Cheglinch Camping

UK England South West England Devon Ilfracombe

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Unspoiled countryside camping on the outskirts of a working Devon farm, offering far-reaching views and a relaxed atmosphere
Think of Devon and you may think of long, sandy beaches and fish and chips by the sea. Yet this genteel coastal image is only half the story. Perhaps the county's most underrated region is the peaceful – and in places utterly remote – northern countryside, between Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. As you pass through the pleasant enough village of West Down and up a single-track country lane, a patchwork of fields opens up and you can’t help but think its odd, but somehow satisfying, that such a lovely location is ignored by the bucket-and-spade brigade. Ah well, their loss is most certainly your gain.

Once you’ve arrived with tent in tow, and freedom in mind, you know immediately you've found to the right place. A complete contrast to some of Devon's busy commercial sites, Cheglinch Camping is a solid example of what a campsite should be: a secluded, unpretentious and private place on the outskirts of a working farm. As the owner Ella puts it: "We offer proper, old-fashioned wild camping – camping as you remember enjoying when you were young!"

There are no shower facilities (although Saunton, Woolacombe and Putsborough offer beach showers) and only portable toilets, washing-up sinks and drinking water are available onsite, making this a semi-wild camping experience. But whilst the primitive feel won’t be for everyone, what you do get is an unspoiled camping experience, set amongst some of Devon's most captivating rural scenery. Open space and privacy come by the bucket load here; grass pitches on the gently sloping field are generously-sized, so you’re unlikely to be disturbed by fellow campers – just summer tractors working within the hamlet, or mooing cows from the adjacent field.

There cannot be many places more beautiful to pitch in the West Country than Cheglinch. Many campers come here for a week and never move a muscle, such is the appeal of Devonshire's bucolic surroundings. However, this quiet, semi-wild site only pops-up for a short time in the summer, before reverting back to its farming roots during the rest of the year. We suggest you give it try.

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Facilities

There were 2 portable toilets last year but this may change to 2 composting units for 2018, with more portable toilet facilities hired for busy weekends and bank holidays. No showers are available as the field is situated in the middle of the countryside and the owners are unable, at this point, to provide enough water-pressure to be able to service showers. Fresh, cold mains drinking water is provided and 2 washing-up Belfast sinks. Barbecues are allowed (as long as they are kept off the ground) and the site's firepits are available to hire on arrival, with wood also available to purchase from reception.  Rubbish and recycling bins are available, and there's no electricity onsite. The farm cows can sometimes be seen grazing in the nearby fields and tractors are often working within the nearby area.

Suitable For

Tents, families, couples, small groups, dogs (on a lead at all times) – yes. Groups of more than 12 adults – no.

Nearby

The traditional English seaside town of Ilfracombe is only a few minutes drive away (3 miles) and boasts a lovely harbour with Damian Hirst’s well-known and controversial statue Verity, as well as offering fishing trips, boat trips to Lundy Island – see if you can spot the puffins – and the chance to eat fish and chips by the seaside. A trip to the Victorian Tunnels Beaches should also be on everyone’s to-do list – it's steeped in history and features rock pools and tidal bathing pools. Closer to Cheglinch, the village of West Down is just a short walk away. There are also many family-freindly attractions nearby: visit the dinosaurs at Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park (01271 882486), the bees at Quince Honey Farm (01769 572401) in South Molton, the sheep at The Big Sheep at Bideford (01237 472366) and the family theme park and castle at Watermouth Castle (01271 867474), just outside Ilfracombe. Arlington Court and National Trust Carriage Museum (01271 850296) is less than 7 miles away and RHS Garden Rosemoor (01805 624067) can be reached in an hour. Nearby Saunton, Woolacombe and Putsborough offer beach showers.

Food & Drink

The Crown Inn (01271 862790) in West Down is the nearest pub at just half a mile away and serves a varied menu and specials board, and can be reached on foot or by car. The West Down Community Shop (01271 864264) stocks all the essentials and a wide variety of local produce, including speciality products. Cook Island is a bar and restaurant within a mile of the site. It which can be reached by car via the main road (not safe to walk along). Ilfracombe (3 miles away), is a busy seaside town with butchers, bakers, fishmongers, pubs, and restaurants. There are local garages with essentials 5–10 minutes away, supermarkets in Ilfracombe and Braunton and a farmers market in Barnstaple (25 minute drive). Please be aware there are no onsite catering options.

Opening Times

Selected days from May– June, and late July–September.

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The Owner Says

Cheglinch Camping is a pop up, green field, wild camping, tent only site within walking distance of West Down village in rural North Devon. We offer peaceful, unspoiled countryside camping on the outskirts of a working farm.  Enjoy breathtaking views, whilst being only a few minutes drive from the coast.  Here we provide a complete contrast to the many commercial campsites nearby, allowing you to enjoy proper, old fashioned, wild camping.
You can enjoy picking your own unmarked pitch for your tent or camper van, children love the freedom of playing in so much open space and your well behaved dogs can even come too. 
New for 2019 we also have a 'rent-a -tent' option for those people who wish to camp but don't have their own tent.  Please note we are unable to accommodate dogs in these tents. 
We allow open fires in our fire pits which are available to hire, so be sure to bring a packet or two of marshmallows! 
Facilities are basic which allows you to enjoy a true wild camping experience. Toilets, cold mains water for washing up and drinking, and rubbish facilities are available. We do not have shower facilities, but you are welcome to bring your own.
We only pop up for a short time each year during the school summer holidays as the field reverts back to it normal agricultural purpose the rest of the year. A bring your own tent pitch is charged at £12 per night with includes 2 adults, 1 tent, 1 car and 1 dog. We allow up to 6 people per pitch, but you are welcome to book more than 1 pitch.  Our rent-a -tent option is £40 per night for up to 6 people.

Accommodation

20 generously-sized and unmarked grass pitches on a gently sloping field, so you can choose your favourite spot. (Additional pitches can be made available in a different part of the field if needed).
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Location

Contact Cheglinch Camping, Cheglinch Camping, Fairfield House, Cheglinch, West Down, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8NW

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Getting There

From the M5 follow the A361 to Barnstaple & towards Ilfracombe. Take the road on your right signposted to Cheglinch approximately half a mile before Mullacott roundabout  & follow it into the hamlet.

Alternatively, from the M5 take the A361 to South Molton. Then take the A399  towards Ilfracombe, Woolacombe. Follow the road & continue on the A3123 following the signs for Woolacombe. At Mullacott roundabout turn left onto the A361. Half a mile later turn left towards Cheglinch & continue into the hamlet.

Fairfield House (with Cheglinch Camping reception) is the first house on your right hand side in Cheglinch. Drive past the house & continue along the road until you see the entrance sign for Cheglinch Camping on your right hand side.

NB Sat navs may try to take you on some narrow country roads & tell you that you have arrived at your destination slightly further along the road from Fairfield House. Therefore, please keep to the main roads, ignore your Sat Nav & use our directions!

The nearest main coach station is in Barnstaple, 10 miles away. This is serviced by buses which stop at a local bus stop less than half a mile from the campsite. The nearest train station is also 10 miles away, in Barnstaple.

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