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.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 23 reviews

★★★★★

Hidden gem!

Lovely little place, we stayed in on of the pods just for one night as a last minute getaway. The place is beautiful, the staff there were really friendly and helpful - even offering us late check out. We couldn't have asked for anything more and will definitely be back. Thank you!
Sep 9, 2019 by Ruth Hitchen
★★★★★

Great campsite, beautiful views across the fields and good facilities. Great for wild swimming in the pond. Grounds very well kept and staff lovely and friendly.

Wild swimming pool and freedom to choose where to pitch.
Sep 2, 2019 by Rachel Mun
★★★★★

A great first camping trip

We’ve just enjoyed a lovely first camping trip as a family of 4. The site was very clean especially the inside toilet/shower block. It was great having hot showers and the washing up facility was great too. The staff were very helpful. Views were fantastic. Overall a successful first camping trip!
Sep 2, 2019 by Siobhan Griffin
★★★★★

Great place

Just spend a sunny bank holiday weekend at Woodside. The children loved exploring and running about. Plenty of space to do so. Very friendly staff and overall a very relaxed feel. We will come again.
Aug 28, 2019 by Marleen Weed
★★★★★

Nice little site

Really good facilities and super clean. Small site but with flexibility in the spacing so you don't feel hemmed in. Didn't get to use the lake, but seemed really popular with everybody else on the hot bank holiday weekend!
Aug 28, 2019 by Neil Stenton
★★★★★

Would recommend

Helpful and friendly staff. Good location - lots to do in the local area. Amenities were spotless.
Aug 19, 2019 by Frank Boshoff
★★★★★

A great place to meet up with friends

We stayed a few nights in our camper van and met up with friends. We chose the site for its location as it was nearly equidistant for all of us. I was really pleased with the beauty and spacious parkland and also a proper hot shower in the morning! There were tents and kids and dogs and lots of little fire pits in the evening dotted about. However there was a lovely relaxing atmosphere throughout our stay as there were no ‘wallies’ on the site. Just how camping should be. Thank you.
Aug 19, 2019 by Kevin Leaning
★★★★★

Peacefull friendly stay

We stayed in Pod 1 for 3 nights On arriving at reception we were given a friendly greeting shown to our pod given a map of the site and shown where all facilities were . Showers and toilets all clean and working Having use of a fridge and freezer too was an added bonus . The site is beautifully maintained and so lovely and quiet just what we were looking for . The staff are very friendly Hire of a fire pit on site is an added bonus too if you suddenly get the urge to toast marshmallows...the supplies are available in the reception shop Overall would definitely return enjoyed our stay perfect peaceful place to visit .
Aug 8, 2019 by alison hall
★★★★★

Peacefull friendly stay

We stopped in Pod 1 for 3 nights On arriving we went to reception and received the warmest of welcomes were shown to our pod given a map of the site and given a full run down of where facilities were and what was available The use of the fridge and freezer in the lower part of the bunk house was an added bonus too Showers and toilets all clean well maintained with use of a washing machine and dryer if needed . The hire of a fire pit was great for the spur of the moment wanting to toast marshmallows moment with supplies available in reception too . The owner ( lady) sorry can't remember her name was really helpful and friendly would definitely return Perfect peaceful relaxing stay .
Aug 8, 2019 by alison hall
★★★★★

Lovely quiet stay

My husband and I stayed in a camping pod whilst 3 of our friends stayed in a room in the bunk house. We all preferred the pods because the bunk house was simply too hot. Very little air can enter through the tiny windows meaning it wasn't possible to spend any time in there during the day and sleeping was difficult for them. The pods were spacious for 2 people and located directly in front of the toilet block which was convenient. The site itself is in a lovely quiet location and has beautiful well kept grounds. We were able to catch many fish from the ponds just a short walk from our pod. We also enjoyed visiting the charming town of Ledbury with numerous boutique shops and pubs, though note you do need a car for the trip because the roads near to the camp site are too narrow and dangerous to go by foot.
Aug 5, 2019 by Hannah Bulaitis
★★★★★

Great camp

We visited as a family of 4 as first foray into camping and weren't disappointed. The fields were clean and we'll maintained. There were plenty of toilets, showers and washing up areas that were practical and clean. The fridge and freezer were a nice touch. My husband and son loved the fishing and caught loads of roach and carp. Loved the amount of space available to camp and play in. Overall a great camp, thank you.
Jul 29, 2019 by Alice Clark
★★☆☆☆

Nice weekend stay for the summer

We enjoyed the whole area very much, also the swimming in the dam. It is a very peaceful, green and lush site. We didn't enjoy the bunkhouse so much, as it had very little circulation and we couldn't go inside it during the day. There are just very small windows high up with no view, so you couldn't really spend time in them. It was way too hot as well due to the lack of circulation. There were also a lot of flies. Maybe invest in fly traps/ lights. I don't think we will book it again, unless it becomes really nice to live in them. We would rather book the pods next time.
Jul 1, 2019 by Yolande Mirza
★★★★★

Great family site

We’ve stayed twice now with 2 children aged 7 and 3 and each time it’s been great. The new shower facilities are great to use and are nice and clean. There’s a pond for pond dipping and a larger pond for wild swimming. There’s other ponds too for fishing. We love that you can hire a fire pit and have a camp fire. Loads to do in the local area and the supermarket really is only a 5 minute drive. We’ll be going back again later in the year, can’t wait
Jun 5, 2019 by Wendy palmer
★★★★★

