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 Dolphin River Country Park.
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 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)

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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
309 1,173 +34 18,912 to 16th Aug
308 1,171 +14 19,041 to 17th Aug
305 1,158 -1 19,223 to 18th Aug
308 1,171 -2 19,532 to 19th Aug
320 1,215 +15 19,756 to 20th Aug
353 1,342 +161 20,286 to 23rd Aug
35065 1,328 +145 20,410 to 24th Aug
360 1,369 +201 20,587 to 25th Aug
362 1,373 +200 20,792 to 26th Aug
354 1,344 +127 20,927 to 27th Aug
293 1,112 -218 21,480 to 31st Aug
285 1,083 -289 21,630 to 1st Sept
279 1,061 -307 21,831 to 2nd Sept
268 1,016 -326 22,067 to 3rd Sept
309 1,172 +26 22,600 to 6th Sept
314 1,194 +72 22,705 to 7th Sept
321 1,219 +123 22,892 to 8th Sept
325 1,236 +166 23,069 to 9th Sept
329 1,248 +230 23,217 to 10th Sept
282 1,072 -107 23,574 to 13th Sept
266 1,009 -192 23,657 to 14th Sept
254 963 -260 23,812 to 15th Sept
243 922 -319 23,942 to 16th Sept
238 905 -350 24,106 to 17th Sept
       
       
       
Covid Update 2021 - East Devon
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338 501 +66 7,483 to 16th Aug
328 486 +10 7,593 to 17th Aug
340 503 +27 7,723 to 18th Aug
346 512 +34 7,895 to 19th Aug
400 593 +103 8,046 to 20th Aug
571 845 +344 8,380 to 23rd Aug
588 870 +385 8,476 to 24th Aug
598 886 +374 8,548 to 25th Aug
598 886 +365 8,647 to 26th Aug
567 840 +240 8,757 to 27th Aug
398 589 -284 9,024 to 31st Aug
385 570 -317 9,098 to 1st Sept
380 563 -323 9,185 to 2nd Sept
361 535 -304 9,273 to 3rd Sept
378 560 -49 9,507 to 6th Sept
374 554 -37 9,558 to 7th Sept
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368 545 -17 9,694 to 9th Sept
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262 388 -168 9,921 to 14th Sept
246 365 -179 9,958 to 15th Sept
232 343 -202 10,008 to 16th Sept
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