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Whitemead Forest Park

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Whitemead Forest Park: Well-spaced pitches

General

  • Well-equipped park just outside Parkend in the Forest of Dean
  • Puzzlewood and Clearwell Caves within a 10-minute drive
  • Indoor swimming pool, spa area, restaurant and kids' activities

As you’d expect from the name, Whitemead Forest Park is surrounded by woodland. And not just any old woodland... but the age-old Forest of Dean, one-time stamping ground of the royals and their pals.

It’s not hard to see why the regal types would flock to this part of Gloucestershire – the surrounds are most scenic, and packed with plenty of things to do including days of wandering among ancient trees (on foot, on bikes or on horseback), exploring spooky caves and riding rural railways.

So far, so peaceful… and that vibe is stretched out to the park’s facilities too, which include a free gym, sauna, steam room and spa pools.

And if you’re in charge of kids that have more active plans in mind? Such scenarios are sorted too: the indoor swimming pool has a kids’ area, and there are also several outdoor play areas scattered around the site. Through the summer holidays, the park’s all abuzz with various activities they can join in with (for an extra charge).

Despite all this activity, there’s little chance of going hungry here – the restaurant serves all day from breakfast to dinner (via afternoon tea…) with a couple of bars also on hand to provide the drinks and entertainment. If you’d like to venture out, there are a couple of pubs in the nearby village of Parkend (10 minutes’ walk) and lots of restaurants and shops in Lydney (10 minutes’ drive).

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

Please note

The campground/park does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dog Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

At least one of the party members must be aged 21 or over.

No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Bookings must not be for more than 21 consecutive nights.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.


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Reviews

9.5

Overall rating based on 367 reviews

 

98% would recommend this site to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

  90% described as Bush ?

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A beautiful site to stay whilst visiting the local area.30/11/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRichard W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered gravel and concrete caravan site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very clean. Amazing location

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Enjoyable trip, facilities good even in wet weather, level mh pitch28/11/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRichard B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered gravel and concrete caravan site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The leisure facilities (good and not so good), bar / restaurant, shop, level gravel pitch, friendly welcome and toilet block good. 2 pubs within easy walking distance

    Disliked: 

    The swimming pool was cold, had a very quick dip, rest of time was in steam room and hot spa pool (found out after 5 mins that one of the spa pools is cold)

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A lovely location & facilities but need restaurant dog friendly27/11/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJean M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered gravel and concrete caravan site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi. Location by the forest

    Disliked: 

    Dogs not allowed in restaurant or indoor facilities. It’s the first time we’ve had this so didn’t dine there. We went to a dog friendly pub nearby instead. This time of year it’s too cold & wet to sit outside! Very disappointed with this rule.
    Also poor WiFi!

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Fantastic for a family unit but not a couple with dogs18/11/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPhilip T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered gravel and concrete caravan site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Fantastic location with lots of dog walks direct from the site and within a short drive.
    If you were without dogs and/or had a family then the site would be ideal as there are lots of facilities to enjoy when the weather is poor.

    Disliked: 

    The Wi-Fi is shocking and unacceptable for a site so large, especially as there is no phone signal at all. Dogs only allowed on the terrace. Thought should be given to allowing well behaved dogs in designated inside areas so that all visitors can enjoy the experience.

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There was plenty for the children to do to keep …16/11/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered gravel and concrete caravan site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    There was plenty for the children to do to keep them entertained before going to bed in the camper. Staff were really friendly. Food wasn't too bad.

    Disliked: 

    Would benefit from swimming costume drying machine as we couldn't go swimming again as our stuff was so wet and couldn't dry in the camper.

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Good facilities and excellent price14/11/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTracey C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered gravel and concrete caravan site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location the swimming pool bar and friendly welcome

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Lovely place and will book again14/11/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTane W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered gravel and concrete caravan site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Setting and facilities

    Disliked: 

    The lady on reception - I asked for a late checkout and she basically just said Nope; which is fine but there where no options or anything just a “computer said no”

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All good09/11/2022

Reviewer's country: United Kingdommike r.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered gravel and concrete caravan site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    All good

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Beautiful camp site. Would highly recommend.29/10/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered gravel and concrete caravan site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything!! What a gem of a site we found.

    Disliked: 

    Two tiny criticisms only. More staff at retail outlets/guest services to lessen queues but we were on holiday so time was no issue to us, may have riled some less patient folk though. The water walkers session appeared to be advertised for half an hour but each child got between 5-10 mins only. Maybe make that bit clearer. These are only tiny criticisms and certainly did not ruin our stay. We shall be back!!!

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Anonymous user

All of it24/10/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Powered gravel and concrete caravan site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    All of it

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Features

Coronavirus

Hand sanitizing stations

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

We're Good To Go (VisitBritain accreditation)

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundry

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Themes

Bush

Gastronomic delight

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump point

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Large (51-200 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Water hook-up points for caravans

Location

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  • Parkend, Lydney, Gloucestershire, England, GL15 4LA
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.7678°N 2.5643°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Station — 11.7 kilometres
Bus Station — 16.2 kilometres
Cantilupe Road — 16.3 kilometres
Train stations
Lydney Rail Station — 6.4 kilometres
Cam & Dursley Rail Station — 15.2 kilometres
Chepstow Rail Station — 16.0 kilometres
Ferry ports
Sharpness Old Docks — 7.4 kilometres
Lydney Harbour — 7.5 kilometres
Bristol Docks Ferry Landing — 30.9 kilometres
Airports
Gloucestershire Airport — 31.3 kilometres
Bristol International Airport — 43.6 kilometres

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

For those seeking a bit of peace and quiet, there are stacks of splendid trails around the Forest of Dean to ramble or ride bikes along (and a bike hire place a few minutes’ walk away in Parkend if you need it). Should the kids demand more from their woodland outings, take them along to seek out dragons and unicorns along the themed trails at Puzzlewood, or launch themselves into the air on the ziplines and high ropes courses at Go Ape; both are 10 minutes away by car.

Much of the area’s attraction is linked to its natural good looks, but there’s also manmade interest in the form of the miners’ caverns at Clearwell Caves and the puffing steam trains of the Dean Forest Railway (both 10 minutes' drive).

In the unlikely event that you tire of this scenery, head west to the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for days visiting Goodrich Castle (20 minutes) and the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo (25 minutes), or canoeing from Symonds Yat (25 minutes).

Must see

  • WWT Slimbridge Wetlands Centre (11.4 kilometres)
  • Berkeley Castle (11.5 kilometres)
  • Caldicot Castle & Country Park (11.5 kilometres)

National Trust

  • The Kymin (9.8 kilometres)
  • Westbury Court Garden (12.1 kilometres)

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 caravan
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

Whitemead Forest Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 14 day(s) of arrival.

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. Whitemead Forest Park will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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  • Does Whitemead Forest Park have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Whitemead Forest Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Whitemead Forest Park? For those seeking a bit of peace and quiet, there are stacks of splendid trails around the Forest of Dean to ramble or ride bikes along (and a bike hire place a … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Whitemead Forest Park?
    Camping and caravan
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Whitemead Forest Park? From $33.26 (for 1 night, 6 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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