Penally, Tenby, Pembrokeshire SA70 7RX
In total, Becks Bay has just 10 camping pitches, along with a pair of bell tents pitched on flat ground in a tiny wooded glade. There is no electricity, no playground and certainly no Wi-Fi, while the toilets and showers have been newly built into a wooden shed, bodged together with charmingly mismatched wooden doors. The whole place feels thoroughly rustic and, despite proper flushing loos, still offers the wilder camping experience. This is the sort of spot where children play in rolling fields rather than a playground and campfires crackle through the night. Expect a week or two getting grass stains out of trousers when you get home.
When the sun's out, there are plenty of beaches within reach with Lydstep Bay the nearest and most well known. The National Trust car park is free and the sands offer excellent views out to Caldey Island, though the giant holiday park that backs it slightly spoils the feel. Instead, head a little east to Penally Beach (free parking at the station) in the west end of Tenby’s mile-long south beach. Spanning the shoreline from St. Catherine's Island to Giltar Point, the views across to Caldey Island are spectacular. It’s slightly quieter than the sandy sections immediately around the town – Castle Beach, Harbour Beach and the north beach – though all are fantastic, especially if you want to explore Tenby itself at some point during your stay. You can spend the morning on a beach, the afternoon tasting ice creams and the evening back around the campfire. We think that’s all the essentials covered.
The Owner Says
Welcome! Becks Bay Camping is set next to an isolated cove just 1 mile West of Tenby’s South Beach and a ten minute walk to the stunning Lydstep Bay. The field is set in an amazing location in the grounds of the ancient ruin called Trussleton. We are passionate about providing a perfect place to camp for a real welsh adventure holiday.
The camping fields are adjacent to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path on a working farm – we have produce for sale in our Farm shop (Bubbleton Farm Shop) and also sell fresh eggs, potatoes etc from an honesty table near the camping field.
Our site is a short distance from Penally village (with train station and shop), and a 2 minute walk to the coolest new music café bar in Tenby – West Coast Café and Arts.
On our doorstep we have a catalogue of Wales’s best beaches – we encourage you to explore the coast path especially the Manorbier peninsular and ancient village.
We absolutely loved it here and can't wait to go back. A few days before arrival I received a fantastic email from Tom with a map of the site, directions and pages of recommendations for meals, things to do etc. The site was easy to find - though it is a very sharp left turn immediately as you go under the bridge - and is well kept. Great toilet block and a wonderful shower. Each pitch is a good size and has a fire pit which is great in the evenings. The farm shop is just down the road and has a nice selection of supplies as well as an excellent cooked breakfast in a lovely cafe. Tom is incredibly welcoming and friendly and was on the site every evening. The location is perfect - peaceful but close to everything and we found it incredibly relaxing. Overall it's a very friendly, well kept site and the nicest I've been to - I can't recommended it highly enough and will be going back!
A great first time
We had our first camping holiday as a family. We had a weekend at Becks bay and were not disappointed. We had sunshine and heavy rain over the weekend and made the best of both. We enjoyed the campfires and bbq's on the grass and the kids loved the swing and walking to the coast. It was great to have a technology ban and enjoy some good old fashioned ball games. The site was very basic with no electric hookup or wifi thankfully but the toilet and shower facilities were great and charming at the same time. I love the "knocked up with anything will do" theme. We were contacted by Tom on the day we were arriving apologising for not being able to meet us due to personal reasons. He informed us that his mother in law would be looking after the site but we didn't see anyone. The farms shop was non-existent but understandably after reading newsletter on site citing reasons which I will not publicise on here. Our first nights sleep was awful due to wind flapping corners of tent and we were sleeping with our heads down the wrong edge of the tent and very noisy neighbours getting very drunk and shouting and swearing until 3:30am. (Unfortunately I had left my baseball bat at home lol). But despite that we loved camping and the site and would definitely go back. The location is great too, between Tenby and Manorbier. It was very quiet except for a little road traffic and the odd trai. Now and again.
Absolutely superb campsite
Despite the rain and gale force winds, an absolutely fantastic few days. Excellent location, excellent facilities and very friendly and helpful owner, Tom who made sure call campers were OK after the windy night. Agree completely with two comments below. Absolutely superb campsite.
A fantastic weekend with no electric hook up, no wifi, no phone signal........ Bliss! A lovely rustic, simple site to escape from reality and reconnect with nature, family and friends. A chilled vibe where campfires are welcome, with space and safety for children to run free with little worry for site traffic. We will be returning!
Didn't want to leave!
We just had the most amazing weekend at Becks Bay! If what you're looking for is good ol' fashioned wild rustic camping, but with just the right amount of luxury thrown in then I can highly recommend the bell tent option at this site. The site itself, is in an incredible location, it's really accessible yet feels remote and secluded, it borders the stunning stretch of coast path between Tenby and Lydstep, with views over a picture perfect cove and the monastic island of Caldey. All within a stones throw of Tenby and wet weather activities in the shape of Anna's Zoo, The Dinosaur Park and Heatherton. As a young family slightly nervous about our first camping trip with a baby, we were delighted to be welcomed by a comfortable bell tent, with everything we needed provided from a BBQ to a fantastic hot shower. Tom the owner came to say hello and welcome us to the site with his two young boys on his tractor. The land has been in his family for generations and he was able to give us some top tips as to where to visit in the area and the best walks. We took his advice and took a wonderful day trip to Caldey island from Tenby. The beaches there are exquisite, and it's such a great place for kids. We'll definitely be back, but next time for a week, and although I feel compelled to write this review as a thank you for a wonderful weekend, there's a little part of me that feels like keeping it a secret!