Camping in Nature at Vallis Veg

UK England South West England Somerset Frome

  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
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. You can order a veg box ahead of time 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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Facilities

Facilities are basic; compost toilets, mains drinking water (cold only), no showers at present. Campfires are permitted, with bags of wood available for sale. Forest School days are sometimes offered onsite for kids (organised by Shared Earth Learning – check their website for details). Occasionally we offer tours of the site on Sunday mornings, which we will advertise on our information board.

The whole site is 18 acres. We bought it in 2003 and planted a range of trees and shrubs. Our aim is to make the land productive, biodiverse, climate friendly and people-friendly and we are happy with how our project is progressing. Chris has written a book about our vision of a future with many more small farms. It is called 'A Small Farm Future' by Chris Smaje.

Some of the projects onsite are: the vegetable garden - you can email info@vallisveg.co.uk to ask about getting a box on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays, although we can't guarantee that there will be veg available. We have allotments for local people to grow their own veg. SELco run therapeutic forest school and gardening sessions for a range of people through the year. The site residents grow their own fruit and veg and we sometimes have a few livestock. We are thinking about new ways to make our land more productive and experimenting with planting perennial plants which may develop into a new business in the future.

Every year we see more wildlife here and this is a source of much pleasure for us and we hope the campers who visit. The trees and other plants onsite change every year too - sometimes dramatically! This winter (2020 to 2021) we have cut down many of the Ash trees around pitches 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 because they have Ash Dieback. This had profoundly changed the feel of these pitches and we are hoping that the rest of the vegetation in this area will grow quickly to give some cover and to give the sense of being enveloped in nature. Things to look out for are ... grass snakes! - we often have lots of these, they are harmless and beautiful. Owls! Including a white barn owl who glides regularly over our site in early summer. The tawny owls are can be very noisy but we've never had complaints about the racket. Weasels, toads, frogs, woodpeckers and any many other birds.

We hope you enjoy your stay!

Suitable For

Tents only (occasionally the odd, small campervan is allowed), couples, families, quiet groups (in their own field) – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, noisy folk, dogs – no.

Nearby

It's a short and pleasant walk to Frome (01373 465757), its compact size belying the range of activities on offer. There are two theatres, ample pubs and cafés, a cinema, several great music venues, a museum and more. Head to the library for tourist information. On the first Sunday of each month The Independent Market has become a bit of a draw – a colourful and eclectic range of stalls with a buzzing atmosphere. In the very centre of town, the innovative Share Shop sometimes runs free craft workshops (though it's worth a visit anyway). Elsewhere, walkers can head in the opposite direction treading the East Mendip Way to a beautiful bridge at Great Elm. From here you can either carry on to the village of Mells, or join the Macmillan Way south towards Whatley – and on to Nunney, with its own castle (03703 331181), a fab pub (01373 836458) and a small café.

Food & Drink

There are lots of independent shops in Frome, including two butchers in Badcox. H.E. Williams (01373 462797), which is down a little side street and whose family has run the business for approaching 100 years, is a great option, while Cayfords (01373 462701), again a long term family-run affair, is another great choice. Both are about 20 minutes’ walk from the site and on the way into town. For pubs, The Griffin (01373 467766), on Milk Street, often has live music and games nights and hosts a microbrewery onsite. The Three Swans (01488 682721) is at the top of Cheap Street and is also very popular. The Lamb and Fountain (01373 463414) at the bottom end of Castle Street is a third pick, wonderfully unpretentious and a little more undiscovered. The River House cafe has delicious food and a very small outdoor area overlooking the river behind the main street. The Fat Radish restaurant serves excellent food at reasonable prices as does Bistro Lotte and the Rye bakery has two outlets - both unique and ethically run with pastries you really must taste! The best Indian takeaway I have ever tasted is cooked by Mahesh of Lungi Babas and delivered by electric bike.  

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May to October

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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 on our grassy slopes.

