This should really be kept a secret but….

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I did say in a post a few months back that I’d add the occasional camp site review… so here we are the end of the summer with my first one!

The week previous to my fishing jaunt down to Cornwall  the weather was more favourable and Rebs, Billy, the dogs and myself had a few days camping in Pembrokeshire. There wasn’t any fishing involved this time but for those of you who enjoy your camping this no frills site we stayed at is well worth writing about… though I do say so reluctantly as it’s really one of those sites you’d rather keep to yourself. If you are looking for a camp site with home comforts and all the mod cons then read no further. If on the other hand you want to be on a peaceful, chilled out  site that has only a handful of secluded pitches, stuck in the middle of nowhere,  where you can have camp fires, walk to the coast through rolling  fields, and, if you’re lucky, watch the sun go down over the sea then this is the place for you. It’s also very reasonably priced, at £8 per night per adult and £4 per night for children (4-14 years old), under 4’s are free. There are no additional charges for cars, dogs, etc. Norman, the owner of the site , is incredibly laid back and seems like he doesn’t have a care in the world… and why would he when he lives in such chilled out beautiful surroundings?

Location

The campsite is called Arymwny (click here to visit their website) and from Southampton it was around a 4.5 hour drive to get there. It is located on the Pembrokeshire coast somewhere between the villages of Trefin and Abercastle which themselves are between the small cathedral city of St David’s and the port of Fishguard. It’s approximately a 25 minute drive to both St David’s and Fishguard from the site if you really need to go! The campsite is not signposted so unless you have done your research before leaving home you may struggle to locate it as it is well off the beaten track. A decent OS map or a look on Google Maps should do the trick though. My best attempt at directions would be to say come off the A487 at the sign which says ‘Trefin 1’ and which also has a brown sign for the ‘Weaving Centre’. Follow this road for about a mile and then you should see a road that shoots off on your right with a tiny sign for Abercastle nestled in the undergrowth, follow the road around the corner and then just as it bends the other way you should see a farm track directly ahead of you – take this track for about three quarters of a mile and it will get you to Arymwny! Here’s the site located on Google Maps from the A487 with point ‘A’ being where you exit the main road and on to the farm track to Arymwny which is circled (click on the image to enlarge it)…

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The Pitches

There are around 15 good sized and fairly secluded pitches in total on the site spread between two areas. The lower area is below the main house and has a gentle slope to it but nothing severe enough to affect your tent pitching and probably has the slightly better views. The upper area I would say is flatter but if anything has bigger pitches. All are separated by natural flora and fauna banks which give a definite air of privacy from your camping neighbours. There are no allocated pitches – you just rock up and choose your spot.

The two big plus points about each pitch though are the stone fire pit and the stand pipe with cold running drinking water plus bucket – really useful and as I say found on every pitch. There is good quality seasoned firewood aplenty that Norman has available to campers at £9 for a huge trug of logs or £6 for a smaller one. As a guide we took a large trug off his hands and it lasted three days which included evening and  breakfast time fires.

Here are a few pictures from our pitch:

View of the healthy sized pitch pre-pitching…

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The useful tap and bucket found on each pitch!

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Our fire pit…

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The bell tent and camp setup on the pitch…

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On-site facilities

As I’ve said earlier on if you’re expecting modern camping comforts then this is probably  not the site for you but that said it doesn’t mean you are completely roughing it – in fact one of the showering options is verging on the luxurious in camping terms! There are two showers, one a port-a-loo type offering which was always spotlessly clean with hot water and then there is a downstairs bathroom in the main house that Norman makes available to campers – this even has a bath in it and has plenty of room for manoeuvre! That’s the luxurious bit! There are also two other port-a-loo toilets on site which were quite possibly the cleanest port-a-loo’s I have ever come across!

There is a fridge/freezer available for ice packs, etc. and Norman will even charge phones and any other electronic gadgets you can’t bear to be without! There are recycling facilities for your rubbish which you are encouraged to use and a trampoline for the kids but that’s it. All the basics covered without making you feel you’re on a designated camping site… actually, it’s like you’re camping in someone’s garden in a strange sort of way but without feeling awkward about doing so!!

Things to do

One of the lovely things about this campsite is you don’t really need to do anything as it’s so relaxing just looking out to sea and watching the landscape in the peace and quiet. However, if you want to stretch your legs you can walk from the campsite, across a couple of fields and you’re on the stunning coastal path at Abercastle or you could maybe walk to the Ship Inn in Trefin for a pint – strangely we didn’t do this! The coastal path is highly recommended with towering cliffs and accessible sandy coves all local to the campsite. We did walks west to Abereiddy and roughly east to Abermawr along some of the finest coast line in the UK in my opinion spotting seals and their pups along the way. In the evenings we did little more than sit around the campfire with our BBQ dinner and a glass in hand though! The night skies were so clear it meant there was  some amazing star gazing on offer… with no light pollution to speak of the stars were mesmerising – awesome.

There are other places to visit along the coast such as Porthgain or Whitesands and if you fancy it a trip to Ramsey Island which can be booked in St David’s. The cathedral in St David’s itself is impressive and well worth a visit.

Norman has a selection of leaflets and flyers of other things to do in the local area should you need them.

My summary

This part of Pembrokeshire definitely has the feel of a much less commercialised Cornwall and, dare I say it, as if you are stepping back in time… not in a backward way but just in a much slower pace of life way! If you make the effort to travel there you will not be disappointed – it really is a terrific camping spot which ticks all the boxes of what you might want for a simple, chilled out camping trip whether for just a few days or for a longer stay. The location is idyllic, Norman is extremely helpful without intruding on your stay and it really makes you feel like you are getting away from it all. Admittedly, we were lucky with the weather but if you can pick the time right I am confident you will have a cracking time and not be disappointed. Will I be back? You bet… and next time with kayak and fishing rods!!

A few more photos

One of the sandy and rocky coves on the way to Abereiddy

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The ‘blue’ lagoon at Abereiddy

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Our dogs running on the beach near Abereiddy…

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Ramsey Island in the distance from the lifeboat station at St Justinian’s

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Sun setting at Arymwmy

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Base camp

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Rebs and Billy on the coastal path to Abermawr

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Lucky kayakers…the black dot on the water to the right is a grey seal

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Seals and pups on way to Abermawr

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Hope you enjoyed the review?!

Until next time…

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