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Lower Porthamel Camping: Tent pitched

General

  • Family-friendly farm site in the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Orchard stays five minutes' drive from Talgarth
  • Fish on the site's own river stretch (catch and release only)

One of the things that most peeps find perfect on a camping holiday is a campfire. Men, women, dogs, kids, first-time campers and even cynical console-clicking teenagers – all are captivated by the crackling of the flames where they can cheerfully char their very own food among the smouldering depths. (Campfires might make you go all poetic.)

And a campfire in a permanent fireplace among pitches in an old, lovely and sheltered apple orchard, while watching the sun set over the Welsh mountains from the light of the flames?

Pass the ginger beer and pitch up at Lower Porthamel Camping on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Powys, a chilled-out and friendly farm site mixing old-school camping with that other camping essential, showers with free hot water. (And fishing, as Lower Porthamel Camping has its own fly and coarse fishing rights on a stretch of the River Llynfi: pick up a day pass at the farmhouse.)

As well as the permanent fireplace, guests at Lower Porthamel can bring along firepits for campfires which are allowed on any pitches on site (stones from the site may not be used to build fires). If you don’t fancy a campfire (tsk), use the outdoor kitchen to cook in after picking up a barbecue pack with organic meat from the farm’s Small Farms Butcher shop in nearby Hay-on-Wye (all non-veggies should try the steak); there's also a wood-fired oven in the outdoor kitchen if you fancy a crack at cooking your own pizza.

Other facilities on site include an indoor washing-up area, and a toilet and shower block near the orchard with hot water and facilities for disabled guests.

Outdoors, the mile and a half trek directly from site runs through the farm fields and woodland, along the old mid-Wales railway line and onwards to the River Llynfi, a Site of Special Scientific Interest where the keen-eyed can see otters, badgers, kingfishers and herons – part of the SSSI ends up in the wildlife-rich Brecon Beacons National Park to see some more. Fishing on the Llynfi is available with permission from the owners and a valid rod license only. Day permits can be bought at the farmhouse.

Please note cars are only allowed onto the camping field for loading and unloading; afterwards, there's plenty of space for your vehicle in the farm car park.

The site operates a zero waste policy and guests must take all rubbish home with them.

Please note

Group bookings of 6 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Facilities/activities including fishing are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

A charge of £0.50 applies for the use of the shower.

No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

There are no bins onsite: all rubbish will need to be taken home with you.

Please note that cars are only allowed in the camping fields or the orchard at Lower Porthamel Camping while you unload/load and pitch up. Please then move your vehicle to the car park.


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9.7

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Had the site to ourselves as we went out of …14/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBen B.Confirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Had the site to ourselves as we went out of season. Hosts were lovely, welcoming and full of information about the local area. Site had everything that we needed for our stay and the facilities were spotless. Showers were hot and easy to use. There's a short nature trail connecting to the site that takes you along a river and the former line of a railway. It was lovely for an evening stroll after we arrived. This is a working farm so you'll often see Chickens and Sheep about as well as the lovely dog that greeted us after a day out. Would love to come stay again and see more of the Brecon area that we didn't get to visit in the few days we were there.

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Very peaceful and a beautiful location. Hilariously friendly chickens in …11/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Very peaceful and a beautiful location. Hilariously friendly chickens in the car park.

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Camping in orchard Showers and toilet immaculately clean04/05/2022

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  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Camping in orchard
    Showers and toilet immaculately clean

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Beautiful orchard site, wonderful hosts!04/05/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMichelle L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Beautiful site, spotless modern bathrooms, lovely hosts! Walk off site on to a marked nature trail perfect for little ones, blossom on the apple trees, tree swings! Visiting chickens, reasonable prices, campfires ❤️

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Beautiful campsite, friendly owners, great facilities , very relaxed24/04/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Just spent 3 fabulous days camping at this site. The site is easy to find and clearly marked, with not too much excessive signage. The camping site is awesome, you pitch amongst the beautiful fruit trees in an orchard, plenty of free choice in where to pitch, we pitched near a hammock and a picnic table which was lovely. The owners were very friendly and helpful with good local knowledge. The facilities were very clean and new, we made good use of the fire pit provided. Such a peaceful site with dark starry nights and birdsong filled days. Just right. Great location with walks from the campsite. Would definitely recommend.

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Very clean site, toilet blocks and washing up area clean19/04/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSuzanne W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Friendly clean campsite, very helpful owners.

