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Best campsites for the South Devon AONB

Here is our pick of the Alan Rogers Assessors, expert-recommended campsites for the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Designated as an AONB back in 1960; South Devon is spread over 330 square kilometres, about 30% of which is coastal. What makes it special is the variety of terrain and habitat, a potpourri of craggy cliffs at Bolt Head, fine beaches at Slapton Sands, idyllic waters of the Dart Estuary, rocky foreshore and nutrient-rich mudflats, heading inland to the rolling farmland, epic views, and pastoral landscape of the interior. 

Here the countryside is achingly picturesque with sunken lanes worn by the centuries, pastel-hued cottages, and traditionally farmed small fields bordered by mixed hedgerows. The ancient woodlands of the Avon Valley and the borders of the Avon and Erme are a vital part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s DNA.

There’s an unspoilt coastline with 60 miles of the South West Coast Path to explore on foot, while the Dartmouth Steam Railway and river cruises offer a more sedate experience. Popular attractions include 14th-century Dartmouth Castle, historic Kingsbridge and picture postcard Hope Cove. This region relies heavily on tourism these days, but agriculture and fishing remain important for the local economy.

Top South Devon AONB Camping Options

Parkland is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is perfectly situated for exploring all that the stunning South Hams area of South Devon...

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Plymouth Sound Caravan and Motorhome Club site rests on a headland outside the town of Plymouth and offers superb views across the glorious Sound. This...

Close to the long beach, well served by the adjoinIng farm shop and café you will find peace and quiet in abundance. With just 9...

Modbury Caravan and Motorhome Club site is situated within easy distance to the ancient village of Modbury. Nestled cosily between the moors and the sea...

Steamer Quay Caravan and Motorhome Club site is a pleasantly quiet, green and spacious holiday getaway, with serene pastoral views. It is just a short...

Open all year, Island Lodge Caravan and Camping Site is a dog friendly base within the beautiful South Devon Area of Outstanding National Beauty. Only...

Over the last 50 years, the Squire family have developed this rural park on their farm, which is located near Salcombe, about a mile from...

Five generations have farmed the land at Bolberry and the present owner’s grandfather started the campsite in the field on top of the hill; this...

Hillhead Caravan and Motorhome Club site is set in 22 acres of beautiful Devon countryside. It comprises 256 pitches, all with 16A electrical hook-ups and...

Landscove Holiday Park is a member of the Park Holidays group. This is a popular family park located within walking distance of the picturesque harbour...

Within a few miles of the lively amenities of Torbay, Galmpton Park lies peacefully just outside the village of Galmpton, overlooking the beautiful Dart estuary...