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Camping in Nature at Vallis Veg
76 reviews
· Frome, England
18 acres
15 units
15 Tent
Back-to-basics, natural camping with campfires encouraged and easy walks to the local attractions in Frome
Vallis Veg is like a camping version of The Good Life. Well, sort of. When you pitch your tent beneath the dappled shade of an ash tree, and explore the self-sufficient set up of this vegetable-growing, seed-sewing and life-bestowing campsite, you can’t help but envisage a haphazard Tom and Barbara strolling out to meet you. Thankfully, though, the farcical happenings of the classic sitcom are left to the realms of fiction. Life here may be good, but it’s also wonderfully easy. Vallis Veg is a back-to-basics, tents-only campsite with rustic facilities. The individual woodland pitches are each surrounded by green and growing young trees and provide a sense of privacy. The leafy site sits on a slight slope but the camping spots have been carefully flattened out and have a light covering of woodchips to ensure some extra comfort. The ethos of the place can’t help but suck you in. If you don’t like a little dirt beneath your fingernails, then it’s probably not the one for you, but even the most disinterested of gardeners can’t help but look on the stripes of the campsite’s vegetable patch with envy. You can order a veg box ahead of time and owner Cordelia is a wellspring of knowledge on where to go locally to stock up on wholesome, tasty goods. Frome, for starters, is a pleasant walk away and full of independent food shops. On Cheap Street in the centre of town, Frome Wholefoods and Sagebury Cheese, are excellent and The Old Bakehouse is perfect for breads and cakes. But, if you follow the East Mendip Way along the river in the opposite direction, the walk to Mells (7km round trip) is particularly beautiful and similarly rewarding. Along with taking in the most beautiful stretches of the waterside, the route passes the remains of an ironworks just outside the village, a traditional settlement that’s home to an excellent café, a gastro pub and The Walled Garden, serving superb stone-baked pizzas.
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Frome, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Cordelia ?.Joined in August 2015
67 Ratings · 76 reviews
Chris P.recommends
August 8, 2022
Pitch 5: very small 2.5m x 1.5m
Wild but not
Always a great time here! It’s secluded quiet and feels wild, but with running water and a loo. Can’t wait to go back.
Debrastanislawski ?.recommends
July 22, 2022
Pitch 13: 3.5m x 3.3m
Free to be.
I loved how easy it was to be there. The pitch was as described, accessing it was easy. Directions were good. I had a wonderful time. The only thing missing in those exceptionally hot days was a bit of a water feature but otherwise, far superior to many campsites and ever so simple. Thank you.
Wen Yee K.recommends
July 19, 2022
Pitch 6: 4m x 4m
It's my second time camping here, always a good experience.
Lyndsie B.recommends
July 18, 2022
Pitch 9: 4m x 5m
Beautiful, quiet and secluded camp spot. Lovely facilities. We shall return!!
Little N.recommends
July 18, 2022
Pitch 2: 6m x 2m - 3m
Wonderful natural setting
Perfect - wild camping, but with the convenience of some basic facilities (compost loos, sinks, drinking water and firewood). I only stayed one night but loved the natural setting and the secluded pitches, each one different and all tucked away, hidden by trees and long grasses so you couldn't see anyone else. I booked a pitch online and when I arrived I saw there was another one available that I liked better so I rang Cordelia to ask if I could swap and she was really nice.
Gareth J.recommends
July 14, 2022
Pitch 8: 4m x 4.5m
We loved it. The campsite does have a wild feel to it but in a very well maintained and orderly way. The pitch felt very private and we thoroughly enjoyed the night sky with no light pollution. Communal facilities were good and kept clean. We would happily return.
From the host
At Vallis Veg we love natural camping spots and we love campfires. These are what we aim to offer our campers. Our site is not a conventional site with lots of tents squeezed together in a flat field. We are a small farm and the camping is little bit wilder – we have levelled spaces for tents among the shrubs and young trees and on our grassy slopes.
Nearby attractions
It's a short and pleasant walk to Frome (01373 465757), its compact size belying the range of activities on offer. There are two theatres, ample pubs and cafés, a cinema, several great music venues, a museum and more. Head to the library for tourist information. On the first Sunday of each month The Independent Market has become a bit of a draw – a colourful and eclectic range of stalls with a buzzing atmosphere. In the very centre of town, the innovative Share Shop sometimes runs free craft workshops (though it's worth a visit anyway). Elsewhere, walkers can head in the opposite direction treading the East Mendip Way to a beautiful bridge at Great Elm. From here you can either carry on to the village of Mells, or join the Macmillan Way south towards Whatley – and on to Nunney, with its own castle (03703 331181), a fab pub (01373 836458) and a small café.
Food and drink
There are lots of independent shops in Frome, including two butchers in Badcox. H.E. Williams (01373 462797), which is down a little side street and whose family has run the business for approaching 100 years, is a great option, while Cayfords (01373 462701), again a long term family-run affair, is another great choice. Both are about 20 minutes’ walk from the site and on the way into town. For pubs, The Griffin (01373 467766), on Milk Street, often has live music and games nights and hosts a microbrewery onsite. The Three Swans (01488 682721) is at the top of Cheap Street and is also very popular. The Lamb and Fountain (01373 463414) at the bottom end of Castle Street is a third pick, wonderfully unpretentious and a little more undiscovered. The River House cafe has delicious food and a very small outdoor area overlooking the river behind the main street. The Fat Radish restaurant serves excellent food at reasonable prices as does Bistro Lotte and the Rye bakery has two outlets - both unique and ethically run with pastries you really must taste! The best Indian takeaway I have ever tasted is cooked by Mahesh of Lungi Babas and delivered by electric bike.  
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