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Pitches

4m x 2.5m Small woodland pitch No. 1

Grass pitch Sleeps 3
This pitch is 4m x 2.5m Please make sure your tent will fit in this space

6m x 2m - 3m Small woodland pitch No.2

Grass pitch Sleeps 4
This pitch is 6m x 2m. Please make sure your tent will fit in this space

7m x 2.5 - 3m Small woodland pitch No.3

Grass pitch Sleeps 4
This pitch is 7m x 2.5-3m. Please make sure your tent fits in this space. It has trees around it but also some sun. It has a woodchip base for your tent and a separate sloping seating are with a firepit

2.5m x 5m Small woodland pitch No. 4

Grass pitch Sleeps 4
The tent space on this pitch is 2.5m x 5m. Please make sure your tent will fit in this space. The pitch is deep in young trees with a fire pit. there's also a small place in the sun by the entrance.

2.5m x 1.5m Very small woodland pitch No.5

Grass pitch Sleeps 2
This pitch is 2.5m x 1.5m. Please make sure your tent will fit in this space

4m x 4m Woodland pitch No.6

Grass pitch Sleeps 4
The tent space on this pitch is 4m x 4m. Please make sure your tent will fit in this space

4m x 4m Pitch No.7 Out of date photo!!

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
The tent space on this pitch is 4m x 4m. Please make sure that your tent will fit in this space

4m x 4.5m Pitch No. 8 Old photo!!!!

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
The tent space on this pitch is 4m x 4.5m. Please make sure that your tent fits in this space

4m x 5m Pitch No.9 Old photo!!!!

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
The tent space on this pitch is 4m x 5m. Please make sure your tent will fit in this space

4.5m x 4.5m Pitch No. 10 Old Photo!!!!

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
The tent space is 4.5m x 4.5m for this pitch. Please make sure your tent will fit in this space

A frame & two tent pitches - No 11

Grass pitch Sleeps 10
The tent spaces in this pitch are 3m x 5m and 3m x 4m. Please make sure your tents will fit in them. Ideal for a couple of families travelling together. GROUPS: please be aware that this is a quiet campsite so it may not suit your group if you will be noisy.

3.5m x 3.3m Pitch No. 13

Grass pitch Sleeps 5
The tent space for this pitch is 3.5m x 3.3m. Please make sure your tent will fit in this space

3.8m x 4m Tent pitch No. 14

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
The tent space for this pitch is 3.8m x 4m. Please make sure your tent will fit in it. There's a grassy slope above the tent space with a firepit (of course).

4m x 3.8m Pitch No. 15

Grass pitch Sleeps 5
The tent space in this pitch is 4m x 3.8m. Please make sure your tent will fit in it.

Hilltop pitch, several pitches - No.16

Grass pitch Sleeps 16
Perched at the top of a lovely sloping field - enough space for four large tents or more small ones. GROUPS: please remember that this is a quiet site so if you think you will be noisy it may not suit you. As the organiser, you will need to make sure that every person coming has read all the essential information before they arrive

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Location

Contact Camping in Nature at Vallis Veg, Vallis Veg, Egford, Frome, Somerset BA11 3JQ

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Getting There

Please note that we are Vallis Veg, not Vallis Farm.

From Frome: Follow the A362 West through Frome, past a graveyard on the left and then a row of shops on the right. Then take the first exit at the mini roundabout. Continue over the crest of the hill and down the hill out of town.

Take the first right onto Elm Lane. After 200m the road turns sharply left, but you need to go straight on over the old cattle grid (past a sign to Vallis Farm) and start going up the private road.

You will pass a small car parking area on your right, and go up the short, steep hill.

Look out for the Vallis Veg sign by our entrance. Turn right up our track before the cottages. Please don’t go past the cottages, the neighbours don’t like people going beyond the gate.
Frome is served by trains from Bath Spa, Bristol and Weymouth and by a bus service (the D2) from Bath. The train station is about 2 miles away and the D2 bus stops a short walk from the site, so if you are coming by train it may be easiest to get off the train at Bath Spa, walk a minute or two down the road to the bus station, and catch the D2 bus to Frome. The closest bus stop to the site is at the top of Broadway, just before the Royal Oak pub.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 62 reviews

★★★★★

Beautiful Setting

We really enjoyed our stay at Vallis Veg. The pitches are really lovely and peaceful and the facilities are basic but well maintained. We had one full day where we walked on the Mendip Way to Nunney to see the castle and enjoyed a few drinks at The George. A lovely weekend, hope to come back in the spring.
Oct 11, 2021 by Sarah Kidd Verified Review
★★★★☆

