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The Lower Lode

8.2

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General

  • Fifteenth-century traditional riverside pub
  • Rural setting overlooking the River Severn
  • Well placed for the Cotswolds, Cheltenham, Worcester and Malvern

Who's up for a historical haven in a riverside setting? With – hurrah – fishing, canoe launch and an inn on site going all the way back to ye olde 15th century? Come and have a stay at Gloucestershire's The Lower Lode on the banks of the Severn.

The setting of this site is smashing if you're of a historical bent: it's close to the handsome and medieval town of Tewkesbury, which you can access by the old foot ferry from Wednesday to Sunday, and from here it's a cinch to get to other old English spots like Gloucester (and old cathedral), Worcester (ditto) and Cheltenham (horses). Malvern and the Cotswolds are within easy reach for hikes and strolls.

Pitches here are in the grounds of the Lower Lode Inn, a family-run and traditional pub dishing up locally sourced home-cooked food and real ales among a friendly vibe. (Breakfasts and Sunday carvery are also available by booking at the bar.) The inn has a games room with pool table and jukebox, and, as befits such a scenic setting, a riverside beer garden with plenty of garden seating for alfresco eats and drinks.

The site has an Elsan disposal point and drinking water taps. Showers and toilets are in the main building and accessible 24/7; there's also an outdoor basic mobile shower and toilet unit near the pitching field.

And those river-based activities? Try some Severn river angling from here (pay for a day permit at the inn), or launch your dinghy or canoe from the Lower Lode slipway.


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8.2

Overall rating based on 51 reviews

 

84% would recommend this site to a friend.

86% would stay here again.

 

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Lovely quiet site, well maintained. Pub serves lovely food. Land ... 23/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Melanie D. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely quiet site, well maintained.

    Pub serves lovely food.

    Land lady Sam, and all the staff very attentive and very welcoming and nothing too much trouble for them.

    Will definitely be going back.

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From the manager...

Many thanks for taking the time to write a review about your stay with us, we appreciate your kind words about our site, our pub and our staff service. It's always good to read about things that our valued customers have enjoyed. We look forward to your next visit.

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Tent pitched right next to the river. Locals ready to ... 14/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lauren H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Tent pitched right next to the river. Locals ready to help. Only short drive to Tewkesbury high street.

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From the manager...

Dear campers, thank you for taking the time to write a review and for your positive comments. We hope to see you again if you are visiting our area:)

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The food at the inn, dinner and breakfast was amazing. ... 08/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Emma N. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The food at the inn, dinner and breakfast was amazing.
    Very friendly staff.
    Great location on the River Severn
    Showers and toilet facilities very clean and well maintained

    Disliked: 

From the manager...

Dear campers, many thanks for giving us the perfect rating and for your kind comments. We are so glad that you enjoyed our food as well as the staff service. We do take pride in catering to our guests' needs the best way we can. Looking forward to seeing you again if you are visiting our area:)

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No issues at all. 28/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom PAUL T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very enjoyable, the peace and tranquility was great.staff members very helpfull and well mannered.We will return in the future.

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From the manager...

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our campsite, we're glad you found the location peaceful and that you enjoyed our staff service...we pride ourselves on providing great service in a relaxed and friendly environment. We hope to see you again sometime:)

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Toilets could do with updating! 24/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Tom B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautiful location, friendly staff and excellent food!

    Disliked: 

    No shop!! Come on at least sell milk and bread! I was left stranded on the other side of the river when the ferry would not come and get me because the water was too high!! Of all the stupid excuses I've heard!! Apparently no where to land, I saw several that would have sufficed!! Was then out of pocket when I had to phone for a taxi or face a 4 mile walk!! Taxi driver hit the nail on the head when he said the guy was probably at the bar and couldn't be bothered!

From the manager...

Dear traveller, thanks for leaving us a review , we welcome any feedback from customers and apologise of the disappointing aspects of your stay with us.
Regarding a shop, we did previously operate one, but it was supported very little by customers. If you choose to stay with us again and happen to run low on supplies, please inquire with staff as you would be able to purchase half pint of milk and a few slices of bread:)
We can't, however, subscribe to the rather sweeping statement about the "stupid excuse" regarding the ferry. We have had very high spring tides this week and the water running in the River Severn can be a very strong and dangerous, even when it looks deceptively calm. The ferry only operates on a 4 horsepower engine. There was nowhere for the ferryman to land as the water had completely covered the concrete landing stages on the Tewkesbury side of the river.

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Staff at reception were friendly, pitch we had was flat, ... 24/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Harriet L. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Staff at reception were friendly, pitch we had was flat, nice views of river.

    Disliked: 

    noisy with the field so close to pub, showers had no lights

From the manager...

