A tiny woodland campsite in the Preseli Hills, with individual clearings for each pitch and campfires allowed
Centuries ago, the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire were totally covered by forest. At least that’s what the boffins who analysed local pollen have worked out. Today the area, parcelled up by overgrown country lanes, is better known for its expanses of open lowland and beautifully bare hills. On its southern edges, however, there’s a peaceful stretch of ancient woodland that still has a thoroughly timeless feel. Inhabitants cook food over campfires, the smell of wood smoke lingering in the air, and children play in the long wild grass. It is, of course, a campsite. And an excellent one at that.
There are just five camping pitches in total at Digs in the Wigs campsite, each in a private clearing with its own campfire pit and stack of free firewood. The place has been allowed to open as part of the Greener Camping Club scheme – meaning the highest standards of sustainability have to be adhered to – and, as a result, facilities remain minimal and the wild, natural ecosystems here are largely untouched. Grassy clearings are strewn with tall buttercups and wild garlic grows in springtime beside the shadier patches of trees. There’s still a toilet block, with three shower rooms and eco loos, and there’s a communal fridge that campers can use.
Along with the seclusion of each individual pitch, the campsite itself feels rather remote too. It’s two miles to the nearest village, Maenclochog, where there’s a newsagents, a café and a petrol station, so it’s best to stock up on food before you arrive. It lends itself, though, to those who want a peaceful camping experience and, of course, to those hoping to explore the Preseli Hills.
The Preselis have Special Area of Conservation status and are popular with walkers on the path of prehistoric ancestors. From hillforts and stone circles to ancient burial grounds, there are plenty of sights for those in the know historically, while newer Llys y Fran Reservoir is two miles away and offers sailing, windsurfing and canoeing (along with cycling and walking on the seven-mile-long perimeter track). Perhaps the most famous stretch in the Preseli Hills is Cwm Gwaun (The Gwaun Valley) a 15-minute drive from the campsite. Described by The Rough Guide to Wales as “a bucolic vale of impossibly narrow lanes, surrounded by the bleak shoulders of bare mountains" it is a walkers’ paradise, made all the better by the characterful Dyffryn Arms pub that awaits at the end of your trek.
5 pitches in their own individual spaces with a wooden kitchen hut and eco-toilet at each. Communal fridge and a washing machine. Campfires permitted. Woods to explore.
Campers, glampers, tents, campervans, well behaved dogs and considerate, quiet groups – yes. Caravans, big motorhomes and noisy folk – no.
Half a mile down the road from the farm is the reservoir of Llys y Fran Country Park (01437 532273), a good spot for a picnic and with a 7-mile trail around its perimeter that is great for trail running and mountain biking. This is just the start of the outdoors fun, of course. Digs in the Wig is located amongst the Preseli Hills and, if you head north out of the campsite, there are ample excellent hiking trails. Be sure to visit the hills' highest and most characterful pub (Tafarn Sinc, see Food & Drink) along the way. There are plenty of pretty towns to intrigue. Narberth has a lively arts scene and is 25 minutes by car, while it's a scenic half hour to Cardigan and 40 minutes to St Davids, well worth a visit for its cathedral, as well as the independent shops and cafés. If you love the cathedral, it's well worth checking out Pembroke Castle (01646 681510; 40 minutes) too – the medieval castle is set on the river Cleddau and the birthplace of the Tudor dynasty (Henry VII) – as well as Castell Henllys (01239 891319; 30 minutes), an Iron Age-style encampment in the woods, and Melin Tregwynt (01348 891225; 40 minutes), a working woollen mill that makes beautifully crafted Welsh textiles. Of course, you'd be a fool to come to this part of the world and not visit the beaches that make Pembrokeshire so famous. It's 25 minutes to the coast around Newport and Fishguard, half an hour to St Brides Bay (and the beaches of Newgale, Broad Haven and Little Haven) and 40 minutes to Saundersfoot and the beaches around Tenby.
