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Digs in the Wig

· Clarbeston Road, Pembrokeshire, Wales
15 acres hosted by Digs W.
2 motorhome/tent pitches · 3 tent pitches
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A tiny woodland campsite in the Preseli Hills, with individual clearings for each pitch and campfires allowed

Centuries ago, the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire were totally covered by forest. At least that’s what the boffins who analysed local pollen have worked out. Today the area, parcelled up by overgrown country lanes, is better known for its expanses of open lowland and beautifully bare hills. On its southern edges, however, there’s a peaceful stretch of ancient woodland that still has a thoroughly timeless feel. Inhabitants cook food over campfires, the smell of wood smoke lingering in the air, and children play in the long wild grass. It is, of course, a campsite. And an excellent one at that.

There are just five camping pitches in total at Digs in the Wigs campsite, each in a private clearing with its own campfire pit and stack of free firewood. The place has been allowed to open as part of the Greener Camping Club scheme – meaning the highest standards of sustainability have to be adhered to – and, as a result, facilities remain minimal and the wild, natural ecosystems here are largely untouched. Grassy clearings are strewn with tall buttercups and wild garlic grows in springtime beside the shadier patches of trees. There’s still a toilet block, with three shower rooms and eco loos, and there’s a communal fridge that campers can use.

Along with the seclusion of each individual pitch, the campsite itself feels rather remote too. It’s two miles to the nearest village, Maenclochog, where there’s a newsagents, a café and a petrol station, so it’s best to stock up on food before you arrive. It lends itself, though, to those who want a peaceful camping experience and, of course, to those hoping to explore the Preseli Hills.

The Preselis have Special Area of Conservation status and are popular with walkers on the path of prehistoric ancestors. From hillforts and stone circles to ancient burial grounds, there are plenty of sights for those in the know historically, while newer Llys y Fran Reservoir is two miles away and offers sailing, windsurfing and canoeing (along with cycling and walking on the seven-mile-long perimeter track). Perhaps the most famous stretch in the Preseli Hills is Cwm Gwaun (The Gwaun Valley) a 15-minute drive from the campsite. Described by The Rough Guide to Wales as “a bucolic vale of impossibly narrow lanes, surrounded by the bleak shoulders of bare mountains" it is a walkers’ paradise, made all the better by the characterful Dyffryn Arms pub that awaits at the end of your trek.

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55 Ratings · 60 reviews
Veylott ?.recommends
January 9, 2024
Woodland Edge (tent/campervan pitch)
Peaceful retreat
We spent a fabulous NYE here. It's most certainly not glamping, but more like Glastonbury without any of the artists! There are 2 "sheds" comprising of a kitchen shed and an eco-loo shed. A little further along, you will find the shower sheds. We arrived during a storm but were greeted by the fabulous owner, Howell who even pushed us out of a muddy area which we had become lodged in. We realised some time later in the afternoon that the stove provided in the kitchen area was low on gas, so we texted Howell and he kindly arrived with a refill! This place provided the break we had desperately needed after a hectic Christmas with family. If you enjoy the basics of the great outdoors, give it a try - you won't be disappointed!
Jamie W.recommends
August 29, 2023
The Glade (tent/campervan pitch)
Beautiful place, fabulous stay
Stayed on the meadow pitch in the end. Having your own cooking hut with a water connection and your own compost toilet was amazingly luxurious camping. Made everything so easy. Loads of space on the pitch for the kids to run around, really quiet and peaceful at night, toasting marshmallows over the firepit under stunning starry skies. Loads to do in the area, beaches, reservoirs, the amazing hills and Howell the owner is amazing. What a great stay. Can’t recommend highly enough if you want a quiet, rural campsite within 25-30 mins from incredible beaches.
Abi S.recommends
August 26, 2023
The Glade (tent/campervan pitch)
En-suite wild camping!
Lovely ‘wild’ campsite with largely secluded pitches (we could only see a little bit of our neighbours). The covered kitchen area was sooo useful with table, chairs and cooking stove supplied. Great to be able to have a camp fire and that we could take our dog. Quiet area off the beaten track but close enough to beaches and towns (Narberth had some great shops and places to eat). Owner was friendly and came to check in with us but then left us to our own devices while being on hand if we needed him 😊
Victoria M.recommends
August 24, 2023
The Hideaway (tent-only pitch)
This is a beautiful secluded spot nestled in the middle of the Pembrokeshire countryside. It feels like the middle of nowhere and it really is. The site was quiet so we rarely saw or heard anyone else. The pitch had a compost loo, a kitchen shelter and drinking water tap. There are excellent hot water showers located a short walk away (no signs so you’ll need to ask for directions). There is a fridge/freezer (again no signs so you’ll need to hunt for them - near the bins). There are no facilities in the kitchen shelter but a table and chairs are provided. There is also space for an open fire. The site would benefit from a communal washing up area with hot water. Despite a major storm and frequent rain we had an excellent stay and would recommend this site to those looking for a wilder camping experience off the beaten track.
Becce G.recommends
August 20, 2023
Tree tops (tent-only pitch)
Great for forest campers
Lovely quiet place in the trees, we were on pitch 8 and it felt like we were alone yet not too far from others, the additional kitchen/shelter came in handy as we had torrential rain one evening and was worried we would just be ‘stuck in the tent’ I would highly recommend this place
Daniella G.recommends
July 26, 2023
The Hideaway (tent-only pitch)
Covered kitchen area and compost toilet and shower all great / very quiet and private
Clarbeston Road, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Digs W.Joined in June 2019
From the host
Digs in the Wig is a beautiful, secluded campsite surrounded by a 25 acre ancient woodland just a few miles from the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline. Each camping pitch is secluded and unique providing ample room and individuality to your camping stay. Each has its own en-suite eco loo and kitchen with table, chairs and gas cooker. Warm and cosy gas showers are also available.
Nearby attractions

