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General

  • Spacious, relaxing and free-range camping with clean facilities
  • Stunning views overlooking the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels
  • Fires encouraged: pits, kindling and logs delivered at a small charge

Want to get away from it all, chill out and do some free-range camping? Check out Petruth Paddocks.

Jules and the team have made it their mission to ensure all guests have a seriously laidback time: you won’t find overly zealous wardens prowling about here, and open fires are positively encouraged – fire drums, kindling, logs and lighters can be delivered to your door every evening for a small charge. (Please don't bring your own wood etc so the team know what's being burnt on site.)

Take the Strawberry Line by foot or bike for 15 minutes from the Petruth Paddocks gate to arrive at Cheddar Gorge, or continue on and take the old railway line path to Yatton, where trains hauled strawberries from the slopes of Cheddar to the early morning markets in east London over half a century ago. The bottom gate of the site goes directly to the Somerset Levels and there are marked walking and nature trails all around from Cheddar Gorge.

The site has stunning views overlooking the Mendip Hills in one direction and towards the Somerset Levels in the other. There’s loads of open space for the kids to run about in, get to know other and make new friends; Jules often gives trailer rides to kids at weekends too and farm tours can be arranged depending on guest number.

Facilities are basic but clean, and the piping hot high pressure showers, well-maintained toilets and washing-up sinks are all cleaned twice a day. The team operate a strict recycling policy: guests are asked to being five rubbish sacks and the Petruth staff will explain their system when you arrive.

Petruth Paddocks welcomes families, singles, couples and well-behaved groups. Well-behaved animals of all shapes and sizes are welcome... as long as they come with well-behaved owners who pick up after them...

Food and coffee are served throughout the day on weekends.

Please note

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, Friday 31 December 2021.

Bookings must not consist of more than 2 different households.

Owing to government regulations, groups of 6 or more people are not permitted.

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).

Campfires positively encouraged - fire-drums, kindling, logs and lighters delivered to your door every evening for a small charge. Please don't bring your own so the site knows what's being burnt.

Autumn/winter bookings please note: Showers and toilets are basic but clean; please also be aware they are mobile. The washbasins currently have a cold water feed; however, piping hot water supplies the showers and covered washing up area. If any of the above is a problem for you you'll probably be happier elsewhere.

Please mention a group name here if you are joining other bookings

Adult groups of over 6 people will be charged a £20 per person behaviour bond upon arrival. This is returned on condition that:

The campsite have not had to ask more than once for the group to turn music off at 11 or keep to quiet chatter after.

The group has left their pitch clean and all rubbish has either been recycled or taken home.


Arrive: Monday 9 August 2021
Depart: Monday 16 August 2021 (7 nights)
Party: 2 adults

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9.5

Overall rating based on 195 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

95% would stay here again.

  55% described as Walkers' paradise ?

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Excellent site, clean facilities, lovely friendly staff20/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNaomi F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Very friendly & helpful people.
    Loved the wood delivery to our pitch, very good with young children.
    Lots of space for the kids to run around, plenty of drinking water points.
    Clean toilets/showers.
    Nothing to fault!

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Good site,very helpful friendly staff.19/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMatt W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Big open spaces
    Clean shower and toilet areas.
    Hot water
    Easy walking distance to local facilities and attractions.
    Friendly, helpful staff

    Disliked: 

    How cold the weather was! 🤣

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definitely 5 stars will be visiting again19/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomjosie a.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Everything but mainly the showers (brand new and red hot) and the host he we lovely and made us aware of all the places we had around us to visit.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing, I can honestly say I disliked nothing

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Excellent site with friendly staff and set in beautiful countryside06/10/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHarriet S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Love the location, super friendly staff, great stay defo recommend

    Disliked: 

    Not much to dislike

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Excellent site, will definitely use again28/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMike R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Great site, excellent facilities all very clean and close to the town

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The views were incredible, toilets and showers were really good, …28/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBen H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    The views were incredible, toilets and showers were really good, nice and friendly staff

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Very friendly staff and excellent facilities. So clean!!27/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Very very clean facilities and very friendly staff!

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Can't wait to return next year!26/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

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

    Jules and his team are incredibly welcoming with great recommendations!
    Facilities were very clean and it was all 'COVID' safe.
    Loved the fire drums and daily wood delivery.

    Was the perfect location for a weekend away camping, can't wait to return next year.

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great place and facilities - hope to visit again and stay longer26/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPratish K.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Had it recommended through a motorcycle FB page - and I know why now.
    Lovely place. Had some great weather and really enjoyed the peace and quiet so stayed an extra night!

    Staff were very friendly and helpful.
    Toilets / Showers were some of the best I used, plenty of hot water and cleaned regularly.

    Fab fields - and they even let me ride around all the fields in the afternoon as it was so quiet - loved it.. all I needed was a fence... they had a hill! ;-)

    Really nice and close to Cheddar and the beaches along the coast. Perfect base to explore from.

    Really nice and quiet (although a music is allowed until 10pm - so be careful of your neighbours!) ;-)

    Disliked: 

    If you do not want to be woken up by the commercial properties behind the park, don't pitch along the grass by the reception area field. I didn't mind - but in case you wanted to stay at the campsite and not get any business noise - head to other fields.

    As it was so quiet - a couple of times it was hard to find a warden - but they had contact numbers shown everywhere - it was for non-essentials, like charging a powerbank, etc so all good. If and when I needed anything sorted they were to hand if need be.

