Child friendly campsite, Somerset – Free Range Camping, Shepherd Huts and Bell Tents, Cheddar, Somerset
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About Petruth Paddocks
Free range kids – on a free range campsite – that’s what Petruth is all about and I am delighted to tell you about it
With a wholesome attitude to kids and what they do and don’t need Jules has created a friendly space to bowl up, pitch up and head off to explore, via the Footpath at your doorstep (as it were), the Gorge or the Somerset Levels. Petruth is informal and expects mutual respect for the other lucky people to be enjoying Jules’ hospitality. Campfires are absolutely allowed so gather your rocks, order your wood, get your marshmallows at the ready and get communal fire building for your party – there is nothing quite like it!
Jules believes in live and let live – so he’ll grant you some respect and assume that you have the initiative to know that to upset your neighbours is bad manners, so to party all night is not going to happen. To light a camp fire, invite them over, play your guitar or a few tunes on your portable speaker and share a few stories over a few beers absolutely is.
The kids are free to roam and explore – note that there are rhynes (ditches) that may hold water so either kit them in wellies or be prepared for them to paddle bare foot (my preference) and get wet - otherwise keep them away if they are too little.
I suspect the laid back atmosphere here will permeate the most stressed out of you and it won’t be long ‘til you are merrily frying up some sausages on the bbq, or steaming some salmon, and enjoying the crackle of your own log fire – one of my absolute favouritest things in the world is toasting marshmallows over a campfire on a star filled night (except being a veggie I can’t eat them anymore) – popping an onion in the fire is pretty darned good too; to be eaten with a chunk of local Somerset Cheddar, a wedge of fresh bread and a good glug of cider.
The welcome marquee at the entrance is where you need to say Hi, I’ve arrived. Here you will find tourist info and be given a handy guide about the site and what’s available on site and locally.
There are 12 hard standing pitches for caravans, camper vans – the chill out field is where the happy campers pass through to. This is where you will find space, an old land rover to climb over and Jules sporadically with his trailer offering fun rides to uber-excited kids.
Hot showers and washing up facilities are located in the corner of the main field – drinking water points are scattered throughout the campsite.
A free book library is available if you think you will escape the cricket, rounders, hide and seek, climb over the Land Rover games long enough to sit quietly – there’s every chance you might once the kids clock their new best mates across the field and disappear for the day.
Rubbish is recycled and you are provided with a recycling bag kit to use during your stay – there is a chemical disposal point too. As far as safety goes there are fire points scattered around the field with bells and extinguishers provided.
Firewood is delivered to your door – courtesy of Jules’ son – kindling and logs are available at £2.50 and £5.00 a bag respectively. Paper and fire-lighters and marshmallows and sticks are available at reception so the camp-fire is a go!
Dogs are allowed and may be let off the lead IF they are completely trustworthy with other living beings. They must be kept within the field as livestock may be outwith. You are of course expected to dispose of waste in the bins provided.
And that’s about it for rules – except no flying kites by the electricity pylons – which is very sensible.
There is heaps to do locally – the Cheddar Gorge is a walk away, Bath, Bristol, Glastonbury, Wookey Hole Caves, the Mendips, real ‘proper’ cider at Wilkins’ Cider Tasting Barn, beautiful Wells and the cathedral and pretty villages and towns scattered around are all within easy driving distance.
Enjoy the freedom, enjoy new friends, enjoy the company of Jules and his fabulous place.
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