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Bales Ash Campsite

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Bales Ash Campsite: The communal campfire, perfect to meet fellow guests

General

  • Chilled camping as it used to be but with quality free hot showers
  • Free hot showers
  • Relaxed and spacious site with firepits for hire

Homemade Devon cream teas, views to make your eyes water, a communal firepit and a warm welcome for the pooch… it's no surprise that guests glow with warmth about Bales Ash Campsite near Umberleigh.

Described by its amiable owners as 'a little green campsite in the heart of north Devon', Bales Ash sits up above the Taw Valley amid countryside of the beaut variety and fab views across to nearby Exmoor. The Tarka Trail is within easy driving distance and the (also fab) surfing beaches of north Devon are within about 12 miles.

As you might expect from a site that endorses 'camping as it used to be', the vibe is relaxed and friendly. The amenities are kept to a spotless standard and include three hot showers, two eco-friendly compost loos and outdoor Belfast sinks with hot and cold water. Wifi is available and guests can charge phones for free in the shower block.

Water at Bales Ash comes from the site's borehole and is treated to provide pristinely clean fresh drinking water; tap water standpipes are also on each pitching field.

But back to those Devon cream teas… Teas and cakes can be baked on request (surely something to request as soon as you arrive) and the owners specialise in top-notch gluten-free baking.

And then settle down to stargaze or to sit by the communal firepit: guests glow with warmth about the perfect quiet of this place too.

Please note

The park does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Breed-specific legislation (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.


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Reviews

9.6

Overall rating based on 75 reviews

 

97% would recommend this park to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

  86% described as Peaceful ?

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We loved the enclosed area, the well spaces pitches and …08/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAlexandra P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • The Horse Box cabin
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    We loved the enclosed area, the well spaces pitches and feeling of freedom. There was always someone on site, they were all friendly and knowledgeable about the local area. Our kids loved the gorilla and his books. Also the recycling facilities was great. Thank you for a fab holiday. It was everything we wanted and more.

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    The only thing we can comment - and this comes from our 5 year old who very much enjoyed the blue water in the portaloo, he wished it flushed rainbow!!

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Loved the relaxed feel of the site. Josi was really …08/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTracy M.Confirmed

  • Powered grass tent or RV site
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    Loved the relaxed feel of the site. Josi was really welcoming and showed us around. Site had everything we needed and we will definitely go back. I would highly recommend.

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A lovely site with plenty of room and excellent facilities.08/07/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass site (Private restroom amenities)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Showers , friendly owners and manager , recycling facilities , on-site shop prices .

    Disliked: 

    Dogs barking from nearby kennels

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Extra special family campsite!07/31/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCarrie N.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent or RV site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The staff were super welcoming and friendly, the showers and toilets were clean and well presented. Super family friendly site and they welcomed our
    two dogs too. The site was beautifully kept and had a lovely rustic feel. You felt comfortable and safe, Definitely be back for another visit soon.

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Great site with large pitches, portaloo for each pitch07/30/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJonathan W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass site (Private restroom amenities)
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    Location, facilities, pitch size, friendliness and helpfulness of owners

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From the manager...

Thanks for staying with us. It's strange now your group has gone from that top corner! We The wifi is always really good in the more central areas so if people talk to us about needing wifi we pitch them there. Phone signals for all UK networks are also good in this locality now so it's not the issue it once was.

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Location, service and staff07/25/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent or RV site
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    Location, service and staff

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Perfect site for a relaxing break and to use as a base to explore07/24/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSimon L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent or RV site
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    Bales ash is a peaceful site and surrounded by beautiful views of the countryside. The owners were fantastic , friendly and helpful.
    Loved it and will return.

    Disliked: 

    Intermittent Wifi

From the manager...

When you return it's worth saying that wifi's important when you book or even when you arrive so that we can site you in one of the best covered areas. Some pitches have 100% reliable wifi but others don't.

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Very clean eco friendly site. Lovely quiet large fields!07/24/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDonna D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent or RV site
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  • Liked: 

    Welcome was very warm and friendly. Sunset was gorgeous.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing!

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Would definitely visit again.07/04/2022

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  • Shepherd's hut
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    Everything! Beautiful scenery, lovely Shepherds hut with fenced area ideal for our dog. Excellent showers, environmentally friendly facilities. Great walk to nearest village. Perfect!

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From the manager...

So pleased you liked The Shepherds Hut, the fencing is new and we think it really adds to this unit making life easier with young children or dogs.

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Brilliant service throughout our stay07/01/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomStuart V.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • The Beech Hut cabin
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    The beech hut and the secured area for dog

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Dedicated toilet facility per glamping unit

Dedicated toilet per site

Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Distance markers in shared facilities

Hand sanitizing stations

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

Staggered showering times

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Shepherd's huts

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 sites)

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • High Bickington, Umberleigh, Devon, England, EX37 9BL
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.9556°N 3.9821°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
The Square — 12.4 kilometers
The Square — 12.4 kilometers
Bus Station — 14.7 kilometers
Train stations
Portsmouth Arms Rail Station — 2.2 kilometers
Umberleigh Rail Station — 4.6 kilometers
Kings Nympton Rail Station — 5.8 kilometers
Ferry ports
Bideford Ferry Landing — 17.1 kilometers
Instow Ferry Landing — 17.6 kilometers
Appledore Ferry Landing — 18.3 kilometers
Airports
Exeter International Airport — 47.0 kilometers

Directions


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

A number of scenic strolls are directly accessible from the site, such as the easy one-hour round walk to two local pubs, or the hike to Woodland Trust land on Kingford Hill. The north Devon stretch of the South West Coast Path is a little further away.

Within easy reach by car, the scenic beaches of Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton, Putsborough and Westward Ho! will give days upon days of sunbathing, surf lessons, swimming, rockpools, kitesurfing and coasteering.

The Tarka Trail, a series of footpaths and cycle paths through north Devon, is a short drive away; alternatively, cycle to one of the stations along the Tarka Line train route running for 39 miles between Exeter and Barnstaple.

Also in the region, you could get green at the RHS Rosemoor Gardens or Broomhill Sculpture Garden; try National Trust attractions like Arlington Court; hike the Heddon Valley or visit the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon to see what's been what in the area throughout the ages.

And if you have kids, they'll be glowing with happiness after days out at Devon family-based attractions like The Big Sheep, Exmoor Zoo, Watermouth Castle and Family Theme Park and Atlantis Adventure Park.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (11.0 kilometers)
  • Castle Drogo (31.3 kilometers)
  • Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (40.9 kilometers)

National Trust

  • Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (21.2 kilometers)
  • Finch Foundry (25.4 kilometers)

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

RV, travel trailer and tent sites
Arrive:  noon –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
On-park accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  10:30 a.m.

Bales Ash Campsite cancelation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

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 cancelations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Bales Ash Campsite will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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

Payment methods accepted at the park

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Terms and conditions

Park booking terms and conditions

  • Does Bales Ash Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Bales Ash Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Bales Ash Campsite? A number of scenic strolls are directly accessible from the site, such as the easy one-hour round walk to two local pubs, or the hike to Woodland Trust land on Kingford Hill. … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Bales Ash Campsite?
    RV, travel trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  noon –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Bales Ash Campsite? From $31.24 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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