Some of the Best Campsites Wales has to offer.

Some of the Best Campsites Wales has to offer.

Trellyn Woodland

Trellyn is a magical place. It’s calm and  remote. Across 16 acres of beautiful  Pembrokeshire woodland, Trellyn stretches  to five camping pitches, a tipi, a couple of  yurts and two  geodomes. These pockets of  solitude are furnished with a picnic table,  campfire area and full field kitchen. Extras  include an outdoor pizza oven and a  wood-fired sauna. Trellyn Woodland, Abercastle,  Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62  5HJ (01348 837762); Open late May –  early September; Camping and  Caravanning Club members only (you  can join onsite for £40).   

Rynys Farm

Nestled in a cleft of soft, green hill above  the town of Betws-y-Coed to the west of  the mighty Snowdon, Rnynys Farm is the  perfect base for exploring Wales’ most  iconic mountain range. This working  sheep farm offers  room to spread out and  relax in. Adjoining fields catch the  morning rays, bask in the warmth in the  day and, as evening sets in, are raked by  the sun setting. Rynys Farm, Nr Betwys-y-Coed,  Snowdonia LL26 0RU (01690 710218);  tents all year; caravans and campervans Easter and October only; Adults  are £7 and children are £2.50 a night. 

Carreglwyd Camping and Caravan  Park

Carreglwyd is the perfect antidote to the  static caravan parks which dominate parts  of the Gower. This tent-friendly site has  sweeping coastal views and easy access to  the beach. The coastal path to Worm’s  Head and Rhossili is a spectacular five-mile  walk, showcasing the most dramatic  stretch of Gower coastline and possibly the  best sunset in the UK – proof alone of why  Gower was selected as Britain’s first official  Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Carreglwyd Camping and Caravan  Park, Port Eynon, Swansea SA3 1NN  (01792 390795);  Open all year; £20 for  two people, a car and tent. 

Fforest Fields Caravan Park

Scan around from the middle of this Builth  Wells campsite and the natural scenery  that greets the eye full circle is  breathtaking – rolling hills in every  direction, forests thick with pine trees,  grass, ferns, heather and crystal-clear  streams… all the finest organic  ingredients of a countryside idyll. The  best bit is that you’re free to wander off  in any one of these directions, because  the land (all 550 acres of it) belongs to  Fforest Fields. Fforest Fields Caravan Park,  Hundred House, Builth Wells,  Powys LD1 5RT (01982 570406);  Easter – October; pitches £4.50,  adults £3.50, children (under 16)  £2.50. 

Tyllwyd

Tyllwyd is the kind of tranquil campsite  that dreams are made of. Nestled within a  verdant valley beside the burbling waters  of the River Ystwyth, on the map it looks  like the back of beyond. But though  Tyllwyd is isolated, it doesn’t feel so.  Aberystwyth, Cardigan Bay and Devil’s  Bridge are all just a short scenic drive  away. There are also mountain-biking  routes aplenty in the forest immediately to  the north of Cwmystwyth. Tyllwyd, Cwmystwyth, Aberystwyth,  Ceredigion SY23 4AG (01974 282216);  March–October; tent and  car/campervan plus two people £12. 

Pencelli Castle Caravan and  Camping Park

Though the eponymous Pencelli castle is  long gone, the campsite gardens of today  still retain a regal splendour. Not for  nothing have Pencelli Castle’s owners, the  Rees family, won the Wales in Bloom  campsite category five times. The  Meadow, the largest field reserved  exclusively for tent campers, boasts a  stupendous backdrop of heather-clad  mountains and sheep-strewn, rolling hills. Pencelli Castle Caravan and  Camping Park, Pencelli, Brecon, Powys  LD3 7LX (01874 665451); open  February – November; £8–£10 per  person, depending on season. 

Graig Wen

Graig Wen has some of the most enviable  views in Snowdonia. Overlooking the  Mawddach Estuary, the sunsets from this  award-winning site are unparalleled.  The  pitches  offer something for everyone: two  yurts, a boutique-style B&B, plus space for  12 tourers or tents. Our pick though is the  ‘caban’ – an innovative, locally developed  timber and glass structure. Graig Wen, Arthog, Nr Dolgellau,  Gwynedd LL39 1BQ (01341 250482);  top field all year, lower camping fields  open summer bank holidays and high  season; tent camping field from £8 per  night. 

Penrallt Coastal Camping

The Lleyn Peninsula has no shortage of  breathtaking settings so it takes something  special indeed to stand out. Something  like Penrallt Coastal Camping. This  family-friendly site is carpeted with vibrant  wildflowers leading over craggy cliffs to  the crashing waves below. The small  harbour at Porth Ysgaden and the lovely  beach at Porth Towyn are great for  spotting seals. Penrallt Coastal Camping,  Tudweiliog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53  8PB (01758 770654); Easter –  September; tent, campervan, caravan  and two adults £10–£12. 

Faerie Thyme

Invoke your inner hippy at quirky Crwbin  campsite, Faerie Thyme. Among the stone  circles, vintage caravan and pirate ship, lies  an accommodating site.  Tracing the  leylines of wizard heritage, nearby  Mynydd Llangyndeyrn is rumoured to be  the birthplace of Merlin. A bit “far out,  man”? Well it was also one of only two  Welsh sites  to receive a ‘member’s  recommended best site’ award  from the  UK Camping and Caravanning Club. Faerie Thyme, Crwbin, Kidwelly,  Carmarthenshire SA17 5DR (01269  871774); open all year; tent plus two  people from £18-£21. 

Porthclais Farm

Porthclais Farm is a veritable  Pembrokeshire institution. This small  family-run campsite  is hugged by St Brides  Bay to the south and Porthclais Harbour to  the west – as you can imagine, the views  are breathtaking.  A stay here is all about  making the most of the stunning coastal  location – from rockpooling and sailing to  traversing the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.  The Blue Flag awarded beach at nearby  Whitesands is also a haven for surfers. Porthclais Farm Campsite,  Porthclais, St Davids, Pembrokeshire  SA62 6RR (01437 720616); Easter –  October; tents – adults and over-13s  £7, 5-12s £3, under-5s free, dogs £2. 

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