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General

  • Above the Somerset Levels with stunning views over 30 miles
  • 12 miles from Glastonbury and seven from Wells
  • Bar and restaurant on site with a wide range of options

‘We raise you up… high above the Lev– els…’. Be tuneful seeing the sights from Bowdens Crest Caravan & Camping Park, way way high above the Somerset Levels and the ancient market town of Langport – take a squint at that sunset pic for starters…

Views from budget-friendly Bowdens Crest include said Levels and its moors, the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, the River Parrett and the Vale of Taunton Dene, stretching out towards Brendon Hill and Exmoor – over 30 miles of Somerset surroundings can be seen from here on a clear day, all the way to Minehead. The small town of Langport is about a mile and a half away.

Bowdens Crest has a play area on site, on the edge of nine and a half acres of natural woodland where the kids can burn off suitable amounts of energy to let the grownups crack open the wine at sunset.

The site is high up, set on white lias stone with an eight-inch soil top (rock pegs are recommended for tents; if you don’t have your own you can buy them in the site shop).

Amenities include chemical disposal and a well-maintained toilet and shower block with separate ladies’ and gents’ sections, a disabled/family shower room and a family bath and shower room.

Washing-up sinks with free hot water are also available, and the games/information room has books, board games, DVDs, pool tables, football tables, games machines and several sockets to charge phones and other equipment free of charge.

Alfie's Bar & Bistro will fill grumbling tums at breakfast, noon and dinner time from a menu of veggie options, kids' picks and hefty roasts (opening hours vary: please see site terms below); while you’re mulling it all over, you could sip on one of the local ciders or ales on offer and taking in the views from the bar’s garden. On a clear day, you may just find it impossible to move yourself…

Please note

Bookings must not be for more than 21 consecutive nights.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

When booking a pitch it is important that you state your correct unit type so that the correct pitch can be allocated. The site is unable to take bookings without this information.

Guests must be genuine holidaymakers and stay for holiday purposes only.

The bar and restaurant is open on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6pm and on Sunday lunchtimes. It can also be opened on request. It will also be open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in mid-December and throughout the Christmas period.

Dogs are not allowed to be left alone in the caravans, but the owners can recommend a local dog daycare centre.


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8.8

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90% would recommend this site to a friend.

85% would stay here again.

 

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We really enjoyed our stay. Can't pick fault at anything at all! 08/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stacey I. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The owners, the views, food, size of pitches, basically everything!

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Week worth a stay 08/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ceri M. Confirmed

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

    Lovely site, big spacious pitches, nice facilities, friendly staff and a nice reasonably priced bar/restaurant. We didn’t eat a meal there but the kids enjoyed the ice cream desserts.

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Nice facilities 05/05/2018

Reviewer's country: Australia MARK L. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Friendly reception

    Disliked: 

    Power socket, no instructions for first time users.

From the manager...

Thanks for the review. We are glad you had an enjoyable stay with us.
We are compiling a small A5 'Welcome Leaflet' which will have site map, area information & details on power hookup/circuit breaker/RCD, water, recycling/bins, WiFi key, local footpaths/dog walks, bar/bistro info & local pubs. Hopefully these will cover both your concerns & a few similar things other guests have raised.
But thanks for your feedback; without it we won't know how to improve. Si B.

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Fantastic site, in a gorgeous location. 01/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Will W. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The people definitely made us feel welcome, from the minute we arrived, throughout our stay and in the bar in the evenings. It is a very quiet site, with very little traffic movement, so it was perfect for my Son Benjamin (4) to ride his bike and play football on the field. On the other hand, it didn't feel so quiet that we felt that Benjamin couldn't play as a normal young boy would, noisily!!! The food in the bar/restaurant was great. It was certainly homemade and delicious, it was difficult to know what to have. All for a great price as well!! The view from the site across the Somerset levels is absolutely stunning. Sitting in the restaurant watching the sunset across the levels was something else!!

