HolidayFox has recently been lucky enough to partner with VisitPembrokeshire, Pembrokeshire's official website for all the tourist information you need to know to uncover the hidden gems of this extraordinary county. And it is extraordinary. For those not in the know about this stunning part of Wales, Pembrokeshire is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and much of the landscape is protected by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. So, if you thought Wales was all sheep, brooding hills and chips with Nessa on Barry Island, then head west until you reach the coastline of the Irish Sea. Here you really find out what it's all about. The high cliffs along the 186 mile long coast path in Pembrokeshire give way to to shimmering crystal waters below; idyllic bays, hidden coves and long stretches of gleaming, world class sandy beaches. Spot dolphins, seals, puffins and even minke whales on a boat safari, or, if you're lucky, from the coast itself. Surrounded by sea on three sides, Pembrokeshire's rugged coastline -not surprisingly - is also a great place for trying out some other water based adventures such as sea kayaking, coasteering (for the strong of stomach) and surfing.
Inland, Pembrokeshire is home to woodland, rivers, streams and heather-strewn moorland; the Preseli Hills - rising up over 500 metres in the northern part of Pembrokeshire is wild and rugged and an awesome location for hiking away from the coast. On a clear day climb up to Foel Eryr where you will have panoramic views across to Snowdonia. These hills are also home to prehistoric remains, bronze age cairns and Iron Age forts. In fact, Pembrokeshire's whole landscape is scattered with historical landmarks from neolithic remains to medieval castles. Pembrokeshire is an incredible county; full of adventure, mystery and glorious landscapes, and camping here feels like you've been given the key to a very special secret.
It is useful to note that many campsites in Pembrokeshire are members of The Greener Camping Club, which is a brilliant, members-only organisation who are committed to the ethos of sustainable, responsible, low impact and eco-friendly camping. For a small fee (£12) you can become a member and have access to campsites in some of the most beautiful parts of Wales.
Set down a quiet lane in the heart of Pembrokeshire, The Hide is an off grid campsite offering the chance for campers to fully immerse themselves in nature. Surrounded by tall trees, beautiful sea views and with its very own bird hide, wildlife and nature are at the forefront of everything here at this lovely, relaxing site. By day, relax and unwind at the campsite or head out and enjoy the vast array of spectacular beaches just a few minutes away by foot. In the evening, enjoy stargazing by the campfire in the darkest of night skies. The pitches have fantastic sea views and are mown into long grass, so each has bags of privacy and seclusion, and - with only a handful of pitches - The Hide never feels overcrowded. Each pitch has its own kitchenette as well as a private composting toilet, picnic table and campfire. Whether you are a keen birdwatcher, surf enthusiast or enjoy hiking the nearby trails, there is plenty here for all the family.
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Woodland glamping and meadow camping at its very best here. Tucked into the gorgeous north Pembrokeshire coast in Wales, Preseli Glamping is a small campsite with spectacular sea views and pitches set among woodland glades and grassy meadows. It is a peaceful retreat, surrounded by flora and fauna and well off the beaten track. Fourteen large grassy camping pitches are separated by saplings, each with its own fire pit and picnic table, or for something completely different, book one of their incredible Geodomes; elevated wood and canvas structures (sleeping four) complete with crackling wood-burner, cosy beds and a large window facing out into the canopy of trees. If you want to explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park it is just a short walk through the woodland to reach the coastal footpath; from here you can hike along the coast, or, wander down to the secluded sandy beaches below; perfect for an early morning swim in the crystal clear waters. For the daredevils, the onsite activity centre - Preseli Ventures - offers all sorts of wild adventures, such as coasteering, surfing and sea kayaking. It is the perfect campsite for families, couples, friends, dog walkers, adrenaline junkies, cyclists, hikers, nature lovers, beach lovers, climbers, wild swimmers and those who just like to sit and relax and take in the beautiful Pembrokeshire scenery. A real treat.
Celtic Camping is a rustic campsite set in 250 acres of open farmland, providing campers with space to breathe, reconnect, explore, discover, play and relax whilst being surrounded by jaw dropping views across the Pembrokeshire coastline. The panoramic sea views and glorious sunsets are visible from most pitches, and the Pembrokeshire coastal path is accessible from the campsite; meaning nature-spotting walks are literally on the doorstep. This unspoilt campsite welcomes all, from tents to motorhomes; electric hook-ups are available for those who need it or there is the option of a more wild affair if you don't; there are several fields to choose from and you can pick "your own corner of Pembrokeshire" as the owners so beautifully put it. And while they have plans afoot for their own glamping accommodation, for now Celtic Camping are offering the option to book a bell tent through their partner company - Nights Under Canvas - who hire out these magnificently shaped tents, leaving you without the hassle of having to pack and pitch anything.
In the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and set atop dramatic cliffs, Fishguard Bay Resort offers guests some of the most panoramic and stunning views in the UK. This luxurious coastal retreat is somewhere where you can leave the world behind, relax, recharge and rejuvenate, surrounded by nature. It is a walker's paradise, with many paths and trails starting from Fishguard Bay Resort and winding along the coastline and beyond. Holidaymakers can choose from a range of accommodation; luxury lodges, static caravans and glamping pods, or you can bring your own and book a pitch on the immaculate touring site. Some of the glamping accommodation has private hot tubs, so you can sit back in the bubbles, drink bubbly, spot a dolphin and watch the sun go down over Fishguard Bay. Wow.
