The Simple Things

HOLE STATION

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What’s special about it? For a tranquil, adults-only getaway, this secluded woodland campsite on the site of a former railway station is one of the quietest you’ll find in Devon. With 18 pitches spread across 23 acres, each has a tarp kitchen shelter strung up to one side. Owners Greg and Liz live in the former ticket office and, together with their family, they have spent the last decade or so slowly bringing the wood back to its former glory, by coppicing and pollarding through winter. Things to do Part of the old railway path now forms a cycle route to nearby Hatherleig­h, which can be linked up with the popular Tarka Trail for a car-free, off-road option. The young River Torridge also passes within a mile or so of the campsite, with a few access points for wild swimmers along its banks. There’s a deep pool below the bridge in the village of Sheepwash (three miles away) that’s particular­ly good for a proper plunge, with a pub just up the lane for warming up afterwards. You’ll also find decent pubs at Highampton and Black Torrington, both just under a mile and a half away.

Do we need to pack a trowel? The site has toilets and showers, and campfires are allowed.

In the know: Request one of the pitches furthest from the parking area and you’ll find yourself well out of earshot of others with only a noisy woodpecker on hand to provide an earlymorni­ng wake-up call. Happily, wheelbarro­ws are provided to transport your kit to the pitch. holestatio­ncampsite.co.uk

These campsites can also be booked through coolcampin­g.com. Taken from Almost Wild Camping: 50 British Campsites on the Wilder Side by James Warner Smith (Punk Publishing)

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