Lovely secluded wild campsite

We stayed for 2 nights on pitch 9. The whole campsite is in a lovely setting and amazing that you can stay in the woods. Pitches are small to medium size so make sure you're tent can fit in the sizes they state as you'll he surrounded by trees!
Oct 5, 2021 by Mike Lusty Verified Review
★★★★☆

Nice clean secluded pitches surrounded by woodland

I was on pitch number 2, nice place to stay for a few days, had a visit from a field mouse. and a robin perched up for a few minutes chirping away, good facilities basic but functional and clean, a short walk of 25 minutes and you are in Frome town plenty of shops if that’s your thing but good for supplies is you run short. Overall good but other campers seem to forget there are others onsite and can be a little loud at times, I will be heading back here again soon.
★★★★★

Amazing

We stayed at Vallis Veg 14th-17th Aug on pitch 3 and had a wonderful stay. We had to contact the site a couple of times before our stay and Cordelia was lovely and very helpful. When we arrived everything was very self explanatory and finding our parking, pitch and facilities was very straightforward. The facilities them self were great, we knew they were simple so if anything they exceeded expectations. At our pitch we particularly liked having our little campfire area just down from our tent and how sheltered the pitch was in our wee woodland! The only slight disappointed was that the tour wasn't on that weekend as we would have loved to learn more about the farm but we appreciate that just our bad luck! It's a lovely walk down to Frome from the campsite, it took less than half an hour and Frome itself is fab!!
Aug 18, 2021 by Zoe Verified Review
★★★★★

Relaxing weekend in Nature

We really enjoyed our 2 night stay at Vallis Veg - the site is wonderful and calm, with plenty of room between each pitch and lots of privacy. We bought some firewood from the site and had our own little campfire in the firepit provided which was lovely. The walk into Frome was also very scenic and took around 20 minutes which was ideal as we don't have a car. Toilets and washing facilities were very basic, but they were clean and did the job! We would definitely stay again for a relaxing break from the city.
Aug 16, 2021 by Ffi Williams Verified Review
★★★★☆

Beautifully simple and natural camping

The campsite has about 15 pitches spread out so that you can just glimpse your neighbour through the trees. There are basic but clean facilities and everything was as the website said. It was a short walk 10-15 mins into Frome and right next to a lovely stretch of the Mendip way. The car entrance is badly signposted... You have to go 50m past a 'Private' sign before there is any mention of Valais Veg. A peaceful camping spot with similarities to.wild camping. I'd definitely visit again.

Response from Camping in Nature at Vallis Veg

Hi Lydia,

Thank you so much for your feedback. You definitely have a point about the signage, but unfortunately the land which has the private sign on it does not belong to us and we have not been allowed to put signs on it. We try to make the online directions as clear as possible. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay!

★★★★★

Quite gorgeous!

We had a showery 6 nights but loved the experience. Lovely walking from the site and Frome was a fine town. What a great site and a shame there was no tour the Sunday we left. Particularly loved the back to basics minimalist nature of this site and hope to return some day. I did get a bit fed up with the volume of slugs! and frustrated at the lack of small birds which was strange but is a reflection of these times.
★★★★★

Wonderful camping with a lovely ethos

We stayed in pitch 6 for five nights and it was a really well-needed break, surrounded by hornbeam trees and with ample private space. Agree with all the great reviews before - PLUS, if you can, do the site tour with Cordelia and Alexandra (some Sunday mornings). It's so inspiring to see what they've done/are doing with the place, and to get an insight into how they grew this whole place from a field with one tree in! Plans for the future are exciting too.. We really enjoyed our stay - sitting round the fire, exploring, meeting Max and Jet the ponies, walking, eating veg grown on-site (request in advance), talking to the pigs, and identifying trees. It's a nice walk to Frome across the fields, and a half-hour drive to Bath. The perfect break!
★★★★★

