Taw Bottom


Girlguiding Devon Camp Site                                          

Taw Bottom is situated in the centre of Devon at South Tawton, near Okehampton. One of its boundaries is the River Taw and it is within walking distance of Dartmoor. The fourteen-acre site comprises extensive woodland with four main campsites, two small 'Patrol' sites, the Longhouse building, a Campfire Circle and a Quiet Area. Each of the main campsites has its own solid wooden shelter, flush toilets, wash basins and hot showers. Trees and bushes give privacy from the other sites.  Generators provide electricity if required. Beech and Hawthorn sites share two outdoor catering sinks with hot and cold water.








There is camp equipment for hire, sufficient for twenty-four people. This includestwo gas boilers, a 2-burner gas stove, another gas stove with small oven and a gas fridge, but excludes tents. Also on-site are pioneering equipment, (which includes materials for making bridges, chariots, rafts - and more), a Fitness Trail and an Orienteering Trail and the Taw Bottom Challenge. This is based on backwoods skills; all equipment and instructions are provided and badges can be ordered on completion.  Archery instruction is available on request.

The Longhouse is a good-sized wooden building which has a fully equipped catering-style kitchen, an activity room and a covered dining/activity area outside. It can be booked separately from the camping sites. There are facilities for the disabled. The car park is large enough for coaches as well as a good number of cars and minibuses. A 2-berth caravan may be hired for additional accommodation.


Taw Bottom is easily accessible from the A30 and the town of Okehampton is only seven miles away, with a good range of shops, supermarkets and other facilities.


Other local activities include:


Taw Bottom lends itself to camps and day visits by all Girlguiding members, school groups (for Forest School type activities) and other groups.  We hope that all who visit it will enjoy the peace and tranquility which can be found in this beautiful place.






Recent Developments have been:

  • The major project in 2017 has been the enlarging and levelling of Ash site which has received widespread approval. The removal of the perimeter trees has brought much more light onto the site.
  • Ash shelter has adjustable screens over the 'windows' to help with weather protection.
  • Outdoor catering sinks have been installed on the end of the shower block for the use of groups on Beech and Hawthorn.  They provide hot and cold water.
  • Several Scout/cub groups injoy camping at Taw Bottom and often help with maintenance and conservation projects.
  • The contents of the two Stores have been swopped over so that the larger building contains the equipment needed for the various on-site activities and for the trolleys, making them more accessible.
  • Ash/Oak toilet blocks have been painted inside, giving them a lighter look.
  • Friends of Taw Bottom Harvest Lunch in September was very successful again - great food, good company and lovely weather.
  • The local conservation group (StOC) carry out maintenance work in the spring and autumn, doin many jobs including checking and repairing bridges and fences, and clearing ditches and vegetation.

Friends of Taw Bottom

Taw Bottom is a much-loved site and we have a 'Friends of Taw Bottom' group who help us financially to keep all the facilities in good condition and to fund extra improvements. We warmly welcome any offers of practical help but are very grateful for annual subscriptions as well: we ask for a minimum of £5. If you are interested, please contact us.