Bracelands Campsite

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Nestled in the Forest of Dean is the Camping-in-the-Forest campsite of Bracelands.
The campsite is surrounded by woodland but has loads of space, with 520 pitches available for tents, caravans, and motorhomes.
If you don’t want to camp, then the site also provides Camping Pods and Glamping in a Safari ReadyCamp tent.

Our Review

I had heard about Camping in the Forest and the Bracelands campsite but had never been. I was expecting to be among the trees actually in the forest, but instead, Bracelands Campsite is a huge clearing.

That’s not to say that the campsite wasn’t good, far from it, nor that there wasn’t a forest, in fact, there was a huge forest: The Forest of Dean, which is an Outstanding Area of Natural Beauty.

in the middle of a huge wooded landscape

Bracelands is in the middle of a huge wooded landscape.

The campsite itself is quite large with a number of hard standing pitches and plenty of grass pitches, both with EHU and without.

Being such a large site there are a number of toilet and shower blocks conveniently placed around the site.

Pitches can be slightly sloping. You aren’t allocated a pitch number so you can look around and find one that suits you.

Where you pitch your tent is marked out to keep a safe distance between tents.

Campfires are not allowed, but BBQs are, as long as they are raised off the ground.

Showers are free.

made it easy for young kids

These are operated by a simple ‘touch’ button, which made it easy for young kids to operate (which makes a nice change!).

There was also a family toilet and shower room, making it a lot easier if you have young kids.

Wild Boar in the Forest of Dean at Bracelands

Wild Boar in the Forest of Dean at Bracelands

Oh, did I mention you are in the middle of the Forest of Dean?

wild boars that roam the forest

Around the campsite are gates where you can access the forest. And on each gate is a warning about wild boars that roam the forest!


A Walk to Symonds Yat Rock

Walking to Symonds Yat Rock from Bracelands

Walking to Symonds Yat Rock from Bracelands

A must-do is a walk from the campsite to Symonds Yat Rock.

Symonds Yat Rock towers above the River Wye, standing tall over a beautiful landscape.

the fastest animal on the planet

It’s also home to Peregrine Falcons, the fastest animal on the planet.

Peregrine Falcon at Bracelands Campsite

Peregrine Falcon at Bracelands Campsite

On our walk to Symonds Yat Rock, we heard the cries of a bird of prey above us. We looked up and saw a Peregrine Falcon go into its super-fast dive.

saw a Peregrine Falcon go into its super-fast dive

It went from flying gracefully to dive-bombing like it had rocket engines.

In the end, one Peregrine Falcon came home with us 😉

Butterflies in the Forest

Butterflies in the Forest

The walk from the campsite takes a while but is not difficult or particularly hilly, and is well signposted.

There were information panels about the different butterflies that visit the forest.

We named this the ‘butterfly bush’

We found a bush full of different butterflies. We named this the ‘butterfly bush’.

Food at Symonds Yat Rock

Our food at Symonds Yat Rock

When you get to Symonds Yat Rock there’s a Forestry Commission cafe.

A good place to fuel up after your walk 🙂

We’ve now down the walk twice. Once directly there and back; another on a circular route by the River Wye.

Click here for details of the circular walk to Symonds Yat.


Forest Holidays at Bracelands

Forest Holidays at Bracelands

Forest Holidays at Bracelands

If camping is not your thing, there’s also Forest Holidays at Bracelands where you can stay in a wooden lodge instead.

These looked very nice.

Dog Parking

Dog Parking

At Forest Holidays is a larger shop and a cafe.

This is just a short walk from the entrance to Bracelands Camping in the Forest. So if you’ve forgotten something or want a quick bite to eat, this is within easy reach.

You can even park your dog 🙂

a thoroughly enjoyable weekend camping

We had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend camping at Bracelands. It gets the thumbs up from us and is on the list for a return visit.


Planning your visit
What can pitch at the campsite?
Small Campervans
Campsite Facilities
Electric Hook-up
Chemical Disposal
Camping & Touring Pitches
Grass Grass with Electric Hardstanding with Electric Fully Serviced
Other Accommodation Available
How to get here

Here’s where you can find Bracelands Campsite.


Please be aware that Sat Nav is likely to give you a route that involves travelling to the campsite via Symonds Yat. Roads in this area are unsuitable for large vehicles, so please do not follow this route if you are towing or in a motorhome.

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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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