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The Ross Rowing Club Campsite

 

Prices and booking

RRC provides the perfect setting to rest while on a paddling trip down the Wye.   We are right on the river and very close (walking distance) to Ross-on-Wye town centre.

This is a great back to nature experience for anyone who loves the water and the outdoors.

Pitches

Campers can pitch on the rowing club lawns (as long as there isn’t an event like the beer festival or the regatta on)  and on our fields, which are behind and upriver from the boat house.  We have 12 acres of land so there is no problem accommodating large groups (during our August Bank Holiday rowing regatta we accommodate over 1,000 rowers and their families).

We are happy to accommodate RVs, mobile homes, camper vans and caravans,  but I’m afraid we do not have electric hook ups available.

Pitches are occupied on a first-come-first-served basis. We also sometimes designate protected areas for scout, guide or D of E groups in order to help them fulfil their safeguarding children responsibilities.  Please see our Camping Terms.

*Please note that some pitches are further from the facilities than others (maximum 200m).

Landing boats and car parking

We offer parking. If you have paid for camping, your parking is included. You may  choose to drive to the club, establish base camp and leave your vehicle there when you go off to start your canoe adventure, which will bring you back to the club and your vehicle.

NB The boat house car park is for rowers, rowing boats and trailers. It can be empty one minute and full of activity the next, even at bizarre times of the day and night.

Campers who need to park MUST park on the fields behind the boat house (access details for the field gate are in your booking confirmation email) and NOT in the club’s rowing car park.

Canoe hire companies and groups can book (follow the camping link) both parking and boat landing / launching. (There is a public launch just downriver, other side of the Hope & Anchor for those who do not need or wish to pay.)

The parking rules for campers above also apply to canoe hire companies and groups.

Facilities

We allow access to our clubhouse for campers which have full wash/toilet facilities for men and women.  Details of how to access the club will be sent once you have booked and paid.

*The showers & changing rooms will be out of bounds during junior rowing sessions. Please see our T&Cs for full details.

The Bar

The club bar is regularly open on Thursday and Friday nights and Sunday lunchtime, but may be open at other times too. Again, please ask when booking.  You are more then welcome to come in for a cold one.

Campfires, BBQs & breakfasts…

Currently we do not allow campfires.  If you would like to BBQ please be in touch after booking to discuss.

This year we are going to offer campers the chance to book a Rowers’ Breakfast in the club house.

Our kitchen & bar breakfast crews are drawn from our rowing squads and are entirely voluntary. All proceeds (as with the money you pay for camping) goes into our charitable (registered with the FCA, exempt charity status from HMRC) community club’s kitty to help fund the club’s running costs.

Unless you are a vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten free, have a nut allergy, have some other special dietary need or are just a painfully picky eater (by all means tell us in the notes when you book and we will aim to accommodate you – we reserve the right to tease you about it) the IKEA style *breakfast options are:

  • As much tea or coffee as you can drink
  • A bacon and egg sandwich on brown or white bread
  • An egg and bacon sandwich on brown or white bread
  • An egg sandwich on brown or white bread
  • A bacon sandwich on brown or white bread
  • Anything that the club bar usually sells (J2O, crisps, nuts, chocolate, etc)

*IKEA style = we line it up on the bar, you make your own tea / coffee, construct your own sandwich. What could possibly go wrong?

Sat Nav

The postcode for Sat Navs is HR9 7DD.
The campsite is directly on the River Wye , adjacent to market town of Ross-on-Wye. Within easy reach of the A40/M50.

HR9 7DD takes you to the turning into Metcalfe Close, just off of Trenchard Street (look for the iron sign post pointing to the rowing club 290m). Follow the tarmaced surface through the gate and it will bring you to the boat house. (If you arrive when there are no members there the club gate may be locked. Your confirmation email will tell how how to get the key to unlock the gate and gain access.)

Arriving from the Wye by canoe…

Most canoeists arrive from upriver (Hereford, Hoarwithy etc). You will know you are getting close when you pass through the remains of Backney Bridge (only the large stone pillars of the old railway bridge remain), which is after you have passed Foy (attractive metal foot bridge) and before you get to Ross. Backney Bridge is approximately 3km upriver from the clubhouse.

NB. Once you pass the bridge please try and keep to the right hand side of the river.

  1. It gives a better approach to pass through the rapids (known as Sheepwash), which are about 1K upstream from the club and before you pass under the A40 road bridge.
  2. Any rowers approaching you upstream from the club will be keeping to your left as you come downstream. Unless they are in a coxed boat they will not be able to see you as they will have their backs towards you.
  3. The Rules of the River are therefore keep to your right to help avoid collisions.

Prices and booking

Suggested camping areas…

You can see in the picture below that there are lawns within the curtelage of the Club house. There are pros and cons to camping on these lawns.

Pros? You are nearer to the river (overnight canoe storage point shown on picture below) and to the boat house, which has the loos and the showers in it. Also, it is private land with no public access, so although it is not securely fenced it is at least theoretically a bit more secure.

Cons? Rowers! Yes, sorry about that. Early morning sessions are particularly busy at the weekends. Rowers are often on the water by 07:00 and arrive to get ready before that. It can get quite noisy. If you want to be assured of a more peaceful lie in, please choose a spot on the fields at the back, but be aware that there is a much used public footpath that goes around the field at the back of the boat house before rejoining the riverside path.

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Nearby B & Bs

B&B Accommodation within walking or canoeing distance of the club: Benhall Farm is a family run working farm which offers B&B and self-catering accommodation. Carol and Simon Brewer farm the land on the ‘Benhall side’ of the famous Ross Regatta course. We thoroughly recommend a stay looked after by this welcoming family in their beautiful farmhouse and converted granary.

Benhall Farm, HR9 6AG
www.benhallfarm.co.uk

Orles Barn Hotel is a five star restaurant with a small number of individually designed rooms. It is a beautiful, character property on the outskirts of Ross-on-Wye, with bar, restaurant and garden.

Orles Barn Hotel, HR9 6RE
www.orles-barn.co.uk