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Bracelands campsite, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Prices from £21.50 per night (two adults)

This wonderfully spacious campsite is located on the edge of the Forest of Dean nestling among majestic oaks, stunning copper beech and tall pine trees. Open all year for you to pitch your tent in a prime position to see nature at its best.


Despite being surrounded by the forest, Bracelands is a relatively open campsite, and offers gorgeous panoramic views of the countryside. There are numerous scenic walks, circular routes, long distance paths, waymarked trails and cycle paths available to explore, and the River Wye is just a 35 minute walk away. A great attraction is the four mile long Sculpture Trail, one of the first to open in the UK, featuring sculptures created by artists to interpret the Forest environment and the history of this unique landscape. This walk is perfect for all ages and abilities.

The Forest of Dean is abundant in wildlife, and for bird watchers, the area is a true paradise. Peregrine Falcons, Goshawks, Buzzards and Red Kites can be seen soaring above woodland and nesting on the Symonds Yat rock face. During the summer months the RSPB set up a viewing station fully equipped with telescopes and experts on hand to provide information about the birds. Throughout the forest fallow deer and sheep wander freely, and wild boar also roam the area.

The Forest of Dean was once a vast forest that covered over 100,000 acres. For the past thousand years, the forest has gradually diminished. Today the forest is home to the largest area of old oak trees in the whole of Britain.

Just five minutes’ drive away from the campsite is the market town of Coleford, which has a Tesco Express and a small Co-op, take away eateries, pubs and restaurants. There are also a number of village inns that serve a wide variety of delicious and traditional dishes.

A fabulous local attraction includes the Clearwell Caves, a natural cave system that was mined for iron ore in the past and is now open to the public. No visit to the Forest of Dean would be complete without a visit to Puzzlewood where some scenes for Harry Potter were filmed. Also in the Forest lies the Go Ape! high ropes course for those campers looking for something to get the adrenalin pumping!

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Dogs are welcome on this campsite and there are toilet and shower blocks with facilities for the disabled. Bracelands also has a separate rally field which can be booked for larger groups.

Pitch types at Bracelands

There are 520 pitches at Bracelands which is now open all year. Pitch types are made up of standard grass pitches with premium grass and premium hardstandings pitch types. Find out what facilities are available at each campsite.


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Bracelands campsite

Bracelands Drive Coleford Gloucestershire GL16 7NP Tel:01594 837258

Season opening

All year round

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Grid Ref: OS162 575 129