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Wytch Wood Camping
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33 reviews
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Crewkerne, England
3 acres
14 units
1 Glamping
6 Motorhome/tent
7 Tent
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.
Activities
Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Natural features
Forest
Field
Farm
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Crewkerne, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Elise G.Joined in March 2021
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30 Ratings · 33 reviews
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Tara A.recommends
June 14, 2022
09 Cascade
Lovely stay at Wytch Wood
Our stay at Cascade in Wytch Wood was amazing, lovely pitch on the stream, and Elise the owner was very helpful, friendly and easy to contact, and the site is beautiful and provides great facilities. Highly recommend
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Louise ?.recommends
June 14, 2022
12 Dwarf Oak
A wonderful camping experience
We had such a great camping trip at Wytch Wood - probably the best we have ever had! The location is beautiful and peaceful, the pitches are spacious and all have table, chairs and fire pits included. The composting loos are inspired and the showers lovely and hot. We enjoyed that we could have some sun and some shade in our pitch. Elise really has thought of everything.
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Helen W.recommends
June 7, 2022
01 Primrose Bridge
Amazing campsite
A stunning campsite, lovely large pitches with your own toilet (amazing) and such a peaceful location. Flattest pitch I have ever stayed on! Elise the owner was really friendly and we enjoyed the extras she had organised for the jubilee weekend including a curry night and cream tea!
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Simon E.recommends
June 7, 2022
06 High Beeches
Relaxing exclusive eco campsite.
A lovely little campsite, really friendly hosts who were always around should you need them. Great variety of pitches, grass, woodland or a mix of both. Well spaced out to give you privacy if you like but also large communal areas in the form of a bar/cafe and communal firepit. Good facilities and quiet beautiful surroundings.
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Gill Simpson ?.recommends
September 13, 2021
13 Holey Tree
We took our camper van and pitched up at Holey Tree for 2 nights. Gorgeous views up the fields on the hill opposite, amazing woods to explore behind our pitch, and a little stream to jump over! Loads of bats and owls at night. Clean facilities, we had a shared compost loo with one other pitch (but we had it to ourselves). Super hot showers and Faith in Nature products to use. Friday night they had a Tiffin curry delivery service - so delicious and really unique. Very few pitches, some tucked away in the woodlands. Really helpful host. Will definitely return. Thanks x
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Jocelyn D.recommends
September 6, 2021
05 Spalted Beech
We spent 3 nights on the Spalted Beech pitch at the end of August and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The amenities are all kept beautifully clean and maintained and the water was always perfectly hot! The pitch itself was a really good size and position and the trees around give just enough privacy whilst we relaxed by the fire pit. We had a 10 and 12 year old with us and they loved exploring the woods and the atmosphere of the camp meant that we all really enjoyed time onsite without pressure to keep them entertained. Thank you Elise for a wonderful stay, we hope to visit again.
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.
Nearby attractions
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!

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