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Cynefin Eco Camping

· Carmarthenshire, Wales
11 acres
11 sites
3 Lodging
8 Tent
Wild flowers, wild woodland and ample wildlife-friendly facilities in this 10-acre tract of off grid camping space.

‘Wild place’. That’s what the Welsh word Cynefin means and it’s abundantly clear when you arrive at this 10-acre smallholding that preserving a sense of wilderness is at the heart of everything owners Kay and Judith do. Half covered with hazel, rowan, willow and Welsh oak trees, the partially wooded space is a campsite designed for a multitude of species. Bird boxes perch among the trees; honeysuckle, dog-rose and bramble shelter dormouse boxes and, at dusk, barn owls silently explore the starry sky above the wildflower meadow where campers pitch their tents. It’s a place of harmony and natural tranquillity – a ‘habitat’ (another meaning of Cynefin) for campers and creatures alike.

“While out for a walk seven years ago we came across a ‘land for sale’ sign on an old broken gate,” Kay tells us. “Being inquisitive, we climbed over to investigate. Before we’d got half way down the concrete path we’d decided that we just had to buy the place”.

Since then, the couple have crafted a real off-grid camping sanctuary. To preserve the natural biodiversity, there is a maximum of just six tents at the campsite, including the two pre-pitched bell tents and a tipi that are already there, so space is never an issue. Solar-powered lanterns provide the only artificial lighting, the piping-hot shower is driven by bottled gas and toilets are of the composting variety. Certainly don’t come expecting Wi-Fi. Instead, rummage in the resource box filled with books and charts to help you identify the resident birds and bugs, or use the bat detector to listen to the distinctive clicking of their echo-location at dusk.

It’s not all about the animals at Cynefin Eco Camping though. An area in the woods has been specifically laid aside for children to set up shelters and make dens and swings, while pathways have been mown between the camping pitches in the wildflower meadow so that you don’t get dewy trousers every time you wander to the loo. Those staying in the bell tents and tipi also have access to use a well-equipped kitchen shelter and all campers are provided with campfire-pits with a grill and pan to use.

Three miles away, the ancient fishing village of Burry Port has hung up its trawling nets in favour of leisure boats, which now populate the marina-style harbour. It was here that Amelia Earhart completed the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman in June 1928 (commemorated today with a plaque in the harbour), soaring in over what is now the Pembrey Country Park. Bring a picnic to make the most of the vast 500-acre parkland or bikes so that you can take to the Millennium Coastal Path that follows the waterfront. The eight-mile-long beach there is backed by sand dunes that are a wonder to explore for kids, forming just one of the many seaside attractions that this part of Carmarthen Bay affords.

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Carmarthenshire, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Kay G.Joined in May 2017
15 ratings · 26 reviews
Sarah S.recommends
August 19, 2022
Red Deer Bell Tent
Lovely natural Site
Lovely natural site with spacious pitches and good facilities
Sarah S.
August 31, 2021
This is probably the most peaceful campsite we've ever been to (and we've stayed at lots). We had the private glade and it was the perfect place to switch off. The birdsong was beautiful, we read and played games and let our phones go silent. It's a brilliant place for cycling, so we cycled along the coast for swimming and ice cream and to the nearby country park for toboganning which was great fun. The campsite maintains a wild, low key feel whilst being so clean and functional. A wonderful break which was greatly needed. We would love to return
Mitchell ?.recommends
August 30, 2021
Grass Pitch 2
We stayed for four nights. It is a very peaceful, clean campsite with a wonderful connection to nature. The staff are very helpful and make sure you have space from other campers. Firewood could be purchased for £3 which was helpful. would visit again.
Nic M.recommends
August 26, 2021
Grass Pitch 1
We had an utterly fab stay at Cynefin eco campsite. The site was beautifully maintained by Kay who was available to answer my son's hundred and one questions (including "can I see your quad bike please"). We loved cooking on our camp fire each night and making friends with the neighbouring family. Kay provided a tub of fire wood and a box of information about places to visit. Between the local beach and hanging out at Cynefin we didn't want for anything else really! We definitely hope to return next year and we've had to promise our boys it will be for more than 3 days next time.
