One of the most spacious campsites in the UK, set in a magical pocket of wooded Pembrokeshire paradise
With just 13 pitches set in a whopping 60 acres, Kitewood must surely be one of the UK’s most spacious campsites. The scattering of generously-sized pitches can easily accommodate the largest modern tents, with open moorland between the wooded areas and rabbit-run-like pathways linking the various pitches and facilities. In total it amounts to around two and a half miles of trails and yet, amongst it all, there’s still space to access most of the pitches by car at the start and end of your holiday. Otherwise the place is blissfully vehicle free; ideal for kids to turn feral and for wildlife to flourish. Which is really what this place is all about: Space, freedom and a whole load of good greenness for Mother Earth.
Kitewood is a family run site, helmed by Jacki, Graeme, Toby and Mylo who, between them, are carpenters, arborists, engineers and conservationists, working to create a refuge for wildlife (and people) on the outskirts of Fishguard. The wood, previously dominated by forestry-friendly Sitka spruce, is now being thinned and diversified, as they plant a whole host of broadleaf saplings alongside. There are hidden ponds, hummocks and dells too, creating a truly enchanting and biodiverse landscape, with dragonflies aplenty and birds and bats to be spotted day and night.
Amongst the foliage, of course, is a campsite. And the family seems well trained on that subject too. Each pitch, nestled in a private glade, has its own compost loo and hot shower (a ‘woodland en-suite’ as Toby likes to call it) and there’s a covered campfire area with a picnic table and an unlimited supply of free wood. For glampers, there are a couple of pre-pitched and furnished tipis, emblazoned with full-colour fairytale dragons, designed and created by the local children’s author Jackie Morris. And for everyone there’s a general ‘hub’ and dishwashing space, with a pizza oven that’s fired up once a week.
Off site, it’s around 30 minutes’ walk to the waterfront in Fishguard, where you can pick up the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Some of the best stretches of the route are nearby, including the undulating, clifftop path out to Strumble Head Lighthouse, and some of the best coves and beaches, like Abercastle and Aberiddy’s Blue Lagoon are within a 20-minute drive. Not that you need to go much beyond the campsite to find good walks. The nooks of the woodland provide ample intrigue right on your doorstep and there’s something undeniably pleasant, here, about simply staying put, watching the Red Kites fly overhead and listening to the breeze in the trees.
The communal area ('cwtch') is the main hub. It features two general cleaning sinks, local info, table tennis and picnic tables. There is a separate dish-washing area with two sinks – so there are plenty of sinks to avoid long waits with dirty dishes. Plentiful supply of complimentary firewood is up at the yard. The site is off-grid so there's no mains electricity, however, they do offer mobile-phone charging via their solar USB-charging hub. There is a private hot shower and composting toilet on each pitch. There are a few items of beach kit that are leant out on a first-come-first-served basis that includes: surfboards, bodyboards, buckets, spades and rock pooling nets. Bicycles are available to borrow and there is excellent access to nearby traffic-free cycle paths. It's around 400 yards from most pitches to the car parking area, with wheelbarrows provided for moving belongings.
Tent campers and tipi glampers – yes. Campervans, caravans, dogs, large groups – no.
Kitewood is set just a mile or so from the coast and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Path, so there are breathtaking beaches nearby (around 15–30 minutes drive for most). The nearest, Goodwick Sands, is a family-friendly town beach which is only a five-minute drive or 40-minute walk away. There's also the spectacular sandy stretch at Newport Sands (locally known as Traeth Mawr or Big Beach) and Druidstone further along towards St Davids – the UK's smallest city. Fishguard is within a 20 minutes' walk and there are shops for all your provisioning and day to day needs.
Food & Drink
The campsite has a wood-fired pizza oven that's fired up once per week during the school holidays to cater for guests (think authentic sourdough pizza using local ingredients). For everything else, Fishguard is within walking distance, where view-tastic BarFive (01348 875050), overlooks the harbour – a place for a quiet drink rather than good food – and JT at 3 Main Street (01348 492185) offers good cocktails. The Royal Oak (01348 218632) has low beams and a notable plaque commemorating the defeat of a bizarre french raid in 1797 (the peace treaty was signed in the pub), while daytime bites are found in Gourmet Pig (01348 874404; the best coffee in the village) and the freshest local produce at Mannings Grocers (01348 874100). For fish and chips and homemade ice-cream Hooked@31 (01348 874657) is the one. When the weather's at its best, it's well worth the 15-minute drive to Pwllgwaelod Beach for the very last views of the evening sun at the characterful Old Sailors (01348 811491) – a classic, quiet smugglers pub dating from 1593, with views from the garden across Fishguard Bay.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 16 reviews
Lovely Secluded Campsite
Friendly owner and a beautiful area with a lovely secluded campsite was perfect to celebrate a very special occasion. Tipi, kitchen, fire pit, toilet and shower all great! Would visit again.
