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
  • 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 and reduced the overall number of guests on site at any one time. 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.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 13 reviews

★★★★★

Special spot for Pembrokeshire

Fantastic, well-curated space that allows for peaceful, back-to-nature camping. The basic facilities consist of a shower block with hot water, a couple of compost loos, a very inventive mens' urinal and a washing up space. All were immaculate and well-designed. Dotted around the camping space were stone circles and a wooded area with a parachute providing cover from the elements. All plots have picnic tables and a fire pit. Wood is available at £5 a bag and there is also fridge space up towards the main farmhouse. The host is unintrusive but always around to offer help with your bags and a friendly word or two. In terms of constructive criticism, I suppose I would say that if all plots had been taken, some of that sense of escape and privacy would have been reduced with the other plots quite close by. Hopefully as the owner expands plots into the wooded area, there won't be pressure to over-book the main field. Will be back next year!
Sep 12, 2020 by Mark Burgess Verified Review
★★★★★

The Perfect escape !

First camping experience as a group of friends and we found this little gem ! Jackie & the grumpy farmer were fab hosts, a beautiful location, quiet, spacious and full of places to explore. The compostable loos were even part of the charm as well as a shower room under the stars ! There's also the chance to grab some homemade fudge on the farm (which was delicious !), we will definitely be back !!! Thanks for a great stay !

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

We'd love for any of you to come back Amy! Nice to hear you enjoyed your stay despite one rather rainy day!  I had never considered that you could see stars from the shower through the perspex roof, that must be just after dusk when the automatic light system thinks it's not quite dark enough to come on!
★★★★★

Best camping we have had - even in horrid weather and a pandemic

We had an amazing time camping here. It poured with rain and there was a lot of mud but the ‘grumpy farmer’ had mown some dry pitches which served us well. All of our belongings were driven down to the pitch for us and back up the hill to the car at the end of our stay. Our four year old had a ride on the tractor trailer with the tent! The compost toilets and showers were fantastic - easy to use, hot water, super clean. There were also disinfectant sprays and things available so campers could feel safe in our current Covid times. The site was beautiful, and quiet and lots of places to explore on the site including a lake and little bridge to an island which was magical for our 4 year old. Also rocks to clamber on and woods and grasshoppers which are her favourite insects! The way the site was set up meant we could see her at all times as she made friends with some other children who were camping so it was super easy for us as parents and fun for her to have freedom! We will come again and highly highly recommend it as a place to stay and feel a bit wild but also have hot showers etc. Well managed, friendly owners. Just fab. Don’t ignore the deep ditch signs on the road to it though or you will need a tow like we did - whoops! Thank you grumpy farmer (we didn’t think you were really grumpy at all).
Aug 30, 2020 by Ellie

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks for your review Ellie.  We are pleased you all had a relaxing stay and appreciated the facilities.  We like to think parents can chill out a bit whilst on holiday too :)
I am confident that you won't be ignoring the 'DEEP DITCH' sign on your next visit, no-one had been in our ditch for a number of years but it might make you feel better to know that someone (not a camper) drove into it today; so twice in one week has given Pete further opportunity to hone his Grumpy Farmer persona (LOL!)
★★★★★

A wonderful site

Cilrath Wood has everything you could want from a camp site. Beautiful setting. Wonderful hosts - Pete and Jackie were welcoming and v helpful. Great facilities...including swiming lake and endless fun for kids and lots of castles, beaches and walks in easy reach. We had a wonderful time and will be back! Thanks for sharing such a great place. Dave, Louise and Charlotte.
Aug 21, 2020 by David Morris

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Dave, we are glad you all had a fun time and enjoyed the surrounding area. We are pretty well placed for outings North, South, East or West!
★★★★★

Beautiful landscape, spacious pitches and lovely facilities

Cilrath is an absolute gem in the Pembrokeshire countryside. Jackie and Peter are both incredibly welcoming and helpful, and their collie Merry is an absolute delight - the perfect welcoming committee. The pitches are beautifully spaced and mown into the meadow, accompanied by designated picnic benches and fire pits. The view from the top of the hill offers a beautiful vista and the sunset from here is phenomenal, particularly over the stone circles. An early evening walk around the pond also can't be missed, even in the rain - it is something to behold. In terms of amenities: The showers are a lovely temperature and really well designed and the compost toilets are also sleek and modern. This is eco camping, but it's not "rustic". The shed by the farm offers a fridge and freezer with a little basket and a name tag for your foodstuffs, and there's also a charging point for your electrical items. Onsite, they even have a fudge maker - that's right, there's handmade fudge on site. If Sally is around I'd recommend you grab her for a chat because she's a lovely lady and her fudge is phenomenal. We will definitely be back, Pete told us tales of bluebell carpets in spring and that's something we have to see for ourselves.

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Ellie for your review.  We are glad to hear you and Rich had a pleasant stay despite the uninvited rain!
The woodland flowers are indeed at their best in the spring when the sunlight can reach in through the branches, before the leaves have unfurled.  After the early snowdrops in the woods come celandines, violets and primroses, wild orchids and wood anemones providing a tapestry of colour, followed by the vivid hue and the intense scent of the bluebells.  We love to watch everything burst into life and spot the first swallows arriving after their winter migration  ....  but actually every season has it's own beauty, which is one of the best things I love about living where we do  -  being able to observe the rhythm of the year, month by month, each month with it's own associated activities.  Do come again and experience some of these with us!
PS.  We think Sally's (AKA Mable George) fudge is the best too!
★★★★☆

A lovely quiet campsite in a great location for exploring Pembrokeshire

We had a nice stay at Cilrath wood camping and the owners were very friendly. It was great to have lots of space between the pitches along with the picnic table and fire bowl. The facilities were really clean, the downside being have to trek up the hill every time you needed to use them. The toilets and showers weren't very child friendly and I wouldn't reccomend this site for anyone with young children.
Aug 18, 2020 by Nicola Goldberg

