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Gypsy Castle Camping: Dogs allowed (but must be kept on leads and supervised)

General

  • Semi-wild site on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Central Hay-on-Wye 15 minutes' walk away; Hereford 25 minutes by car
  • Small-scale site with ample space; well-behaved dogs welcome

It's a small, simple site, but Gypsy Castle Camping ticks an awful lot of boxes. Firstly, it's on the outskirts of the brilliant Powys town of Hay-on-Wye. And then there's the fact that it's in the Brecon Beacons National Park, a short stroll away from refreshing River Wye scenery. Given the above, it's clear how this prime patch could be just the job for those on the hunt for self-sustained breaks.

In need of some holiday reading? In Hay-on-Wye's bookshop-lined streets you'll be able to pick up material on pretty much every conceivable subject. In town, there are also pubs, restaurants and a nice number of independent shops. The Warren, a gorgeous common on the Wye, is a few minutes' walk away.

In keeping with its peaceful farmland surrounds, the facilities at Gypsy Castle Camping are kept to a minimum: there's a hot shower in a converted horsebox, a couple of portaloos (with toilet roll provided), some washing-up sinks and that's pretty much it. While it's not the place for posh pampered holidays, it has to be said that there's something deeply satisfying about waking up surrounded by wildlife and views of the Black Mountains…

Well-behaved dogs can be brought here, but please keep them on a lead and properly supervised – there's livestock about. When questions about site etiquette or the local area come up, just ask the manager who drops by to touch base at regular intervals.

Please note

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).

Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

Protective masks must be worn at all times in common areas.

Owing to government regulations, groups of 6 or more people are not permitted.

Bookings must not consist of more than 1 different households.

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

At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.

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

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Minimum spacing of 10 metres between pitches.


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9.2

Overall rating based on 107 reviews

 

94% would recommend this site to a friend.

93% would stay here again.

  86% described as Peaceful ?

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Friendly host. Good pitch. Walk to Hay. Need own shelter.20/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJulia H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Convenient for Hay. Shower in horse box.

    Disliked: 

    River walk to Hay from site involved a steep scramble. Easier to join the path via nearby housing estate, or take roads, still a pleasant short walk.

From the manager...

Thanks for your review ,just to clarify there is no footpath from our river bank to Hay u have to go through the new houses to the Warren then in to hay . People have gone in to hay from the end of our river bank frontage but their is no official right of way hope that makes it clear for future guests Colin Thomson

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Quiet, friendly, spacious. It hasn't got all the facilities in …13/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnthony P.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Quiet, friendly, spacious. It hasn't got all the facilities in the world, but it has everything you need. You feel you are actually getting away rather than staying on a caravan park. Exactly what I was looking for.

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Facilities clean Colin was very helpful. Definitely camp there again06/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomcaroline a.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or motorhome pitch (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Near to the river and a 15 min walk to the lovely town of Hay on Wye
    Horse box shower quant

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Highly Recommend staying. No negative experiences10/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomstephen p.Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent or motorhome pitch (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The Showers, Quiet location. Friendly and helpful advise on the local area. Great view and location, short walk to Haye

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Really good relaxed stay.05/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch (2 adults and 2 children)
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  • Liked: 

    Excellent laidback vibe.
    Colin was very attentive.
    Portaloos, but kept clean.
    Nice idea to haver showers in a couple of horse boxes.
    Really close to Hay on Wye. Easy walking distance.

    Disliked: 

    Stretching it a bit to say that the site has access to the river (a real scramble down).

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Great site. River access a big bonus. Lovely owner.05/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSeamus K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch (2 adults and 2 children)
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  • Liked: 

    Amazing location by river with access and each walk via river to Hay on Wye. Owner was so helpful. He helped organize canoeing and lots of other things. Site was very friendly and I think down to owners attitude. Will be back.

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Great site with a great host02/09/2021

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

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch (2 adults and 2 children)
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  • Liked: 

    Wonderfully friendly host - Colin.
    Great showers in horse boxes.
    Exactly what we wanted.