We picked this place to try because it looked like a lovely woodland location and sounded great to have your own shower and toilet within a large private pitch - Kitewood didn’t disappoint. The Shrew pitch we stayed on was large but still most of it was nestled into the woodland so it was nicely hidden away. Having our own bench and campfire area with firewood to help yourself was just perfect to sit around early morning and late into the evening. The shower was clean and hot with eco toiletries there and a tap for drinking water too. There is a nice big communal wash up area to use and a bar/games sheltered space down the track from the pitches. The bar wasn’t open because of the time that we went but there’s table tennis and a few buckets & spades, books, games etc to use. We didn’t see another person the whole weekend and it was so peaceful and perfect for what we wanted - the greetings we got were from robins in the morning and a toad at night! However, the owners did get in touch the morning of our arrival just to give directions and offer any help so that was lovely to know they were available if needed. Already wondering when to book again!
Magical campsite, great for families
The campsite was fantastic - we stayed on Alder pitch which treated us to robins joining us for breakfast most morning. Plenty of room for our tent, with loo and shower just for us. The pitch had its own tap and firepit, with a covered picnic area for cooking and generally surviving the Welsh weather. We have 8 year old twins who absolutely loved the independence of being able to explore the site. It was a great combination of being off grid enough to recharge but close enough to Fishguard to keep kids happy. Would thoroughly recommend this magical place. It rained much of the week and we didn't even mind. It's slightly tricky to find so have a look for it on Google Street view, the turn is just opposite the stone cottages. Can't wait till we can go back again!
Great place great welcome
The site was great we were on toadstool camp loved the shower loo fire pit and shelter with picnic bench it made all the difference, a place to gather and be. On the first day of our holiday our can broke and graham was so helpful charging phones and offering to drive us to get provisions in Fishguard if we needed it. Really recommend.
We stayed in Kitewood for a rainy weekend but our all stay was wonderful. It is a beautiful site, conveniently located to the beaches, places of interest, cafes and places to eat. The site is very well organised and there are communal places where you can spend your time if you wanted to. The pitches are very generous and private. Eco Toilets are good and it's great to have a hot shower allocated just to yoir pitch. The site manager is very kind and helpful. We have truly magical weekend and our kids loved there. Highly recommended site!
A hidden and magical campsite
Kitewood is a truly remarkable gem of of a place, and the best camping experience we've had in years. OK, we were glamping it out in one of the Dragon tipis (swapping our camping mats for a proper bed has maybe spoiled us forever!), but it was the location, seclusion and attention to detail by Toby and his Dad that made the holiday. Super friendly and accommodating, efficient and yet low-key, and all done with great respect for the woodland environment. The pitches are very well spaced out amongst the trees, generous in size and well-serviced, so there is a great deal of privacy if you want it or the lovely communal cwtch if you fancy some ping pong or a natter. To be fair, the traffic on the nearby A40 distracted us a little on the first night, but after that we became more happily atuned to the nearer bird and animal activity, and to the sound of the breeze in the trees. It's a super location for exploring the Pembrokeshire coast and country, to see (and hear) Atlantic grey seals and the amazing display of coastal wildflowers. We will be going back!
