Is this one of the best campsites in the Forest of Dean? - Campsite Review Whitemead Forest Park, Gloucestershire
Whitemead Forest Park is a camping and caravan park situated in Parkend in the beautiful Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
We have stayed multiple times at Whitemead and have enjoyed each one. In our review of Whitemead Forest Park, we show you the pitches, facilities and the variety of self-catering accommodation that are offer. You can then decide if this park is worth a visit from you!
Where do you stay at Whitemead Forest Park?
Camping for motorhomes, caravans and tents are set out in three areas, the Dell, the Meadow and the Mead with over 100 pitches in total, full hardstanding, half hardstanding and grass, and all pitches come with electric hook up.
We have stayed in the Dell on the half gravel and grass pitches and also the Meadow. We prefer the Meadow pitches because they have lovely views of the park and are lighter at night. The Dell is darker with more tree cover but very handy for walking into Parked. The park is open throughout the year and prices vary, we paid £25 over a half term weekend and in November we paid £11.50 per night which was excellent value!
What facilities are there at Whitemead Forest Park?
As with all good sites Whitemead has a shop, heated shower blocks, washing up rooms, laundry facilities, fresh water and chemical waste disposal points, but it’s the extras that sets it apart from other sites.
If getting some fresh air is your thing there is direct access to woodland walks and cycle paths and children’s play areas. But if indoor activities are more up your street you are in for a treat, from the indoor swimming pool and spa to the well equipped gym.
They even have a large club house that offers entertainment including live sport and a pretty comprehensive food menu that offers breakfast, lunch and evening meals. There are pool tables and table football for the kids to enjoy inside too.
Since our last visit they have extended the area outside the bar and swimming pool area to incorporate more outside seating.
Don’t worry if you’re not into camping but want to utilise the site, as Whitemead also offer a comprehensive range of alternative self catering accommodation, from Glamping huts, to luxury self catering apartments, they even have fully equipped log cabins giving you a proper back to nature feel.
What is in walking distance of Whitemead Forest Park?
The location of this park is superb with the village of Parkend, just a short walk away and although it’s not packed with amenities it does have two pubs, the the Woodman Inn and The Fountain Inn and a small shop. We have eaten at the Fountain Inn numerous times and not been disappointed.
Also within walking distance is the Dean Forest Railway. On one of our visits we were lucky enough to be there for their anniversary and enjoyed a ride on the Rocket! We were travelling with friends and their children and we had such a fabulous time. The Dean Forest Railway runs along part of the old Severn & Wye Railway lines, and it was first built as a tram road over 200 years ago. It really takes you back to a fabulous era of steam transport and we definitely recommend a visit.
We had a fabulous stay here and know we will be back. We also filmed a three part vlog series to accompany this review – see videos below. Do have a watch to see what we got up, and we also give you a complete tour of the park, showing you all the available self catering accommodation available too.
You can find Whitemead Forest Park’s website here for more information.
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