Book and review 9,757 holiday parks and campsites in the UK, Europe and the Americas

Feefo service rating

Bales Ash Campsite

9.3
View prices & book
From £16/€18.24/A$29.10/US$20.73/CA$27.65/CHF20.67/SEK187.03/DKK136.18/NOK178.28/ISK2,502/ARS777.40/CLP13,965/PEN69.19/NZ$30.63/ZAR289.24/PLN78.17/R$79.07/CZK467.36/RSD2,160/HUF5,802.11/RUB1,378.51/CN¥141.10 (for 1 night, 2 adults)

Why not enter some details and get an accurate price?

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

Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

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


Arrive:
Depart: (2 nights)
Party:

Edit…

Click/tap once to select your first day, and again for your departure day.


Booking as a group?

Reviews

9.3

Overall rating based on 35 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

91% would stay here again.

 

Distribution requires 5 reviews or more.

87% described Bales Ash Campsite as Peaceful ?

More ratings

Location
Value for money
Accommodation
Facilities/activities
Customer service
Child friendliness
Cleanliness
Wifi
Show me reviews by:
Sort by:
Staying in:
Original language of review:

Only showing reviews for last 18 months.

Reset filters
Default avatar

Will be adding to our list of 'go back to' sites. 28/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Paul D. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Relaxed atmosphere and friendly, helpful people. Plenty of space for kids to play.

    Disliked: 

Overall
10
Location
Value for money
Accommodation
Facilities/activities
Customer service
Child friendliness
Cleanliness
Wifi
(No rating)
Default avatar

Didn't use Wi Fi 27/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Linda R. Confirmed

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

    Really enjoyed our short 2 night stay at Bales Ash, which was the only spare time left of our summer hols, trying out a new tent and taking our teenager camping for the first time! Good space for pitching, 2 big fields so you could put yourself into a quieter spot if you wanted. Also liked the friendly site ladies with their "festival style" fire pits, decorative touches, usefully stocked shop with home baked cakes to buy, especially lemon drizzle!! Must admit.....initially we were apprehensive about compost toilets but quickly found them clean and easy to use. There were port-a-loos in the next field also. The shower block was great with its information blackboard and electric sockets for hairdryers and mobile charging.
    Unfortunately,we had horrible rain! The ladies were on hand if anyone needed them! Very reasonably priced! We shall be back next year and our teenager is now hooked on camping!!

    Disliked: 

Overall
10
Location
Value for money
Accommodation
Facilities/activities
Customer service
Child friendliness
Cleanliness
Wifi
(No rating)

Wonderfully relaxed and friendly place, Debbie and Anne delightful hosts ... 24/08/2018

eric_w933460 Mobile phone icon

  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Wonderfully relaxed and friendly place, Debbie and Anne delightful hosts who make you feel instantly welcome. Also liked the location, a bit off the beaten track. The pitches are very generous, grass in good trim, lovely views yet nicely sheltered behind hedges. An exceptionally good deal too as price includes free hot showers and it is at the low end of the price spectrum but not the quality spectrum. Great place all round, can't recommend highly enough.

    Disliked: 

Overall
10
Location
Value for money
Accommodation
Facilities/activities
Customer service
Child friendliness
Cleanliness
Wifi
Anonymous user

We have just come back from Bales Ash after 5 ... 21/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anonymous Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We have just come back from Bales Ash after 5 heavenly days chilling out under the stars. We initially only booked 4 nights but they were very accommodating in allowing us to stay an extra night (as they were fully booked on the electric pitches). We took our two, slightly nervous, rescue dogs who had never been camping before. They set us up in the quieter field away from any potential distractions which we were super grateful for. There is so much space to camp. Most campers are set up around the edges of the fields leaving the central areas free for fun, play and generally relaxing with an open fire pit. The site is run and managed by 3 lovely ladies who couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. Big up the compostable toilets! And the showers were amazing - very clean and very hot! Wifi and a washing machine both available and a freezer to refreeze our ice-packs which was handy. Lots of information available i.e. things to do locally. It's slightly off the beaten track but the directions (website) were spot on. We were perfectly placed for the beautiful beaches and Dartmoor walks. We would definitely go again! Just wished we could have stayed even longer! Everything you need to know is on the website - if not just ask (communication before our stay was very good).

    Disliked: 

Overall
10
Location
Value for money
Accommodation
Facilities/activities
Customer service
Child friendliness
Cleanliness
Wifi

Excellent, welcoming, staff, great facilities, spacious pitches. 14/08/2018

myrtala_t

  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    I have been camping a lot this summer and have recently visited Bales Ash campsite it North Devon
    The Bales Ash team, Ann, Cane and Debbie were great hosts. Friendly, welcoming and bent over backwards to help you out.
    The site is very spacious . Which was great for my group which contained Camper vans, tents and a motorhome. It was so nice to be able to all camp together and not be assigned separated regimented pitches. And the sites spaciousness meant you weren't camping on top of other campers. And being able to have individual fire pits made the evening camping experiences even more enjoyable.

    Facilities were great and well thought out. Loved the electric shower and the lovely
    Vintage placards and decorations in the compost loos. Loved the diy decorated touches all around the site.