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Nicola for your review.  We're glad you enjoyed your stay at Cilrath Wood Camping and appreciated your pitch and the facilities.  We have had a lot of quite young children here through the summer, and whilst they all seem to have had great fun, we recognise that the seat in the compost toilet is rather high, and as you have mentioned is a bit awkward for them.  With this in mind we have plans for the addition of a lower, smaller compost toilet next year, designed to be easier for little ones to use, together with lower basins for hand washing. 
★★★★★

A fantastic place to stay

We have just come back from a 7 night stay at this beautiful site. We had use of the larger ‘group pitch’ in the corner of the field and it was perfect for us, between us (including all the kids!) we had 4 tents, this pitch had plenty of space for that plus the 2x picnic tables and fire bowls that were provided and still loads of space for us to play - on the pitch! It was lovely not having to worry about being too close and upsetting other campers, or any traffic etc. It is a short hike to toilets if you are camped at the very bottom of the field, like we did, but well worth it with lovely views from the top of the hill. Pete and Jackie were very friendly and incredibly active in keeping the site maintained and clean. I hope to return at some point, my son has been asking to go back already and we’ve only been home 1 day.
Aug 10, 2020 by Alexey Don

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thank you Alexey for your review.  All the groups who have stayed on oak corner have loved it , because it does allow you to make it your own space without having any borders between you. We are glad you had a good time and would be very happy for you to visit us again.
★★★★★

Beautiful, relaxing, tranquil, the perfect campsite!

We’ve just returned from 2 nights at Cilrath Wood Camping and we absolutely loved it. From the stunning location (with the green hillside visible through the trees and the setting sun throwing beautiful colours across the hay meadow) to the excellent eco facilities, to the lovely owners and their gorgeous dog... everything was perfect. We really enjoyed relaxing around the firebowl and just walking around the site, taking in all of the scenery and awesome spaces, we only managed to visit Tenby! We would love to return right now! We’ll be back.
Aug 4, 2020 by Louise

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks Louise, you'd be welcome, not that we have much availability left for the summer holidays! Relaxing and enjoying the surroundings is what we're all about at Cilrath Wood Camping.
★★★★★

Beautiful Location, Friendly Owners, and Spotless Facilities

We had a lovely time camping at Cilrath Wood. The site itself if gorgeous and includes a small lake to swim in and a sheltered area in case of rain. The owners were very friendly and drove our camping gear from the car park area to the pitch - which saved us a lot of work! The toilets were kept very clean and the showers were a good temperature. There has clearly been a lot of care and attention given to craft a welcoming site - the communal stones make a good place to sit and play games, the toilets and showers are well designed and a cut above the generic cubicle trailers a lot of sites have. The inclusion of picnic tables and fire bowls also make it easy to cook and prepare food (firewood is also made available!). All in all we would wholeheartedly recommend Cilrath Wood to any campers!

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks guys for your comments. We are pleased you appreciated the facilities as well as the surroundings! Hope to see you again at some point :)
★★★★★

Perfect camping - all bases covered

Stayed here for a long weekend with some friends and everything was perfect. Pete and Jackie have put together everything you need for a wonderful stay, including: - Level ground to sleep on - Fire basket at every pitch - Covered area in case it rains - Hot showers & comfortable toilets - Lake to swim in - I could go on... 30 mins from beaches, castles, close to pubs as well... Couldn't have asked for more!
Aug 3, 2020 by Will L

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks for your comments. It was lovely to see you guys enjoying the place. Come again :)
★★★★★

Perfect camping break

Loved our visit to this small peaceful campsite. The owners were friendly & helpful. There is a slope to get to the pitches but peter put all our stuff in his trailer so It wasn’t a problem. Compost toilets & showers very clean. Fridge & freezer available to use & flushing toilet as well. These are up a steepish track but if like us you like walking it’s not a problem. Cars are parked at bottom of this road so you could always take the car up if necessary. Plenty of places to visit including Tenby, saundersfoot several beaches & various castles. Carew castle in particular was lovely. The nearby town of Narberth has some nice independent shops. If you want to get away from it all but also have the option to visit bustling seaside resorts then I highly recommend this site. We will definitely be booking again.

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks Heather, pleased you enjoyed your stay.  We like where we live and the beautiful places around us. Glad you had the chance to visit some of them as well as chilling out on the meadow, plenty more to see and do on your next visit :)
★★★★★

Peaceful friendly site

What a lovely site - Pete and Jackie are friendly and helpful, lovely to have a chat in the evening. Sites are very well spaced out, but there are communal areas (stones on main field and a parachute in the woods) if you want to socialise. We stayed on the site - no need to go elsewhere, loved sitting by the lake reading and exploring the woodland. To have a picnic bench and fire pit on each pitch was very much appreciated, wood available to buy on site at a very reasonable cost. Each pitch has also been levelled, it is a really well thought out site. Also lovely to have use of a fridge/freezer at the top of the hill. Toilet and shower facilities were great - always very clean. Don't forget to try the fudge - made on site and truly delicious. We will be back - it is a really great place to visit for some peace and quiet and reflection.

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks Clare for your review, we are glad you and your boys had a relaxing stay and enjoyed the space by the lake. We would be pleased if you visit us again :)
★★★★★

Lovely experience

Very friendly, anything you need they will help you if they can. Lovely quiet site. Lots of wildlife to watch. Toilets and showers kept lovely and clean.
Jul 28, 2020 by Catherine Mavin

Response from Cilrath Wood Camping

Thanks Catherine, we love noting the wildlife around the lake and watching the changing seasons in the woods. Glad you could appreciate it with us for a short while.

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