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Mount Folly Farm
Bigbury On Sea
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
TQ7 4AR   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01548 810267

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Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 12 Reviews
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Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Cerisjones 6 reviews from this member

This is a great campsite! We spent a week here and had an enjoyable time. I agree with the other comments that the on site shower and toilet facilities weren't great however we chose this site for the peace and quiet and beautiful location.

The campsite is located near many public rights of way so there are lots of lovely walks to be had 'from your doorstep'. We did the Avon estuary walk which entailed a trip across the estuary in a lovely wooden boat. Make sure that you check the ferry operating times before you head down the cliff as it is a bit of a slog to the top again!

In terms of shops and evening eateries we found that there were not many useful facilities at Bigbury-on-Sea itself. The nearest (small) supermarket is at Challaborough which is about 30 mins walk (downhill) from the campsite. In terms of eateries we stumbled across The Journey's End Inn in nearby Ringmore. I thoroughly recommend a visit to this lovely quaint old pub. The food is great and there were lots of cask ales avaliable too. I would recommend that you book in advance as it is so popular. Again Ringmore (which is worth a visit anyway as it is so pretty) is about 30 mins walk away but up two big hills!

Overall we really enjoyed camping here. Try and pitch up behind a hedge as it can be very windy!

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Handspw 1 review from this member

This would have been a wonderful campsite had it not been for the ugly eyesore that constitute the facilities. It`s in a lovely spot with great views along the coast, within walking distance of beautiful beaches. However everything is spoiled by the rusting ramshackle portakabins with very basic interiors and light switches hanging by the wires and not working. No hot water to the sinks and very uninviting showers at £1 a go. Rubbish strewn around and shoved under the portakabins and the hole over the sewer pipe covered by a paving slab, which is the waste water disposal point, surely contravenes health and safety regulations.

Come on owners. Spend a little to bring the facilities up to scratch and this would be a fantastic site.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Vinny2014 1 review from this member

A fantastic campsite in walking distance to a superb beach, kids loved body boarding and watching the pro s kite surfing. Views were spectacular could sit and look at them all day :-) on arrival after my first experience of Cornish country roads we drove onto campsite unsure where to pitch, spent about 5 mins driving around in my campervan decided on a sea view unaware of the high winds :-( spent about 30 mins TRYING to attach awning, gave up and went for the wind breakers for shelter from the wind but after nearly loosing mine and kids heads and a visit from farmer/owner of site we were advised not to bother, lovely chap who pointed out where the facilities were showers/loos ect and would be back once we were settled to take payment. Owner came back after a short while and told us it would be £12 for the night. Very reasonable :-) gave the kids a pound each to get a ice cream which was a lovely touch. All in I would highly recommend Mount Folly Farm if you want the space, freedom for kids to play, close to beach, value for money, very friendly staff :-) if you want level pitches, top notch facilities and no wind it might not be for you but otherwise it's one of the best coastal camp site I have been to :-)

Ps we did have the aftermath of hurricane Bertha so might not be as windy as we had it !

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Rupert 2 2 reviews from this member

This site is in the most stunning location down narrow lanes and where the views are superb.

It has basic facilities including hook up, it is very dog friendly with lots of excellent footpaths taking you in every direction including to the estuary and the cliff path and allows open fires in fire pits

The farmer and his family were really hospitable and made me feel very welcome, they care passionately about the land and farm and there are information boards to tell you about the herd of cows ect. They have strict rules about limiting the level of noise and excessive drinking.

This site reminded me of very happy camping holidays from my child hood, where you can feel the presence of nature. I really enjoyed my stay

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jacqui Donley 1 review from this member

Truly stunning views, in walking distance a number of sandy beaches, (some with surf and RNLI lifeguards), campfires and a short drive from the A38 make these large organic farm fields a perfect place for a simple family camping holiday. The site is a step up from green field camping with the provision of cold water taps and a few basic and clean toilets and showers. Radios are not permitted and only respectful and considerate camping is tolerated by the friendly farmer who is often on site. Campers are (strongly!) encouraged to shop at one of the few local small convenience stores to support the local economy.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mister_Tee 3 reviews from this member

I think I must be turning into a 'glass half empty' kind of person. As I'm pondering what to say, it's negative things that come to mind. However, overall we had a fantastic time on this site, but there are some things we wished we'd known beforehand!

The toilet, shower and waste disposal facilities have been well and accurately documented in other reviews. I would also add that they're small as well. The cubicle walls are short in all directions - I'd suggest using the public ones on the beach, they were nicer.

Bin day is a Monday, so when we arrived on site - during a busy August - the bin area was overflowing, but it all got sorted on the Monday and then built up over the week!

The views from the site are amazing. This meant we could clearly see the remnants of Hurricane Bertha as she approached and then, as the site is quite exposed, battered us. If wind is forecast, batten down everything - twice!

The roads to the site are not for the faint hearted. The 11 miles from the A38 took over an hour on the Saturday morning we arrived. Single track roads, lorries, caravans, motorhomes, beach traffic etc. Make sure you follow the directions on their website - on one day we went the direct route and drove alongside a farm track that was wider and looked better used than the road.

If you're going away from the campsite, to the East, and your Sat Nav puts Bigbury church on your left. That road sign that says Tidal Road, is just what it says - so look at the tide before you leave and make your choice!

Last concern before I turn to the positives. There are no supermarkets anywhere near here. My research identified loads about 10miles away, but with the Tidal road not always passable, and narrow windy roads everywhere - 10 miles away equals about 40 minutes. Similarly, if you need a wet weather activity, there's nothing nearby. No, seriously, nothing.

The positives are the view, or more accurately the VVIIIIIIEEEEEEEWWWW as it stretches for miles and miles. You really can see the weather approach, which is great from the beach or campsite.

The beach is awesome. Fantastic sand, just perfect for sandcastles. Shallow water for ages, so children able to play safely. Lifeguards on duty. Good toilets, cafe and shop nearby. Official and much cheaper farmer's field parking. Probably worth knowing about the tides as not much space to sit at high tide!

No phone signal on campsite or beach - so truly away from it all.

Campsite offers large, park anywhere, no EHU, 'don't let anyone else hear your music' fields as well as a more regulated EHU field - though we did have someone try to put their tent so their guys crossed ours - fortunately arrived back as they were pitching so able to ask them to move.

Lastly, the church is lovely. Not the most family friendly service, but they made efforts which was appreciated as we had the only children - but I think everyone in the church spoke to us and one of them offered to let us stay, in our caravan, on her drive for a night or two if the wind got really bad - whilst the shelter of the house would have helped, the packing up again wasn't feasible.

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