    My visit was full of many memorable moments. We spent a lovely afternoon enjoying a delicious cream tea (the gluten free amongst us were well catered for and Kane made me a splendid vegan cream to go with my delicious home baked scones).
    Spent a lovely evening singing songs around the big fire pit and watching the stars.

    The site is well positioned with lovely all round views. Loved it. And would highly recommend Bales Ash. I will definitely be back.

    Disliked: 

    Having to leave

Overall
10
Location
Value for money
Accommodation
Facilities/activities
Customer service
Child friendliness
Cleanliness
Wifi
Default avatar

We loved the Yurt experience, the facilities were great with ... 13/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Debbie L. Confirmed

  • Eppie yurt
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We loved the Yurt experience, the facilities were great with a cooking tent and plenty of dishes and a stove, inside the Yurt was just beautiful. It was so cosy and the children said it was the best holiday they had been on.

    Disliked: 

Overall
10
Location
Value for money
Accommodation
Facilities/activities
Customer service
Child friendliness
Cleanliness
Wifi
(No rating)
Default avatar

Excellent! 12/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kathryn B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything!! It was just what we wanted- rural yet easy travel to all amenities, quiet, clean, good facilities and friendly staff!!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

Overall
10
Location
Value for money
Accommodation
Facilities/activities
Customer service
Child friendliness
Cleanliness
Wifi
Default avatar

Very good site with easy access to exmoor & north Devon beaches. 08/08/2018

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

  • Electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The flexibility of the camping field, freedom for games for the kids friendliness of the owners and other campers.

    Disliked: 

    The kids disliked the toilet facilities! Could have done with sinks for teeth brushing and proper handwashing.

Overall
10
Location
Value for money
Accommodation
Facilities/activities
Customer service
Child friendliness
Cleanliness
Wifi

Just spent a lovely weekend at Bales Ash campsite in ... 08/08/2018

chris_g214430

  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Just spent a lovely weekend at Bales Ash campsite in North Devon

    The first thing that you experience when you arrive at the site is the friendliness of the staff. Ann, Kane and Debbie are wonderfully sociable, instantly make you feel at home and create a chilled out and relaxed vibe on the site.
    The next thing that stimulates your senses is the sense of space at Bales Ash. As a camper you are not restricted to the tight pitches or plots that other campsites adhere to but have the real luxury of space. So although you can see your fellow campers, you have privacy as well so you can stretch out and relax !

    The facilities are excellent, the showers are very clean and modern with piping hot water, and the laundry room is equally well kitted out with modern washing machines and is clean and tidy. There is an area for washing dishes with hot and cold water and washing up liquid and sponges supplied [which was great because I had forgotten to pack any]. The wooden compost toilets were clean and hygienic and the first ones I’ve been in that didn’t smell at all even though the weather was blistering hot.

    Another unique feature is the delicious water from the standpipes which is pumped from sites very own borehole. The taste of the water was fantastic and so different from the chlorinated chemical stuff from the city. It made a lovely cup of tea every morning and just wonderful to drink on its own

    For me another lovely aspect of the campsite were the many little decorative and artistic touches which are scattered around such as the small art display shelves or the way the toilets were painted colourfully and funky, and the way the sign posts were all hand designed and painted. This created an arty festival vibe, to the site.
    We only had one very young child in our group and he was fascinated by the two lovely pet rabbits and he also made the most of being able to run around in a big field safely.
    Location wise its excellent, it’s very close to the north Devon coast which is an endless stretch of golden sands for sea swimming, or if country walk are your thing the immediate area of the campsite is very beautiful and has some great local pubs.
    A lot of love and care gone into Bales Ash and the staff go out of their way to make your stay there very special, and this is what makes it a very unique camping experience.
    If you’re looking for some where a little different and exciting to camp in north Devon, I would most definitely recommend Bales Ash. I’ll definitely be going back.
    chris gregory

    Disliked: 

Overall
10
Location
Value for money
Accommodation
Facilities/activities
Customer service
Child friendliness
Cleanliness
Wifi
(No rating)

Superb site, relaxed and friendly staff and atmosphere, just Go! 07/08/2018

alex_l104339 Mobile phone icon

  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We are seasoned travelers, I have been using campsites 15 to 20 weekends a year for 14 years. I can honestly say this was the most relaxed and friendly campsite I have ever stayed in. Ann, Debbie and Kane were super gracious hosts and serve up an epic cream tea. The facilities were top notch, the cleanest and warmest showers. The composting loos were really easy to use, and given this year's heat wave there was no smell and no flies. The view from the field is beautiful and we got treated to some shooting stars in a night sky devoid of light pollution which was a real treat.

    I hope you can tell how enamoured with the site, and its staff I am. I really can't recommend it highly enough. I will certainly be back!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing, really and truly nothing!

Overall
10
Location
Value for money
Accommodation
Facilities/activities
Customer service
Child friendliness
Cleanliness
Wifi
(No rating)

Features

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

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

[[ campsite.name ]] [[ place.name ]]
  • 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

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

Payment methods accepted on the park

Bank transfer
Cash
Maestro
MasterCard
Visa

Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

Close

Report a problem

Reason:
Your claim is being sent…

Close

Contact Bales Ash Campsite


Close

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.

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.

Close