Glanusk Caravan Park

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Crickhowell

  • 10m + spacing between camping pitches
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Dog-friendly camping and caravanning on a spectacular country estate in the Breacon Beacons National Park

Built some 200 years ago as a family retreat for Sir Joseph Bailey, the expansive Glanusk Estate, home to walled gardens, pretty cottages and a distinctive, castellated tower and bridge, is split in two by the idling waters of the Usk. The river, weaving slowly through the heart of the Black Mountains, has been an infinite source of nutrients to the area. So it’s unsurprising that Glanusk has become a truly luscious location as a result. It is home to over 200 species of oak tree alone (some planted by members of the royal family) and the estate's flat, verdant meadows seem ready made for camping. Thankfully, in recent years, the estate has begun to offer just that and, after a series of summers as a 'pop-up' campsite, Glanusk Caravan Park was born, a superb 30-odd pitch caravan and camping site in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Established in its current form in 2020, the amenities on the campsite are sparklingly new and clean, with an underfloor-heated building at the end of the meadow in which caravans and campervans line out on all-weather pitches. There are electrical hook-ups on the majority of the pitches and, while younger trees and saplings have been planted to break up the space, the meadow is flanked by mature hedgerows and trees, providing ample shelter from the off. It's not just the everyday facilities – loos, showers, hairdryers – that this site does well but the extra touches that show a good understanding for the sort of campers who pitch here. After all, this is the Brecon Beacons and you're in the Usk Valley. So there are washing points for muddy mountain bikes and dogs are more than welcome too, with a designated walking area next to the camping meadow (if your pooch isn't already worn out from exploring the hills). You can also call the Glanusk Estate Office and organise fishing (the Usk is one of the best fishing rivers in Wales) or perhaps even a clay pigeon shooting session. By night, the area is equally renowned for its starry skies, laying within an International Dark Sky Reserve.

The pretty market town of Crickhowell is within walking distance, with an array of independent shops, boutiques and a useful post office and general store. It is best reached via one of the permissive footpaths that passes through the Estate, following the vague course of the river. Or, for a shorter route, campers can also visit the Estate-owned Nantyffyin Cider Mill, a family-orientated and dog friendly pub with an outdoor play area for little ones to stretch their legs and imaginations.

Details

Facilities

COVID-19 UPDATE. The Modern, newly built amenities block with underfloor heating throughout is closed until restrictions are lifted. When open it features disabled facilities, toilets, basins, showers, towels, toiletries and hairdryers, whilst next door there is covered dish washing facility.

Dog and bike washing points and a dedicated dog walking area. Free waste and recycling areas. Campfires are not permitted, there is a fire pit for guests to enjoy. The Estate is renowned for its trees, which include over 200 different species and cultivars of Quercus (oak), and historic CADW listed buildings, including the Tower Bridge over the River Usk, ancient Celtic standing stones, the private church, farm buildings and stables, all either Grade II listed or Grade II starred. Fishing and golf on the 9 hole Penmyarth Golf Course  can be booked via the Estate Office, clay pigeon shooting can also be arranged and there are wonderful river walks, woodland walks and access to excellent cycling routes. For 2 weekends this year the private gardens and oak collection on the Glanusk Estate are open to the public.

Suitable For

Owing to the current COVID-19 restrictions and to comply with social distancing only even numbered pitches are available and we are not able to accept bookings for self contained caravans, motorhomes, campervans and touring vehicles.  Bookings for caravans with no facilities and tents are not allowed until 25th July.

Dogs are welcome, we have a large dog walking field and easy access to wonderful walks.

Large groups by prior arrangement.

Nearby

Tranquility aplentyThe Glanusk Estate's gardens and oak collection are open to the public for 2 weekends in 2020 (please check website for further details) and is home to an annual Estate Fayre and NGS Open Garden event in May.  The surrounding Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains are a playground for hiking and mountain biking – ask at the Estate Office about guided walks with foraging or nature options. If you're planning your own routes, the campsite is in the middle of the OS Map OL13, with long distance trails including the Usk Valley Walk and the Beacons Way running nearby. As well as the national park, Glanusk Caravan Park is also within an International Dark Sky Reserve, the first Dark Skies Reserve in Wales, and on a clear night you can enjoy the Milky Way, the major constellations and occasionally meteor showers. For some history, step back in time immerse yourself in Welsh culture at Blaenavon (25-minute drive), a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 that's home to the Big Pit National Coal Museum (0300 111 2333), Blaenavon Ironworks (01495 792615), the World Heritage Centre and Blaenavon Heritage Railway. In Pantyscallog (half-hour-drive away), the Brecon Mountain Railway (01685 722988) offers some further history while trundling you the full length of Pontsticill Reservoir. For pubs, cafés and a little town life, Crickhowell is within walking or cycling distance and hosts a walking festival, literary festival and numerous other events throughout the year. It's 8 miles to Abergavenny, 12 miles to Brecon, 14 miles to Talgarth and 20 miles to Hay on Wye.