Lisa C.recommends
August 14, 2021
Private Glade Camping
The private field we stayed on was really spacious and very private yet still close to the main facilities. The facilities were also kept very clean and considering the toilets were compost toilets the unit was made to feel like a general toilet, I've stayed on other Eco sites which were just gross. The gas powered showers were also better than I expected with the only small inconvenience being you had to hold a leaver on the shower head for the water to flow out, but the water pressure was really good and the temperature easily controlled be how much hand force you applied to the leaver. The only thing that would made the stay easier would have been a small freezer to put ice blocks as I did waste a bit of food being there for 3 days due to not being able to keep it cold. I appreciate its an Eco site but having to go out in the car and use petrol to get groceries every day is non Eco so would balance out the use of a Freezer. Oh and maybe some milk and local eggs wouldn't have gone a miss - maybe with an honesty box if the owners didn't want to hand around selling it!? All in all a nice quite site which I would recommend
Stephanie A.recommends
August 9, 2021
Private Glade Camping
We stayed here for four nights for our first break since the global event that shall not be named. We had the private glade pitch and it was really lovely. Great to be able to have a fire and to wander the little forest. Our welcome was warm and the hosts were very chilled. The gas showers in particular were much warmer and more powerful than I expected! Shops are within easy access if you've got a car. Lovely beaches around the estuary. Definitely recommend the Botanical Gardens for a day out.
Nadia M.recommends
July 27, 2021
Grass Pitch 3
We stayed here for a long weekend and had the most amazing time. Lovely host, lots of nature, great eco facilities and like minded fellow campers. Top marks all around!
Mrs A.
July 11, 2021
We stayed at Cynefin for two nights (wish it could have been more) with two other families and loved it! Kay and Judith were great, giving helpful advice and clear info about the site and how to make the most of it (and even being extremely forgiving when I ran over a plant pot on the way out!). The kids adored the den building area and being able to collect kindling for the fire - which worked brilliantly in the wheel hubs! The weather wasn't perfect but it absolutely didn't matter as the site didn't get boggy or muddy and the beach and park nearby were fab anyway. Thanks for a lovely weekend - hope we'll be back again soon :)
Elizabeth L.recommends
June 21, 2021
Grass Pitch 1
After a full-on pandemic year, Cynefin provided the rest and relaxation we needed: a total switch-off from the internet, and from noise and bustle of busy and demanding jobs. We pitched our tents in The Glade and loved every minute from our arrival to a warm greeting from Judith, and her careful explanation of the site's amenities, to our last cup of tea, enjoyed as we packed up. Our days were spent swimming in the sea and cycling (route 4 to Pembrey and beyond is suitable for road bikes - a particular highlight was cycling along the sands at low tide to see the wrecks). We also enjoyed day trips to the Gower and Laugharne (we're Dylan Thomas fans, and it drizzled that day) and many types of Welsh ice cream. Each evening, we cooked up a feast by the camp fire - the smoke kept the flies at bay - and as dusk fell, we saw an owl in flight, and heard the birds settling down, resting up before the exertions of the dawn chorus. The site is a peaceful haven, and so well-thought out. Of course, it's important to go camping with people you can relax with completely, but that bit's in your control! We arrived exhausted, close to burnout, we left alive to the world and ourselves again. Thank you Kay and Judith (and the gods of Welsh weather which smiled on us)!
Suzie C.recommends
June 11, 2021
Wild camping meadow.
We had a wonderful stay over the bank holiday weekend down on the wild campers meadow. Having the whole field to ourselves was very peaceful, and we spent our evenings sitting round the fire watching the bats, and the mornings listening to the birds with our breakfast. Kay and Judith were really kind and helpful, giving us advice on things to do in the local area. We loved going to Cefn Sidan beach, and the National Botanic Gardens of Wales were amazing. Thanks again to Kay and Judith, we'd definitely return in future!
