We can’t go a year without camping, we just love it, and since we had fabulous views the last couple of times we’ve been, I of course had to do my research to find an exceptionally good campsite this time.
We decided to go to Somerset, not too far away and with favourite childhood haunts nearby such as Glastonbury, with all the witchy shops and weird and wonderfulness.
I also found a gorgeous campsite on Pitch Up, and sent an email ahead to request a quiet secluded pitch, with the best view possible, and this certainly didn’t disappoint. When we arrived we were greeted by the very friendly owner who showed us to our pitch and explained where everything was, and I’d say the only downfall was that we couldn’t park our car next to our tent, meaning we had to do lots of trips back and forth to unload, and we had a LOT of stuff, but luckily we were able to use one of the trolleys provided for the fisher folk to cart their gear in, and to be honest when you see how unspoilt the place is, you can completely understand why cars aren’t allowed, and it actually made it that much more picturesque.
Burton Springs Campsite is just gorgeous, it’s primarily a site for fishermen and women, but this suited us fine as it was wonderfully peaceful the entire time, and we pitched our tent in absolutely idyllic surroundings, with a beautiful view of the lake, which we’d strategically positioned our tent door to open out onto. Perfect!
After the tent was pitched, and we’d sorted out our beds, it was time for the all important evening cook up to really settle us in to the camping life, and first on the menu was burgers and sausages in buns, with a token bit of salad on the side. Then we just sat back and relaxed, taking in the beautiful view and enjoying the peace and tranquility, while tucking into our ‘bbq in a pan’ and sipping our hot chocolates.
The daytime here is blissful, however please note that this is a fishing lake, and there are a lot of night fishermen/woman, so we had the odd flash light beaming through the tent at times, and could sometimes hear the sound of the fishing line being cast into the water, or beeping from those fandangled fish alert machines, however this never stopped us from being able to sleep, in fact I found it quite comforting knowing there were people out and about nearby, but who were courteous enough to stay quiet for the benefit of the regular campers.
The campsite is very basic, however it consists of a toilet and shower block (which was a bit of a squeeze, but did the job) a small games room, and a little shop with some basic supplies, as well as a freezer with ice-creams for sale, although there was no fresh produce such as sausages and bacon (so we made sure we stopped for this when we were out and about on our day trips). There was an honesty box left to pay for anything when the shop wasn’t being manned, and we were also able to leave our spare ice-blocks in the freezer, which we’d swap with the other ones daily, to ensure our cool box stayed nice and ‘cool’ during the hot days. Just remember to put your blocks in a clearly defined bag so they’re not taken by mistake. There’s also a washing up area, but we found it just as easy to boil the kettle back at our tent, and get Finley to do ours! Honestly, he loved it!
We had a couple of days of rain while we were here, but this didn’t stop us from going out and exploring. We found a really gorgeous beach nearby called Kilve Beach, which is perfect for rock pooling and fossil hunting.
The view, again was stunning and we spent a good few hours here. We parked a short walk away for free, and packed a picnic to enjoy out in the fresh sea air. There is nothing else here (not even toilets – which is why we only stayed for a few hours…that’s about all my bladder can withstand!) but that’s actually what’s so nice about it. It wasn’t overrun with tourists, and was very unspoilt.
We also visited Burnham-On-Sea Beach, which was lovely and sandy, but in our opinion not nearly as pretty. Finley enjoyed building sand castles here, but then the temptation of the nearby arcades got the better of him, so we finished the day off spending our pennies, one of our favourite pastimes.
We were very fortunate to have one full scorcher of a day on our planned day out at Animal Farm Adventure Park. It was a Summer Festival event, and was a really fun day out, with lots of children’s rides, animals to hold, circus performers, familiar character mascots and lots more. Thoroughly recommended for a great full day out.
But alas, the following day, of course the day we were packing up to come home, it was raining again! Packing up a soggy tent isn’t the best, and on these occasions you face the fear of being put off camping for good, but you just have to push those thoughts aside and think of all the good things that have been enjoyed instead, and that’s what keeps us always coming back for more.
We finished the camping trip with a day out to Wild Place Project , a gorgeous zoo where we could enjoy up close encounters with many animals, and take in the natural surroundings, with lovely walkways and a fun trail to complete, with stamps at various stations. It was a great day out to end our camping trip in Somerset.
We absolutely loved our time at Burton Springs, at only £64 for a 3 night stay, and enjoyed some lovely nearby days out. We thoroughly recommend this campsite, and next time will make sure we pack our fishing rod so we can have a go ourselves!
“Life is an adventure. Live it.” ~ Bear Grylls
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