Food & Drink
The nearest shop is a couple of miles away in the village of Maenclochog. It's a small village store – Sarah's (01437 563272) – and has a post office and the essentials you need at camp. There's a café in the village too; Caffi'r Sgwar (01437 532078) is in a zinc-clad building, serving homemade cakes, tea and the best sausage butty for miles. A couple of minutes further by car, Tafarn Sinc (01437 532214) is a seriously characterful and cosy little pub with woodburning stoves, saw dust strewn floors and a place for your mucky boots. It is the highest licensed pub in Pembrokeshire, located in the shadow of Foel Cwm Cerwyn. Other options are more of a drive away. It's 20 minutes to The Dyffryn Arms (01348 881305; sometimes just called 'Bessie's' after the owner) – a hidden gem in the Gwaun Valley where beer is served in jugs through a wooden, sliding hatch and worldwide bank notes adorn the walls from customers near and far. Other good pubs include The Grove (01834 860915), a fancy gastro number on the outskirts of Narberth, The Golden Lion (01239 820321), a more traditional spot with plenty of menu choice, and The Druidstone (01437 781221), on the coastal path overlooking Druidstone beach – great for sunsets. All are 30 minutes by car.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 19 reviews
Gem in the Woods
A great base to explore the area from, fantastic camp facilities, with personal composting toilet and hot shower which was much appreciated since we arrived on a rainy, blustery weekend. Howell, also ensured we had plenty of fire wood, while the kitchen area also provides some welcome shelter if needed. The area is very central to Newport, St David's and Cardigan. There are lovely walks within the camping area which are great for families to explore. Llys y Fran reservoir is really close as well. I would definitely recommend going. It's a magical experience. Thank you Howell!
The best campsites we’ve visited 10 out of 10
We had the most amazing week at Digs in the wig. The owners were friendly and nothing was to much trouble. The site was well thought out and everything we could have asked for, the kitchen Sheds are a well thought out extra that provided a space for cooking or storage. It’s was also great having a toilet on the pitch, and also to be able to park right next to your pitch Lots of space for children to play and explore. It was peaceful and relaxed and a great location with easy access to the coast or countryside. We will definitely be back.
A fantastic weekend spent a Digs
We are sadly on our last night here at Digs in the Wig. What a fantastic site. Really relaxing location with private pitches and our own compost loo and kitchen shack - what a luxury. I cannot recommendation this site highly enough. We will definitely be back next year!
Great campsite - lovely stay
Had a lovely stay at Digs in the Wig. Brilliant little campsite. Our pitch was lovely and secluded with a kitchen and eco loo. There are only 5 pitches and are well spread out so a fantastic feeling. There is a nice walk through the woods and the owner (Howell) is a really nice host. All in all it was one of nicest campsites we had stayed in. Would definately come back.
We had a fantastic five days in September at this campsite. It felt like we were camping in a fairytale wonderland in the woods. Such a lovely feel to it. (The nice weather helped I’m sure) I think the privacy of the pitches really contributes to this feeling. Howell really understands hospitality, you are made to feel very welcome and he could not be more accommodating. We have stayed at some lovely campsite’s but have never been made to feel so welcome. Having the kitchen hut was a real treat it was really nice to be able to put all the kitchen things in there out of the tent and have somewhere to stand to cook, I imagine if it was raining that would be more useful. Loved the showers too, so simple. Thank you so much!!
A little disappointing
We were lured by the promise of private, grassy pitches. The reality was somewhat different. Gone were the grass pitches as shown in the promotional photos. Instead we were faced with a pitch strewn with bark chippings which made pitching our tent more of a challenge. Our pitch, number 4, was split level with no option to park our car adjacent to the tent. The car parking spot was very muddy which made ferrying our stuff to and fro quite unpleasant. While the private compost loo and kitchen shelter were a bonus, it must be noted that there is no lighting whatsoever so it was fortuitous that we had plenty of lanterns and fairy lights! A simple cup hook in ceiling of the loo, kitchen and shower would have made a world of difference as we could have hung lanterns. Our tent completely filled the pitch which meant we were forever hopping over guy ropes which was tiresome. The owner was friendly on the one occasion we met him and the starry skies at night were amazing but for us these were the only real positives. We felt that at £40 a night it was rather overpriced. We booked for three nights but decided to leave after two as it felt like too much of a struggle. We are seasoned campers and used to a variety of sites but unfortunately this one wasn’t for us.
Response from Digs in the Wig
This is certainly not the way most people feel when they leave our campsite. It is a wild woodland campsite which uses lots of woodchip on paths and pitches. There is no lighting on the pitches intentionally as this would spoil the natural feel of the surrounding area and any star gazing that campers so often do. There is a parking space for a car next to every pitch. With regard to the pitch size this on the booking information. Pitch 4 was designed with a split level to allow for a private dining area. Big families routinely fit on the pitch. With regard to the mud there had been a lot of rain. There is now stone for the parking space. We pride ourself on being avaliable to deal with any issues or concerns that campers wish to raise but to do this we have to be informed of any issues at the time. We are a micro campsite offering an unique and personal camping experience in our beautiful ancient woodland. If your looking for basic field camping this is not us.
