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- Exclusive-use rural site on five acres of new woodland
- In the Mendip Hills, half an hour's drive from Bristol
- Wild site with firepit, toilet and shower; lake 300 metres away
You want space? You’ll certainly get that at Butcombe New Woods – five acres of it, in fact (or 4.53 football fields, if that’s easier to imagine). And you’ll have it all to yourselves too, as this site half an hour’s drive from Bristol is only let to one group at a time.
Around that huge amount of space is a native woodland that was planted by the owner (in conjunction with the Woodland Trust) back in 2015 – the trees and wildflowers are growing well now and have become a haven for wildlife like deer, badgers, rabbits and all sorts of birds. Three sides of the site are flanked by farm fields, with the fourth looking out over a wooded valley and a stream that leads to Blagdon Lake about 300 metres away.
The pitching space has been set up in a large south-facing clearing that’s been kitted out with a sink, a compost toilet and a cold shower, plus a firepit that’s supplied with a sack of firewood. This is essentially a wild camping experience so there’s no electricity but some solar lighting is provided to help you find your way.
This site is for tents only, with no vehicles allowed on site. There’s parking just outside the entrance, with a 60-metre walk down to the pitch area (largely level but with one gentle slope) – wheelbarrows are on hand to help you haul your kit down there.
Open from 31/03/2023 to 31/10/2023
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
At least one of the party members must be aged 21 or over.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
Bookings must not be for more than 28 consecutive nights.
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
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Hilltop non-electric grass tent pitch
Max. persons: 14 x
Pitch size : Max 37.0m width x 13.0m depth (121.4ft width x 42.7ft depth) Calculated area: 481.0m² (5177.4ft²)
Ground type: Grass
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Not five acres, a small clearing and a large slope.
This site was exactly what it said on the tin!
From the manager...
Thanks for the feedback, we're pleased you liked the enhancements that we made for this season. Gavin
Capacity reduced to increase social distancing
Check-in: one group at a time
Check-in: self check-in (unattended)
Dedicated shower per pitch
Dedicated toilet per pitch
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
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
Dog walk nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Mountain biking nearby
- Coach stations
— 2.7 miles
2.7 miles Link Road — 6.4 miles
6.4 miles Stockway North — 6.4 miles
- Train stations
Nailsea & Backwell Rail Station
— 5.4 miles
5.4 miles Yatton Rail Station — 6.1 miles
6.1 miles Parson Street Rail Station — 7.2 miles
- Ferry ports
Nova Scotia Ferry Landing
— 7.8 miles
7.8 miles The Cottage Ferry Landing — 7.8 miles
7.8 miles Pumphouse Ferry Landing — 7.9 miles
Bristol International Airport
— 2.7 miles
2.7 miles Cardiff International Airport — 27.7 miles
If the five acres isn’t sufficient for your planned roaming, don’t worry – there’s plenty more fab countryside nearby. The site is within the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a short amble from Blagdon Lake and with access to a network of footpaths to wander along.
For a slightly different perspective on your rural surrounds, join horse riding outings (15 minutes’ drive), head out for a game of golf (20 minutes) or don your hard hat to head underground at Wookey Hole caves (25 minutes). The pretty Yeo Valley gardens (10 minutes) and the vineyards of Aldwick Estate (five minutes) are good spots if you’re after something low-paced.
And there’s plenty of variety beyond that too: check out Cheddar Gorge (20 minutes) for some stunning scenery (and tasty cheese), head to Bristol (half an hour) for city wanderings, or get your bucket and spade ready for a seaside day in Weston-super-Mare (35 minutes).
- Cheddar Caves & Gorge (5.3 miles)
- Brunel's ss Great Britain (8.1 miles)
- At-Bristol (8.4 miles)
- Tyntesfield (6.5 miles)
- King John's Hunting Lodge (6.5 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||1 p.m. –||Anytime|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
Butcombe New Woods cancellation policy
No refunds within 3 weeks of arrival date.
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Butcombe New Woods will debit the balance from your card 3 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 3 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Butcombe New Woods have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Butcombe New Woods dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Butcombe New Woods? If the five acres isn’t sufficient for your planned roaming, don’t worry – there’s plenty more fab countryside nearby. The site is within the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Butcombe New Woods?
Camping and touring Arrive: 1 p.m. – Anytime Depart by: 11 a.m.
- How much does it cost to stay at Butcombe New Woods? From £145 (for 1 night, 14 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability
Thanks for your feedback. I wish you'd let us know at the time about the problems with the agricultural contractors making hay in the neighbouring field, I could have spoken to their boss. There's never been a problem before and the hay is done for this year now so it won't be a concern again.
You have 5 acres of new woodland to yourself, with the one clearing for tents. Much of the rest of the woodland is unsuitable for camping, due sloping ground and trees. This is the main reason why we limit camping to a single group of a limited size.
I'm sorry that we had to call you about the noise after complaints from a neighbouring farm shortly before 11pm. The booking conditions on PitchUp are very clear "Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume". Thanks for turning it down.