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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.
It’s easy to see why an Iron Age clan chose to build a fort on top of Pen-Y-Crug. The hill, known locally as ‘The Crug’ (pronounced creeg) is a superb vantage point, with breath-taking views across the Brecon Beacons, as well as local hills to the north and a good 10 miles or more of the River Usk sparkling between the trees below. It’s an enjoyable mile-and-a-half walk to the summit from the best local campsite, which is found roughly to the west of the hill – though we can’t actually verify by how many degrees. Next time we’ll take a compass.
Set almost precisely on the boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park, 68 Degrees West is a camping and glamping site with views to boast of its own. Guests wake up to a sunrise over the Black Mountains, whose crinkled tops outline the horizon, before hopping through dewy grass to the newly built wash-block (super clean interiors and facilities for the disabled). On one side, the campsite is neighbour to renowned Cradoc Golf Club – you can watch people pinging balls across the driving range a few hundred metres away – while in the other directions it’s the rolling, sheep-dotted meadows that could only be Wales. For easy access to the national park and a quiet, secluded setting, it’s a tough spot to beat.
The campsite itself has been here since the ‘80s but it’s only recently that it’s been given a breath of fresh air with the new facilities block and a pair of beautiful timber pods. The structures – fitted with double-glazed doors to enjoy the view, a wood-burning stove for heating and a compact kitchenette for cooking – each sleep a family of four comfortably, while, in the meadow beyond, there is room for around 10 tents and a handful of campervans or caravans.
Hidden behind the hump of the Crug is Brecon town, three miles away. It’s a pleasant walk or a 10-minute drive and home to a host of good pubs and cafés. It’s also a good place to get your bearings before heading into the heart of the National Park, with mighty Pen y Fan to the south standing out to any keen hikers. Mountain biking and horse riding are extremely popular in the area, too, while fly fishing, for those with permits, in the River Usk is some of the best in Europe.
Cradoc, Powys, Wales, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Glamping W.Joined in April 2018
68 Ratings · 60 reviews
October 22, 2023
Great site. Very clean and high quality facilities. Great communication from the site when there were some anticipated issues with very high rainfall. I enjoyed my stay and plan to be back again soon.
September 4, 2023
Great Place - Could be Better
Lovely location but sadly, one or two gripes:
- No obvious recycling system
- No cold water for cleaning teeth in the bathroom
- Nowhere to wash dishes??
- Very noisy dogs in the valley throughout the night
- Sheep wagons rattling noisily past day and night
- Wish we’d been told about very rough, potholed road on the approach to the site.
Genuinely, this is a great place but you ought to know about these niggles. We realise that some are less under your control than others :-)
August 20, 2023
There are few hardstanding pitches for caravan/motorhomes which is great. The toilets and showers were v clean and new, with shampoo etc left in which was a nice touch. Special thanks to Lewis who helped us sort our broken awning out with his ladders and tools
June 26, 2023
Beautiful views. Beautiful toilet block. Quiet and only 5 campervan/caravan pitches plus the pods. No washing up block which is very odd and no one on site to ask any questions. Not really any obvious places to go for a walk from the site. Love the area but would probably go back to another site nearby with better facilities that is also much cheaper. May return if washing up area was installed.
June 5, 2023
Beautiful views from the sight. Amazing shower block and washrooms.
Clear instruction on arrival.
April 19, 2023
Campervan pitch with dog
This was the perfect stay. Such wonderful views, perfect set up at the site and absolutely immaculate facilities. I had a wonderful stay with my dog. Thank you!
From the host
Glamping at 68 Degrees West is located in a spectacular spot with wonderful views of the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and the Crug. We are nicely situated just over two miles outside the historic market town of Brecon, in the picturesque village of Cradoc. The park was opened in the 1980s by the Witcomb family and more recently became a Caravan Club site. It has now been passed onto Rachel and her partner Lewis who are totally committed to their exciting new venture in one of the most idyllic settings in Wales.
If you are looking for a short stay, a romantic getaway or just a peaceful break in the tranquil countryside then 68 Degrees West is the ideal spot for you. If you are a golfer, then you’re in luck as conveniently situated right on the doorstep is Cradoc Golf Club where you can either enjoy a round on the Championship course, knock some balls on the driving range, or just head down to the clubhouse for a drink and a bite to eat. The famous book town of Hay on Wye and the home of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show - Builth Wells are only a stones throw away.
68 Degrees West is right next door to Cradoc's championship golf course (01874 623658; regularly rated as one of the top 30 courses in Wales) and it's less than 50 minutes to Ryder Cup host Celtic Manor (01633 413000). Cycling and mountain biking are hugely popular in the area, with a fantastic route along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal towpath for those sticking to the flat. Brecon also marks the start of the Taff Trail which is a popular walking and cycle path that runs for 55 miles (89 km) to Cardiff Bay. For history, the crumbling clifftop castle of Carreg Cennen (01558 822291) at Trapp is certainly worth a visit, then there's Crickhowell Castle and magnificent Cyfarthfa Castle (01685 727371) too. The Brecon Beacons is a perfect place for horse lovers: There are over 600 miles of bridle paths and tracks. You can ride all day, sharing the views with the soaring buzzards – try Ellsemere Riding Centre (01874 658252) or, for something shorter, visit family-friendly Cantref Adventure Farm (01874 665223), where there's an activity centre with farm animals, an indoor play area, as well as horse and pony riding trips.
Food and drink
For the nearest catering, neighbouring Cradoc Golf Club (01874 623658) has a bar and serves food and drink. As for local pubs, the grand Castle of Brecon Hotel (01874 624611) serves fancy food in an even fancier setting, while family-run HILLS Brecon (01874 611714) takes the opposite route, serving full-on, American-style burgers – but in a modern setting and with local producers keeping things thoroughly British. The Brecon Tap (01874 623888), right in the centre of the town, is also a good lounge-bar-restaurant-style spot. Outside of Brecon, The Felin Fach Griffin (01874 620111) is a great country pub choice.