Point Farm Campsite The Greener Camping Club
Point Farm, Dale, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 3RD
It was a while ago that Cool Camping first discovered ‘the Pembrokeshire paradox’ and, if we were the scholarly type, no doubt we would have written a few academic papers on it by now. Pembrokeshire, you see, is a county of unbeatable beauty, home to one of the UK’s most enchanting stretches of coastline, broken into rocky outcrops, islands and broad, sandy beaches. Yet while it offers charmingly peaceful countryside away from the rush of modern life, its tiny towns and villages positively burst in the summer months – it’s an escape that’s so attractive there are now just too many escapees.
What a joy it is, then, to discover Point Farm Campsite. Out on the Dale peninsular, the county’s remote tip, where the cliffs wind in every conceivable angle matched only by the coastal path, Point Farm is a truly tiny hideaway that offers camping of old in an environment away from the tourist hype. There are just eight camping pitches in total – something somewhat inconceivable as your journey towards to the coast, haunted by holiday parks further inland – and a ‘no caravan’ policy that gives the whole place a nostalgic, traditional vibe. It’s a teeny tiny paradise that epitomises what Cool Campingis about – right down to the encouragement of campfires.
The campsite is actually a relatively new venture – a family spot run by Nia, Fil and their two children – though the farm itself dates back to the 1720s. It sits proudly up on top of a gentle slope like an ancient local landmark and boasts panoramic views not just out across the sea, but also back in land to the Preseli Mountains and up the Milford Haven estuary.
There are two types of pitch: Four all-weather pitches have a gravelly base suitable for campervans, with electrical hook-ups and space for cars to be parked alongside, while, slightly lower, a terraced grassy space is left for tent campers only, their cars parked in an adjacent parking area. There’s also a newly added Shepherd’s Hut, with a kitchen, beds and all you need inside, suitable for a family of four. All areas are just a few footsteps from the wooden shower block, with a family shower room and a washing up area, while in the opposite direction you can tumble down through the trees directly onto the Pembrokeshire Coast Path that runs right next to the site. As a walker’s stop off point it’s ideal.
Even if you don’t have the legs for the full 186-mile coastal route, though, you needn’t worry. Provided you can follow the first 400 meters from the campsite you’ll already find yourself at the first pub break! It’s here that Dale village is found; a quaint village fronted by a beautiful sandy beach. It’s a convenient, thriving hub from which to plan your stay – whether it’s renting a surfboard from one of the waterfront shops or planning a kayaking trip up the Milford Haven estuary. You can also hop on a boat for a ferry journey out to Skokholm and Grassholm islands, the former a rugged, remote island noted for its impressive cliffs of red sandstone, the latter home to some 80,000 screaming gannets. The boats can’t land (for that head a few miles across the mainland for a ferry to Skomer Island instead), but they do stop so you can watch the wildlife.
The Owner Says
Nestled on a hill side overlooking Dale bay and running alongside the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, Point Farm is a secluded campsite just a 5 minute walk from Dale village and only 450m from The Griffin Inn! Perfect for couples, small groups and families; Point Farm Campsite is an award winning eco, dog friendly, site with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, ideally situated for exploring the breath-taking beaches, historic castles and the marine nature reserve of Skomer Island.
We have 4 all-weather pitches with electric hook up suitable for tents, campervans and trailer tents and a we have a further 2/3 level grass pitches for tents only (parking in the adjacent car park). You can book the all-weather pitches through our booking page but for the grass pitches please call or email us with your booking enquiry. On site facilities include showers and toilets, family shower room, chemical waste disposal, drinking water, washing-up area, re-cycling bins and free wifi. We have fire pits available for hire, with logs and charcoal to buy. We also offer a 'wash & dry' laundry service and freezer pack re-freeze. Dogs are welcome. Greener Camping Club membership fees apply. **New for 2017 - a charming, cosy, beautifully decorated, fully equipped, hand crafted Shepherd's Hut.**
Wonderful little site, incredible walking
Lovely tiny site, great bathrooms and lovely location on the cliff top. The owners are a delight, really helpful. Dale is a 5 minute walk down a small road and about as perfect a little harbour village as you can get. Small and lovely, it has a pub (really good but very bsy so booking is necessary) and a cafe (not great food, generic caff fare) which also houses a small shop for essentials and seaside gifts. Particularly good for crabbing bits and body borads. The watersports place here is great, we rented kayaks and paddled around the bay. Close by are some amazing beaches, particularly Marloes Sands. Just gorgeous. We originally booked our stay here for just us as a couple but ended up taking our 12 year old. She was kept happy with crabbing, kayaking, beach walks and good pub grub but we would probably have heard about it if we'd have stayed longer than 2-3 nights as the site is (thankfully) not particularly aimed at kids. There are no play facilities, which personally, I'm happy with! We had to drive to Milford Haven for camping gas so it's worth noting that this site is pretty remote, which for my money is it's charm and unique selling point. Will definitely go back as a couple for a more relaxing, walking break. Only one word of warning, the terraced pitches are reinforced with stone/ broken up tarmac, which is great for vans but harsh when putting up and taking down your tent. And hard on the knees when in your tent. Make sure you have pegs that are good for rock (more of which Fil, the owner, kindly lent us), a very strong mallet and peg remover.
