Blackmore (Ready Camp) Ready Camp

UK England West Midlands Worcestershire Great Malvern

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Glamping in Worcestershire: A conveniently placed glampsite with walking access into the Malvern Hills and an easy drive to two historic county towns, Worcester and Hereford
Running nine miles from north to south and never more than five miles wide, the Malvern Hills are the perfect attraction for energetic walkers looking for a quick outdoor fix. Hiking trails weave like silly-string around the peaks, rising abruptly (and stunningly) from the flatlands of the Severn valley. The best of the lot is the clamber up to North Hill, the tallest peak (1370ft), with exquisite panoramic views and a handy stop off point at St Ann’s Well Café. Here you can replenish your water bottle with the fresh spring water that bubbles from the hard granite beneath. The enriching H2O is actually a bounty that gave the place its Victorian fame and bolstered the village of Great Malvern into a thriving spa town. Today, the attractive settlement is more of a scenic spot to grab your hiking guide and trail pamphlets before heading off on the hoof.

For those who stay on the lower levels, it is a pleasant two-mile walk from the village to the Blackmore Ready Camp site. One of the real attractions here are the newly erected safari tents, ensconced in their own quiet corner of the site and kitted out with a fistful of furnishings that mean you can turn up with nothing but the bed-sheets. Sofas, dining furniture, double beds and a well-equipped kitchen make camping a seriously comfortable affair; an agreeable base for those travelling light.

In the immediate vicinity it’s the hills that dominate. The band of protected hummocks dip and climb, punctuated by over 20 peaks, most of which are around 1000ft. They have long been a source for artistic inspiration from the likes or composer Edward Elgar, to the fabled mountain landscapes of J.R.R Tolkein’s the Lord of the Rings. The various local villages, though, are also a delight (and some of the most prosperous in the West Midlands). Try starting off at the local priory church in Great Malvern – a leading example of Perpendicular Gothic architecture, encrusted with late medieval stained glass windows – before moving on to the famous cathedrals in Hereford and Worcester. The two historic county towns are less than half an hours drive away, making this campsite a hotspot for culture vultures as well as those peering out their tent-flaps to the hills and another day's walking conquest.

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Facilities

Campsite facilities are excellently kept with toilets, showers, a mother and baby room, disabled facilities and full washroom facilities. There are washing machines available and a separate area for dish washing. A small play area keeps little ones occupied and WiFi is available across the site at an extra charge. The small onsite shop sells essentials and ice-pack freezing is available. Campfires are not permitted but you can borrow bricks for disposable BBQs which are allowed. Safari tents include a double bed, triple bunk bed and a pull out bed, along with kitchen facilities (hobs, fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, cuttlery, crockery and utensils), a sofa, a wooden dining table and chairs.

Suitable For

Those who fancy trying a spot of camping, without the hassle. No dogs are allowed in the Ready Camp tents.

Nearby

Edward Elgar once said of his cello concerto "If after I'm dead you hear someone whistling this tune on the Malvern Hills, don't be alarmed. It's only me." He is one of a number composers and writers who drew inspiration from this locale and it's easy to see why. The tourist office in Great Malvern has free pamphlets outlining some of the best local trails and proper hiking maps can also be bought. Its a steep 25 minute climb up to St Ann's Well Café (01684 560285), an attractive Georgian building where you can taste the fresh spring waters. Those reluctant to ramble can also find a gushing spring in the mini-park at the top of Church Street, where the ancient Priory (01684 561020) is found. You're spoilt for choice when it comes to quaint villages and local pubs, but have a tipple in one of the waterfront spots in Upton Upon Severn en route to Croome Court (01905 371006), a national trust property and capability Brown's first design.

Food & Drink

The village is a short walk away along a pleasant footpath. The local pub, The Swan (01684 311870), serves great food and the legendary butcher is not to be missed – theeir pies are delicious. In the opposite direction the Bluebell Inn (01684 575031) and the Plough and Harrow (01684 310453) are also within walking distance. Take your pick from the two – equally matched in quality with perhaps a slightly more 'fine dining' style in the Plough.

Opening Times

All year.

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 pre-erected, 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

Blackmore (Ready Camp), Blackmore Campsite, No 2 Hanley Swan, Worcestershire WR8 0EE

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Getting There

Nearest bus stop: Outside site entrance.

Nearest train station: Great Malvern – 4 miles.

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