Higher Moorlands Farm

UK England South West England Devon Honiton

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Farm camping in the Blackdown Hills, with campfires, big views and homegrown produce for sale

No one likes to stereotype but, as farm campsite’s go, they don’t get much more farmy than Higher Moorlands. On a hilltop at the head of the Otter Valley, this pop-up campsite, around for the summer months only, has all the staples. Sheep and cattle dot the fields, there are pigs too, and you can buy the farm’s own free-range eggs from the honest shop, where there’s also seasonal vegetables for sale. Campfires are, of course, allowed and there’s acres of grassy space where children can duck and dive and play games of hide and seek. It’s a pastoral scene. And it all enjoys the backdrop of the Blackdown Hills, with far-reaching views over Hartridge Common.

Despite all the space, there’s a relatively small number of pitches here all told, ensuring there’s not too much pressure on the environment. In an effort to establish a wildflower meadow, the grass is left long until late summer, with a path mown around the perimeter and each circular pitch individually mown in. For those on the hunt for a few more comforts, there's also a pre-pitched yurt you can book, with a king-sized bed, soft furnishings and basic kitchen equipment.

Facilities are befitting of a farm. There are a couple of well-kept composting loos, two hot showers, washing up stations and a freezer in the shed with the shop. Otherwise, the real offering here is space and freedom. Buy meat fresh from the farm to cook over the campfire one evening, or rise early to enjoy the south-easterly views and watch the sunrise over the valley. It’s a short walk down the lane and then a footpath to the village of Lippitt, where there’s an old pub you could be forgiven for thinking was a house, and there are plenty of other local walks detailed on a big, annotated map pinned to the wall in the shed. By car, meanwhile, it’s a half-hour drive to Sidmouth, Seaton, Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast.

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Facilities

There are two hot showers, two compost toilets and two communal washing up stations. Farm produce can be bought from an onsite shop, including a selection of meats, fresh eggs, seasonal vegetables and firewood for your campfires. In the shop area you can also use the freezer for re-freezing ice-packs and there is a phone charging point and a big wall map detailing local attractions and recommended walks. If you are staying in the fully furnished yurt, this comes with its own fire pit and seats, outside washing up area and water point.

Suitable For

Camping, glamping, tents, campervans, kids, well-behaved dogs (on leads and not permitted in the yurt) – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, noisy folk – no.

Nearby

If you’re interested in history, there are seven iron age hill forts in the surrounding Blackdown Hills, the nearest being Hembury Hill Fort, 10 minutes away. Dumpdon Hill Fort is also around 10 minutes and Castle Neroche is a 20-minute drive. Wildwood Escot Park (20 minutes) has plenty on offer for families and animal lovers, whether that’s honeybees, wolves or otters. The River Otter starts not too far from the site, around half an hours drive away, does, indeed, play host to a number of otters but has also become better known in recent years as the home for a number of beavers that are repopulating this part of England for the first time in centuries. For those that need a little more adrenaline, Dunkeswell Airfield offers sky diving, or there is the Mansell Raceway go-cart circuit, both are less than a 10-minute drive away.

Food & Drink

The nearest good pub is The Drewe Arms in Broadhembury (01404 841267), 10 minutes' drive from the farm with a big beer garden, good food and a great selection of beers, wines and gins. The Vine Inn in Honiton (0140442889; 15 minutes away) is also a good shout, famous for their traditional cream teas at lunchtime alongside a simple but effective menu. For your shopping needs, Honiton is also a good pick. It has a fantastic wet fish shop, an independent wine shop and three big supermarkets. Don't miss Otter Valley Dairy (15 minutes), where you can sit and eat your homemade ice cream whilst watching the cows that produced the milk (they also do great wood-fired pizzas).

Open

July–September.