Camilla P.recommends
September 3, 2020
Grass Pitch 2
We stayed here with our three young children during one of this summers storms. But the wet and windy weather didn't spoil our fun! The kids loved playing in the den building/swing area and exploring the beautiful woods. Even the many wheelbarrow rides to set up/put down the camp were part of the adventure, they didn't stop smiling the whole trip. We will be back soon to enjoy some more, Thank you.
John H.
August 29, 2020
We loved it - cooking on the fire pit every day, the kids (5, 5 and 7 years-old) had so much fun in the woodland play area making friends. Wonderful beach nearby at the Pembrey Country Park, highly recommend that for a visit. A beautiful, peaceful, clean, and friendly place to stay - really recommend staying at Cynefin.
John H.
August 29, 2020
We came with our children, twins, 5, and eldest, 7, and had the most relaxing and fun time away. Fire pit cooking every day, trips to the beautiful nearby beach (Pembrey Country Park), peaceful afternoons in the amazing campsite while the kids played in the woods making friends on the tyre swing. We love it, would highly recommend.
Magdalena P.
August 22, 2020
We had a fantastic 2 night stay in the orchard pitch and were immediately made welcome upon arrival with a tour of the facilities by the owner. We were lucky enough to have the orchard to ourselves, giving us the feel of a secluded camping experience (all the while knowing that facilities are close by!) The campsite is in a great location, a short drive away from the Gower, a little walk away from Pembrey Beach (which is beautiful!) and with easy access to the coastal cycle route too. We would definitely recommend a bike trip to St Elli's Bay cafe for lunch. The campsite is lovely, surrounded by trees and wildflowers, and nothing is wasted as the water from the showers and sink runs off into the wildflowers and toilet waste is composted. The toilets and showers are kept impeccably clean. Upon arrival we were given supplies to set up our own campfire (which is yet another lovely little touch), but unfortunately due to gale force winds and rain at night we weren't able to make use of the fire this time - we will have to come back again as I can imagine it would be lovely to sit out on a calm night in such a peaceful setting. Overall, we had a great camping experience and would definitely recommend Cynefin campsite. Thank you Kay for a lovely stay!
Cathy ?.
August 21, 2020
Thank you so much Kay & Jackie, I learned so much by talking to you, we loved the beautiful meadow plants & pollinators & the woods. The children loved exploring the woods. Thank you for all your cleaning & care at this difficult time. It was so wonderful to escape the inside of our house and be with our friends in the outdoors. I loved hearing and seeing the robins & hearing the nuthatches & the work you’ve done in making the habitats for animals.
Catherine B.
August 16, 2020
We loved our stay at Cynefin. We felt peaceful and close to nature. The site has everything you need - compost loos, showers, hand washing, washing up point, fresh water supply, fire pits. Everything was clean and well maintained. Kay was on hand to greet us and make sure we were ok throughout the stay. The pitches are a generous size. It is very quiet at night. Burry Port is less than ten minutes away. It has the most beautiful sandy beach. The beach is huge so there's plenty of space for everyone. Also there is Pembray Country Park a short drive away where you can hire bikes to cycle along the Millennium Trail. Cynefin is a tranquil little haven. It is an ideal break from the real world! We would definitely stay here again.
Claire C.
August 26, 2019
What a find! This campsite is a hidden gem. A very special place with love and thought gone into every aspect. Beautifully set out with large pitches but also friendly. The kids in the meadow field all clubbed together to play in the woods and do den building, they ran around in a safe but fun environment that prompted contact with nature and learning about wildlife. The night time bat walk was a memorable bonus that our daughter loved, provided by Judith and Kay. The moth trap, bat detectors and head torches made for so much excitment our 5 year old and 7 other children demanded another walk the next night (provided by some willing parents!!) Great compost loos, careful recycling, firepits provided and a relaxed approach made this all feel like eco camping at its best. Watch the stars, listen to the peace and feel yourself unwind. Amazing beaches v close too. I can't wait to go back next year... thank you.
