Higher Moorlands Farm

UK England South West England Devon Honiton

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Farm camping in the Blackdown Hills, with campfires, big views and homegrown produce for sale

No one likes to stereotype but, as farm campsite’s go, they don’t get much more farmy than Higher Moorlands. On a hilltop at the head of the Otter Valley, this pop-up campsite, around for the summer months only, has all the staples. Sheep and cattle dot the fields, there are pigs too, and you can buy the farm’s own free-range eggs from the honest shop, where there’s also seasonal vegetables for sale. Campfires are, of course, allowed and there’s acres of grassy space where children can duck and dive and play games of hide and seek. It’s a pastoral scene. And it all enjoys the backdrop of the Blackdown Hills, with far-reaching views over Hartridge Common.

Despite all the space, there’s a relatively small number of pitches here all told, ensuring there’s not too much pressure on the environment. In an effort to establish a wildflower meadow, the grass is left long until late summer. For those on the hunt for a few more comforts, there's also a pre-pitched yurt you can book, with a king-sized bed, soft furnishings and basic kitchen equipment.

Facilities are befitting of a farm. There are a couple of well-kept composting loos, two hot showers, washing up stations and a freezer in the shed with the shop. Otherwise, the real offering here is space and freedom. Buy meat fresh from the farm to cook over the campfire one evening, or rise early to enjoy the south-easterly views and watch the sunrise over the valley. There are local walks detailed on a big, annotated map pinned to the wall in the shed. By car, meanwhile, it’s a half-hour drive to Sidmouth, Seaton, Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast.

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Facilities

There are two hot showers, two compost toilets and a communal washing up station. Plenty of delicious farm produce can be bought from our onsite shop, including a selection of meats, fresh eggs, seasonal vegetables, local ciders and apple juice, firewood and kindling for your campfires, you can also hire your firepit here. In the shop area you can also use a freezer for re-freezing ice-packs and there is a phone charging point and a big wall map detailing local attractions and recommended walks. If you are staying in the fully furnished yurt, this comes with its own fire pit, trivet, picnic bench, seats, kitchen equipment, outside washing up area and water point.

Suitable For

Camping, glamping, tents, campervans, kids, well-behaved dogs (on leads and not permitted in the yurt) – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, noisy folk – no.

Nearby

If you’re interested in history, there are seven iron age hill forts in the surrounding Blackdown Hills, the nearest being Hembury Hill Fort, 10 minutes away. Dumpdon Hill Fort is also around 10 minutes and Castle Neroche is a 20-minute drive. Wildwood Escot Park (20 minutes) has plenty on offer for families and animal lovers, whether that’s honeybees, wolves or otters. The River Otter starts not too far from the site, and does indeed play host to a number of otters, but has also become better known in recent years as the home for a number of beavers that are repopulating this part of England for the first time in centuries. For those that need a little more adrenaline, Dunkeswell Airfield offers sky diving, or there is the Mansell Raceway go-cart circuit, both are less than a 10-minute drive away.

Food & Drink

The nearest good pub is The Drewe Arms in Broadhembury (01404 841267), 10 minutes' drive from the farm with a big beer garden, good food and a great selection of beers, wines and gins. The Vine Inn in Honiton (0140442889; 15 minutes away) is also a good shout, famous for their traditional cream teas at lunchtime alongside a simple but effective menu. For your shopping needs, Honiton is also a good pick. It has a fantastic wet fish shop, an independent wine shop and three big supermarkets. Don't miss Otter Valley Dairy (15 minutes), where you can sit and eat your homemade ice cream whilst watching the cows that produced the milk (they also do great wood-fired pizzas).

Open

July–September.

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The Owner Says

Situated on 29 acres of land at the top of the Otter Valley, Higher Moorlands Farm is a mixture of permanent pasture and wet woodland, which is totally untouched and full of wildlife. The farm is situated in the Blackdown Hills in East Devon, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Luppitt, just a 25 minute drive from the Jurassic coastline. The area is rich in wildlife and heritage, a beautiful landscape with hedgerows and copses, small farms with intricate field patterns, deep valleys and narrow, winding lanes. Our farm is part of the Mid-tier Stewardship programme; conservation and working in harmony with nature underpins everything that we do here – from planting new hedges for increased biodiversity to allowing parts of the farm to rewild. We use livestock to manage our pastures and during the summer you can see the sheep and cattle roaming the fields. We also have free range pigs, chickens and ducks and we have a small organic market garden.

We run a small, relaxed campsite during the summer in our hay meadow, we mow the perimeter for campers leaving the centre of the field clear. In an effort to establish a wild flower meadow, we leave the grass in the middle long and cut for hay in late summer. There are far reaching views overlooking the beautiful Hartridge Common.

You can bring your own firepit or rent one from us when you book or from the shop on arrival. Please be aware we dont allow fires or bbq's on the ground. You're welcome to unload your car by your pitch and then park it in the carpark, leaving the field free of cars. Camper vans can, of course, stay in the field!

For those that want a little more luxury than camping can offer we also have a fully furnished 16ft yurt available for hire for couples and children with its own fire pit and seats, outside washing up area and water point.

We are an inclusive space and offer our warmest welcome to people of all gender identity, nationality, skin colour and sexual preference. We want the farm to feel like a safe place for people who might usually find it hard to access the countryside.

Accommodation

One 14-foot yurt and around 15 camping pitches.

Grass pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 10 13 Available
Round camping pitch in hay meadow.

Berts Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
Beautiful 16 foot yurt, handmade with UK wood. Positioned overlooking far reaching views across the valley in our hay meadow.

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Location

Contact Higher Moorlands Farm, Higher Moorlands Farm, Luppitt, Honiton, Devon EX14 4SY

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Getting There

At the turning for our track there is a sign with 'Higher Moorlands' on it, the track is opposite a pretty wooden bungalow. Just typing in the postcode to your navigation system might take you to our neighbours farm, if you're using googlemaps type Higher Moorlands Farm into the search bar, that will bring you down the right track. If you get confused/lost please do call us, you are probably very near!  Call Eve : 07807305881 or Ollie: 07527627296

From Honiton, leave the east end of town as though heading to the A30 Andover/London direction. Before joining onto the A30, take the left turn towards Luppitt/Dunkerswell. Stay on this road for four miles, passing the turning for Dunkerswell on your left, and look out for a big layby on your left hand side by a woodland. The farm track is the next turning on the right, signposted 'Higher Moorlands' opposite a wooden bungalow.

Honiton has a train station with a direct connection to London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids. To get from the train station to the campsite its best to book a taxi.

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