Wytch Wood Camping

UK England South West England Somerset Ilminster

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Staggered showering times
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
A small, quiet, eco-friendly campsite on a working sheep farm

You could say Wytch Wood Campsite has been over 50 years in the making. The farm has been home to the Newman family since the early 1960s but it's only recently they've opened their gates to campers. With a flock over 500 breeding ewes, as well as a number of equestrian businesses operating from the yard, the place is still very much a working farm. But that's exactly what makes it so special. You can take a tour, buy fresh lamb for your barbecue and learn more about their environmental practices all within the space of a morning. Which still leaves time to explore the valley and drive to the beach in the afternoon.

Small and unobtrusive, the camping area is nestled in the edge of an ancient wood a short distance from the farm buildings. Each pitch comes with seating, a firepit and initial supply of logs and you can choose from a pitch in the dappled shade of the lofty Beech trees or pick a spot among the grasses of the open wildflower meadow. There's a good choice of camping habitats, certainly, but as far as facilities go things are still relatively paired back. There are composting loos (almost one per pitch), hot showers and taps that supply freshly filtered drinking water but don't expect a playground or electricity. That's not to say there aren't conscientious touches. Biodegradable shampoo and dish-washing liquid is provided to make sure that, along with the off-grid facilities, even the soaps you use have as little impact on the environment as possible.

If you want to explore beyond the campsite, there are plenty of footpaths that cross the farm, including some that are being developed specifically for Wytch Wood guests. A stroll to the top of the nearest hill offers stunning views of Somerset and Dorset, including views to the Pilsdon and Lewesdon Hills, while a walk south will link you up with the Liberty Trail, a long distance footpath that runs right down to Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast. In some ways its a route that follows the natural course of the campsite – the spring that supplies the water here is also a natural source of the River Axe, which ultimately wiggles it's way south through the countryside to the Jurassic Coast too.

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Facilities

There are eight composting loos, three hot showers and three washing-up stations, plus filtered spring water from the drinking water taps. Biodegradable washing-up liquid, soaps and shampoos are provided, along with recycling facilities. The campsite is car-free, with wheelbarrows available to move your gear. Each pitch has seating, a firepit and an initial supply of firewood, after this additional firewood is available and there is also a small store selling other essentials on the farm. An ice cream van visits the site every Friday at 5pm.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, kids – yes. Caravans, dogs, noisy groups – no.

Nearby

It takes just under 15 minutes to drive to Forde Abbey, a privately owned former Cistercian monastery full of history dating back almost 1,000 years and featured in the film adaptation of Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd. The gardens are forever evolving, featuring designs like the Asian woodland and Prairie garden. There are plenty of other National Trust properties in the region too, including Montactute House, Lytes Cary Manor and Tintinhul Gardens. The nearest town is Crewkerne, around  10 minutes' drive away. The small market town has a good range of independent shops, including a renowned sourdough bakery and ice cream parlor, plus a monthly farmers market. For cyclists, it's worth bringing the bike with you. The campsite is adjacent to the Route 3 National cycle route and there are plenty of testing hill climbs locally – try the 'col de Seaborough' if you think you’re up to the challenge. Further afield, Wytch Wood is around 25 minutes from the Jurassic Coast and the South West Coast Path. From here, the coast is dotted with delightful seaside towns, including Sidmouth, which has a lovely sand and shingle beach with lots of rock pools to explore when the tide is out.

Food & Drink

There are lots of country pubs within a short drive. Local favourites include The Squirrel (01460 30298) with its staggering gin selection and beer garden with amazing views and The Bell (01460 30677) in Winsham, a little local pub with a games room and skittle alley, both are 10 minutes by car. The Prince of Wales (01935 822848) on Ham Hill is great for a walk and then a pint with a view or, if you’d rather drive, it’s just under 20 minutes away. Don't miss the ice cream van that visits every Friday at 5pm!

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The Owner Says

Wytch Wood Camping is a peaceful retreat surrounded by woodland and wildflowers.  Hidden away in a secluded valley near Crewkerne in South Somerset, Wytch Wood Camping at Blackmore Farm is opening its gates for the first time in May 2021.  Home to the Newman family since 1963, we are excited to share this special place and welcome you and your families as guests to our home.

A short distance from the farm buildings, the camping ground is nestled in the edge of ancient woodland, offering up to 15 tent pitches in a mix of habitats.  Choose from a site in the dappled shade of the lofty Beech trees’ vivid lime canopy or pick a spot among the whispering grasses of the wildflower meadow.

