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Back-to-basics, natural camping with campfires encouraged and easy walks to the local attractions in Frome

Vallis Veg is like a camping version of The Good Life. Well, sort of. When you pitch your tent beneath the dappled shade of an ash tree, and explore the self-sufficient set up of this vegetable-growing, seed-sewing and life-bestowing campsite, you can’t help but envisage a haphazard Tom and Barbara strolling out to meet you. Thankfully, though, the farcical happenings of the classic sitcom are left to the realms of fiction. Life here may be good, but it’s also wonderfully easy.

Vallis Veg is a back-to-basics, tents-only campsite with rustic facilities. The individual woodland pitches are each surrounded by green and growing young trees and provide a sense of privacy. The leafy site sits on a slight slope but the camping spots have been carefully flattened out and have a light covering of woodchips to ensure some extra comfort.

The ethos of the place can’t help but suck you in. If you don’t like a little dirt beneath your fingernails, then it’s probably not the one for you, but even the most disinterested of gardeners can’t help but look on the stripes of the campsite’s vegetable patch with envy. Excess produce is occasionally sold on site – just ask what’s in season – and owner Cordelia is a wellspring of knowledge on where to go locally to stock up on wholesome, tasty goods.

Frome, for starters, is a pleasant walk away and full of independent food shops. On Cheap Street in the centre of town, Frome Wholefoods and Sagebury Cheese, are excellent and The Old Bakehouse is perfect for breads and cakes. But, if you follow the East Mendip Way along the river in the opposite direction, the walk to Mells (7km round trip) is particularly beautiful and similarly rewarding. Along with taking in the most beautiful stretches of the waterside, the route passes the remains of an ironworks just outside the village, a traditional settlement that’s home to an excellent café, a gastro pub and The Walled Garden, serving superb stone-baked pizzas.

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The Owner Says

At Vallis Veg we love natural camping spots and we love campfires. These are what we aim to offer our campers. Our site is not a conventional site with lots of tents squeezed together in a flat field. We are a small farm and the camping is little bit wilder – we have levelled spaces among our young trees and we have more open field sites for people with larger tents.

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★★★★☆

Peaceful and idyllic

Quiet, nice walk into mells, short drive to shops. Friendly host and other campers. Personal campfire area next to tent - made the experience. Trees and bushes etc... make you feel like you have a personal private area - although you could see next door campsite Charge for car park a little pricey - considering no public transport links to the site itself and short walk from nearby towns. However pitches close to car so easy to walk back and forward if you leave things in your car. Toilet bit unusual - as a first time camper was strange not to have a flush
Jul 7, 2018 by Danielle
★★★★★

Exactly what I love in a campsite. Quiet, friendly owner and fires allowed. Don't need anything else

Not for people who want all mod cons but that's not what camping is about. Compost toilet is fine once you just accept it. Beautiful riverside walk into Mells and we went to Longleat which was a great day out. Lovely few days. Thankyou
Jun 12, 2018 by Matthew
★★★★★

It is like a private wilderness

The pitches are so far from each other and surrounded by woods so you hardly know anyone else is there. A beautiful spot and beautiful streams and woods and walks nearby. Of course, because you are in the thick of nature, you have to be happy to share your space with nature; plenty of slugs, snails and spiders...
May 29, 2018 by Jason
★★★★★

Bank Holiday Beauty!

I was given a campsite request (demand) by my wife for a secluded pitch, nice walking spots & good cycle routes and I couldn’t have picked a better place that Vallis Veg! Pottered in Frome for a couple of beers Saturday evening, Sunday we strolled around Cheddar Gorge & Monday we cycled the Colliers Way bike route from Bath to Frome; all of which contributed to a superb weekend & topped off by a stunning pitch at the super friendly campsite. Highly recommended!
May 29, 2018 by Matt
★★★★★

Amazing camping experience!

This campsite was everything I could have asked for an escape to nature. The surrounding areas to for for walks were stunning, the vegetable patches and grounds on the campsite were great to explore, and the pitches were secluded with eveything you need! Our pitch was up a little path, then up another little path past our tent was an area to have campfires and logs to sit on. The whole setup was perfect, can not reccommend enough!
May 8, 2018 by Ellen
★★★★★

Beautiful, peaceful campsite

Absolutely perfect to get away from it all. The pitches are a good size and seem fairly private due to surrounding trees Despite only having one toilet and the whole site booked up it was never busy and never had to wait. Will definitely return for another break and explore more of the area next time - apparently there is a river close by which is ideal for hot weather!
May 8, 2018 by Ani
★★★★★

Really beautiful back to basics site

I camped here for a single night and just loved the quiet basic setting. A composting toilet and a sink are the only amenities you need, and although I could see two other tents from my site I felt secluded and it was very quiet. I would definitely book Woodland Site No. 2 again, or book a field pitch if I came with my family. The walk to Frome was quick and very pretty across the fields. The public parking lot at the bottom of the lane is the top of an absolutely stunning footpath leading to Great Elm and Mells, the latter being equipped with a gorgeous community run shop and cafe. The only thing missing was that I would have loved to join in on a communal campfire or social experience in the evening, but you can't have everything in life! I'll be back!
Jul 17, 2017 by Haley
★★☆☆☆

could be improved

Pretty surroundings and friendly owner but really very basic facilities and we didn't think all that suitable for children. Not really enough room in the group camping field for the kids to run around without getting stung by lots of nettles. (beware ticks too, had to pull quite a few out!) Could be improved by maybe a simple play area for the kids and a better set up washing-up area (if they could organise hot water, even better). Compost toilet a nice idea but needs to be better done, as it blocked up quite quickly. We were not impressed by having to pay £7 per vehicle per DAY. Great to discourage driving but pretty tricky to take children and camping stuff to the countryside without a vehicle. We've never had to pay a vehicle charge per day before anywhere else and this felt a bit cheeky and made the overall experience seem overpriced for what you got. Still managed to have a nice time with friends but definitely room for improvement.
Jul 19, 2016 by Susan

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