Rectory Farm

UK England South West England Gloucestershire Gloucester

  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
A tiny, flat, rural campsite on a Gloucestershire farm.
If you head west out of the Cotswolds and stop before you reach the Wye Valley you’ll find yourself in an area of Gloucestershire that remains largely uncharted. Here the River Severn slides calmly through flat fields in which simple labourers toil away with mattock and scythe until their daily bread is won. Or so it once was, probably. In the midst of what is now a thoroughly modern rural landscape sits Rectory Farm, a modest 60-acre sheep farm sitting just outside the quiet village of Ashleworth. The camping area has the feel of a back garden crossed with a farm site. On one side there are flowerbeds spread out around the owners’ house, while on the other a flock of sheep mosey about mulling over which juicy blade of grass to go for next. A static caravan is tucked away to one side, while a trampoline provides children with endless hours of bouncy giggles. There are no other facilities here as yet, but the owners do have plans to install a loo and shower in a barn sometime soon. If you visit around August Bank Holiday you’ll be able to experience the maelstrom of creative invention that is the local scarecrow competition, held annually at Ashleworth, a mile to the east. In 2009, Douglas Bader and a singing Loch Ness Monster were pipped by a Cyclops. Meanwhile, just two fields away, there’s a pub (actually a hotel bar, but that does mean it serves food from 8:30am, which is definitely a bonus if you’re a few cornflakes short of a breakfast).



Loos: No. Showers: No. Other facilities: CDP. Stuff for children: Trampoline. Recycling: Everything. Dogs: On leads (there are sheep about). Fires: No open fires; BBQs off grass. Other: No.


Severn Way, Haw Bridge (3¾ miles) – the longest river walk in Britain, a full 210 miles from Plynlimon in Wales to the Bristol Channel. Gloucester (7 miles) – a compact city packed with delights from the cathedral to the Victorian docks; 01452 396572 (tourist information office). Malvern Hills (8 miles) – a glorious 8-mile ridge that resembles a scale model of a ‘proper’ mountain range like Snowdonia, the Cairngorms or indeed the Himalayas (George Mallory practised here for his ill-fated assault on Everest); 01684 892002.

Food & Drink

Watersmeet Country Inn (free house), Hartpury (¼ miles by footpath) – a hotel bar with a log fire, its own 10-acre wood and 3 lakes; 01452 700358.




Contact Rectory Farm, Lawn Road, Ashleworth, Gloucestshire GL19 4JL

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Getting There

Train station: Gloucester (7¼ miles) – London to Gloucester line. Regular buses run between Gloucester and Tewkesbury, stopping near the site.


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