Hill Fort Tipis
Hill Fort Tipis, Penparc, Pencaer, Goodwick, Dyfed SA64 0JQ
Hill Fort Tipis was created by the affable land owner John, who was born and bred in the farm-house on this quite incredible corner of Pembrokeshire. John really is the loveliest of owners. Never fear though – if you don’t want chat, he won’t force it upon you, but he’s an unassuming guy who just wants people to enjoy their time here. But unassuming the site definitely is not. It is quite simply staggering. You really are camping on top of the world, with the Pembrokeshire coastline unfurling beneath you, like a rolled out carpet.
This immense, panoramic view almost defies description (good job we have some nice photos at the top of this page then!). To put it into perspective, anyone who knows North Pembrokeshire knows that the Strumble Head lighthouse rises from the coastline like an imposing beacon - but overlooking it from one of Hillfort’s craggy outcrops, Strumble looks like the tiniest, least significant dot on a patchwork landscape.
The campsite takes its name from the remains of an Iron Age fort on the side of the mountain, but it could just as easily be called 'camping in the clouds', for this is as high up as you feel. We often write about the sense of space in Cool Camping sites, but this takes space and freedom to another level. Buzzards and kestrals fly overhead, while dolphins can be spotted (with binoculars) from your elevated vantage point. Rabbits and badgers burrow amongst the gorse. Kids clamber up to the cave in the rocks. And everybody has the time to contemplate life and all that it has to offer.
The Owner SaysThe peace and quiet of the Pembrokeshire countryside surrounding our campsite provides the perfect setting for a relaxed and stress-free holidays. Our site takes its name from the remains of an Iron Age fort on the side of the mountain, but it could just as easily be called 'camping in the clouds', for this is as high up as Welsh camping gets. Oh, and the panoramic views of Strumble Head and the Irish Sea aren't bad either!
Honestly without doubt the best campsite and one of the most inspiring locations I have ever stayed at in the UK, and I have stayed in a few in my many years of being trying to be a nomad. John the owner is a top bloke and brims with character, couldn't have made us feel more welcome. The space between each pitch makes it feel like true wilderness and is the way all campsites should be. Facilities are great, the shower block made out of a horse box, composting loos brilliant. The site location is fantastic, more things to do locally than you could possible fit into a weeks stay. It even has its own mountain and Iron Age hill fort, which is a outstanding place to sit relax have a glass of something and enjoy the sea views. Will be coming back to Pembrokeshire, hopefully to this unique place and to meet its great custodian John again some day.
Just returned from a 3 night break at Hill Fort Tipis and loved every second! I normally like to go wild camping but thought my young daughter was still too young - so opted for this glamping option. Stayed in the yurt overlooking the sea with 120 degree views. John is the best host I've encountered and was always going above and beyond to ensure that myself, my wife and daughter especially had a good time. Loved our stay and would thoroughly recommend anyone to visit if you haven't done so already!
The best place we've stayed
This campsite exceeds expectations in every measurable way. The location is amazing for views and closeness to everything you want from Prembrokeshire. The area itself is mazzive, so making a lot of noise late into the night wont cause noise complaints from other campers(a problem our group of 20-somethings have had in the past!).
The owner Jon is increadibly accomadating, the best host I've ever had the pleasure to meet (hostels/hotels/campsites inclusive). He is very approachable and is always thinking of ways to go the extra mile.
The price for all this is also incredibly low, which is a big plus.
So much space!
I stayed here last summer (2015) and the blurb written above is spot on. There is a crazy amount of space! If you like a 'wild' sort of feel this campsite is really good. The ground is rough and natural, so if you like mown caravn pitch type things it won't be for you but the views are incredible and for natural camping its spot on. Will be ehading back next time I'm in Wales!
Unbelievable place to stay
We arrived late, but the wonderful John (and the lovely Billy) greeted us with tea and recommendations for our stay.
We followed up on the boat trip around Ramsey Island, fantastic seal spotting and made use of the Stumble Shuttle, a local bus service which stops near the site, meaning you can enjoy more of the stunning coastal path and bus back!
We booked the penthouse pitch, but all the pitches are well spaced out. The toilets are clean and the showers hot and free. The kettle in the pot washing area is ideal for the first cup of tea of the day!
The view in all directions is unbelievable, and this is a truly wonderful place to stay!
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Highly recommend Hill Fort Tipis. As previous reviewers state John is incredibly attentive and helpful but leaves you in peace the majority of the time. The best thing about the site for me was the peace and quiet. The pitches are very spread out. There were 3 families in our field so loads of space for the kids to run around outside the tent. It also meant that we were able to put the kids to bed in peace and quiet. No noisy older kids playing football outside the tent or loud music. The same applied to the mornings. We were woken by the sun and bird song rather than noisy kids asking to get up at 5.30! There was a mix of couples, families with mature kids and a few families with young kids.
