A small, quiet, eco-friendly campsite on a working sheep farm
You could say Wytch Wood Campsite has been over 50 years in the making. The farm has been home to the Newman family since the early 1960s but it's only recently they've opened their gates to campers. With a flock of over 500 breeding ewes, as well as a number of equestrian businesses operating from the yard, the place is still very much a working farm. But that's exactly what makes it so special. You can take a tour, buy fresh lamb for your barbecue and learn more about their environmental practices all within the space of a morning. Which still leaves time to explore the valley and drive to the beach in the afternoon.
Small and unobtrusive, the camping area is nestled in the edge of an ancient wood a short distance from the farm buildings. Each pitch comes with seating, a firepit and initial supply of logs and you can choose from a pitch in the dappled shade of the lofty Beech trees or pick a spot among the grasses of the open wildflower meadow. There's a good choice of camping habitats, certainly, but as far as facilities go things are still relatively paired back. There are composting loos (almost one per pitch), hot showers and taps that supply freshly filtered drinking water but don't expect a playground or electricity. That's not to say there aren't conscientious touches. Biodegradable shampoo and dish-washing liquid is provided to make sure that, along with the off-grid facilities, even the soaps you use have as little impact on the environment as possible.
If you want to explore beyond the campsite, there are plenty of footpaths that cross the farm, including some that are being developed specifically for Wytch Wood guests. A stroll to the top of the nearest hill offers stunning views of Somerset and Dorset, including views to the Pilsdon and Lewesdon Hills, while a walk south will link you up with the Liberty Trail, a long distance footpath that runs right down to Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast. In some ways its a route that follows the natural course of the campsite – the spring that supplies the water here is also a natural source of the River Axe, which ultimately wiggles it's way south through the countryside to the Jurassic Coast too.
Crewkerne, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Elise G.Joined in March 2021
58 Ratings · 55 reviews
September 26, 2022
12 Dwarf Oak
Idyllic location and excellent host, plus a very good coffee in the am. 10/10 would recommend
September 12, 2022
Camping in the woods
A wonderful weekend at Wytch Wood. Elise was incredibly accommodating, unbeatable location and great value
August 29, 2022
Birdsong Bell Tent
We absolutely loved our stay, the tent was surprisingly spacious and the table for eating and the camp fire meant you don't need to bring full camping equipment because those bulky items are thoughtfully provided. The showers feel luxurious for a campsite, they're refreshing with great toiletries.
Elise was very accomdating and always on hand if we needed anything. The best thing about the pitch was the woodland location, it was stunning and what camping should be.
An ideal place for a family camping trip.
August 28, 2022
05 Spalted Beech
Lovely camping in nature !
I was looking for a small campsite with amenities in a natural setting for my young family. The children had never been camping before so I really wanted to give them the experience of camping in nature and not in a holiday campsite. Elise's campsite was perfect, we loved it! Set on the grounds of a small farm and within the trees of a small wood by a little stream. It is relaxed and quiet and was great for our young family. Each pitch size is a generous size, you are not too close to another family and feel like you have your own sanctuary. Each seems to have a fire pit with wood provided and some sort of seating and tablet. The showers are nice and refreshing. The individual toilets for each pitch are a nice luxury, just take a torch with you. There is washing up facilities, a fridge and times to get a coffee or an ice cream. Elise was very helpful during our stay and very welcoming on our arrival. We only stayed for two nights on a quick trip but we will definitely consider returning for a longer stay! Thanks
August 24, 2022
Cascade was an amazing pitch, a beautiful view of the woods and the sound of the stream was relaxing. Nice and quiet, the occasional sound of children playing nearby, but nothing too loud. The pitches are spaced far enough apart for privacy.
August 23, 2022
02 Holly Beech
The campsite is beautiful. We loved being surrounded by countryside and animals. The sheltered chill out area and bar serving cold beers and ice cream when we arrived was really appreciated! I would have preferred not to have had a pitch so close to others.. we didn’t realise this would be the case and for us unfortunately it did spoil our stay. Otherwise it would have been perfect. There are other pitches that don’t have neighbours so close. So if we were to return we would chose one of those as it really is a lovely campsite.
From the host
Named as one of Time Out's best 13 best UK campsites , Wytch Wood Camping is a peaceful retreat surrounded by woodland and wildflowers. Hidden away in a secluded valley near Crewkerne in South Somerset, Wytch Wood Camping at Blackmore Farm opened its gates for the first time in May 2021.
**You must select a "Greener Camping Club Membership" extra when you book to stay at Wytch Wood. ** In order to comply with countryside planning policy, we operate as a Greener Camping Club members-only campsite. Membership costs just £12 for the calendar year and gives you access to some of the greenest campsites in the UK. It also includes participation in the Club’s ‘Trees for Life’ scheme, whereby a tree is planted for every member we enrol.
A short distance from the farm buildings, the camping ground is nestled in the edge of ancient woodland, offering up to 13 spacious and private tent pitches in a mix of habitats. For 2022 we have converted an old barn into a covered area for guests to use during their stay, with phone charging points, a communal fridge, fresh artisan coffee and bar selling some local brews.
Home to the Newman family since 1963, we are excited to share this special place and welcome you and your families as guests to our home.
It takes just under 15 minutes to drive to Forde Abbey, a privately owned former Cistercian monastery full of history dating back almost 1,000 years and featured in the film adaptation of Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd. The gardens are forever evolving, featuring designs like the Asian woodland and Prairie garden. There are plenty of other National Trust properties in the region too, including Montactute House, Lytes Cary Manor and Tintinhul Gardens. The nearest town is Crewkerne, around 10 minutes' drive away. The small market town has a good range of independent shops, including a renowned sourdough bakery and ice cream parlor, plus a monthly farmers market. For cyclists, it's worth bringing the bike with you. The campsite is adjacent to the Route 3 National cycle route and there are plenty of testing hill climbs locally – try the 'col de Seaborough' if you think you’re up to the challenge. Further afield, Wytch Wood is around 25 minutes from the Jurassic Coast and the South West Coast Path. From here, the coast is dotted with delightful seaside towns, including Sidmouth, which has a lovely sand and shingle beach with lots of rock pools to explore when the tide is out.
Food and drink
There are lots of country pubs within a short drive. Local favourites include The Squirrel (01460 30298) with its staggering gin selection and beer garden with amazing views and The Bell (01460 30677) in Winsham, a little local pub with a games room and skittle alley, both are 10 minutes by car. The Prince of Wales (01935 822848) on Ham Hill is great for a walk and then a pint with a view or, if you’d rather drive, it’s just under 20 minutes away. Don't miss the ice cream van that visits every Friday at 5pm!