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Hillfort Tipis and Camping The Greener Camping Club

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Fishguard

Hill Fort Tipis, Penparc, Pencaer, Goodwick, Dyfed, Pembrokeshire SA64 0JQ

Camping and glamping in secluded pitches on top of the world in Pembrokeshire. Views don’t get much better than this.

Hill Fort Tipis was created by affable local land owner John, who was born and bred in the farmhouse in this quite incredible corner of Pembrokeshire. John really is the loveliest of owners, an unassuming guy who just wants people to enjoy their time here. Never fear, though; if you don’t want chat, he won’t force it upon you. And the site? Well, unassuming it definitely is not; instead it is quite simply staggering. You really are camping on top of the world, with the Pembrokeshire coastline unfurling beneath you, like a rolled out carpet.

This immense, panoramic view almost defies description (good job we have some nice photos just over the page!). To put it into perspective, anyone who knows North Pembrokeshire knows that the Strumble Head lighthouse rises from the coastline like an imposing beacon. But, overlooking it from one of Hillfort’s craggy outcrops, Strumble looks like the tiniest, least significant dot in the landscape.

Ironically, the campsite no longer rents out tipis and, while the rest of its name was inspired by the remains of an Iron Age fort on the side of the mountain, it could just as easily be called ‘camping in the clouds’, for that is about as high as it feels. We often write about a place’s sense of space in our Cool Camping guidebooks, but this takes space and freedom to another level. Buzzards and kestrels fly overhead, while dolphins can be spotted (with binoculars) from your elevated vantage point. Rabbits and badgers burrow amongst the gorse. Kids clamber up to the cave in the rocks. The perfect place, then, to contemplate life and all that it has to offer.

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The Owner Says

The peace and quiet of the Pembrokeshire countryside surrounding our campsite provides the perfect setting for a relaxed and stress-free holidays. Our site takes its name from the remains of an Iron Age fort on the side of the mountain, but it could just as easily be called 'camping in the clouds', for this is as high up as Welsh camping gets. Oh, and the panoramic views of Strumble Head and the Irish Sea aren't bad either!

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★★★★★

Camping how it should be!

Great hospitality - John (the owner) is every bit as generous with his advice and time as the other reviews state. If you like the greener side of camping with very generous pitches and an awesome location this is for you. If you'd rather a more manicured experience then maybe not. Personally I think it's awesome! But then I have three boys who need to run around and have the most amount of fun.
Oct 28, 2018 by Trefor
★★★★★

Wonderful time!

This campsite is gorgeous with brilliant views and lots of space between tents and yurts. We loved it and would definitely go back. John was a legend of a man, really kind, friendly and hospitable and looked after us. Thank you John!
Sep 21, 2018 by Sian
★★★★★

Stunning spot

Beautiful location with lovely coastal views and plenty of room to explore the unspoilt, wildlife-filled surroundings. John is a campsite host like no other - warm, charismatic and willing to go the extra mile for his guests. During our brief stay he made us feel so welcome, dishing out little unexpected treats like popcorn for the kids and even offering us (camping novices) a hand with pitching our tent. Recommended.
Sep 7, 2018 by Marc
★★★★★

Thanks John!!

Beautiful, spacious campsite sandwiched between rolling hills and a lovely beach making for some truly stunning views. The site is eco friendly and the owner is a top guy. My boyfriend and I were made to feel very welcome and very generously treated to an upgrade. The facilities were wonderful and it was certainly one of the highlights of our trip! Would certainly recommend and we will be back soon!!
Aug 28, 2018 by Eleni Kite
★★★★★

Stunning campsite

What can I say, we loved it. Jonny and Katy are the best camping hosts we have ever come across, friendly, fun and really helpful. The site is set in a beautiful spot with wonderful views of the Pembrokeshire coast. The facilities are environmentally friendly and very clean. An easy drive to all the other great sights Pembrokeshire has to offer. Would recommend this site to everyone who loves camping and to anyone who has never tried camping before.
Aug 27, 2018 by Marie O'Rourke
★★★★★

Location, views

What a fantastic campsite! John is so helpful and welcoming as a host - dishing out bags of popcorn and marshmallows for the kids! Lovely hot showers in an old horse box and the composting loo is the least ‘fragrant’ we’ve come across!! Watching the sunset from the top of the iron-age fort is a definite must and for early risers, the sunrise is just as impressive! Easy to get around Pembrokeshire with so much to see and do - loads of beaches, National Trust and other things to entertain both kids and dogs alike. Overall a highly recommended campsite - we’ll be back!
Aug 20, 2018 by Colin Duncan
★★★★★