We saved the walk up to the rocks for our last morning, thinking we'd have a scramble up, enjoy the view and then head off for home, but we ended up spending the entire morning walking from one rocky outcrop to the other enjoying the beautiful purple heather and yellow gorse as well as the views of the beautiful blue sea.
We had bats flying over our tent in the evening and saw several birds of prey.
John recommended 'Somethings cooking' restaurant for fish and chips but we can also recommend the 'Hooked' in Fishguard. We had an amazing day at the Dyfed Shire horse centre. Spent the whole day there for £24 with loads to do including horse and carriage ride, nature trail, quad bike/land train ride, petting session, tractor and trailer ride as well as soft play/bouncy castle and covered sand pit with toys and trampolines. As well as the horses and other animals. We also had a great day at Whitesands beach (about 30 mins away) extra fields were opened up so there was plenty of parking. Lovely sandy beach, the tide was out when we arrived and there was an enormous amount of sand to play on. There was an ice cream van and small café/beach shop. Toilets cost 20p
The toilets were kept very clean and well stocked with paper. The showers were hot and free.
We would highly recommend this basic but incredibly peaceful and beautiful site.
You won't beat this
Just got back from the most amazing camping experience we have ever had! Hillfort Tipis is located in a beautiful part of Wales, on top of a cliff overlooking Pembrokeshire countryside on one side and the coast line and amazing blue sea on the other. The pitches are so spread out that you feel like you are camping out in the wilds but with the comfort of the cleanest portaloos I have ever used, shower block and charging station just a little walk away. There is also a fridge and kettle that can be used by the showers, an amazing wooden hot tub that we thoroughly enjoyed and each glamping pitch has a little kitchen shed with all the basics inside. John the campsite owner is a gem, most entertaining and will literally do anything to make your stay perfect, we rocked up with a tent and no poles and next thing he had brought us a variety of tents down, as well as fresh eggs and a fresh sea bass! He helped us light the fire when the wind was bad, bought toys and sweets for the kids, and on my sons birthday surprised him with a laser light show across the hillside. Absolutely wonderful experience, cannot wait to return!
A wonderful place with amazing views. We stayed in the penthouse pitch and woke up to sea views each morning and each evening sat by our campfire and watched the lighthouse and stars over the ocean. An incredibly friendly owner who could not have done more to make us feel welcome. This campsite is almost like wild camping, our tent was surrounded by flowering gorse and bluebells. The fact that we had no neighbours and the generous space kept between tents makes this site uniquely special. The facilities are definitely very rustic as this is more of a 'wild camp' style campsite, but if space, peace and quiet appeal to your more than the manicured grass and crowded tents of other sites and you do not worry about roughing it a bit more than some other sites then I recommend you come here! The hot tub is a nice surprise, however, and when we come again if the weather is warmer we would like to use it for sure.
Have just returned from a 4 night stay at Penparc. What a place! Beautiful setting - wild and carefree with 360 degree views. No orderly rows of tents here as the pitches are dotted around the landscape, many in their own carved out little niches in the gorse. Our daughters (8 & 12yrs) loved it too - roaming off up to the rocky outcrops at every opportunity and watching the sunset from the viewpoint across to Strumble Head Lighthouse. As mentioned in the other reviews, the owner John IS the friendliest campsite owner around, always ready to help and full of tips for the best places to visit and making you feel very welcome. We were lucky enough to have glorious weather for our stay, allowing a mix of walking and swimming in the sea. The variety of wildlife is amazing and was topped off by sighting porpoises off Strumble Head on our last day! We were sorry to leave and can't wait to go back!
Best wild campsite
This is a great campsite. Wild space, fires possible, views over the sea, bird and other animal life, great cycling and walking round about. And generous, considerate management on site, always available. Can't recommend it highly enough.
The most amazing spot
My partner and I stayed here in August 2012. The day we arrived it was blowing gale force winds and raining - your typical Welsh summertime - but the owner John showed us the pitch and helped us cut back some gorse so we could get nice and low and snug for the night and we stayed dry.
The following day the weather cleared and we saw just how beautiful a spot this is - 360 degree panoramas of cliffs, sea and the rolling hills inland and nothing but 'John's mountain' to block it. The most amazing view I've had from a campsite and John keeps numbers down to a sensible level so everyone has plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy it.
The toilets and showers are robust but did the job and the reliable hot water was a godsend when the weather returned! We had peregrines and kestrels mark our walk down the hill a couple of times.
Can't recommend this place enough and John is the friendliest, most helpful campsite owner we've met - happy to leave you to your own devices or to chat the afternoon away, and his cooked breakfasts are king, as are his G&T mixing skills.