Food & Drink

Glanusk hampers are available to order to be collected on your arrival or delivered to your pitch at any point during your stay. It is a 15 minute walk through the Estate across the iconic Glanusk bridge to the Estate pub, The Nantyffin Cider Mill (01873 810775; under a mile away), a family-friendly country inn with a menu based around seasonal Welsh produce, bookings are essential). The atmospheric interior includes low exposed beams and an old milling wheel. There's a good beer garden with a playground for children. Crickhowell has a number of places to eat and drink, including The Bear (01873 810408), Latte-Da (07890 751755), Book-ish Café (01873 811256), O'Donnell's Bakehouse (01873 268010) and The Dragon (01873 810362).  Along the canal path there are also pubs at Llangynidr, Talybont-on-Usk and Pencelli.

Opening Times

March–October (but closed for Green Man Festival between 31st July–11th September)

The Owner Says

Glanusk Caravan Park is a totally unique and very special dog friendly location with 40 pitches for campervans, motorhomes, caravans, touring vehicles, camping and tents.

Situated right in the heart of the Glanusk Estate, Glanusk Caravan Park is set in a totally unique and very special location for campervans, motorhomes, caravans, touring vehicles, tents and camping.  Its location makes it an ideal base for touring Mid Wales, the iconic Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park with fabulous access to walking and cycling from the Estate, fishing on 5 private miles of the River Usk and 9 hole golf course.  There are lots of attractions and activities nearby to suit all ages and abilities.  The Estate is steeped in history with numerous Grade II and II* CADW listed buildings and properties, as well as an impressive Oak Collection including Royal Oaks which were planted by members of the Royal Family.  Your stay at Glanusk Caravan Park will be filled with adventure, discovery or just simply relaxing.

We want our guests to enjoy the amazing tranquillity of one of Wales’ largest privately owned Estates and your stay at Glanusk Caravan Park will allow you to experience an area of the Estate that is neither overlooked or surrounded by anything but nature, flora and fauna.

Social Distancing Measures

Due to social distancing only even numbered pitches are available for self contained vehicles and we are unable to accept bookings for camping or vehicles that are not self contained until 25 July.  The amenity building and washing up facilities are closed until we have been advised by Welsh Government.

Location

Contact Glanusk Caravan Park, Glanusk Caravan Park, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1LP

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Getting There

Glanusk Caravan Park has easy access off the B4558 (Cwm Crawnon Road). The campsite is clearly signposted on this road. There is no access via the A40 main entrance.

Abergavenny (9 miles; 20 minutes away; 0845 748 4950) is the nearest railway station and taxis are available to book via CTC Taxis.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

★★★★★

A really enjoyable stay

Stayed for 2 nights in our camper van - great location in the middle of the Glan Usk Estate surrounded by woodlands and meadows - able to wander all over the Estate - really well run by friendly staff - excellent facilities in brand new purpose built building There is a large secure field for exercising dogs. Hope to return again soon
Mar 8, 2020 by Richard J

Response from Glanusk Caravan Park

Dear Richard

Thank you very much for leaving a review of our caravan park. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and would be delighted if you were to return soon.

Warm Regards

Dan Watkins
★★★★☆

Grand rural retreat with no frills

Just what we expected. Beautiful setting in the Usk Valley. easy access to great walks and local amenities, which are limited in selection but perfectly good. Local pub is 10 minutes walk along the river. Very relaxed campsite with basic facilities, as you would expect for a pop-up, but the better for it as it maintains a wild-camping feel but with access to a hot shower twice a day. Would definitely go again.
Aug 7, 2017 by John Henderson

Response from Glanusk Caravan Park

Dear Mr Henderson

Thank you for leaving a review of our caravan park in 2017. The park has now been redeveloped and has a permanent shower facility with heated floors, hairdryers, hot showers and disabled facilities. All of the new fixtures and fittings are of a very high standard. Free WiFi is also now included. It would be fantastic if you would stay again so that you can see the improvements for yourself.

Warm Regards
Dan Watkins

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