Cilrath Wood Camping The Greener Camping Club

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Narberth & Templeton

  • 10m + spacing between camping pitches
  • Daily deep cleaning of common areas
  • Individual toilets per camping pitch
  • Campfires allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Off-grid eco camping with campfires on a secret Pembrokeshire pasture

The joy of pitching on a campsite this small is that everything feels personal. There are only five camping pitches in the luscious hay meadow behind Cilrath Fach Farm, an 18th-century farmhouse in the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside, and each one has been conscientiously mown out by welcoming farmer Pete. Time your arrival right and he or wife Jackie may be there to meet you in person, complete with vintage Land Rover to take your belongings to your pitch. If not there’ll be a wheelbarrow to roll along the pathways and deep into the enchanting greenery of this campsite, which feels like a forgotten Eden, complete with woods, streams and a sparkling lake. There may not be many pitches but there’s certainly plenty of space.

Opened for the first time in 2020, Cilrath Wood is an environmentally friendly, off-grid campsite, which takes a minimalist approach to camping. There are composting toilets, gas-powered hot showers and a shed by the parking area that affords the luxury of USB chargers. But really this is a campsite for forgetting your phone rather than recharging it. Instead, entertainment comes from exploring the immediate surroundings: A couple of springs rise in the farm and bubble water down to the wildlife lake that’s peppered with dragonflies and pond skaters in summer. It’s reached via a walk through the semi-ancient woodland and there are charming communal spaces to discover too – a silk parachute that hangs over a bluebell-clad dell (an old 17th century quarry) or the simple zinc-topped barn where campers can dine and socialise in the last of the evening light. The atmosphere is sociable yet secluded, with guests enjoying the solitude of the quiet setting as much as one another's company.

Though it’s almost half a mile from the campsite to the nearest road, once you escape the green embrace of the campsite, you’ll actually find it’s remarkably well connected. Located centrally within Pembrokeshire, pretty much every part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is within a half-hour drive, with the nearest beaches, around Saundersfoot and Amroth, less than 20 minutes away. And, while Milford Haven Estuary or the delights of Tenby have their appeal, campers are just as well staying in land and exploring the hills around the campsite too. There are several good circular walks from the local town of Narberth, a mile and a half from the campsite, and you can finish with a pint in the pub as a reward for all that hard work. The town was recently declared ‘the happiest place to live in Wales’. And, while we might not live in the area, it’s certainly our happy place to pitch for a week or two.

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Details

Facilities

Each pitch has a picnic table and a campfire pit (£5 for sack of logs). There are two compost toilets, plus a urinal, hand basins with cold running water and two hot showers (these are checked and serviced daily; eco-friendly soap, shampoo and washing up liquid are all provided). A large silk parachute provides a covered area and there's also a communal barn, which catches the last of the evening light. By the parking area (around 600 yards from the camping pitches) a shed houses a fridge, freezer, USB charging points, basic tourist information and maps, plus equipment for games and activities (bats, balls and so on). There are also wheelbarrows to help move your belongings to your pitch, while two of the pitches have firmer ground and access for campervans.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans (maximum of two at any one time) – yes. Caravans, large motorhomes and dogs – no.

Nearby

Cilrath Wood Camping is situated on the ancient Landsker border, a historical boundary running through Pembrokeshire that divides Welsh speaking heartlands from the area known as “Little England beyond Wales”, an area linguistically and culturally English for centuries. The line is marked by a series of frontier castles, the nearest of which is the ruined 13th-century castle in the local town of Narberth, a half-hour walk or five-minute drive from the campsite. There’s also a decent little museum in the town (01834 861719), while other nearby castles include Llawhaden Castle (5 miles), Wiston Castle (8 miles) and Laugharne Castle (15 miles; 01994 427906).

Head north from the campsite and you’re heading into the thick of the Preseli Hills, superb hiking country and perhaps the quieter spoils of Pembrokeshire. That’s because the busier side of the county, of course, is the coast, pretty much all of which is within a half-hour drive of the campsite. Pendine, Saundersfoot and the beautiful harbour town of Tenby are the closest seaside spots, the latter full of excellent cafés and independent shops all running down to the sweeping bay overlooked by Tenby Castle. Walk stretches of the famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path to find quieter coves and beaches – there’s plenty of space around here – or head out to the likes of Freshwater West, Maroles Sands or any of the beaches in St Brides Bay, which are particularly good for surfing.

