Camping in Wales marries stunning views with excitement and adventure. When visiting Wales you could be kayaking in the morning and climbing a mountain in the afternoon – all you have to decide is which activity to do first! With the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks all to explore from local campsites, Wales really is a camper’s haven.
Best Campsites in Wales
Things to do: Camping in Wales
From the dramatic heritage coastline, to the valleys and mountain peaks of the awe-inspiring National Parks, camping in Wales is the ideal choice whether you are looking for a family holiday, romantic weekend or activity break.
Explore the National Parks
Wales is home to three national parks, all with different identities, landscapes and cultures. Together, Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons protect over 20 percent of Welsh land, habitats and heritage sites.
Boasting soaring peaks and shimmering lakes, the Snowdonia National Park covers over 823 square miles of breath-taking Welsh countryside. With vast forests, hilly moorland and sandy beaches, Snowdonia has all the ingredients for a fantastic camping trip. Ascend 1,085 metres to reach the summit of Mount Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain, or climb aboard the Bala Lake Railway for an alternative way of exploring this thinly populated area of Wales.
Stretching over 180 miles of rocky coves, glistening waves and rugged cliffs, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a spectacular location for your next camping trip. Put a wetsuit on and try your hand at water-sports, uncover fascinating history at Norman castles and wander through the cobbled streets of Britain’s smallest city, St David’s.
Situated beside the Anglo-Welsh border in South Wales, the Brecon Beacons National Park covers 552 square miles of grassy rolling hills, sloping valleys and tranquil reservoirs. The Brecons Beacons are separated in to four distinct hill ranges: Fforest Fawr, the Black Mountain, the Central Beacons and the Black Mountains, all of which are mostly made up of red sandstone.
Camping for adventurers
For those looking for plenty to do, Wales is custom built for enjoying the great outdoors. From heart-racing water-sports to relaxing recreation, Wales is the perfect place to camp for adventurers.
If you’re camping in the Brecons Beacons National Park, climb atop a horse and spend the day trekking through the verdant valleys. Or head to the National Showcaves Centre and explore vast underground cave networks. With the help and support of a qualified instructor, climb to the top of a rocky cliff and abseil back down the sheer rock face safely to the floor.
Jump in a kayak or canoe and navigate through the choppy waves of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Grab your golf clubs and play 18 holes at the award-winning Celtic Manor Resort golf course.
Head to the National White Water Centre in Snowdonia and try your hand at white water rafting. Grab a wetsuit and a surf board and head to the artificial wave pool at Adventure Parc Snowdonia.
According to the Dark-Sky Association based in Arizona, Wales now leads the world in protecting its night skies, making it the perfect location to pitch your tent and gaze at the stars.
Pitch your tent on the banks of the River Towy, or Tywi if you’re a local and cast your rod into the water and wait for a bite from the river’s abundant salmon and sea trout.
Top things to do in Wales
All campsites in Wales offer plenty of activities and major attractions within easy reach. From stately homes, vibrant towns, stunning countryside, beautiful coastline and historic villages, camping in Wales is the perfect holiday for all the family. Here are our top five things to do on your next trip to Wales:
1. Climb Mount Snowdon
Considering more than 360,000 climb the summit of Mount Snowdon every year, it’s safe to say this trek is a common feature on most adventurers’ bucket lists. Slowly elevating to over 1,085 metres above sea level, Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales. The longest and least strenuous route, the Llanberis Path takes around 6 hours to ascend and descend.
2. Ride the Bala Lake Railway
Hop aboard a steam train at Llanuwchllyn Train Station and let it guide you through breath-taking views of Bala Lake and the spectacular landscape of the Snowdonia National Park. Meandering through the Welsh Valleys for over 9 miles, the narrow gauge steam train run by the Bala Lake Railway offers a fantastic day out for the whole family.
3. Walk the entire Pembrokeshire Coastal Path
Twisting and turning for 186 miles along arguably Britain’s most beautiful coastline, the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path covers every maritime landscape. Covering rugged cliff tops, sheltered coves and desolate beaches, this pathway offers everything you could want in a long-distance coastal walk.
4. Explore Dan yr Ogof
First explored in 1912, Dan yr Ogof is a vast complex of 16 caves burrowed beneath the Brecon Beacons National Park. The cave extends for over 16 kilometres, with only a small section open to the public and the rest open to advanced cavers. In a poll conducted by the Radio Times in 2005, Dan yr Ogof was voted as the greatest natural wonder in Britain.
5. Uncover Welsh castles
Often dubbed as the “Land of Castles”, Wales is home to some of the world’s finest examples of medieval architecture. If you’re staying in North Wales or Snowdonia, Conwy, Caenarfon and Beaumaris are all fantastic days out. Going south, if you’re staying near the Brecon Beacons, Caerphilly and Carreg Cennen are set in stunning surroundings and showcase the fascinating medieval history of Wales. Finally, if you’re staying in the west, near the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Pembroke Castle is arguably Wales’ most impressive fortress.