Peaceful, friendly and clean

We stayed at the campsite for five nights last week. We camp frequently and this is the best campsite we have stayed at. The owners Katy and John could not have done more to help us and ensure that we were comfortable, various trips over to their farmhouse to ask a question would invariably include being invited to a cup of tea, an ice lolly or a big gin and tonic. If you prefer to be left alone, don't let this put you off as there was no pushiness or obligation involved whatsoever, they are just incredibly good company. The toilets were very clean, the showers were powerful and always had hot water, and the washing up area had ample sponges and washing up liquid, all the little things that fellow campers will know can make or break a camping trip, there is nothing worse than a tepid dribbling shower on a cold morning! The site itself is beautiful, they could accept more bookings and have more people on the site, but instead have created a campsite where everyone has huge amounts of space to themselves. The walks and the nearby Abermawr beach are beautiful, and I also recommend visiting Cardigan, one of John and Katy's recommendations. A beautiful place that we could not recommend more highly. Thanks for making our holiday so brilliant!
Aug 17, 2018 by Olivia and Alejo
★★★★★

Lovely quiet and isolated spot

My boyfriend and I stayed at Hillfort Tipis (if only for one night!) and it was lovely! Lots of space, hardly saw another person and the amenities were great. Hot showers and cute kitchen and there was never a queue. We had a lovely site with a beautiful view and John even bought us marshmellows for the camp fire. We were sad to leave but definitely want to come back again - thanks for having us!
Aug 1, 2018 by Yuka
★★★★★

The peace and tranquility and the friendliness of our hosts

Lots and lots of space and excellent showers.
Jul 31, 2018 by Ian Peabody
★★★★★

Unbelievable camp site

My Family and I have just spent six days in an amazing camp site..... I have been camping around the south of England for around sixteen years from wild camping to high end camp sites with all the usual add on's, shops, play areas for the kids etc. But never have I experienced such a fantastic camp site as Hillfort. We were welcomed by John and Katey mid afternoon with juice for the adults and ice-cream for the kids, and a full info of all the amenities. What a gentleman John is, and Katey is the perfect hostess along with a wealth of knowledge of local restaurants / beaches for the kids. Two amazing people. From the Eco friendly toilets to the pool table in the field, everything you need when camping. It appears upon arrival, you are in a field on your own as all the toilets, showers etc are all so well set out that you don't actually feel like your on a camp site, excellent. Logs are delivered in the evening for your own camp fire by John or Katey, along with the fact that they take time to have the craic with you. I would recommend that anyone whom is looking for a beautiful camp site with the perfect hosts, to cancel all others and book this site. Obviously, if you want to camp in Ireland or Norway it may not be convenient to get to.
Jul 29, 2018 by Paul & Stephanie
★★★★★

What a gem!

The description is spot on, we’ve had a wonderful few days. Loads of space on this campsite, the views are brilliant and the owners are so hospitable and friendly, even organising outdoor viewing of the World Cup! We camped with our 2 children (4&1) who were made very welcome and we had an entire field to ourselves for most of the trip! If you like space and the outdoors and a few quirky features, excellent views and camp fires, don’t miss this place.
Jul 15, 2018 by Lucy
★★★★★

Beautiful & peaceful

Chose this site for my first proper self organised camping experience and was not let down. Katey (one of the owners) was extremely helpful and friendly, showing us to our pitch and making sure we had everything we needed during the course of our stay. We chose the pitch next to the rocky outcrop and could not have been happier. The area for the tent was flat and well kept, surrounded by wild grass and bushes which attracted lots of local wildlife. The campsite was clean and quiet, facilities basic but all you needed. There where two showers in a converted horsebox which had better water pressure than my shower at home and the toilet was compostable which was odd at first but you quickly got used too. There is a small kitchen area to wash dishes and lots of recycling bins. During the weekend we were blessed with lovely weather, though when we arrived and left the site was covered with very atmospheric sea mist. The site was perfectly located to travel to nearby St David's for the Voyages of Discovery boat trip (also recommended) and a walk up the estuary at Newport. Though the site is in inland, it only takes a few minutes to walk to the top of the hill fort to get the most amazing panoramic views of the coastline. Would definitely recommend on a clear night watching the sun set into the sea. Had a fabulous time and would definitely go again.
Jun 13, 2018 by Natalie Lowe
★★★★★

Sceneric nature campsite with excellence facilities!

