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Rhandirmwyn Camping and Caravan Club Site, Llandovery, Camarthenshire SA20 0NT
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We say

The Cambrian Mountains is the collective name for a vast, empty area of central Wales. It stretches for 45 miles – all the way from Snowdonia in the north southwards down to Llandovery, where the Brecon Beacons take on the upland mantel in the hilly heart of the country.

In that 45-mile journey, from Machynlleth to Llandovery, you encounter only one main road and the first shop to be seen for miles around – and only a very small one at that – is found at Rhandirmwyn. There are no petrol stations, your mobile phone won’t work and the land belongs to the animals.

As the damp westerly winds blow in from the Atlantic over this wonderful wild expanse of high, rounded hills, the natural consequence of high rainfall has been exploited by the water companies. Many large reservoirs have been built in the Elan Valley, of which Llyn Brianne is a particularly attractive example. These unnatural lakes have their detractors, but they have, without doubt, allowed much easier access to these lonely places than was previously possible and a chance for the determined to penetrate this last wilderness in southern Britain.

The very civilised Camping and Caravanning Club site at Rhandirmwyn is the perfect basecamp for what amount to almost expeditionary days out in this monumental tract of untouched countryside. The site is a level expanse situated in the bottom of the Tywi Valley, next to the river, with the big green hills rearing up on both sides. It’s a lovely place just to sit outside the tent and admire the surroundings, watching the buzzards soar on the thermals. Not that you’ll be doing much lounging about, though, not once the alternative options are pointed out to you.

Site facilities are to a very high standard, as is usual with the Camping and Caravanning Club sites, but what isn’t quite so typical is just how few folk know about this hiddenaway place. Even in the middle of summer, to find this site anywhere near full would certainly be a surprise.

This is a very salubrious site in every way, but what it offers, more than anything else, is a gateway to the kind of wild and empty places that seem to be completely alien to the hustle and bustle of modern life, but that most of us feel an instinctive need to communicate with. And the most obvious thing it communicates, in its own natural way, is ‘leave your mobile behind’.

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Rhandirmwyn (pronounced ran-dee-mo-n) means “Valley of the Minerals” and is in an old lead-mining area in the Towy Valley, a tranquil area perfect for wildlife and walking. You can enjoy both at Dinas Nature Reserve, around four miles from the site, while the Elan Valley is also home to some of Britain’s rarest wildlife and plants. You can also see red kites, ravens and buzzards at Gigrin Farm Bird Reserve in the market town of Rhayaeder. Cyclists can enjoy the circular all-ability access trail in Cwmrhaeadr Forest, only a mile and half from the site, while the town of Llandovery, just over seven miles away has a cobbled market square, a number of old inns, shops, banks and a supermarket. Slightly further afield, Brecon Beacons National Park offers some of the most spectacular and diverse landscapes in Europe.

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My girlfriend and I stayed here over the weekend in Easter last year, and benefitted from some fantastic weather, but also found the campsite and staff great.  Not having a map of the area the camp one of the members of staff kindly lent us his own map for the day.

All of the facilities were well presented and clean, and it really is set in amongst some wonderful countryside.

We'd certainly come back again. 

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★★★★★

Excellent site!

Okay its a caravan and camping club so a bit conservative but what a great site! Very helpful managers and a beautiful spot. Lots of paths and walks into the hills and a very good pub ten mins walk up the hill.
Good spot for cycling either roads or off road (neither for the faint hearted though! Very hilly!)

Drainage is a problem in parts of the site if you're in a camper.

If they could allow firepits it would be near perfect.

These are niggles though.

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Cool Factor

A great site, in beautiful surroundings, with all sorts of outdoorsy and scenery-watching activities on offer.

On Site

Excellent, modern facilities with hot and cold water, flush toilets, free showers, laundry, dishwashing, electric hook-ups.

If it rains

If it rains hard or long enough, the waterspout from the dam on Llyn Brianne is absolutely awesome, otherwise see ‘Nearest decent pub’ or go and see the unusual sight of a tiny supermarket at Llandovery.

Food & Drink

Royal Oak Inn (01550 760332), is just 500 metres away, with decent pub food (curries, goulash, trout from the river) and a selection of real ales including Wadworth and Greene King. If you fancy something really special, it’s worth the 13-mile trek to Britain’s smallest town, Llanwrtyd Wells, to eat at the Carlton Riverside Restaurant. Local produce is championed here, with as many of the mouthwatering meals as possible prepared using locally sourced ingredients.

Open

25th March to 1st November

The Damage

Adults £5.80–8.90, children £2.60–2.80 or a family deal of £17.50–22.10 (for members only) plus non-members’ additional £7 pitch fee per night. Well-behaved dogs are permitted free of charge, but must be kept on a lead.

Getting There

From Llandovery, follow signs for Llyn Brianne along unclassified road for 7 miles. At Rhandirmwyn (shop and inn) turn left and look out for the campsite after about 500 metres.

Public Transport

Take a train to Llandovery, and from there either hop into a taxi or walk to Pantycelyn School on Cilycwn Road and catch bus 287 to Rhandirmwyn. The campsite is a 5-minute walk from there.

Tags

Bicycle routes  Campervans permitted  Children’s playground  Dogs welcome  Electrical hook-ups  Good for kids  Good walks  Groups welcome  Laundry  Remote location  Romantic retreat  Showers  Tent pitches  Waterside location  Wifi