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Over priced site with poor facilities02/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or motorhome pitch (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Showers, proximity to hay, quiet

    Disliked: 

    TOILETS, sloped pitches, no bins, neglected look, price

From the manager...

Semi wild ,on the info it says PORTALOOS and Take your rubbish home sloped pitches your choice 4 person per pitch £5.00 per person I think good value

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Lovely warm showers and friendly host! :)01/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMolly N.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or motorhome pitch (2 adults and 2 children)
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    Lovely warm showers and friendly host! :)

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The view and the very chilled feeling of the camp …01/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCatherine O.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The view and the very chilled feeling of the camp site. Colin was lovely, came and shared a glass of wine with us on the first night, (brought us a bottle of excellent cheap Aldi red on our last night along with his own chair as we only had 2) he was a mine of information for the area and a thoroughly nice guy!

    The showers were hot, the loos clean and water aplenty.

    The grass wasn't too long, the sheep weren't too noisy and even though the sun wasn't very apparent it didn't rain so go Colin! :o)

    Disliked: 

    Colin, put a wheel on the gate, it's a pain in the backside trying to lift and drag it, yup, a wheel would be perfect!

From the manager...

When I can get the digger we will scrap the gateway put promise Colin

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Masks/gloves available

No cash accepted on site

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

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

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Pop-up campsite

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Location

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  • Gypsy Castle Lane, Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, HR3 5PW
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.0696°N 3.1425°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Interchange — 13.4 miles
Telephone Exchange — 14.3 miles
Bus Station — 18.1 miles
Train stations
Builth Road Rail Station — 13.9 miles
Cilmeri Rail Station — 14.5 miles
Llandrindod Rail Station — 15.6 miles
Ferry ports
Newport (S Wales) Ferry Terminal — 35.6 miles
Airports
Gloucestershire Airport — 43.8 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

To fully take advantage of being so close to the Wye, you'll want to spend a generous portion of your holiday messing about by, in or on the water. Local coarse fishing opportunities are a five-minute drive away, while those looking to expend a bit more energy can head to Celtic Canoes (five minutes) to rent a riverworthy craft.

Other, bigger bodies of water like Llangorse Lake (20 minutes) are also worth scouting out, particularly if you're into hiking – the lake and its surrounding villages have some of the loveliest walks around. If there's demand for further outdoor action, you can easily make the trip to Black Mountain Activities (10 minutes), where a range of land and water-based options are yours for the choosing.

While 100% Welsh holidays certainly have appeal, travellers planning on staying here a bit longer might also like to look at what's over the border in England. The top three highlights? It's a tough call, but Neolithic Arthur's Stone (15 minutes), Hereford's Cider Museum (25 minutes) and Hampton Court Castle (45 minutes) are all strong contenders.

Must see

  • Blaenavon Ironworks (20.4 miles)
  • Big Pit: National Coal Museum (20.7 miles)
  • Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Tourist Information Centre (20.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Cwmmau Farmhouse (6.6 miles)
  • The Weir (13.7 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:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.

Gypsy Castle Camping cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 1 day(s) of arrival.

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. Gypsy Castle 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 Gypsy Castle Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Gypsy Castle Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Gypsy Castle Camping? To fully take advantage of being so close to the Wye, you'll want to spend a generous portion of your holiday messing about by, in or on the water. Local coarse fishing … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Gypsy Castle Camping?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Gypsy Castle Camping? From £20 (for 1 night, 4 people) - 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
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Please pick any available pitch on arrival.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 1 day(s) of arrival.

Coronavirus
Bookings must not consist of more than 1 different households.
Minimum spacing of 10 metres between pitches.
Owing to government regulations, groups of 6 or more people are not permitted.
Protective masks must be worn at all times in common areas.
There are no bins onsite: all rubbish will need to be taken home with you.

Dogs
A valid vaccination certificate must accompany your dog.
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).
Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.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.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Vehicles
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Please note the site does not have a manicured lawn.
Facilities are simple: portaloos and horsebox showers are available.

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