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Cwmffrwd Farm Campsite
43 reviews
· Wales
22 acres
19 sites
3 Lodging
16 Tent
Simple, eco-friendly camping with epic views at the foot of a famed Welsh mountain range
Cwmffrwd Farm's, Pengenffordd off-grid, pop-up site is a back-to-nature retreat for those looking for simple camping in stunning surroundings. Nestled within 22 acres of wildflower meadows, the spacious pitches for campers and glampers alike make visitors feel like they've found a secret spot in South Wales, tucked away amid towering mountains at the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Exemplified by the site's focus on maintaining the natural biodiversity of their surroundings, hosts James and Pridie are advocates of outdoor life and positive environmental change, with James having worked in the energy and environment sector for over a decade, while Pridie is a qualified teacher and Mountain Leader. As such, the amenities may be basic here, but they're situated in a site owned by people who know a great outdoor spot with a view when they see one. Its camping pitches are spaciously spread out across its meadows Onnen, Cyll, and Helyg. The latter has a gate that opens out onto the Waun Fach mountain range, with its summit height of 811 metres granting it the highest peak of south-eastern Wales' Black Mountains. Freely select your pitch, plant your tent, and explore your surroundings with minimal fuss. For glamping, choose between the two five-metre bell tents in the small Hafod meadow, or the four-metre bell tent in Aelwyd Field. The five-metre tents have the meadow all to themselves, providing a sprawling view across the valley along with a lovely babbling brook to sit beside. The four-metre tent also gets to keep its field to itself, surrounded with alder, ash, and hazel, and situated right next to the stream. The secluded nature of Cwmffrwd Farm ensures guests' privacy compared to other, more densely populated sites, along with keeping this beautiful land unspoiled. This is reflected in the simple amenities, with composting loos in the meadows and a washroom and toilet located in the 'The Byre', with hot water and an electric shower. Be sure to say "hello" to the family dog, who loves to greet guests in the barn. Your mountainous surroundings provide ample opportunities for lengthy rambles and hikes, while guests should ditch their phones (there's no WiFi here, allowing a firm disconnect from modern life) and replace them with books from the site's little outdoor library, which also contains charts to help you identify the resident wildlife. You and the kids can also enjoy Pridie's 'Fairytrails' outdoor storying adventures, immersive nature-based yarns that combine folklore, natural navigation, and your wilderness skills. Suffice to say, you won't forget Cwmffrwd Farm in a hurry.
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Hosted by Pridie T.Joined in July 2021
50 ratings · 43 reviews
Lucy W.recommends
August 9, 2022
19 - Campervan pitch (VW/Transit size)
Surrounded by mountains
Beautiful campsite, surrounded by nature. Pirdie was an incredibly welcoming host. So many extra small touches like maps available to show you local walks and local nature stories to read. Our pitch was quiet and secluded with lovely shade from a big Oak tree. One of my favourite campsites I've ever stayed on. A wonderful campsite, would definitely come back.
Anna T.recommends
August 8, 2022
Wildflower Meadow Tent Pitch
Fantastic Stay
A lovely campsite with a real family feel and an excellent location!
Chris M.recommends
August 7, 2022
18 - Campervan pitch (VW/Transit size)
Great for kids and dogs.
One of the best places we’ve camped. We’re currently searching a multitude of places for quick weekend stints that could turn into a full hiking holiday in the autumn or next spring/summer… The weather was amazing which helped. The drive to the camp, the views, the air. All typically beautiful Mid-Wales. But, made much better by the environment created by the people running the place. Made us feel welcome, informative and most importantly - really friendly. I would go as far as saying that the short weekend changed us a bit in terms of what we want out of life. Sat in the sunshine reading a book whilst our kids searched for grasshoppers, playing fetch with our two spaniels, having races up the hill…. There are obviously lots of hikes and places to visit, but we were happy just existing in a field…. Sat by a fire pit watching stars until late at night… Looking around I could see that others were doing similar… quiet, slow paced and conveniently relaxing.