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It was staffed with lovely people. The and facilities were immaculate21/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTony J.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    We were given a wonderful open space as we were an older couple isolating

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Check-in: one group at a time

Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Distance markers in shared facilities

Extra toilet/shower facilities available

Hand sanitising stations

More frequent emptying of bins

No cash accepted on site

Removal of soft furnishings (e.g. decorative cushions)

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

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

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

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

Camping pods

Pre-erected tents

Shepherd's huts

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Very large (over 200 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal pitches

Water hook-up points for tourers

Location

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  • Labourham Drove, Cheddar, Somerset, England, BS27 3XW
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.2685°N 2.7731°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Wells: Princes Rd Bus Station — 6.8 miles
Bristol Airport Coach Stop — 8.6 miles
Glastonbury Coach Stop — 8.7 miles
Train stations
Worle Rail Station — 8.6 miles
Yatton Rail Station — 8.8 miles
Weston Milton Rail Station — 9.2 miles
Ferry ports
Weston-super-Mare Knightstone Harbour — 10.9 miles
Clevedon Pier — 12.7 miles
Bridgwater Ferry Terminal — 12.9 miles
Airports
Bristol International Airport — 8.6 miles
Cardiff International Airport — 26.1 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

As well as the leisure centre, Cheddar village (a 10-minute walk from the site) has crazy golf, riding stables, go-karting and seven pubs, all of which are child-friendly; there are also English, Indian, Chinese, Thai and Italian restaurants and pizza delivery to your pitch.

Fishing and sailing are both available at Cheddar Reservoir, but as you’re near so many caves in this part of the world some caving and potholing might be just the ticket too; several companies are in and around Cheddar to show you the ropes.

A 15-minute drive takes you to Wookey Hole Caves, home of the famous witch and with a circus, fairy garden and regular events, is a less hair-raising way to see Somerset caves (and is the home of cave-aged Cheddar cheese).

Cheddar Gorge is just five minutes from the village and has crazy golf, a cheese factory and six more pubs, all of which welcome children and dogs. For foodie delights, especially for veggies, make a stop at the tasty vegetarian café on your stroll towards the Gorge drop - we highly recommend sampling the homemade cakes on offer too...

If, like us, your favouritest things after cheese are chocolate and beer, the Cheddar Chocolate Company and the Cheddar Ales brewery are both very tasty; if it's cider you're after then Wilkins Cider Press can pull you a pint (or two); while Cheddar Sweet Kitchen, also in the village, holds free demonstrations of sweet-making to the drooling public.

For shopping, which should be done anywhere in the country you end up at, the famous Cheddar car boot sale is at Winchester Farm every Sunday all year round. More? Head for Clarks Village in nearby Street to get your mitts on discounted designer labels and brands.

Exmoor National Park is well worth a pony around too; go at night for some stargazing as it’s the first designated Dark Sky Reserve in Europe with several good places to see the best of the skies.

Elsewhere in Exmoor there’s horse riding, climbing, canoeing and fishing; info on all these and Exmoor events can be found at the park’s visitor centres based at Dulverton, Dunster and Lynmouth. Dry slope skiing, clay pigeon shooting, climbing and off-road driving can also be done nearby.

Day trippers will be chuffed to know that Cheddar is less than an hour away from Bath, Bristol and the seaside at Weston-super-Mare, with Glastonbury and the tiny city of Wells also easily accessible.

Must see

  • Cheddar Caves & Gorge (1.0 miles)
  • Wookey Hole Caves & Papermill (5.2 miles)
  • Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve (6.1 miles)

National Trust

  • King John's Hunting Lodge (2.3 miles)
  • West Pennard Court Barn (10.9 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:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  4 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

Petruth Paddocks cancellation policy

No refunds within 10 days of arrival date.

All cancellations will be refunded in accordance with the following terms:
• For any cancellations made more than 28 days before date of arrival 80% of the balance paid will be refunded.
• For any cancellations made less than 28 days but more than 14 days before date of arrival 50% of the balance paid will be refunded.

On the campsite please note that there will be no refund if you reduce the number of people.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, Friday 31 December 2021.

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

Petruth Paddocks will debit the full amount from your card immediately. This includes a 15% non-refundable deposit.

Hired accommodation: £100.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

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.

Coronavirus
Bookings must not consist of more than 2 different households.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can amend their dates with the campsite/holiday park free of charge for all stays up to, and including, Friday 31 December 2021.
Owing to government regulations, groups of 6 or more people are not permitted.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
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).

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bass boxes are not permitted.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
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.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £100.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.
Your unit must be left clean and tidy; a fine of £50.00 will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

Pitches
Units should not be left unoccupied unless previously agreed with the management. Please speak to reception when the need arises, a fee may be charged for unsupervised units.
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. between 01/03 and 31/10.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.
Visitors must leave the premises by 8 p.m..
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Additional terms

16 and 17 year olds must have written parental permission sent prior to arrival.

Facilities and amenities may be altered or withdrawn if circumstances beyond the site's control necessitate this.

Music must be turned off at 10pm in the Family Field and 11pm in the Chill-out Field, after-which fireside chatter is fine; singing, screaming and shouting is not. Guests not respecting this rule will be asked to leave.

Pets are allowed on the understanding they are not permitted on the furniture in the accommodation units.

All visitors must be off site by 10pm at the latest.

Campfires positively encouraged - fire-drums, kindling, logs and lighters delivered to your door every evening for a small charge. Please don't bring your own, so the site knows what's being burnt.

No departure time for the non-electric grass pitches, but if customers are still on site at nightfall they will be charged. The departure time for the electric grass, hardstanding pitches and accommodation units is 12 noon.

Adult groups of over 6 people will be charged a £20 per person behaviour bond upon arrival. This is returned on condition that:

The campsite have not had to ask more than once for the group to turn music off at 11 or keep to quiet chatter after.

The group has left their pitch clean and all rubbish has either been recycled or taken home.

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