Camping Holiday in The Forest of Dean & Wye Valley

My most recent UK mini-break was a camping holiday in The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. This trip involved a bigger borrowed tent for more luxury together with a lift to the campsite. The plan was camping, campfire food, walking and visit some of the areas tourist attractions.

Greenacres Campsite

We had visited the Greenacres campsite before so knew what to expect, the main difference being this was school holidays so the site was busy and full. Greenacres campsite is located just outside Coleford on Scowles Road or accessible via the Angus Buchanan VC Recreation Grounds.

The site has a variety of pitches available to book online, a shower and toilet block, a shop/reception building, washing up area and a laundry room. Pitches come with or without electricity hookup, we opted for with so can charge the power bank, phones, cameras and vapes. Greenacres is unique locally and supplies fire pits so visitors can enjoy a campfire on their stay, extra logs, kindling and fire starters are available to keep your fires burning. The owner and staff have always been pleasant and helpful and remembered our last visit.

This has become our favourite site due to is central Forest of Dean location, various bus routes pass through Coleford and facilities. Open to suggestions in the area for future trips, comments below or on Social Networks are very welcome.


We passed through and got supplies for our camping holiday, daily in Coleford, a nice market town with options to suit most tastes.

Food Shops

We have found a variety of places to get food for camp and for expeditions from supermarkets to local foodie type stores. Forest Deli was a pleasure to visit and buy cheese from including a delectable Rutland Red. The bakery next door sold some great options for bread and cakes, a particular mention to the carrot cake and Eccles cake.


The pubs in Coleford were generally friendly to us and to the dog and prices reasonable. The Angel Hotel was conveniently next to the bus stop so ideal place to wait for the Forest buses. I enjoyed a delicious faggot and chips meal at the Angel, as well as a few pints of Stowford Press cider. The Feathers Hotel was welcoming and had a handy outside seating area, the place was dated and reminded me of holidays in Cornwall in the early ’90s. Finally, the other pub we visited was The Dog House, a very vibrant pub with many options for cider, I tired a few local options including a “Mango Cider” that was recommended to me.

Forest of Dean Camping Holiday Adventures

We enjoyed many mini adventures on our holiday, see below for details;

  • Dean Forest Railway – A day out on the trains with a mini pub crawl thrown in.
  • Walk to Monmouth – A long walk from Coleford, via a few Wye Valley villages and along the river to the city.

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