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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 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 wood etc so they know what's being burnt on site.) 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 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. 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...

Facilities are basic but clean, and the piping hot high pressure showers, well-maintained toilets 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.

Petruth Paddocks welcomes families, singles, couples and well-behaved groups..

Open all year

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9

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95% would recommend this site to a friend.

88% would stay here again.

 

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very friendly site, clean and all facilites you would need. 23/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Nikki H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Facilities, staff, location, big flat fields

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Very friendly staff, great location, good facilities would highly recommend 16/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kristina F. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Very friendly staff, great location, good facilities would highly recommend

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Great welcome, and a great atmosphere 06/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anthony W. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Great welcome, and a great atmosphere

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Fantastic campsite - helpful owners, great location & generous pitches 03/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sarah C. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Amazing campsite - 3 big fields. Arrived on Saturday of Bank Holiday to a real festival feel and a queue for the showers! Following the end of the Bank Holiday, we were able to relax and shower when we wanted! Really helpful owners, firepits were offered and enjoyed. Nice hot showers (hence the queues), toothbrushing sink, places to walk a dog, beautiful campsite on the valley floor with the Mendips surrounding you. Cheddar village was in walking distance which is a huge plus. Really enjoyed our stay.

    Disliked: 

    Not exactly a dislike - but some groups could be quite noisy. Didn't bother us as our children are teenage and used to staying up later.

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Ok for overnight stop over 02/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom sara_p165726 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Good location

    Disliked: 

    Lack of hot water for washing up

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Could not fault this great place, very friendly, facilities all ... 02/09/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Could not fault this great place, very friendly, facilities all good and very clean, all members of staff could not do enough to make the stay even better

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    There were no dislikes

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Welcoming, friendly and good site and facilities even when busy 01/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Samantha A. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Great site, great people, everyone was friendly, and the staff were really welcoming and helpful.
    This was the first time as a family camping and we will definitely be going agin based on this experience

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    Nothing great experience for 1st time camping as a family

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Very friendly atmosphere, staff always about and keen to make ... 31/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Megan C. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Very friendly atmosphere, staff always about and keen to make sure everyone settles in well and has everything they need. Three separate campsites: 1. quiet campsite, 2. campsite with music allowed until 11pm, 3. Family campsite. So something to suit everyone! Lovely location within walking distance to Cheddar. Would definitely go again!

    Disliked: 

    Wifi didn't work very well, but we were there on a particularly busy bank holiday weekend.

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It was amazing to enjoy the field, the hospitality, the ... 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Leonides S. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    It was amazing to enjoy the field, the hospitality, the tractor rides, the fires....amazing sunrise everyday.

    All perfect

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Great atmosphere and warm welcome. You can tell they take ... 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom James c. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Great atmosphere and warm welcome. You can tell they take pride and care with the camp site.

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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

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Fully serviced pitches

Hard standings

Seasonal pitches

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

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

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Very large (over 200 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Camping pods

Pre-erected tents

Shepherd's huts

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

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


By all means punch in our postcode BS27 3XW into satnav but please stop following it and start following our directions below when you are a couple of miles away - that way you'll not end up on an unmade road or on our drive!

Our site is just off the A371 on the edge of Cheddar. From Wells direction you will pass Winchester Farm/go-kart track on your left, immediately followed by a nasty S-bend. Then take the very first left into Labourham Way and take an immediate left. Ahead, you'll see a large sign saying "Staying with us?". Head towards this and turn left through the gates onto a small track.

From the A38/Axbridge direction take the A371 through Cheddar village. Then pass the football club on the right. Then take the next right into Labourham Way. Take an immediate left. Ahead, you'll see a large sign saying "Staying with us?". Head towards this and turn left through the gates onto a small track.

At the end of the track, please park on the hardstanding area and pop into our reception to say hello. Should reception be unattended please call us on the mobile phone number provided in your booking confirmation email - we'll just be a few minutes away. Please don't just pitch wherever and toddle off to the pub as we need to know you're here.

Public transport: 10-minute walk to nearest bus stop.

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 (just a ten-minute walk from the campsite) has crazy golf, riding stables, three pubs, all of which are child-friendly, and a fab Indian restaurant.

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.

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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.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

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 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 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 8am to 8pm 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.

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

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

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 11pm 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 and hardstanding pitches is12 noon.

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