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
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Covid Update 2021 - East Devon
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