Dare Valley Country Park

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On the site (added by manager 08 aug 2022)

  • A scenic 500-acre site on an old colliery at the Brecon Beacons’ edge
  • A five-minute drive to Aberdare and 15 minutes to Penderyn Distillery
  • Playgrounds and cafeteria on site; walk to a family bike park
If you’re wanting a countryside Welsh holiday close to southern Wales’ mightiest mountain range, settle in for a few days or more at Dare Valley Country Park: this site in Mid Glamorgan sits on top of an old colliery a five-minute drive from the old mining town of Aberdare on the outskirts of the Brecon Beacons. The whopping 500 acres of space at the park means wanders (among lush valley views) are par for the course, with trails leading off into the countryside straight from the site too. Within the country park, make your way to the Dare Valley Gravity Family Bike Park, which has uplift services. You might also be hard-pressed luring kids away from the two playgrounds (the biggest has a sandpit, slides and swings) or partners from a cafeteria that opens daily for freshly prepped breakfast, lunch and snacks... If they’re really not keen to come away from this scenic place, bribe them with the mountain biking trails at BikePark Wales, about 20 minutes away. For grownups, golf at a parkland course with manicured meadow lawns and mature oaks is less than a 10-minute drive from the site. And if you really need to bring out the big guns (for the big folk, that is)? There’s always the lure of a tour and tasting session at Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre (within 15 minutes)… This whisky making centre’s in the southern part of the Brecon Beacons; travelling a touch further (half an hour in all from the site) leads right into the middle of the national park for ambles around green hills.

Site type

Touring caravan pitches 16
Motorhome pitches 16
Open all year

Tourist board rating

Please note
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
  • No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
  • Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.
  • Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
  • Reception is unmanned after 5 p.m.. Please inform the site while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.
  • At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.
  • Swimming in the lake is not allowed.
  • If reception is closed on arrival: please contact the number provided on your booking confirmation.

Languages spoken

English

Pitch types & availability

Reviews

95%

would recommend this site to a friend

93%

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Excellent location, good facilities and beautiful surroundings

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 8
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Matt J. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch

Liked: The area was fantastic, great walks with the dog, good facilities, good phone reception. Lots of bike trails. Electric hookup worked as it should. Quiet yet close to shops and pubs if needed. Dog had a good time swimming in the lake.

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Wow!! Can’t fault a thing! Views, facilities, staff. All awesome.

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 6
Lowrie W. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass touring caravan pitch

Liked: What an amazing location. Views are unbelievably wonderful. Lovely walks in beautiful countryside. Facilities of campsite were brilliant - plenty of HOT water. Small cafe across the road and the bigger Coffi Cwtch just across the car park. Everyone we met were so friendly. Definitely a place to return. ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT !!!

Disliked: Nothing.

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Just hope they give the bathrooms some attention soon!

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 8
Accommodation 4
Facilities / Activities 6
Customer service 6
Child friendliness 6
Cleanliness 6
Wifi 2
Ben R. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch

Liked: Location very quiet with a stunning backdrop and the bike park was great. Level pitches with plenty of space

Disliked: Facilities were tired, showers although warm trickled out at best electric kept on tripping too.

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Took our grandchildren here again. Staff are laid back and helpful. Lots…

Overall 8/10
Location 8
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Iola 9. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch

Liked: Took our grandchildren here again. Staff are laid back and helpful. Lots of children at this time of year to play with ours. Never queues for facilities. Nice playground nearby, lovely walks, and lake. Site open all year.

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I liked it very much, beautiful place, lots of space, clean and…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Pawel W. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass touring caravan pitch

Liked: I liked it very much, beautiful place, lots of space, clean and well-kept, very nice service

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Beautiful location

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Karin A. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch

Liked: Beautiful location and great views. Small peaceful site in the Dare Valley country park. Ablution block clean and modern. Friendly welcome. Great for walking and not too far to walk into Aberdare town.

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Amazing site clean facilities staff go above and beyound

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Lisa R. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch

Liked: Loved everything to do with dare valley such a beautiful site going on our 4th stay next weekend and can not wait friendly staff fantastic facilities husband and 3 of our children use the bike park and absolutely love it always asking when can they go back

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Lovely surroundings.

Overall 6/10
Location 8
Value for money 6
Accommodation 6
Facilities / Activities 6
Customer service 8
Child friendliness 8
Cleanliness 6
Wifi 4
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch

Liked: The scenery. Convenient to have a cafe close by.

Disliked: We have stayed here a few times in the past. This visit we noticed a difference in the cleanliness of the site. The area for rubbish was overflowing and the ladies toilets/showers not as spotless as previous visits. At one point no toilet paper.