Fiona R.recommends
August 12, 2019
Red Deer Bell Tent
We had a lovely three-night stay at Cynefin; really peaceful setting with plenty of space; the bell tent was in a lovely spot with shade so it never got too hot. It was really well equipped, making it really easy to arrive and settle in straight away. The beds were incredibly comfortable, and we slept brilliantly. Everything you could need for a getaway!
Rachel ?.
August 5, 2019
Just returned from a long weekend at this fabulous site. Warm welcome and tour from the hosts, fab facilities which are very well maintained, peaceful and beautiful surroundings. My boys enjoyed playing cricket in the field with neighbours, making dens in the equipped den making area, exploring the safe woodland trails, playing on all the rope swings, spotting bugs, dragonflies and bats and listening for badgers as well as cooking on the campfire. Easy short drive to miles of golden sandy beaches, castles to explore, fish and chips, boat spotting in the harbour and loads more. Overall could not have asked for more. Perfect as a short break for my family and would VERY highly recommend for anyone with kids to spend some time at this beautiful place.
Shan C.
August 4, 2019
We were made to feel very welcome - guided tour of facilities with information and instructions in use of toilets, hand washing and dishwashing area. Our Tipi was well equipped with beautiful furnishings lamps and charging point. External kitchen space had everything you need. Crockery cutlery’s cooking utensils etc etc . We had the added luxury of a swinging lounger - very relaxing. Fire pit with a complimentary basket of wood ( more may be purchased) The grandchildren nearly exploded with the den building area, forest trail and multiple tree sings, green space for ball games with the neighbours, meadow for bug hunts, We cannot recommenced this beautiful piece of heaven enough - every effort has been made to compliment our fragile eco system - recycling most definitely encouraged with wonderful facilities. I nearly forgot my favourite bit - The Shower!! Thank you for introducing me to some wonderful eco friendly products- was lovely to try before I definitely BUY We had the most wonderful time #makingmemories with our 5 grandchildren ages 1 - 9 something for everyone - we will be back.
Ali W.
July 29, 2019
Loved this place from the minute we arrived and were warmly greeted by Kay. There were only two other tents and the owners own tipi in the field so lots of space / privacy. The fire pit was an added bonus and foraging in the woods for free twigs / firewood was a great idea. The use of complimentary organic shampoo and shower gel was a lovely idea, and very happy to support as a way of living. Shower with hot water, and a couple of compost toilets .... actually pretty sweet smelling! Quiet, and location was good. We did take a drive out to spend the day at Rosilli Bay, well worth a visit, and breakfast at Hillend campsite where we parked for the great price of £4 all day and lunch at Kings Head are both well worth a visit! Cynefin is lovely and a great place to get away from it all, quiet and you have your own space. Thanks Kay, we hope to be back, Ali & Howard
Sylvie ?.
August 25, 2018
Lovely big pitches in a small field bordered by a bit of woodland, each with a fire ring and starter pack of wood. Friendly and helpful owners. Unfortunately when I was there there was some noise from some kind of race track/dirt bike trail/speedway nearby (wasn't sure what or where it came from) during the day that didn't help the natural hideaway feel, but the owners can't help that, and everything else was great.
Edyta ?.
August 16, 2018
It was our first camping with children. Our daughter for the time spent there forgot about her laptop. There was so much to explore in this lovely place. We had fire every night; Alicia played in the bushes with other children till late night looking for bats and cows. She learned more about recycling and living in harmony with nature. The facilities were clean. We had lots of privacy because the site was big and licensed only for 6 tents. It also made us feel safe. We truly liked the place. I already recommended the place to my friends.
Jonathan S.
