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Between The Woods and The Water

Swallow Barn Woodland Campsite sits in five acres of woods by the banks of the Severn Estuary, in the Forest of Dean. This is off-grid, nearly wild camping, and booking gets you exclusive use of the site and surrounding woodland and field. You’ll be sharing with no one but the badgers and the barn owl.

The site accommodates up to twenty people, either on tent pitches, or a camper van parking area. There is a covered camp kitchen, with running cold water and a large table and benches. Toilets are composting and there is a bucket shower. You are welcome to light a fire but you’ll have to collect your own firewood, but that’s the fun bit, right?  Check out the About page for more details on the site. 

Swallow Barn is a smallholding that we farm according to organic and regenerative principles. We can supply seasonal vegetables from our garden and eggs from our flock of Cuckoo Marans hens.

10:48 05 Jun 24
This was a really beautiful camping spot. So peaceful and lots of fun for the children. We loved it!
Kristin CroucherKristin Croucher
15:57 29 Aug 23
A secluded camp site for a single group at a time (up to 20 people). Dog friendly and gorgeous. Will definitely be back!
Hannah BonnarHannah Bonnar
05:50 07 Jun 23
Such a beautiful spot! Had the best weekend getting back to basics with friends! So many lovely walks and things to see in the area, will definitely be going back!
James DunlopJames Dunlop
14:59 07 Sep 22
Lovely place if you want a private camping experience. I have no doubts we’ll be back!
Leslie BellLeslie Bell
16:40 18 Aug 22
It is a perfect place to hide away with mates or family rough camping at its best. great walks and not far from the river why.there was a few issues but we brough them up with the owner more theething problems than anything
Sharan KaurSharan Kaur
18:14 06 Aug 22
Stunning tiered woodland grotto camping spot with all the facilities you need in one place - perfect! Fantastic homegrown vegetables grown by the very generous owners added an extra dimension to our stay. Thanks so much for sharing your harvest and space!
Tony LeeTony Lee
08:40 06 Aug 22
I took a group to Swallow Barn on Wednesday for the night. It's a beautiful site in a fantastic location 10 mins from the Forest of Dean.The on site facilities are minimal but fantastic. There's an kitchen area, compost loos, bucket shower, rope swing and an area for a fire. What more could you ask for in a campsite? Book before someone else does.
E O ConnellE O Connell
13:04 04 Aug 22
Little gem of a place! Such a nice place to escape to and only a 40 minute drive from Bristol. Loved all the activities there is to do in the area. Perfect to come back to such a peaceful spot and the outdoor kitchen was a lovely touch. So nice to see the stars so clearly too. Compost toilets and an interesting shower!!! Perfect, almost wild camping and our host Simon was very friendly and accommodating. Excited to go back!!
Caitlin OvendenCaitlin Ovenden
10:33 04 Aug 22
Amazing location . Very close to the Forest of Dean. Beautiful campsite , very well equipped with toilets and outdoor kitchen with running water ! Perfect place to stay for a weekend of hiking.
Rowan ClarkeRowan Clarke
19:46 25 Jul 22
Magical nearly wild camping - this place is a real escape. The facilities are basic, but perfectly clean and really well thought out - composting toilets and a lovely kitchen area with a table and sink covered by a hand-built shelter. The shower bucket is a fantastic touch. But the best is having the five acres of woodland to ourselves - the kids explored and built dens and loved the rope swing. We camped as four families - perfect wild camping experience and the children's favourite campsite ever.


Swallow Barn
GL15 4AT

Swallow Barn lies off the A48, south of Blakeney. There is a bus stop at the turning off the main road and Lydney railway station is four miles away.

We can provide a free taxi service to and from both the bus stop and the railway station for car free bookings. If you are car free, we will also offer you a 10% discount. If this is you, get in touch before you book.



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Please select the days from the calendar. Our booking fees are £140 per night weekends & bank holidays, £100 per night Sundays & weekdays. This enables four people to camp. We have a minimum two night booking requirement at weekends. The site can accommodate a further sixteen people, at an additional cost of £20 each per night. Select these below. There is no charge for the under fives. If you wish to book for a larger party, get in touch.

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Camping in The Forest of Dean

This ancient Forest is rich in history and incredible wildlife. You can visit hilltop Iron Age forts, Victorian coal mines or the many castles that mark the Welsh border nearby.

If you are lucky, you might spot a sounder of boar, or glimpse the beavers that have recently been reintroduced to the area. 

The forest also offers a wide range of activities. Dean mountain bike trails are some of the best in the UK, from single track to full on downhill. There is canoeing on the Severn and Wye rivers and rock climbing up the limestone crags that line the Wye Valley.

If you are looking for a gentler way to spend your day, the walking is outstanding, with Offa’s Dyke long distance path running along the western edge of the district.

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Swallow Barn Etloe Blakeney Gloucestershire GL15 4AT


01594 510530

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