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Mooie rustige locatie. Modern/schoon sanitair. Vriendelijke eigenaren.…

Overall 8/10
Location 8
Value for money 8
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Gere K. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch

Liked: Mooie rustige locatie. Modern/schoon sanitair. Vriendelijke eigenaren.

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Clean facilities but needed to top up hand wash dispenser

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 8
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 2
Andy A. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch

Liked: The area and the quietness of the site

Disliked: Nothing

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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 TV room Take away Tennis Watersports

Amenities on site

Baby-changing facilities Bath available Car parking by pitch/unit Composting toilet Dog park Drying room Food shop Free wifi Ice pack freezing Internet access Launderette Parent & baby washroom Pick-up from public transport Portable toilet Pub toilets Public telephone Shower available Toilet block Washing-up area Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome Family friendly Motorcycle friendly Rallies welcome 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 Forest Lake and/or mountain Peaceful Spectacular scenery Walkers' paradise

Utilities

Charging facilities Chemical disposal Electric car charging point(s) Gas cylinders available Recycling available Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby Dog walk nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Accessibility

Accessible parking at pitch Bathrooms: Large spacious shower Bathrooms: Large spacious toilet Bathrooms: Step-free access Bathrooms: Wheelchair accessible shower Bathrooms: Wheelchair accessible toilet Disabled facilities Level site, no steep slopes Pitch close to accessible bathrooms

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby Climbing nearby Cycle hire nearby Cycling nearby Fishing nearby Golf nearby Horse riding nearby Mountain biking nearby Restaurant nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Water hook-up points for tourers

Location

Dare Valley Country Park

Aberdare

Glamorgan

Wales

CF44 7RG

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)

GPS

51.71267°N
-3.46943°W

Route directions

If you are using a satnav, please use the postcode CF44 7PS.

Nearest transport

Coach
1.2 mi Bus Station
4.5 mi Bus Station
10.5 mi Lidl
Rail
1.1 mi Aberdare Rail Station
2.5 mi Cwmbach Rail Station
3.6 mi Fernhill Rail Station
Ferry
20.1 mi Cardiff Castle Waterbus Stop
20.6 mi Taffs Mead Waterbus Stop
20.8 mi Swansea Queens Dock Ferry Terminal
Airport
22.4 mi Cardiff International Airport
26.8 mi Swansea Airport

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

Head about half an hour west of the site into the Brecon Beacons and get to the national park’s waterfall country, home to falls with nicely tongue-tripping names like Sgwd Gwladys (30 minutes’ drive) and Sgwd Yr Eira (35 minutes). The former’s just the place for wild swimming in a deep plunge pool surrounded by woodland... Drier times are to be had at stately piles about 35 minutes south of the park, including Caerphilly Castle with its massive moat and towers or smaller Castell Coch reconstructed in a fairytale style in the Victorian era by well-known architect William Burgess. Cardiff (40 minutes away) also has its own castle with renovations by Burgess – head to this swish city for cool concerts and sports events at the Principality Stadium or just check out the boutiques in the Victorian shopping arcades. For another architecturally intriguing manor home from a different era, the Tudor-style Tredegar House is 45 minutes away from the park.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Aberafan 17.1 mi Estuary N/A Good Good Good
Trecco Bay Porthcawl 18.7 mi Sea Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Sandy Bay Porthcawl 18.8 mi Sea Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Rest Bay Porthcawl 18.9 mi Sea Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Southerndown 19.3 mi Sea Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre 4.2 mi

Brecon Mountain Railway 7.4 mi

National Showcaves of Wales 12.2 mi

Aberdulais Falls 13.4 mi

Caerphilly Castle 14.2 mi

National Trust

Aberdulais Falls 13.5 mi

Aberdeunant 25.5 mi

Cycle routes

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

Other

Treherbert to Aberdare 4 mi

Pontneddfechan - Hepste Waterfalls - Pontneddfechan 5.7 mi

Pontneddfechan - Scwd Einion Gam Waterfall 6.2 mi

Porth-yr-ogof, Nedd and Mellte Waterfalls 7.1 mi

Waterfall Circuit 7.1 mi

Local events

  • Green Man Festival (Thursday 15 August 2024 – Thursday 15 August 2024)

    Crickhowell, Powys 16.5 mi

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.

Nearest sites

Unfortunately, we have no nearby bookable sites.

Want to know more about camping in Glamorgan?

  • Does Dare Valley Country Park have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Dare Valley Country Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Dare Valley Country Park? Head about half an hour west of the site into the Brecon Beacons and get to the national park’s waterfall country, home to falls with nicely tongue-tripping names like Sgwd Gwladys (30 … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Dare Valley Country Park?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  6:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  6:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Dare Valley Country Park? From £28 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.