Llansawel Agored

UK Wales South Wales Carmarthenshire Llandeilo

  • Campfires allowed
  • Campfires Allowed
Overnight adventures on an off-grid, wild-ish campsite with campfires allowed in Carmarthenshire

When it comes to outdoor adventures, it’s always good to have someone on hand who knows what they’re doing. Step forward Rhys Green — a mountain leader, paddlesport coach, bushcraft expert and leader of expeditions around the world. He’s now also a campsite owner and has put together a site where you can dip your toe into the world of wild-ish camping in Carmarthenshire. It will be just a toe, mind: Llansawel Agored is a certified, bonafide campsite with a thumbs up from the Greener Camping Club.

That accreditation means Rhys is looking after his land as well as his campers. He’s planting trees, providing eco-friendly composting toilets and generally keeping the impact of his site light. From a camping point of view, you can expect a natural environment and a wild-ish experience with campfires allowed, plenty of space and cars parked away from tents.

There are 20 acres of gently undulating meadows, young orchards and scrub. Campers are free to explore the lot. You can walk, carefully, among Rhys’ newly planted trees (1,000 and counting so far), sit by the stream and, of course, camp out under the stars. There are just eight camping pitches: six are “standard” but spacious, just a patch of grass with shared facilities a short walk away, while two are super-sized “Camping +” pitches. These are a little more tucked away, come with a dug-out fire pit, their own composting loo and a three-sided shelter to provide an area for escaping inclement weather. The top spots are the three pre-pitched bell tents with beds, their own compost loo and cooking kit in their outdoor kitchens.

Rhys is never far away, sometimes popping by to check his campers are enjoying their stay, occasionally texting to see if they need anything. His outdoor credentials mean you can tap him up for tips on campfires and where to find outdoor adventure. The mountain bike trails of the Brechfa Forest are an eight-minute ride away, the western edge of the Brecon Beacons a 30-minute drive.

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Facilities

There are two composting toilets, three hot water gas-powered showers and two washing-up sinks for communal use. Bell tents and Camping + pitches also have their own composting toilets and a private, outdoor (but covered) camp kitchen area. Bell tents are kitted out with four beds (bring your own bedding and towels), solar lighting and USB charging ports (powered by solar) and have a gas stove, cooking kit and washing-up stuff in their camp kitchens. Water containers are also provided and Rhys aims to keep these topped up throughout your stay. Campfires are allowed with dug fire pits at bell tents and Camping + pitches. Off-ground firepits are available to hire on-site for other campers. Firewood is free for everyone. 

Suitable For

Campers and bell tent glampers – yes. Campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs – no.

Nearby

The area is great for scenic walks and mountain biking — mountain bike coach and campsite host, Rhys, will be able to point you in the right direction for both. The MTB trails at Brechfa Forest are a 10-minute ride from site. You can also book on-site archery and bushcraft lessons with Rhys and he has great links to local instructors for mountain biking, canoeing and other activities. The western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park is just 12 miles away with the Red Kite Feeding Station (01558 825910) at Llanddeusant not much further. The Dinefwr estate (01558 825910) with its deer park, historic house and the ruins of Dinefwr Castle is just on the edge of the national park, too, and about the same distance away. You can reach the beaches of Wales' south or west coasts within an hour (both are around 30 miles away).

Food & Drink

There are two pubs within walking distance: The Black Lion (01558 685263) and The Angel Inn, both less than a mile away in Llansawel. Further afield, The Forest Arms (01267 202288) in Brechfa (eight miles from site) is recommended and, if visiting Lampeter (10 miles away), Rhys suggests a visit to Conti's Cafe (01570 422 202).

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The Owner Says

We are a small campsite with ample space. For years there has been a desire to open and run a campsite here, Rhys the campsite owner is a mountain leader, paddlesport coach educator and has run expeditions globally he understands camping. These 20 acres are developing annually, planting over 1000 trees in 2021, developing ponds and wildlife habitats this is a unique space for all to enjoy. Not only do we have these spaces but we are set away from car noise and have dark skies making it easy to spot all of the stars and the milky way. We do have something for everyone in our area, mountain biking is 10 minutes by bike away, the Brecon Beacons area within 30 minutes, White Water adventures are 30 minutes away or a stroll around Dinefwr being 20 minutes away. We have gold mines, red kites all close by and beaches are within 45 minutes. 

Accommodation

Eight camping pitches and three bell tents.

Derwen

Bell tent Sleeps 6 3 Available
This 6m Bell Tent is set closer to our stream, it has a couple of oak trees near by hence the name. This area is well protected from the wind all year.

Camping +

Super-pitch Sleeps 6 2 Available
These camping pitches come complete with a fire pit, undercover seating/ kitchen area and your own composting toilet.

Camping

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 6 Available
These large camping pitches have great views in their own space.

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Location

Contact Llansawel Agored, Sunnybank, Llansawell, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 7PE

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Getting There

From the end of the M4 in Crosshands, it's a drive of about 35 minutes to site. First, head towards Llandeilo, and once through Llandeilo head to Talley/Llansawel, around two miles from Talley you will see a turn off on your left for Llansawel, follow this road out of Llansawel and you will find the site with ease. The closest place with good transport links is Carmarthen, 20 miles away. There's a train station but the only direct bus link (the 283 with Morris Travel) operates on only two days a week so a car is recommended.

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