Cynefin Eco Camping The Greener Camping Club

UK Wales South Wales Carmarthenshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
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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Facilities

No electric hook-ups. 3 compost toilets, hand-washing facilities, washing-up sink for dishes, 1 gas-powered shower pod with running hot water and 1 solar-powered shower bag (for the brave). A covered kitchen area for those in the glamping accommodation, with all the necessary equipment, plus a picnic bench. Wild flower meadow mown with pathways and tent pitches, plus an open space to play football, fly kites or lounge around. Circular woodland nature walk. Campfires permitted as long as they are inside the firepits.

Suitable For

Yes to Glampers, tent campers, groups and people with a love of nature as well as a sense of fun. Sorry but no to campervans or caravans –  we do not have enough hard standing or chemical toilet disposal.

Nearby

The fabulous beaches of Carmarthenshire are within easy driving distance, including 8-mile-long Cefn Sidan Beach (Blue Flag) less than 2 miles from site, along with Llanelli Beach, Burry Port Beach and Pendine. 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 & Drink

Burry Port has a small selection of shops for everyday needs, including local butchers and 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 an excellent farm shop with a children’s play area and very nice café-restaurant. For a good local pub, you can't go far wrong with the Pembrey Country Inn (01554 834530), in Randell Square, Pembrey. They have good pub grub, some live music and the locals are lovely. Other pubs in the area include 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.

Opening Times

Start of July–end of September.

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The Owner Says

Are you looking for an environmentally friendly camping experience? Do you want to escape the stresses of modern day life and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our woodland site? You might just have found your next perfect holiday!

Cynefin is our 10 acre smallholding which we manage to preserve the wildlife and biodiversity. When we bought the property seven years ago it was part of a larger farm and we had to re-register the land and give it a new name. Cynefin is a Welsh word that means 'habitat' or 'wild place' which sort of fits the bill! We also noticed it on a list for 'untranslatable' Welsh words, where it defined the meaning as 'a place where a person or an animal feels it ought to live'. We thought this fitted our dream really well.

This year we have:

 2 fully equipped bell tents which are sited in our small meadow, away from the main camping meadow.  This will allow you to have plenty of space but will ensure you have your own private area within the campsite.  All you need to do is drive up and move in and relax.

A 5 metre tipi set up in the corner of our main camp field with its own private kitchen A-frame 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 provided everything apart from pillows and sleeping bags.

6 camp pitches located in the wild flower meadows with plenty of space to relax where you can bring all your own equipment.

Accommodation

6 camping pitches and 3 glamping pitches (2 bell tents and a tipi).
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Location

Contact Cynefin Eco Camping, Cynefin, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire SA16 0JR

Getting There

From the east, leave the M4 at junction 48 and head to Llanelli on the A4138. Join the A484 at the traffic lights at Pemberton and follow the road through the centre of the town, following signs for Carmarthen. Drive through Pwll, Burry Port and on to Pembrey. In Pembrey, pass the church on your left and carry on until you reach the old pub on the right hand side (now an Indian restaurant called Nazs Rasoi; 01554 891083). Turn right onto the B4317, over a hump backed bridge, past a row of old cottages on the left and round a tight left-hand bend with a cottage on the left. Go up the hill until you reach the ranch fencing and metal gateway of Cynefin. If you pass Fairview Farm on the left you have gone too far. The nearest train station is Pembrey and Burry Port railway station, in the centre of Burry Port village, 3½ miles from the campsite.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 5 reviews

★★★★☆

Beautiful spot with campfires

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.
Aug 25, 2018 by Sylvie

Response from Cynefin Eco Camping

Thanks for your review Sylvie, glad you enjoyed your stay.  Near us is the Pembrey Race Circuit which depending on the atmospheric conditions/ wind direction, can occasionally create some noise.  The Track states their level of noise is within legal requirements for a residential area.  One day you were here they were testing a new Formula 1 racing car which might have been noisier than usual.   Some of our campers enjoyed a day out at the race course but sorry if it spoilt your peaceful day.
★★★★★

Perfect for children

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.
Aug 16, 2018 by Edyta

Response from Cynefin Eco Camping

Thank you Edyta.  I am so pleased you loved your stay at Cynefin.  The weather was gorgeous  and the evenings just perfect for sitting around a log fire.  There were some lovely children on site too for Alicia to go exploring.   I hope next year you will keep on camping with your children.   Kay
★★★★★

The beautiful wildflowers, the peace of the small site, the great location - what a restful break on a lovely small campsite with helpful and friendly hosts.

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.
Jul 21, 2018 by Jonathan and sarah

Response from Cynefin Eco Camping

Thanks for the lovely review Sarah.  It was a pleasure to meet you as one of our first campers on our new venture.  Hope you come back some day to see how Cynefin progresses.   Glad you enjoyed the meadows with all the flowers and butterflies in.   Thanks also for the photographs you posted.  Hoping you are continuing to enjoy the good weather in Brighton.    July 23rd 2018   Kay
★★★★★

Beautiful and peaceful - a gem of a campsite

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.
Jul 20, 2018 by Kate

Response from Cynefin Eco Camping

Thanks for the lovely review Kate.  Glad you enjoyed your stay.  Wasn't the weather fantastic!  Really glad you explored the local area and saw Burry Port at its best when the tide was full in.  Hope you come back to Carmarthenshire someday.  You will always be most welcome here.  Best wishes Kay.
★★★★★

A peaceful off-grid experience - bags of space to enjoy and explore

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.
Jul 2, 2018 by Jess

Response from Cynefin Eco Camping

Thanks for the lovely review Jess.   You were our very first camper in our first year as a campsite and I am thrilled that you have booked to come back and try out one of the bell tents at the end of the week.  Really looking forward to seeing you again.  Kay

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