The perfect place to go off grid and re charge

A lovely location on a beautiful organic vegetable farm, friendly pigs aswell who were very sociable! Ideal place to just switch off unwind and disconnect. Cold water, toilets, sink and washing up liquid, bucket shower, fire pit and logs- all you could need to keep it clean and simple! You get the wild camping experience here with just the very few extras. Would definitely come again! Thank you so much!
★★★★★

Idyllic private pitches in the woods

We had a lovely two night stay at Vallis Veg. The shade provides by thes trees around tent really helped to keep our tent cool and we really liked having a separate private outdoor 'room' to sit around our fire. As two people in four fifties it was a nice gentle way to gtet close to wild camping. We alslo enjoyed a tasty box of the veg being grown around us.
★★★★★

Lovely quiet private camping area

Vallis veg is perfect for a quiet weekend away. The pitches are spaced far apart, many in lovely little woodlands, so you have a lot of privacy. The area is great for walking, with a lot of picturesque villages and nice pubs nearby. The facilities are clean and well kept, and everything is extremely easy to find and follow. Highly recommended!
★★★★★

Great back to basics weekend

Really enjoyable stay Very relaxed, great location, lovely walks, will definitely revisit !
★★★★★

Back to nature.

Myself and some friends booked this site for a much needed weekend away and post lockdown get together. We each had a lovely pitch, each of which is secluded and hidden away in long grass. The site is immaculately kept and free of litter, yet feels completely wild. A truly lovely experience and just what I was looking for. A short walk to the town of Frome where we had a fantastic lunch at Lotte and then walked through the lovely town. A superb and easy getaway..
Jun 18, 2021 by Rufus Davies
★★★★★

Perfect for a getaway

Brilliant campsite, natural surroundings and facilities were also very good. Would recommend this site to everyone. With walks close by that are beautiful and scenic. Iron works, walled garden, Talbot Inn and Corn fields. Frome is not a long walk from the campsite as well so you definitely get the best of both worlds. Have already rebooted for July and have only just come back from this wonderful place.
Jun 16, 2021 by Olivia Mills Verified Review
★★★★★

Rural retreat

What an absolute delight! My stay at Vallis Veg campsite was wonderful, with each pitch tucked away in the trees, offering plenty of privacy, clean and tidy facilities and and wonderful walks in the area. Since each pitch comes with a fire pit, and you can purchase logs and kindling on site, I would stay up into the night watching the flames rise and fall. So much for early nights and plenty of rest! I was super pleased I brought my head torch with me, as there is no electricity on site, so washing up or toilet visits after sunset finally allowed me to make use of the torch. With a twenty minute walk to Frome, you are never far from civilisation or a shop, yet staying at Vallis Veg offers a feeling of being totally cut off from fast living and provided a much needed break. Thank you!
★★★★★

Not your average campsite & all the better for it

Camping at Vallis was a fantastic experience. The pitches are well spaced out and each has its own sitting area and fire pit. You're nestled amongst trees and long grass which gives it a secluded, wild camp feel. Facilities while basic are great but I didn't brave the bucket shower. Lovely walk across the fields into Frome centre. The site was quiet and we all slept well. Bags of wood available to buy on site for £6
Jun 14, 2021 by Sam mendez
★★★★★

Excellent

Lynne and I stayed at Pitch 1 which was private and secluded. We loved the feeling of being away from the hustle and bustle of urban living. Having the fire pit was wonderful. Even though it is longer than I care to remember since I was a boy Scout, we managed to stayed warm in the evenings. Facilities are basic but perfectly adequate. Other guests and Cordelia, the owner of the farm, were charming and welcoming. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Vallis Veg.
Jun 5, 2021 by Pete Kirby Verified Review
★★★★★

A feeling of wild camping

It provides you with the feeling close to wild camping, with fire pits and tents being tucked away from one another, but you know your not alone and the facilities although basic are pretty good.
May 4, 2021 by Tom Rigby Verified Review
★★★★★

Brilliant stay!

We really enjoyed our stay at the campsite. Really clean and tidy. The pitches are all really private, I would definitely recommend and we will be going back!

