Ryeford Ponds

UK England West Midlands Herefordshire Ross-on-Wye

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
A small, private, family glamping site in a wild little dell 10 minutes from Ross on Wye

After a year of restrictions that forced everyone to stay at home, Ed and Aldona, the owners of Ryeford Ponds, began to see how lucky they were to call their corner of the country their own. Set among orchards and arable fields, and host to a trio of small ponds, their farm in the Wye Valley is not only wonderfully green and secluded but its also close to what counts as 'action' in this sleepy part of the world. It's 10 minutes from canoeing and swimming in the River Wye, 20 from the Forest of Dean and local footpaths lead of to enchanting trails in Penyard Park Woods.

There are just a couple of bell tents in this private glamping meadow, conveniently close to the A40 but found a quarter of a mile down a farm track and then hidden in a natural dip in the landscape, so you're still well away from the outer world. Though you’ll be one of the only glampers onsite that doesn’t mean you won’t be surrounded by other guests. Dragonflies make their homes around the ponds, a short stroll from your bell tent, and though resident owls would rather be heard than seen you're still likely to spot squirrels, mallards and deer. Children in particular will love the wild nature of the site, hunting for frogs, hiding in the long grass that slopes up behind the bell tents or running amongst the willow trees – there's some six acres in total to explore.

Given the slopes and nooks of the landscape, the bell tents are raised on flat wooden decks, while, inside, they feature proper beds, rugs and matting. Campfires are allowed in pits dug into the ground – campfire cooking is encouraged and grills are provided – and there's also a communal kitchen area guests can use. For a real treat the site is special if you come with friends, booking the bell tents together and enjoying the whole place all to yourselves.

Down in the dell of the glamping meadow its easy to almost forget about the outside world. Ed and Aldona’s favourite trail crosses nearby Pontshill Marsh, follows and lane and then leads to the scenic circular walk around Penyard Park. By car, meanwhile, it takes less than 10 minutes to drive to the renowned Wye Valley town of Ross-on-Wye, where there are shops and pubs and independent cafés but also an outpost of The River Wye Canoe Hire company, who can get you set up with a canoe for the day and drop you upstream so that you need only drift back to town in the sun.

Details

Facilities

Two, generous 6m canvas bell tents are set up on well-built platforms and can accommodate 2 adults and up to 3 children each (if you are blessed with 4, please contact us as we might be able to fit in an extra bed).  Summer 2021 season will also be introducing a small shepherds hut for 2 adults, located slightly away from the tents. 

Our tents are well spaced out for privacy but are close enough so if you are coming as a group,  you’ll only be a stone’s throw away.  On arrival you will find your tent with a comfy, made-up double bed, extra futons/camp beds for the children, and some minimal furniture. Each tent is equipped with all we think you’ll need for a happy camping stay (apart from food and your favourite tipple!) We ask if you could please also bring your own towels and sleeping bags for camp beds although these can be hired too. (Oh – and don’t forget your torch and a power bank for emergency phone charging!).  There is a variety of outdoor seating, benches and hammocks provided for your stay and a fire pit per family with a complimentary bag of wood (further bags can be purchased during your stay). Your private toilet/shower room is located in a dedicated building within a very short walk. There, you will also find a shared kitchenette with washing-up facilities, a small fridge and extra saucepans, cutlery and utensils. There is a gas hob for simple meals but you are welcome to have a go at cooking on a campfire or charcoal bbq. If cooking isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other options with many take-out eateries nearby – you won’t go hungry here!

You will also find a selection of simple games, children's activities, a variety of books and magazines for your enjoyment.

Although Ryeford Ponds feels private, hidden and a little exclusive, it is definitely a shared space - the valley is a habitat for many creatures and wildlife! If you respect that and are quiet enough, you will no doubt hear an owl hooting, spot a squirrel, mallards, coots, frogs, dragonflies or maybe fox or a muntjac deer.  You are welcome to enjoy nature watching, supervised pond dipping, running about, building dens, using the swing and all outdoor play - after all nature is the best playground and all the dirt will wash off but the memories will last the lifetime! Switch off, unwind and simply “be”!

