Tresseck Campsite

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire Ross-on-Wye

  • Good walks nearby
Watching the river go by (and the array of wildlife and floating or capsizing vessels on it). A horizontally laid-back atmosphere, with open fires.

Once discovered, always a fan, it seems, since this site has plenty of campers who come back again and again. They love the ‘no delusions of grandeur’ vibe. It’s a field by some water. But what water. Whether it’s messing about in boats, splashing, paddling or just admiring this great expanse of river, the Wye will quickly have you hooked, like one of the local salmon on a fisherman’s rod. Everyone rubs along nicely here – from couples holed up in cosy two-man ridges, to groups of families in their domes, to the ever-present canoeists making the most of the landing site by the tiny beach. Human traffic eases off during the day as campers paddle, wander or drive off to follow their respective pursuits. But by four-ish most are back in the fold again, relishing the relaxed environment. Watery tales are swapped and blistered fingers patched up. With a family-friendly pub by the gate and two more close by, what’s not to like? Whatever time you choose to climb into your sleeping bag, you can be assured that you’ll fall asleep to the crackle of open fires, the swishing of water in the reeds, the cough of a sheep and laughter from the pub garden. Quite a lullabye!



The camp field is a ball-tastic throwing and kicking space. There’s a sheltered landing spot for canoeists, but even if you’re a confirmed land-lubber there’s a great deal of pleasure to be had from watching people squeezing themselves in and out of their vessels (ooh – and sometimes falling in!). Otherwise pander to desires for paddling, wild swimming and fishing. There are 4 cold taps, several portaloos, but no showers, so clean-freaks need not apply. The large rubbish skip is extremely useful, if not exactly enhancing the beauty of the, frankly, stunning surroundings. This is a tent-only site, though camper vans are welcomed into the fold, as long as they don’t need electricity. Tresseck does have fishing rights, so ask for details when booking.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans – yes. Caravans – no.


This is picture-postcard territory. Wander around the lanes and footpaths. Play Pooh Sticks off the bridge around the corner. Check out the Italian church. Mess about in boats. Canoeing to Ross-on-Wye will take about 3½ hours, so you may want to arrange a pick-up with one of the everhelpful local companies (Hereford Canoe Hire; 01432 873020 or Wye Pursuits; 01600 891199). Get lost in the Symonds Yat maze (01600 890360).

Food & Drink

The New Harp Inn is literally on your doorstep (01432 840900), so you can check it out before booking. The Lough Pool Inn (01989 730236) is only a 10-minute walk away in Sellack and the Cottage of Content (01432 840242), which offers colouring-in-equipment for small ones (and lifts for those without cars), is a 5-minute drive in the opposite direction. Nearby Ross-on-Wye offers a Morrison’s supermarket, Audrey’s Fish Bar (01989 563821) and Pan Pizza (01989 562288), which will deliver. Result. Ruth, who owns Tresseck, visits at 8am every morning and can sell you firewood. She’ll even get you milk if you’re desperate.


Easter–end Sept.

Family Friendly

You are camping right by a beautiful but fast-moving river. If this worries you with small kids about, pitch in the top end of the field, where there’s a fence between the site and the river.


Contact Tresseck Campsite, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire HR2 6QJ

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Getting There

From Ross-on-Wye take the A49 north. Take the second right, signposted ‘Hoarwithy’. Follow the country lane for 4 miles and you’ll find yourself by the New Harp Inn in the centre of Hoarwithy. The campsite entrance is immediately past the pub on the right.

The nearest train station is Moreton-in-Marsh, which is a 10-minute taxi ride from the site. You can also get the train to Stratfordon-Avon, then do the 20-minute journey by bus, which leaves hourly and takes you to the end of the road, 1/4 mile from the site.


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Rated ★★★★☆ over 1 reviews


Great stay during canoe trip

Stayed overnight during a 4-day paddle down the Wye. Best campsite we stayed at on route. Minimal faiclities – portaloos and freshwater taps – but amazing setting beside the river in a really quiet stretch in a really beautiful village. Pub at the end of the track (excellent) and a very unique village church. Campfire in the evening, river swim in the morning. 👍
Aug 19, 2019 by JamesWS

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