Petruth Paddocks

UK England South West England Somerset Cheddar

  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Easy-going camping for all, just a stroll away from famous Cheddar Gorge

Following it’s 2005 appearance in the television series Seven Natural Wonders, the craggy cliffs and dazzling caves of Cheddar Gorge were voted the second greatest natural wonder in the UK, and it doesn’t take an expert to see why. As you follow the windy riverbed road along the former route of the Cheddar Yeo, steep green slopes carve ever deeper before you and one can’t help but wonder how it looked with water thundering through. In fact, the river does still flow, now far beneath the surface, and its handy work has continued below ground, carving out spectacular caves and narrow limestone tunnels. It’s not until you reach the village itself that the water reappears, slithering away from the beautiful Mendip Hills. It is here, on the doorsteps of Cheddar Village, that Petruth Paddocks can be found and its open grassy meadows beckon any would-be camper inside.

Down a track to the wooden gateway, campers, glampers and caravan towers alike arrive directly into a large open field, fronted by a small white reception tent and a pair of picnic benches. After a chat with easy-going Jules, the site becomes your own and it’s entirely up to you where you pitch. Chose from the plentiful space before you, with two pre-pitched tipis at the rear of the field, or head through a gate into the next-door meadow, aptly described as the ‘chill-out field’. At its centre, a dilapidated landrover has become every child’s playground, saddling up in the drivers seat or clambering on the bonnet, while to one side a horse paddock nudges the edge of the campsite, another distraction for playful children.

The relaxed, pitch-where-you-like, attitude continues through the rest of the site, which rightfully prides itself on a laid back philosophy and welcoming atmosphere for all. Music is welcome, balls can be kicked around, and campfires are very much encouraged, with a quad bike humming around the site each evening offering more firewood and kindling to those in need. Don’t be surprised when the trailer comes past with as many children as logs on the back – the quad is a popular ride with the little ones!

In the centre of the site, by the gate between the different fields, simple sanitary facilities are provided. Hot showers are housed in spacious cabins, so there’s plenty of space to hang your clothes, with an adjacent toilet block on one side and washing up sinks on the other. There are also a number of drinking water taps dotted around the site.

From your pitch head by foot, bike or car into the surrounding area, stopping at reception to grab some info and brochures. By foot, it is Cheddar that beckons, with a collection of good eateries and the gateway back into the gorge. Those on two wheels should follow the Strawberry Line, an excellent cycle route that starts within meters of the campsite. Taking the car offers plenty to see and do, whether it be historic Wells' magnificent cathedral, Glastonbury Tor or the beautiful beaches of northern Somerset.

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Facilities

There are toilet and shower blocks in the corner of the main field, near the gate to the chill-out field: 8 Showers, 6 ladies, 4 Gents plus urinals. Campfires are encouraged with firewood delivered to your door every evening (sack of logs £5 and kindling £2.50). Ride in the trailor when logs are delivered. Drinking water is available from numerous taps throughout the campsite. WiFi onsite.

Suitable For

Everyone! Caravans, campervans, motorhomes, tents, families, groups, couples, dogs...

Nearby

It's a five minute walk into Cheddar and a 15-20 minute walk to the start of the gorge (01934 742343). Here activities include rock-climbing and abseiling on the gorge cliffs, exploring the caves and the Wookey Hole or learning about the heritage and history of this fascinating natural feature. Those on bikes should visit by following The Strawberry Line, an excellent cycle route following the old railway network. Walk the Droves, adjacent to the site, or head into the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (01761 462338). Those taking the car will find the cities of Bath and Bristol are both 45 minutes away, though if you do head in this direction, walking Brean Down (01452 814213) and visiting Berrow Beach should also be high on the list. Wells (01749 671770) city is closer than its more famous neighbours and a rather undiscovered gem, with an intriguing history and beautiful cathedral (01749 674483). Glastonbury is also close by, with original, quirky shops, along with the famous Abbey (01458 832267) and Glastonbury Tor (01934 844518).

Food & Drink

The Café opposite the monument in Cheddar serves delicious hot food, cakes, teas and coffees. Pub-wise, The White Hart (01934 741261) in the Gorge has a dog-friendly beer garden and offers discounts to Petruth Paddocks campers. The Rodney Stoke (01749 870209) on the Wells Road is good for big parties, with great views across The Levels, a large garden and play area. The Riverside (01934 742452) with adjacent car park and beer garden is also a good choice, located at the beginning of the road to the Gorge in Cheddar. There are also Thai, Indian and Chinese restaurants in the village. Two nearby supermarkets are on hand: Tesco Express, at the end of the footpath into the village, and the larger Budgens (01934 744546) nearer to the campsite. If you are walking, it is on the road into Cheddar before the turning to the Gorge, down a short road to the right.

Opening Times

All year. 

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The Owner Says

Petruth Paddocks is a relaxing campsite where anyone can visit and feel immediately at home. A live-and-let-live place where there are refreshingly few rules, kids can be kids, campfires are encouraged, music and bad singing are not a problem and people feel free to wander round making new friends. Petruth Paddock is on the doorstep of Cheddar Village and Cheddar Gorge – voted the second greatest natural wonder in the UK. Cheddar Gorge is packed with tons of activities such as rock climbing, abseiling and exploring the caves and learning about the heritage and history of this fascinating natural feature. If you are intending to make a large group booking please visit our website and click on the ‘Group Bookings’ tab.

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Accommodation

400 pitches, 150 with electric hook-ups. 12 hard standing pitches. A 6 berth and an 8 berth tipi also available for hire.
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Location

Contact Petruth Paddocks, Labourham Drove, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3XW

Getting There

If you are using sat-nav, punch in the postcode BS273XW – that’ll get you to Cheddar – but make sure it gets you to the A371 and not a little track off the B3151!

A371 From Wells direction you will pass Winchester Farm/ and the Kart track on your left. This is Immediately followed by a nasty S bend, then take the 1st left into Labourham Way. As soon as you’ve turned off the main road, take an immediate left - you then have three options – take the middle one through the gates with the wooden Petruth Paddocks sign on your right. Follow the track into the next field and park on the hard-standing.

From the A38/Axbridge direction take the A371 through Cheddar village. Pass the football club on the right and take the 1st right after this into Labourham Way. As soon as you’ve turned off the main road, take an immediate left - you then have three options – take the middle one through the gates with the wooden Petruth Paddocks sign on your right. Follow the track into the next field and park on the hard-standing.

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