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Bales Ash Campsite: The communal campfire, perfect to meet fellow guests

General

  • 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… it's no surprise that guests glow with warmth about Bales Ash Campsite near Umberleigh.

Described by its amiable 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 vibe is relaxed and friendly. The 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 phones for free in the shower block.

Water at Bales Ash comes from the site's borehole and is treated to provide pristinely clean fresh drinking water; tap water standpipes are also on each pitching field.

But back to those Devon cream teas… Teas and cakes can be baked on request (surely something to request 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.

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.


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9.8

Overall rating based on 63 reviews

 

98% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

  89% described as Peaceful ?

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Excellent loved it will go back03/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRachel P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • The Beech Hut cabin
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    Wonderful site for someone that just wants to get away from it all in nature. Wonderful views, lots of space, good hot showers and washing facilities. It was perfect for us and our 11 year old son and our two large dogs. We stayed in the Beech hut, tucked away amongst the trees and fully fenced and dog safe. Fantastic we were just able to relax and ‘be’ . Covid safety was managed well everything kept clean . Good booking system for the lovely hot showers and good facilities washing machine/freezer etc . Will definitely be going back

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Spacious pitches02/08/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMark B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (private bathroom amenities)
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  • Liked: 

    Nice space and friendly staff

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    Only negative ,would be it could do with better signs and the drive entrance is very tight but it’s just nit picking

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We had a wonderful stay in the Horse Box. Quirky, …02/08/2021

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  • The Horse Box cabin
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    We had a wonderful stay in the Horse Box. Quirky, fun and everything you need for an enjoyable stay. Lovely, chatty, helpful staff onsite too. Thank you! Great start to summer break! We will be back!

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Laid back atmosphere in a peaceful setting.28/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJo H.Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (private bathroom amenities)
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    Staff were very welcoming and friendly throughout the entirety of our stay. On site shop and fire pits were run with a honesty box which is a great idea and seemed to work really well. Loads of information in shower block and outside on the noticeboard for eateries, best beaches and things to do etc...

    We really enjoyed the peaceful location and the laidback atmosphere. Beaches all within a short drive.

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Great stay as long as you don’t mind the toilet!27/07/2021

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  • The Beech Hut cabin
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    Unique accommodation, kitchen facilities

    Disliked: 

    Compostable toilet

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Clean facilities , quiet site private toilet is great idea22/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (private bathroom amenities)
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    Peaceful location and very nicely run site

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Excellent peaceful site with clean facilities and own fire pits22/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMegan E.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • The Beech Hut cabin
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    Friendly staff, great hot showers, very peaceful

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    Nothing

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Anonymous user

Lovely clean site and very friendly19/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (private bathroom amenities)
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    The beautiful open views and wide pitches

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A lovely site. The facilities were spotless. Dog friendly too!18/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDebra C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (private bathroom amenities)
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    Everything!
    Friendly staff
    Mini shop on site
    Allocated toilet was a bonus!
    Flat ground
    Quiet by 11pm

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Great stop over18/07/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch (private bathroom amenities)
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    Simple and easy check in. Good clean facilities

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Dedicated toilet facility per glamping unit

Dedicated toilet per pitch

Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Distance markers in shared facilities

Hand sanitising stations

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

Staggered showering times

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Shepherd's huts

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Pop-up campsite

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • High Bickington, Umberleigh, Devon, England, EX37 9BL
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.9556°N 3.9821°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
The Square — 7.7 miles
The Square — 7.7 miles
Bus Station — 9.1 miles
Train stations
Portsmouth Arms Rail Station — 1.4 miles
Umberleigh Rail Station — 2.8 miles
Kings Nympton Rail Station — 3.6 miles
Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing — 10.6 miles
Instow Ferry Landing — 10.9 miles
Appledore Ferry Landing — 11.3 miles
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 29.2 miles

Directions


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

A number of scenic strolls are directly accessible from the site, such as the easy one-hour round walk to two local pubs, 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 scenic beaches of Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton, Putsborough and Westward Ho! will give days upon days of sunbathing, surf lessons, swimming, rockpools, kitesurfing and coasteering.

The Tarka Trail, a series of footpaths and cycle paths through north Devon, is a short drive away; alternatively, 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.

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.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (6.8 miles)
  • Castle Drogo (19.4 miles)
  • Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (25.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (13.2 miles)
  • Finch Foundry (15.8 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  10:30 a.m.

Bales Ash Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

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.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Bales Ash Campsite will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Bales Ash Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Bales Ash Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Bales Ash Campsite? A number of scenic strolls are directly accessible from the site, such as the easy one-hour round walk to two local pubs, or the hike to Woodland Trust land on Kingford Hill. … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Bales Ash Campsite?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Bales Ash Campsite? From £28 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/campervan please select the extra.
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

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