We went camping last weekends with our 1 year old son. It was our first time camping in the UK. Quite nervous at first, but the campsite facilities were excellence...feels just like at home! We had a private site and the toilets were close enough! Love the hot shower too! Super clean and tidy. John and Peter were very helpful and friendly! Other campers were friendly too.The coast is just 10 minutes away... and so many walking trails for us to explore! We will love to come back again :)
May 8, 2018 by Amyrhul
★★★★★

Honestly Outstanding

Honestly without doubt the best campsite and one of the most inspiring locations I have ever stayed at in the UK, and I have stayed in a few in my many years of being trying to be a nomad. John the owner is a top bloke and brims with character, couldn't have made us feel more welcome. The space between each pitch makes it feel like true wilderness and is the way all campsites should be. Facilities are great, the shower block made out of a horse box, composting loos brilliant. The site location is fantastic, more things to do locally than you could possible fit into a weeks stay. It even has its own mountain and Iron Age hill fort, which is a outstanding place to sit relax have a glass of something and enjoy the sea views. Will be coming back to Pembrokeshire, hopefully to this unique place and to meet its great custodian John again some day.
Jul 31, 2017 by Nic Stone
★★★★★

Thoroughly reccommend!!

Just returned from a 3 night break at Hill Fort Tipis and loved every second! I normally like to go wild camping but thought my young daughter was still too young - so opted for this glamping option. Stayed in the yurt overlooking the sea with 120 degree views. John is the best host I've encountered and was always going above and beyond to ensure that myself, my wife and daughter especially had a good time. Loved our stay and would thoroughly recommend anyone to visit if you haven't done so already!
Jul 11, 2016 by Dean
★★★★★

The best place we've stayed

This campsite exceeds expectations in every measurable way. The location is amazing for views and closeness to everything you want from Prembrokeshire. The area itself is mazzive, so making a lot of noise late into the night wont cause noise complaints from other campers(a problem our group of 20-somethings have had in the past!). 

The owner Jon is increadibly accomadating, the best host I've ever had the pleasure to meet (hostels/hotels/campsites inclusive). He is very approachable and is always thinking of ways to go the extra mile.

The price for all this is also incredibly low, which is a big plus.

Jun 21, 2016 by PGarg
★★★★★

So much space!

I stayed here last summer (2015) and the blurb written above is spot on. There is a crazy amount of space! If you like a 'wild' sort of feel this campsite is really good. The ground is rough and natural, so if you like mown caravn pitch type things it won't be for you but the views are incredible and for natural camping its spot on. Will be ehading back next time I'm in Wales!

Apr 26, 2016 by Janese
★★★★★

Unbelievable place to stay

We arrived late, but the wonderful John (and the lovely Billy) greeted us with tea and recommendations for our stay. 

We followed up on the boat trip around Ramsey Island, fantastic seal spotting and made use of the Stumble Shuttle, a local bus service which stops near the site, meaning you can enjoy more of the stunning coastal path and bus back! 

We booked the penthouse pitch, but all the pitches are well spaced out. The toilets are clean and the showers hot and free. The kettle in the pot washing area is ideal for the first cup of tea of the day! 

The view in all directions is unbelievable, and this is a truly wonderful place to stay!

Sep 13, 2015 by Zoe
★★★★★

great site

Highly recommend Hill Fort Tipis. As previous reviewers state John is incredibly attentive and helpful but leaves you in peace the majority of the time. The best thing about the site for me was the peace and quiet. The pitches are very spread out. There were 3 families in our field so loads of space for the kids to run around outside the tent. It also meant that we were able to put the kids to bed in peace and quiet. No noisy older kids playing football outside the tent or loud music. The same applied to the mornings. We were woken by the sun and bird song rather than noisy kids asking to get up at 5.30! There was a mix of couples, families with mature kids and a few families with young kids.

We saved the walk up to the rocks for our last morning, thinking we'd have a scramble up, enjoy the view and then head off for home, but we ended up spending the entire morning walking from one rocky outcrop to the other enjoying the beautiful purple heather and yellow gorse as well as the views of the beautiful blue sea.

We had bats flying over our tent in the evening and saw several birds of prey.

