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- Wild camping site in a rural setting on an organic farm
- Just outside Kenn village and eight miles from the beach at Dawlish
- Within 15 minutes' drive of both Exeter and Dartmoor National Park
Green fields, leafy vistas and not too many other guests to share your space with… Bliss, no? Settle in for peaceful stays in pretty Devon countryside at Bickham Barn, a small family-friendly wild camping site five minutes’ drive from the village of Kenn and 15 minutes from Exeter.
The site on Roddy and Ruth’s organic farm is a top choice for a rural getaway, five minutes from the walking trails, discovery trails and biking trails at Haldon Forest Park (where bikes are rentable if bringing yours along doesn’t suit), and 15 minutes from rambles among the famed ponies of Dartmoor National Park. The area’s also crisscrossed with scenic cycle paths connecting pretty villages and taking in views over the Exe estuary.
Aquatic types should be best pleased by proximity to plenty of long sandy stretches, where strolls and swims are enticingly easy. The nearest beaches are 15 minutes away at Teignmouth and 20 minutes from base at Dawlish, but a slightly lengthier jaunt as far as Exmouth (25 minutes) will put diving, windsurfing and sailing within reach too.
When hunger builds, pick up supplies from the grocery store 10 minutes away and get to work at the barbecue. In wetter weather make a beeline for the barn (if it’s available), where a shared kitchen and a bar are on hand for guests’ use, or head into Kenn where a cosy pub serves food daily.
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Everything..great pitch with fantastic views and a very welcoming owner …
Was very welcomed
Friendly staff, level pitches, basic but clean facilities.
Highly recommended for a peaceful getaway.
Excellent site one of the best basic sights we have visited
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
- Coach stations
Exminster Bus Stop
— 2.7 miles
2.7 miles Kenton (Devon): Coach Stop — 2.9 miles
2.9 miles Starcross: Rail Station Coach Stop — 4.2 miles
- Train stations
Topsham Rail Station
— 4.1 miles
4.1 miles Starcross Rail Station — 4.2 miles
4.2 miles Exton Rail Station — 4.3 miles
- Ferry ports
Turf Lock Inn Ferry Landing
— 3.3 miles
3.3 miles Topsham Lock Ferry Landing — 3.7 miles
3.7 miles Topsham Ferry Landing — 3.8 miles
Exeter International Airport
— 7.7 miles
Urban explores hereabouts should start with a jaunt into Exeter, 15 minutes’ drive from the site. The city has lots to entice, from museums and gardens to a cathedral and underground vaulted tunnel tours. If there’s only time for one or two things, make them trips to the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
Does that excite a taste for the past? There’s plenty else nearby that should appeal… The site’s within easy reach of more than a handful of old stately piles and historical spots, starting with the spectacular Powderham Castle, 15 minutes away, and taking in Buckfast Abbey and the intriguing 16-sided 18th-century A la Ronde (20 minutes' drive), Killerton House and the looming Compton Castle (25 minutes), or Kent’s Cavern Prehistoric Caves (half an hour away in Torquay).
For a taste of the distant past, and some nature-filled days, it's a 25 minute-drive to the start of the famed Jurassic Coast, 96 miles of fossil-filled coastline spanning 185 million years of history. Return to modern times, then, with visits to present-day creatures at Paignton Zoo and Dartmoor Zoo, both within 40 minutes of base, or at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, 20 minutes away.
- Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (5.1 miles)
- Crealy Great Adventure Park (6.7 miles)
- The National Trust Killerton House & Gardens (10.4 miles)
- A la Ronde (5.8 miles)
- Killerton: Clyston Mill (8.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||8 a.m. –||8 p.m.|
|Depart by:||10:30 a.m.|
Once you have arrived please wait by the agricultural farm building and either call the owner or wait for someone to show you your pitch.
Bickham Barn cancellation policy
No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.
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.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Bickham Barn will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Bickham Barn have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Bickham Barn dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Bickham Barn? Urban explores hereabouts should start with a jaunt into Exeter, 15 minutes’ drive from the site. The city has lots to entice, from museums and gardens to a cathedral and underground vaulted … Read more
When can I check in and check out of Bickham Barn?
Camping and touring Arrive: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Depart by: 10:30 a.m.
Once you have arrived please wait by the agricultural farm building and either call the owner or wait for someone to show you your pitch.Read more