Riverside is a quiet, secluded countryside park, which is open all year, just a few hundred yards from the A38 in Plymouth, Devon. Convenient for easy access to the beautiful South Hams' beaches, Dartmoor National Park, Cornwall and Brittany Ferries port in Plymouth. Riverside enjoys a very pleasant position amongst the Plym Valley with plenty of open space on a level, well drained site, bordered by both the River Plym and ancient woodland.
A large herd of fallow deer roam freely in the local woods occasionally being spotted disappearing into the undergrowth or maybe grazing in the grassland at the edges of the wood. Other mammals found in the area include stoats, weasels, foxes, badgers, whilst there has been recorded the rare signs of otters on a few occasions. If you visit at dusk you may catch a glimpse of the resident bats.
A variety of butterflies can be seen in the grassy meadows and the woodland glades that can be found off the river walks. Among the birdlife along the river you can spot heron, kingfisher, cormorant and dipper regularly nesting and feeding. Woodpeckers, wood warblers, tree pipits and jays frequent the woods whilst buzzards can be seen soaring above the tree tops. Plym Valley is also home to the Plym Peregrine Project with peregrine falcon watching commencing in March each year. The nearby Plym Valley Steam Railway operates public passenger days commencing Easter each year.
For those interested in boating, Plymouth Sound offers a full range of activities - from small sailing dinghies to Royal Navy ships. Within the city of Plymouth there is a combination of old and new architecture with the Elizabethan House and the Barbican being only a few minutes walk away from the modern Civic and University buildings, large chain stores and the Drake Circus Shopping Mall.
Plymouth is the gateway to Cornwall and the Brittany Ferries port offers easy access to France and Spain. of beaches and coves is within reasonable distance and a few miles to the north of the site lies Dartmoor. Further along the banks of the River Plym is the National Trust Saltram House. The local bus with a regular direct service into Plymouth City Centre is a level 15 minute stroll along the riverbank.
Children will enjoy the extended play area which includes climbing frames and slides. We welcome dogs but they must be quiet and on a lead at all times while on the site. We do have restrictions on certain breeds of dogs that we are happy to take. Please contact us direct to check which breeds are restricted. We are open all the year to welcome motor and touring caravans and also tents (not available 1 October to 29 March). Please note we do not accept commercial/signwritten vehicles.