Keen adventurer and owner of Adventure Accessories, Sarah Skelton, shares her review of Forest Glade Holiday Park in Devon
I found the Forest Glade Holiday Park site after using the campsite search on www.ukcampsite.co.uk. I picked the site because it was dog & children friendly and had plenty for them to do, set in extensive woods for amazing dog walks, with a games room, adventure playground, tennis court, football pitch and free indoor swimming pool & sauna for the children and adults.
When we received the booking confirmation there was also a map advising us not to follow SatNav due to very steep and narrow hill. We followed their instructions which unfortunately added an extra hour to the travelling time, but we did get there with no problems. A flat bed lorry and a Jeep with trailer both got VERY stuck on the SatNav route, we found out later.
Forest Glade Holiday Park is very much in the middle of nowhere so you will need a car or be happy to chill on site. There is nothing within walking distance and no public transport.
The site is excellent size with three separate fields depending on your camping preference. We chose the field with hard standing level pitches each with electricity and most have their own taps although we shared a tap with six other units. The second field was grass but still had marked pitches with hook ups and water. The third field was a wild meadow with no EHU, but a communal water tap at the entrance. All fields were well used but not full.
Our pitch was more than adequate size with enough privacy which backed onto the forest. Toilet, Baby changing, and shower blocks were a short walk; very well equipped and clean. The showers were good size and free but those annoying ‘timed’ push button ones. The best lasted 30 seconds, the worst a mere 5 seconds. There was a good laundry room and ironing facilities, hair dryers in the showers and even a ‘camper kitchen’ with communal kettle, toaster & sink which I thought was a good idea.
There was a nice grass area just opposite our pitch which we played Boules, catch, & football, but the kids spent most of their time in the playground. We stayed for 8 nights and it rained for 7 of the days, but we had not issue with waterlogged pitches maybe because we were in the hard-standing field.
The shop on site was small, so limited in choice but we managed to fulfil our needs and prices were reasonable. WiFi cost £10 for 7 days unlimited access which we thought was fab, but a bit hit and miss with signal and almost no mobile signal at all. Fine if you want quiet holiday like I do.
There is a gliding school nearby and my only criticism is of the constant drone of the light planes that take the gliders up, but this is no fault of the site and just my grumpiness as it went on all day.
The site is family run and they were friendly and helpful. This is certainly on our list of ‘will stay again’ sites.
Sarah Skilton is the owner of Adventure Accessories, created in 2018, an award-winning handmade business based in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. Combining a passion for adventure with a love of crafts, Adventure Accessories creates unique handcrafted, fun and functional, gifts for outdoor enthusiasts. You can follow Sarah on social media as @AdventureAcces.