Gupton Farm National Trust Campsite The National Trust

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Pembroke

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Traditional tent camping in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park within strolling distance of one of the nation's best beaches

Freshwater West may be one of the top surfing spot on the Pembrokeshire coast, and indeed one of the best surfing spots in the entire country, but for most the miles of coastline that front Gupton Farm and its new National Trust campsite are better know simply for the spectacular sea views. This is a place where the Atlantic makes landfall in a marriage of cliffs, rocks and some of the UK’s best beaches. How nice it is to be able to camp just a short walk from it all.

Newly opened in 2017 and with fresh new facilities to boot – showers, toilets, a wet-weather barn and more – Gupton Farm Campsite is a fantastic spot for family tent camping that’s been built, despite it’s modernity, with a sympathy for the old farm surroundings. There’s nothing too flashy here and facilities have been tastefully constructed within the old farm barns. Likewise, restricting the meadow to tents and small campervans only ensures the site has a traditional and laid-back ambience, with space for kite flying and kids to play ball games. You won’t find a static caravan spoiling your view.

It’s a short walk down to the beach, following a grassy farm track that leads you first into the expansive dune system that backs the mile-long sands. Even as you approach you can hear the waves crashing along the bay. It’s no surprise that the Welsh National Surfing Championships have been held here several times. There are strong currents at work, though, so it pays to be very careful when you swim, with a lifeguard service provided during the busier summer months.

Elsewhere, the pamphlets and tourist information provided in the wet weather barn are quick to point you, unsurprisingly, to other National Trust-owned sites, including their Stackpole Estate, 5 miles to the east. Woods, walled gardens and ancient stone circles are waiting to be discovered there, along with a pleasant walk to Barafundle Bay. And if it all becomes too much you can take shelter in the ivy-clad Olde Worlde Café in Bosherston, a simple place but with everything you need – including monster sandwiches and a good old cup of tea.

Details

Facilities

Undesignated grass pitches. 5 electrical hook-ups. Campfires are not permitted but BBQs are okay provided they are raised off the grass. Facilities are rustic but well-kept, including a toilet and shower block, a wet weather barn and communal areas. The peninsula land is also shared with the Ministry of Defence, who use the Castlemartin Range as a military training area. On rare occasions, live firing can be heard from the campsite, so please don’t be alarmed. You can view the firing schedule on the MoD website.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, dogs (on a lead), groups – yes. Caravans, motorhomes – no.

Nearby

If you're a film fan then you'll recognise Freshwater West from, most recently, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Ridley Scott's version of Robin Hood. You can follow a track from the campsite straight down to the sands – a short enough stroll that you can manage it with the full body-board, bucket and spade, and crabbing net get-up. There are several other footpaths and bridleways from the campsite too, linking up with the main Pembrokeshire Coast Path.The National Trust's Stackpole Estate (01646 623110) is only a short drive away too and campers are given free parking there – covered in your campsite pitch fee (see the damage).

Food & Drink

For an unpretentious day-time bite to eat try The Olde Worlde Café (01646 661216) in Bosherston – a white-washed house underneath the heaviest coating of ivy you've ever seen. For something even quicker, and closer, Café Môr (01646 278101) is right by the beach – a little street food beach shack that has previously won the BBC Food & Farming award for 'Best Street food/Take Away in the UK'.

Opening Times

Early May – end of September.

Accommodation

50 bookable grass pitches for tents, 5 electric pitches for campervans and 1 hardstanding pitch.

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Location

Contact Gupton Farm National Trust Campsite, Gupton Farm, Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5HW

Getting There

From Pembroke, follow the B4319 (Castlemartin). The turning to the farm is on the right hand side (coming from Castlemartin) approximately 1 mile from the village and before you descend to Freshwater West beach. Please note it's a concealed entrance; look for the National Trust pink banner. The nearest train station is in Pembroke (not Pembroke Dock) and is 6 miles from Gupton Farm. There isn’t a taxi rank at the station, so we recommend booking a taxi ahead of your journey. The Coastal Cruiser bus service (387/388) operates daily between early May and late September, stopping at both Freshwater West and Castlemartin.

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