Wytch Wood Camping

UK England South West England Somerset Ilminster

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Staggered showering times
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
A small, quiet, eco-friendly campsite on a working sheep farm

You could say Wytch Wood Campsite has been over 50 years in the making. The farm has been home to the Newman family since the early 1960s but it's only recently they've opened their gates to campers. With a flock of over 500 breeding ewes, as well as a number of equestrian businesses operating from the yard, the place is still very much a working farm. But that's exactly what makes it so special. You can take a tour, buy fresh lamb for your barbecue and learn more about their environmental practices all within the space of a morning. Which still leaves time to explore the valley and drive to the beach in the afternoon.

Small and unobtrusive, the camping area is nestled in the edge of an ancient wood a short distance from the farm buildings. Each pitch comes with seating, a firepit and initial supply of logs and you can choose from a pitch in the dappled shade of the lofty Beech trees or pick a spot among the grasses of the open wildflower meadow. There's a good choice of camping habitats, certainly, but as far as facilities go things are still relatively paired back. There are composting loos (almost one per pitch), hot showers and taps that supply freshly filtered drinking water but don't expect a playground or electricity. That's not to say there aren't conscientious touches. Biodegradable shampoo and dish-washing liquid is provided to make sure that, along with the off-grid facilities, even the soaps you use have as little impact on the environment as possible.

If you want to explore beyond the campsite, there are plenty of footpaths that cross the farm, including some that are being developed specifically for Wytch Wood guests. A stroll to the top of the nearest hill offers stunning views of Somerset and Dorset, including views to the Pilsdon and Lewesdon Hills, while a walk south will link you up with the Liberty Trail, a long distance footpath that runs right down to Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast. In some ways its a route that follows the natural course of the campsite – the spring that supplies the water here is also a natural source of the River Axe, which ultimately wiggles it's way south through the countryside to the Jurassic Coast too.

Details

Facilities

Wytch Wood is fully off grid with no mains services, and we aim to have as little impact on the environment as possible.  You’ll be drinking cool, clear spring water (safely filtered of course) from one of the sources of the River Axe.  8 Compost Loos are positioned discreetly around the site, and guests can enjoy use of the 3 hot showers and 3 washing up stations. Green Bear Biodegradable washing up liquid and soaps, and Faith in Nature shampoos, conditioner and body wash are supplied for guests to use on site, along with comprehensive recycling facilities.

The campsite is car-free.  If weather/ground conditions permit, then you are welcome to drive to your pitch to drop your gear before parking in the car park.  Otherwise, wheelbarrows (what else!) are available for you to use.

Each pitch will be provided with seating with a fire pit or BBQ - for stays of two nights or more, an initial supply of firewood is included as well.  Additional firewood and a small store of essentials will be available from the farm.

We also run woodland activity days which include things like archery, axe throwing and woodland skills.  We also have charcoal making days and coming soon - yoga and wellness sessions.  Please enquire for dates and details.

Very much a working farm, we run a flock of over 500 breeding ewes, producing high quality lambs for the meat trade.  We welcome enquiries from guests for our farm bred lamb.  A number of equestrian businesses are also present on the farm including a licensed National Hunt Racing stable.  There is always lots to see and tours can be arranged for interested campers.   

Suitable For

We offer 15 pitches in total, 5 of which we can offer to small campervans in the summer when the ground is firm.  Or all can be used for tents.

Children are very welcome  and there are many opportunities for play and adventure at Wytch Wood Camping. Our aim is for children to have a truly enriching experience of space and freedom. But there are contingent risks to be aware of. We are a working farm and have horses and sheep, electrified fencing and there are often tractors around which can all pose hazards. We permit campfires, we have a couple of axes for making kindling and splitting firewood, there is a shallow stream running through the campsite, ditches and boggy areas, and many trees, standing and fallen in the woodland – we encourage respectful exploration of all of these – risks are small and should be self-evident, and we have taken efforts to mark potential hazards – but if you are not clear, please ask! Wytch Wood Camping can accept no responsibility for injury incurred on site and parents are responsible for the supervision of their children on site at all times.

Unfortunately because of the proximity to wildlife in the woodland and livestock on the farm, we cannot accept dogs at this time.