Response from Camping in Nature at Vallis Veg

Hi Isabelle, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for reviewing!
★★★★★

All round a great experience

The campsite itself is in a beautiful location surrounded by farmland and plenty of walks right from the gate. The site was well kept and full of friendly families who were very respectful about noise and rubbish. The perfect place for a quiet getaway and would highly recommend the walk along the river to Mells past the old iron works and Mells waterfall
Sep 28, 2020 by Judd94 Verified Review
★★★★★

Nature immersion

Absolutely beautiful site with great views and lovely walks. Walkable from the railway station even with a load of gear but equally easy to get a cab like we did on the way back if you’ve overdone the walking. It would be a bit hard going to do more than a couple of nights without a shower or hot water, but worth considering a trip to the leisure centre or even a night in one of the local inns to freshen up to enable a cleaner longer stay. We will definitely camp here again.
Sep 15, 2020 by Abby Foggin Verified Review
★★★★★

Perfect!

Brilliant couple of days getting away from it all @ Vallis Veg. Well spaced, level and private, Pitch no 9 was perfect. Firewood readily available and facilities basic but more than adequate. We’ll be back for sure.
★★★★★

Relaxing, Peaceful and Beautiful Surroundings!

Pitch 9 felt private, good amount of space between pitches. Facilities and car parking close by. All facilities were very clean and plenty of hand sanitizer! Always plenty of firewood, would happily come back again! Amazing place, would highly recommend!! 😁👍
Aug 21, 2020 by Melissa Hall Verified Review
★★★★★

Hassle-free, environmentally conscientious camping with sheltered, private pitches

Well organised online booking and payment system with no face to face check-in required. Quiet campsite with plenty of vegetation between pitches to provide privacy and shelter. Composting toilets. Plenty of local walks and attractions within easy reach.
★★★★★

Lovely Return to Nature

My sister and I stayed at Vallis Veg for 3 nights and it was a lovely experience! We had pitch no.5 nestled in the trees away from other campers we had a sense of privacy and being surrounded by nature. It was lovely to be able to have a campfire every night too! The facilities are basic but perfectly adequate for a few nights away - does what it says on the tin. I'd throughly recommend!
★★★★★

Quiet spot outside of Bath

A lovely private camp site outside of Bath made a lovely spot to stay for the night. Our campsite was described as lightly wooded area which provided allocated areas for tent, fires etc. The facilities were cleaned frequently and featured a nice one way system. Would stay there again if in the neighbourhood. Thanks.
★★★★☆

A real adventure!

Our family of four really enjoyed our camping adventure in the woods. Perfect site (6), private and secluded, with lots of trees to play endlessly amongst and superb views of the sunset each evening. The basic amenities didn’t cause too much of a problem but may have done if we were staying longer than a few nights. Thank you also for taking care of us in these Covid-19 days - lots of new measures in place to ensure our safety. We will definitely return as there’s much more of the local area we’d like to explore.
★★★★★

Cosy, private camping in nature

We spent 2 nights at Vallis veg (pitches 1+2) and had a great time. There are many woodland footpaths to join right outside the campsite. We walked along to Mells (almost without having to touch a road) for a pub lunch and then swum at multiple spots along the river on our way back. It was really beautiful to have a private campfire spot (pitch 1) although sound does carry across the site and the other couple in our party struggled to sleep from others talking across the valley (I didn’t have any trouble sleeping but perhaps bring some earplugs just to be sure). We hope to come back again soon!
Aug 10, 2020 by Olivia

Response from Camping in Nature at Vallis Veg

Thanks for leaving a review. I'm glad you had a good time but I do feel bad that anyone was kept awake by other campers. We try to be clear that it's a quiet site and I think normally everyone respects that. Although I know some people were kept awake by owls the week before you came! 
★☆☆☆☆

Spoilt by noise

This campsite looked ideal for my first bike packing experience, initially it looked perfect as the secluded pitches were lovely and just want I wanted. Sadly I was kept awake by people singing and shouting until 3 in the morning

Response from Camping in Nature at Vallis Veg

Hi Michael, I'm so sorry that your stay was spoilt by noise. I try to make it clear through the essential information and signs in the toilets and on the notice board that this is a quiet site, more about nature than partying, however, occasionally campers don't respect this and are noisy. My phone number is on the noticeboard and the website and I am happy to be contacted at any time if there is a problem in the campsite - including noise. It's really helpful to me to know when there is a problem as it is likely to be affecting other campers too and I'm keen for everyone to enjoy their stay here. I hope you'll come again - usually the campsite is quiet and peaceful
★★★★★