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The Owner Says

Situated on 29 acres of land at the top of the Otter Valley, Higher Moorlands Farm is a mixture of permanent pasture and wet woodland, which is totally untouched and full of wildlife. The farm is situated in the Blackdown Hills in East Devon, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Luppitt, just a 25 minute drive from the Jurassic coastline. The area is rich in wildlife and heritage, a beautiful landscape with hedgerows and copses, small farms with intricate field patterns, deep valleys and narrow, winding lanes. Our farm is part of the Mid-tier Stewardship programme; conservation and working in harmony with nature underpins everything that we do here – from planting new hedges for increased biodiversity to allowing parts of the farm to rewild. We use livestock to manage our pastures and during the summer you can see the sheep and cattle roaming the fields. We also have free range pigs, chickens and ducks and we have a small organic market garden. We run a small, relaxed campsite during the summer in our hay meadow, designated camping pitches are dotted throughout, with far reaching views overlooking the beautiful Hartridge Common. In an effort to establish a wild flower meadow, we leave the grass long and cut for hay in late summer. A path has been mown around the perimeter of the field, with each pitch mown as a circle in the grass clearly numbered and with its own fire pit. We recommend no more than 4 medium sized tents per pitch. You can unload your car by your pitch and then park it in the carpark, leaving the field free of cars. For those that want a little more luxury than camping can offer we also have a fully furnished 16ft yurt available for hire for couples with its own fire pit and seats, outside washing up area and water point.

Accommodation

One 14-foot yurt and around 15 camping pitches.

Crested Dogs Tail

Grass pitch Sleeps 10
Oval camping pitch in hay meadow with fire pit and pitch name sign.

Yorkshire Fog

Grass pitch Sleeps 10
Oval camping pitch in hay meadow with fire pit and pitch name sign.

Cocksfoot

Grass pitch Sleeps 10
Oval camping pitch in hay meadow with fire pit and pitch name sign.

Meadow Foxtail

Grass pitch Sleeps 10
Oval camping pitch in hay meadow with fire pit and pitch name sign.

Timothy Grass

Grass pitch Sleeps 10
Oval camping pitch in hay meadow with fire pit and pitch name sign.

Meadow Fescue

Grass pitch Sleeps 10
Oval camping pitch in hay meadow with fire pit and pitch name sign.

Sweet Vernal Grass

Grass pitch Sleeps 10
Oval camping pitch in hay meadow with fire pit and pitch name sign.

Creeping Bent Grass

Grass pitch Sleeps 10
Oval camping pitch in hay meadow with fire pit and pitch name sign.

Wild Oats

Grass pitch Sleeps 10
Oval camping pitch in hay meadow with fire pit and pitch name sign.

Meadow Barley

Grass pitch Sleeps 10
Oval camping pitch in hay meadow with fire pit and pitch name sign.

Goat Grass

Grass pitch Sleeps 10
Oval camping pitch in hay meadow with fire pit and pitch name sign.

Quaking Grass

Grass pitch Sleeps 10
Oval camping pitch in hay meadow with fire pit and pitch name sign.

Tufted Sedge

Grass pitch Sleeps 10
Oval camping pitch in hay meadow with fire pit and pitch name sign.

Berts Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
Beautiful 16 foot yurt, handmade with UK wood. Positioned overlooking far reaching views over the valley in our hay meadow.

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Location

Contact Higher Moorlands Farm, Higher Moorlands Farm, Luppitt, Honiton, Devon EX14 4SY

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Getting There

From Honiton, leave the east end of town as though heading to the A30 Andover/London direction. Before joining onto the A30, take the left turn towards Luppitt/Dunkerswell. Stay on this road for four miles, passing the turning for Dunkerswell on your left, and look out for a big layby on your left hand side by a woodland. The farm track is the next turning on the right, signposted 'Higher Moorlands'.

Honiton has a train station with a direct connection to London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids. To get from the train station to the campsite its best to book a taxi.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★★

Great place to camp

Hi I stayed here with some friends last summer for a week, it was such a lovely spot to camp in, the owners are very friendly - it's peaceful and full of songbirds, and close to lovely beaches like Seaton. It was very much 'wild camping' though I hear they will have new waterpoints, compost loos and hot showers installed by this summer. Highly recommended.
May 9, 2021 by Rina
★★★★★

Great Experience

Good camplace, nice place in the country that is near some towns, friendly family who own the farm, lovely experince all round. Would Reccomend.
May 8, 2021 by Joseph
★★★★★

Loving the Blackdown Hills

This is a great little gem of a place in one of my favorite parts of the world! Loads of space, dawn chorus, amazing sunsets and really friendly hosts. We hardly needed to go to the shops as there was plenty of delicious homegrown meat for the bbq and loads of amazing veg too. We went to the beach, explored the East Devon way and had a super relaxed stay. Highly reccomended. Thanks Ollie and Eve!
May 8, 2021 by oly

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Coronavirus Booking Guarantee
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  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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