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Petruth Paddocks
156 reviews
· Somerset, England
30 acres
9 units
9 Motorhome/tent
Easy-going camping for all, just a stroll away from famous Cheddar Gorge
Following it’s 2005 appearance in the television series Seven Natural Wonders, the craggy cliffs and dazzling caves of Cheddar Gorge were voted the second greatest natural wonder in the UK, and it doesn’t take an expert to see why. As you follow the windy riverbed road along the former route of the Cheddar Yeo, steep green slopes carve ever deeper before you and one can’t help but wonder how it looked with water thundering through. In fact, the river does still flow, now far beneath the surface, and its handy work has continued below ground, carving out spectacular caves and narrow limestone tunnels. It’s not until you reach the village itself that the water reappears, slithering away from the beautiful Mendip Hills. It is here, on the doorsteps of Cheddar Village, that Petruth Paddocks can be found and its open grassy meadows beckon any would-be camper inside. Down a track to the wooden gateway, campers, glampers and caravan towers alike arrive directly into a large open field, fronted by a small white reception tent and a pair of picnic benches. After a chat with easy-going Jules, the site becomes your own and it’s entirely up to you where you pitch. Chose from the plentiful space before you, with two pre-pitched tipis at the rear of the field, or head through a gate into the next-door meadow, aptly described as the ‘chill-out field’. At its centre, a dilapidated landrover has become every child’s playground, saddling up in the drivers seat or clambering on the bonnet, while to one side a horse paddock nudges the edge of the campsite, another distraction for playful children. The relaxed, pitch-where-you-like, attitude continues through the rest of the site, which rightfully prides itself on a laid back philosophy and welcoming atmosphere for all. Music is welcome, balls can be kicked around, and campfires are very much encouraged, with a quad bike humming around the site each evening offering more firewood and kindling to those in need. Don’t be surprised when the trailer comes past with as many children as logs on the back – the quad is a popular ride with the little ones! In the centre of the site, by the gate between the different fields, simple sanitary facilities are provided. Hot showers are housed in spacious cabins, so there’s plenty of space to hang your clothes, with an adjacent toilet block on one side and washing up sinks on the other. There are also a number of drinking water taps dotted around the site. From your pitch head by foot, bike or car into the surrounding area, stopping at reception to grab some info and brochures. By foot, it is Cheddar that beckons, with a collection of good eateries and the gateway back into the gorge. Those on two wheels should follow the Strawberry Line, an excellent cycle route that starts within meters of the campsite. Taking the car offers plenty to see and do, whether it be historic Wells' magnificent cathedral, Glastonbury Tor or the beautiful beaches of northern Somerset.
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Hosted by Petruth P.Joined in March 2017
69 Ratings · 156 reviews
Nicola H.recommends
August 1, 2022
Non-Electric Grass Pitch
What a fab campsite. Totally flat. Loads of space. Great facilities. Friendly and helpful staff. Minutes from Cheddar. Can’t fault it. We were in the adult field next to the farm animals. The goats and pigs were great fun. Perfect location for a weekend away and we loved walking the NT Cheddar Gorge walk.
Julie H.recommends
July 31, 2022
Non-Electric Grass Pitch
Loved it!
We had a lovely 3 night stay at Petruth Paddocks. The field was nice, the view to the hills is lovely and the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming and helpful. Very dog friendly, short walk to centre of Cheddar and the Gorge is easily walkable. Lots of nice pubs, cafes etc. Nice little coffee shack onsite and they do pizzas and breakfast butties too. Toilets and showers were pretty good, always being cleaned, always had a hot shower. Great for kids, small footy pitch with goals and old jeep and logs for playing on in middle of the field so you can keep an eye from your tent. They come round with icecreams daily, and come round offering firepits/logs at a price. Overall lovely setting, very chilled out, family friendly spot. Would definitely go again.
Nicola L.recommends
July 23, 2022
Non-Electric Grass Pitch
Very friendly and welcoming site, we stayed in the family field and it was perfect for me and my toddler. Would definitely return
Calum P.recommends
July 22, 2022
Non-Electric Grass Pitch
Lovely campsite: has everything you need, there’s no fuss and the people are friendly. What more could you want!
Helen N.recommends
July 17, 2022
Non-Electric Grass Pitch
What a lovely campsite! They are really friendly people who like dogs. There’s an adult only field which is perfect for us as our dog is obsessed by footballs. If camping isn’t your thing they have shepherd huts and bell tents. The facilities are plentiful and spotless the showers and toilets were constantly being cleaned. The campsite is immaculately clean. They make their own pizzas Friday & Saturday nights (vegan cheese available), there’s a coffee shack that sells sausage sandwiches for breakfast (yes they have vegan ones 😊) Cheddar brewery is about a 4 minute walk, Cheddar is also only a few minutes walk away. Park up, go for a stroll & have a beer. We will definitely be back.
Pauline B.recommends
July 10, 2022
Non-Electric Grass Pitch
Petruth Paddocks was fantastic. Lots of fields to choose from, family, quiet, groups. We chose the quiet field. It's free range camping so can pitch where you like. Lovely flat field, great facilities and perfect position for an easy walk into Cheddar Village. Will definitely visit again, highly recommended 😊
From the host
Petruth Paddocks is a relaxing campsite where anyone can visit and feel immediately at home. A live-and-let-live place where there are refreshingly few rules, kids can be kids, campfires are encouraged, music and bad singing are not a problem and people feel free to wander round making new friends. Petruth Paddock is on the doorstep of Cheddar Village and Cheddar Gorge – voted the second greatest natural wonder in the UK. Cheddar Gorge is packed with tons of activities such as rock climbing, abseiling and exploring the caves and learning about the heritage and history of this fascinating natural feature.
Nearby attractions
It's a five minute walk into Cheddar and a 15-20 minute walk to the start of the gorge (01934 742343). Here activities include rock-climbing and abseiling on the gorge cliffs, exploring the caves and the Wookey Hole or learning about the heritage and history of this fascinating natural feature. Those on bikes should visit by following The Strawberry Line, an excellent cycle route following the old railway network. Walk the Droves, adjacent to the site, or head into the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (01761 462338). Those taking the car will find the cities of Bath and Bristol are both 45 minutes away, though if you do head in this direction, walking Brean Down (01452 814213) and visiting Berrow Beach should also be high on the list. Wells (01749 671770) city is closer than its more famous neighbours and a rather undiscovered gem, with an intriguing history and beautiful cathedral (01749 674483). Glastonbury is also close by, with original, quirky shops, along with the famous Abbey (01458 832267) and Glastonbury Tor (01934 844518).
Food and drink
The Café opposite the monument in Cheddar serves delicious hot food, cakes, teas and coffees. Pub-wise, The White Hart (01934 741261) in the Gorge has a dog-friendly beer garden and offers discounts to Petruth Paddocks campers. The Rodney Stoke (01749 870209) on the Wells Road is good for big parties, with great views across The Levels, a large garden and play area. The Riverside (01934 742452) with adjacent car park and beer garden is also a good choice, located at the beginning of the road to the Gorge in Cheddar. There are also Thai, Indian and Chinese restaurants in the village. Two nearby supermarkets are on hand: Tesco Express, at the end of the footpath into the village, and the larger Budgens (01934 744546) nearer to the campsite. If you are walking, it is on the road into Cheddar before the turning to the Gorge, down a short road to the right.
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