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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... 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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9

Overall rating based on 45 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

91% would stay here again.

 

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Plenty of space, good facilities, attentive and friendly staff 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom damian m. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
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    Plenty of space, good facilities, attentive and friendly staff

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Level pitches, could choose where Hot showers Freezer where you ... 28/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Katharine R. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Level pitches, could choose where
    Hot showers
    Freezer where you can refreeze icepacks
    Firepits for hire good
    Nearby woodfired pizza van amazing

    Disliked: 

    Very long grass in fields meant getting very wet feet/legs even in dry weather.
    Very muddy in gateways between fields and at entrance when weather wet, and brought home huge clumps of muddy straw stuck in car wheelarches.
    Toilets - compostable
    Sinks only outside so had to clean teeth outside in the rain and use the same sinks as washing up

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Every thing, clean showers and toilets, very friendly and helpful ... 26/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jenny M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Every thing, clean showers and toilets, very friendly and helpful staff nice little site.

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Quiet, loads of space, hot showers, dog friendly, noisy child ... 23/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom craig f. Confirmed

  • Electric grass trailer tent, tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Quiet, loads of space, hot showers, dog friendly, noisy child friendly, laid back happy to help staff who showed me around even in the torrential rain we arrived in. Can hire a bonfire!!

    Disliked: 

    Miles from anywhere is a like and dislike :)
    Other half didn't like the toilets but she was just strategic when we were out and about.

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Good campsite would return 22/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass trailer tent, tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Freedom for kids open air chilled atmosphere

    Disliked: 

    Exposed toilets catches on doors poor kept blowing open' narrow entrance for campervan

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?

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Showers hot and great quality for a camp site, a ... 22/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Matthew S. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Showers hot and great quality for a camp site, a bit dirty at times but this was due to inconsiderate campers leaving rubbish and hair everywhere and not the site staff. Shop was a great addition, selling basic foods, sweets, firewood etc. Plenty of room to pitch, and it's all level. Use of fridge/freezers and washing m/c's. Bring your fire pit/BBQ or rent one there.
    Really good, friendly site.

    Disliked: 

    The bio toilets are a good idea but could do with emptying more often as the smell is quite over powering.

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Lovely relaxed campsite, very family friendly. 21/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lisa S. Confirmed

  • Electric grass trailer tent, tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The camp site has a lovely relaxed vibe and the owners are very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. The kids enjoyed playing in the fields with other children and I felt happy that they were safe. They also enjoyed the animals, rabbits, dogs and cats that they meet around the camp site. The showers were hot and clean. The little shop was great for grabbing essentials and fire wood.

    Disliked: 

    I have to say, although the toilets are clean they are compost toilets and I did find them a little difficult to get used too!

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I thought that the size of the pitches were good, ... 20/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom laura_w956109 Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    I thought that the size of the pitches were good, it gave me and y friends space to be able to play games during the day without anyone getting in the way.
    I thought that the staff were welcoming an friendly without our stay, and helped us with things that we didn't know as we wasn't from around that area.
    The shower facilities were good and always clean, everybody had a warm or hot shower.

    Disliked: 

    I didn't dislike anything.

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Lovely site, will definitely return here again. Friendly staff. 12/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Rachel H. Confirmed

  • Electric grass trailer tent, tent or campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely chilled site. Very friendly staff. Eco friendly site. Good location, albeit tucked away from main roads. Open fires allowed. Very doggy friendly.

    Disliked: 

    Compost loos took a bit of getting used to! but brilliant for the environment.

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Would stay here again.. loved it 11/08/2017

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  • Eppie yurt
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  • Liked: 

    Everything it was an amazing place.
    Very friendly.
    Yurt was beautiful

    Disliked: 

    No electric hook up on yurt..
    This would have been useful

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Features

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Bath available

Disabled facilities

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Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

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Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Pre-erected tents

Shepherd's huts

Location

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  • High Bickington Umberleigh, Devon, England, EX37 9BL
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.9556°N 3.9817°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
South Molton (Devon): The Square Coach Stop — 7.7 miles
Barnstaple Bus Station: Belle Meadow Rd — 9.1 miles
Bickington (North Devon): Coach Stop — 9.5 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 — 11.0 miles
Appledore Ferry Landing — 11.4 miles
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 29.2 miles

Directions


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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

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