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 9 pitches, well spread out and all with electricity, while over the road the larger camping meadow (near the swimming pond) is geared more towards tent campers, with space for 50 pitches with electrical hook ups and 8 pitches without electric. 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!
Ledbury, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Woodside Country Park .Joined in January 2016
84 Ratings · 123 reviews
August 5, 2022
The site was spacious and well looked after with beautiful countryside views. The bunkhouse was basic but had all we needed and was clean and comfortable and very reasonably priced.
July 25, 2022
Electric pitch - Orchard Field
Camping with kids
Very friendly staff, great pitches and the lake is fab for kids. It’s our second time there and they’ve now got a playground too. We will definitely be back.
July 22, 2022
Electric pitch - Cider Mill 1
A beautiful place to stay will definitely be back to stay soon
July 18, 2022
Electric pitch - Cider Mill 1
Enjoyed a fantastic sunny weekend with friends. We spent most of the break canoeing in the lake. Even had a go fishing and caught a whopper. We loved the campsite, which although fully booked didn't feel overcrowded. The staff were lovely and the toilets and showers very clean. We would love to come back again.
July 14, 2022
Electric pitch - Orchard Field
Lovely setting, and quiet in the orchard. We were in a group of 4 tents, were allocated plenty of room and had an amazing time
July 11, 2022
2 - Family Pod No 2
From the host
Come and visit our picturesque, family friendly 28 acre site for camping, caravanning, pods and bunkhouse, also with 10 Scandinavian lodges nestled around the site. An abundance of wildlife can be spotted, with fishing and wild swimming also available. Despite being just two miles from the amenities of Ledbury, this is a real countryside site with stunning views and plenty of walks and thing to do nearby. If you are interested in booking a group in a range of our accommodation then please see our website or get in touch. We can't wait to welcome you here.
The surrounding area boasts some stunning cycling and walking trails – the picturesque Malvern Hills and the Forest of Dean among them. There is plenty to do such as canoe hire, Newbridge farm park, and the beautiful Eastnor castle (please check site for opening times) There is also plenty to do onsite for example, pond dipping, wild water swimming and fishing. We also have walks nearby and the stunning conservation area perfect for children to explore and dogs to run free.
Food and drink
Your best bet is to head the 2 miles to Ledbury, where there's a wide selection of independent pubs and restaurants some that even deliver to Woodside. We have a list of recommendations such as the Talbot and the prince of wales but on arrival please ask reception and we will be happy to help. There is also a good Local farm shop called The Nest which is 1 mile away or, for something different, you can visit Weston’s Cider.