Our first Be Wilder Camp, opening on July 16th 2021, is located at Field 725 Campsite at the beautiful Redwood Rare Breeds Farm Park in the tiny village of Wanstrow, Somerset, between the thriving towns of Bruton and Frome. The site is set on a wild hillside overlooking lush rolling Somerset countryside.
Redwood Rare Breeds
Redwood Rare Breeds is a new rare breeds farm park in the making. Located in the heart of the Mendip Hills, Somerset. The farm is family owned, and was run as a solid fuel and coal business in the 1950’s that has since diversified and into its current form.
Planned to open in May 2021, the rare breeds farm park will be a major new tourist attraction to both entertain and educate the general public about traditional and rare breeds of farm animals and farming practices. With a focus on protection and conservation the farm combines modern technology with traditional methodology while recognising the need for diversity and the protection of natural environments.
The park will also include a farm shop, cafe and gallery. Field 725 is situated on land that forms part of the park.
Field 725 campsite has moved from its original home on the outskirts of Frome to a beautiful new hilltop setting in Wanstrow between the two towns of Frome and Bruton. The campsite got its name from the site of the original field and it stuck with us despite the move.
The campsite field is perched on the top of a hill with outstanding views of the surrounding area, flanked on one side by untouched natural woodland adding to the wildness of the site and enhancing the opportunities for getting back to nature and in touch with your wild side.
The campsite has been designed with rustic charm bringing together the best bits of a wild camping experience with all necessary facilities to make your stay comfortable. Field 725 is all about reconnecting with nature and being sensitive to it. The semi wild natural meadow is left to grow as much as possible encouraging natural wildlife ensuring we minimise the impact we have on the land.
Field 725 is open from May to September with Be Wilder taking over the site for the summer Holidays.
Field 725, where Be Wilder is happening, is in the village of Wanstrow on the A359 between Nunney Catch and Bruton. Access to Field 725 is via Redwood Rare Breeds Farm Park found on Station Road just south of the railway bridge and next door to Reads Agriservices.
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Cycling: We encourage cycling as a great way to travel to and from the campsite. Sadly there are no National Cycling routes immediately close to the site but please use the postcode BA4 4SZ on the Sustransmapping service to explore options.
Driving to the site: If you use sat nav or a mapping service like Google Maps (https://maps.google.co.uk/) enter the postcode BA4 4SZ. This postcode takes you to around 250m north of the entrance to Redwood Rare Breeds of Station Road/A359.
Heading south from the postcode location, pass under the railway bridge on the road out of Wanstrow. The entrance to the farm park is almost immediately on your right next to a bungalow. Follow the signs to Field 725 once you have entered the farm park.
From A303 (Westbound): Come off the A303 at A36 Deptford towards Warminster. Continue on A36 until Warminster and then at roundabout take first exit on to A362. Follow the A362 for 5 miles until it reaches the junction with the A361. At the junction with the A361, turn left towards Shepton Mallet. Follow A361 for 7 miles over several roundabouts until you reach Nunney Catch where there is a petrol station, diner and truckstop. Take the first exit on to the A359 towards Bruton and follow for 2.5 miles through the village of Wanstrow. Entrance is on your right.
From A303 (Eastbound): Come off the A303 just after the Sparkford Roundabout, taking the junction towards the A359 / Bruton / Haynes Motor Museum. Follow the A359 North for 4 miles and then at the staggered crossroads with the A371, continue North towards Bruton. Proceed on the A359 through Bruton, passing up the High St and on to Quaperlake St. Follow A359 for just under 5 miles until you pass the village of Upton Noble on your right. After a few hundred yards you will come to Burts Hill, proceed down this and at the bottom on your left is the entrance to Redwood Rare Breeds.
From M4: Take Junction 18 and then A46 south towards Bath. Through Bath take the A36 south towards Frome (other routes exist including toll bridge at Bathampton) for approximately 10 miles. At roundabout take second exit on to A361 towards Frome. Follow A361 around edge of Frome for 8 miles over 5 further roundabouts until you reach Nunney Catch where there is a petrol station, diner and truckstop. Take the first exit on to the A359 towards Bruton and follow for 2.5 miles through the village of Wanstrow. Entrance is on your right.
