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- Small family-run park on an organic sheep farm
- Peaceful atmosphere with spectacular valley views
- Games room, dog walking lane and clean modern amenities
Fancy yourself as a bright camper? Want to keep well away from the madd(en)ing crowds? Make your way to Barnstaple’s Brightlycott Barton, a small family-run park and organic sheep farm for canny campers who want the perks of peace and quiet. It’s a spot to sit and watch the world go by in contented contemplation: with stunning views over the valley and spacious level pitches, all you have to do is pitch up and sit back to relax.
If the kids are harshing your valley vibe, pack them off to the games room in the barn, let them reach for the skies on the swing frame, or gently suggest that they take the dog for a walk in the tree-lined lane next to the site. (They’ll probably come back covered in muck, but that shouldn’t stress you out either as there’s free use of the washing machine and tumble dryer on site: suggest that the kids wash their own clothes if you want to max out your amusement factor.)
The modern amenities here will keep you bright and smiling: there’s a modern shower block with washing up spot, a separate area with disabled facilities and a big fridge freezer for everyone’s use.
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However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
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Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
A great farm site centrally located to explore the North Devon area.
From the manager...
We were sorry to read this review as we were led to believe that the customer was happy with paying for their stay here despite being unwell and having to leave early.
Likely to return, weather permitting.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Tourer storage facilities
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
Barnstaple Bus Station: Belle Meadow Rd — 1.9 miles
1.9 miles Bickington (North Devon): Coach Stop — 3.4 miles
3.4 miles Fremington: New Inn Coach Stop — 4.5 miles
- Train stations
Barnstaple Rail Station — 2.3 miles
2.3 miles Chapelton (Devon) Rail Station — 5.8 miles
5.8 miles Umberleigh Rail Station — 7.5 miles
- Ferry ports
Instow Ferry Landing — 7.5 miles
7.5 miles Appledore Ferry Landing — 7.7 miles
7.7 miles Ilfracombe Ferry Landing — 8.4 miles
Swansea Airport — 34.8 miles
From the M5 take the A361 towards Barnstaple. At Barnstaple follow the signs to A39 Lynton which will take you through the centre of Barnstaple. Continue on the A39 out of Barnstaple, past the North Devon District Hospital. 1.5 miles after the hospital take the right turn signposted to Brightlycott and Roborough. The entrance to Brightlycott Barton is on the left after 300 yards.
Take the A39 towards Barnstaple. After seven miles you will reach Roundswell services. Take the third exit and continue on the A39 for another mile. At the next roundabout take the first exit A361 to Barnstaple. At Sticklepath Junction continue forward across the bridge. Once across the bridge turn right onto A361 towards the town centre, then left at the traffic lights onto Fairview road. At the next traffic lights turn left onto the A39 towards North Devon District Hospital. At the hospital continue for 1.5 miles on the A39, then turn right at the lane marked Brightlycott and Roborough. The entrance to Brightlycott Barton is on the left after 300 yards.
Satnav info: please do not turn right off the A39 at the North Devon District Hospital. This road leads to the campsite but is a very narrow steep lane and is not suitable for motorhomes or caravans.
The nearest train station is about three miles away in Barnstaple. This has a regular service from Exeter. If cycling from the station, head for the North Devon District hospital. From here you can either carry on along the A39 or take the quieter lane (Roborough Road) behind the hospital which is a more direct route to the campsite (please note this lane is tarmac but is steep and unsuitable for caravans).
Stagecoach buses from Holsworthy, Bideford, Ilfracombe, South Molton, Torrington run to the North Devon District Hospital. From here, the campsite is one mile away up the leafy lane (Roborough Road) behind the hospital.
First Devon and Cornwall run regular services to the hospital from Barnstaple bus station, via Service 2.
Barnstaple has been the main market for north Devon since the Saxons were around, so follow in their Saxony footsteps with a trip to the historic Pannier Market along Butchers Row to bag local food, crafts, art and antiques.
Culture vultures can stay on in the town into the evening for stage and film at Queen’s Theatre or catch a gig most nights of the week at the local pubs, while skater bois and girls can hurtle about Barnstaple’s Rock Park at the skate park or in the play area.
Give mini farmers a sandtastic time at the local beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton, take them to explore Exmoor National Park, or help them earn their supper at the fly fishing and trout lake a mile away from Brightlycott.
Exmoor Zoo has the ‘Exmoor Beast’ to ponder over alongside sand cats, singing dogs and reindeer to keep the kids curious, and there’s also the Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park within easy reach.
This area of Devon is probably best known for the Tarka Trail, one of the longest traffic-free walking and cycling paths in the country and part of the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route: the trail can be joined at Barnstaple and runs for miles around river valleys, bays, moorland and coastal cliffs.
For a more leisurely day out, bloom at National Trust’s Marwood Gardens with its camellias and magnolias, tee off at the golf course three miles from the site, or settle into some nearby fishing or horse-riding.
- RHS Garden Rosemoor (11.8 miles)
- Castle Drogo (29.5 miles)
- Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (3.7 miles)
- Heddon Valley (9.1 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||1 p.m. –||9 p.m.|
Brightlycott Barton cancellation policy
No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.
Outside high season (July and August, school holidays and bank holiday weekends) it may be possible to transfer your booking to another date (subject to availability).
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Brightlycott Barton will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer