Beach campsites near Wells with climbing

On the southern edge of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, diminutive Wells – England's smallest city – is a delight and a must-visit destination for campers pitching up in the the South West.

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12 top beach campsites near Wells with climbing

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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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Strawfields Cabins and Camping

8 units · Glamping, Tents4 acres · Titching Park Lane, England
Camping and rustic glamping with campfires on an idyllic smallholding close to North Devon’s best-loved beaches
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£35
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Livit Adventures

9 units · Glamping1 acre · Devon, South West England
Adventure-filled glamping with sea views to savour
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£70
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Wylde Valley Camping

132 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents14 acres · Bude, Cornwall, South West England
A popular festival space that's now a bona fide campsite, with modern, pop-up facilities and a top North Cornwall location
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The View Camping

53 units · Tents14 acres · Poole, Dorset, South West England
Welcoming family camping with campfires and far-reaching views over Poole Harbour and the Purbeck Hills
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West Town Farm

32 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Exeter, Devon, South West England
Eco camping on an organic farm just a hop from Exeter city centre and 25 minutes from the coast
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Stud Farm

1 unit · Glamping25 acres · Brockenhurst, England
A shepherd’s hut on a traditional New Forest farm
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£125
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Pure & Rustic

6 units · Glamping35 acres · Croyde, Devon, South West England
Acres of beautiful woodlands & pastures for those that like to sleep under canvas with or without electric. Hot showers, Pure Greenfields spring water on tap, designated fire pits to bring out your rawness of nature!! Pure & Rustic is close by to some fantastic local pubs, and the beaches of Croyde, Saunton, Putsborough & Woolacombe. A magical woodland retreat to watch the moon & stars float by..!
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Glamping at Swanage by PitchingIt

4 units · Glamping1 acre · Swanage, England
Camping is all about horses for courses: some people want to stay somewhere so remote that it’s accessible only by car, while others prefer the convenience of getting to the site by train and then being able to reach everything within a short walk. If you belong in the second camp (and if you are after a holiday at the seaside), Glamping at Swanage Bijou by PitchingIt, in Dorset, might well be the answer to your prayers. You’ll have little need for your car at this family- and dog-friendly Swanage site, since it’s only a short stroll from the High Street (about 10 minutes) and an even shorter stroll from the beach (five minutes). Despite being so close to town, though, the site feels remarkably peaceful – likely thanks to the high hedges that surround it and make it feel more secluded than it is. Bell tents decorated with bunting and floral accents sit on a level grassy field that’s part of Kirkwood Park, an outdoor complex that includes an 18-hole golf course, plus foot and frisbee golf. There is also direct access to a well-equipped playground and to a skateboard park with multiple ramps where the kids can practise their kickturns and flips. Toilets and hot-water showers complete the picture, alongside an area where you can wash up after your barbecue. The nearest supermarket is a five-minute drive away (10 minutes on foot), but if you prefer to let someone else take care of the cooking, there are lots of restaurants and cafés within walking distance.
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Elmar's Place

2 units · Tents1 acre · Bude, England
Nearly wild camping on the border of Devon and Cornwall
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Coastal Cabins Glamping

10 units · Glamping3 acres · Devon, South West England
Luxury wooden cabins in the stunning North Devon countryside; the perfect setting for a relaxing break away from all the stresses of life.
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£147
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Tent pitches at Tipi Adventure

11 units · Glamping25 acres · Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, West Midlands
Tipis in a riverside meadow – all set up for group adventures
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£225
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Famed for its magnificent, Gothic cathedral and the moated Bishop's Palace, Wells packs plenty of history within its tight and tiny space. The countryside that surrounds it, from Cheddar Gorge to Glastonbury Tor and the Somerset Levels, is equally thrilling to explore and perfect camping country. Unsurprisingly for such a beautiful part of Somerset, there are lots of local campsites in the area making good on the beautiful surroundings. We've picked out the very best for our collection.

Beach campsites near Wells with climbing guide

Overview

Camping and glamping in Wells

There’s plenty of camping and glamping in Wells and the countryside that surrounds it – and it’s popular with good reason. On the edge of Somerset’s Mendip Hills, Wells is a city that’s the size of a village – only able to claim the status because of its 13th-century cathedral. It’s a lovely place to visit in a scenic spot that’s well within reach of Somerset’s other best-loved locations. And while Somerset’s historic cities, market towns and big attractions are a draw, it’s the great outdoors that’s the star of the show which is why camping and glamping are the best ways to stay here. The Hipcamp team look out for independent campsites and glamping sites that offer something special whether it’s a tent pitch with a view of Wells Cathedral or a safari tent, yurt or treehouse with luxurious furnishings and decor.

Things to do in Wells

If you’re camping or glamping near Wells, a visit to the city that’s the size of a village is almost obligatory. The ornate 13th-century cathedral, which gives the place its city status, is open to visitors - as is the 14th-century Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, home of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. You can learn about the history of the area in the Wells and Mendips Museum in town too – before heading out to explore the Mendips themselves. The hills have been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of several in the county, and it’s a great area to explore with steep slopes, spectacular gorges and ancient monuments.

Wells is just five miles from Glastonbury, the site of the legendary music festival at Worthy Farm, but also another place of spiritual significance with its abbey and iconic tower-topped tor. Wookey Hole and Wookey village are even closer and offer family friendly attractions along with the chance to go underground. Cheddar, with its famous gorge, caves and cheese, is also within the Mendips and well worth a visit. In fact, the Medips hides the largest underground network of caves in the whole of the UK so, for the more adventurous, Wells is a great place to camp or glamp. It’s within reach of some of the country’s best caving opportunities and for newbies there are plenty of outdoor pursuits companies willing to show you the ropes. Bath, Bristol and the coast can also be reached within an hour.

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England's smallest city, Wells is a must-visit for campers pitching up in this part of the Somerset. Famed for it's magnificent, Gothic cathedral and the moated Bishop's Palace, the town packs plenty of history, while, surrounding it, the countryside, from Cheddar Gorge to the Somerset Levels, is equally thrilling to explore.

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