Ruby Country Camping The Greener Camping Club

UK England South West England Devon Okehampton

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • One-way flow
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A cycle-friendly, back-to-basics campsite, perfect for exploring North Devon and Cornwall

There’s a temptation to put on an American accent when you say you’re off to Ruby Country Camping. The name has a ring of the wild, wild west about it. And while it’s actually located in the wild west of Devon, there are a few things here that wouldn’t look out of place on the set of a cowboy film. There’s the long grass, the vast fields of cattle, the canvas bell tents and the rustic compost loos. The difference is that the grass in the camping field is a very English green and the cattle in the surrounding ones are a Devon-specific ruby red.

It is, of course, the cattle that gives both the area and this campsite its name. This is farming country and the evidence is everywhere. The five-acre camping field is one of the few that isn’t filled with cows, sheep or crops. Instead, it’s sparsely populated with campers. There are just seven camping pitches and three pre-pitched tents; one an empty bell tent and two for what owners, Marc and Dinah, call 'cosy camping'. They’re avoiding the G-word, as there’s no real glamour here, just good old-fashioned camping with natural surroundings, campfires and simple facilities. The fact they’ve pitched the tents and made the beds for you is glampy enough for us but if you need a hot tub and hair straighteners, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

This west Devon hinterland feels far from the tourist trail but it is, in fact, incredibly well-connected. Cyclists on the 99-mile Devon Coast-to-Coast cycle trail pass on one side and the road to Bude passes on the other. That road is worth a mention here. It’s separated from the site by a thick and leafy hedgerow, but you will hear the sound of cars and tractors passing by. The upside, of course, is a direct link to the coast and an easy way to get out and explore. Dartmoor’s walking and wild swimming spots are 20 minutes’ drive with seaside Bude 20 miles away. In fact, from here, all of North Devon and North Cornwall is easy to explore. Closer by, there’s Hatherleigh; the definition of a rural Devon market town. Walk or cycle the back route there for a pint at the Tally Ho pub or a cream-first scone at one of its cafes. On reflection, perhaps a strong Devonshire accent is more appropriate after all.

Details

Facilities

There are two flushing toilets, two compost loos and two hot showers. You can order a locally sourced breakfast basket on site. Campfires are allowed and there are grills for campfires and BBQs to hire.

Suitable For

Glampers, campers, dogs, campervans – yes. Caravans, motorhomes – no.

Nearby

The Devon Coast-to-Coast, mostly traffic-free, cycle route linking Plymouth and Barnstaple passes right by site and provides a handy route for cyclists on local rides as well as longer ones. Dartmoor National Park with all its outdoor adventure is 10 miles away; ask Marc and Dinah for their favourite wild swimming spots. It's 20 miles to the nearest beach and seaside town at Bude on the Devon-Cornwall border. Surfing, swimming and exploring opportunities abound.

Food & Drink

Once you're on site you can order a Breakfast Hamper from Marc and Dinah with local ingredients for a cooked breakfast. If you fancy  a trip to the pub, head two miles down the road to Hatherleigh, where you can choose between The George Hotel (01837 811755) which is more food orientated and the Tally Ho (01837 810306) which is a more traditional pub with its own brewery. In the next village, Sheepwash, is The Half Moon (01409 231376) which is a lovely country pub. There is a lovely cafe in Hatherleigh, One Market Street Café (01837 810582), which cooks delicious breakfasts and has marvellous cakes.  There's another cafe, Made-Well, 10 minutes' drive from site, where you can buy veg. It also has a small animal  farm, there are miniature Shetland ponies and pigs and chickens, and a lovely play area for smaller children. There's also a butcher at Brickyard Farm (01837 810204) two minutes' drive away for all your BBQ needs.

Open

May–September.

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The Owner Says

Ruby Country Camping is a natural eco campsite set in a 5 acre meadow, with trees and a brook along its southern boundary. We are situated just outside the market town of Hatherleigh in West Devon. In an area known as Ruby Country. (Named after the Devon Ruby Red cattle) There are only 7 individual pitches mown into the meadow all with camp fires, with plenty of space, and cars are parked at the edge of site. There is a choice of compost loos or flushing loos if you prefer, with hot showers. If you want something more comfortable,  then there is our Yurt or Lotus Belle, both are fully furnished with double beds, and a covered kitchen and eating area along with their own campfire and again plenty of space.
There are cycle routes and footpaths from our gate, or we are only 20 minutes drive from Dartmoor or 30 minutes drive from the beautiful North Cornish coast and the lovely beaches of Bude. Ruby Country Camping is ideally situated for exploring Devon and Cornwall. We also have fishing lakes and rivers close by, as well as riding stables and an archery centre.
NOTE - We are part of The  Greener Camping Club. The £12 annual membership fee, (payable on booking) goes towards environmental projects and planting a tree for every new member so you can offset some of your carbon footprint.
EXISTING MEMBERS - Please click on the discount code button at booking, and add you membership number to the notes section.

