Camping in the Brecon Beacons National Park (Bannau Brycheiniog)

Go starry eyed for camping amid the Black Mountains and castles of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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12 top campsites in Brecon Beacons National Park

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68 Degrees West

10 units · Glamping, Motorhomes1 acre · Cradoc, Wales
Pod glamping and family camping on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, with a handy location near Brecon town and sunrises you'll never forget.
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Pwllyn Farm Camping

19 units · Motorhomes, Tents20 acres · Brecon, Powys, Mid Wales
A wild-feeling, adult-only campsite in the Brecon Beacons National Park, with impressive views of Pen y Fan
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Celtic Woodland Holidays

13 units · Glamping, Tents7 acres · Powys, Mid Wales
An idyllic, wooded, Wye Valley escape, offering glamping pods, a treehouse and traditional woodland camping on levelled pitches
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Panpwnton Campsite

10 units · Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · England
Located on the edge of Knighton (right on the England-Wales border) Panpwnton Campsite has been open to visitors since 1963. Providing travellers with a peaceful place to stop on some of England and Wales’ most famous walking and cycling routes. Now managed by Will, Roxy and family, we would love to welcome you to Panpwnton Campsite and show you why we are proud to call this beautiful place our home. The campsite is on our working farm, where we keep a flock of 300 texel cross breeding ewes. We are very passionate about farming. Our aim is to produce lamb in a green and environmentally friendly way, striving to reduce our carbon footprint whilst working alongside nature. A family run farm campsite situated on the Offa’s Dyke footpath. Located in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we are ideally located for those who like to walk, cycle or just take in the peaceful countryside. With magical nights under the stars listening to the owls hooting in the oak woods. It’s the perfect place for your rural camping holiday! A ten minute walk into the market town of Knighton, with its iconic clock tower, friendly pubs and cafes, and the Offa’s Dyke Centre. The River Teme runs through the farm where you can dip your feet after a long day exploring, or freshen up in our modern facilities. The heart of wales train line also runs through the farm with the Station only half a mile walk away.
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Pytingwyn Woods

6 units · Motorhomes, Tents3 acres · Brecon, Powys, Mid Wales
Almost-wild camping on the banks of the River Honddu, edging the Brecon Beacons
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Cwmffrwd Farm Campsite

29 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents22 acres · Crickhowell, Wales
Simple, eco-friendly camping with epic views at the foot of a famed Welsh mountain range
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Woodside Country Park

75 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents28 acres · Ledbury, Herefordshire, West Midlands
Glamping pods, Scandinavian lodges and first-class camping and caravanning in 25-acre's of Herefordshire countryside, covered by pockets of woodland
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Glangwdi Glamping

6 units · Glamping2 acres · Brecon, Powys, Mid Wales
Glangwdi Glamping offers furnished bell tents in sight of Pen y Fan, the Brecon Beacon’s highest peak. For some, that alone will be reason enough to book but for others there are further temptations. The site is 2.5 acres. Take, for example, Glangwdi’s pygmy goats. There’s a daily opportunity to meet these little farmyard friends and there are ducks and chickens too. And, as if that’s not enough, this flat field in the foothills is just five miles from bustling Brecon and a short walk from woods, waterfalls and wild swimming. The bell tents themselves are yet another attraction. There are six; each pitched around the edge of a neat field on a family farm. Woven hazel fencing ensures a little privacy for each camping couple or family – this place is equally suited to both. Children will love the cute pygmy goats and adults… well let’s face it, they will love the pygmy goats too. But they’ll also love the fact that you can hike straight from site to the top of 886-metre Pen y Fan and its twin peak Corn Du. And who wouldn’t enjoy a campfire under the stars, in the shadow of the Beacons? The five and six metre bell tents are each kitted out with beds, bedding and log-burning stoves. Outside, each has the off-ground fire pit and outdoor seating regular glampers will have come to expect but there’s an added extra too: a private camp kitchen, that’s also canvas covered. It provides a sheltered place to cook and dine when the weather’s wet and welcome shade when this open field is bathed in summer sun. On such days, this is just the kind of scenic spot that could tempt you to stay on site all day but if you’re feeling adventurous the mountains will soon lure you away. Hiking, biking and wild swimming (try Llyn Cwm Llwch on way up top) are all on offer here. Closer by, Held Wood is a local favourite for walks with a series of small waterfalls within it. The Taff Trail offers well-signposted routes – towards the peaks in one direction or along country lanes to the market town of Brecon in the other.
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Great House Farm Luxury Pods

