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- Chilled camping as it used to be
- Free hot showers
- Relaxed and spacious site with firepits for hire
Homemade Devon cream teas, views to make your eyes water, a communal firepit and a warm welcome for the pooch... we're not a whit surprised that guests glow with warmth about near Umberleigh.
Described by its amicable owners as 'a little green campsite in the heart of north Devon', Bales Ash sits up above the Taw Valley amid countryside of the beaut variety and fab views across to nearby Exmoor. The Tarka Trail is within easy driving distance and the (also fab) surfing beaches of north Devon are within about 12 miles.
As you might expect from a site that endorses 'camping as it used to be', the Bales Ash vibe is relaxed and friendly. The site amenities are kept to a spotless standard and include three hot showers, two eco-friendly compost loos and outdoor Belfast sinks with hot and cold water. Wifi is available and guests can charge their phone for free in the shower block.
Water at Bales Ash comes from the campsite's borehole and is treated to provide pristinely clean fresh drinking water; tap water standpipes are also on each camping field.
But back to those Devon cream teas... Teas and cakes can be baked on request – we recommend you request a cream tea as soon as you arrive – and the owners specialise in top notch gluten-free baking.
And then settle down to stargaze or to sit by the communal firepit: guests glow with warmth about the perfect quiet of this place too.
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From the manager...
Oh goodness we're so sorry, no-one has ever told us about a catch blowing open on the toilets. We'll go and have a look at those now. Was it one toilet in particular?
I thought that the size of the pitches were good, ...
Would stay here again.. loved it
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
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Surf school nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
South Molton (Devon): The Square Coach Stop — 7.7 miles
7.7 miles Barnstaple Bus Station: Belle Meadow Rd — 9.1 miles
9.1 miles Bickington (North Devon): Coach Stop — 9.5 miles
- Train stations
Portsmouth Arms Rail Station — 1.4 miles
1.4 miles Umberleigh Rail Station — 2.8 miles
2.8 miles Kings Nympton Rail Station — 3.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing — 10.6 miles
10.6 miles Instow Ferry Landing — 11.0 miles
11.0 miles Appledore Ferry Landing — 11.4 miles
Exeter International Airport — 29.2 miles
From the B3127 come through the village of High Bickington (leaving Atherington behind you) and proceed out of the village passing a Community Centre Sig. As the road narrows and bends, you will see the Whitebridge Boarding Kennels. Take the left immediately opposite the kennels and follow the lane to the right turn signposted 'no through'. Turn right (ignoring your sat nav) and follow the lane down until you see a building on your right. Carry on past the closed wooden gate and past the open black gates and enter the campsite through the metal barred gate on your right. Please close the gate behind you.
From the A377 at Kingford (between Portsmouth Arms and Umberleigh) follow the signs for High Bickington up Kingford Hill. Towards the top of the hill you pass a holiday lodge sign on your right, a skidding car warning sign on your left and a campsite sign on your right. Turn onto our lane and proceed uphill for about 1/4 mile. Campsite entrance is through a metal barred gate on your left (opposite a small stone barn on your right). Please close the gate behind you.
Previous guests have gushed about the excellent location of : easy to explore all of north Devon through Barnstable to Saunton, Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, and Lynmouth in one direction, and Westward Ho!, Clovelly and Abbotsham in the other.
A number of scenic strolls are directly accessible from the site, such as the easy one-hour round walk to the two local pubs in High Bickington, or the hike to Woodland Trust land on Kingford Hill. The north Devon stretch of the South West Coast Path is a little further away.
Within easy reach by car, the stunningly scenic beaches of Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton, Putsborough and Westward Ho! will give days upon days of sunbathing, attending surf schools, swimming, rockpools, kitesurfing and coasteering.
The well known Tarka Trail, a series of footpaths and cycle paths through north Devon, is a short drive from the campsite; alternately cycle to one of the stations along the Tarka Line train route running for 39 miles between Exeter and Barnstaple.
Also in the region, you could get green at the RHS Rosemoor Gardens or Broomhill Sculpture Garden; try National Trust attractions like Arlington Court; hike the Heddon Valley or visit the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon to see what's been what in the area throughout the ages. The Cobbaton Combat Collection is a nearby museum with one man's collection of items from World War II.
And if you have kids, they'll be glowing with happiness after days out at Devon family-based attractions like The Big Sheep, Exmoor Zoo, Watermouth Castle and Family Theme Park and Atlantis Adventure Park.
- RHS Garden Rosemoor (6.8 miles)
- Castle Drogo (19.4 miles)
- Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (25.4 miles)
- Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (13.2 miles)
- Finch Foundry (15.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.