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 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.

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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, with wheelbarrows (what else!) available to move your gear. 

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. If you fancy learning a new skill, we make charcoal on site from sustainable coppiced hazel, and guests are welcomed to join in learning this ancient craft, and of course use the end product.

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 19th June and 18th 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 Montactute House, Lytes Cary Manor and Tintinhul Gardens.  The Fleet Air Arm museum at Yeovilton and Haynes Motor Museum are both nearby.

Food & Drink

Farm Shops: The area is packed with farm shops and we are very happy to give recommendations and directions.   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.  We also grow seasonal vegetables and sell our own lamb direct from the farm - just ask!

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 a browse and a bargain!

Pubs and eating out: Sadly no pubs are in walking distance, but there are many country pubs within a short drive - our favourite locals are The Squirrel (staggering gin selection and beer garden with amazing views) and the Bell in Winsham (little local pub with games room and skittle alley) both are independent and have a good range of beers.  The Prince of Wales on Ham Hill is great for a walk and then a pint with a view. Oscars in Crewkerne does great pub food and generous portions if you're a hungry camper - the scallops are really good.  The take aways in Crewkerne are pretty good too 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.  Around half hour drive (or one stop on the train) is River Cottage café in Axminster.  If you want to splash out, Little Barwick House has a well deserved excellent reputation and there are 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 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 under the high Beeches, accessed by a sleeper bridge surrounded with Primroses.

2 Holly Beech

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 4
Tent pitch under the high Beeches and bordered by Holly bushes

3 Pheasant Fold

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Tent pitch tucked away in the Southern part of the woodland. Available in Summer after the display of Ransoms has finished.

4 Hazel Hollow

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
On the margin of the woodland and meadow beside a spinny of hazels

5 Spalted Beech

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Tent pitch on the edge of the trees, beside a stack of unusual Spalted Beech

6 High Beeches

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Spacious and flat pitch for large tents or campervans, under the high beech canopy

7 Mossy Bank

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 4
Tent pitch under the beech trees and beside the mossy bank leading down to the stream

8 Lyons

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 6
Named after an enamel sign for Lyons Cakes found on this site!

9 Cascade

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 4
Sheltered tent pitch hidden away beside the stream

10 Hidden Dell

Woodland Pitch Sleeps 4
Tucked away in a secluded corner, this magical little pitch offers great privacy for a couple or small family

11 Twisted Hazel

Grass pitch Sleeps 5
Grass pitch for tents beside a gnarly twisted hazel tree

12 Dwarf Oak

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Tent or campervan pitch beside the Dwarf oak in the open meadow

13 Holey Tree

Grass pitch Sleeps 4
Tent or camper pitch on the southern side of the meadow

14 Tom Putt

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Tent or campervan pitch, named after the apple trees grown along this bank

15 Cherry Bank

Grass pitch Sleeps 6
Tent or camper pitch on the upper side of site beside the young cherry trees

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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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