In order to comply with countryside planning policy, we operate as a Greener Camping Club members-only campsite. The Club was established by people with a passion for sustainable, eco-friendly camping holidays. When you book your holiday with us, one nominated guest per pitch booked will be enrolled as a member of the Club. Membership costs just £10 for the calendar year and gives you access to some of the greenest campsites in the UK. It also includes participation in the Club’s ‘Trees for Life’ scheme, whereby a tree is planted for every member we enrol. 

Pitches

15 grass pitches in total, five of which can be used for small campervans.

1 Primrose Bridge

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Tent pitch under the high Beeches, accessed by a sleeper bridge surrounded with Primroses.

2 Holly Beech

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 4
Tent pitch under the high Beeches and bordered by Holly bushes

3 Pheasant Fold

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Tent pitch tucked away in the Southern part of the woodland. Available in Summer after the display of Ransoms has finished.

4 Hazel Hollow

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
On the margin of the woodland and meadow beside a spinny of hazels

5 Spalted Beech

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Tent pitch on the edge of the trees, beside a stack of unusual Spalted Beech

6 High Beeches

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Spacious and flat pitch for large tents or campervans, under the high beech canopy

7 Mossy Bank

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 4
Tent pitch under the beech trees and beside the mossy bank leading down to the stream

8 Lyons

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Named after an enamel sign for Lyons Cakes found on this site!

9 Cascade

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 4
Sheltered tent pitch hidden away beside the stream

10 Hidden Dell

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 4
Tucked away in a secluded corner, this magical little pitch offers great privacy for a couple or small family

11 Twisted Hazel

Grass pitch Sleeps 5
Grass pitch for tents beside a gnarly twisted hazel tree

12 Dwarf Oak

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Tent or campervan pitch beside the Dwarf oak in the open meadow

13 Holey Tree

Grass pitch Sleeps 4
Tent or camper pitch on the southern side of the meadow

14 Tom Putt

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Tent or campervan pitch, named after the apple trees grown along this bank

15 Cherry Bank

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Tent or camper pitch on the upper side of site beside the young cherry trees

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Location

Contact Wytch Wood Camping, Blackmore Farm, Woolminstone, Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 8QP

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Getting There

If you’re heading there along the A30, once you get to the end of market street bear right past traffic island, and then left onto B3165 Hermitage street, Lyme Regis Road. Follow for two miles and then take the small turning to the right beside a white house marked for Woolminstone. Continue on this road, over a railway level crossing, follow for around a mile then turn right by the post box down a no through road. Follow the lane all the way to the end, where it turns left onto the unpaved farm road for about half a mile. Parking for the campsite will be through gates on your right before you reach the farm buildings.

The nearest train station is in Crewkerne (on the London Waterloo–Exeter line; hourly services in each direction). It's four miles from the station to the campsite. It's best to grab a taxi but if you're in luck, and arranged in advance, the campsite owners may be able to pick you up if needed.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

A perfect woodland campsite!

I had a wonderful stay here. The host was incredibly welcoming and helpful from the moment I arrived. My pitch was in a great spot nestled just inside the treeline of the wood and near a small stream that runs through the campsite. I thoroughly enjoyed the use of the fire pit in the evenings as it was getting dark too. The facilities were very clean and cleaning of these seemed well organised and thought about. I would definitely recommend Wytch Wood Camping and I will definitely be back when I next get a chance.

Response from Wytch Wood Camping

Thank you for the lovely review Oliver, so glad that you enjoyed our Mossy Bank pitch!  It was a pleasure to host you and you are welcome back anytime you feel like exploring our corner of South Somerset again 
★★★★★

Great weekend away!

We had a great weekend in the woods, our pitch was private enough to relax, with great views into the woodlands and the stream. An amazing site with lots of birdlife and lively woods. We were made to feel very welcome by the super host and would definitely recommend / go back! Thank you for an awesome weekend!!
★★★★★

Woodland wonderland

Beautiful woodland setting. Great host, super friendly. Facilities are thoughtful and clean. I will be back!
★★★★★

Beautiful and peaceful woodland and meadow campsite

Small campsite within a secluded valley. The pitch we had was perfect just within the woodland and by a natural spring stream. Despite lots of rain over the previous three weeks, the pitch was dry and well drained with a covering of wood chips. We were made to fell very welcome when we arrived and throughout our stay. We took the bikes and found plenty of quiet lanes and trails surrounding the campsite. A great weekend!
May 25, 2021 by Karen Dorey Verified Review

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