Absolutely lovely

The closest you can get to wild camping but in the safety of a campsite! This was my first time camping alone and I felt very safe. The simple facilities are all that you need for a short trip and I felt a million miles from normal life. My pitch (3) was absolutely perfect and came with its own robin. Lovely little walk along the river. I can't wait to bring my family back here as soon as possible. Thank you all.
★★★★★

Perfect private woodland location

We only stayed for one night and everything was perfect. The booking was very straightforward, the parking is very close to the pitch and directions around the site were well signposted. There were a lot of campers from looking at the parked cars but due to the size and privacy of the pitches, we rarely bumped into other campers. We'll definitely be back! The only negative I can think of is the lack of showers, it would be difficult to stay more than a few nights.

Response from Camping in Nature at Vallis Veg

Hi Lucia, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review and I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay.
★★★★☆

Lovely site - expensive vehicle charge

Had a very nice stay at Vallis Veg. Facilities were good, the pitches were relatively private and shops were a 25 minute walk. By far the biggest criticism is the “climate charge fee” which is not advertised when booking. If you have a car you are expected to pay £9 per day, just to have it on site or even if you arrive by vehicle. This an extra 50% on top of the booking (£18/night) and should therefore be included in the base price or excluded completely.
Aug 4, 2020 by Bertie

Response from Camping in Nature at Vallis Veg

Hi Bertie, thank you for leaving a review. I'm glad you liked the site - apart from the climate charge for vehicle use. It is useful to have your views on that too so I appreciate your clarity about it.

I've thought hard about how to encourage people to use sustainable methods of travel to get here and also about how to communicate about that. I definitely do want to have a separate charge for using a vehicle to get here rather than include it in the price as it keeps it cheap for walkers and cyclists and it reminds people about the impact of car use. The overall cost would be pretty similar either way as almost everyone does come by car. I'm aware that if everyone leaves their car at home I will need to raise my prices!

A difficulty is how to make the pricing clear at the outset. The booking system doesn't have a way to put it on the main page so I've tried to make it clear by putting it in the pitch description and by including it twice in the Essential Information, also by labelling it clearly when it appears as an extra. It seems to work quite well most of the time - although re-reading the Essential Information in light of your comments I could definitely highlight it more there.

It's always useful to go over these things and to look at how they could be improved so thanks again for taking the time to comment.
Cheers
Cordelia


★★★★★

Over 25 years of camping and this is my favourite campsite

I took my boys of 13 and 15 away for a couple of days as they had spent a lot of time indoors (c-19). Fro the minute we arrived we loved the relaxed vibe. All other campers said hello throughout. There is at least 25 meters between pitches and we had (in my opinion) the pest pitch number 10. It is set in dappled sunlight over looking the other tents with a lovely view across the field. To be able to have a fire was a real treat as well as being able to putting up a hammock. Everyone else was very quite throughout and the only noises at night were the wildlife. Loved the eco toilets. My boys loved the walks to the old quarries (a short walk across the field) which with their moss laden trees and dense fern growth resembled rainforest more than somewhere in England. Stunning. I can no longer go to large noisy campsites where other people ruin your holiday when I know campsites like this exist. Fab

Response from Camping in Nature at Vallis Veg

Thank you so much for leaving a review. I'm glad you like the site - and the toilets!
★★★★★

Tranquil and peaceful

Our small family had an amazing time at Vallis Veg. We stayed for a couple of nights and it was “just what the doctor ordered”. The owners are very friendly and accommodating. The place is operated in a very sustainable and regenerative which helps to feel connected to the land and it’s beauty. I would definitely return and recommend this peaceful gem.
Jul 30, 2020 by Ori Latter Verified Review
★★★★★