An Amazing Wildlife filled Experience
Kitewood has been the most amazing camping experience we have had as a family! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and can’t wait to come back again! The forest is stunning! My daughter loves birds and to wake up each morning hearing them all singing together was really cool! She spent lots of time bird watching and loved seeing lots of Robins everywhere. We heard lots of Owls too and went exploring in the forest at dusk one evening hoping to spot one but we weren’t lucky enough this time. Our pitch was brilliant! A truly magical space nestled within the trees. The facilities were faultless!! Finally, a massive thank you to Toby who was onsite throughout our stay. He was so friendly and always found time to stop and chat. He also made some great suggestions on places to visit locally. Thanks Guys Alex and Family
We have recently returned from our first stay at Kitewood and we LOVED the place! Little piece of quite wilderness nestled away amongst the forrest and within driving reach of some fabulous Pembrokeshire spots. We wished we had booked 2 weeks instead of 1. The weather was horrid, but the forest set up seemed to keep us mostly dry and the wind hardly bothered us. The covered fire pit/eating area was great and with free wood it was an added bonus! The pitches are very large, with private eco-loo and hot shower and set away from other pitches, so it feels as though you are in the middle of nowhere :-) Our kids had the time of their lives exploring the forest, forts and everything else the site had to offer. My eldest pretty much just returned to the pitch when it was time to eat or for more s'mores :-) We had a wonderful peaceful stay and have returned to the hustle and bustle of life totally refreshed - We will certainly visit again :-)
A perfect, peaceful and very special place.
Camping will never be the same again :-)
Another deeply nourishing stay at magical Kitewood. We were determined to return this year and a two week stay did not disappoint - our 8 year old felt right at home the second we were back and we all unwound in Kitewood's wonderfully relaxed environment. Where else would we be able to retreat into our own forest clearing with covered picnic table, fire pit and all the wood we would like to use on hand? Have our own private loo and the opportunity to be in such a natural environment, with all the wonderful wildlife that encourages? How can somewhere be so unspoilt yet still have lovely warm showers and a great wash-up area?! We had a lot of fun trying our hand at cooking over the fire and some terrific days out in the area where there are lovely unspoilt beaches, great coastal walking, sea kayaking, horse riding, Melin Tregwynt woolen mill, Castell Henllys, among other places (and plenty of nice cafes around too!) But it was brilliant to come back to Kitewood in the evening feeling like it was a destination in itself - in fact, a fair few days our first choice was just to stay right there relaxing, pottering, exploring the paths around the forest and open land. Great fun going out on bat walks in late evening - some guided, others on our own. I can't thank David and Sarah enough for their creation and sharing of this wonderful place - the number of people who return here year on year speaks for itself. We are now spoilt and camping anywhere else will never be the same :-)
Amazing, clean, wonderful
We are just back from a weeks stay at Kitewood. It was our first time visiting but most definately wont be the last. We booked the Dragon Tipi as a treat. We usually take our own tent away but being 5 1/2 months pregnant, thought the less set up we had the better. It is worth noting we usually camp for 2 weeks, so take all but the kitchen sink with us. I was slightly nervous as the date came closer as to what we were getting into. The thought of arriving at the campsite and having one dirty pan and a couple of plastic plates haunted me. Then we recieved an email asking we only use the shampoo and soaps provided. I will hold my hands up and admit my mind went into over drive! Have we booked into some commune? Will they expect us to eat tofu and sing songs around a fire??? I'm very pleased to say my paranoia was unjust and upon arrival we were greeted by a very friendly David, who showed us to the tipi. We were instantly blown away by the set up of the camp. Every detail had been considered, from having an individual toilet per camp pitch, to the sheltered fire area and the free space between the pitches for the children to run wild. The inside of the tipi was kitted out to allow for a comfortable stay and the kitchen area was immaculate. We didnt want for anything but felt very assured that should we need anything, we could have asked. The showers in the cwtch were very good too, nice and clean, hot water and the toiletries were great. Its safe to say my assumption that all eco friendly toiletries left you smelling of tea bags was wrong. The stuff provided was lovely and I would happily change from what I currently use at home. The whole atmosphere of the campsite was different from what I had expected. We got a very relaxed vibe, David made us feel welcome and was happy to talk about the different aspects of running Kitewood. We were encouraged to explore the area and didnt feel judged for having a wonder around, something which we have experienced in other lived on campsites. Everyone was there to enjoy the peace and quiet and I felt safe letting the children play in the woods and make friends. There were numerous activities throughout the week and we took part in the bat walk. The children loved it. The notice board was updated daily with interesting happenings at kitewood and we were made to feel involved with what was happening around us. Overall, it has to be the best place we have ever stayed. The only downside, for me personally was the getting in and out of the tipi. The door is pretty low and I struggled with being pregnant but that's the only negative I could think of. Everything else was perfect. Completely unforgetable holiday, in a beautiful location. Really educational, really clean, really friendly, really unique. We cant wait to book for next year with our own tent and another addition to the family!