Check-in days: Mon, Wedn, Fri; min 2 night stay mid-week and 3 nights weekend stay.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Families ( 2 Adults +  up to 3 children, possibly 4 - but please enquire before booking). Couples welcome. Family groups can rent the whole site - please contact us to check availability. Unfortunately no pets. No caravans or motorhomes.  No stag/hen parties.  No one night stays, sorry. 

Nearby

Ryeford Ponds is nestled on a border of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire with an extensive offer of  attractions and activities. Forest of Dean and stunning Wye Valley are just minutes away.  We are blessed with easy links to local footpaths with truly amazing rural scenery -  like our family favourite – Penyard Park circular walk. But if you fancy something more exciting - you certainly won't be disappointed! If you are eager to explore here is just a flavour what's on offer.  (please check opening times and admission prices before setting off, some attractions need an advance booking)

Within a very short drive (<20mis)

Pedal Bike Away Cycle centre - Forest of Dean and Wye valley bike hire and miles of family cycle routes and thrilling downhill bike trails, Goodrich Castle, Inspire2Adventure - a superb selection of activities for the whole family,  Canoe the Wye, Rock Climbing and Caving -Summit Mountaineering,  Symonds Yat with Wye Valley cruises and stunning scenery, Go Ape.  There are loads of great spots for picnics, shorter walks and wanders – like Cannop Ponds, Beechenhurst (with a large playground and good café), Mallards Park, Soudley Ponds – to list just a few.

Choice is yours - why not visit the Dean Heritage Museum or amazing Clearwell Caves,  Perrygrove steam railway or Dean Forest Railway? Family favourite - Newbridge Farm Park is not too far away.

You may also consider - Weston Cider, Three Choirs Vinyard  or Hillside Brewery tour... Or perhaps a visit to the nearby Newent will be your pick – small market town with a lovely lake and many good cafes and the famous International Centre of Birds of Prey in Newent

20min+ but not too far

Eastnor Castle, Ledbury Town, Landrover Experience, Oldfield Forge blacksmith experience (Garway), AdAstra Paddle boarding – Monmouth and Brecon, Gloucester Cathedral, Stunning Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey, the stunning Malvern Hills, Hereford Cathedral and Mappa Mundi and many museums.



Food & Drink

We are a short journey from Ross-On-Wye  - a beautiful market town with a galore of coffee shops, gift shops, Truffles Deli, Rossiters - amazing book shop, Hank's MEat AN game Butchers, TOY BOX toy shop,  galleries and ‘Made in Ross’ local crafts and arts centre located in the 16th century Market House. A must to visit! (Visit Ross-On-Wye guide)

Ross offers a great choice of eateries and coffee shops. Our favourite are most definitely: Café Eleganza, Truffles Deli and Garden Shed – Engine Room – which serve THE BEST coffee – locally roasted and ground James Gourmet! (you must try if you are a bit of a ‘coffee snob’ like us).

Our favourite restaurants and take away venues in town include No3, King’s Head, Avelino (Italian) and Rice Berry (Thai). If you fancy a rural pub grub – why not try Moody Cow in Upton Bishop, Kilcot Inn, The Mill Race in Walford, Penny Farthing in Aston Crews or Weston Cross in Weston-Under-Penyard.

We also highly recommend The Bakehouse cafe in Longhope, Orchard Café in Gorsley, the Good News Centre Coffee shop in Newent and Hen and Dot café Kerne Bridge/Walford.

Why not browse some local shops while you here  -  Lizzie Bunting, the Architectural Shop, Rossiters, The Crows feet… just to name a few!

For more extensive list of ideas and places too visit please see visitdeanandwye.co.uk

Open

July and August.

