Penlan Caravan Park9.3
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‘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 (sizable) 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, which naturally must be had with large samples of 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.
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.
- Ludlow Castle (20.5 miles)
- Stokesay Castle (21.2 miles)
- Blaenavon Ironworks (26.4 miles)
- Cwmmau Farmhouse (0.4 miles)
- The Weir (11.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Hergest Bridge - Bredward - Chickward (2.2 miles)
- Kington Circular (3.4 miles)
- Kington - Offa's Dyke Path - Rushock Hill - Mortimer Trail (3.4 miles)
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Lovely stay in a beautiful location! 23 Apr 2014
sarah_p17 (Young couple, 1 review) Confirmed
Just fantastic! 24 Jul 2013
Amy_M (Family with young children, 1 review) Confirmed
Lovely weekend 2 Jul 2013
Lisa_C5 (Family with young children, 1 review, 1 photo) Confirmed
Beautiful site. 28 Apr 2013
caroline_c0 (Mature couple, 2 reviews) Confirmed
Quiet, peaceful and very welcoming 25 Oct 2012
Louise_W0 (Family with young children, 4 reviews, 3 photos) Confirmed
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Small (11-25 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Hay on Wye: Castle Bus Stop — 6.4mi
Hereford: Country Bus Station Commercial Rd — 16.7mi
Pontrilas: Telephone Exchange Coach Stop — 16.8mi
- Train stations
Dolau Rail Station — 12.7mi
Knighton Rail Station — 12.9mi
Pen-y-Bont Rail Station — 13.5mi
- Ferry ports
- Sharpness Old Docks — 38.9mi
- Gloucestershire Airport — 42.8mi
We are one mile from our postcode HR3 6JW. 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!