Broad Meadow Caravan and Camping Park is situated just 5 to 10 minutes walk from the Centre of Ross on Wye, a lovely little market town, in Southern Herefordshire, which still retains much of its original charm, in spite of the obligatory influx of charity shops, takeaways and bargain stores.
The site is an oasis of tranquility, located on the outskirts of Ashburton Industrial Estate, in Ross on Wye. It is a very unlikely location, situated, as it is, on the outskirts of the Industrial Estate, and with its access being via a less than picturesque coach yard.
That said, once you’re through the gates, there is no sign of any of that. The site is surrounded by trees, with a good sized dog walk, and fishing pools down one side.
This is one of the most organised sites I have ever been to. All pitches are neatly marked and run alongside parallel gravel tracks. The site rules are equally regimented, but more on that later.
The majority of the site facilities are contained within two well maintained blocks, including showers, toilets, wash / laundry rooms, washing up facilities and waste / toilet emptying points. I have to say, there is one thing about this site that I have never seen before, and really, really impressed me. Each set of facilities had two private bathrooms. Now, maybe, I’m easily pleased, and, maybe, there are lots of sites with these, but I’ve never, personally, visited any.
Would I want to share a bath with half the camp site? Hmmmm. Maybe not, but I was impressed, nonetheless, and it must be a lot better for families with young children. I know my daughter was scared of showers as a toddler, but loved baths. Either way, it’s just nice to have the option.
Fresh water points are scattered around the site in abundance, as are electric hookup points and refuse areas, There is also a fairly comprehensive, and , when I was there, well used, children’s play area.
The reception area is full of maps and literature on local attractions. There’s no on site shop, but, with a large supermarket just 2 minutes walk away, that’s hardly an issue.
This is, by far, the most regimented site I have ever visited. The list of rules is as long as your arm, and it should be really annoying, but, actually, it wasn’t. I was also surprised at just how many families were there, bearing in mind the; ‘no bikes, no noise, dogs on leads at all times’ attitude of the site.
There are two ways of approaching the site; via the picturesque town of Ross on Wye, or via the less picturesque Ashburton Industrial Estate (my sat nav’s chosen route). Either way, once you turn into the entrance to the driveway, you must first negotiate the less than attractive coach yard. This is not a pleasant experience, and has been much written about in reviews of the site, but, at the end of the day, it is not the fault of the site owners, and, once within the main gates, there is no sign of this, whatsoever.
As you enter the gates, the main site, with all pitches and facilities is to the left of you, and, to the right, are the fishing pools and dog walk.
I arrived at the main reception to a friendly and efficient greeting, booked in and paid the balance of my fees, and was then guided, by a golf trolley driving warden, to my allocated pitch. This is not a huge site, and a map of the site would have been more than adequate to guide me to my destination. Whilst it was nice to be personally escorted there, the rows of identically positioned and oriented caravans I passed en route suggested to me that I was being guided to my pitch to make sure I parked correctly, and did not make the site look ‘untidy’.
I’m not a big one for rules and regulations, and I should’ve hated this site, but I didn’t. You kind of have to admire the friendly, yet efficient, way everything is organised. I wasn’t plagued by annoying children or dogs running around, and yet there were plenty of both about, and all seemed happy to be there. The site is clean, tidy, quiet and yet everyone seemed to be having a relaxed and enjoyable time.
When you’re there, the site seems totally isolated from the outside world. All you can see are the fishing ponds and trees that border the site, and you could be miles from anywhere. That said, you’re a 2 minute walk from a good sized Morrisons, and 5 – 10 minutes from the centre of Ross on Wye, so, notwithstanding the approach, you couldn’t be in a much better location.
The site isn’t cheap (£30 a night for a folding camper, with two occupants, electric hookup, but no awning) but, to be fair, that was a bank holiday, and I, personally felt it was worth it.
The site has a lovely dog walk (albeit on a lead, constantly) excellent fishing pools (at extra cost) and well maintained / well equiped facilities.
The pitches are spacious and well marked, and, when you bear in mind that all of the pictures in this review were taken on an August bank holiday weekend, with decent weather, it’s clear to see that the site is not over stocked, and there is plenty of space to relax and enjoy yourself, unlike some sites I’ve visited in the past.
With the added convenience of a Morrisons store plus the market town of Ross on Wye right on the doorstep, and a short car ride to local attractions such as Symonds Yat, this site is definitely worth a look.
Whilst the site and local area cater extremely well for children and families, I think this site best excels as somewhere for adults to relax and enjoy the peaceful location, to browse the local shops, or take in the breathtaking local scenery.
If you want to check the site out, their web site can be viewed below: