Pwllyn Farm Camping

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Brecon

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Adults only
  • Good walks nearby
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.

Details

Facilities

15 large pitches spread over four fields. Campers can pitch where they like and can park next to their pitch. Free standing fire pits (and slabs to stand them on) are provided. There are three flushing toilets on site, two high quality showers and two washing up sinks with hot water and cleaning products supplied. Also: a freezer for ice packs, phone charging point, chemical toilet waste disposal and waste recycling services. There is an information point in the barn with maps and instructions for nearby walks and Theresa has guide books to borrow on request.

Suitable For

Tents, small campervans, dogs – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, large groups, children under 14 – no.

Nearby

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 & 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.

Open

Easter–September.

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The Owner Says

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 four fields, with just 15 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.

Pitches

15 generously sized pitches mown into the long grass around the edges of the meadows.

Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 4 16 Available
We accept tents, camper vans, trailer tents and smaller motor homes. Please be aware we don’t do large groups, stags, or hens.

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Location

Contact Pwllyn Farm Camping, Libanus, Brecon, Powys LD3 8NN

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Getting There

Pwllyn Farm is just off the A4215, less than six miles from the old market town of Brecon and exactly a mile west of the junction with the A470 (on the right-hand side if travelling westwards). Follow the track to the farm, where you’ll see a sign for the campsite.

The nearest railway station is in Merthyr Tydfil. It’s possible to get a taxi to the campsite or the T4 TrawsCymru bus service runs between there and Libanus, which is less than two miles to Pwllyn Farm.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★☆

Great camping

Great camping, they have huge fields and is quite quiet and have great views, I loved it. Nice and helpful owners. Would definitely come back!
Aug 1, 2021 by Guillermo Alonso
★★★★★

Beautiful setting x

Myself and my teenage daughter have juat had a lovely stay at Pwllyn Farm, stunning location and Theresa and Ian were so helpful and friendly! The facilities were clean and tidy, the idea of this location is just to take it all in and relax! Plenty to do around the area, and for the more adventurous and those with older children there’s always Outdoor activities at Parkwood about twenty minutes away! Nothing like waking up to the beautiful natural views of Wales! X. Thank you and we’ll be back x
Jul 31, 2021 by Amanda Tyre Verified Review
★★★★★

A beautiful escape

Camping in the remote countryside, surrounded by stunning scenery, lots of room between other visitors, amazingly clean waterfall showers with fresh bathmats, friendly host and horses. Outstanding, couldn’t recommend highly enough.

Response from Pwllyn Farm Camping

Hi Caroline, thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review.  We're so pleased you had a good stay with us, and liked our site and enjoyed meeting the horses.  Theresa.

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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