Preparing the page for print. Please click ok when finished.
"Near the South Devon Heritage Coast - sandy beaches and activity or peace and tranquility. The choice is yours."
To the north of our lovely campsite at California Cross is the wilderness of the Dartmoor National Park. To the south is the beauty of the South Devon Heritage Coast with its sandy beaches - perfect holiday country, whatever your age.
Age Concession available all season.
Leave a review for this site
California Cross is a site we have stayed at
many times due to its central location for Salcombe, Dartmouth
and Dartmoor - Jean and Ron Hudd
OS Map Reference: 202 - SX705530Latitude: 50.3626Longitude: -3.8221
Click here to see a map showing
all of the Landranger maps for the UK.
California Cross Camping and Caravanning Club SiteModburyIvybridgeDevonPL21 0SG
No calls after 8pm please.
Terry Hawkins, Lyn Hawkins
We have camped at a large number of campsites in the UK and a significant number of C&C clubsites. Well... this was the winner. The cleanest, friendliest, best appointed - a credit to the club. Highly recommended, splendid for children and very well managed.
DATE STAYED: May 2013
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Easy
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Had a lovely welcome, got to choose the pitch we wanted, facilities clean, warm with music piped through, could do with new showers but always had hot water. Would go again.
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Moderate
On arrival our first impression of the site was of a well run and attractive location.The wardens and their staff were hard working,helpful and constantly working to ensure the site was maintained to a high standard. There were problems in some areas due to previous prolonged periods of wet weather but by adjusting pitches visitors had well prepared pitches .The information provided given on arrival was comprehensive with additional available on site. We had an evening meal at the adjacent pub using the restaurant the service and quality were excellent. The site is well placed to explore the area of south Devon with it's many beautiful beaches,attractive small towns and gardens to visit. The access to the site is by typical narrow Devon roads which can get congested at busy times.We would strongly recommend when towing to leave the site early morning, we arrived at lunch time and avoided traffic heading towards the beaches but it is still possible that it will be necessary to negotiate around traffic moving in the opposite direction.The access would not deter us from returning to to an excellent well run site in a beautiful area with great variety of places to visit suitable for the needs of the majority of holidaymakers.
DATE STAYED: August 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples
Just back after spending 4 nights during our wet period,the wardens were excellent and i felt sorry for them for have to work on site pitches that urgently need money spent on them,the toilet block was the usual club standard but until the club invests on the pitches i will not be back.
Word of warning,when leaving the site for the A38 we had a five minute stand off with a wagon on the nearby road who would have to reverse
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break
This year we have moved from being experienced campers to at the moment novice caravaners.
This was our first time to a proper C&C site with our caravan and to include setting up our awning for the first time as well, you would think after tents the awning would be a a piece of cake, well it was very different. but we were given lots of advice and also an offer of help if we needed it by the owners of the site,they even offered a loan of pegs if we needed them too, luckily we had family turn up for the day and it was set up with no one falling out or injury.
The site was very easy to find and there was plenty of room to manouvre our caravan onto a hard standing site.
The facilites were very clean and the showers were lovely.
I cannot fault this site for the hospitality and the facilities.
I would definitely recommend it and go again, it is an ideal place, for quiet and peaceful tranquility, and if you want a place to visit Kingsbridge is not that far away.
DATE STAYED: May 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Lovely site in the dry, but in this sog of 2012 the ground became very soggy! After 5 days the inside of the awning was a big squelch, despite the slope of the site. Staff and facilities were ace, but you need to be brave when towing into Cal.X from the A38. Two HGV's can't pass each other on the B road without swinging in mirrors and inching past each other in the passing slots! High hedges make it impossible to see ahead between the so called passing places. We met a Spray Tractor, and he had to raise his spray booms above the top of the van to pass us! A brilliant location, and a lot to see and do in the area, but as we are in the Senior+ age group, the terrain can become tiring both to walk and drive! A good shop at the petrol station and a great pub opposite both within a few minutes walk of the site, but the pub prices are far more than we pay in London; same glass of wine in London for Â£3.30 costs here Â£4.50, and a similar mark-up on the food, but excellent quality which compensates. Consider much of the pricing in the area will kill their tourist trade, cheaper options elsewhere.
DATE STAYED: July 2012
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Difficult
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
The site managers were very helpful and obliging. Assistant managers also very helpful management team on this site could not be improved. Greeting was exceptional and when we were packing up to leave site manager came to check that we were ok. There is plenty to do in this area.
