Loved the woods

Review of Badgells Wood Camping

Jul 22, 2014, by dansung

Stayed here for just one night; a party of two families made up of four adults and three little ones - two of them 4 and a half and the other one 18 months. It was basically a bit of a trial for us to see how we'd like camping with kids. While I'm not entirely sure that it was worth all the upheaval and effort for just one night, what I can confidently report is that Badgells Wood is a cracking venue.

The are a few small clearings that pass as pitches but it doesn't particularly matter where you set up. The people running it are really friendly but you still feel like you're alone in the woods even though there's other sets of campers around. Frankly, our children were just entertainment with larking about in the woods, walking down trails and settling themselves into the little shelters that you'll find dotted here and there.

Probably the only thing I thought was a bit odd was that foraging was strictly forbidden. That seemed kind of weird because there was tonnes of wood about. As it happens, we foraged for our fire wood anyway. Sorry about that. Other people were doing it and it seemed fair given that it was only fallen bits and pieces that we took. Nothing was chopped down. Anyway, that's my confession over.

The point is that this is a lovely place to be. Some really magical woodland and our kids came backed rosier cheeked than I've ever seen them.

Response from campsite owner:

Thank you for your lovely review – I'm really glad that you all enjoyed yourselves and hopefully we will see you again soon. I would like to respond to your point about foraging for wood so as not to encourage anyone else to join in..! We are only able to operate the campsite within our beautiful ancient woodland by sticking to strict conservation management principles. One of the most important of these is not to allow the collection of deadwood. Deadwood is a really important part of any woodland and supports insects such as wood-boring beetles and fungi that are not found elsewhere. Any piles of deadwood can provide suitable cover and potential hibernation sites for reptiles and small mammals. It's not that we are being difficult, simply that the deadwood is a really important part of the woodland ecology.  Lesson over..!