The Paddocks

UK England South West England Somerset Cheddar

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Staggered showering times
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Adults only
  • Good walks nearby
Adults-only camping on a simple Somerset site, just two miles from Cheddar Gorge

When you think of Somerset your mind likely conjures up images of cider and folk music, the Mendip Hills and the Somerset Levels, Cheddar cheese and strawberries. That’s right — strawberries. And if you don’t think of that juicy red fruit, perhaps you should. The Cheddar Valley has been supplying the nation with strawberries for generations, and while not all of the strawberry fields have survived, there are still plenty of places to pick up a punnet or two. The village of Draycott at the foot of the Mendip Hills is one such place. It also has a pub named The Strawberry Special, an annual Strawberry Fayre, and a lovely little campsite in a former strawberry field.

The Paddocks is a tiny campsite that’s almost as sweet as the fruit that once grew there. There are just four pitches here and, as it’s for adults only, there’s a natural calm about the place. It’s a great spot for couples to enjoy a relaxing and romantic break in rural surroundings or for small groups of friends to get together, with exclusive hire a viable option. You can walk from the site out into the Mendips, with beautiful views from Draycott Sleights in one direction and Cheddar with its famous gorge in the other. It’s just two miles from site and arriving on foot is a great way to get there.

Walkers, cyclists and confident campers will like this place the most as it’s fairly back to basics with off-grid pitches, off-pitch parking, and simple facilities. But there are some creature comforts that make it more than just a field with nice views and a great location. There’s an open-sided barn at the bottom of the gently sloping camping paddock which houses washing-up sinks, seating, and a log burner, which means you can warm yourself by the fire even in the pouring rain. And the shower room deserves a mention, too; it’s modern, clean, and warmed by a heated floor.

Although it’s a small and relatively simple site, you could park up on day one and not go near your car again for the duration of your stay. Cider and strawberries are a short walk down the road at The Cider Barn, which is flanked by fruit and veg sellers. You’re on the edge of The Mendips and it’s a short hike up the hill for views of The Somerset Levels. A walk in one direction takes you to Cheddar, in the other and you’ll reach Priddy, well-known for its annual folk festival in summer. And, if you do want to go further, Britain’s smallest city, Wells, and the caves at Wookey Hole are just seven miles away. Medieval Axbridge is even closer and even the seaside at Weston-Super-Mare is less than 20 miles away.



The site has one heated shower room with a toilet and another separate WC. There's also a communal, open-fronted barn at the bottom of the camping field which is fitted out with two sinks for washing dishes. It has a wood burner for use if the evening gets a bit chilly and a fire pit outside. Logs can be bought on-site for the hireable communal fire pit or individual fire pits.

Suitable For

Campers – yes. Campervans, motorhomes, caravans, children, dogs – no.


The site is just two miles away from Cheddar with the famous Cheddar Gorge (01278 751874), caves, shops and eateries and it is a pleasant walk to get there. The site is on the edge of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a beautiful place to walk with the West Mendip Way passing site, just a few hundred yards away, and Draycott Sleights Nature Reserve nearby. From the hills above the site views are over the Somerset Levels and as far as the Welsh hills and Bristol Channel to the West, the Quantocks and Blackdown Hills to the South. The villages of Wedmore and Priddy, famous for its folk festival, are about four miles from the site and medieval Axbridge is a little further but worth a visit.

Food & Drink

There are lots of farmer's outlets selling strawberries and fresh market produce, just a short walking distance away. The Strawberry Special (01934 742177) and The Cider Barn (01934 741837) are both within a mile of site and, only slightly further away (two miles from the site), is The Rodney Stoke Inn (01749 870209) with a restaurant. Cheddar has many good pubs and restaurants and further away is Wells with many pubs and restaurants to chose from too. In the nearby village of Priddy choose from the Queen Victoria (01749 676385) pub and Hunters Lodge (01749 676385), well known to cavers and walkers alike. In Wedmore, The Swan (01934 710337) is recommended.



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Four off-grid camping pitches.

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Grass pitch Sleeps 2 4 Available
The Paddocks Grass Pitches are lovely level areas which we have created in our camping field

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Contact The Paddocks, The Paddocks Upper Draycott Road, Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3YD

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Getting There

From the M5 motorway junction at Weston Super Mare, follow signs to Cheddar. From Cheddar, take the Wells road (A371) and travel approximately two miles before turning left (opposite The Cider Barn) into Short Lane (not signposted) and then immediately left at T junction into 'Top Road' (also known as Upper Draycott Road).  Travel approximately half a mile mile and 'The Paddocks' will be on your right. From Wells, travel on Cheddar road (A371) to Draycott. After approximately five miles, pass through Draycott and, on leaving the village, turn at the right fork, immediately after traffic restriction and zebra crossing, into Top Road. Pass the church and primary school on right and travel on approximately three quarters of a mile as above. The nearest train station is at Weston-Super-Mare, about 16 miles away, with bus links to Cheddar/Draycott on the 126 route towards Wells.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews


Amazing campsite with fantastic facilities and views

Such a lovely spot on the side of a hill overlooking the valley. As others have mentioned, the facilities were brand new and really nicely done. The barn was a cosy place to spend the evening with the wood burning stove and would provide great shelter in the rain (not that we had any!) Miriam was lovely and very welcoming and happy to advise on walks etc. which were stunning. Managed a circular walk through Cheddar Gorge and back which I would highly recommend. Thank you for a great stay!
Sep 26, 2021 by Guy Stedman Verified Review

Perfect campsite with amazing views

Miriam has done a great job with the space. We booked the entire site and stayed at the top of the field. The views were amazing. Cheddar was only a 5 min drive/25min walk away. Lots of great walks to do around the area. Shower and all other facilities were great. Little bonus things were a shower with under floor heating and a fridge/freezer which made everything that much better. Would 100% recommend!!
Aug 31, 2021 by Miles Kelly Verified Review

Great Campsite (even in the rain!)

We had a brilliant few days at The Paddocks. Miriam was fantastic and the facilities are really well thought through. Underfloor heating in the shower room was a brilliant touch! We had to shelter from the rain a few times in the communal kitchen area and even made use of the great wood burner and sofa. The views are unreal and when the sun did shine there were even more stunning sunsets. Fabulous location with great walks from the campsite. Highly recommended!

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