Food & Drink

It's a four-minute drive or half-hour walk into Narberth town. Try the excellent Spanish deli and café Ultracomida (01970 630686) and stock up on cheese, olives and other bits or enjoy lunch at their compact arrangement of communal tables. Another great daytime spot is Plum Vanilla (01834 862762) café, a local favourite offering multiple vegetarian, vegan and gluton free options, which excites even the most avid carnivore. You may need to get there early as it's often full of locals. For restaurants, try the high-end seafood at Mad Tom’s (01834 860506) or trendy bistro the Pepper Corn (01834 861778).

If it's a good pub you're after, try the Dragon Inn or the Dingle Inn (01834 861806), which are always busy and you're sure of fresh food. Just out of town, the Snooty Fox (01834 891300) is in a converted agricultural barn with a great outside area on sunny days. The Plash Inn (01437 563472) in nearby Llanfallteg Village is also a great bet.

Further afield, Tafarn Sinc (01437 532214) is an amazing Welsh pub up in the Preseli Hills, recently bought out by the locals with shares in a community cooperative. Formerly the last stop railway hotel adjoining an old slate quarry, it's clad in corrugated roofing and the floor inside is covered with sawdust. An atmospheric must-visit if you're in the area.

Opening Times

Easter–October.

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The Owner Says

Cilrath Wood Camping is hidden away on a Grade Two Listed traditional Pembrokeshire farmstead which is situated directly on the historical Landsker border marked by frontier castles running through the county of Pembrokeshire dividing Welsh speaking heartlands from the area known as “Little England beyond Wales”. It is a rare haven of old pastures and semi-ancient woodland, rich in fauna and flora. The campsite is focused around an old unploughed meadow with uninterrupted views of the countryside and Preseli Hills, a beautiful wildlife lake fed by two babbling brooks and an area of mixed deciduous woodland; all of which are out of sight and far from any dwelling or roadway.

Ten pitches are available either in the sheltered meadow or tucked away within the woodland itself. Pitches have a regularly mowed area where there is a picnic bench seating six people and a fire bowl with a cooking grill. Rustic compost toilets in a converted cattle trailer and spacious hot showers are close by. Two sheltered communal spaces are provided for activities and evening get togethers. One is in the form of a silk parachute canopy hung from branches in the shelter of an ancient quarry now a small attractive Bluebell hollow where a fire pit forms the centre of attention on dark evenings.  The other is a lakeside zinc and wood-pole open barn adjoining a babbling brook which tumbles into a series of little pools before it joins the wildlife lake.  It is wonderfully situated to catch the last of the evening sun.

Whilst secluded, Cilrath Wood Camping is only a few minutes drive from the little market town of Narberth, famed for being “UK’s Cleanest and Greenest Town, shortlisted as one of the “Best High Street in the UK”, named amongst the “Best places to live in Britain” and has been ranked as one of the “Happiest places in Wales”! The camp site is centrally situated giving easy access to the spectacular coastline on all three sides of the Pembrokeshire peninsula that forms Britain’s only coastal National Park and is the most westerly point in Wales.  It has a coastal path that twists and turns its’ way for 186 miles covering almost every kind of maritime landscape, from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries.

Social Distancing Measures

We have reduced the number of pitches offered from 2 to 5 pitches. There will be no evening communal catering provided by Cilrath Wood Camping. 

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Pitches

Five camping pitches in a four-acre hay meadow, two of which have firmer ground and access for campervans (the remaining three are only suitable for tents). Plans are also afoot for five more pitches in the woods next year.

Tent Pitch (Old Hay Meadow)

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 3 Available
Grass pitch within an ancient meadow bounded by a beautiful wildlife lake, mature woodland and diverse hedgerows with uninterrupted views of the countryside and Preseli Hills. The site is far from any dwelling or roadway.

Campervan/Tent Pitch (Old Hay Meadow)

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 2 Available
A grass pitch on firmer ground that's also accessible to campervans, set within an ancient meadow bounded by a beautiful wildlife lake, mature woodland and diverse hedgerows.

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Location

Contact Cilrath Wood Camping, Cilrath Fach Farm, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 7EY

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Getting There

If you're using a SatNav, use the farm name “Cilrath Fach Farm” and not the post code to navigate to Cilrath Wood Camping. If the post code is used it will take you in the wrong direction along a neighbouring lane to a farm with a very similar name.

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