The Paddocks

UK England South West England Somerset Cheddar

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Staggered showering times
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Adults only
  • Good walks nearby
Adults-only camping on a simple Somerset site, just two miles from Cheddar Gorge

When you think of Somerset your mind likely conjures up images of cider and folk music, the Mendip Hills and the Somerset Levels, Cheddar cheese and strawberries. That’s right — strawberries. And if you don’t think of that juicy red fruit, perhaps you should. The Cheddar Valley has been supplying the nation with strawberries for generations, and while not all of the strawberry fields have survived, there are still plenty of places to pick up a punnet or two. The village of Draycott at the foot of the Mendip Hills is one such place. It also has a pub named The Strawberry Special, an annual Strawberry Fayre, and a lovely little campsite in a former strawberry field.

The Paddocks is a tiny campsite that’s almost as sweet as the fruit that once grew there. There are just four pitches here and, as it’s for adults only, there’s a natural calm about the place. It’s a great spot for couples to enjoy a relaxing and romantic break in rural surroundings or for small groups of friends to get together, with exclusive hire a viable option. You can walk from the site out into the Mendips, with beautiful views from Draycott Sleights in one direction and Cheddar with its famous gorge in the other. It’s just two miles from site and arriving on foot is a great way to get there.

Walkers, cyclists and confident campers will like this place the most as it’s fairly back to basics with off-grid pitches, off-pitch parking, and simple facilities. But there are some creature comforts that make it more than just a field with nice views and a great location. There’s an open-sided barn at the bottom of the gently sloping camping paddock which houses washing-up sinks, seating, and a log burner, which means you can warm yourself by the fire even in the pouring rain. And the shower room deserves a mention, too; it’s modern, clean, and warmed by a heated floor.

Although it’s a small and relatively simple site, you could park up on day one and not go near your car again for the duration of your stay. Cider and strawberries are a short walk down the road at The Cider Barn, which is flanked by fruit and veg sellers. You’re on the edge of The Mendips and it’s a short hike up the hill for views of The Somerset Levels. A walk in one direction takes you to Cheddar, in the other and you’ll reach Priddy, well-known for its annual folk festival in summer. And, if you do want to go further, Britain’s smallest city, Wells, and the caves at Wookey Hole are just seven miles away. Medieval Axbridge is even closer and even the seaside at Weston-Super-Mare is less than 20 miles away.



On arrival at the site, you will be met by the owners and after signing in at the reception room you will be shown where all the facilities are, site rules explained  etc. There are parking spaces provided just below the camping area and wheelbarrows are provided if required to help carry your tents and belongings to your chosen pitch. The site is equipped with two separate toilets with WC and basins. It has a heated shower room with H and C basin and shower. We also have a communal area situated in the open fronted pole barn, this is at the bottom of the camping field and is fitted out with two sinks for washing dishes etc. Within the barn is a woodburner for use if the evening gets a bit chilly, also a fire pit that is situated outside the barn. Logs can be provided for use in either the woodburner or main fire pit, but also for individual fire baskets if required. Wood and kindling can be purchased from the owners for personal use by campers as long as the site safety rules are observed. 

Suitable For

The Paddocks is an adult only campsite and dogs are not allowed. We have created some partially levelled areas which are perfect for tents, which sleep up to two people. Campervans and caravans are not allowed. There are a few steps to be negotiated to access the shower room and parking area so this needs to be kept in mind if mobility is restricted. No campfires to be lit directly on the grass (free standing fire pits can be hired from the owners) 


The site is just two miles away from Cheddar with it's famous Gorge and shopping facilities / restaurants / takeaways etc. On the way to Wells is Wookey Hole with its attractions and wonderful caves. A twenty minute drive away are the Somerset Wetlands, Avalon Marshes and Shapwick Nature Reserve.(great for bird watching). Glastonbury with its quirky shops and famous tour is about half an hours drive away. There are also many farmer's outlets that sell strawberries and fresh market produce all just a short walking distance away. The West Mendip Way is also just a few hundred yards away as well as many other wonderful walks over Draycott Sleight and the Mendips. From the hills above the site views are over the Levels and as far away as the Welsh Hills and Bristol Channel to the West, the Quantocks and Blackdown hills to the South.

