Campsite Review: Batcombe Vale, Somerset

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Photographer Don McCullin chose to reside in this beautiful part of Somerset, a picturesque refuge from the trauma of a lifetime of documenting war. Many of his iconic landscapes are set in the bucolic countryside surrounding Batcombe Vale campsite. Waking up in your van in a valley surrounded by cows is a pretty special experience. Plus, there is an awesome pub a short walk away and many footpaths walkable from the campsite. It’s just one of those places you know you will come back to (and we have lots of times!). It even has its own 3 lakes, one for boating, one for fishing and the other for the owners private use. It’s totally idyllic.


  • Free rowing boats to use on the campsites own boating lake
  • Great Local pub
  • Beautiful views
  • Peaceful site, no noise after 11pm



  • Probably not the best place if you are looking for epic day long walks, some footpaths further away from the site are hard to find, or don’t seem to exist anymore, which can be frustrating on a full day circular walk.
  • Marked pitches – when it’s full it can seem like you are camping on top of each other, but that is being really picky, pitches are generous, there’s only 30 of them in total. We just love space and to be able to choose our spot!



  • Pretty Bruton has shops, petrol, restaurants, cash point etc and is only a short drive away (2 miles).
  • Numerous footpaths from the campsite for lovely country walks. There’s a big map in the reception hut and the caretaker is super helpful.


  • Kadai fire bowls available to hire and kiln dried wood for sale. BBQ’s allowed if raised off ground 


  • A 20-minute walk through fields (Ask the caretaker for directions)) gets you to the Three Horseshoes Inn, in the picturesque village of Batcombe it’s an incredibly friendly pub with a lovely sun trap garden and great food. Dogs and children welcome.


  • Hot showers,
  • Free rowing boats
  • Electric hook ups
  • dog exercise area
  • cider shed
  • freezer for ice blocks
  • chemical disposal
  • playing field


  • Go for the very end pitch, where the path goes up to a hidden glade, close yourself off to the rest of the campsite and pretend it’s just you and the cows for neighbours.

Batcombe Vale Map

WEBSITE – Batcombe Vale




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