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Penlan Caravan Park

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General

‘A tiny site with a big view’ was how a guidebook once described secluded Penlan Caravan Park, a cosy farm site seven miles from book town Hay-on-Wye in Herefordshire. As it straddles the English/Welsh border (Wales is only 500 metres away), the views in all directions speak volumes: the Brecon Beacons to the west, the Malvern Hills to the east and the Cotswolds to the south.

We probably don’t need to add that the farm is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty...and Penlan is pretty scenic on site too: it’s National Trust land with a seventeenth century farmhouse, and has two restored ponds with lots of local wildlife around to spot including red kites and woodpeckers – about the only noise you’ll hear when on site.

Owners Peter and Margaret assure guests of a warm welcome and a peaceful stress-free stay; there are just a handful of (sizeable) pitches available, and the heated shower and loo block is immaculately maintained and comes with free hot water. There’s even an area at the farm for guests to pick their own strawberries and raspberries, perfect to mix with sheep's milk ice cream from the Shepherds Ice Cream Parlour in Hay… For more substantial treats, several good eateries and drinkeries are close to hand: ask Peter and Margaret for their tips and they’ll be happy to help.


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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Seasonal pitches

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Gastronomic delight

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • Penlan, Brilley Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England, HR3 6JW
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 52.1583°N 3.0655°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Hay on Wye: Castle Bus Stop — 6.4 miles
Hereford: Country Bus Station Commercial Rd — 16.7 miles
Pontrilas: Telephone Exchange Coach Stop — 16.8 miles
Train stations
Dolau Rail Station — 12.7 miles
Knighton Rail Station — 12.9 miles
Pen-y-Bont Rail Station — 13.5 miles
Ferry ports
Sharpness Old Docks — 38.9 miles
Airports
Gloucestershire Airport — 42.8 miles

Directions


We are 7.4 miles from Hay-on-Wye and 23 miles from Hereford city centre. From the A438, turn left onto Brynafal Bridge Court, slight right onto Cefn Road and our small private site will be on the left.

We are one mile from our postcode. Approaching Apostles Lane from the west, we are half a mile along and the first on the right. There are no signs to our small private site.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Book some time in Hay-on-Wye first: you could spend hours – and most of your rent money – poking around its many bookshops, before picking up another ice-cream and leafing through your purchases in the grounds of the old castle. The handful of good antique and independent shops also in the town should solve that pesky problem of how to spend the rest of your rent, but do leave a few quid for a game casserole and a tipple in the beer garden/ in front of the fire at the sixteenth century Three Tuns.

Nearby, active options include teeing off at the two nine-hole golf courses at Kington, England and Wales’s highest golf course; whitewater rafting and climbing in the Black Mountains, and canoeing down the River Wye (the Hay canoe companies will even drop you off at the pub when you’re done; now that’s service).

Energetic visitors to the area also gravitate towards the Brecon Beacons National Park, where the visitor centre has all info imaginable on the park’s waterfall and woodland walks, climbing, pony trekking, caving and other activities: peruse the guides while having a sticky cake from the visitor centre café and gazing dreamily over the surrounding hills.

Heritage hunters have heaps to see and do in the national park too, from the steamy heights of the Brecon Mountain Railway to Bronze Age burial cairns, Iron Age hill forts and Roman ruins. Back over the border, Herefordshire’s Black and White Villages Trail is a popular pull for visitors, covering a 50-mile circular route from Leominster through villages and countryside to Kington and that very high golf course. Elsewhere, there are old castles, churches and towns all over these parts of England and Wales: try Croft Castle and the cathedral city of Hereford on one side of the border, and Powis Castle along with tiny and medieval Llandovery on the other.

Walkies? Penlan Caravan Park is dog-friendly, and the acres of paths around this area should tire out even the most frisky Rover: as well as the Cotswolds and the Malverns to stride around, the long distance path the Marches Way skirts the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and connects with several other well-trodden paths including the Offa's Dyke Path and the Taff Trail.

Must see

  • Ludlow Castle (20.5 miles)
  • Stokesay Castle (21.2 miles)
  • Blaenavon Ironworks (26.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Cwmmau Farmhouse (0.4 miles)
  • The Weir (11.9 miles)

Cycle routes

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Additional terms

Cards presently not accepted.

If staying for more than 4 nights, please bring a breathable groundsheet to keep our campsite's grass green for others to enjoy.

Dogs must be well-behaved and kept on leads at all times whilst on site.
You are welcome to walk through our fields where there are no livestock grazing and there is ample walking in adjoining lanes.

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