A wild-feeling, adult-only campsite in the Brecon Beacons National Park, with impressive views of Pen y Fan
If you wanted to wild camp in the Brecon Beacons it used to be possible to get a list of landowners from the National Park Visitor Centre and ask the farmer for permission. Today it's not so easy. But, quite honestly, why would anyone bother with all that when you can just pay a small fee and relish the hassle-free semi-wilderness of somewhere like Pwllyn Farm Camping?
Set on a 37-acre smallholding of gently sloping, south-facing wildflower meadows with horses, sheep and dogs, this is camping that ticks the boxes for those who just want to park up, pitch a tent, have a fire and marvel at the world they find themselves in: peace, space, gigantic skies and staggering views of twin-topped Pen y Fan mountain. It’s not wild camping but you wouldn’t exactly call this an established campsite either. There's a relaxed pitch-where-you-like attitude and you might not come into contact with owners, Theresa and Ian, who live on site, until they do their nightly round offering firewood and kindling. All of which adds up to a sense that you're not really on a campsite at all but parked, as you are, on a farm, where native woods and wildlife are the real residents of the place.
That said, essential facilities are still provided. There are a couple of hot showers, decent loos and a very handy freezer for ice-packs shows that Ian an Theresa are in tune with the vital needs of campers. They also understand what's not vital; there's no WiFi and you're pushing your luck if you hope for 4G but they've still provided a phone charging point so you can capture pictures of the sunset over 1,000-foot Cefn Llechid.
The end result is a campsite in the thick of the Brecon Beacons that's great for walkers and those seeking a bit of peace and quiet. Children under the age of 14 are not permitted and the only big groups might be clutches of interesting insects camping in the long grass in the height of summer – the wildflower meadows are maintained for their biodiversity and the farm itself sits on the edge of a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Information about this is detailed on the map board, which is also annotated with good walks onto Mynydd Illtyd common and up the surrounding hills. A glance reveals there's a footpath yards from the farm gate and it's a little over a mile to the long-distance Taff Trail. It's also around a mile to the National Park Visitor Centre, where you can find more maps and info and tell them not to worry, you've sorted yourself a good campsite for the night.
Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Theresa T.Joined in June 2021
56 Ratings · 43 reviews
August 3, 2022
First visit and hope not to be be last
Showers and barn facilities excellent how ever showers are in need of ventilation and.perhaps have a squeegee available as floor tends to get a bit wet
July 31, 2022
Beautiful campsite in a wonderful location. Great communication and details before arrival. The campsite is spacious and pitches are distanced from others. Our field had a flower meadow in the middle and views of the mountains, and on site was a very clean barn with communal facilities. It was perfect for us and I look forward to going back soon.
July 22, 2022
You got to visit this camp site
Absolutely💯 amazing camp site. Talk about going above and behond. Other camp sites want to visit to see how its done.
Plenty of space between pitches, fantastic field with amazing views. Showers toilets and kitchen area, clean and spacious, games area, honesty shop and much more.
July 22, 2022
Camping with perfect views!
Absolutely fantastic campsite! The hosts were lovely and super friendly, the campsite was perfect in every way. Outstanding views, clean and tidy toilets and showers and a wonderful set up in the welcome barn! Felt right at home and will be returning.
July 22, 2022
Such a peaceful and calm campsite with amazing views! Lots of fields to choose from, could be a secluded as you want. Very nice and clean facilities. Thank you!
July 20, 2022
My favourite campsite ever
Lovely location in wild flower meadow, with privacy and solitude even though the site was fully booked. Facilities were great, and there is helpful local information and essential supplies payable on site.
From the host
Campers seeking peace and tranquillity can choose a pitch in some 20 acres of wildflower meadows bordered by native woodland. Wander through the fields on mown pathways, or follow the footpath onto Mynydd Illtyd common for miles of gentle tracks, stunning views and glorious sunsets.
Our site is spread over 6 fields totallying more than 20 acres with just 20 generously sized and widely spaced, level pitches mown into the long grass on the edges of our hay and wildflower meadows managed for their biodiversity as important habitats for insects, birds and wildlife.
Choose your spot and settle down to stunning views of Pen y Fan, Corn Ddu, and the surrounding hills and farmland. The National Park is a Dark Sky Reserve so on clear nights be prepared to lie back and enjoy the amazing show of the Milky Way and Constellations, or watch the moon rise over the Beacons.
The old market town of Brecon, with its wonderful Georgian architecture, cathedral, museums and wooded path along the Honddu River, is less than six miles away. For essential supplies, it also has two supermarkets. Slightly closer are the twin villages of Defynnog and Sennybridge for convenience stores and traditional pubs. Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre and Tearooms (01874 623366) is a 30-minute walk away on Mynydd Illtyd common. The Brecon Mountain Railway (01685 722988), a 90-minute steam train journey past the two reservoirs of Pontsticill and Pentwyn, is less than 30 minutes’ drive south. For walks, it's hard to beat the slightly challenging six-mile circular of the Four Waterfalls Walk, which begins 11 miles south of Pwllyn Farm Camping and incorporates, as the name suggests, four beautiful and unique cascades, one of which you can stand behind.
Food and drink
There are a few pubs, all serving good food, in the nearest villages of Defynnog and Sennybridge. The most popular of these is probably The Tanners Arms (01874 638032), a traditional 19th-century inn. The restaurant has a fireplace and serves classic British dishes for lunch and dinner. There's also a beer garden. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy walk to these villages, but you might be able to get a lift back to the campsite from one of the pubs if you ask nicely. For more traditional Welsh cuisine, The International Welsh Rarebit Centre (01874 636843) serves lighter snacks, cakes, seasonal soups and good coffee. In the town of Brecon itself Brecon Tap (01874 622353) is well worth a visit, not just for its local real ales but also for its splendid homemade pies and live music.