Hereford (Ready Camp) Ready Camp

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire Hereford

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Short walk to pub
Pond-side safari tent camping in the heart of beautiful cider country

Herefordshire is cider country and you needn't travel far to be reminded of it. Even as you approach this well-established campsite you find yourself flanked by orchards: the A438 is like an apple tree avenue at times, hemmed in by stripy lines of well organised fruit trees that present themselves in brief flashes through the hedgerows. When you finally reach the campsite its no surprise to find out that 'The Herefordshire Cider Route' is one of the top attractions in the nearby county town, eight miles away. No surprise either, to find the local tipple on tap at the nearest pub, a 15-minute stroll down the road.

It's not fruit trees, however, but beech, ash and alders that partially enclose Hereford Campsite, which is reached after skirting around a large fishing lake that is almost as big as the actual camping meadow itself. Known as the Mill Pond, campers are welcome to fish its waters, casting lines out towards the small island in its centre, and a space is mown around the entire pond's circumference.

While the campsite has been here for years and boasts ample facilities, including family shower rooms, a decent shop, ice-pack freezing and a dedicated space for ball games, it's the newly added Ready Camp safari tent that particularly catches the eye. The spacious abode is kitted out with everything you need: two proper beds in two proper bedrooms (the tent can sleep four adults in comfort, or a family of six), a kitchenette with hob, fridge, microwave and pots, pans and cutlery; and a living area that extends to a shady terrace. Guests also get free access to the campsite WiFi, which is available across the site.

Life here isn't about thumbing through Facebook and dawdling on the internet though. A quick drive west takes you into Hereford, with its famous cathedral dating back to 1079. Today, it also houses the ancient Mappa Mundi – the largest medieval map known to exist – a fascinating exhibit that reveals how 13th-century scholars interpreted the geography of the world. Beyond that, meanwhile, it is walkers and cyclists that can really capitalise on Hereford Campsite's location. To the south, the Wye Valley stretches away, while to the east, the Malvern Hills are a treasure trove of footpaths. Take a packed lunch and head out for the day. And don't forget to include some apples.

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Facilities

Ready Camp safari tents include a double bed, triple bunk bed and a pull out bed, along with kitchen facilities (hobs, fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, cutlery, crockery and utensils), a sofa, a wooden dining table and chairs. Ready Camp safari tents share facilities with the rest of the campsite, including family shower rooms, toilets, showers, full washroom facilities, washing machines and dishwashing facilities. Disabled access. Fishing permitted. Free Wifi is available to Ready Camp customers. Ice-pack freezing available. A railway track runs adjacent to the campsite but noise impact is minimal and trains do not run late. Campfires not permitted.

Suitable For

Glampers – yes (campers welcome elsewhere on the site). Dogs are not permitted in the Ready Camp safari tents.

Nearby

Did you know that Herefordshire is the home of Bulmer’s Cider? It's an 8-mile drive to the city, where you can enjoy a stroll around the pedestrianised streets and follow the The Herefordshire Cider Route (including sampling the local ciders). 11th-century Hereford Cathedral (01432 374200) is a must visit for anyone wanting to marvel at the magnificent architecture. While you’re there, why not visit the Mappa Mundi, too one of the best preserved medieval maps in the world, once presided over by 13th-century scholars as they interpreted the geography of the known world at the time. On rainy days, The Old House (01432 260694) in Hereford, a preserved 17th-century house right in the city centre, is also worth popping into. The house is free to enter and is a real hidden gem in the area. When the sun is out, however, its best to slip your walking boots on and really make the most of the campsite's location. The Malvern Hills and Wye Valley, the Black Mountains and the Forest of Dean, all ripe for adventure, are within striking distance.

Food & Drink

It's ¾miles (a 15 minute walk) to the nearest pub, just down the road. The Tarrington Arms (01432 890796) is a hefty red brick Georgian building that was once a hotel and now has two bars and a restaurant. The smallest room has wonderful old photos of the local hop picking industry on the walls. If you're heading into Hereford, then there are heaps of independent options – bars, restaurants, takeaways and more. And the farmer's market runs every Saturday (9am–midday; May–October).

Opening Times

March–October.

The Owner Says

Your time spent…where it matters

Time away with family & friends is great, but let’s be honest - it can sometimes be hectic to even think about!

Ready Camp takes away some of the stresses and hassles of camping - having a preerected, canvas-wrapped haven with real beds, a kitchen and dining area. There’s no need to fill the car rammed to the rafters with an endless supply of ‘just in cases’. We give you back the time to do the fun things together with your friends and family.

Pack your bedding & a sense of adventure

Walk into a comfortable haven with cosy furnishings and oodles of little luxuries. With two bedrooms, an open plan living/dining area where you can wine and dine to your hearts content or put your feet up on the comfy settee after a long day’s adventure.

The Kitchen area includes a fridge, microwave and hob, along with basic cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. (We’ve even supplied the corkscrew!)

When it comes to light’s out…we’ve even included a torch for those midnight toilet trips, or just to make funny shadows on the tent!

Location

Hereford (Ready Camp), Hereford Camping and Caravanning Club Site, The Millpond, Little Tarrington, Hereford, Herefordshire HR1 4JA

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Getting There

There is a bus stop 250m from the campsite entrance, while the nearest train station is in Ledbury (0845 748 4950) 5 miles away. There is also a bus stop directly outside the pub – the Hereford to Ledbury service (No 476) stops there.

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