Bales Ash Campsite

Bales Ash Campsite
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Bales Ash Campsite

Key Features
Idyllic views
Tarka Trail and beaches nearby
Well maintained facilities
Homemade meals and treats
Clear night sky for stargazing
Communal firepit

Unwind in the tranquil North Devon countryside with a stay at Bales Ash Campsite. Boasting idyllic views across to Exmoor and the Taw Valley, it’s the perfect destination to enjoy a peaceful getaway. Take a stroll along the nearby Tarka Trail and explore the region, or relax on one of the northern coast beaches all within easy driving distance.

The campsite has been built with the traditional charm of yesteryear; the friendly owners have created an atmosphere that’s perfect for the whole family. Clean and well-maintained facilities include hot showers, eco-friendly compost toilets, outdoor Belfast sinks with hot and cold water and WiFi access available throughout. For something special, the owners are well known for their homemade Devon cream teas and gluten-free baking – sure to provide a delicious treat!

After dark, enjoy stargazing under the clear night skies before relaxing by the communal firepit – set up camp and allow yourself to be lulled into the peacefulness of this charming haven.

FAQs about Bales Ash Campsite

    • Q: What experiences can I have at Bales Ash Campsite?
      A: At Bales Ash Campsite you can experience the peace and tranquillity of the North Devon countryside and enjoy the views over Exmoor, the Tarka Trail is also a short drive away. There are three hot showers and two eco-friendly compost loos to enjoy as well as outdoor Belfast sinks with hot and cold water and WiFi.

    • Q: What amenities are available?
      A: Amenities available include three hot showers, two eco-friendly compost loos, outdoor Belfast sinks with hot and cold water, WiFi, and free phone charging in the shower block.

    • Q: Is there drinking water?
      A: Drinking water is provided from the site’s borehole, treated and pristinely clean, as well as tap water standpipes located on each pitching field.

    • Q: Are any special meals available?
      A: Guests can request homemade Devon Cream Teas and cakes, with gluten-free baking options available.

    • Q: Are fire pits allowed?
      A: Fire pits are available to hire and guests can also use the communal firepit near the campsite.

    • Q: How far away is the coast?
      A: The camping site is around 12 miles from the surfing beaches in north Devon.

    • Q: Is Rosemoor Gardens nearby?
      A: Rosemoor Gardens is just 15 minutes’ drive away from the campsite.


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The address for Bales Ash Campsite we have is: High Bickington, Umberleigh, Devon, England, EX37 9BL. Use the map below for a closer view. Do check with your host for a definite location.

Contact Information

Postal Address
High Bickington, Umberleigh, Devon, England, EX37 9BL

About the Local Area (Umberleigh)

Umberleigh is a beautiful village located in North Devon, England. What sets it apart from other tourist destinations is its unspoiled beauty and tranquillity.

The village is situated on the Taw River and surrounded by rolling hills and lush greenery, making it the perfect spot for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a peaceful retreat.

What is Umberleigh Famous For?

Despite its small size, Umberleigh is home to one of the oldest railway stations in Devon, built in 1854. The station has been restored and is now a popular tourist attraction.

Additionally, the village is known for its thriving farming community, with many farms producing high-quality meat and dairy products.

Things To Do In Umberleigh

There are plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy in Umberleigh.

Here are some of the most popular:

  • Take a stroll along the Tarka Trail
    This scenic footpath follows the Taw River and offers breathtaking views of the countryside. It’s an ideal spot for walking, cycling, and wildlife spotting.
  • Visit the Umberleigh Pottery and Gallery
    This family-run business produces hand-crafted pottery using traditional techniques. Visitors can browse the gallery and purchase unique souvenirs.
  • Explore the Castle Hill Gardens
    Located just a short drive from Umberleigh, these stunning gardens offer a peaceful oasis with beautiful floral displays, tranquil water features, and breathtaking views.

Things Near By Umberleigh

There are plenty of attractions and activities to explore near Umberleigh.

Here are some of the most popular:

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor
    Located in nearby Torrington, this world-renowned garden boasts over 65 acres of stunning floral displays, including a formal garden, rose garden, and vegetable garden.
  • Exmoor National Park
    This beautiful national park is a short drive from Umberleigh and offers visitors the opportunity to explore rugged moorland, deep valleys, and stunning coastline.
  • Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum
    This historic estate, located just a short drive from Umberleigh, offers visitors a glimpse into the lives of the aristocracy in the 19th century. The estate features a stunning Regency house, beautiful gardens, and a collection of carriages.

Whether you’re looking to explore historic landmarks, enjoy outdoor activities, or simply relax and unwind, Umberleigh has something for everyone.

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