Access to Redwood Rare Breeds is via the village of Wanstrow. Please drive carefully and with respect for residents. If you are driving from the local area please be considerate and avoid taking shortcuts through small lanes, we would like to avoid causing disruption and congestion to local people.
Public Transport: Head for Bruton or Frome if you are coming by public transport. The nearest railway station is Bruton, 5.0 miles from the site. Both stations have limited services. To Frome, more regular trains run from Westbury or Castle Cary. Frome station has a taxi rank. To Bruton, trains run from London Paddington, Bristol and Weymouth amongst others.
There are no longer any non-school bus services running through Wanstrow from either Bruton or Frome.
Taxis: Frome has a number of taxi firms operating:
- ABC Taxis: 01373 452 211 / 01373 452 444
- M&H Taxi: 01373 762882 (24hrs)
- Arrow Taxis: 01373 470110 / 07779 004 030
- Starline Taxis: 01373 452 222
Bruton taxi firms include:
- Bruton-Mendip Taxis: 07984 465864
- Dovecot Cabs 01749 812098
- Craigs Taxis: 07563 612473
More services can be found online however bear in mind that Bruton in particular is a small town and most services are provided by individuals. We recommend taxis are booked in advance where possible, especially if wanted in the evening at weekends when there is high demand or on Sunday when there are less services running.
Check out Taxi Register for more info: https://www.taxi-register.com/Somerset/Bruton.taxi
The Land | Nature | Woodland
The land at our first Be Wilder Camp includes a semi wild meadow, situated high above the landscape, and ancient woodland. The 100 acres of Breach Wood connected to the site can be explored via a network of paths with 10 acres owned by the rare breed farm where many of the rewilding activities take place. There are a broad variety of native trees from Hazel to Beech to Birch present in the woods, and some mighty Oaks along its edges bordering our Camp. Maps of pathways and safe routes will be provided as well as hazards and restricted areas.
There are a total of 15 springs across the hilltop, ultimately feeding into the local river of Frome. And lots of wildlife including deer, birds and insects to discover.
The Be Wilder meadow has been quarried historically and there are traces of this everywhere, not least from the large dugout areas clearly visible. However, along the edge of the woodland, approaching up the steep hill, are remnants of an old track known colloquially as ‘The Wanstrow Wagon Track’. This is the old road that would bring quarried stone to the village and would have carried on to rejoin what is now the A359 on its way down to Bruton.
The Be Wilder Camp at Field 725 allows you to turn up and enjoy getting back to nature without the hassle of having to pitch your own tent.
Our toilet trailer and shower trailer mean you can enjoy flushing toilets and hot showers as part of your camping experience. We don’t expect you to go fully back to nature.
There’s even a coffee van providing delicious coffee and pastries in the mornings
As well as our sumptuous accommodation options, Be Wilder has available shared spaces for the purposes of our activity programme, for eating communally and simply for being in.
The Hub – Stretch Marquee
Our main shared space, The Hub, is a 10m x 15m Stretch Marquee. The marquee has matting and some tables and chairs for seating. The marquee will host our main workshops each day – those that don’t involve being out in nature, anyhow – and occasional performances in the evening. The marquee is in a beautiful spot and available to all when activities are not taking place.
The Big Lodge – Giant Tipi
Our 25ft diameter Tipi is situated amidst the trees on the edges of our camping field. It’s a beautiful scenic location on the edge of the wild with a space for a fire both inside the Tipi and outside. The Tipi will serve as a workshop and creative space and also somewhere for you to connect more deeply, taking some space from others to find yourself.
Our Pagoda sits centrally in the Camp, with our coffee van parked alongside and Camp Kitchen nearby. It is your perfect eating spot where you can share food, drinks and good times. Picnic benches provided.
The sacred centre of Be Wilder around which all activity takes place. A space for connection, for listening and taking part in music and storytelling; for communal cook-ups facilitated by one of our team. The Hearth is lit each night that the camp is open and you are welcome to sit around it until the early hours. Some wood is provided but additional can be bought for those seeking a late night space to chill and strum your guitar melodically (we hope).