Beach and dog-friendly campsites in Fernworthy Forest

Woodland walks, lakeside picnics, and Bronze Age ruins are the highlights of this Dartmoor forest.

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12 top beach and dog-friendly campsites in Fernworthy Forest

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Sweet Hill Farm

10 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Dorset, South West England
Simple, almost-wild, seaside camping on the Isle of Portland
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South Dean Camping

70 units · Motorhomes, Tents12 acres · Barnstaple, Devon, South West England
Clifftop camping with epic sea views, right next to Exmoor National Park.
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£35
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Bush Farm Campsite

50 units · Motorhomes, Tents200 acres · Saltash, England
As close to wild camping as you can get on a rewilded 200-acre farm in Cornwall
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Brig's Farm

21 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Bridport, Dorset, South West England
Family camping with campfires near Charmouth, with sea views and a couple of quirky glamping lorries
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Pittaford Farm

8 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents3 acres · Kingsbridge, England
A campfire-friendly site in South Devon, with a beach, a nature reserve and a pub all less than 45 minutes' walk away
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£26
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Surf Pods and Camping at Atlantic Farm

50 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Bude, Cornwall, South West England
Glamping near Bude, with eye-catching eco-pods, a staggering treehouse for couples and traditional tent camping
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Hennock Hideaways

32 units · Motorhomes, Tents5 acres · Devon, South West England
A camping and glamping site with views across the Teign Valley on the edge of Dartmoor
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£10
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Summerhill Farm

3 units · Glamping90 acres · Exeter, England
Luxury camping on an idyllic, organic Devonshire farm
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£80
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Westland Farm

21 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents27 acres · Barnstaple, Devon, South West England
Camping and glamping on a working farm, with yurts, huts with hot tubs, and simple, spacious, sociable camping pitches
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Wild Swim2Sauna Safari Tipis

35 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents6 acres · Devon, South West England
Wild swimming and off-grid living in tipis and tents on the banks of Devon's River Avon
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£32.50
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Holsome Park Camping

20 units · Tents1 acre · Devon, South West England
A quiet, summer-only campsite with campfires in the heart of the Devon countryside, enjoying panoramic views towards Dartmoor
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£20
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Fairlinch Camping

20 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Devon, South West England
Keep your eyes on the sky; buzzards, kestrels, peregrine, falcons and barn owls are all common visitors
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Beach and dog-friendly campsites in Fernworthy Forest guide

Overview

Set on the banks of the Fernworthy Reservoir at the heart of the Dartmoor National Park, Fernworthy Forest has some of the NP’s most rewarding short walks. Follow the lakeside trail, enjoy bird-watching or fish for brown trout around the lake, then stop for a picnic by the lakeside. Hikers can choose from a variety of forest trails. Explore Bronze Age stone circles, follow scenic woodland walks, and spot herds of native Dartmoor ponies grazing the moors. There are no campsites at Fernworthy Forest, but wild camping is permitted—pitch your tent beneath the trees for a real back-to-nature experience.

When to go

July and August are the peak season in Dartmoor National Park, and popular spots such as Fernworthy Forest can get crowded—parking is limited, so get there early. Forest walks can be enjoyed year-round, but it’s most magical in autumn, with its canopy of fall foliage. Dartmoor weather is notoriously changeable, so pack a sweater and raincoat even in summer.

Know before you go

  • Fernworthy Forest is located north of Dartmoor National Park, about a 15-minute drive southwest of Chagford. There is a pay and display car park by the entrance to the forest.
  • Restrooms are located at the forest car park, but there are no other facilities, so bring everything you need with you. The closest village is Chagford, which has a few pubs and small shops. 
  • Trout fishing is possible on the lake between March and October, and fishing permits can be purchased on-site. 
  • Parts of the lakeside trail are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
  • Dartmoor National Park is one of the few places in the UK where wild camping is permitted. Tents must be pitched away from roads and attractions, and large group camping is not allowed. 
  • Dartmoor has free-roaming ponies, sheep, and cattle, and these animals have the right of way on moorland roads. There is a strict speed limit of 40 mph throughout. It is a fineable offense to feed any of the animals in the park, and visitors are also advised to keep a distance for their own safety—these are feral animals and may kick or bite.

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