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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.

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.


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9.2

Overall rating based on 31 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

90% would stay here again.

 

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Excellent site, owners go out of their way to provide for all needs 02/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Trina G. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    The space, the atmosphere, the facilities in the yurt and belle tents, definitely a site to book when you just need a break from city life.

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Perfect. We always recommend Bales Ash to everyone! 31/05/2018

paul_m113572

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    We love everything about Bales Ash, and have been back at least once a year (sometimes more) since the site opened. We've just returned from a lovely bank-holiday weekend at Bales Ash and once again had a brilliant time. The owners are fabulous hosts and really care about their visitors and keep the site in immaculate condition. We love the fact that it's very relaxed, plenty of space for the children (and dog) to be 'free range' for a few days. Firepits are great and make it feel like camping as it's meant to be. My wife was a little under the weather this weekend but the owners were so caring and helpful, phoning around for medical advice and appointments for us, and they really went above and beyond!
    Don't be put off by the reviews of the compostable loos - we think they're great, and just add to the charm and environmentally friendly focus of Bales Ash.

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    There really is nothing to dislike. We recommend Bales Ash to everyone!

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Will definitely return. 30/05/2018

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    Simple old fashioned camping at its best! The lovely hosts make this place very special, and the basic facilities gives Bales Ash a real charm. Our young children and dog all had a fab time and didn't want to leave.

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Lovely, relaxed site 28/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom helene_w Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch
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    Lovely, relaxed, level, open-field site with hedges for shelter from the wind. Owners very friendly and helpful. Great hot showers and very clean, unsmelly composting loos (plus a portaloo for those who prefer). Also, plenty of places to collect water. Delicious cakes and other bits and pieces available too.
    Pleasant walk through fields to Nethergrove village, where you can buy most provisions at the community shop.
    Overall, very chilled, child and dog friendly site, with a lovely simple, relaxed feel to it. Will definitely return.

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    Nothing!

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Great hut, lovely setting. 22/04/2018

tori_f

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    Overall setting and location of campsite

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great relaxing stay 17/04/2018

saskia_r320537

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    Everything about the hut -clean, well stocked with lots of equipment, warm (the heater was put on for us before we arrived), comfy bed
    Hosts were accomodating, suggested some great pubs for dinner.

    Disliked: 

    £60 is the maximum I would pay for glamping per night so it is on the pricier side.
    the only piece of equipment missing was a grater - if im being picky.
    Also, just a quick explanation of where the compost toilet and urinals on arrival would be great as didnt find them for a few hours.

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I really enjoyed my stay at Bales Ash, the owners ... 23/04/2018

niehauscharlene

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    I really enjoyed my stay at Bales Ash, the owners were super friendly and very helpful. The camping grounds are very big with great views and I felt that we had lots of space to ourselves. The facilities like bathroom and showers were really good and clean. I would highly recommend this camp grounds to any group ranging from a small group to a large gathering. The location is perfect for a weekend peaceful camping.
    I look forward to my next visit there.

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We had a wonderful stay here. The owners are so ... 20/03/2018

becky_d924276

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    We had a wonderful stay here. The owners are so friendly and welcoming. There is loads of space between pitches. Warm showers and fab compost loo's. We had a wonderful night around the fire, star gazing. Thank you for making us so welcome. Looking forward to coming back soon.

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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

From the manager...

The grass is regularly cut but I agree we did struggle in August 2017 as we just can't cut it when it's wet and it certainly was wet! Sorry about the straw, we put that there to try and soak up the mud a bit. We had put masses of gravel down in the gateways but with such rain it eventually sank in- we're doubling the quantities this year!

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Features

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Bar or club house

Cycle hire

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Fishing

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Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

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Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

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 BST (GMT+01:00)   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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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  11:30 a.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart:  10:30 a.m.

Bales Ash Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks 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

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Bales Ash Campsite will debit the balance from your card 2 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 2 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

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

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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.

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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