Nearby

Woodland activities We have teamed up with a local company - RKS Unity to offer woodland activities for adults and families.  Activities include soft archery, axe throwing and bush craft/woodland skills like lighting fires without matches.  Next date for activities is Saturday 24 July.

Walking: You can explore on foot via the several footpaths which cross the farm, and we are developing additional walking trails for exclusive use of guests.  A brisk walk to the top of the hills surrounding the valley, offer stunning views of Somerset and Dorset including over Pilsdon and Lewesdon Hills.

Cycling: There are many quiet lanes for cyclists to explore, and we are adjacent to the Route 3 National cycle Route - and check out award winning cycle café "The Feed Station" in Merriot.  There are some pretty tasty climbs around here too (try the col de Seaborough, I dare you) and you'll definitely work up an appetite!

Golf: Our closest golf course is Cricket St Thomas Golf Club which welcomes visiting players.  There is a 18 hole course, driving range, pitch and putt and restaurant and bar.

Jurassic Coast: We are 15 miles from the Jurassic Coast and the South West Coast Path.   The coast is dotted with delightful seaside towns within an hours drive - including (from West to East)  Sidmouth, Beer, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seatown, West Bay (Bridport), Burton Bradstock, Abbotsbury, Chesil Beach and Weymouth.  Our favourite (and nearest!) is Lyme Regis - maybe you'll join us on one of our early morning trips for a swim in the summer?

Gardens, houses and museums: If you are interested in gardens and historic buildings - Forde Abbey is under 5 miles away, plus National Trust properties pepper the region, including Montacute House, Lytes Cary Manor and Tintinhul Gardens.  The Fleet Air Arm museum at Yeovilton and Haynes Motor Museum are both nearby.

Food & Drink

Food on site We work with a number of local food businesses who either sell on the site or will deliver to the site - these include ice cream van on Friday nights, sour dough pizza truck Saturday nights, excellent Indian Tiffin takeaway Friday nights and more in the pipeline - check our events calendar and social media for more info or drop us an email.   We sell home grown vegetables, salad and herbs and our neighbours also sell home made bread and cakes and homegrown veg, eggs and honey.

Farm Shops: The area is packed with farm shops -our favourites are Barleymows (Chard), The Trading Post (Lopen), The Dairy (Bower Hinton) and Farm & Field (South Petherton) - all offer a great range and have excellent cafes as well. But there  are many others in the area, and you can't go too far wrong.  The Green House (White Lackington near Ilminster) is a fabulous deli and zero waste refil shop with a great cafe - check out their home smoked range and biltong!

Local shopping: The nearest town is Crewkerne, a small market town which has a good range of shops including Waitrose and Lidl supermarkets and many independent shops including sour dough bakery, fruit & veg , family butchers, whole foods and ice cream parlour plus a monthly farmers market .  There is also a laundrette and several beauty salons for essentials and treats, plus a selection of antique and collectables shops which are great for some treasure hunting!

Pubs and eating out:  You can walk about a mile to the cafe and bar at Chard Equestrian Centre.  Otherwise its a short drive to many country pubs - our favourite locals are The Squirrel (gins and great views), The Bell in Winsham (little local pub with games room and skittle alley) and Royal Oak in Drimpton - (cosy pub and bikeable) - all are independent and have a good range of beers.  In Crewkerne, Oscars do great pub food and generous portions, and The Crooked Swan has lovely decor and really good pub food.  Crewkerne has a good range of takeaways with two Chinese, (our preference is Golden River), plus two fish and chips, a kebab shop, Indian and a Dominos.  There are some nice cosy cafes and a Costa.  If you want to splash out, Little Barwick House has an excellent reputation and the Lord Poulett Arms in Hinton St George is great pub food - plus fine dining options in Beaminster, Bridport and and Evershot. 

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The Owner Says

Wytch Wood Camping is a peaceful retreat surrounded by woodland and wildflowers.  Hidden away in a secluded valley near Crewkerne in South Somerset, Wytch Wood Camping at Blackmore Farm is opening its gates for the first time in May 2021.  Home to the Newman family since 1963, we are excited to share this special place and welcome you and your families as guests to our home.

A short distance from the farm buildings, the camping ground is nestled in the edge of ancient woodland, offering up to 15 spacious and private tent pitches in a mix of habitats.  Choose from a site in the dappled shade of the lofty Beech trees’ vivid lime canopy or pick a spot among the whispering grasses of the wildflower meadow.

