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Bales Ash Campsite: The hut in the spring sunshine

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 campground/park does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dog Act (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 94 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

  86% described as Peaceful ?

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Excellent, enjoyable relaxed stay at a lovely campsite09/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKevin C.Confirmed

  • Shepherd's hut
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Relaxed atmosphere of the site, lovely onsite shop, walk to the village, friendly staff.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing!

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A fabulous site with great facilities. The Beech Hut was beautiful09/04/2022

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

  • The Beech Hut cabin
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely site with friendly staff. Beautifully quirky cabin with private garden area. Wonderfully peaceful!

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A clean and quiet site. Friendly and helpful staff.09/04/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNicola B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent or motorhome site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The focus on being environmentally friendly

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Very friendly owner and staff are always busy maintaining the site.09/02/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnna R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass tent or motorhome site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Peaceful, friendly greeting and tour on arrival. Beautiful setting with lovely local walks, plenty space to play. Well maintained compost loos and homely shower/vanity units. Shop that sells vegan ice creams, what’s not to love. Would definitely visit again.

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Nice clean site, plenty of space, very friendly owner/staff, laundry/shower …09/01/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNicola S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass tent or motorhome site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Nice clean site, plenty of space, very friendly owner/staff, laundry/shower room very clean, small shop.

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Lovely site, shop on site. Level, good sized pitches. Dog friendly.09/01/2022

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomnicky G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass site (private bathroom amenities)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very relaxed, good pitch sizes

    Disliked: 

    N/A

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Fab site and staff, good clean facilities .08/30/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLucy C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • The Horse Box cabin
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything!!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing!!

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Large open fields08/30/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnnette H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass site (private bathroom amenities)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Large open fields

    Disliked: 

    Too few showers, mixed use, no baby changing facilities, cold water in sinks only

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Really friendly, relaxed campsite08/30/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKevin C.Confirmed

  • The Horse Box cabin
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The onsite shop was lovely and handy. The staff were super friendly and contributed to a very relaxed stay. The shepherds hut is very nice (our parents were staying in that) and was a good base with some running water, etc. Lots of room to play games and the whole site was not overrun with others which was great. Shortish walk to High Bickington for a summer fete was really good too.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing!

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It was our first camping holiday and we absolutely enjoyed it08/28/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJubeida O.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • AnnaBelle bell tent
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    Lovely and friendly staff, beautiful place

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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 sanitising stations

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

Staggered showering times

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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundry

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Shepherd's huts

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump point

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 sites)

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

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

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 kilometres)
  • Castle Drogo (31.3 kilometres)
  • Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (40.9 kilometres)

National Trust

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

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 caravan
Arrive:  noon –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  10:30 a.m.

Bales Ash Campsite cancellation 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 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. 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.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

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Terms and conditions

Site 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?
    Camping and caravan
    Arrive:  noon –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  11:30 a.m.
    On-site 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 $113.47 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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