Cheglinch Camping

UK England South West England Devon Ilfracombe

Unspoiled countryside camping on the outskirts of a working Devon farm, offering far-reaching views and a relaxed atmosphere
Think of Devon and you may think of long, sandy beaches and fish and chips by the sea. Yet this genteel coastal image is only half the story. Perhaps the county's most underrated region is the peaceful – and in places utterly remote – northern countryside, between Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. As you pass through the pleasant enough village of West Down and up a single-track country lane, a patchwork of fields opens up and you can’t help but think its odd, but somehow satisfying, that such a lovely location is ignored by the bucket-and-spade brigade. Ah well, their loss is most certainly your gain.

Once you’ve arrived with tent in tow, and freedom in mind, you know immediately you've found to the right place. A complete contrast to some of Devon's busy commercial sites, Cheglinch Camping is a solid example of what a campsite should be: a secluded, unpretentious and private place on the outskirts of a working farm. As the owner Ella puts it: "We offer proper, old-fashioned wild camping – camping as you remember enjoying when you were young!"

There are no shower facilities (although Saunton, Woolacombe and Putsborough offer beach showers) and only portable toilets, washing-up sinks and drinking water are available onsite, making this a semi-wild camping experience. But whilst the primitive feel won’t be for everyone, what you do get is an unspoiled camping experience, set amongst some of Devon's most captivating rural scenery. Open space and privacy come by the bucket load here; grass pitches on the gently sloping field are generously-sized, so you’re unlikely to be disturbed by fellow campers – just summer tractors working within the hamlet, or mooing cows from the adjacent field.

There cannot be many places more beautiful to pitch in the West Country than Cheglinch. Many campers come here for a week and never move a muscle, such is the appeal of Devonshire's bucolic surroundings. However, this quiet, semi-wild site only pops-up for a short time in the summer, before reverting back to its farming roots during the rest of the year. We suggest you give it try.

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The Owner Says

Cheglinch Camping is a pop up, green field, wild camping, tent only site within walking distance of West Down village in rural North Devon. We offer peaceful, unspoiled countryside camping on the outskirts of a working farm.  Enjoy breathtaking views, whilst being only a few minutes drive from the coast.  Here we provide a complete contrast to the many commercial campsites nearby, allowing you to enjoy proper, old fashioned, wild camping. You can enjoy picking your own unmarked pitch for your tent or camper van, children love the freedom of playing in so much open space and your well behaved dogs can even come too. We allow open fires in our fire pits which are available to hire, so be sure to bring a packet or two of marshmallows!  Facilities are basic which allows you to enjoy a true wild camping experience. Toilets, cold mains water for washing up and drinking, and rubbish facilities are available. We do not have shower facilities, but you are welcome to bring your own. We only pop up for a short time each year during school May and summer holidays as the field reverts back to it normal agricultural purpose the rest of the year. A pitch is charged at £11 per night with includes 2 adults, 1 tent, 1 car and 1 dog. We allow up to 6 people per pitch, but you are welcome to book more than 1 pitch.  

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We camped here for the August bank holiday weekend. Despite the strong winds and pouring rain on Sunday we still had a wonderful time. The camp site is basic, by which I mean it’s a field with a sink and a few (spotlessly clean) portaloos, but the views are to die for. The grass is neatly mowed around the edge but left long in the middle like a meadow. We loved sitting around the campfire watching the sun go down over the hills to a soundtrack of cows and wild birds. 10 minutes drive from Ilfracombe harbour, easy to find and well signposted but still has that glorious ‘middle of nowhere’ feeling.
Aug 28, 2018 by charlotte_adang

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