In order to comply with countryside planning policy, we operate as a Greener Camping Club members-only campsite. The Club was established by people with a passion for sustainable, eco-friendly camping holidays. When you book your holiday with us, one nominated guest per pitch booked will be enrolled as a member of the Club. Membership costs just £10 for the calendar year and gives you access to some of the greenest campsites in the UK. It also includes participation in the Club’s ‘Trees for Life’ scheme, whereby a tree is planted for every member we enrol. 

Pitches

15 grass pitches in total, five of which can be used for small campervans.

1 Primrose Bridge

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Tent pitch in a dry sheltered position under the high Beeches, accessed by a sleeper bridge surrounded with Primroses. Pitch can accommodate most tent types and has space for a pup tent. Sole use of large rustic table and firepit with grill. Free starter pack of logs for stays of 2 nights or more. Compost loo shared with max 1 other pitch.

2 Holly Beech

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 5
Sheltered tent pitch under the high Beeches and bordered by Holly bushes, can accommodate most tent types and a small pup tent. Sole access to rustic wooden furniture screened between stacks of logs. Compost loo is shared with 1 neighbouring pitch. Firepit with grill provided along with starter pack of logs for bookings of 2 nights or more.

3 Pheasant Fold

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Sheltered tent pitch tucked away in the Southern part of the woodland. Available in Summer after the display of Ransoms has finished. Guests have sole use of firepit with grill and rustic log furniture resembling giant toadstools! Compost loo is shared with neighbouring pitch. Starter bag of logs provided for stays of 2 nights or more.

4 Hazel Hollow

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Large tent pitch on the margin of the woodland and meadow beside a spinney of hazels and young ash trees. Suitable for most tent types and space for pup tent.You will have sole use of seating area and firepit with grill. Compost loo shared with 1 other pitch. Starter pack of logs for stays of 2 nights or more.

5 Spalted Beech

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Tent pitch on the edge of the woodland, beside a stack of unusual Spalted Beech. Choose from grass or woodchip base to pitch on. Accommodates most tent types and space for pup tent. Private seating area and firepit with grill for your sole use. Compost loo shared with 1 other pitch. Starter bag of logs for stays of 2 nights or more.

6 High Beeches

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Spacious , sheltered pitch under the High Beeches with woodchip base suitable for most tents tents and small campervans plus pup tent. Bordered by the stream and views into the woodland on 3 sides. Sole use of seating area and firepit with grill. Compost loo shared with 1 other pitch. Starter bag of logs for stays of 2 nights or more.

7 Mossy Bank

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 4
Smaller tent pitch under the beech trees and beside the mossy bank leading down to the stream. Not suitable for larger tents or pup tent. Sole use of seating and small BBQ. Compost loo shared with 1 other pitch. Starter bag of logs for stays of 2 nights or more.

8 Lyons

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Circular tent pitch in a small sheltered clearing in the trees and with a wood chip base. Named after an enamel sign for Lyons Cakes found on this site! Suitable for most tents and potential for pup tent on grass adjacent. Sole use of seating area and firepit with grill. Starter bag of logs for stays of 2 nights or more.

9 Cascade

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 4
Our most secluded and private tent pitch, hidden away in the woods beside the stream. Circular tent pitch with woodchip base, not suitable for pup tent. Sole use of rustic log furniture plus firepit with grill. Compost loo shared with one other pitch. Starter bag of logs for stays of 2 nights or more. No small children due to proximity to stream

10 Hidden Dell

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 4
Small tent pitch tucked away in a secluded corner, this magical little pitch offers great privacy for a couple or small family and seems to be our most romantic spot! Sole use of seating area plus small fire bowl with grill. Compost loo shared with 1 other pitch. Starter bag of logs provided on stays of 2 nights or more..

11 Twisted Hazel

Grass pitch Sleeps 5
Grass pitch for tents situated on edge of woods beside a gnarly twisted hazel tree. Can accommodate surprisingly large tents, pup tent allowed but on sloping ground. Sole use of quirky log furniture plus firepit with grill. Compost loo shared with 1 other pitch. Starter bag of logs for stays of 2 nights or more.