Food & Drink

Within walking distance in Draycott are pubs including the Strawberry Special and the Cider Barn that occasionally puts on live music / open mic nights and serves food etc. Slightly further away (2 miles) is the Rodney Stoke Inn with restaurant. Cheddar has many good pubs and restaurants. Also the nearby villages of Wedmore that has pubs -The Swan and The New Inn and also Nanny Idas Restaurant that provide dine in and a take away service. In  Priddy (famous for its folk festival) you will find The Queen Victoria pub and The Hunters Lodge (well known to cavers and walkers alike). Also 3 miles up the road is the medieval town of Axbridge where you will find The Lamb pub and The Oakhouse Restaurant. Twenty minutes away is Wells with many pubs and restaurants to choose from.    



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The Owner Says

The Paddocks is an adult only campsite ( 2 miles from Cheddar) for people who are looking for a unique, secluded, private, rural retreat. This is an ideal site for nature lovers, walkers, cyclists,  tourists wanting to explore the local AONB area and the surrounding attractions of Wells, Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury, the Mendips and the Somerset Wetlands. At approx 2 acres, it is a small site, but only provides a maximum of 4 pitches. Therefore lots of space and privacy. Also if  you want the whole site just for yourselves  we can offer this exclusivity for a small extra charge.

Miriam and Jeremy bought this site in 2017 and immediately realised it's potential as a lovely location for a simple campsite that would appeal to people who would appreciate a quiet, clean, not overdeveloped but secure place to camp. Both Miriam and Jeremy have grown up locally and worked / lived in a country and farming environment, and their interest and appreciation of  the natural countryside is evident in the way the site has been developed.

Sited on what used to be a strawberry farm in an AONB area on the South West facing slopes of the Mendips, and within 4 acres of land that the owners also own and work, the site is just a couple of miles from Cheddar and will make a perfect place for holiday makers who wish to enjoy the local countryside and other amenities that the location affords. Apart from the abundant wildlife, visitors can enjoy walking / hiking in the nearby Mendip Hills, (the site is very near the West Mendip Way) and visiting the Somerset Levels, the Avalon Marshes, (a magical landscape!) Wells, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury  and Cheddar Gorge. In addition to the local countryside, there is a local village shop, strawberry farms, pubs (some featuring live entertainment) all within walking distance. Within 2 miles of the site is Cheddar with it's spectacular Gorge as well as various restaurants, shops etc.

There is secure parking on site just below the camping area (cars are not allowed in the camping paddock). The campsite is in an approx 2 acre field that has open views across the Somerset Levels and beyond. Facing south west, it enjoys sunshine for most of the day and in the evenings there is a large open fronted Pole Barn that is equipped with a log burner and fire pit. The barn also has washing up facilities with hot and cold running water.


Four off-grid camping pitches.

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The Paddocks Grass Pitches are lovely level areas which we have created in our camping field

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Contact The Paddocks, The Paddocks Upper Draycott Road, Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3YD

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Getting There

From the M5 motorway junction at Weston Super Mare, follow signs to Cheddar. From Cheddar take the Wells road (A371) and travel approx two miles before turning left (opp Cider Barn) into Short Lane (not signposted) and then immediately left at T junction into 'Top Road' (also known as Upper Draycott Road). Travel approx 1/2 mile and 'The Paddocks' site is on your right.
From Wells, travel on Cheddar road (A371) to Draycott. After approx 5 miles pass through Draycott and on leaving village turn at right fork immediately after traffic restriction and zebra crossing into Top Road. Pass church and primary school on right and travel on approx 3/4 mile as above.
Nearest Train station is Weston Super Mare with bus links to Cheddar / Draycott. (Bus service from Weston to Wells  via Cheddar and Draycot is the 126.)


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