’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it leads to a little ancient stone bridge covered in moss and ivy — blink and you’ll miss it. Cross it and you will find yourself in a perfect field for pitching a tent right beside the babbling river.

Located between Dartmoor National Park four miles to the north and the rugged bays and estuaries of the Devon coastline to the south, Oakenham Bridge Camping is a very back-to-basics affair. There’s a toilet and there’s a drinking water tap, both in a six-acre field overlooked by the patchwork rolling countryside and along the edges of the Avon. This is almost wild camping, so if you have no problem going down to the river to rinse your dishes or refresh yourself, then it’s a place that will suit you just fine. It’s peaceful, it has space, the field has lush grass to roll around on, and most importantly, its pitches are level.

It would be quite easy to stay and look out for deer and foxes all day long, given that it has that lazy appeal; but going out and about, even if it’s in a meandering kind of way, one should follow the river and let it lead them to discover more. For adventurers and explorers, tracking the river on foot north instead of walking the road would lead to the village of Avonwick 30 minutes away and a well-deserved drink at The Avon Inn. From here it’s a short walk to the Avon Cobbly Walk, a short section of ancient cobbled lane between the Old Toll House at Avonwick Bridge to the medieval Horsebrook Bridge — everything is covered in lichen, moss, and ivy, giving the sense of another time and place. Jump in the car, and you can be on Dartmoor in ten minutes or, like the Avon itself, you could head south to the beaches and to the sea, where the stream meets the tide.



The site is very peaceful with mains portaloo facilities and mains water tap.

Suitable For

Tents - dogs permitted, 2 per unit


The Avon Inn at Avonwick is 30 minutes walk from Oakenham Bridge. There is also a petrol station in Avonwick.

Food & Drink

The Avon Inn offers great pub food is family friendly and has a large beer garden with children's play equipment. Totnes is a lovely town with lots of independent shops and cafes. Lots of lovely walks nearlby



Why book with I Love This Campsite?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

The Owner Says

Oakenhambridge Camping is a peaceful site on the banks of the river Avon, just outside the village of Diptford up at the northern end of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Great if you want lots of space. and to spot the local wildlife.

  • Twixt the  Moor and the coast

  • Level field with large pitches on the banks of the River Avon

  • Several beaches within a half-hour drive - Mothecombe, Bigbury, Blackpool Sands

  • 10 minutes to Dartmoor National Park

  • In the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


30 field camping pitches. Check Availability


Contact Oakenham Bridge, Diptford Totnes TQ9 7LX

Show Map

Getting There

Come off the A38 at the Marley Head junction and take the South Brent exit off the roundabout.

2. Head through South Brent. and follow signs to Avonwick.

3. Go past the Avon Inn  on the left, over the bridge and take the right turn signposted Diptford.

4. Continue approx 1 mile to Oakenham Bridge on the right hand side.

5. Go over the bridge to enter the field - Postcode TQ9 7LX


Add Your Review

Be the first to leave a review!

Why book with I Love This Campsite?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

Related Guides

See Campsites in Totnes

Book campsites near Oakenham Bridge