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Holly Bush Park, Culmhead, Taunton, Somerset
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Holly Bush Park, Culmhead, Taunton, SomersetThis two-acre, get-away-from-it-all site is hidden in the wooded folds of the unknown uplands of Somerset's Blackdown Hills, along a maze of narrow lanes seemingly unreachable by man or machine because so few people seem to stray into this rolling rural idyll.Though surely most have seen these hills from the madness of the M5 and vowed that 'one day'they'll come and explore them.

The most famous feature (on the highest point) of the Blackdown Hills is the Wellington Monument, a memorial measuring over 50 metres, and presently awaiting restoration.This elegant obelisk is now enclosed by corrugated iron sheeting painted by local children and is a brilliant example of modern art on the hoof. It would be worth a couple of days' camping at Holly Bush just for the walk (or bike ride) along the shady undulating lanes to view this colossus of remembrance and young artistic endeavour, but that would be doing scant justice to the nature of this glorious glimpse into an unhurried world.The Blackdown Hills are a place for quiet contemplation, lengthy country walks, and long days in the (cycle) saddle.

Holly Bush Park, Culmhead, Taunton, Somerset

COOL FACTOR A huge dose of true tranquillity.

WHO'S IN? Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs, quiet families or couples - yes. Groups - no.

ON SITE This little hideaway in the hills has a total of just 30 pitches in an enclosed garden-like setting and tents-only open field with a view. All garden pitches have hook-ups; and this is where you'll find the facilities block, with loos, 6 free showers, disabled facilities, laundry, washing-up sinks, and a fridge. No campfires, but BBQs off ground okay.

OFF SITE This is somewhere to abandon your car once you've arrived; there are some great pub-walks to be had (detailed routes provided by the owners).

FOOD AND DRINK Holman Clavel pub (01823 421432), next door to the site, offers good food and even better local ales (try the Butcombe Gold). The other local pubs to walk to are the Lamb and Flag (01823 421736), the Blagdon Inn (01823 421296), and the Culm Valley Inn (01884 840354).

GETTING THERE From Taunton follow the B3170 for 6 ½ miles, turn right into a lane with the brown campsite sign. At the T-junction go right. The site is on the left after the pub.

OPEN All year.

THE DAMAGE Pitch for 2 adults £12-£14 per night, plus £3.50 for hook-up and/or hardstanding. Child £ 2.50-£ 3.50.

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