Ruby Country Camping The Greener Camping Club

UK England South West England Devon Okehampton

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • One-way flow
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A cycle-friendly, back-to-basics campsite, perfect for exploring North Devon and Cornwall

There’s a temptation to put on an American accent when you say you’re off to Ruby Country Camping. The name has a ring of the wild, wild west about it. And while it’s actually located in the wild west of Devon, there are a few things here that wouldn’t look out of place on the set of a cowboy film. There’s the long grass, the vast fields of cattle, the canvas bell tents and the rustic compost loos. The difference is that the grass in the camping field is a very English green and the cattle in the surrounding ones are a Devon-specific ruby red.

It is, of course, the cattle that gives both the area and this campsite its name. This is farming country and the evidence is everywhere. The five-acre camping field is one of the few that isn’t filled with cows, sheep or crops. Instead, it’s sparsely populated with campers. There are just seven camping pitches and three pre-pitched tents; one an empty bell tent and two for what owners, Marc and Dinah, call 'cosy camping'. They’re avoiding the G-word, as there’s no real glamour here, just good old-fashioned camping with natural surroundings, campfires and simple facilities. The fact they’ve pitched the tents and made the beds for you is glampy enough for us but if you need a hot tub and hair straighteners, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

This west Devon hinterland feels far from the tourist trail but it is, in fact, incredibly well-connected. Cyclists on the 99-mile Devon Coast-to-Coast cycle trail pass on one side and the road to Bude passes on the other. That road is worth a mention here. It’s separated from the site by a thick and leafy hedgerow, but you will hear the sound of cars and tractors passing by. The upside, of course, is a direct link to the coast and an easy way to get out and explore. Dartmoor’s walking and wild swimming spots are 20 minutes’ drive with seaside Bude 20 miles away. In fact, from here, all of North Devon and North Cornwall is easy to explore. Closer by, there’s Hatherleigh; the definition of a rural Devon market town. Walk or cycle the back route there for a pint at the Tally Ho pub or a cream-first scone at one of its cafes. On reflection, perhaps a strong Devonshire accent is more appropriate after all.

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Facilities

We have two individual hot showers, and two flushing toilets as well as two compost loos. We don't have electric hook ups, hard standings or WiFi. You can order a locally sourced breakfast basket on site. We also have grills for your campfire, and BBQs to hire.

Suitable For

Ruby Country Camping is ideally suited to couples or families who want to get away from busy lives and relax, and don't like to have another tent right next to them. There is no electricity or WiFi on site, but there is charging facilities for phones, and a 4G signal if you are desperate! People who love the outdoors, cooking over open fires, toasting marshmallows and enjoying the nights sky love it here. We are just off a main road so there is some road noise at busy times. But that does make us perfectly situated for ease of access and exploring Devon.

Nearby

The Devon countryside is just gorgeous, and Dartmoor is stunning. The beaches which are about 35 to 45 minutes away are amazing for surfing, swimming and exploring. Our area is rural farming rather than a tourist one, so you get to see the real Devon, and Devon obviously does cream teas the correct way, cream first of course!

Food & Drink

You're spoilt for choice here. In Hatherleigh, you have the George Hotel which is more food orientated and the Tally Ho which is a more traditional pub with its own brewery. In the next village, Sheepwash, is The Half Moon which is a lovely country pub. These three are all in easy cycling distance 2 to 3 miles. That is just the start! There is a lovely cafe in Hatherleigh, One Market Street Café, which cooks delicious breakfasts and has marvellous cakes, and we are only 10 minutes drive from a farm shop and  cafe called Madewell, where you can buy their veg and eggs etc, it also has a small animal farm with miniature Shetland ponies and pigs and chickens, and a lovely play area for smaller children. Hatherleigh also has a skate park and is home to the War Horse Valley Country Farm. Finally, there is a butchers, 2 minutes drive away, for all your BBQ needs. 

Open

May–September.

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The Owner Says

Ruby Country Camping is a natural eco campsite set in a 5 acre meadow, with trees and a brook along its southern boundary. We are situated just outside the market town of Hatherleigh in West Devon. In an area known as Ruby Country. (Named after the Devon Ruby Red cattle) There are only 7 individual pitches mown into the meadow all with camp fires, with plenty of space, and cars are parked at the edge of site. There is a choice of compost loos or flushing loos if you prefer, with hot showers. If you want something more comfortable,  then there is our Yurt or Lotus Belle, both are fully furnished with double beds, and a covered kitchen and eating area along with their own campfire and again plenty of space.
There are cycle routes and footpaths from our gate, or we are only 20 minutes drive from Dartmoor or 30 minutes drive from the beautiful North Cornish coast and the lovely beaches of Bude. Ruby Country Camping is ideally situated for exploring Devon and Cornwall. We also have fishing lakes and rivers close by, as well as riding stables and an archery centre.
NOTE - We are part of The  Greener Camping Club. The £12 annual membership fee, (payable on booking) goes towards environmental projects and planting a tree for every new member so you can offset some of your carbon footprint.
EXISTING MEMBERS - Please click on the discount code button at booking, and add you membership number to the notes section.

Social Distancing Measures

On arrival social distancing measures will be explained to all guests. We asks guest to wait out side the shower building until the shower is vacant. this can be easily seen from outside, so guests can keep there distance

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Accommodation

One yurt, two bell tents and seven grass pitches.

Lotus Belle Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Beautiful 5m Lotus Bell tent, with its own covered camp kitchen and camp fire

Renta Bell

Bell tent Sleeps 5
5m Belle tent. Not furnished

Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
18ft Yurt sleeps 2 adults 3 children with log burner and covered camp kitchen

Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 5 Available
All pitches are spacious and mowed into the meadow. Includes £12 Greener Camping Club fee

Campervan

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 2 Available
All pitches are spacious and mowed into the meadow. Includes £12 Greener Camping Club fee. Please let us know the details of your camper van before booking, as we don't have room for the larger motor homes

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Location

Contact Ruby Country Camping, Pulworthy Cross, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5LH

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Getting There

From Hatherleigh head towards Holworthy and Bude on the A3072. After two miles, turn right onto Church Road. You should be able to see the campsite from the road as you approach. The entrance will be on your right.

Okehampton is the closest railway station, about eight miles from the campsite. Unless you’re arriving with a bike, your best bet for the rest of the journey is to give Marc and Dinah a call and they will likely come and pick you up. The site is just off the Devon Coast-to-Coast cycle route.

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