The Bridge Inn

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire Ewyas Harold

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
A tiny camping gem, just35 acre in size.
There’s a small back road from the Welsh village of Pandy that skirts around the bottom of the Black Mountains, and so unwittingly finds itself in England for a stretch. Just before it heads back for the border at Hay-on-Wye, it slides into Michaelchurch Escley, a sinuous village named after both its church and its brook. At one of the few turnings-off sits the deftliest of hidden pubs, the Bridge Inn. The demarcation here is clear: campervans and caravans are corralled by the riverside, while a grassy terrace plays host to the two-man tents. The top terrace – a sunny circle bounded by trees – accommodates the family-sized dwellings. In summer, children play in the stream by the inn’s eponymous bridge, while their parents sit out in the beer garden pretending to keep an eye on them. The pub, a low-beamed inn of indeterminate age, was once a place where drovers slaked their thirst before taking their herds or flocks across the river. Today it still serves locally brewed real ales, and meals that use locally sourced produce wherever possible. A large folder in the pub bulges with scores of local walks – if you did one a day you’d be here all summer – urging hikers up to Hergest Ridge, the Devil’s Pulpit, Arthur’s Stone and beyond. The cycling is pretty good here too, with plenty of very minor roads wending their way from somnolent village to somnolent village, before surprising the patient pedaller with huge open vistas of Herefordshire hills.

Details

Facilities

2 mens' loos, 2 womens' loos and a shower for each too. 6 electric hook ups. Children’s playground, various toys and swings in trees. BBQs and campfires permitted off the ground. No parking on grass.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes.

Nearby

The 177-mile Offa’s Dyke Path and the Black Mountains are just 4 miles away as the crow flies (though the crow will need to gain some height), both offer superb walking possibilities. Llanthony (13½ miles by road, around 5 by footpath) – a hamlet in the high Vale of Ewyas that plays host to the ruins of 12th century Llanthony Priory, part of which is an exquisite hotel whose bar is always worth a visit; 01873 890487.

Food & Drink

The Bridge Inn (free house) is right on the doorstep.

Opening Times

All year.

Location

Contact The Bridge Inn, The Bridge Inn, Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire HR2 0JW

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Getting There

Train station: Abergavenny (14 miles) or Hereford (15 miles) – Shrewsbury to Newport line. From Abergavenny, walk to nearby Llanfoist Fawr, take bus no. X4 to Pontrilas and pick up the Nick Maddy Coaches’ no. 440 to Michaelchurch Escley.

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