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General

The River Exe runs beside the camping fields, and Aberdeen Angus cattle and Suffolk sheep graze on the land near by. The Edwards have farmed here since 1938, and Oliver and Jill run the site from an office lined with an impressive display of rosettes overlooking the farmyard, where chickens scratch around and pigs snooze peacefully in boxes. If you're a dedicated rider, this is the perfect place to bring your horse on holiday, as cosy stabling is provided for four-legged friends. There aren't any designated play areas at Westermill, but this doesn't mean that it isn't a brilliant family campsite. Far from it. Children can really get stuck in and pretend they're Huckleberry Finn: the river is part of the considerable appeal of the site. They can have a go at dam-making, paddling and swimming and it's a good location for a spot of fishing. In the evening the furthest field is scattered with families in front of their campfires, but by lights-out time the site is usually pretty quiet: there's no mobile reception and a no-radio policy, so peace and tranquillity reign supreme.
The upside:
Rope swings and dam-making keep children happy indefinitely.
The downside:
The midges are quite bad on warm, damp evenings.
The facilities:
There are 4 camping fields. Pitches are unmarked, with space for approximately 60 tents. The furthest field has campfires and is popular with large groups. There are 2 separate wash-blocks with toilets and showers; solar-powered hot water is boosted with gas. There’s a recycling point on this low-impact site. Each field has a fresh-water tap. There’s a washing machine (£2), tumble-dryer and sinks. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. BBQs are allowed as long as they are not on the grass.
Onsite fun:
Farm animals are a real attraction. As well as the usual suspects there are tortoises and guinea pigs, and usually some chickens and cockerels scratching around. The emphasis is on a working farm: you can bring your own horse on hols, too, as stabling is available. You can go fishing in the river and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a trout.

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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

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Motorhome service point

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Fishing 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

Farm

Large (51-200 pitches)

Location

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  • Westermill Farm Exford, Somerset, England, TA24 7NJ
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.1458°N 3.6825°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Minehead: Parade Coach Stop — 9.8 miles
Minehead: Butlins Coach Stop — 10.5 miles
Dunster: Dunster Steep Bus Stop — 10.9 miles
Train stations
Umberleigh Rail Station — 16.6 miles
Barnstaple Rail Station — 17.3 miles
Chapelton (Devon) Rail Station — 17.4 miles
Ferry ports
Minehead Harbour — 10.2 miles
Ilfracombe Ferry Landing — 19.2 miles
Instow Ferry Landing — 22.7 miles
Airports
Cardiff International Airport — 22.9 miles

Directions


Taunton to Exford M5 Junction 25
Leave the motorway at Junction 25 for Taunton and Exmoor via the Brendon Hills. Follow the signs for Minehead to take you through Taunton.
On leaving Taunton you got through two round-abouts, on the second one take the A358 to Minehead.
Four miles on, and beyond the signs for Bishops Lydeard. opposite a stone wall on your right,
Turn left under a railway bridge onto the B3224, Wheddon Cross/Raleighs Cross. Six miles of winding road brings you to Elworthy Cross.
Drive straight across and up a long hill, you are now on the Brendon Hills.
Half a mile past the Raleighs Cross Pub fork right at the Chappel towards Wheddon Cross. Follow this road along the ridge
( with very good views on a clear day of Wales and the Bristol Channel).
At Wheddon Cross go straight across heading for Exford. In Exford you go past the Church on your right and down the hill, at the bottom turn right, now follows directions below.

Miles: 28 Time: 45 mins

Tiverton to Exford M5 Junction 27
Leave the motorway at Junction 27 on North Devon Link Road A361. Follow signs North Devon. At first round-about take 3rd exit on the A396. Follow signs for Minehead. At the round-about (Exeter Inn Pub) turn left still on the A396. Follow this road to the Black Cat Garage. Go straight across, still on the A396. At Exebridge turn left on the B3222 and follow signs for Dulverton. Drive up through Dulverton at the post office turn left on the B3223. Follow this road along the river Barle and up a wooded valley to the open moor of Winsford Hill. Continue over the moor across a cattle grid untill you see a sign for Exford. Turn right, down hill into Exford. At bridge turn right. go past fuel station on right. now follow directions below.

Miles: 22 Time: 45 mins

Barnstable / North Devon to Exford
Take the A361 going East for South Molton and M5. At round-about for South Molton take 1st exit on A399 Blackmoor Gate. After 3 miles the road does a large Y fork, take the right hand fork for Simonsbath. You are now on a single track road follow this road all the way to Simonsbath. (very good views on a clear day). After crossing the bridge and up to the main road turn right on the B3223 to Exford, In Exford go past fuel station on right, bear left now follow direction below.

Miles: 28 Time: 45 minsIn Exford take the Porlock road out of Exford leaving the Village green on your left and the Post Office on your right. After 1/4 mile the road does a Y fork, Turn Left, you are now on a single track road. Continue along this road for 2 miles until you see a sign on a tree "Westermill Farm Campsite" the road goes around to the right and you continue straight on along our lane and into the yard.

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

Offsite fun:
In the middle of Exmoor, Westermill is only 6 miles away from the coast at Porlock; a great walking beach. Woolacombe has a long stretch of beach with fine open sand and excellent rock pools. Quince Honey Farm (01769 572401) has a fascinating display of open hives. There are some lovely gardens nearby, including Hartland Abbey (01237 441264) – the bluebells in April are gorgeous. Clovelly Court (01237 431781) is a beautiful place for a walk.
Food & drink:
A shop in the yard sells provisions, including meat. Best local pubs are the Crown Hotel in Exford (01643 831554/5) and the Rest and Be Thankful at Wheddon Cross (01643 841222), which has good food. The food at the White Horse in Exford (01643 831229) is cheap and cheerful. There’s a farmer’s market at Minehead on a Friday and a Women’s Institute market at South Molton on a Thursday: make a trip to stock up on cakes and jam, and pay a visit to the excellent cheese stand.
If it rains:
Watermouth Castle (01271 867474) is an impressive castle sitting just above the sea outside Ilfracombe. There are dungeons, an adventure park and a labyrinth. For a bit of vintage fun, the indoor fairground rides and vehicles at Dingles are worth a visit (01566 783425). The Big Sheep (01237 472366) has an indoor playground, and Arlington Court (01271 850296) has a display of exotic treasures.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (24.2 miles)
  • Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (25.3 miles)
  • The National Trust Killerton House & Gardens (26.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Holnicote Estate (6.6 miles)
  • Watersmeet (7.4 miles)

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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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