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Riverside campfires and a magical woodland setting in the Exmoor National Park

You can throw all the bells and whistles you like at a campsite but, in our experience, there's just a handful of things that make a place really special; a beautiful, out-of-the-way location, somewhere to start a campfire, and a warm and friendly welcome. Which is why we love Poolbridge.

Located just outside the pretty Somerset village of Porlock at the top of the Horner Valley, Poolbridge is spread over two meadows and surrounded by ancient oak woodland, through which runs the burbling River Homer. There's plenty of space for tents and motorhomes to set up camp and the riverside is the perfect spot to start your campfire. Facilities are minimal but the campsite is all the more special for it. Even so, all the basics (showers, toilets, and washing-up facilities) are covered and there is a small shop for the essentials as well as firewood, kindling and firelighters. Be sure to stock up on local produce while you're here such as milk, bacon, sausages and steaks from the nearby farm.

If you'd rather avoid pitching a tent on arrival, there's a bell tent or camper available to hire which can be positioned next to the riverbank to enjoy it's gentle flow beside an open fire. The bell tent comes with a wood burning stove, beds and bedding, lighting and outdoor seating, and the camper comes with heating, beds and bedding, lighting and outdoor seating.

This unspoilt south-west setting is truly nature's playground. The river (shallow and stream-like rather than gushing rapids) is a great place for kids to hone their dam and bridge-building skills, while the rope swings in the woods will keep them entertained for hours. Poolbridge is also a great base for a walking holiday with plenty of routes direct from the campsite. Head up to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor or walk down along the river and reward yourself with a cream tea at the end.

Porlock village, 2.5 miles away (which you can walk to by following the river through the woodland), has a great little shop and plenty of decent options for eating and drinking.

Poolbridge has been keeping campers happy for 32 years and it's easy to see why. If you love the great outdoors, peace and tranquility in a beautiful setting, and sitting around the glowing embers of a campfire late into the evening, this gem of a campsite is for you.

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