3 units · Glamping1 acre · Builth Wells, Wales
Luxury family-sized glamping pods with en-suite facilities and hot tubs, with wonderful views across the Wye Valley
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Hamperley Hideaways

6 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents5 acres · Church Stretton, England
Almost wild camping and rustic glamping in the Shropshire Hills, with campfires and compost loos
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Apple Camping.

14 units · Glamping2 acres · Pembrokeshire, South Wales
Yurts and quirks in a Pembrokeshire meadow, where there's a couple of aeroplanes, a UFO and a giant PacMan-themed glamping pod to discover
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Pentwyn Dingle and Lodge Field Camp

30 units · Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Hay On Wye, Wales
Almost wild camping with good views, near the River Wye and Brecon Beacons
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Camping in the Brecon Beacons National Park (Bannau Brycheiniog) guide

Overview

As one of the only International Dark Sky Reserves in Wales, there are few better places to go camping, glamping, or caravanning than the river valleys and hills of Brecon Beacons National Park. On a camping holiday, you can scale popular Pen-Y-Fan; hike, bike, or go pony trekking along the area’s myriad public footpaths; go sailing, canoeing, or kayaking on Llangorse Lake; or climb aboard the Brecon Mountain Railway. All of it is surrounded by dog-friendly campsites and spots where campervans are welcome—not to mention that the park is just an hour outside Cardiff and Swansea in South Wales. Brecon Beacons’ national park status means it’s one of the top spots in the country to pitch a tent, and at any campsite, you will have adventure on your doorstep. Whether you’re after a farm stay, somewhere to park your campervan, or a simple clearing for your tent as you hotfoot across the countryside, we’ve got you covered.

Top Things to Do in the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons is an adventurer’s paradise with opportunities on land and water—The Beacons beckon runners, walkers, and peak baggers who want to conquer the national park’s highest peak, Pen-y-Fan, as well as climbers and cavers looking to explore the limestone caves and outcrops. But it’s not just a place for experienced explorers, as there are plenty of relaxing outdoor pursuits too.

Hiking and Walking

Hiking the 833-metre summit of Pen-y-Fan is likely the most popular activity in the Beacons, but with 2,000 miles of footpaths across the park, there's lots to choose from. Navigate your own route or follow waymarked trails like the Beacons Way, a 99-mile route running east-to-west. Offa’s Dyke Path also dips into the park as it traces the Welsh-English border. There’s more level walking along the tow paths of the Mon and Brec Canal, which joins the longer-distance Taff Trail. This 55-mile route links to Cardiff, largely following old railway lines and making for pleasant cycling. To see some of the park’s waterfalls, follow the five-mile Four Falls Walk.

Biking & Climbing

This area claims some of the best mountain biking terrain in Wales,  and the activity hubs of Brecon and Crickenhowell are the places to find routes. Climbing hotspots are plentiful too—these tend to be in the south of the park, along the limestone ridge that’s also home to the cave systems that make potholing and caving so popular here.

Water Sports

Kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding can be enjoyed on the canal, even by beginners. The faster flowing Rivers Usk and Wye are home to some higher-graded waters for more experienced paddlers.

