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Brokerswood Country Park Campsite Review

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There are many campsites near rural attractions, some are even next door, but very few are actually part of the attraction. With Brokerswood Country Park you get to stay in the heart of this beautiful natural woodland and, for anyone with a love of the outdoors, this gives the campsite a unique appeal.

Access is via a gated entrance and, as the country park no longer accepts day visitors, the only vehicle movement will be fellow campers pitching up – making it even more tranquil. The location of the campsite is in a flat grass field bordered on one side by mature woodland – on some pitches you can literally step out of your motorhome directly into the leafy woods. Both grass and hardstanding pitches are available. Often with very rural campsites, the facilities are very basic – perhaps a bathtub or water and a scrubbing brush if you’re lucky – but happily this isn’t the case at Brokerswood and here you can have your cake and eat it. The shower block is a shiplap-clad wooden building filled with modern stone-style floor tiles and large showers with changing cubicles. There are plenty of them and they can’t really be faulted. A laundry room and washing-up area is also provided.

Just behind the main camping area is a series of wooden buildings that aim to educate and entertain in equal measure.
One building details the history of the site, which has been family owned since 1957, and shows how much effort goes into preserving this historic woodland. Others show traditional wood cutting methods – they used to have to saw along
the length of the tree with a gigantic handsaw – which must have given them biceps like Popeye! The displays also point out that the 80-acres of grounds have been awarded David Bellamy’s highest Gold Award for the last 10 years in a row, so this country park really does take its conservation seriously.

The other thing this campsite is brilliant for is children. In the camping field is a play area, while the wooden huts house an additional indoor play area. Then there’s a miniature train that will transport you into an additional large play
area in the middle of the woods. You’d think this would be it, but you’d be wrong – they’ve also installed play areas throughout the woods alongside the forest trails. The country park actively encourages groups of children and schools to take part in the many activities it offers and the whole campsite is geared around educating and enlightening people on the wonders of the great outdoors – something that we can all agree on, I’m sure!

There’s a small shop and a café on site too, together with a restaurant and pub – the Kicking Donkey – which are just over half-a-mile away, so well within walking distance. Areas that should be on your ‘to do’ list to explore near Brokerswood include the Roman town of Bath, the enigmatic Glastonbury Tor with its elevated views and the much loved area around Cheddar Gorge, where no trip can be complete without a visit to the delights of Wookey Hole. Plenty to do, then!

Pitches are on flat grass or hardstandings, with hook-ups available       There's plenty for children to do too

















SITE INFORMATION:

Address: Brokerswood, Westbury, Wiltshire BA13 4EH
Tel: 01373-822238
Web: www.brokerswoodcountrypark.co.uk
Open: 22 March - 4 November

Charges (2013): From £20 (2 adults, pitch, electric).
Nearest pub/restaurant: The Kicking Donkey country pub and restaurant is about half-a-mile from the campsite.
Nearest public transport: There is a bus stop at Rudge Road (half a mile away) opposite the Kicking Donkey pub.
Directions: Follow brown tourist signs from A36 or A361. 3½ miles north of Westbury, 5 miles from Trowbridge.


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