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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 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.
Bathroom facilities (with modern individual toilet and shower cubicles – and lots of them too) have been highly praised by previous guests, 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.
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Great campsite. Excellent facilities. Very friendly staff.
An excellent spot with nice views, great facilities, friendly staff
All mod cons and staff outstandingly helpful, professional and friendl
The staff were so friendly and accommodating at Petruth Paddocks. …
Great campsite and great location would defo stay again
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
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
Tents for hire
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Dog walk nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Very large (over 200 pitches)
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Touring and motorhomes
Water hook-up points for tourers
- Coach stations
Wells Bus Station
— 6.8 miles
6.8 miles Airport Terminal — 8.6 miles
8.6 miles Glastonbury Town Hall — 8.7 miles
- Train stations
Worle Rail Station
— 8.6 miles
8.6 miles Yatton Rail Station — 8.8 miles
8.8 miles Weston Milton Rail Station — 9.2 miles
- Ferry ports
Weston-super-Mare Knightstone Harbour
— 10.9 miles
10.9 miles Clevedon Pier — 12.7 miles
12.7 miles Bridgwater Ferry Terminal — 12.9 miles
Bristol International Airport
— 8.6 miles
8.6 miles Cardiff International Airport — 26.1 miles
Use postcode BS27 3XW for your satnav but please stop following it and start following the directions below when you are a couple of miles away - that way you'll not end up on an unmade road or on the site drive.
If you are approaching Cheddar from the west, and you are towing a caravan or driving a large motorhome, then please exit the M5 motorway at junction 22, not 21.
Travel along the A371 through the centre of Cheddar village. You will pass Tesco on your right and the Bath Arms on your left. Continue on this road passing St Andrew's Church followed by Cheddar Football Club on your right. After a further 250 yards, take a right turn off the A371 into Labourham Way. Take an immediate left, slow to walking pace and you’ll see our large sign in front of you – simply take a sharp left through the gateway and follow the track into the carpark.
If you are approaching Cheddar from the east, and you are towing a caravan or driving a large motorhome on the B3135, please do not turn left signposted Gliding Club, but continue down the Gorge.
Travel along the A371 through Draycott. You will pass the Cheddar Garden Centre and the Kart track followed by a nasty S bend. On exiting the bend, take an immediate left off the A371 at the "Welcome to Cheddar" sign into Labourham Way then another immediate left, slow to walking pace and you’ll see our large sign in front of you – simply take a sharp left through the gateway and follow the track into the carpark.
Public transport: The bus stop is just a 10 minute walk away and will take to you either Weston Super Mare or Yatton train stations within an hour.
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.
- Cheddar Caves & Gorge (1.0 miles)
- Wookey Hole Caves & Papermill (5.2 miles)
- Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve (6.1 miles)
- King John's Hunting Lodge (2.3 miles)
- West Pennard Court Barn (10.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Can bookings for Petruth Paddocks be amended free of charge? 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, 31/12/2021. Read more
- Does Petruth Paddocks have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Petruth Paddocks dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Petruth Paddocks? 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, … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Petruth Paddocks?
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.