Vanlife campsite review – Woodbridge Inn, Pewsey

A great budget campsite in Wiltshire

Woodbridge Inn, Pewsey – a campsite review

My most recent campsite stay was Woodbridge Inn, in a lovely riverside spot near Pewsey, Wiltshire. Although it has a few static caravans and long stay vans on site, it was a peaceful campsite with a nice country inn next door.

I stay at some great campsites as I ramble around the country in my beloved Berlingo and as much as I’d love to keep them all to myself, I’ve decided to be generous and share them with you.

I don’t have many requirements but my general criteria is under £10 per night, hot showers included, a quiet site and preferably supporting a small business rather than a large holiday park.

 

As usual I booked on PitchUp, a bargain at £8 per night, and arrived about 7pm to check in at the pub. I was surprised to see that the pub is one I’ve driven past many times before.

It’s located on the main Amesbury to Marlborough road, just behind a quiet roundabout. It was very easy to find – just drive in behind the pub.

I left my van in a parking spot and headed inside to check in with the bar staff.

First things first, as I was really very hungry, I ordered a Goan vegetarian curry (splashing out at £12.95) and even more excitingly, a G&T. It was a beautiful evening and I fancied sitting in the deserted garden with the newspaper and a little appetizer.

 

Campsite facilities at Woodbridge Inn, Pewsey

I eventually managed to rouse myself and head into the camping field to choose a spot. The entrance is a gate from the carpark at the back of the pub, with the toilets and showers immediately on your right as you go through.

Straight ahead and to the left there are some hardstanding pitches by the hedge line. The field then slopes sharply down to the river, where I found a nice spot by the trees. I was surprised at how many people were there, although the caravans and vans looked more like long-stay guests, with just three or four touring tents.

Although the main road is just above the campsite, it wasn’t very noisy and I was excited to see two swans and their baby cygnet float serenely past me.

The toilets and showers were basic but clean and well stocked, with handwash and a hand dryer. There were just two showers and one toilet for ladies, but it always empty when I went in.

Next door, there’s a kitchen wash up area with two sinks and some local area leaflets. Again it was a bit basic and could definitely have been made more attractive but it did the job! Outside I was pleased to see well-labelled recycling bins as well as general waste bin.

The local area is very pleasant and I mainly stayed there as I’m on a new challenge to see all eight White Horses of Wiltshire. These are giant figures carved into the chalk downs, visible from miles around.

I’ve been enjoying exploring Wiltshire, seeing some lovely countryside and having some great short walks. Up the road from the Inn is Pewsey, located on the picturesque Kennet and Avon canal, which was built to link the river Avon near Bristol and Avon to London.

If you’re a henge fan, then Avebury, Stonehenge and Woodhenge are also close by and worth a trip. I particularly love Avebury with its impressive standing stones, as you can get much closer up than Stonehenge, and see the largest stone circle in the world.

Nearest alternative campsite I’ve stayed at and reviewed is: Rowbury Farm Camping, near Andover, Hampshire