Woodside Country Park

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Glamping pods, Scandinavian lodges and first-class camping and caravanning in 25-acre's of Herefordshire countryside, covered by pockets of woodland

Who needs a playground when you’ve got a pond? That seems to be the attitude at Woodside Country Park, where the focus is more on camping’s natural pleasures than installing a raft of artificial flimflam. The result is a 25-acre space that’s covered by pockets of woodland and no fewer than nine different ponds. In the summer, the largest, Cider Mill Pool, is a central convening point for families as children hurl themselves from a small jetty and dabble like oversized ducks among its waters. It’s a scene more reminiscent of rural France than middle England.

Yet rural is certainly what Woodside Country Park is. Despite being just two miles from the amenities of Ledbury, this is a real countryside site with excellent views and a peaceful, partially ‘wild’ ambience. It really is a ‘country park’, home to over 500 native water plants, trees and shrubs, planted alongside swathes of wild flowers, giving colour and variety all year round. As well as swimming, kids will love dipping around in the smaller ponds for insects and bugs (you can even buy a net in reception) and looping trails among the trees provide great bird spotting opportunities.

Camping-wise the site has something for everyone. Weather worriers who want to travel light can pluck for one of their wooden camping pods or a bed in the large, bunkhouse. The former, nestled among tall pine trees, are simply furnished (bring your own bedding and camping gear) but are well insulated and spacious, featuring a heater, double plug socket and lighting. The bunkhouse, meanwhile, also features a dining and cooking area, with five different rooms each sleeping up to four people. They’re more functional than luxurious – cosy indoor options particularly popular during the winter months – but are a wonderfully handy option if you don’t fancy pitching a tent.

Out in the open, there are two different camping meadows, situated either side of a country lane that runs through the middle of the park. Near the pods, Orchard Field has room for just 15 pitches, well spread out and almost all with electricity, while over the road the larger camping meadow (near the swimming pond) is geared more towards tent campers, with space for 40 tents but only a dozen electrical hook ups. It creates a field coloured by canvas and campervans – a classic camping vibe, aided by views across the pond to rolling fields, climbing into the hills around Hereford 10 miles to the east.

The sheer size of the place means much of the day can be spent on site. In the woods the most gargantuan trees house fairies, with tiny doors to be discovered among the roots, and in a far corner of the site yet more pools are accompanied by picnic benches in a designated conservation area. Along the opposite perimeter of the park, meanwhile, the long distance Herefordshire Trail runs. It’s an excellent route that skirts the county and is just one of the reasons the site is so popular with walking groups – along with the nearby Malvern Hills. If you’re still in need of ideas the reception hut has a big stash of brochures, too. So there really is no excuse not to get out there!

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Facilities

4 shower blocks all with free hot showers, coin operated washing machine and tumble dryer, washing up facilities, chemical waste disposal points, limited Wi-Fi. Fishing and wild swimming both permitted, plus there is a conservation area with picnic places and fairy doors hidden around the site. In the bunk house: each room is furnished with a wardrobe, dining area and cooking area. The cooking area has a kettle, toaster, microwave, 2 ring table top cooker, fridge, basic cooking equipment and utensils and crockery. Pods include a heater, double plug socket and lighting.

Suitable For

Everyone! Tents, caravans, campervans, motorhomes, pets...

Nearby

The surrounding area boasts some stunning cycling and walking trails – the picturesque Malvern Hills and the Forest of Dean among them. Kayak languidly on the nearby River Wye – Hereford Canoe Hire (01432 873020) in the village of Mordiford hires Red Indian style steel canoes for 2 hour paddles (£25) and half (£45) and full day (£55) adventures. Or head to Aylton, for Newbridge Farm Park (01531 670780), home to alpaca, pony rides and adventure playgrounds. It's 5 miles to 19th century Eastnor Castle (01531 633160), where you can wander through its Knight’s Maze or try the kids’ assault course and adventure playground. In the bothy in the castle grounds you can try out one of many Land Rover adventure courses (0844 848 4469). The castle holds events such as open-air theatre, and is very child-friendly. Dogs are also permitted both in the castle and grounds.

Food & Drink

Your best bet is to head the 2 miles to Ledbury, where there's a wide selection of independent pubs and restaurants – try the Talbot (01531 632963) or the Prince of Wales (01531 632250). There is also a good local farm shop (01531 670816) 1 mile away or, for something different, visit Westons Cider (01531 660233), where there is a visitor centre in the 17th-century farmhouse for guided tours detailing the cider making, plus a small restaurant.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Tranquil 28 acre site for camping, caravaning, pods and bunkhouse, with 10 Scandinavian lodges also nestled within the site. An abundance of wildlife can be spotted around, with fishing and wild swimming also available. Despite being just two miles from the amenities of Ledbury, this is a real countryside site with excellent views and a peaceful, partially ‘wild’ ambience.

Accommodation

2 camping and caravanning fields, with 50+ pitches between them. 5 bunkrooms – each sleeping up to 4 people and available for sole use, 1 standard pod and 2 family pods.
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Location

Contact Woodside Country Park, Woodside Country Park, Falcon Lane, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2JN

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Getting There

From Junction 2 on the M50 take the A417 to Ledbury. At the roundabout turn left following Leadon Way (by-pass) signposted UBL and Hereford (A438). At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit (by-pass) to the next roundabout. Turn left into Little Marcle Road, signposted to Little Marcle. Go past the Heineken  factory and take the right turn signposted Falcon Lane and Baregains Lane. Woodside Country Park is the sixth entrance on the right. The nearest bus stop is at the end of Falcon Lane approx. 3/4 mile from the site. The route links Ledbury town centre to Hereford and is route number 476. Ledbury train station (0845 748 4950) is 2 miles away and also receives National Express coaches. Ledbury Cycle Hire (01531 635024) has a selection of bikes for hire, including tandems. They are within walking distance of Ledbury railway station or you can arrange for cycles to be delivered to the site for a small fee.

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