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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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The Owner Says

We are a small family-run campsite in the beautiful countryside of West Wales.We provide everything for the camping experience as it should be, with availability being determined on the number of people staying with us and not pitch occupancy. Tents, caravans and campervans are all welcome.

The St Davids Peninsula is one the UK’s best kept secrets. With lots to see and do in the county, you will be spoilt for choice. The beaches boast some of the cleanest waters in the UK with the majority achieving Blue Flag status. The coastal paths are truly breathtaking, with stunning views and small secluded beaches to be discovered. Choose from a wide range of outdoor activities such as surfing, cycling, coasteering, walking and kayaking.


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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


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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