Point Farm have got it right, and it's only their second season. It's clear Nia and Fil have done their research, but, more than that, they've listened to their guests! The result is a small, but perfectly formed, getaway. The site is situated a stone's throw from the sea and directly on the coastal path, so it's perfect for occasional ramblers and serious walkers alike. You can walk into diminutive Dale in five minutes and stop for a beer or a seafood special at the excellent Griifin Inn (sadly not dog friendly, but outside tables available for those with canine companions). Our fellow campers were walkers, fishing enthusiasts, walkers and families - which tells you everything you need to know about what the surrounding area caters for. They are careful with pitches and there is a great feeling of space. The shower/Loo block is excellent and immaculately clean. Currently it's only cold water for pot washing, but plans are afoot to change that. We slept incredibly well, possibly due to the waves lulling us to sleep! I applaud Nia and Fil for creating such a heavenly little retreat and would recommend to anyone wanting a peaceful getaway.
Lovely quiet spot
We went as the season opened in April and had a lovely three night stay. We had a specific pitch, which was good as it was in the corner and near the wash room area. The bathrooms have been newly finished and are big and spotlessly clean. The shower was the best campsite shower I've ever experienced! Seriously good water pressure and lots of hot water. No push buttons and dribbling taps here. The campsite is small, but perfectly formed. Just what we look for. It's positioned just outside Dale and is a very short walk away from the Griffin Inn, which does lovely food. We had a fantastic fish and fresh lobster supper there the first night and it was so good, we went back again the following day. I would thoroughly recommend Point Farm campsite. It was just what we were looking for - secluded, small, tucked away in a quiet corner of a lovely spot but near to the pub and great WiFi. (I usually like to totally disconnect, but it was really useful for planning day trips out and we even watched a film one evening when the rain set in). We will definitely be returning. Thank you for a lovely stay!
Dale is one of my favourite places and really enjoyed my visit this time staying at Point Farm. The website lets you view and book a specific pitch which I’ve not seen before and I really like. I actually ended up booking on the ‘phone as it happened and Nia was really helpful, and informative. I was staying in a small VW camper which was a perfect fit for this lovely site. The hard standing was spot on and because of the small number of pitches felt really special.
It’s a really short walk down to the village and – for me, the jetty to head off out to sea for the day. The facilities are sparkling and the shower is like being at home and there was oodles of hot water. I really liked all the re-cycling provision and the old Belfast sinks to do the washing up. The wi-fi worked really well and the mobile signal at Dale is now great (I know it's good to escape but sometimes it's a necessary evil....).
Both Nia and Fil really couldn’t do enough to welcome and help and generally make my stay for 2 nights a great experience. I’d highly recommend the site and I can’t wait to return myself.
Beautiful Point Farm
This is the smallest, friendliest most peaceful of campsites. Fil and Nia made us feel very welcome. Nothing was too much trouble. Loved the loos and showers. Location perfect - a short walk to a really great pub, serving excellent food. Watwick beach also walking distance and highly recommended. Very generous pitch sizes, well spaced apart with pretty wild meadow boundaries. Will definitely stay here again.
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Lovely weekend break
Went here for 3 nights for a long weekend break with the kids, a really nice small campsite, not crowded at all, pitches very well spaced out, really nice showers, loads of room for kids to play, the owners were great, made us all feel very welcome. Dale village has a great pub and plenty to keeps the kids busy. Will definitely go again