    Disliked: 

    Very minor points, but the hardsatnding pitch could have been 50cm wider, as our awning was just off the hardstanding, with the van as far over as possible, however, we do have a Kalari II 420, so it has a wider footprint than most. Also, there was a bit of equipment (diesel roller, petrol cans etc) stored next to the pitch, that I felt didn't need to be stored there. It didn't effect our stay whatsoever, but others may not be so relaxed about it.

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Friendly. Nice hot showers. Marked pitches in tent field 30/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Chris H. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Friendly.
    Nice hot showers.
    Marked pitches in tent field

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Nice site with clean facilities. Excellent bar staff. 24/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Dave S. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The site generally. Nice and clean and friendly. Shower block was spotless. New gravel on the motorhome pitches and they have water points nearby. Alfie’s bar and café is a real bonus offering reasonably priced drinks and excellent home-cooked meals. A great view from there too!

    Disliked: 

    The fact that the published wi-fi password came up as “incorrect” when we tried to connect, ie the system was not set up for campers to use it.

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Very welcoming staff and clean facilities. 17/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Robin A. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very welcoming wardens. Lovely views. Fully serviced pitch. Very clean toilets/showers and plenty of hot water. Flat gravel pitch. Games rooms for children and bar/restaurant. We didn't use either so cannot comment but it all looked very clean and tidy. There is a lot of work going on to improve the site, including the roadway which has deteriorated due to the amount of rain over the past weeks. It is a very pleasant, quiet site with plenty of green space for children and fields for animals. You really need transport if you need supplies as it is not within walking distance of anywhere.Shops are not far away by car. The lane up to the site is quite narrow but we managed it fine in our camper and lorries were able to use it. There are passing places. A very friendly ambience.

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Fantastic Group Weekend Away 09/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Michelle A. Confirmed

  • 2 bedroom static caravan (superior)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We had arrived on Friday 6th April to be greeted by a lovely man who explained where were going to be pitched etc and gave us a map. The site is perfect for what we needed huge open field , restaurant , Games room , play park. The wash facilities were spotless shower and bath onsite as well. Jo could not do enough for us she was great always making sure we were all ok. There was 5 Adults and 9 children and they manged to cater for us with no issues. The Breakfast was yummy and good value for money. We are planning to return again July for 6 night this time cannot recommend this site enough.

    Disliked: 

    To be honest there are no dislikes as such:
    I would say it would be easier if there was a big bin on the tent pitch site as it was a little bit of a hassle lugging black bags of rubbish across filed to the bin.

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Will be back later in the year. Hopefully better weather. 03/04/2018

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

  • Electric hardstanding touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Staff were fantastic. Very friendly and helpful. Food in restaurant was excellent.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing.

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Very pleasant stay, made to feel welcome. 03/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Elsie R. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very friendly staff, was made to feel welcome during our stay, especially the young gentleman who served food during the week. Made a huge fuss of our dog with cuddles and biscuits & could't do enough for us.

    Toilet block was very clean & lovely and warm.

    Food in the bar was of a reasonable standard. Nice views from the restaurant part.

    Disliked: 

    Pitch flooded, we had 4" of water in our awning as it ran from the other pitches & collected around the spot we were in. I believe the owners are addressing this issue in the future. Suppose we were just unlucky to have been placed there. This wouldn't put me off from going back, I'd just request one of the pitches on higher ground.

    No WiFi, believe this was broken.

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Shower available

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Utilities

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Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

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Touring and motorhomes

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Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant 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

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Bowdens, Langport, Somerset, England, TA10 0DD
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.0570°N 2.8388°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Street: Leigh Rd Coach Stop — 6.5 miles
Ilchester: Lyster Close Coach Stop — 7.9 miles
North Petherton (Somerset): Verriers Coach Stop — 8.1 miles
Train stations
Bridgwater Rail Station — 8.2 miles
Taunton Rail Station — 11.7 miles
Yeovil Pen Mill Rail Station — 12.5 miles
Ferry ports
Bridgwater Ferry Terminal — 8.9 miles
Weston-super-Mare Knightstone Harbour — 21.3 miles
Clevedon Pier — 26.8 miles
Airports
Bristol International Airport — 23.4 miles

Directions


We are just off the A372 between Bridgwater and Langport. The campsite is signposted 1.5 miles past Langport.