Break away from it all

Just back from a lovely couple of nights camping here. Stayed on pitch 8. Great size for our tent in woodland location with a fire pit which was great. (All pitches have their own fire pit). The site is very basic but set out well and the toilet and sink area is kept very clean. Good space between pitches so you get some privacy. Lots of lovely walks to get yourself out on. Nearest pub is around a 10 minute walk away through the fields and a further 10 minutes through the village is a co-op if you need supplies and a chip shop. We took a long walk through the woods along Mells river. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side. The rain was torrential! Make sure you take something to do in case of rainy days like this. I was happy to just watch the rain and take in the view from my tent. We intentionally parked our car up with no intention of getting back in it until we went home so every where we went was on foot. Very relaxing break away from it all in a beautiful area with plenty to get out and see. Batteries well and truly recharged.
Jul 27, 2020 by Mel

Response from Camping in Nature at Vallis Veg

Hi Mel, thanks so much for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay in spite of the insane rain! 
★★★★★

Perfectly Peaceful

My partner and I stayed at pitch number 6 for 2 perfect nights. Pitch 6 had ample space for our 6 man tent and hammock. The campsite was easy to find and when we arrived it was easy to find where to park and where our pitch was. The information board had all our questions answered and we easily found where to collect our preordered fire wood. The pitch was beautifully secluded and the trees gave us some much needed shade in the morning. All the pitches were well spaced which gave us a real sense of privacy and made us feel that we were wild camping. The facilities were basic, as expected, but spotlessly clean. Plus the fire wood supplied to pre order or purchase on site made our campsite extra cozy. For us, we wanted a quiet break away surrounded by nature - which is what we got. Sitting listening to the birds singing in the morning and the crackle of the campfire at night was heaven! There were lots of lovely walks in the area, we walked to Nunney across fields and through woodland, then wondered around the castle - worth a trip. Nunney was also a very picturesque village.
Jul 19, 2020 by Suze T
★★★★★

A most excellent site with various types of plots for solos or groups. A very good & clean washing area with plenty of wood available. Lots of walks and exploring possibilities with Frome a short distance. Can't actually fault it to be honest, tho' if you're on foot be warned the site from the road is a steep one, I suggest the path over the top. Tis' my new fave site. Real camping...& as cheap as chips.
★★★★★

Great covid proof experience

Had the best “wild” camp experience away from home after weeks in lockdown! The facilities were very clean and other campers respectful to the safety measures in place. Frome is worth a visit too.
Jul 11, 2020 by Maud
★★★★☆

Beautiful and secluded stay

We had a wonderful weekend at Vallis Veg, a real gem of a campsite that has a perfect mix of wild camping and simple facilities, with an easy walk to the lovely town of Frome. We will be back :)
Sep 23, 2019 by Alex Glenn Verified Review
★★★★★

Wonderful place

This site is a real gem, beautifully laid out pitches, each with its own fire pit, probably as close as you can get to the wild camping experience -but with the convenience of, err, conveniences on site! The toilets were clean and pong-free, fire wood when needed, and the owners/staff were friendly and helpful. Five stars!
Aug 18, 2019 by J and J
★★★★★

Lovely wild camping in a young forest

Perfect for people who like wild camping but could do with some amenities, our pitch was surrounded by young trees and couldn't see anyone. Fire pit was great to cook on and the compost toilet was clean and nearby. Friendly staff and nice walks nearby. Only thing I might add is a solar light in the wash area for ease at night but not a problem.
★★★★★

Fantastic Camping Experience

This is an amazing camp site to visit. There are a couple sites with full A-frame's that are full equipped with tarps over the seating and fire pit. There is potable water, wash up sinks, toilets, and a bucket shower in a communal stand. The owners also have a stack of firewood for purchase onsite to make your life even easier. Just on the outskirts of Frome, there is grocery and whatever else you need to pick up once you pitch your tent. I would absolutely return, probably the best car camping experience you can get within 3 hrs of London.
Aug 15, 2019 by Erik Nielson Verified Review
★★★★★

Back to nature camping

Myself and my 8-year old son loved it here. Our pitch was one of the smaller ones nestled in the woods, lovely to wake up to birdsong from the trees around us. The pre-bagged firewood available for a camp fire was an added bonus, as was the veg for sale direct from the farm. Great walks near the site, too. Such a chilled place and really friendly, welcoming people working there.
★★★★★

Lovely nature site

Very nice place to stay peaceful and relaxing in a great area lovely riverside walks straight from camp
Jul 30, 2019 by John Redman Verified Review
★★★★★

🏕 incredible!