Social Distancing Measures

On arrival social distancing measures will be explained to all guests. We asks guest to wait out side the shower building until the shower is vacant. this can be easily seen from outside, so guests can keep there distance

Accommodation

One yurt, two bell tents and seven grass pitches.

Lotus Belle Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Beautiful 5m Lotus Bell tent, with its own covered camp kitchen and camp fire

Renta Bell

Bell tent Sleeps 5
5m Belle tent. Not furnished

Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
18ft Yurt sleeps 2 adults 3 children with log burner and covered camp kitchen

Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 5 Available
All pitches are spacious and mowed into the meadow. Includes £12 Greener Camping Club fee

Campervan

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 2 Available
All pitches are spacious and mowed into the meadow. Includes £12 Greener Camping Club fee. Please let us know the details of your camper van before booking, as we don't have room for the larger motor homes

Solo Cyclist pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 1
The solo Cyclist pitch is mowed into the meadow.

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Location

Contact Ruby Country Camping, Pulworthy Cross, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5LH

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Getting There

From Hatherleigh head towards Holworthy and Bude on the A3072. After two miles, turn right onto Church Road. You should be able to see the campsite from the road as you approach. The entrance will be on your right.

Okehampton is the closest railway station, about eight miles from the campsite. Unless you’re arriving with a bike, your best bet for the rest of the journey is to give Marc and Dinah a call and they will likely come and pick you up. The site is just off the Devon Coast-to-Coast cycle route.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 15 reviews

★★★★★

Great site, wonderful facilities.

We had four nights at Ruby Country Camping, pitching our own ridge tent on this excellent site. The pitch was flat and well spaced from other tents with well mown pathways. Showers, toilets, and washing-up facilities were beautifully designed and kept spotlessly clean. It all added up to a camping experience close to nature, yet with the comfort of outstanding facilities. The location of the site was very convenient, being within easy reach of Dartmoor, the coast and places like Rosemoor Gardens.

Response from Ruby Country Camping

Thank you for your review. We're glad you both enjoyed your return to camping. Hope to see you again Dinah and Marc 
★★★★★

A delightful, wild campsite

A great site for anyone looking for a wild camping experience with facilities. The site has fabulous woodland vistas and large camping plots which are well spaced with lots of wild meadow in between. It’s a great site for dark skies, stars and the sound of owls at night, and grasshoppers, butterflies and bird song during the day. The facilities are very clean and rustic in style. We will definitely be back.
Sep 11, 2021 by Jo Verified Review

Response from Ruby Country Camping

Thank you for your lovely review. We look for to seeing you both and the dogs next year. Marc and
 Dinah
★★★★★

Peaceful, down-to-earth camping in a beautiful location

Starting with the warm welcome from Marc & Dinah, everything about this site is exactly what we wanted. Even though it is essentially camping at its most basic (exactly how it should be!) the facilities which are there are amazing. 2 very clean, hot showers and spotless toilet facilities are really all one needs when camping, so don't come expecting full-length mirrors, hairdryers and multiple power points! The pitches are very well spaced, with fire pits and plenty of logs to purchase; night time around the fire gazing at the stars is all the entertainment we needed :-) The location is great, with both Dartmoor and the coast within easy driving distance (although there are lovely walks and cycle routes on the doorstep). We'll definitely be returning !

Response from Ruby Country Camping

Thank you for you great review. Describes us perfectly. Look forward to seeing you and your family again soon. Marc and Dinah 
★★★★★

Excellent

We stayed in the Yurt (2 adults and 3 Kids). Great private kitchen area and plenty of room and privacy in the Yurt and the pitch area. The toilets and showers are very clean and exceptional (better than most hotels)! Marc and Dinah were lovely and very welcoming. Personally felt it was a lovely size campsite so it felt private but didn’t feel isolated. Great location to explore Dartmoor and the coast (Bude is about 30 mins drive). Excellent stay and we all thoroughly enjoyed it - thank you!
Aug 25, 2021 by Tom Tudor Verified Review

Response from Ruby Country Camping

Thank you for your lovely review. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks again Marc and Dinah 
★★★★★

Wonderful Campsite Excellent Hosts

We loved our 5 days at Ruby Country Camping. Marc and Dinah were friendly and welcoming. The facilities were 5*. There's one of the poshest showers on a campsite I've ever seen and then you have the amazing outdoor shower too. The kids were happy, toys and games are provided which is a lovely touch. And the stream gives the children somewhere to explore. The site is in a great location too, easy to get to the beach and Dartmoor. All of this and for such good value. Thank you for having us, we loved it!
Aug 22, 2021 by Alex Shard Verified Review
★★★★★

From a bunch of small people, ‘bestest holiday!’

We have just returned from a 3 night stay in the beautiful yurt with our 3 children and were joined by our friends in a neighbouring bell tent. The weather wasn’t the kindest to us but despite a lot of rain we had the best time! The facilities are spot on, the hosts Mark and Dinah were also so lovely and attentive. Our children loved the site, and they got to have their first slow worm experience :) We cannot fault the place, Thankyou for building something so perfect for a family who really wanted time away from everything.
★★★★★

Totally brilliant! Well thought out, spacious, excellent facilities

So peaceful, the owners are wonderful, thoughtful folks, the open-top hot shower is glorious and the fire wood is a fiver for a fat bucketload. S' brilliant.