If you are coming from the north on the M5 take Junction 23, or if you are travelling from Devon on the M5, exit Junction 25.

Our postcode is shared with our neighbour: please travel 100 yards more up to our entrance.

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

The best of Somerset is close to hand from Bowdens Crest, such as witch hunting at Wookey Hole Caves, striding around the Quantock Hills, Blackdown Hills and the Somerset Levels, exploring the subterranean sights of Cheddar Caves, or, for the more modern, happily spending holiday money at Clarks Village in nearby Street.

Glastonbury is about 12 miles away; these days it’s probably better known for its famous fest nearby, but a more peaceful time can be had around Glastonbury Abbey, which has stood on this site since the seventh century and which may – just possibly – be King Arthur’s Avalon where the mighty Excalibur was forged (Arthur and Queen Guinevere are purportedly buried here.)

The ‘holy hill’ of Glastonbury Tor, home to Gwyn ap Nudd or the King of the Fairies, is another legendary local highlight to trek to: Somerset picnics taste super at the base of St Michael’s Tower, accompanied by tasty views of the Somerset Levels, Wiltshire, Dorset and over to Wales.

Tiny Wells about 20 miles away is well worth a visit too: once there, see the show caves and look for the witch at the Wookey Hole Caves on the edge of the Mendip Hills, where dinosaurs, King Kong and pirate golf abound these days too.

Another seven or so miles north-west and on the south side of the Mendips, spectacular Cheddar is worth at least a day to see the most of Cheddar Gorge and Cheddar Caves, where you can stick to sightseeing or be a bit more adventurous caving or rock climbing.

Outdoor options in the area include hiring a bike and pedalling off from Langport Visitor Centre into the Somerset countryside, fishing on the River Parrett and around Bridgwater, Somerton and Taunton, or sea fishing for Dover sole and bass from the beach at Burnham-on-Sea.

While you’re on the coast, the Animal Farm Adventure Park is a popular pick with animal-petting youngsters, and a SeaQuarium is a little further along the shore at Weston-super-Mare.

Must see

  • Clarks Village (6.5 miles)
  • Glastonbury Abbey (8.2 miles)
  • Glastonbury Tor (8.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Stembridge Tower Mill (1.3 miles)
  • Priest's House (2.7 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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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.

Bowdens Crest Caravan and Camping Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

Cancellations are subject to a 10% fee.

Bookings cannot be amended within 1 day(s) of arrival.

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

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Bowdens Crest Caravan and Camping Park will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Tax

This area is not subject to city tax.

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Terms and conditions

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

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.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 1 day(s) of arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 21 consecutive nights.
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.
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.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. between 01/05 and 07/09 and between 08/09 and 30/04.

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

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Additional terms

The bar and restaurant is open on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6pm and on Sunday lunchtimes. It can also be opened on request. It will also be open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in mid-December and throughout the Christmas period.

There is an area where dogs can be left off lead.

When booking a pitch it is important that you state your correct unit type so that the correct pitch can be allocated. The site is unable to take bookings without this information.

Only foam balls are permitted on the camping field and around the statics. Footballs and all other hard balls may be played with only in the old vineyard area; however, this is on a slope.

Guests must be genuine holidaymakers and stay for holiday purposes only.

All food at the restaurant is freshly made so at busy times there may be a wait. Opening times for the bar and kitchen will vary throughout the season. During low season, up until Easter, it only opens on Friday and Saturday evenings and on Sunday at lunchtime.

Dogs are not allowed to be left alone in the caravans, but the owners can recommend a local dog daycare centre.

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