DATE STAYED: June 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Peaceful break
an ok site but it rained and the people nexed to us were verry rood but thats not there fult.the kids were fine as they are 2 and4 but it was a bit regular. i mean they coula have made it nicer but ;my husbend sam said he was so bord, i just read my book and the kids did what kids do! so it could have been a LOT better
DATE STAYED: June 2010
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples
A very friendly welcome & given choice of pitches,with plenty of information about the area.A lovely pub 2 minutes up the road with a wonderful local produce stall with honesty box along side.No dog walk on site & the surrounding area has limited walks.An excellent location for Dartmoor & costal walks.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break
We found the site to be clean and well kept. The site managers Terry and Lynn Hawkins gave us a friendly welcome when we arrived.They gave us a pre-prepared pack of information and were very helpfull with further questions As mentioned in other reviews we have read about this site the facilities area was alsways kept very clean. Our gas regulator failed halfway throught our stay. I would like to thank Terry for his assistance in diagnosing the problem and lending me tools to carryout the replacement. This site is central to many interesting places to visit in this part of Devon. I would recommend the site and would go there again. For basics there is, in walking distance,a garage with a Spar Shop, next door a fresh veg stall,which also sells fresh eggs and bread. Opposite is a Pub selling food.
We camped at California Cross for 5 days spanning the Jubilee weekend. The staff were extremely welcoming and friendly (and laid on celebrations). The site is on a gentle slope but spacious. It is in a great location for visiting the towns and beaches (Plymouth, Bigbury on Sea, Salcombe, Dartmouth). The shower block is dated but clean, there is a Spar close by and a kids play area. There isnt much else to do though on the site or immediate area. There is also a pub just accross the road. The week we stayed was obviously busy but even given that I can only describe the landlord as rude. The food was very mediocre, the beer was poor and the service was terrible. Didnt try the local fish and chip/butcher van but others on the site highly recommended them. It is a wonderful part of the UK to visit and the site is good (although if you are in the top pitches you can hear the drone of the aircon units from the Spar) Avoid the pub if you can.
This is the first year with the camping and caravan club. we stored our caravan for the summer holidays. All the staff were very freindly and helpful.
I will be applying for a seasonal pitch there again next year.
DATE STAYED: August 2011
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
We loved this site, it was quite small but nice and quiet. The staff were friendly. The site was kept clean and tidy. The shower block, toilets and handbasins were kept very clean as was the dishwashing facilities and the laundrette. There is a play park but this is very small. There is a lovely pub 50m down the road and the BP garage opposite the pub is well stocked. Location is excellent for sightseeing. We would definitely go back and would highly recommend this site to anyone.
DATE STAYED: June 2011
Stayed at this site over easter Terry & Lyn could not be more helpful or friendly they bent over backwards to make sure we had a pleasant stay. Very quiet & peaceful,with a shop at the garage & a pub both within walking distance.
DATE STAYED: April 2011
The site management are very friendly and helpful. The site is well maintained and the toilet blocks are cleaned well. The site shop is small but there is a BP garage only a 100 yards away that has a combined Spa shop - it stocks almost everything !
The site is on a slope but the they provide lots of chocks etc to help you level your caravan. Spacing between units is generous.
There is a small children's play area which is suitable for under 10's. There is no dog walk although dogs are welcome - the management have their own dogs which are well behaved. There are plenty of lanes to go for a walk with your dog.
If you need any spare parts etc there is a caravan showroom /centre less than 30 minutes away just off the A38.
It's worth remembering that there is the California Country Inn just opposite the BP garage which is not too expensive and has a decent menu.
The site is a good base for exploring the area and you can get to the beach in less than 30 minutes drive. There is also a childrens farm nearby (again just off the A38) which is worth a visit if you have children. This farm also has free kennels by their car park which you can leave your dogs their whilst you visit the farm.
ACCESS TO THE SITE :o(
Since the site is so close to the A38 you would think it was easy to access...it is until the last 2 miles which is a busy tight windy lane. It has the appearance of passing places but some can be deceptive & do not let 2 caravans pass - as I found out !! My advice is not to let this put you off this site but arrive late in the afternoon & make sure you leave early morning. If you leave around midday then expect to meet a fellow caravanner and hope one of you has excellent reversing skills.
I would love to return to this site but wish the local council or highways agency would do something about that lane.
2 more tips - definately try the mobile fish & chip shop, also try the mobile butcher who does some excellent meats for your bbq.
DATE STAYED: May 2010
To get you to site safe and sound we have prepared
printable location maps
for all Club Sites.
There's over 13,000 miles of miles of walking cycling route on the Sustrans National Cycle Network.
to see the routes local to California Cross.
What will the weather be like during your stay at California Cross?
Find out by clicking the
link to see the forcast for the area over the next few days.
Nearest train station: Ivybridge – 7 miles
Nearest bus: 3.5 miles from site entrance
California Cross has dedicated accessible facilities suitable for wheelchair users, including level access shower and equipment.