Campsite Review Updated – Beeches Farm, Chepstow, Forest of Dean.

 A slope. Every campsite should have one.

Where: Beeches Farm, Nr Chepstow, Forest of Dean

How much: £6 per adult, £4 per child, under 3’s free.  £2 per dog per visit!

Campfires:  In stone fire pits or very strurdy braziers, free.

Wood: Sold at reception

Types of camping: Tents, campervans, caravans, motorhomes.  Electric Hook up available.

Facilties: Toilet and shower block with indoor and outdoor washing up facilities.

The Review: Continue reading

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Campfires? Yes please.

There are a few parameters that a campsite must fulfill for me to want to camp there. The most important to me is the ability to have a campfire. The fire is the focus of the camp. It provides warmth, light and a place to cook (even though the campervan has a hob we prefer to cook over the fire as often possible). Part of this blog will be our ongoing efforts to optimize over the fire cooking, recipes, equipment etc. CampingDad is especially keen on this stuff!

Love getting a small cooking fire going in the morning.

The other really cool thing about campsites that allow campfires is that they often fulfill some of my other parameters for finding a good campsite. I say no to to club houses, restaurants and bars, tents and caravans in regimented lines (urgh). Yes to large pitches and especially those who let you choose where you pitch. Yes to views, lovely tumbling rivers and streams, ropeswings, woods, good walks from the campsite. Ahh, makes me smile just thinking about it.

CampingDad thinks I am a bit too militant in always demanding a campfire so I try to keep my mind open to sites that look lovely but just don’t allow campfires (but why??). I do try, really.

Beeches Farm Campsite, Chepstow, South Wales

Fires and Views!!

http://www.beechesfarmcampsite.co.uk

Waking on a rainy morning, opening the doors of the van to the sight of clouds wrapped around the thick woods of the hills opposite and sinking down into the Wye Valley. Now that’s what camping is all about.Not much else at the site but, wow, what great views!

Views!!

Beeches Farm also provides great stone circled fire pits and sells logs and kindling. There is walking access to the woods from the campsite. And nearby is Tintern Abbey, a ruined Abbey famous from Wordsworth’s lovely ditty. The facilities at last visit were adequate, nothing to rave about but did the job. A lovely, simple campsite, one of my favourites.