Campsites near Hereford

With three protected tracts of countryside nearby, Hereford offers campers city thrills and bucolic escapes.

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Campsites near Hereford guide

Overview

Arranged around a resplendent cathedral and abutting the wending River Wye, Hereford is a handsome, refined and handy small city for launching forays into the fetching surrounding nature. National cycle routes pass through the city, as do long-distance paths like the Wye Valley Way, and kayaking on the River Wye is popular. The northern edge of the Wye Valley AONB is merely a few miles southeast, with many more cycling, walking, kayaking and horse-riding opportunities. Hereford and its surroundings are famed for their cider: don’t miss trying some during your stay at an area campsite.

Where to go

Wye Valley

In the 18th century, the Wye Valley was where modern UK tourism began as people flocked to the picturesque landscapes described in William Gilpin’s Observations on the River Wye. This steep-sided woodsy AONB straddling the England-Wales border begins five miles southeast of Hereford, at Mordiford, then stretches 37 miles south to Chepstow. The region boasts glamping pods, small farm campsites, and motorhome sites, plus some of England’s best kayaking.

Black Mountains

The Black Mountains flank the eastern end of Brecon Beacons National Park, a dark, brooding wedge of hills running from Hay-on-Wye, 20 miles west of Hereford, to Abergavenny. From Hay-on-Wye, the Vale of Ewyas road runs through the heart of the mountains.

Malvern Hills AONB

Travel 20 miles east of Hereford and, just as when you head south or west, you reach another gorgeous protected tract of countryside, the grassy spine of the Malvern Hills, beyond gateway town Ledbury. The range is small in extent (eight miles long) but has excellent hiking, cycling and horse-riding on well-defined trails. The first campsite you hit in the AONB is one of the best, in the landscaped environs of Eastnor Deer Park.

When to go

July and August are popular, warm, sunny months, when you can expect temperatures to be above 20°C. However, delaying your visit to early autumn, when the weather can still be decent, means you can experience apple harvest season: a 50-mile driving and cycling route around the nearby Herefordshire countryside explores the region’s renowned cider-making hotspots. Hereford’s proximity to the Welsh mountains means wet weather is more likely than in Southern and Eastern England.

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