Callisham Cross Campsite

It’s large space and quiet surroundings make Callisham Cross ideal for Section, Group, District and even County camps, both short and long, as well as being ideally situated as a base camp for exploring Dartmoor, and convenient for visits to Plymouth, South Devon and Cornwall. The site is available to be booked by Scout and Guide Groups, Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Teams and accredited Youth Organisations.

The campsite consists of two fields of approximately 100mtrs x100mtrs each.  Each field is considered as one site, although a small area in each field is available for Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition teams.  The field nearest the gate is ‘Field 1’ and the field at the far end is ‘Field 2’.  Water is provided by a private borehole there is one tap on site between the two fields.  There is an on-site facility for emptying chemical toilets, also located in field 1 and two sheds in each field which are used to house chemical toilets which are provided, please ensure these are cleaned after use.

Trench/pit fires and grease traps are allowed on site, but area must be cleared and turf replaced after use.  Limited firewood can be found in the woodpiles. There is absolutely NO access to the woods.  This condition has been imposed on us by the owner of the land – The Forestry Commission who regularly visits and inspect the woods.

Campsite Rules

  • Cars only to be driven across field for initial unloading and final loading (weather dependent)
  • Cars should be parked inside field to the left of the gate (when looking in) during camp
  • NO access into the woods for any reason, (imposed on us by the Forestry Commission)
  • Toilets and sheds to be swilled out and bins emptied (not in cesspit) and locked before leaving
  • All wood to be returned to the wood piles and not left around the site or in hedges
  • Fire pits & wet pits, MUST! be dug if lighting ground fires, but the turf MUST! be replaced and stomped down at the end of camp, insure they are clear of any waste before filling in
  • Please take all rubbish home or burn what you can, please do not put in cess pit.
  • Do not burn or cut pioneering poles.
  • If using grass sledges return them as they were given to you.
  • Any risk assessments are your responsibility for any activity (including grass sledging) or camping
  • Please inform us of any breakages/damage

 Groups will be charged for any unreasonable damage or untidiness found after departure, so please leave as you find!

The site is an ideal base for walking on Dartmoor, see the Dartmoor National Park website for more information on walking in Dartmoor.  It is also a good base for cycling, as cycle route 27 passes the gate to the campsite.  If you would like to hire bicycles while you are at the campsite Devon Cycle Hire will deliver them to the campsite for a small charge, with prior arrangement.    


Please note that the site is an unmanned site, though the wardens can be contacted for any issues or queries and will endeavour to come and visit during each booking.  A local farmer keeps an eye on the site and will inform the wardens if there are any unauthorised camps or disturbances.

The nearest village is Yelverton (1 mile away) where basic supplies; including a co-op, a butcher as well as Calor Gas, Campingaz and petrol can be bought.