Grass Pitch

UK England South West England Devon Chulmleigh, Winkleigh & Umberleigh Bales Ash

  • Sleeps 10 (max 10 adults, 9 children)
Suitable for tents, bell tents and campervans

The Owner Says

  • Tents and camper vans are both welcome.
  • There are a few electric hook-up pitches available to hire but this is a site where you can enjoy being close to nature.
  • Both fields have stand pipes supplied with drinking water from our own borehole.
  • There are 2 new compostable hygienic toilets and 3 fabulous indoor hot water showers together with outdoor basins for washing, cleaning teeth, washing up.
  • Campfires are allowed in our off the ground firepits which are available for hire for just £2 per stay.  We can sell you logs and kindling at competitive prices.
  • We can sell you camp basics: milk, fresh bread, butter, farm eggs, bacon, baked beans, ice.
  • Cream Teas and home made cakes are available upon request.  Our speciality is catering for gluten free diets.
  • We can arrange to pick you up from Umberleigh or Portsmouth Arms train stations on the scenic Tarka line.
Gazebos, event shelters and marquees will incur an additional charge by negotiation

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  • A low deposit of 20% to secure your booking
  • Balance due 10 days before your holiday
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings for up to 18 months in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • Due to the flexibility provided we are unable to offer refunds
  • This guarantee supersedes any other policies

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About Bales Ash

Suitable For

Tents, camper vans, small motor homes, family and group get togethers, couples children, dogs, awnings and event shelters – yes. Unsuitable for very large caravans and motorhomes. 

Nearby

The campsite has direct access to a number of local walks – try the gentle one-hour route to the pubs in High Bicklington or visit the woods at Kingford Hill, owned by the Woodland Trust. The South West Coast Path is rightfully popular, and a great way to access some of the quieter, less accessible beaches. Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton, Putsborough and Westward Ho! are the most well known beaches and all within around 30-minutes' drive. Backed by seaside towns, they're awash with places where you can rent surfboards, take lessons and enjoy fudge and clotted cream ice cream . For family cycling routes, the well known Tarka Trail is a short drive from the campsite; alternately cycle to one of the stations along the Tarka Line train route. For golf enthusiasts, Libbaton Golf Club (01769 560269) – an 18 hole, par 73 course – is less than a mile away.

Food & Drink

Homemade cream teas are available (and not to be missed) along with basic camping foods, fresh farm eggs and home baked cakes.  Gluten-free bakes (coeliac owner) and vegan bakes are a speciality. There is a well stocked community shop in the village, whilst nearby Barnstaple has all the shops for supplies (Tesco, Sainsburys, Lidl etc) and the coastal villages boast numerous pubs, restaurants and takeaways. There are two pubs in High Bicklington, a pleasant 20 minute walk across the fields from the campsite. The Golden Lion (01769 561006) is the newer of the two, relatively speaking – it's still a 19th century haunt with a single bar and grainy local pictures from yesteryear. The Old George Inn (01769 560513), meanwhile, is a thatched local from the 1500s that retains many original features. There's a cosy bar area with pub grub and a skittle alley. Less than 10 minutes drive gets you to a fab range of gastro pubs – try The Bell Inn (01769 540368) at Chittlehampton, The New Inn (01805 603247) at Roborough, The Rising Sun at Umberleigh (01769 56044 or Ram's Head (01805 804255) at Dolton.

Family Friendly

Summer comes and summer goes but the memories from this pop-up paradise will stick with little ones forever. If every empty meadow could be transformed in this way then the world would surely be a better place.

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Location

Bales Ash is located at Bales Ash, High Bickington, near Umberleigh, North Devon EX37 9BL

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Getting There

From the B3127 come through the village of High Bickington (leaving Atherington behind you) and proceed out of the village passing a Community Centre sign. The road narrows and
bends with a high hedge on your left, drive past a white house and then the next building on your left is the brick built Whitebridge Boarding Kennels. Turn left immediately in front of

the kennels and drive on down the lane, take the first right following the blue arrow sign to Bales Ash (ignoring your sat nav which may try to take you straight ahead down a no through road - don’t!) and follow the lane down until you see a building on your right. Carry on beyond the closed wooden gate and then past the open black gates and enter the campsite through the metal barred gate on your right opposite an old stone barn. Please close the campsite gate behind you and then drive over to The Victorian Summerhouse on the right of the field to book in.

From the A377 at Kingford (between Portstmouth Arms and Umberleigh) follow the signs for High Bickington up the mile long Kingford Hill. Towards the top of the hill you pass holiday
lodge signs on your right, next a skidding car warning sign on your left and almost immediately a blue arrow sign to Bales Ash on your right. Turn right onto the lane and proceed uphill for about 1/4 mile. Campsite entrance is through a metal barred gate on your left (opposite a small stone barn on your right). Please close the campsite gate behind you and then drive over to The Victorian Summerhouse on the right of the field to book in.

The nearest train stations are Umberleigh (4 miles) or Portsmouth Arms (1½ miles; tell the conductor you want to get off there or they don’t stop!). Pick-up can often be arranged if needed. Ann, Debbie or Caro can often arrange to pick you up if needed.