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Bowdens Crest Caravan and Camping Park

8.5

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General

  • Above the Somerset Levels with stunning views over 30 miles
  • Twelve 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).

Amemities 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.

The Mad Hatters Bar and Murphy’s Kitchen will fill grumbling times at breakfast, noon and dinner time from a menu of veggie options, kids' picks and hefty roasts; 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…


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8.5

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83% would recommend this site to a friend.

78% would stay here again.

 

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Excellent clean site. Perfect for families. 25/09/2017

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

  • Electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The play area was fantastic for our 5 and 1 year olds. They loved it. The games room was brilliant. Also really liked the bathrooms for families.

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The Views were lovely. 25/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom ian_m447695 Confirmed

  • Electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The Views were lovely.

    Disliked: 

    Water was cold for two days.
    pitch was very uneven and destroyed a few pegs getting through the rocks under the ground.
    were not told until arrival that the facilities were shut. (bar & food)
    grass in pitch area and eating area for the views was very overgrown.
    located very close to a Boarding Kennel so if you can handle 30 odd dogs barking first thing in the morning then ok.

    overall very dissatisfied, not even an apology for the facilities being closed and no discount offered.

    we are new to camping and do not expect the full treatment as it is what it is. but for whats described on pitch up.com we were very deflated after arrival.

    im sure in the summer months its a lovely place when its fully operational.

    communication with pitchup.com can be better to avoid disappointment on arrival.

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Very welcoming and friendly owners and the views across the ... 23/09/2017

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

  • Electric hardstanding motorhome pitch
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    Very welcoming and friendly owners and the views across the Levels are lovely. Showers etc are clean and free. Food in the restaurant was very good.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike.

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Small site well maintained with good facilities, caravan clean and ... 18/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Derrick H. Confirmed

  • Standard 2 bedroom static caravan
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Small site well maintained with good facilities, caravan clean and well equipped, site owners friendly and available when needed. Dogs allowed.

    Disliked: 

    Ideal site for older people but may be too quiet for young families.

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Toilets /showers clean owners nice and helpful. 14/09/2017

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

  • Electric hardstanding touring caravan pitch
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    Toilets /showers clean owners nice and helpful.

    Disliked: 

    Grass on site could have been cut and we know it was out of season but bar could have been open just for few hours early evening also food expensive for what you got. Also road to it very narrow and not many passing spots !

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Terrific location 12/09/2017

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

  • Electric hardstanding touring caravan pitch
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    Terrific location

    Disliked: 

    Amenities are looking a bit shabby,Toilets require more attention to cleaning.

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Perfect relaxing site for any couple family 10/09/2017

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

  • Electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Everything about the campsite was excellent shower block spotless pitches good size
    The bar was really good excellent good cooked food shop well stocked with everything you need

    Disliked: 

    Nothing at all

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Highly recommended 04/09/2017

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

  • Electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The quietness of the site. Out of the way from the main road. Friendly staff, excellent facilities for such a small site.

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the site is not too big which suited us fine. ... 01/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom julie g. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding motorhome pitch
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    the site is not too big which suited us fine. The site was dog friendly and had water bowls all over and dog waste bins dotted around. overall we had a lovely bank holiday weekend (weather helped). staff were lovely, toilets were clean and well stocked with paper. The view from the bar/restaurant area is amazing. The pitches had plenty of space, so didn't feel hemmed in. would definitely go again.

    Disliked: 

    although the toilets and shower area were kept clean there did seem to be a small problem with the water draining away in the women's showers, but after letting the staff know i'm sure they are on the case.

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The toilets were very clean, the site was well maintained ... 29/08/2017

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    The toilets were very clean, the site was well maintained and tidy. The layout was nice and easy to get around and the bar and garden were great! The staff were generally nice and everything was pretty easy. Ice Cream sundaes were great!

    Disliked: 

    The only issue was not having allocated pitches for non-electric tent visitors. We had to kind of make it up as we went along but thought that the potches really should have been marked out, especially as the measurements of our tent were taken when we booked. Some staff a bit grumpy and abrupt at times.

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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

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Seasonal pitches

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar 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.

Policies

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.

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.

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Terms and conditions

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

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

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

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

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 are currently closed (autumn 2017) for cleaning and will reopen shortly.

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 Mad Hatters Bar and Murphy’s Kitchen 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.

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