Beautiful location - Treetops pitch is amazing!
We loved our stay here and even got to see a Tawny Owl land in the treetops above our pitch (of the same name). We loved the rope swing on our pitch too. Only gripe was that the wood for our fire pit just would not light - we think it may have been a bit wet (?) but we went and bought some logs nearby and then our campfire under the trees was just perfect. We will be back next year - this is a real gem of a place in the wild.
Excellent, fun and well run!
We loved the woodland camping and our cooking shelter. Easy to find, clean and tidy with a really helpful owner. Beautiful and quiet, lots of wildlife and a great spot in which to explore the northern area of the Pembrokeshire coast.
Wonderful, extremely well organised, luxury wild camping!
We had a wonderful week at the start of August at digsinthewig, Treetops (or pitch 5). We were very impressed with the eco loo and loved having our own kitchen ‘shed’ with water tap, one-ring gas cooker on a worktop and a large table. The pitch was huge and completely private, with no other campers in sight! I was glad to have a set of ‘rock pegs’ as the ground was quite stony. Howell is very helpful and thoughtful, delivering wood and the mini gas canisters required for the one-ring burner and even, when heavy rain was forecast, putting down extra wood chippings around the tent opening. We were able to charge our phones and battery packs at the room with the comunale fridge-freezer (though this was a good 5 minutes walk from our pitch). The showers were great.
Loved everything about this campsite appart from a few little things. When booking it states as much wood as you can burn. My partner loves a good fire however, he was dissapointed when we had to pay for the wood each day, Where you only got 4 logs for £5.00. If we would have known we could have brought our own wood from our log store. The toilets were not as bad as what we thought with the whole SAWDUST but it made it funny and we will never forget trying to flush the chain each time hahaha (there is no chain) a small sink would have made this expreience better as after you had been to the loo there was only hand sanitiser in the kitchen so you had to touch a lot of things before being able to sanitise your hands (the sawdust scoop and the door handle) The showers are the BEST part of this site. They were brilliant and we loved that each pitch is assigned there own. Overall we had a great but muddy trip and we will 100% return.
Had a great few days. The owner was very good and on hand when needed. Lovely and peaceful campsite with large pitches which included a compost loo, kitchen area and gas shower. The pitches are far enough apart to give a ‘wild camping’ feel. Would definitely recommend it to someone looking for a peaceful getaway, away from crowded campsites.
Digs in the Wig offered and provided the perfect break for us, a spacious and completely secluded campsite surrounded by woodland. The pitch was the perfect size and provided a personal compost toilet and private gas shower within easy walking distance, what we especially loved, bar the privacy, setting and hospitality of Howell the owner, was the camp fire area which we made use of for cooking and just chilling during the day and the night as it took us, the cooking hut was superb shelter, we were fortunate with the weather but did experience heavy rain whilst there, whilst our daughter had claimed our bell tent as her own room, during her naps we were completely sheltered and relaxed next to the kettle whilst reading books, chatting and drinking coffee. It was the perfect secluded site, situated in the heart of Pembrokeshire for us to explore, we will definitely be booking up again. 10/10 from us :)
Just got home from a fantastic 3 night stay at Digs in the Wig. What a wonderful place! There are only 5 pitches and each one is private, secluded and huge!! Each pitch has it's own eco loo, shower and wooden hut with water supply and gas stove. There is a shared fridge/freezer available too. We loved the feeling of being right amongst the wildlife in the woods, the space to relax and the peace and quiet. We were given a huge bucket of firewood and had some great fun around the campfire playing games and bat spotting. There is very little light pollution and the star gazing is amazing. The owner was lovely and really keen to ensure we had a great time. We will recommend to everyone we know and hope to be back soon.
We had a fantastic stay at Digs in the Wig. There are only 5 pitches and each one is very private. Each site has an eco toilet and a gazebo with table and chairs a gas stove and kettle and a fire pit area with as much wood as you can burn- superb! There are two eco showers at present - they are super clean and hot 😊 This is ‘real’ camping with a few added luxuries. We especially loved the peace and quiet, the freedom our children enjoyed and the starry starry nights.
