Newhouse Farm

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire Whitney-on-Wye

  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Back-to-basics farm camping in Herefordshire's cider country

Newhouse Farm in rural Herefordshire, a half-hour drive from the book town of Hay-on-Wye, has aspirations to offer glamping in years to come but for now it offers only the bare necessities: simple, back-to-basics camping. For tent campers who want somewhere quiet and simple to hide away it’s ideal. The camping meadow, just off of quirky named ‘Pig Street’, has portable-style toilets, hand sanitiser stations and mains water but there are no showers and certainly no campsite shop. Instead, the farm is all about space and simple pleasures. Letting the kids run free, exploring the surrounding hills or setting out on a walk from the farm.

There are several footpaths running from the campsite, which is located along the Black and White Property Trail, a local walking route that takes in the picturesque local villages known for their black-and-white half-timbered style and with a few dating back as far as medieval times. The route is some 40 miles in total (we can’t say we’ve walked it all ourselves) running through a rich landscape of orchards and hopyards that supply the local eartiers. Leominster (a 20-minute drive) is a foodie’s haven and there are plenty of good boltholes in Kington and Hay-on-Wye too. At the latter you can hire canoes for river adventures or hire them by the old toll bridge across the Wye in Whitney, 10 minutes down the road.

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Facilities

Facilities are basic. There is mains running water, hand-sanitizer stations and hand-washing facilities and portable-style toilets but there are no showers on the campsite. Campfires are not permitted.

Suitable For

Tents and well-behaved dogs on leads – yes. Caravans, campervans and mobile homes – no.

Nearby

The surrounding area is spoilt with scenic walks, not least the ridge at The Cat's Back and the famous Offa's Dyke path. For the more intrepid, the Wye Valley has some great kayaking and canoeing trails. The historic cathedral city of Hereford is around 12 miles from Midland Farm while the Welsh border town of Brecon and the bibliophiles' haven of Hay-on-Wye are a mere 30 mins drive away. For pony treks try Brwyngwyn Riding Centre in the beautiful hills just above Hay-on-Wye. (01497 851 669; one hour hacks kids/adults £17/20). Cycle mapped routes in the stunning Black Mountains and Brecon beacons with Black Mountain Activities (01497 847897; half a day/full day hire £20/30).

Food & Drink

There's nothing within easy walking distance. The Stagg Inn (01544 230221) 15 minutes’ drive from Newhouse Farm offers very fine dining. The other side of Hay, The Griffin at Felin Fach (01874 620111) is lauded by top newspaper critics and is best visited for lunch for its set menu. Hereford and Hay-on-Wye both have a truck load of eating options though.

The Owner Says

Situated in the depths of the rural Herefordshire countryside, Newhouse Farm has lovely views of the surrounding Welsh hills. This is an excellent walking area with many marked out paths and is located on the Black and White Property Trail which leads through pretty villages and beautiful landscape. The local area has nature reserves and conservation fields, and this cider-growing region is home to many stunning vineyards. Nearby villages have many pubs and restaurants, and the unique book town of Hay-on-Wye is only 30 minutes away. Here it is possible to fish in the River Wye, although fishing is also available at a lake, three miles away from the campsite. There is mains running water on the site, and portaloo toilets. In spacious surroundings, people can book knowing they have plenty of privacy and social distancing, and hand sanitizers and hand-washing facilities are also available.

Location

Contact Newhouse Farm, Newhouse Farm, Norton Wood, Herefordshire HR4 7BP

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Getting There

Take the A480 west out of Hereford. After six miles pass through Yazor. Two miles past Yazor, take the turning on the left to Norton Canon. Carry on for a mile and a half until you see a white house on the left called New House Farm. Just after is the track to the campsite.

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