Just perfect in everyway
We stayed here for a few days at the end of August. It's the best campsite we have ever been to. Wonderful large and private pitches, own tarp covered area which housed our camp fire and picnic table. With the added bonus of our own compost loo, it was perfect in every way. Totally relaxing and an opportunity to get away from it all. Both David and Sarah were perfect hosts and the children just loved wondering around the woods, playing in the kids only areas and making dens. It's what camping is all about, we can't wait to book again for next year when we hope to stay longer and for a few short breaks too.
A little slice of heaven
We have just returned home from a fantastic week at Kitewood, and it was truly spectacular. I'm not sure whether to start with the fabulous Cwtch, the compost loo (you get your own one for each pitch), or the covered fire area in the woods. We stayed on Toadstool pitch, along a grassy track by the edge of the moor, and true to name, there was a toadstool by the loo! We were able to pitch our tent on the grass leaving ample space for the children to play at a safe distance from the fire. The large tarp provided cover for the inevitable rainy moments (it is Wales after all), with space to store firewood, cook on the fire, have a picnic bench and set up a camp kitchen. We didn't need to use the gas cooker once (it didn't even make it out of the trailer), as all firewood is included in your pitch cost, and a cup of tea from the fire is infinitely more satisfying than the cooker. You may expect the site to be basic, and while it is definitely rustic, it has plentiful hot water, fab washing up facilities, and how many campsites give you your own loo for each pitch! Knowing that the site was car free for the week (you can drive to the pitch for loading/unloading in good weather, and we left the trailer next to the pitch all week as well) meant that allowing the kids to explore to their hearts content was stress free. It's worth mentioning the adders, they are there, but providing your all observant and sensible, then they will move out of the way. The Cwtch has amazing showers, with 2 additional sinks for clothes washing and teeth cleaning, while across the track are 2 washing up sinks, with scrubbing sponges, washing up liquid and even a tea towel for the moment when you've left yours back at the tent. They also do a weekly get together where David provides the charcoal for the fire and you just bring along something to grill. Whether you are looking to escape for a bit, allow the kids more time and space to run wild, or just get in touch with your inner caveman, Kitewood is a wonderful place to spend time.
Amazing - truly chilled
We've just returned from our first stay at Kitewood and we'll almost certainly be back. Pitches are huge and private, the site great to explore, and David, Sarah and Flynn amazing hosts. Facilities are scrupulously clean, there's tonnes of hot water and because the site is so small, there's never a queue. There's loads to do in the local area, for adults and children alike. An amazing site, my new favourite!
We have just returned from our third visit to Kitewood and cannot fault it. We love it here; from the peaceful walks along hedgerows and down hidden paths which skirt the edges of the campsite to the cosy under-cover picnic areas where you can cook over the fire and relax surrounded by woodland. Pitches are very generous in size with shaded as well as sunny areas and each has its own composting toilet. These are clean and well maintained. Paths link the different parts of the campsite, with the 'Cwtch' or communal area providing a focal point just as you arrive onto the site. This year's upgrades include a separate space for washing dishes adjacent to the showers/covered seating area. A weekly BBQ takes place here and updates on activities (bushcraft, pond dipping) including weather reports are featured on the noticeboard. In line with its green ethos, lights are solar powered and opportunities for recycling are abundant. This is a very family-friendly site and is great for children - many ride their bikes around the paths and there are lots of opportunities to nature watch. David and Sarah, the site owners are very welcoming and give freely of their time, suggesting beaches to visit, places to eat and areas to explore. I can't recommend Kitewood enough - it's the perfect base from which to explore Pembrokeshire.
Woodland camping at its best!
We have just returned from our third visit to Kitewood Camping and very much wish we had stayed for three weeks this year. We love everything about this campsite! The setting is beautiful and each pitch is a private clearing in the woodland, complete with composting toilet and covered kitchen area with campfire and grill. The communal area 'Cwtch' is home to sinks and showers, along with tables and a communal fire area which has hosted many a campsite BBQ. The kids love exploring the woodland, and as it's car-free during the week we can let them roam independently which they absolutely love. There is the opportunity to go pond-dipping, take part in Bushcraft courses, explore the site and much more. David and Sarah are fantastic hosts. As the campsite is such an amazing place to be, leaving it is somewhat difficult, however it is surrounded by the most beautiful Pembrokeshire scenery and coast, including numerous beaches and the wonderful Pembrokeshire coastal path. We cannot wait to go back next year!