My partner and I stayed for two nights and absolutely LOVED it! We had pitch no.6 as our tent is quite large and it was just beautiful, positioned on the top of the hill, with a grass area to sit on and enjoy the sunset, and the woodland area for the tent- absolutely perfect! Hidden away, it really felt like you were camping in the wild! Taff came and introduced himself and let us know where he was if we needed anything, he was really welcoming and lovely. Frome was a lovely town and only a quick walk away through the fields 🤗 Will definitely be back! Xxx
Jul 24, 2019 by Sooz
★★★★★

Absolutely loved it!!!

Stayed here for 2 nights with my 8 year old son. We had an absolutely amazing time!! All the feels of wild camping with the added convenience of a toilet. Very clean site, very friendly and helpful staff and surrounded by beautiful woodlands and streams to play. We will be back!!!
★★★★★

Amazing!

Absolutely amazing place. A true back to basic campsite. We are camping a lot and usually we are looking for semi-wildcamp sites. This one was the best so far💕🤘
Jul 15, 2019 by Marta Majewska
★★★★★

Loved it!

So much better than camping in a fieid! Private sites each surrounded by young woodland, basic but clean and adequate facilities, quiet. Nice flat site even though the ground is on a slope. Birds galore
Jul 1, 2019 by Helen H Verified Review
★★★★★

Secluded yet communal

Each pitch is separated by trees so although they are pretty close, you still feel like you have a sense of privacy. Simple but fully functional facilties are a short walk from all sites. A really nice place to spend camping with friends or family.
Jun 11, 2019 by Nick Verified Review
★★★★★

Totally Enjoyable getaway

I thoroughly enjoyed my camp here. Instructions are well laid out on a notice board when you arrive. Facilities (toilet and water) excellent. Very clean and tidy no litter anywhere. Pitch was clean, tidy, and secluded. Fire area was lovely managed to cook a decent chilli con carne. great fun toasting marsh mellows later on in the night. If your gonna stay up late recommend 2 bags of fire wood. Only one minor issue and really this is nit picking I couldn’t find any newspaper in the log pile. But just pinched a toilet roll from one of the toilets ( as there were a few in each one). Great experience and would Highly recommended.
May 13, 2019 by Simon Verified Review
★★★★★

wild and safe

We camp here as part of our Forest School summer experience and it is perfect. The darkness, trees, wildlife (bats, owls, foxes....) yet freedom to have a fire and for our excited children tosafely go off on their own on a slug watch with torches cannot be beaten. Wild and safe.
Sep 14, 2018 by Shared Earth Learning
★★★★★

Perfect

I couldn’t recommend this campsite more. As camping novices I knew from the off that I didn’t want to be squeezed together in a field with other tents and our experience at Vallis Veg was far from that. The pitches were perfect, far enough from other campers but close enough to see them, this added a feel of privacy but security (first time camping with myself and a child) at night time all you could see was the distant fires of your neighbours it felt completely wild. The toilets looked brand new and for compost toilets smelt rather clean! The fire pit area on your own pitch was fantastic and we was always only a short walk away from our car. It was just perfect, we will be back again for sure.
Aug 27, 2018 by Zoe
★★★★★

Just perfect

What beautiful campsites, secluded and private in young woodland glades. Facilities all you need and very eco, fires allowed (essential camping requirement for me), and couldn't be further from the standard marked out pitches in a flat field! Lovely walk across the fields to great pubs. Saw a barn owl! Just perfect.
Aug 12, 2018 by Lily
★★★★★

A hidden gem!

A beautiful setting with secluded, carefully thought out and peaceful pitches. Each level pitch has its own campfire spot which really adds to the feeling that this is 'proper camping'! Excellent location. A short distance and brief walk to Frome (lovely town with plenty to do and see). Also, very close to the cycle route up to Bath. A great site, friendly and helpful owners. Highly recommended.
Jul 30, 2018 by Nick
★★★★☆

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 Hannah

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