Into The Sticks

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Wonderfully back-to-basics tent camping in Pembrokeshire, hidden among the thicket and fauna at the end of a secluded lane.

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone more suited to running a campsite than Kate and Andy. “We literally lived camping for four years”, they confess, referring to the nine months they lived in a bell tent while they built their own tiny wooden home on wheels. They subsequently set off on an impromptu tour of small farm campsites in West Wales, living from their crafted wooden hut, building up friendships in the area and keeping an eye out for the perfect piece of land. Only when they stumbled upon this semi-wild 22-acre smallholding – lost down a narrow country lane overgrown on either side – did they settle down. And now they’ve opened the place up to other campers, too. We couldn’t be happier that they have.

A patchwork of gorse, thicket, woodland, meadow and marsh, stitched along the banks of the Western Cleddau River, make Into the Sticks one of the most an aptly named campsites in Wales. It’s a wonderfully hidden spot where only tent campers are allowed – save for the lucky pair who nab a few nights in Kate and Andy’s innovative 'Tiny Home', which they now rent out to glampers. On most days campers play second fiddle to wildlife, with much of the campsite a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation. Otters have been spotted on forays from the river, wildflowers and orchids grow and tiny, native birds flitter between the bright yellow flowers of the thicket.

Despite the thoroughly natural scene though – aided by the primal smoke of campfires and rustic, handmade table and log benches provided at each pitch – the campsite is never too far from civilization. It’s a short stroll to a farm barn that has been converted into a warm communal space with sofas and games, while a covered ‘camp kitchen’ and washing up space adds further convenience. Hot showers are provided, eco-toilets too and, when the weather turns bad, Andy and Kate are quick to organise impromptu wet weather workshops for all ages – build a bird box or craft an artistic masterpiece out of flotsam, jetsam and drift wood from the Pembrokeshire beaches six miles away.

Yet while the village pub and playground are within walking distance and the coastal attractions of Pembrokeshire and the Preseli Mountains are just a short drive away, this campsite is so adept at getting you back to nature, you may well choose simply to stay put. The modern world is lost here to the sound of the stream and the crackle of the campfire. With nature trails to explore and dens to build in the adjacent ancient woodland, why would you go anywhere else?

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I stayed at Into the Sticks as a solo camper in May and I couldn't have enjoyed the experience more (well perhaps with a little less rain but then that's why Wales is so green!) The site is lovely, packed full of wildlife and beautifully spacious. Every detail is carefully thought out by the passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable owners, Kate and Andy who were just the right level of attentive (I had everything I needed without feeling overlooked). The shower and washing up area were immaculate with beautiful views over the valley and I especially loved the biodegradable products provided free of charge. The fire pits and free firewood were a lovely touch and a perfect way to spend an evening relaxing surrounded by bird song. The coast is just a short drive away whilst some lovely walks can be found directly from the site. For food, Fishguard is a short drive and the village has a fantastic fish and chip shop (and pubs though I didnt test these) and thanks to Andy and Kate's chickens there are fresh, free range and organic eggs available. I'm already looking to book again and wish this site and its owners the very best of luck and success.

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Fantastic!!

I stayed here with my three children aged 13, 12 and 8 over the Easter break and we had the most amazing time. Into The Sticks really does bring you closer to nature. My children loved the nature trail, animal tracking and toasting marshmallows on the camp fire as well as the clear starry skies and listening to the animals and birds at dawn and dusk. Kate and Andy were really welcoming and helpful, and their ethos of working with nature and preserving our natural habitats only increases the fantastic camping experience they offer. Will definitely return.

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A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

Into The Sticks: A back-to-basics, peaceful Pembrokeshire campsite situated at the end of a no through road in a valley teeming with wildlife.

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