Set 10 acres of stunning countryside, Ffynnonddewi is a rural and secluded campsite where you will find yourself surrounded by nature. It is old fashioned and "camping like it used to be" here, but don't think for a minute this means basic; they have a new amenities block with hot showers and flushing toilets, 4G mobile phone reception (on most networks) and fast wi-fi across the site for those that need to keep in touch with the outside world. Located a mile from the pretty harbour of Solva and close to the city of St Davids and the award winning beach at Newgale, you are perfectly located for exploring the St Davids peninsular and wider Pembrokeshire. Nature lovers can spot buzzards, red kites, tawny and little owls - all of which hunt on the campsite land, along with a couple of families of foxes and badgers. The traditional Pembrokeshire hedges are purposely left to grow long, bursting with wildflowers in the spring such as honeysuckle, foxgloves, daffodils and primroses. Breakfast can be delivered to your tent if you wish and their own homemade cider is available to buy on site along with a few other bits. Ffynnonddewi campsite is one of those places that once visited, you might just not want to leave.
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Northlodge is a small, private and traditional camping site and lodge, set in the beautiful Welsh countryside on a smallholding with stunning views over the Preseli Hills and only ten minutes from some of Pembrokeshire's best beaches. The owners - Martin and Jane - have between them worked in environmental agencies, farming, organic landscaping and gardening, and have developed Northlodge to be a welcoming and friendly site while managing to run it organically and sustainably. The camping is traditional and unspoilt, a wild adventure where you can relax in the wilderness, sit around a campfire, and enjoy the dark, starry nights. Either bring your own tent or stay in one of their glamping accommodations - a log cabin or quirky converted horse lorry - wherever you are, all the pitches are set out between long grass and hedges meaning there is lots of privacy. It is an ideal place for family holidays as well as groups, walkers, birdwatchers, cyclists, or couples just looking to escape into the countryside. Northlodge also run events and workshops including tractor sessions, archery and courses on how to live off grid. For an escape to the countryside in Pembrokeshire this wonderfully laid back campsite is a real treat.
Point Farm campsite is a beautiful and secluded campsite on a hillside running alongside the Pembrokeshire Coast path and overlooking Dale Bay. It is an award winning, eco friendly campsite with five star facilities, a welcoming atmosphere and only 6 camping pitches, meaning that if you want to come and get away from it all, this is the place. For those without camping gear there are two beautifully bedecked Shepherds Huts each sleeping 4, which provide everything you could possibly need, including a private bathroom, outdoor patio area and covered kitchen area; it is luxury glamping at its very best. Small and perfectly formed, Point Farm campsite blends sympathetically into the natural landscape which is made up of farmland and ancient woodlands. Hedgerows and wildflower boundaries mean that the pitches are private, and campers are encouraged to connect with the surrounding flora and fauna and learn a bit about the biodiversity around the site; bird boxes with identity cards and wildlife books explaining the local environment are available and you can explore the pretty shores and local landmarks which include iron age hill forts and the magical Skomer Island where you might be lucky enough to spot the local puffins. An adventure just waiting to happen!
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Brynhall Camping is a lovely tranquil site, high up (in fact the highest campsite in Pembrokeshire) in the hills with full panoramic views of Pembrokeshire's gorgeous countryside. Steve and Elfrys have been running a B&B up in this enchanting spot for years before adding shepherds huts and more recently, a gorgeously wild and off grid campsite in their clover-strewn fields. There are only 10 camping pitches, 3 campervan pitches and 2 shepherds huts in over six acres of land, which means you are guaranteed plenty of space to camp out, relax and explore your surroundings. Further afield, there are Pembrokeshire's world class beaches and pretty villages and towns to visit, as well as the huge outdoor playground on offer in this neck of the woods; climbing, coasteering, kayaking, hiking and paddleboarding to name a few for those looking to have an action holiday. After a day of high octane adventure, what better way to relax than back at the Brynhall camping, where you can watch the sun setting and a star display in the darkest of skies.
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Mark's family has been farming in this Pembrokeshire paradise for almost four generations. Nestled into the countryside, this serene campsite is the perfect place for relaxing, unwinding and reconnecting with nature. And at Kite View you don't just dreamily gaze at the local birdlife, you can actively connect with nature; in cahoots with local outdoor activity provider, Kite View offer bushcraft and survival courses, coastal and hedgerow foraging, rock pool safaris (no boat necessary unless you are one of The Borrowers) and awesome Woodland Foraged Feasts set in their own ancient woodland. It's a lovely place, rural and quiet, yet in the heart of the county and close to stunning beaches and lots to do should you want to. And if all that isn't brilliant enough, you can choose to camp in one of their state of the art tree tents suspended in the woods. Magic.
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Becks Bay Camping is on a mission to provide a proper Welsh adventure holiday....and it all starts pretty well with their incredible location next to an isolated cove close to Tenby's South Beach and Lynstep Bay. Everyone is welcome here - families, dogs, campers and glampers - and the camping fields are in a gorgeous spot just off the Pembrokeshire coast path. You have a choice of pitching your own tent - in their wild (wild - but with loos and hot showers - hurrah!) open fields, or you can luxe it up a bit in one of their fully furnished glamping options: a yurt, a shepherds hut and bells tents, all of which come ready to camp - not only with all the beds and bedding - but the kitchen equipment too, which does make life rather lovely and simple. Leaving more time to chop wood and ponder around the home grown produce at their magnificent farm shop. Logs chopped and breakfast done, how about taking on some of the adventures on the doorstep; Becks Bay has some of the best climbing and abseiling in the UK, so even beginners can give it a go - although if you are new to it, best take a guide! With hiking trails, beaches (Barafundle Bay), surfing, and coasteering to try as well as castles to visit or boat trips to take, you certainly will not be short of things to do here.
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