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"A distinctive and spacious campsite with panoramic views"
A spacious campsite, Bracelands provides panoramic views of the magnificent countryside over the River Wye on one side and the wide expanse of the Forest of Dean on the other. Copper beech trees are a striking feature of this campsite which has a relaxed atmosphere. There are a number of footpaths and cycle ways through the forest, allowing you to explore the beautiful surroundings. Ranger Activities are available during the summer; they are entertaining and informative for the whole family and provide a great insight into the life of the forest and its flora and fauna. Attractions near to the campsite include canoeing and boating on the River Wye, GoApe! the high-ropes forest course and the Clearwell Caves which are naturally formed. Bracelands campsite is ideal for families with lots to see and do nearby, such as Symond's Yat, where you can watch peregrine falcons wheeling from their nests on the cliffs.
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Panoramic views of the Forest of Dean. - Gary Fletcher
OS Map Reference: - naLatitude: 51.81266785Longitude: -2.61656932
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Bracelands - Forest of DeanBracelands Caravan and Camping SiteBracelands DriveChristchurchColefordGloucestershireGL16 7NP
No calls after 8pm please.
Please Note: Some Scottish season dates vary slightly to the above:
26-30 Jun - Bank Holiday 1-19 Jul - Bank Holiday 2 - 5 Aug Bank Holiday 23-26 Aug High Season 1 Sep High Season 11-19 Oct Mid Season 25-31 Oct Low Season 1-2 Nov Low Season
I adore this site, the facilities are not fantastic but remember where you are! rustic and beautiful do not always come perfect showers, however the facilities are cleaned at least twice a day so they are not filthy dirty, hot water all day and 3 blocks to shower in.
We have been to Bracelands twice and are booked again for the May bank holiday and we couldnt be more pleased.
Staff are helpful, offered us an indian takeaway phone number who delivered to the site! who can ask for more than that on a lazy saturday evening after a very long and enjoyable walk around the forest.
all in all this is a lovely site to just stop, do as much or as little as you like and still have a great time.
DATE STAYED: August 2012
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Moderate
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
This was our first time in our caravan, when we arrived at the site the staff were very helpful and could not do enough for us, helping us on to our pitch helping to level the caravan and showing us how to get everything working.
The view from our window was fantastic and a short walk from the caravan we were in the forest. The facilities were clean.
Can't wait to return
DATE STAYED: March 2013
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Easy
we stayed as a family in 2012. 2 adults 3 kids 1 being only 1 and half. we found it great , we went for walks which the gate was just outside tent. we drove and looked around.. the only thing was one shower block was stut but we enjoyed very much. we are booking again..
DATE STAYED: September 2012
wasnt sure about this site as some of the other reviews were not very complimentary, however we loved it. Fantastic scenery, lovely smiling faces on arrival at reception, very helpful staff. Great walks with easy access to the forest from the site. WHen travelling there DO NOT go through symonds yat, very narrow roads which has resulted in us scratching our van, tried to find directions for towing , on the club site but couldnt see anything, ( was I looking in the wrong place?) other than the stressful journey there fanatastic. Would def visit again.
DATE STAYED: October 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break
Since becoming new owners of a towing caravan earlier this year and choosing Bracelands for our first adventure, we found Tony and his staff extremely helpful and accommodating especially as we basically knew nothing about this new experience. It was raining and the ground was wet, having difficulty in reversing the van to its location, Tony got into his tractor, hitched the van and towed us into place, saying "if you need anything at all, dont hesitate to ask for help" how comforting was that. Since then we have become "seasonal" and go to the van at Bracelands every week if the weather permits. Great location, quiet and peaceful, good biking routes and facilities clean and lovley hot showers. The site itself very well maintained with all the staff friendly and helpful.