Family Fun

Brecon attractions include the Cantref Adventure Farm, where farmyard fun will be a hit with the kids. Another family favourite, this one on the south side of the park, is the Brecon Mountain Railway, which offers the chance to see the scenery without having to pull on the hiking boots. Elsewhere, the subterranean world is revealed at the National Showcave Centre of Wales, where visitors can explore part of an underground cave system discovered by two farmers in 1912. This spot has 10 attractions rolled into one admission ticket, including one of Europe’s largest dinosaur parks. About an hour east, you can head back underground at the Big Pit National Coal Museum to find out about Welsh industrial history.

Top Towns and Villages in the Brecon Beacons

There are lots of scenically situated villages in the Beacons, with most of the larger towns set around the park’s edges. Crickhowell in Monmouthshire Is the exception, located in the heart of the park and connected to Brecon on the northern edge. This walking hub offers outdoors shops, walking routes through the town, and an annual walking festival each March. But for many campers, Abergavenny, six miles south of Crickhowell, is the first Beacons town they come across. A gateway to the park on its very southern boundary, Abergavenny is a market town and a great place to pick up supplies.

At the other end of the A40 artery through the eastern end of the national park, Brecon is another town with independent shops, outdoor retailers, and the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre, where campers can grab maps and information (or hit the tearoom with its views of Pen-y-Fan).. Here, art galleries and small museums can keep campers occupied on rainy days too. And its canal basin is the launching point for cruises down the Mon and Brec Canal, as well as the starting (or finishing) point of the 55-mile Taff Trail.

From Brecon it’s 15 miles east to another Beacon gateway town: Hay-on-Wye. On the very northeastern tip of the national park, this  town of books features lots of second-hand bookshops and a famous literary festival. It’s also on the banks of the River Wye and on Offa’s Dyke National Trail, which traces the Welsh-English border. Over on the western edge of the national park, Llandeilo in the Towy Valley is another attractive town that was once an ancient capital of Wales—nearby Dinefwr Castle serves as a reminder.

Notable campgrounds

Classic camping in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Tips for snagging a campsite

Glamping in the Brecon Beacons National Park

  • Campsites in the central Beacons and eastern reaches of the Brecon Beacons National Park tend to be more family-friendly and easily accessible, so if you want to escape crowds even during peak times, head west.
  • Visit outside of peak season—July and August—if you want to stay at a more popular or central campsite. These months see the arrival of the school holidays and lots of visiting families.
  • There are a mix of year-round and seasonal campsites in the Brecon Beacons. Most basic campgrounds are closed for winter, while glamping sites often tend to open all year.

When to go

Things to do in the Brecon Beacons

Like much of Wales, the best time to hike and camp in the Brecon Beacons National Park is undoubtedly summer. However, these months bring larger crowds and families from further afield. Visit in spring for wildflowers, drier days, and cooler weather, as well as the world-famous Hay Festival, or come by in autumn for picturesque foliage, fewer people, and Abergavenny’s Food Festival. Expect year-round rain, whether drizzle or downpours, in this wet part of the world.

Know before you go

  • Brecon, Hay-on-Wye, and Abergavenny are the main (but still small) towns in the Brecon Beacons. Stock up on any essentials or niche items before you get there.
  • Driving in the Brecon Beacons involves twisty mountain roads, narrow country lanes, and lots of dead ends. Scenic, yes, but also tricky to navigate at times in a motorhome or with a caravan.
  • Although blogs regularly promote the Brecon Beacons National Park as a great wild camping destination, keep in mind that this practice is technically illegal in Wales.
  • Much of the Brecon Beacons National Park is privately owned, so stick to well-signposted, public footpaths.
  • The Beacons are more accessible than Snowdonia National Park thanks to its eastern edge on the border with England. Its peaks are a main draw, set across four mountain ranges: the Central Beacons (after which the park is named) and the Black Mountains in the east, plus the Fforest Fawr massif and the (similarly named) Black Mountain Range in the west.

Top counties in and near Brecon Beacons National Park

Top towns in and near Brecon Beacons National Park

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