Response from Ruby Country Camping

Thanks so much, so glad you enjoyed it!
★★★★★

Relaxed and cosy family camping

We spent three nights in the yurt with our 12, 10 and 7 year old children and we had the most fantastic stay. It was so lovely to be greeted personally by Marc and Dinah and they were so friendly and helpful throughout our stay. The yurt was cosy and very comfortable with plenty of space to store all of our belongings. The beds were comfy and we were provided with all bedding, including extra blankets and a hot water bottle! We really enjoyed cooking and eating in our covered kitchen area and we loved sitting around our fire pit in the evenings. The children loved exploring the site, and there's plenty of space for them to play. The location was perfect for us: within easy reach of Cornwall and equidistant from the north and south Devon coasts. The Coop in the nearby village was well stocked and we also had lovely meals in a local pub and cafe. We are already planning when we can return for another stay.
★★★★★

Blissful Stay in the Lotus Belle

We stayed 3 nights in the beautiful, cosy and very comfortable Lotus Belle tent, with excellent ‘wild’ kitchen facilities and luxurious showers and toilets! We had a truly amazing time, and would go back again and again if we could! So many lovely little touches that made our stay really special and comfortable, and the location is wonderful for exploring Dartmoor or the north Cornwall coast. Can’t wait to go back!

Response from Ruby Country Camping

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back. Regards Dinah and Marc 
★★★★★

Amazing experience!

Marc and Dinah have created an incredible site - so much space, wonderful facilities and the warmest of welcomes. So much time and thought has been put into the site, and we look forward to seeing what further changes have been made next time we are there! We stayed in the Lotus Belle tent which was not only spacious but superbly presented with a really comfortable bed, shoe trays and brush to keep the inside area clean, good airbeds for the children, storage space, chargers etc. Furthermore, the kitchen set up was exactly what we needed, well-equipped and just a great place to spend time in due to the work that has gone into making benches, workspaces etc. Shower and toilet facilities could not be better, especially the open air shower! Great play area down the bottom for children with access to the stream, and the space between pitches and the overall design makes the whole place feel very private and secluded. We loved just sitting out round the fire as a family, enjoying the surrounding meadow and the setting sun, and will definitely be back!

Response from Ruby Country Camping

Thanks so much,   so glad you enjoyed your stay, it was great to meet you.
★★★★★

Just what we needed!

This is our second visit to RCC this summer. Despite a little road noise, the site is quiet, spacious and the facilities are spotlessly clean. The hosts are approachable and really helpful, they have worked hard (and continue to do so) to make this a unique experience. The open roofed shower is a must try! We enjoyed a walk into Hatherleigh along the disused railway line followed by a meal at The Globe, and a day trip to Widemouth Bay, but most of all we enjoyed the opportunity to relax and slow down. We will return for sure! Thank you Marc and Dinah : )
Jul 27, 2021 by Emma Taylor Verified Review
★★★★★

RELAXING!!!

Marc and Dinah our hosts at Ruby Country Camping were amazing!! Great communication prior to our visit and the 'Breakfast Hamper' was a real lovely touch and fantastic quality. We really enjoyed talking with Marc & Dinah and lovely they shared their journey with us as we were very interested how they set up the campsite. We pitched up with our own camper van with an awning and it was a beautiful meadow to sit and relax. Facilities were spotlessly clean and the cycle trail close by, along with villages with a pubs. We wish Marc & Dinah continued success in this venture, we will return soon and bring our family.
★★★★★

A welcome escape

We enjoyed a peaceful three night stay at RCC. The toilets and showers were luxurious and immaculately clean and the owners were friendly and helpful. The site is great for star gazing and very spacious with a small broom at the bottom which the dog loved paddling in. Dozens of trees have recently been planted and the site is sensitive to nature. The road was audible but not disturbing. The off road walk to hatherleigh along a disused railway was very pleasant and we saw hardly a soul. Meeth quarry nature reserve was a 5 minute drive and equally peaceful and we enjoyed wandering around the trails spotting birds of prey, hundreds of frogs and spotting deer tracks. We’ll definitely return and look forward to seeing the trees mature - and maybe we’ll get to try some of the apples.
★★★★★

Everything you want from a campsite

We managed to have this pretty little site all to ourselves for a few days. The facilities were superb and our hosts are just lovely people who could not have been more helpful. The only downside was the road noise but for a few days stay, this was bearable. Would highly recommend a visit.
★★★★★

Lovely site

Beautiful meadow with spacious pitches. Hot showers, clean loo and wonderful hosts. Low impact camping. Perfect for campers that prefer things a bit more basic. Dark skies, birdsong, bees and a lovely view. The wildflowers were spectacular. The glamping yurt was lovely too. A little road noise but did not disturb us in the slightest. This place is highly recommended.
Jun 6, 2021 by Jo Musto Verified Review

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