Blue Flag beaches, coastal footpaths, and seaside villages make Pembrokeshire a West Wales highlight for campers.
Pembrokeshire, the westernmost county in Wales, sits just south of Cardigan Bay and is home to Carew Castle, Saundersfoot, Whitesands Beach, and one of the most beautiful coastal paths in the country. Water babies in particular will find a lot to love about Pembrokeshire, with its 186 miles of coastline and opportunities for coasteering, surfing, and dolphin-watching, as well as hills, coastal towns and villages, and outlying islands. The county is also replete with full-service camping sites, caravan parks, and glamping yurts with electric hookups, wifi access, and family-friendly facilities.
One of the only coastal national parks in the UK, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a hub for watersports, walking, and stunning views. It also includes almost the entire length of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which stretches from St. Dogmaels to Amroth and takes 12 to 14 days to complete, passing by St David’s, Whitesands Bay, Tenby, and Fishguard. When it comes to camping, you’ll be spoilt for choice with dozens of campervan and caravanning sites, seaview campgrounds, and glamping sites dotted throughout the park.
Within the bounds of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park sits the UK’s smallest city, St. David’s, which is home to several caravan parks with electric hookups, glamping grounds, and seaview campsites. Just a boat ride away from craggy Ramsey Island, a nesting place for numerous bird species, St. David’s is also within driving distance of Cardigan Bay and has plenty of hiking trails and watersport options to keep outdoor adventurers busy.
With glamping bell tents, camping, and caravanning options in and around Stackpole, this small village toward the southern extreme of Pembrokeshire is an underrated nature lover’s dream. Home to Stackpole Nature Reserve, wooded valleys, and lily ponds, as well as sandy beaches such as Freshwater West (one of the Welsh filming locations for Harry Potter) and Barafundle Bay, Stackpole makes for an enjoyable Pembrokeshire base from which to explore the wider region.
Pembrokeshire isn’t a particularly mountainous area, but it does boast a hilly northern expanse that serves as a refreshing counterpoint to the coastal south and west. The Preseli Hills, from which Ireland is visible on a clear day, is a mystical place where you can pitch your tent in charming campsites or opt for more comfortable caravanning and glamping options in the surroundings.