DATE STAYED: June 2012
Just back from a week visit here. The awful wet weather definately put a dampner on our holiday, however when the sun shone, it really was glorious! Symonds yat wasn't really good for a young family (2 yr old, 5 yr old, 9 yr old) and was rather expensive to eat- even at the "cafe". Facilities on site were okay, but never seemed to feel very clean (maybe im a bit particular!). There is no direct access to the forest, which we were expecting to enjoy walks/ bike riding etc, and there is no shop on site. The shop at Christchurch is quite a distance and more of a boutique than camp essentials. The forest holidays reception would also not allow us to hire a bike (with toddler seat) as we were at Bracelands- it is made out that the facilities can be shared. Local co-op short drive away which is useful, and local perry railway/ treetops is good, but rather expensive at Â£30 for a famiy of 5- couldnt spend all day there. Scenically beautiful site- but definately need the weather to appreciate.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break
Stayed in may the hot week, found the staff very freindly and helpful throughout are stay, toilets and showers very good, yes they closed but only for cleaning (very clean)
It is a bit uneven in places but i always carry leveling gear as any one would. overall very good site had a great time many thanks. from the non moaning department off the camping &caravan club
DATE STAYED: May 2012
Stayed here as a last minute booking with husband and son for 1 night, pleasant welcome, you can pitch where you like, though I could see you getting trapped in if to many pitched in front of you. Site is not flat so its probably best for tents, don't think I would take my TT there. Plenty of toilets and showers never busy, and clean. Lots of people on site but still quite a quiet feel. No lights on site so remember the torch, Coleford has a co - op open until 10 which is handy when Husband forgets to pack the gas, pleasant walk down to the river wye (took as quite a while as I trusted Hubby with the OS Map!, we turned right out of the site perhaps if you turn left that will take you straight there.) Will definitely go back again since its so close to home.
Stayed here as a last minute booking with husband and son for 1 night, pleasant welcome, you can pitch where you like, though I could see you getting trapped in if to many pitched in front of you. Site is not flat so its probably best for tents, don't think I would take my TT there. Plenty of toilets and showers never busy, and clean. Lots of people on site but still quite a quiet feel. No lights on site so remember the torch, Coleford has a co - op open until 10 which is handy when Husband forgets to pack the gas, pleasant walk down to the river wye (took as quite a while as I trusted Hubby with the OS Map!, we turned right out of the site perhaps if you turn left that will take you straight there.)
Very disappointed with site. Very steep slope for many of the pitches and impossible to level 'van even with ramps. Electricity failed late Friday afternoon and didn't return permanently until very late Saturday morning. Wardens genuinely apologetic and advised me that the sub-station has tripped out. I was later advised that this was not the first time this had happened over the years when weather cold and site very busy. No excuse for repeated failure, either upgrade the sub-station or reduce booking to a level the site's electrics can cope with - not rocket science! Access to site is difficult in that Sat Navs want to take you down unsuitable roads of which there are many. Alternative routes add miles onto journey. On the plus side ALL the local people I meet were very friendly. However, not a site I would re-visit or recommend. There are too many other superior Camping and Caravanning Club sites and CL's around. Lots to see and do in the area e.g. Goodrich Castle.
DATE STAYED: April 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Younger couples
We have been to this site a few times over the years and with 3 very active young boys have always had a great time. In previous years we have been very happy with the staff and facilities but this year were a bit dissapointed at book in, some of the extras, ie an extra car and adult that i had booked and thought i had paid for over the phone didnt appear on the system, so we had to pay out of our spending money, and the staff were not very friendly or welcoming as they had been on previous visits. The toilets and shower blocks seemed to close at various times of the day and one block was only open at weekends even though we went during the summer holidays and it was quite busy. As a result there were un necessary waits for showers and they wernt as clean as they could have been. The area its self is beautiful and there is some lovely walks directy off of the site. Near by in coleford is a lovely village with various shops a small cinema which was very cheap and handy on a wet day, there is also puzzle wood and the model railway which were great for the kids. We also did the sculpture trail in the forest which was only Â£3 to park and we spent all day there. It has a nice picnic area and play ground. The hope well colliery that is just out side of coleford was great to, with a really nice man who owns it giving a great tour and it was really cheap too, the boys loved it. On the whole it was a great holiday even though we had some rain, but next time we may stay at christchurch as the staff are friendlier.
