Dunes at Whitesands Camping

Craig-Y-Mor, Whitesands Bay, St Davids, Pembrokeshire SA62 6PT
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Surfboards to borrow, campfires permitted and simple, home-spun facilities. This is old-fashioned seaside camping at its very best.

On a sunny day, Whitesands fully justifies its reputation as one of the UK's finest beaches. Famed for its sunsets, when the fiery reflections only accentuate the golden colour of the sand, and renowned as one of the top surf spots in Pembrokeshire, it offers ample space for families and a convenient sliding scale of surfing difficulty – the experienced will find the best waves off the headland on the right of the beach, novices should stick to the left.

Set back from the sands and just beyond the sea-front golf course, ‘Dunes’, a brand new campsite opened in 2017, is the ideal, low-key camping meadow for basing your Whitesands break. There are just 10 camping pitches on offer, hewn into heathery thicket and grasslands, each with its own picnic table, fire-pit and ‘en-pitch’ loo. They’re all overlooked by the rare breed balwen sheep that graze the adjacent meadow – and campers can try their hand herding with the owner’s working sheep dog, Rhian.

The place has a thoroughly laid-back feel and ‘rustic’ is the buzzword. A basic wooden structure houses the washing-up sinks, there are two showers in simple cabins and the semi-wilderness of the meadow itself lends the place to parents who don’t mind their children getting grass stains on their knees and molten marshmallows stuck in their woolly jumpers.

If you’re not at the beach, it’s just over a mile to the smallest city in Britain, where you can explore the cathedral that gives St Davids its city status and duck in and out of the various cafés and galleries. Or, stay on the coast and hop from cove to cove and bay to bay, taking in the other Pembrokeshire pleasures – Druidstone Beach, Newgale Beach, Caerfai Bay, Little Haven, St Non’s Bay, Marloes Beah… the list goes on. And that’s before you’ve even considered a ferry out to the islands!

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Dunes at Whitesands Camping: Grassy tent camping pitches just a short walk from Whitesands Beach near St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Grassy tent camping pitches just a short walk from Whitesands Beach near St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Dunes at Whitesands Camping: Grassy tent camping pitches just a short walk from Whitesands Beach near St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Grassy tent camping pitches just a short walk from Whitesands Beach near St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Dunes at Whitesands Camping: Grassy tent camping pitches just a short walk from Whitesands Beach near St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Grassy tent camping pitches just a short walk from Whitesands Beach near St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Dunes at Whitesands Camping: Grassy tent camping pitches just a short walk from Whitesands Beach near St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Grassy tent camping pitches just a short walk from Whitesands Beach near St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Dunes at Whitesands Camping: Grassy tent camping pitches just a short walk from Whitesands Beach near St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Grassy tent camping pitches just a short walk from Whitesands Beach near St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Dunes at Whitesands Camping: Grassy tent camping pitches just a short walk from Whitesands Beach near St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

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