This campsite will have you dancing a little jig of joy as soon as you’ve stepped foot on its delightful ground. Nuzzling the shores of the Irish Sea, the gaping National Trust land on which the farm and campsite reside offers knock-out views along the coast as well as direct access to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and a sheltered swimming cove.
Owner Ian is a softly spoken guy who greets campers with warmth and ease. He and his wife Judy opened the site back in 1992 with just a tiny green corner of grass (our favourite) for campers. Since then he’s added a flat terrace with hook-ups, situated even closer to the coast, for families and, because two is never a crowd, a third field, huge, undulating and guarded by a magnificent army of hawthorn bushes, was cleared for camping. The farm’s evolution didn’t stop there; its diminishing outbuildings have also been transformed into an impressive facilities block and a few cosy bunkhouses.
Testament to the site’s allure are the tales of grumpy teenagers who arrive in a sulk at the lack of mobile-phone signal but who, after a week of outdoor activities, campfires and barbecues, become tearful when it comes to going home. One or two Cool Camping authors can confess to having felt the same on packing up their tents…
There are very few campsites quite like this one in the UK, and the people are really what makes it. It has magic views out over the ocean and the Pembrokeshire countryside, and everyone seems catered for. My wife and I love it there so much that it's where we decided to have our wedding.
Ian and Rob not only made us feel at home, but made us feel part of the family.
Nothing was too big or too small a request for them, and they went so far out of ther way to accomodate us we could hardly beleive it.
Aside from being one of the most beautful campsites, it is also one of the friendliest. They are always welcoming and the facilities are great. There is a real mix so you can choose how wild or not to make your stay, either buy being in one of the bunkhouses or camping out on one of the fields.
Personally, I would suggest dragging your tent to the far corners where it seems as if you are alone in the world and have unsurpassed views out over the sea.
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Take the A487 into St David’s and head north out of the city on Nun Street. Take the first left (before the rugby club) and continue along the road for 3½ miles, passing Pembrokeshire Sheepdogs and the nursery. Celtic Camping is on the left, down a track.
Take a train to Haverfordwest and from the bus station there hop on the Puffin Shuttle (no. 400) to St David’s, then the Strumble Shuttle (no.404), which will drop you off near the site on request. Celtic Camping is 4 miles from St David’s.
Tent: adult £8 per night; teenager £6; child (2–12 years) £4, under-2s free. Electric hook-up £4. Bunkhouse bed: £16 per person per night. Campfires are £2 and a starter kit will cost £10, nets of logs thereafter £4 each. Brekkie £6 per head.
Sign up to a survival course, on which you’ll be trained in how to cut down logs and make fire (hugely popular with lads and their dads), go down to the field by the pond to build rafts and catch a rabbit for your supper. There are ponies and pigs on the farm. The pebble beach is a 10-minute walk away – just off the coast path. It’s only small but has rockpools and is good for swimming.
What do you fancy doing today? Rambling along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path towards the famous Blue Lagoon? A spot of horse-riding, perhaps? Or how about something a little different? Pembrokeshire Sheepdogs (01437 721677), just down the road, do sheepdog demonstrations with their working dogs, who shepherd ducks as well as sheep. There’s a pleasant farm walk to be done there, too. The Strumble Shuttle bus (no. 404) drops off and picks up outside the gates, you can hop on and off at any point of its journey around the peninsula.
If it rains
Just get wetter with TYF Adventure (01437 721611) based locally in St Davids. They offer all sorts – from coasteering (they invented it) and surfing to sea kayaking and climbing. Voyages of Discovery (01437 721911) do RIB rides to the north Pembrokeshire Islands and whale and dolphin watching. On site, take a look at the graffiti wall in the Stage Room adjacent to the barn.
Farm machinery and the on site pond (although this is ringed by a fence) to be mindful of, and you’re on a cliff-top.
Endless. There are 3 camping fields, each offering something to suit everyone: the flat family field has hook-ups while the third field has plenty of space for groups. Fires are allowed off the ground: firepits can be borrowed. There are 3 cosy bunkhouses with all cooking equipment and linen provided, and further dorms in the main barn. Plans for another bunkhouse are underway, pending planning permission, along with another facilities block. For the moment there are 2 wash blocks – the main one in the barn (which has row upon row of picnic benches inside at which to cook and eat if the weather’s inclement plus 2 washing-up sinks) has super-hot showers and rows of loos; the other block is fairly rudimentary, but close to the family field and has a couple of showers and loos. There’s a drying room, and there are rooms available for both families and people with disabilities. Water taps can be found by the main entrance and there are large bins and recycling skips by the third field.
You can pre-order brekkies (which feature the farm’s home-produced sausages and bacon), packed lunches and evening meals (when available). Amble along the coastal path to the famous Sloop Inn (01348 831449) at Porthgain harbour. As well as your standard meal times they offer an hour of Bacon Sarnies from 11a.m. till noon and an afternoon menu from 3–5p.m. so you’ll never go hungry.
Tents, well-behaved dogs (and owners), campervans, caravans – yes. Any type of group welcome – Celtic Camping offers Stag and Hen weekends filled with BBQs and outdoor/sea activities galore.