Rustic glamping in your own tent
We spent 3 nights here over the August bank holiday weekend and loved it so much have already booked to go back! It is a very unusual site with just 5 pitches, nicely spaced out so lots of privacy. Each pitch has its own gazebo or wooden structure with a gas ring and cold water tap; a table and chairs and fire pit with wood provided. We loved being able to cook on an open fire! Each pitch also has its own compost toilet. There are two gas powered showers each in their own little wooden cubicle which are highly effective. This site only opened this year and the owner is planning a new shower block which will have flushing loos for those who aren’t keen on the compost ones. The owner is very attentive, gives you his mobile number to contact him if there is any problem and keeps you stocked up with firewood and ice blocks. It is miles from anywhere but I’m sure there are shops if you need them. We didn’t actually leave the site bringing everything we needed with us. We loved the relaxed, quiet, ambience with just cows and sheep making any noise! Probably not ideal for very young children as some steep banks but I’m sure older children would love it. Only a couple of the pitches have vehicle access so primarily aimed at tents but small camper vans on the right pitch could work. No electric hook up or lighting - bliss! A great place to relax and recharge away from it all.
We had a wonderful time.
We had a wonderful stay at this campsite and I’m sure in a couple of years time they’ll have it more how they intend it to be. You could tell that it was a new campsite and that the grass, hedges and facilities are still growing and evolving. We arrived in our campervan and I’m not sure whether or not they actually intend to accommodate them. It was a bit touch and go. The host was very attentive and intuitive in trying to ensure that we had a pleasant stay and it was appreciated. Nothing too much trouble. The biggest issue we had was that the woodland wasn’t actually accessible. It was a steep woodland, unsafe for children, and we had thought we’d be able explore it. They are creating a meadow walk though I believe. All in all, we had a great time. The Pembrokeshire coast and all the towns and villages were a delight. Very reasonable admission prices to castles etc and stunning scenery. All 30-40 minutes away in any direction.
Lovely Quiet Spot
I really enjoyed my stay in this lovely quiet spot. There are only a few pitches, which are a nice distance apart from each other, giving plenty of privacy. The owner Howell and his family were very friendly and helpful. The location is great if you have a car and want to explore the surrounding area. My wife and I stayed here for a week, but could easily have spent more time in this beautiful part of the world.
Felt like we were guests in their own home.
To summarize: beautiful, secluded, quiet, tranquil. Hidden gem. We had a wonderful few days here. The owners could not do enough for us. The pitch was perfect with plenty of space for a large tent, (ours was an 8 man). There was an eco loo on our pitch, a gazebo, table for food prep with a gas stove and a gas canister already supplied. Fresh water on tap also on the pitch, picnic table and chairs, and a fire pit with all the chopped wood you could ever need. Definitely the best campsite we have ever stayed at. Honestly, the owners are such a lovely and friendly family, nothing was too much trouble. Amazing value for money. Can't fault it at all.
Lovely and peaceful escape!
We had the most wonderful summer week camping at Digs in the Wig boutique camping in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside. Located at the back of a working farm, there are five attractive pitches dotted around the woodland and meadow bordered by fields; they are all nice and well spaced, guaranteeing a lot of peace and quiet for the campers. You really feel like you are on your own in the nature here! Our pitch on the edge of the field was surrounded by blooming foxgloves and a multitude of meadow flowers and grasses. The campsite was a great place for spotting wildlife and getting closer to the nature - butterflies and bugs fluttered around us, and down the farm track we even found tiny baby frogs jumping around! Each day we woke up to the morning chorus of birds, and each sunset we were lulled to sleep by the “baas” of the sheep roaming in the nearby field. The owner Howell and his family were lovely and welcoming - they made us feel at home and quickly responded to any questions and requests we had during our stay. We even got our ice blocks re-frozen for us to help keep the cool box cold! The campsite is quite new and the owners were still working on improving some of the facilities - however, we had absolutely everything we needed to be comfortable - a kitchen /washing up shelter, fireplace and logs, brand new eco loo and a very good hot shower! I would recommend this place for nature lovers and anyone looking for a peaceful break in a rural setting. The site’s central location in the is also great for further exploring Pembrokeshire and the cost - ask Howell and he will be happy to share his local knowledge and tips on where go! Wish we could have stayed longer here and can’t wait to go back. Thank you and see you again soon!