Dolphins River
Dolphins River caravan park - Charmouth Dorset
on the Jurassic Coast

A brief History

Dolphins River Park is one of Charmouth's oldest caravan parks having had caravans on its site for over 40 years. It nestles peacefully on the banks of the River Char in the unspoilt Dorset countryside. Rich with wildlife including Kingfishers, Deer and Otters.
Only one mile inland from the famous "fossil" beach of Charmouth and just three miles from Lyme Regis - the "pearl" of Dorset. The coastline having been awarded World Heritage Status. This area makes an excellent base from which to discover the many obvious and hidden delights of West Dorset and East Devon. Also very close to the ITV's fictional Broadchurch town at West Bay.

It had always been privately and family owned up to 2019 when it was sold to Country Wide Park Homes at the beginning of July that year and then sold on to the current owners of The Royale Group at the end of the same month. The park then changed its name from Dolphins River Park to Dolphins River.
The park has 36 pitches made up with 34 static caravans, one lodge and one park home. The park has a licence to open all year and for holiday use only.
It sadly appears that the current owners are possibly planning on replacing the static caravans with lodges on the park at some point, which is rather surprising given the small overall size and flood risk. [ From a business point of view that's where the money is. The park having a 12 month licence to remain open means that the lodges could be used all year round. The local residents won't be happy with that with increased traffic up and down a narrow lane and the Council would no doubt get involved again. Obviously the Council Planning Dept would have to approve things anyway.]

Being adjacent to the River Char the park is prone to flooding. There has been two major floods with the loss of several caravans. One very significant flood was on May 30th 1979 and the other on July 7th 2012.
The park will obviously flood again at some point - so important for all properties to be fully insured and particularly for floods. Unfortunately not all insurers will insure units at Dolphins because of the flood risk.

For more information on the 1979 flooding click here
For more information on the 2012 flooding click here


Major flooding in 1979 - most caravans were washed away


The Char Valley in-flood in May 1979

Major flooding again in July 2012 (caravans were anchored-down then, but many still ruined)
At some point the park will probably flood again, but anyone's guess when??

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Covid Update 2021 - Dorset County
(i.e. not including Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch)

Cases per 100,000
 people
cases in
 latest week
compared to
previous week
Total cases
254 963 -260 23,812 to 15th Sept
243 922 -319 23,942 to 16th Sept
238 905 -350 24,106 to 17th Sept
236 896 -186 24,591 to 20th Sept
251 952 -64 24,717 to 21st Sept
254 965 -4 24,898 to 22nd Sept
269 1,021 +94 25,023 to 23rd Sept
279 1,060 +151 25,229 to 24th Sept
309 1,174 +279 25,812 to 27th Sept
314 1,191 +241 25,957 to 28th Sept
324 1,230 +266 26,199 to 29th Sept
331 1,256 +229 26,369 to 30th Sept
347 1,318 +254 26,579 to 1st Oct
338 1,283 +101 27,085 to 4th Oct
337 1,278 +83 27,250 to 5th Oct
340 1,291 +33 27,646 to 7th Oct
334 1,269 -56 27,800 to 8th Oct
326 1,239 -47 28,413 to 11 Oct
342 1,298 +21 28,659 to 12th Oct
347 1,316 +41 28,921 to 13th Oct
369 1,402 +109 29,218 to 14th Oct
386 1,467 +198 29,482 to 15th Oct
476 1,807 +560 30,398 to 18th Oct
       
       
Covid Update 2021 - East Devon
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246 365 -179 9,958 to 15th Sept
232 343 -202 10,008 to 16th Sept
224 332 -194 10,058 to 17th Sept
210 311 -104 10,207 to 20th Sept
218 323 -66 10,291 to 21st Sept
228 337 -29 10,328 to 22nd Sept
240 355 +13 10,369 to 23rd Sept
251 371 +39 10,457 to 24th Sept
257 381 +67 10,629 to 27th Sept
262 388 +65 10,686 to 28th Sept
274 405 +67 10,779 to 29th Sept
272 403 +47 10,836 to 30th Sept
290 430 +56 10,906 to 1st Oct
313 463 +81 11,077 to 4th Oct
318 471 +83 11,159 to 5th Oct
311 461 +57 11,304 to 7th Oct
316 468 +38 11,390 to 8th Oct
336 498 +33 11,643 to 11th Oct
350 519 +47 11,727 to 12th Oct
377 558 +114 11,850 to 13th Oct
386 571 +110 11,953 to 14th Oct
404 598 +131 12,042 to 15th Oct
471 697 +198 12,400 to 18th Oct
       
       

info@dolphinsriverpark.co.uk