DATE STAYED: August 2011
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
We have stayed here on and off over the last 20 years both camping and cravaning.We stayed on site both as a tourer and previously for the last 3 years on a seasonal basis.We have had great family holidays here on this magic
site very close to the Forest.
However since becoming a member of the CCC this year having held a Forest experince member.I would like to comment as follows.
The C&CCs moto is the Freindly Club.
Unfortunotly this wasnt the case when we came in March with freinds and family ages ranging from 8yrs - 65yrs.
The attiude of the Management team shocked all of us.
Since this bad experiance we have been to Blackmore at Malvern and Christchurch next to Bracelands.The Staff at both sites can not do enough for you they run the sites very proffesionaly and were very polite and freindly unlike their colleques at Bracelands.
DATE STAYED: March 2011
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples
went here for first time was noisy at night and the shower block they closed all the showers down so had to walk to other side of site to have a shower which was worth it as it was a newish block others shower blocks was dirty and old i had no problem with showers but my girlfriend said there was no pressure behind the shower nothing on site for kids to do so take toys for them. but for a quiet weekend is perfect oh and no where to bath our baby
DATE STAYED: July 2011
SUITABLE FOR: Peaceful break
Just returned from a camping trip with friends to Bracelands, lovely site, with lots of space, although despite rules on noise there was a lot of noise early in the mrning and late at night. The facilities though, although moderately clean were awful paint flaking off the ceiling and walls, most toilets blocked, not pleasant first thing in the morning, because we are in a tent our only luxury is a hot shower in the morning, the showers were at such low pressure I struggled to rinse shampoo out of my hair, a real shame I shall stick to club sites in future.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Peaceful break,Younger couples
We chose this site for the 'maiden voyage' of our new caravan, and were not disappointed. The site had plenty of space, even on the first full weekend of the summer holidays. The views across the forest were wonderful; the facilities clean and adequate, if a little dated, but in fact that added to the charm of the place.
There is a well stocked shop on the main Christchurch site entrance though I found it a bit disconcerting that none of the goods were priced on the shelf, so you had no idea how much they were until they had been scanned at the till.The same place also served hot drinks and a limited selection of hot food.
Fabulous area for walks in the forest - we enjoyed a 5-mile walk, on the forest tracks to Biblin's Bridge then along the river Wye to Symonds Yat - across the ferry for a pint at the Sarecen's Head, then back along the other side of the river - our dog loved it!
We were only there for a long weekend and wished we could have stayed longer.
Nice site, you can pick your own pitch and even in July there was a lot of spare space. The facilities are serviceable if a bit dated (they are same as they were in 1996!), staff seemed helpful.
found the staff friendly and helpful unfortunately the management were not so good they seemed to be able to close toilet blocks when they wished without a thought to campers on site at short notice and told me that a museum i wished to visit was too far to want to go from the site if it was not for the other staff on site we would have left early
DATE STAYED: June 2011
Lovely site, what it doesnt tell you is that it is sloping so be prepared for a bit of levvelling whic I am still getting the hang of. Very busy when we were there, full I think, but noise at night was not a problem as in some reviews. Toilets and showers well used. Cleaned daily but not maintained so deteriorate quickly. Could do with childrens play area.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break
This was our first time camping as a family and we stayed in a pre-pitched tent. We were very impressed by all the facilities and the beautiful views. We particularly enjoyed the peace and quiet of the site and easy access to forest walks. It is also easy to hire bikes nearby. There is a shop at the main reception but this was very expensive and we didn't always find a warm welcome here! The site is near Coleford for shops and within easy distance of Ross on Wye, Symonds Yat, Monmouth etc and we were never short of things to do. All in all, it was a great place for short break and I am sure that we could easily find enough to do for a fortnight sometime in the future. My only reservation would be how busy it might get in the height of summer.
DATE STAYED: April 2011
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