John recommended 'Somethings cooking' restaurant  for fish and chips but we can also recommend the 'Hooked' in Fishguard. We had an amazing day at the Dyfed Shire horse centre. Spent the whole day there for £24 with loads to do including horse and carriage ride, nature trail, quad bike/land train ride, petting session, tractor and trailer ride as well as soft play/bouncy castle and covered sand pit with toys and trampolines. As well as the horses and other animals. We also had a great day at Whitesands beach (about 30 mins away) extra fields were opened up so there was plenty of parking. Lovely sandy beach, the tide was out when we arrived and there was an enormous amount of sand to play on. There was an ice cream van and small café/beach shop. Toilets cost 20p

The toilets were kept very clean and well stocked with paper. The showers were hot and free.

We would highly recommend this basic but incredibly peaceful and beautiful site.

Aug 14, 2015 by lizzie
★★★★★

You won't beat this

Just got back from the most amazing camping experience we have ever had! Hillfort Tipis is located in a beautiful part of Wales, on top of a cliff overlooking Pembrokeshire countryside on one side and the coast line and amazing blue sea on the other. The pitches are so spread out that you feel like you are camping out in the wilds but with the comfort of the cleanest portaloos I have ever used, shower block and charging station just a little walk away. There is also a fridge and kettle that can be used by the showers, an amazing wooden hot tub that we thoroughly enjoyed and each glamping pitch has a little kitchen shed with all the basics inside. John the campsite owner is a gem, most entertaining and will literally do anything to make your stay perfect, we rocked up with a tent and no poles and next thing he had brought us a variety of tents down, as well as fresh eggs and a fresh sea bass! He helped us light the fire when the wind was bad, bought toys and sweets for the kids, and on my sons birthday surprised him with a laser light show across the hillside. Absolutely wonderful experience, cannot wait to return! 

May 31, 2015 by CrazyCampers
★★★★★

Magical place

A wonderful place with amazing views. We stayed in the penthouse pitch and woke up to sea views each morning and each evening sat by our campfire and watched the lighthouse and stars over the ocean. An incredibly friendly owner who could not have done more to make us feel welcome. This campsite is almost like wild camping, our tent was surrounded by flowering gorse and bluebells. The fact that we had no neighbours and the generous space kept between tents makes this site uniquely special. The facilities are definitely very rustic as this is more of a 'wild camp' style campsite, but if space, peace and quiet appeal to your more than the manicured grass and crowded tents of other sites and you do not worry about roughing it a bit more than some other sites then I recommend you come here! The hot tub is a nice surprise, however, and when we come again if the weather is warmer we would like to use it for sure.

May 28, 2015 by Chris
★★★★★

Fantastic Site

Have just returned from a 4 night stay at Penparc. What a place! Beautiful setting - wild and carefree with 360 degree views. No orderly rows of tents here as the pitches are dotted around the landscape, many in their own carved out little niches in the gorse. Our daughters (8 & 12yrs) loved it too - roaming off up to the rocky outcrops at every opportunity and watching the sunset from the viewpoint across to Strumble Head Lighthouse. As mentioned in the other reviews, the owner John IS the friendliest campsite owner around, always ready to help and full of tips for the best places to visit and making you feel very welcome. We were lucky enough to have glorious weather for our stay, allowing a mix of walking and swimming in the sea. The variety of wildlife is amazing and was topped off by sighting porpoises off Strumble Head on our last day! We were sorry to leave and can't wait to go back!

Jul 29, 2014 by Serial Camper
★★★★★

Best wild campsite

This is a great campsite. Wild space, fires possible, views over the sea, bird and other animal life, great cycling and walking round about. And generous, considerate management on site, always available. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Oct 18, 2013 by trav10
★★★★★

The most amazing spot

My partner and I stayed here in August 2012. The day we arrived it was blowing gale force winds and raining - your typical Welsh summertime - but the owner John showed us the pitch and helped us cut back some gorse so we could get nice and low and snug for the night and we stayed dry.

The following day the weather cleared and we saw just how beautiful a spot this is - 360 degree panoramas of cliffs, sea and the rolling hills inland and nothing but 'John's mountain' to block it. The most amazing view I've had from a campsite and John keeps numbers down to a sensible level so everyone has plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy it.

The toilets and showers are robust but did the job and the reliable hot water was a godsend when the weather returned! We had peregrines and kestrels mark our walk down the hill a couple of times.

Can't recommend this place enough and John is the friendliest, most helpful campsite owner we've met - happy to leave you to your own devices or to chat the afternoon away, and his cooked breakfasts are king, as are his G&T mixing skills.

Mar 18, 2013 by tommanning

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