I’m not sure if you have already gathered from all of our posts on social media but we are lovers of all things Welsh and we don’t think Wales gets the hype and press that it richly deserves. Even though there are a number of awesome campaigns out there from Visit Wales, we want to help spread the word. Check out the brand new roadtrips that have been pre-planned from you here – The Wales Way.
So to start this blog off here’s a little tale from one of our trips for you.
We recently went on a camping trip to Scotland to suss out the competition… joking! We love Scotland too. We started chatting to an awesome Australian couple who had self converted an old caddy van into their home for the next few months. We starting comparing travel tips over a few beers, as you do. They told us what they had been up to, we told them what we had been up to and we both suggested things for each other to do while in Scotland. Talk quickly turned to Wales which to our horror the couple had never thought of visiting! Well you can imagine what we did next…out come the phones and we start to show them numerous incredible photos we have and also tell the many tales of our awesome homeland! I’m very pleased to say that they have now put a camping trip to Wales on their list…and we want all of our buddies who follow our blog to do the same because we guarantee you WILL NOT be disappointed…so…we thought…let’s share some local knowledge with everyone of a few of our favourite hot spots…
And here it is … Our 5 Favourite Places To Camp in Wales:
Not as well known for being a tourist hotspot as the rest of our suggestions but equally as beautiful, are the rolling hills of the valleys. The valleys are the former industrial heartland of the country and offer everything from history to nature to fantastic food and drink. Hire a bike from Bike Park Wales and cycle the River Taff, or visit Merthyr’s Cyfarthfa Castle and Caerphilly Castle, or visit one of the countless country parks and see dramatic waterfalls or even have a tipple of Penderyn Whisky at the distillery. There is just so much to do (we will be publishing a blog on this next week if you want some more inspiration). Our lovely camper is based just outside of Cardiff in Pontypridd (with Cardiff collection options too). From there you can head to Aberdare and stay at one of our favourite campsites in the area at the Dare Valley Country Park. They have excellent facilities and are nestled right in the heart of the countryside and woodland giving a real “escape to the county” feel.
The Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons are probably one of the most well know mountain ranges in the UK and really do live up to their reputation. Explore the national parks in all their splendour and challenge yourself to climb the highest peak in South Wales, Pen Y Fan. There is heaps to do in the national park and surrounding areas; mountain biking, fishing, pony trekking, caving and canyoning. You name the activity, you can do it there! There are also some really gorgeous little towns to explore on your way round too with lots of little tea rooms for a slice of something sweet. We will be sure to blog about this and give you tonnes of ideas but before we crack on to number 3 we want to tell you about an awesome campsite called Lakeside Caravan Park, situated right on the waters edge at Llangorse Lake. Here you can try a variety of water sports as well as their excellent facilities and great location.
Snowdonia National Park
Famous for having the highest peak in Wales, the Snowdonia National Park is a must do for any keen walker or explorer. Some maniacs even run up the peaks with Run Snowdonia. I have to say it’s never been something I’ve fancied doing BUT there are people that do and absolutely love it! The Snowdonia National Park again offers just about everything you can think of to do and it’s also super close to our buddies at Zip World who offer the most incredible mile lone zip line experience, trampolining in caves and a even forest rollercoaster. Along with all these activities make sure to visit Beddgelert, the setting of one of Wales’ most tragic myths about the friendship between one man and his dog! While you’re in Beddgelert we reckon you should stay at Cae Du Campsite. It’s a really great spot! Blog Post on the beauty of North Wales coming to a laptop near you damn soon!
This is just the most gorgeous little town situated around a colourful and completely stunning harbour. This is the perfect place to spend a few days when you want to get back to civilisation but still enjoy the slower pace of life. Grab a drink at the Harbourmaster and be tempted in by their warm and lively atmosphere, perhaps even treat yourself to a night away from the BBQ and chose something from their excellent menu. DELICIOUS!! When you arrive check yourself in at our favourite campsite, Camping On The Farm. Aberaeron really is one of our favourite places in the world and is perfect for a bit of R&R from the daily grind.
Also an excellent town catered superbly for holiday makers. The bright lights of Tenby will seduce you like no other Welsh town. Canter along the beach, surf, kayak, walk the coastal path or even pop along and watch a glassblower creating works of art. There is something for everyone here and there is so much going on. Tenby has got a real buzz around it, particularly in the summer months, and is perfect if you have children to entertain. We can recommend a few nights stay at Broadfield Farm Caravan Park.
I know we said it was 5 but we have also just heard about this fantastic new campsite called Gupton Farm that has opened recently and is owned by the National Trust. It’s in Pembrokeshire near Castlemartin. We can’t wait to check it out and add it to our list of awesome places to stay. If you’ve been there already or are planning a trip we would love to hear your thought.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post and look forward to treating you with another delight next week.
Over and out, Team T x