Highly recommended

Me & my partner stayed in a Pod for 1 night. On arrival was very welcoming & helpful, the grounds & views are lovely, toilets & shower area was clean. We will definitely be going back, highly recommend this place.
May 13, 2019 by Luci Hamm
★★★★★

Perfect

We stayed in the Orchard. Scenery was stunning, site facilities were very clean. Staff bent over backwards to help and nothing was too much trouble. Site not overly crowded this plenty of personal space. A fully relaxing setting and we can’t wait to return. Well done Woodside
Apr 25, 2019 by Hinkson
★★★★★

Lovely campsite

We stayed in the Cidermill field (non electric). It’s a beautiful setting, great if you like fishing and wildlife. The field wasn’t over filled so there was plenty of space for the kids to run around. Amenities were clean and well kept. Plenty of showers and toilets so no queues. The staff were really friendly too. No noise after 1030pm was respected by all. We’ll be going again.
Apr 23, 2019 by Bakercakes
★★★★★

Fantastic pod!!!

We stayed in the family pod.. it was perfect.. lovely and warm plenty of room.. it was so windy but inside was lovely and cosy.. and it rained all through the night.. but again we were cozy , warm and dry!!! Lovely area plenty of walks.. highly recommend ... much easier than camping with a tent!!!!!
Mar 11, 2019 by DGallemore
★★★★★

Peaceful site with great views

We stayed on an electric pitch in the Orchard field, in a tent with two young children. The field isn’t completely flat but we pitched at the bottom and had no problems at all. The their field was very flat and great for kids to play on or larger groups to pitch together. It was a lovely quiet site which was ideal for our little ones. They loved exploring the lakes, woodland areas and sitting areas in the large outbuildings, so much so that we didn’t bother to leave the site on one of the days (and everyone in the family agreed this was the best day of the holiday!). The owners were very friendly and helpful but left you to your own devices too - the perfect balance! Toilets and showers were always clean and the site was very well maintained. We hired a fire pit and bought marshmallows to toast from the onsite shop. No complaints whatsoever and we will definitely be returning
Sep 1, 2018 by Helene Bennett
★★★★☆

Lovely friendly site

We were only there for 1 night, but found the whole experience lovely. The campsite staff laid on a tv, chairs and gazebo's for watching the World Cup match - which they didnt have to do - and went out of their way to shelter us from the blistering sun as much as possible! Electric Hook ups all worked great, great facilities for toilets, showers, washing up etc. Shop could have stocked a few more basics (eg. Bread!) but other than that the whole stay was great!
Jul 9, 2018 by Graham Duffield
★★★☆☆

Very pleasant & friendly campsite in a countryside location

I went with my 2 boys (8 & 10 yrs) for the May bank holiday weekend. We were blessed with the hottest May bank holiday for about 50 years. (27 deg in early May!) We had a great weekend, and - because it was so hot - really enjoyed being able to swim in the small fishing lake. As did all the others kids on the campsite! The views and countryside around the campsite are stunning. A lovely location. So why only 3 stars then I hear you ask? My eldest son had just had a birthday where he received a new bike so I spent ages choosing a location that would be good to take him out on rides. This site boasted loads of great cycling in the vicinity. I think this was a huge over sell as you'd need to drive 20 miles to get to any of it. There was none nearby. Not really very practical for a weekend with 2 young boys. :o( I found this pretty disappointing given the description. Also on the downside, it was advertised that open fires were ok. They were not. Fires in a BBQ style bases were ok, and you could even hire these at £5 / night. Not really what I consider 'open fires'! Every campsite in the UK allows a BBQ base with a fire in it so you can hardly advertise it as a special extra feature. Finally, the field was on a bit of a slope which was a pain with the caravan to get level. Overall, we had a great time but I think much of that was because we got lucky with the weather. The campsite owners were very friendly too, which was nice.
May 22, 2018 by Dave & Kids
★★★★★

Excellent

We stayed for a 2 night camping adventure over the weekend on the lower camping field and can truly recommend this site to all. As a family of three, with a young toddler, we were impressed by the care and attention given by the all the staff. The site grounds are excellent and well maintained, showers and toilets cleaned regularly and views wonderful. We had a lovely relaxing break and will surely return for more!
Jun 7, 2016 by Lynn
★★★★★

Fantastic!

A fantastic location in stunning countryside, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the friendly and welcoming Woodside Country Park. We were completely relaxed, enjoying the beautiful surroundings and tranquility of the site. A wonderful rural family experience, our children loved the freedom, going for walks, riding their bikes, jumping off the jetty, swimming, catching their first fish in the lake, finding fairy doors, seeing cygnets, swans, ducklings and ducks - we had a great time and would highly recommend this place!

Feb 4, 2016 by jennymultiprint
★★★★★

Relaxing and peaceful

Lovely place to get away from it all and yet still close enough to Ledbury for bits and bobs that we needed. No set out pitches so we could pitch in a circle with our friends around the camp fire toasting marshmallows! Definitely be back!

Jan 13, 2016 by Gina Scudamore

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