July 21, 2018
Cool Camping directed us to a lovely little campsite called Cynefin near Llanelli in S Wales. There are only six pitches set amidst a wild flower meadow full of butterflies (In July) with a woodland walk at the edge of the site and footpaths for further beyond. Kay and Judith were the perfect hosts, offering us advice about the local area and even lending us a map for the duration of our visit. It is an eco site so no electricity but the toilets and shower were very clean and homely. Nearby is a stunning 8 mile sandy beach, a country park where you can hire bicycles, go horse riding etc, and local pubs for evening meals. We will definitely recommend this to our friends. Well done Kay and Judith, you've developed a wonderful site.
Kate ?.
July 20, 2018
We had a wonderful two-night stay at this special campsite. The owners have done an great job at transforming the land from a dumping ground into a beautiful, natural haven for wildlife and people. We loved watching the butterflies in the wildflowers by our tent and listening out for the sounds of animals in the woods at night. Loads of space, a fire pit for each pitch, clean and efficient facilities and an idyllic setting. The stunning Cefn Sidan Beach is just a few miles away, with its 8 mile stretch of golden sand. Nearby Burry Port is a lovely little town and the harbour is particularly pretty at high tide. We will definitely be back to both beautiful Carmarthenshire and this wonderful campsite.
Jess ?.recommends
July 2, 2018
8 - Wolf Tipi
We had a wonderful, relaxing stay at this beautiful wild place. Kay and Judith gave us a warm welcome. They have done an incredible job transforming this site into a stunning wildlife haven - make sure to take a look at the 'before and after' picture book! So many wildflower species and heaps of butterflies. It's just a couple of miles from the outstanding beach at Pembrey, but the kids were having so much fun hanging out in the woods that I had trouble prising them away. The well-equipped firepits meant cooking over an open fire was easy as well as fun.
From the host
In 2022 will we have no more than 10 units. This will ensure that everyone has plenty of space, there will be plenty of room in our small car park, there will never be queues for the toilets or showers and our site will retain a sense of exclusivity with plenty of space for you to commune with nature. In 2022 we will have 2 glamping bell tents available, which come with a fully equipped kitchen tent which is shared between both bell tents but with your own space of course. A double bed and 2 single beds complete the inside of the bell tent together with all bed linen, cushions, carpets on the floor and cosy throws for those chilly nights. Each tent has their own local made picnic bench. All you need to do is drive up and move in and relax. Why not book both bell tents for a family get together or friends sharing the outdoor experience? We will also have a 5 metre tipi set up in the corner of our main camp field with its own private kitchen shelter with all the camp equipment you will need to make some super outdoor food. The tipi can fit 4 or 5 blow up beds for a group of friends or a family wanting some real camp experience. We provide everything apart from pillows and sleeping bags. Also up to 7 camp pitches located in the wild flower meadows with plenty of space to relax where you can bring all your own equipment. No vehicles are allowed on the wild flower meadows so all cars have to be left in the car park. Wheel barrows are available.
Nearby attractions
The fabulous beaches of Carmarthenshire are within easy driving distance, including 8-mile-long Cefn Sidan Beach (Blue Flag) less than 2 miles from our site, along with Llanelli Beach and Burry Port Beach. The historic harbour of Burry Port is well worth wandering around, particularly at high tide. Cyclists should try the 13-mile-long Millennium Coastal Path along the waterfront, while walkers can follow the same route or, from the campsite, stroll up Pembrey Mountain or explore the local SSSI (Ffrwd Farm Mire; 10 minutes' walk from the campsite) and 500-acre Pembrey Country Park (great for family picnics and access to the beach with lifeguards on standby).
Food and drink
Burry Port has a small selection of shops for everyday needs, including a local  bakers. Llanelli (5 miles away) has a large shopping centre with supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Morrisons). Llanelli and Carmarthen both have indoor covered market selling local produce. Burns Farm Shop (01554 892724) at Park Y Bocs Farm, Kidwelly is a farm shop with a children’s play area and very nice café-restaurant.   Some pubs in the area are the Coasting Pilot (01554 833520) and Pemberton Arms (01554 832129). The golf club (01554 744888) in Machynys, Llanelli is also a top place for a drink or meal with a spectacular view of the estuary.
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