Porthllisky Farm

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire St Davids

  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A tiny, simple, secluded, seaside campsite less than an acre in size

Never let it be said that the St David’s Peninsula is short of a campsite or two. Indeed, sometimes it feels as if it’s one large campsite. Such is the area’s popularity, finding a field that hasn’t become a temporary village can be difficult, particularly in the school holidays. Happily, Porthllisky Farm, being much smaller than its counterparts and a little off the beaten track, remains an oasis of calm.

Indeed, despite being just a mile and a half from Britain’s smallest city (pop. 1800), just about the only sounds here come from passing gulls and the sighing sea. And then there’s the view: a ring of mini-mountains giving way to the stumpy tower of St David’s cathedral.

The site is simplicity itself. Just under an acre of grass in a large open field on this potato-and-corn farm is mown to comfortable camping height. At one end there are some bins, while a water tap pokes out of a hedge. There are no loos, but 200 metres away at Porthclais Harbour (NT site) there are public conveniences that never seem to shut. There’s also a very handy tiny café there which serves light refreshments outdoors, run by a very friendly chap called Steve (open daily May to September 10am–5pm ‘and later if the weather’s nice’; 07530 849078).

A special new path has been created through the farm to grant access to the nearby Pembrokeshire Coast Path, allowing campers to enjoy a spectacular circular one-day walk taking in the cliff-tops, a hill or two and St David’s.

Details

Facilities

Loos: No. Showers: No. Other facilities: CDP. Stuff for children: No. Recycling: No Dogs: Under control. Fires: At owners’ discretion; BBQs off ground. Other: No.

Nearby

St David’s Cathedral (1 mile) – a place of pilgrimage built on the site of a 6th century monastery; 01437 720199. Pembrokeshire Coast Path (100 metres) – from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail comprises 186 miles of spectacular coastline, cliffs, secret coves, sandy beaches, small villages and the occasional castle, the vast majority of which lie within the Pembrokeshire National Park; 08453 457275. St Non’s Chapel (1¼ miles) – a holy well and the ruins of the cliff-top chapel in which St Non is said to have given birth to David, who later became the patron saint of Wales.

Food & Drink

Farmers Arms (free house), St David’s (1 mile) – friendly pub with beer garden; 01437 720328.

Opening Times

All year.

Pitches

A handful of tent pitches on flat, grassy terrain. No electric hook-ups.

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Location

Contact Porthllisky Farm, Porthllisky Farm, St David’s, Pembrokeshire SA62 6RR

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Getting There

Train station: Haverfordwest (16 miles) – Swansea to Milford Haven line. Bus no. 411 travels from the station to St David’s.

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