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The Owner Says

A humble welcome to Ryeford Ponds – a small-scale, pop-up glamping site in Herefordshire. Your private, secluded, rural retreat awaits. Two spacious and  fully equipped bell tents  and a small shepherd hut anticipate your arrival. Addition of a  private toilet/shower facility will surely make your stay comfortable.  Ryeford Ponds is ready when you are!

The tents are sited amongst meadows, ponds and woodland, in quiet a 6-acre paddock on our  family owned farm just outside the market town of Ross-On-Wye. It’s ‘nearly-wild camping’ with extra comforts! Set in a peaceful, off-grid and exclusively private location with dark skies at night, with no crowds and ample grounds to roam freely where you can enjoy long summer days. Here, you are encouraged to put your feet up and embrace the moment. Enjoy the freedom and space, sit by the campfire, relax in a hammock or reconnect with nature. Listen to the buzzards above you, spot the woodpecker, or perhaps catch a glimpse of Canada geese landing on one of the ponds.  If you are eager to explore local offerings, the beautiful Wye Valley and Forest of Dean are just minutes away - you are in rural Herefordshire, with plenty to see and experience! Pick some local activities - cycling, canoeing, paddleboarding, walking, … visit a castle, pop out to explore some unique shops in nearby Ross or immerse yourself in a book, sipping locally roasted coffee in a sunny spot by your tent and let the day go by.  You can be as active or as idle as you desire - the choice is yours!

‘Stay @ Ryeford Ponds’ evolved as an add-on project to our usual activity – arable farming. Our core operations include growing potatoes, oil seed rape, barley, wheat and grass seed. We were fortunate enough to find ourselves 'stranded' in this stunning part of the world during the Summer of 2020 and various lockdowns. With limited travel options but huge passion for nature, all things outdoors, good food and great company, an idea of a simple yet comfortable hideout was born and many evenings were spent by the campfire dreaming of 'what it might be like… With its off grid set up, sensible approach to 'creature comforts’, low impact on ecosystems and local habitats ... here it is!

We'd love to share our home patch with you and hope you enjoy your stay.  Ed & Aldona

Social Distancing Measures

For your comfort, peace of mind and as a safety measure we have created a private toilet/shower for each family. This investment, additional cleaning regime and limiting shared areas will no doubt minimise the risk of spreading potential infections.  The only shared, communal space is our cute, outdoor (and sheltered) kitchenette which is well ventilated and where you have access to hand-washing facilities and hand sanitiser for your convenience.

In case of covid-19 restrictions being escalated we have a plan ‘B’ and are able to create additional, completely private kitchen area to further minimise guests “mingling” and can arrange for no-contact check in and check out.  We reserve the right to review and improve this policy in the interest of both our guests and staff should the need arise.

Accommodation

Two bell tents and a shepherds hut.

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Bell tent Sleeps 5 2 Available
Spacious (6m) fully furnished & equipped bell tent with private toilet/shower facilities and made-up, comfy double bed; sleeps 2 adults & 3 kids (maybe 4), with charcoal bbq, fire pit and outdoor seating, set in a secluded, exclusively private valley surrounded by meadows, ponds and woodland. Peaceful and quiet, with plenty to explore nearby!

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Getting There

A clear map with location and directions is provided on our website. We are located 3.5 miles East of Ross-On-Wye, just of the A40, just after the villages of Weston-under-Penyard and Ryeford. Farm track directly opposite  of  the turning for Drybrook/Cinderford will take you down to our camp. Please ring closer to arrival and we can guide you in more detailed directions if needed and greet you at the camp.

We have close links to A40 and M50 is within 10 mins drive.

Local bus company (stagecoach) stops directly opposite the camp on the main road (A40), bus stop 'Hown Hall' in both directions Ross/Hereford and Gloucester.  Closest national rail stations are in Ledbury, Gloucester and Hereford and National Express links with Ross. 

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