Dear guests, thanks for your feedback, we're glad you found our staff friendly and enjoyed our location. Our camping field runs a quite a distance along the river front so not all aspects are located close to the pub. We're sorry you found it noisy.

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Relaxing setting with lovely food at the Inn. 24/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom tracey_m102107 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Loved the views and the lower lode inn.
    Setting is perfect for a relaxing few days, lovely food at the inn.
    The pub dog was lovely and would take a wander round the campsite, as did the swan, who eas quite friendly!

    Disliked: 

    Showers aren't perfect, but were lovely and warm, I've seen far far worse!!

From the manager...

Dear Tracey, thank you for taking the time to write a review and for your kind comments. We so glad you enjoyed our location, our pub, our resident basset hound and the swan! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

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Site with great views, friendly staff and spacious pitches 19/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Tracey_S1 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great views, friendly welcome. Great central location for touring around. Although the pub on site offered entertainment it was still quiet on the camp site if you didn't want to join in. Definitely go back again.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

From the manager...

Thank you Tracey for your review and for giving us the perfect rating. It's always good to read about the things that our valued customers have enjoyed. We look forward to seeing you again if you are in our area:)

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Good site adequate facilities for the cost 18/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Tim M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location by the river quite place nice pub with good food

    Disliked: 

    Maybe not if you have young kids

From the manager...

Dear guests, thank you for taking the time to write a review of our campsite and for your kind comments. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

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Really nice place to stay. Would definitely stay again. 12/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom natalie_h258259 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Love views. Staff were really nice. Nice and quiet area and the fellow campers were nice too.

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Dear Natalie, thank you for taking the time to write a review about our campsite and for giving us the perfect rating. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope your next stay is just around the corner:)

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal pitches

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby

Type

Pub campsite

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • Bishops Walk Forthampton, Gloucestershire, England, GL19 4RE
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.9846°N 2.1778°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Tewkesbury: The Crescent Coach Stop — 0.9 miles
Staunton (Gloucs): Prince of Wales Coach Stop — 5.7 miles
Arle Court Roundabout Coach Stop — 6.6 miles
Train stations
Ashchurch for Tewkesbury Rail Station — 3.1 miles
Cheltenham Spa Rail Station — 6.9 miles
Gloucester Rail Station — 8.6 miles
Ferry ports
Sharpness Old Docks — 22.2 miles
Lydney Harbour — 23.6 miles
Airports
Gloucestershire Airport — 6.4 miles

Directions


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Take the foot ferry or drive the few miles to medieval Tewkesbury and its half-timbered buildings, many narrow alleyways and Norman abbey. More modernly, the town also has a good range of speciality shops, antique shops, tearooms, cafés, pubs and restaurants.

If you want to get out into the countryside, miles of trails, lanes, riverside walks and cycle paths surround Tewkesbury, or you could travel on to the nearby village of Twyning to launch a boat dramatically onto the Avon.

More hikes are easily found in the Lower Lode surroundings of the Malvern and Cotswolds hills, or around the river valley countryside of the Severn Vale.

Upton upon Severn is close to here too – home of jazz and blues festivals in the summer – and you'll be within east driving distance of a few splendidly old and attraction-filled cities: Cheltenham, with racecourse, Regency architecture galore and William Morris-inspired art, jewellery and furniture at the town's art gallery and museum; Gloucester, with seventh-century cathedral (used in three of the Harry Potter films, wizard fans), and Worcester, home of a 12th-century cathedral; the final defeat of Charles the First, and a rather tasty sauce.

Must see

  • Tewkesbury Abbey (0.8 miles)
  • Croome Park (National Trust) (8.3 miles)
  • Gloucester Cathedral (8.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Bredon Barn (3.9 miles)
  • Ashleworth Tithe Barn (5.6 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  11 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.

On arrival please proceed to the Inn bar to check in.

The Lower Lode cancellation policy

No penalties

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
You'll need an Environment Agency rod licence (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

Pitches
Units should not be left unoccupied unless previously agreed with the management. Please speak to reception when the need arises, a fee may be charged for unsupervised units.
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is open from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. between 01/05 and 30/09.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Additional terms

Please note that high wattage domestic appliances are not permitted.

The outdoor basic facilities which are opened during busy periods for convenience are not to be confused with the main toilets and shower facility located within the pub. Details are provided on a handout given at checkin.

The Inn has a 2am music license and is a popular summer venue for special events, mostly held at weekends, while Monday to Friday the site is usually very quiet. Please contact management for updates/details when you arrive if you want to know more about what's on.

The Inn beer garden and river frontage are licensed premises, therefore consumption of your own alcohol is restricted to the site area.

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