Half a mile down the road from the farm is the reservoir of Llys y Fran Country Park (01437 532273), a good spot for a picnic and with a 7-mile trail around its perimeter that is great for trail running and mountain biking. This is just the start of the outdoors fun, of course. Digs in the Wig is located amongst the Preseli Hills and, if you head north out of the campsite, there are ample excellent hiking trails. Be sure to visit the hills' highest and most characterful pub (Tafarn Sinc, see Food & Drink) along the way. There are plenty of pretty towns to intrigue. Narberth has a lively arts scene and is 25 minutes by car, while it's a scenic half hour to Cardigan and 40 minutes to St Davids, well worth a visit for its cathedral, as well as the independent shops and cafés. If you love the cathedral, it's well worth checking out Pembroke Castle (01646 681510; 40 minutes) too – the medieval castle is set on the river Cleddau and the birthplace of the Tudor dynasty (Henry VII) – as well as Castell Henllys (01239 891319; 30 minutes), an Iron Age-style encampment in the woods, and Melin Tregwynt (01348 891225; 40 minutes), a working woollen mill that makes beautifully crafted Welsh textiles. Of course, you'd be a fool to come to this part of the world and not visit the beaches that make Pembrokeshire so famous. It's 25 minutes to the coast around Newport and Fishguard, half an hour to St Brides Bay (and the beaches of Newgale, Broad Haven and Little Haven) and 40 minutes to Saundersfoot and the beaches around Tenby.

Food and drink

The nearest shop is a couple of miles away in the village of Maenclochog. It's a small village store – Sarah's (01437 563272) – and has a post office and the essentials you need at camp. There's a café in the village too; Caffi'r Sgwar (01437 532078) is in a zinc-clad building, serving homemade cakes, tea and the best sausage butty for miles. A couple of minutes further by car, Tafarn Sinc (01437 532214) is a seriously characterful and cosy little pub with woodburning stoves, saw dust strewn floors and a place for your mucky boots. It is the highest licensed pub in Pembrokeshire, located in the shadow of Foel Cwm Cerwyn. Other options are more of a drive away. It's 20 minutes to The Dyffryn Arms (01348 881305; sometimes just called 'Bessie's' after the owner) – a hidden gem in the Gwaun Valley where beer is served in jugs through a wooden, sliding hatch and worldwide bank notes adorn the walls from customers near and far. Other good pubs include The Grove (01834 860915), a fancy gastro number on the outskirts of Narberth, The Golden Lion (01239 820321), a more traditional spot with plenty of menu choice, and The Druidstone (01437 781221), on the coastal path overlooking Druidstone beach – great for sunsets. All are 30 minutes by car.

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