Lucy S.recommends
August 7, 2022
14 - Campervan pitch (VW/Transit size)
Stunning campsite, quiet and friendly with stunning views
Rowan D.recommends
August 6, 2022
Wildflower Meadow Tent Pitch
Tranquil stay with amazing views
We had the most relaxing stay at Cwmffwd! The pitches are so spacious and the views are incredible. We did a couple of mountain walks straight from the site and went for a great brunch in Abergavenny at Bean and Bread (recommended). Nearby Crickhowell also has a cute bookshop. The facilities are quite basic but clean - the freezer for ice packs was especially useful. It was a shame the communal fire pit wasn't open, but hopefully next time!
Pauline R.recommends
August 4, 2022
17 - Campervan pitch (VW/Transit size)
A small number of lovely large pitches spread over the edges of two fields with the centres left as meadows, so would never feel cramped. The views are gorgeous, and it was lovely to be able to walk up onto the Black Mountains from the campsite. Facilities are all fine, and Pridie and her family are very welcoming hosts.
From the host
We are a pop-up campsite open May half term and July/August, but calls or emails about staying outside of those times are very welcome. Check in is 2pm on day of arrival, check out is by midday :) Named after the stream that tumbles down from the mountain and through our twenty two acres of wildflower meadows, Cwmffrwd Farm is an off-grid camping sanctuary. Picture it - the mountains gently stretching before and behind you, the smell of woodsmoke lingering in the air, children weaving their way through the long grass and giggling as they try to catch the crickets... Preserving a sense of wilderness is at the heart of everything we do, and to protect the natural biodiversity we keep things really traditional and basic. We only open for a set period each year and provide a small number of camping pitches (so space is never an issue!) To minimise impact on the meadows and keep everyone safe, we have a no vehicles policy in the campsite and ask that guests park at the entrance to the field where wheelbarrows are provided for you to move your kit to the pitch you have chosen. As much as possible, we like to give everyone free range when it comes to choosing their pitch in our camping fields - so have a wander once you are parked and, when you are ready, grab a wheelbarrow and off you go! There is no additional charge for pets, pup tent, gazebo or awning. Certainly don’t come expecting Wi-Fi. Instead, enjoy rummaging around in the little outdoor library for books and charts to help you identify the resident birds and mini beasts, or go for a paddle in the stream and see if you can spot any creatures in the alder, willow, hazel and hawthorn that thrive across the site. Along with the seclusion of each individual pitch, the farm feels like it is tucked away too. It’s 12 minutes drive to picturesque Crickhowell (and a superb wild swimming spot), and 25 minutes to celebrated book town Hay-on-Wye and bustling market town Brecon. It’s best to stock up on food before you arrive, or shop at local supermarkets in Brecon, Abergavenny or the high street in Crickhowell.
Nearby attractions
Campers can embark on picturesque travels straight from their tent, with the site being within reach of Waun Fach, an open-access mountain with the highest summit of southeast Wales' Black Mountains. The gorgeous town of Crickhowell is a 15-minute drive away from the site, providing you with an array of shops to visit in this small Usk Valley community. In the surrounding area, the site resides in the heart of Brecon Beacons National Park, offering scenic walks through the stunning countryside. Enjoy the Brecon Promenade, a grade 2 walk along the river Usk, or look across the lakes and ponds as part of the Craig-y-nos route. Also tucked away in this National Park is the Llangorse Multi Activity Centre (01874 658272), an award-winning indoor and outdoor centre with horse riding, an indoor climbing centre, and pony trekking trips. For a night out with the family, Theatr Brycheiniog (01874 611622) is a little under 30 minutes away, a modern theatre and community venue, with a variety of shows from ballet through to comedy clubs.
Food and drink
The Farmers Arms (01874 202132) is around a 5-minute drive from the site, located in the village of Cwmdu and serving pub classics and a delicious Sunday lunch. Nantyfinn Cider Mill Inn (01873 810775) is a 10-minute drive, with this stylishly rustic pub serving a traditional Welsh menu. For those with an adventurous palate, the New Gurkha Inn (01874 711581) is a little under six miles away and serves authentic Nepalese and Gurkha cuisine, with a specialised chef blending Indian and Chinese cuisine. Meanwhile, for those looking for an afternoon bite and a coffee, the Walnut Tree (01874 730358) is a riverside cafe and bar a 20-minute drive away, letting you enjoy fish and chips while overlooking the water.
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