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- 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 Cheddar Petruth Paddocks.
Jules and the team have made it their mission to ensure all guests have a seriously laid-back 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. (They simply ask you don't bring your own so they know what's being burnt). You’ll also get a specially put together guide to Cheddar on arrival with recommendations for great local food and drink and a couple of special deals just for staying at the site.
Take the Strawberry Line by foot or bike for 15 minutes from the Cheddar Petruth 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. Towards the end of the day, Jules often recruits helpers and gives trailer rides as he delivers the logs.
Well-behaved animals of all shapes and sizes are welcome - as long as they come with well-behaved owners who pick up after them...
If you can't face putting up a tent, try one of the tipis or the cosy shepherd's hut, which both sleep up to eight people and come complete with massive firepit and luxury camp beds so you can spend the evening relaxing by the fire under the stars.
There are grass and hardstanding pitches too for tents, tourers and motorhomes to stay in all weathers: both the camping fields have lots of taps and there's a chemical disposal point for guests with tourers and motorhomes.
Facilities are basic but clean, and the piping hot high pressure showers, loos and washbasins are all cleaned twice a day. There's a washing-up bay and coloured bags are provided for you to separate your waste/recycling. If you can't do without your hairdryer, the site has 25 hook–up points and will be adding more over time.
Cheddar Petruth Paddocks welcomes families, singles, couples and well-behaved groups – go and say hello.
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Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can now make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children on one pit.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.