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Llainpropert Camping The Greener Camping Club

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire St Davids

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Calling all surf junkies – this off-the-beaten-track Pembrokeshire site is the ideal base for hitting the waves

As the Beach Boys put it, "it's a genuine fact that the surfer's rule". While the beaches of West Wales might not have been immortalised in timeless pop melodies à la Huntingdon or Malibu, surfing is serious business on the Pembrokeshire coast. So if like Brian Wilson and the boys, "surfin' is the only life/the only way" for you, we've found the perfect campsite base for hitting the waves.

Helmed by genial owner Stephen, Llainpropert Camping is a lush, spacious field with preposterously picturesque views. Availability here is determined by occupancy and not pitch allocation meaning there's ample room for everyone to enjoy this unspoiled pocket of Pembrokeshire: "Camper experience is paramount," stresses Stephen, "so there's absolutely no over-crowding".

Set a little back from the coast, the site sits equidistant from the wildflower-strewn headland and the pristine beach at Abereiddy. Nestled in quaint Croesgoch, on the fringes of the tourist-mecca that is St Davids, there's a real sense of seclusion here – as if the beaches below are your own private playground. It's well and truly a family-run affair, with an infectiously convivial air pervading the whole site thanks to a mixture of families, many of whom are regulars. As such, party monsters should probably head further down the coast.

Llainpropert doesn't rely on flashy gimmicks or onsite entertainment – sure, with a view like this and access to some of the world's best surfing beaches, why would they? The whole set up is refreshingly understated. There's a communal summerhouse-cum-kitchen, a dining area (great for getting to know your fellow campers), while the immaculately clean shower/toilets and are housed in an ingeniously adapted shipping container. The generously-sized plots (to call them pitches would be do them a disservice) on well-mown grass are all equipped with electric hook-ups and, for a little flourish of luxury, Stephen has also installed a sturdy wooden log pod – for anyone a little trepidatious about exposure to the coastal winds.

Don't be intimated if you're new to the ways of the board, 'sultan of surf' Stephen will happily give you a crash course. From board and wetsuit hire to recommendations for the best spots and daily surf reports. Stephen and his son Grant also run local surfboard manufacturing business, Unsung Hero. Be sure to ask Stephen about visiting the workshop to see these master craftsmen at work. You can even make your own surf-ready, alaia board in just one day – the ultimate memento.

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Facilities

Spacious pitches (10m x 16m), all with electric hookup. Portable cabin with clean, well-maintained shower and toilets (1 gents; 1 ladies). Summerhouse kitchen, eating area and communal firepit area. Wetsuit washing area, surfboard hire and surfboard repair facilities on site.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, campers, dogs – yes.

Nearby

Where to begin? Well, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a good starting point - 186 miles of some of the world's most stunning seascapes. Iconic St Davids has its famous 14th century ruin, The Bishops Palace (01443 336000) not to mention its magnificent medieval cathedral (01437 720202). The local beaches need no introduction: Caerfai Bay, Druidstone, Little Haven, Whitesands, Broad Haven, Newgale, Abereiddy and
Abermawr – take your pick; all have a unique character and are equally picturesque. There's plenty of sea-based activities on offer too, from sailing at Solva to coasteering at the Blue Lagoon – a flooded slate quarry with azure blue waters at Abereiddy.

Food & Drink

The Artramont Arms (01348 831309) at Croesgoch is the nearerst pub (about a mile away). They also do cracking fish and chips. The Ship Inn (01437 721247) next to the harbour in Solva comes CAMRA-approved and with its very own excellent Indian restaurant. The Shed (01348 831518) and The Sloop Inn (01348 831449) in Porthgain are very popular and boast a fine line in locally-caught seafood. St Davids has plenty of dining options including Italian favourites and ice cream at The Bench Bar (01437 721778). If you really want to push the boat out, book a table at the Warpool Court Hotel (01437 720300) – the views over St Bride's Bay are breathtaking.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★★

Back to basics but brilliant

A great understated campsite near to Abereiddy, Porthgain and St Davids. It's popular with surfer's and the owner's son run's a surf shop in nearby St Davids. Facilities are basic but clean and well maintained. The other campers we met were all super friendly and there's a relaxed vibe at evenings round the firepit. You're so active during the day that most people are out for the count pretty early!
Aug 8, 2018 by drj
★★★★★

Short break away

Stayed over for two nights. Site is located in quiet area. Very tidy site and clean. Toilets / Shower were clean and well maintained with hand towels provided. Owners were excellent with making us welcome and provided some sound advice on the local area. About 1 mile walk to nearest village- not much there. Recommend visiting Porthgain- about 2 miles walk.
Jun 13, 2018 by G Talbot
★★★★★

llainpropert

Excellent site. Spotlessly clean. Level. Short grass. Good pub/fish and chip shop 2 minutes drive or 20 minutes walk along quiet side road.

Jun 28, 2014 by peter cotterill

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