Dunes at Whitesands Camping
Dunes at Whitesands, Craig-Y-Mor, Whitesands Bay, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, SA626PT
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!
The Owner SaysDunes at Whitesands Camping is exceptionally spacious, with 10 family hideaway pitches set in 5-acres of wild Pembrokeshire Countryside. Each pitch has plenty of space and is complete with fire pit, picnic table and private en-suite waterless loo. The campsite is just a few minutes walk from the amazing Whitesands Beach. This is an idyllic location boasting sea views, spectacular sunsets, peace and quiet and yet just a stroll from Whitesands Beach and a brisk walk into St Davids. They provide clean Eco Facilities and each pitch has its own private waterless eco friendly loo and there are 2 eco friendly showers onsite too. There is a communal facility for washing up undercover which also has a fridge / freezer and phone charging points. Two pitches also have electric hook ups available.
The best campsite ever!
I have been camping for several decades and this is by far and away the best campsite I have ever stayed at. Fran and Richard are very welcoming. The site is beautiful and you feel as though you are getting right back to nature. It is a site for true campers. There are no campervans or caravans. Just tents on their own designated glades in amongst the dunes. We had a lovely week staying at this magical place. We stayed on Fulmar pitch. It has 10amp electric hook-up and is conveniently close to the showers and washing up facilities. When you are on the pitch you cannot see your neighbours, the loo or the showers etc. It is also great that cars are allowed to the pitch to set up/down only. The campfire are supplied with a cooking grate and there is a picnic bench which means you can leave the camping table and chairs at home! We will be returning next year!
Absolutely loved this campsite!
We really loved this campsite! The pitches were private and spacious and perfect for the kids to run about safely on - like having a tent with your own private garden! We enjoyed campfires in the evenings which also had a grill for cooking (brilliant as we had no room to pack the bbq) The on-pitch composting toilet was brilliant - much better than I had expected - clean, comfortable and fresh smelling! The other facilities were immaculately clean and tidy. Lovely hot showers in very well designed cabins and a great indoor washing-up area with fridge, freezer and charging points. We had everything we needed on site and Fran and Richard were absolutely lovely and made sure that our stay was perfect. The surrounding area was also lovely. We spent several hot days on the beautiful Whitesands Beach (a short off-road walk) - a brilliant beach for sandcastles and surfing! We visited St Davids, climbed Carn Llidi for some amazing views, had an exciting 'wet and wild' boat trip with Venture Jets - where we saw seals close-up and also spent a very adventurous afternoon coasteering with TYF with the eldest child whilst the younger children enjoyed an interesting trip to the Bug Zoo! What a great holiday! We can't wait to return!!!