Camping in Mendip Hills AONB

With limestone cliffs, dramatic gorges, and ancient caves, this AONB is an all-natural adventure playground.

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12 top campsites in Mendip Hills AONB

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Wookey Farm

45 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Somerset, South West England
Eco-friendly, campfire-friendly, family-friendly camping on the farm – plus Somerset's famous Wookey Hole caves on the doorstep
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Stowford Manor Farm Campsite

51 units · Glamping, Motorhomes25 acres · Trowbridge, England
We are a family run farm situated in the beautiful Frome valley. The farm has a range of interests from the traditional Jersey milking cows to a community of workshops used by local craftsmen. The cafe serves cream teas from Easter to the end of September and pizzas are sold in evenings during the summer months. Ours is a small family run camp site with the River Frome on one side, next to the medieval buildings of Stowford Farm. The river is suitable for fishing, boating, swimming and paddling. Historic Bradford-on-Avon is only a 5 minute drive and the City of Bath 15 minutes. For those who enjoy more rural pleasures, 200 metres from the campsite Farleigh Hungerford boasts the only river swimming club in the country, and you can become an instant member for a very small fee.
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Ebborways Farm

99 units · Motorhomes, Tents21 acres · Wells, Somerset, South West England
Proper camping where everyone is welcome in Somerset’s Mendip Hills
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£8
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Petruth Paddocks

9 units · Motorhomes, Tents30 acres · Somerset, England
Easy-going camping for all, just a stroll away from famous Cheddar Gorge
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Gurt Yurts

3 units · Glamping, Tents4 acres · Churchill, England
Off the beaten track on top of the Mendips in an area of outstanding natural beauty. A mixture of four acres of wild woodland, orchard and field set on a hillside. Our Yurt is set up in the trees giving you peaceful seclusion and a clear view across the sea to Wales and the mountains of the Brecon Beacons. A huge range of activities are possible or you can lie in the hammock with a good book. We have very friendly dogs and rescue chickens who may come and visit. Wild deer wander past in the early morning mist and the odd buzzard picks an argument with a bunch of crows but nothing much else should disturb you. We moved here after an 18 month search 8 years ago. It was close to everything we wanted and we've spent some time getting a bit closer.
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The Paddocks

6 units · Tents1 acre · Cheddar, Somerset, South West England
Adults-only camping on a simple Somerset site, just two miles from Cheddar Gorge
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£15
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Sweet Hill Farm

10 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Dorset, South West England
Simple, almost-wild, seaside camping on the Isle of Portland
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Radcot Leisure on Thames

46 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Oxfordshire, South East England
A Thames’ island campsite in the Oxfordshire countryside – with a lovely pub just over the bridge
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£30
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Camping in Nature at Vallis Veg

15 units · Tents18 acres · Frome, Somerset, South West England
Back-to-basics, natural camping with campfires encouraged and easy walks to the local attractions in Frome
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Mendip Ski Camp

30 units · Motorhomes, Tents5 acres · Cheddar, Somerset, South West England
Mendip Ski Camp is located at the foot of the Mendip Hills, an AONB area of outstanding natural beauty. The camp site is an easily accessible site comprising of 2 large, tree lined meadows offering a secluded and private place to camp. There is an abundance of activities to enjoy nearby as Mendip Ski Camp is located adjacent to an outdoor activity centre and dry ski slope. A short drive will take you to places of interest such as Cheddar Gorge and caves, Weston super Mare beach, Bath and Bristol, Glastonbury Tor and Wells Cathedral. You can hike across the Mendip Hills and enjoy traffic free walks along the Strawberry Line,
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Abbey Home Farm

21 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1600 acres · Cirencester, Gloucestershire, South West England
Eco-camping for real. Cooking on an open fire. Unspoilt natural beauty.
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Loves Hill Camping

50 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Somerset, South West England
A tents-only, dog-friendly site with campfires allowed in Somerset.
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Camping in Mendip Hills AONB guide

Overview

Limestone bluffs, rocky plateaus, and grassy steppes blanket the landscapes of the Mendip Hills, providing plenty of scope for outdoor adventures. Hike beneath towering cliffs in the Cheddar Gorge, explore natural caves, and climb windswept tors for views that stretch as far as Wales. Camping is just as adventurous—pitch your tent at secluded campsites surrounded by nature or enjoy glamping in a bell tent or remote shepherd’s hut. The forests, lakes, and gorges are accessible year-round but bloom with wildflowers in spring and summer. Winter camping and hiking is possible with all-weather gear, although it’s best to leave the tent behind. 

Where to go

Cheddar and Around

Jagged cliffs and rocky ravines carve out the Cheddar Gorge, where explorers can enjoy hiking, rock climbing, and caving. After taking in the AONB’s star attraction, hike up Black Down Hill for a view from the region’s highest point or cycle the scenic Strawberry Line. Don’t miss a visit to the town of Cheddar to sample Somerset’s famous cheese and cider. 

Northeast Somerset & the Lakes

Sweeping gorges give way to forested valleys and lowland lakes in the northern part of the Mendip Hills. Enjoy nature walks, bird-watching, and lakeside picnics at the Chew Valley or Blagdon Lakes, or escape the crowds at a peaceful country campsite. To the north, the UNESCO city of Bath and the Cotswolds AONB are within day-trip distance. 

South Mendip Hills

Hiking, cycling, and horseback riding trails traverse the southern stretch of the Mendip Hills. Adrenaline seekers should head to the Wookey Hole caves, where caving excursions incorporate abseils and Via Ferrata climbs. A short drive south, Glastonbury turns into a hippy haven each summer during the massive Glastonbury music festival, and the nearby Glastonbury Tor is both a historic landmark and a popular viewpoint.

West Mendip and the Somerset Coast

Winscombe is the gateway to the west Mendip Hills, home to some of the area’s lesser-explored hiking trails. Continue west to the coast, where sandy beaches, cliff-top walks, and lively seaside towns dot the shores of the Bristol Channel. Weston-Super-Mare, Burnham-On-Sea, and Clevedon are Somerset’s flagship beach resorts, where summer campers have a choice of seafront camping grounds. 

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