Rhosson Campsite, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6PY
Pembrokeshire is awash with incredible camping spots but few can match the spectacular price and stonking location of Rhosson Campsite, 200 metres from the renowned coastal path. Within walking distance of historic St Davids, the UK’s smallest city, this back-to-basics, meadow campsite charges just four pounds per person (a smidgen more than a pint of bitter in the nearby Farmer’s Arms) and welcomes every type of camping abode, from skimpy expedition tents to luxury campervans and caravans. The only rules? Accept that facilities are bare and basic, keep dogs on a lead at all times and respect your fellow campers. Oh, and while campfires are permitted, just make sure they don't turn into bonfires!
The main Rhosson meadow is a glorious blast from the past. There’s no tarmac entrance, just a well worn gap in the fence; no reception shop; no playground; indeed, no buildings, other than a tiny old barn that has been converted into a rustic toilet block with fresh-water taps and cold, outdoor showers. It’s a real, old-fashioned farm campsite, where the lack of modern amenities is all part of the appeal. Stride down to the coastal path for a day exploring the beaches and bluffs of Pembrokeshire, cycle to renowned Whitesands Bay for an afternoon’s surfing, or simply hike up the heather-clad hunk of rock that protrudes from the adjacent meadow – a prized viewing point from which to watch the sunset.
The campsite is owned by the same family that run the Voyages of Discovery boat trips from the iconic RNLI St Davids Lifeboat Station in St Justinians. It’s a 15-minute walk to get down there and, if you’re camping, you’ll get a 10% discount on your trip. It’s well worth it on a sunny day. The boats speed you out around the headland, salty wind sending your hair in all directions, then tour along the rugged coast of 640-acre Ramsey Island, where grey seals and porpoises reside in abundance. Dolphins are a frequent sight as you journey in and out, too, before landing back on terra ferma and refuelling with an extra-large ice cream.