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Beautiful campsite, would definitely stay again.19/04/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHelen F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Beautiful site in orchard with gorgeous views. Love that there are no cars where the tents are pitched. Couple of homemade swings for children to play on and it feels so safe to let children wander round the site because it’s nice and small and there are no cars driving round. Fire pits available and bags of wood sold. The pizza oven is also a great idea. We enjoyed a short walk on the nature trail and the children had fun by the river. New shower and toilet blocks and washing up sinks were kept immaculately clean. The owners were very friendly and full of useful information about the local area.

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Excellent site with clean facilities and a relaxing ambiance.19/04/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDonna J.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Fully enjoyed our 4 night stay at Lower Porthamel Camping. Hosts were very friendly without being intrusive, very knowledgable and happy to share their knowledge of the area. Site was very clean with great toilets/showers & washing up area. Use of fire pits was a bonus which made the evenings cosy.
    The site is very relaxing with walks from the site. Yes the site is on a slope so you pitch accordingly.
    Lots to do in the area which is only a short drive away. Talgarth 5 mins by car 20 mins walk has a co op & a friendly pub.
    Will definitely be returning.

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We loved the orchard. Some of the apple trees were …16/04/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPatricia H.Confirmed

  • Orchard non-electric grass tent pitch
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    We loved the orchard. Some of the apple trees were in bloom and we could hear the bees buzzing. The pitches were soft grass and well spaced out.
    We came at a time that was not busy and so it was very peaceful.
    The shower blocks and other facilities were clean and not far away. The staff were so very friendly and helpful.
    We had a lovely time and will be back again.

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Would recommend without hesitation.14/04/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Clean, quiet, friendly campsite. Ideal location for experiencing some of the best parts of Wales. Lovely nature trail walkable from the bottom of the campsite. We would definitely plan to return in the future.

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Hand sanitising stations

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Pop-up campsite

Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Brecon, Talgarth, Powys, Wales, LD3 0DL
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.0131°N 3.2210°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Interchange — 8.4 miles
Bus Station — 15.0 miles
Telephone Exchange — 15.4 miles
Train stations
Cilmeri Rail Station — 13.8 miles
Builth Road Rail Station — 13.9 miles
Garth (Powys) Rail Station — 15.6 miles
Ferry ports
Newport (S Wales) Ferry Terminal — 32.7 miles
Airports
Cardiff International Airport — 42.8 miles

Directions


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

Walks, walks and more walks, adventure sports, splendid scenery, the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the bookish town of Hay-on-Wye are the main attractions in this part of Welsh countryside.

Talgarth, about a mile and a half away, is a small market town with a big amount of things to do and is a well-known Welsh hang-gliding and gliding base for the very adventurous (well worth it for the spectacular scenery you can work up the nerve).

On land, mountain biking and pony trekking can be had both in the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons, and canoeing, kayaking and rowing on Llangorse Lake and the River Wye. If you’ve brought your rod for site-based fishing, travel it a little further to the Wye, regarded as one of the UK’s best fishing rivers, where fisherfolk can land salmon, trout, carp, barbel and pike, many of monstrous proportions.

Alternatively, hike along to famous book town Hay-on-Wye for a relaxing day among its foodie outlets and a glorious two dozen bookshops.

Must see

  • Brecon Mountain Railway (16.1 miles)
  • Blaenavon Ironworks (17.3 miles)
  • Big Pit: National Coal Museum (17.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Cwmmau Farmhouse (11.7 miles)
  • The Weir (17.6 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

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

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Please check in at the white farmhouse between 5pm and 7pm.

Lower Porthamel Camping cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Lower Porthamel Camping will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Lower Porthamel Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Lower Porthamel Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Lower Porthamel Camping? Walks, walks and more walks, adventure sports, splendid scenery, the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the bookish town of Hay-on-Wye are the main attractions in this part of Welsh … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Lower Porthamel Camping?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  11 a.m.

    Please check in at the white farmhouse between 5pm and 7pm.

    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Lower Porthamel Camping? From £20 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Coronavirus
There are no bins onsite: all rubbish will need to be taken home with you.

Dogs
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Extras
A charge of £0.50 applies for the use of the shower.
Facilities/activities including fishing are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 12 a.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
Recorded music are not permitted.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
You'll need an Environment Agency rod licence (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

Occupancy
Group bookings of 6 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Additional terms

Please note that cars are only allowed in the camping fields or the orchard at Lower Porthamel Camping while you unload/load and pitch up. Please then move your vehicle to the car park.

Only well-behaved dogs accepted as this is a working farm. Dogs are not allowed in the wash room, showers, toilets and sink areas

Only kindling can be gathered from the woodland.

Fishing permits on the Llynfi are available at the farmhouse at £18 per day.

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