The Greenacres campsite is a family run site near Coleford in The Forest of Dean near to the picturesque Wye Valley. The campsite is set in a rural secluded location but easily accessible if travelling by car, hiking or in my case arrival by bus.
We arrived on the number 30 Stagecoach bus from Gloucester, decamping at Pikehouse then walking along the quiet road directly to the site. We were greeted by the owner on arrival and told to pick any vacant slot as they were quiet despite the glorious weather predicted for the week.
Greenacre Campsite Facilities
Greenacres has about 40 pitches that are suitable for tents of all sizes as well as caravans and motorhomes, each has an electric hookup which the owner provided us with an adaptor so phones and vapes could be kept charged in our little dome tent.
The site has a well maintained and clean shower and toilet facilities with constant hot water. Outside the shower-block is 3 sinks dedicated to washing up, a nice touch and very useful. There was a shop in the reception area with tourist information leaflets and sold cold drinks and ice-cream (my breakfast on the final day of the visit.
The campsite has a dedicated playing field for children with a play area and was quiet at night when we were there.
Dogs were permitted on-site and many including us enjoyed the dog-friendly venue, the big water bowl near reception was a nice touch and very appreciated on arrival.
The site provides raised fire pits and sells logs with kindling which is a great idea to allow campers to enjoy a campfire without scorching the grass. This got used most nights by us as well as mornings to boil water for coffee.
We brought with us a separate raised barbecue to cook breakfast and evening meal on. We typically cooked barbecue food including chicken kebabs, local sausages and bacon from the nice butchers in Coleford. Lunches typically were sourced from The Crusty Loaf bakery and Forest Deli, special mention of the malted rolls from the bakery and Single Gloucester cheese from the deli. Tesco and the Coop have stores in the town, both were utilised and wish there were more Coops like this one elsewhere.
The campsite is located very near to Coleford in the heart of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. We regularly walked from the campsite to Coleford crossing farmland and then heading downhill through Angus Buchanan VC Memorial Recreation Ground a beautiful meadow towards the town.
Coleford its self is a small market town with a good selection of independent shops for food and some other useful shops like the hardware shop and the Sue Ryder charity shop where we brought extra bedding for the cold night. There were a few takeaways useful for campers who didn’t want to cook and as mentioned on Google reviews a Chinese takeaway that delivers to the campsite.
We enjoyed some great days out as well as a few relaxing chill-out days on the site including;
A walk from nearby Staunton, down to the Wye Valley at Biblins then upstream to Symonds Yat for a pint of cider at The Saracens Head Inn, a Kingfisher Cruise on the River Wye. To round, this day off walked along the river to Monmouth for an evening meal before as taxi back to Greenacres.
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
A bus trip to Beechenhurst Lodge to walk the Sculpture trail finishing up for another cider at The Speechhouse Hotel.
The campsite was in a great picturesque location and good value, I will be returning again over the summer due to its great location, being accessible and dog friendly. The owners were both pleasant when needed and even got a lift to Coleford bus stop with them when departing.
Address – Greenacres Campsite, Scowles Rd, Coleford GL16 8QS
Phone – 01594 837753
Website – https://greenacrescampsite.co.uk/