12 Dwarf Oak

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Large tent or campervan pitch beside the Dwarf oak in the open meadow, looking on to the horse paddocks. Space for awning or pup tent. Enjoy lovely evening sun from your dedicated seating area. Firepit with grill provided. Compost loo shared with 1 other pitch. Starter bag if logs provided on stays of 2 nights or more.

13 Holey Tree

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Large tent or campervan grass pitch on the southern side of the meadow. Beside a large Ash tree with a hole at its base, the pitch is bordered by a spinney of young trees and the woods on one side. Sole use of seating area and firepit with grill. Compost loo shared with 1 other pitch. Starter bag of logs for stays of 2 nights or more.

14 Tom Putt

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Flat tent or campervan grass pitch in the open meadow, named after the Tom Putt apple trees grown along this bank. Space for awning or pup tent. Sole use of seating and firepit with grill. Compost loo shared with one other pitch. Starter bag of logs provided on stays of 2 nights or more.

15 Cherry Bank

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Tent or campervan grass pitch on the upper side of site beside the young cherry trees. In summer, bordered by a lovely display of wild flowers and looking out on to the horse paddocks. Compost loo shared with one other pitch. Sole use of seating and BBQ. Starter bag of logs provided on stays of 2 nights or more. Additional logs available to buy

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Location

Contact Wytch Wood Camping, Blackmore Farm, Woolminstone, Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 8QP

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Getting There

Wytch Wood Camping is marked on Google Maps.  For post code for Sat Nav use TA18 8QP.  The post code will lead you to the neighbouring hamlet of Woolminstone - you will need to continue along the no-through road and follow the farm track to the campsite.   We recommend you do not use "Stakers Cross Road" which may be the recommended route from Google, but follow the parallel lane via Purtington Cross and Hewish instead.

M5 Taunton J25– 18 miles ~ 30 mins

Exit the M5 at Junction 25 Taunton and head SouthEast on A358 to Ilminster.  Continue through Ilminster, as road bends to left as you leave town take right turn on to "Townend".  Follow this for approx 4 twisty miles until you give way to the A30.  Turn Right, up the hill on to A30 and then take the first left (half mile), it will be signposted Chard Equestrian centre and Winsham. Carry on around 1/2 mile, then turn left at Purtington Cross roads (Google/Sat Nav may tell you to go straight on, but its a very small, steep road that way) toward Hewish.  Look out for the WWC signs from here.  Follow this road down over the hill for a mile, at the bottom of the hill fork right at the triangle of grass, follow this lane until you reach another triangle of grass -for right again and then immediately right by the post box down a no through road.  Keep the faith and go steady as you might well meet horse riders on the road, follow the lane all the way to the end, where it turns left onto the unpaved farm road for about half a mile.  Parking for the campsite will be through gates on your right before you reach the farm buildings and should be clearly marked.  Please wait to be greeted or call the contact number supplied for attention. 

A303  Ilminster – 8 miles ~20 mins - Follow as above from Ilminster.

A30 Chard - 5 miles -  follow A30 from Chard toward Crewkerne for 4.5 miles past Windwhistle Golf course and Pub.  Take right turn marked Winsham and Chard Equestrian.  Follow as above.

A303 Stoke sub Hamdon or Ilminster – 8 miles ~20 mins

Exit the A303 at Stoke sub Hamdon and follow A356 to Crewkerne.  In town centre, turn right at round about by town hall on to A30 then as below from Crewkerne.

A30 Crewkerne – 2 miles ~ 5 mins

At end of market street bear right past traffic island, and then left onto B3165 Hermitage street, Lyme Regis Road.  Follow for 2 miles, road will bend to the left, take the small turning to the right beside a white house marked for Woolminstone.  Continue on this road, over a railway level crossing, follow for around a mile then turn right by the post box down a no through road.  Keep the faith and go steady as you might well meet horse riders on the road, follow the lane all the way to the end, where it turns left onto the unpaved farm road for about half a mile.  Parking for the campsite will be through gates on your right before you reach the farm buildings and should be clearly marked.  Please wait to be greeted or call the contact number supplied for attention.

The nearest train station is in Crewkerne (on the London Waterloo–Exeter line; hourly services in each direction). It's four miles from the station to the campsite. It's best to grab a taxi but if you're in luck, and arranged in advance, the campsite owners may be able to pick you up if needed.

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