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Dare Valley Country Park

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Dare Valley Country Park: Rainbow days (photo added by manager on 08/08/2022)

General

  • 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.

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.


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9.3

Overall rating based on 626 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

94% would stay here again.

  72% described as Walkers' paradise ?

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So looking forward to booking here again. Walks amazing25/02/2024

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRodney T.Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Toilets and showers spotless. Warm welcome and site well controlled.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Not returning24/02/2024

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAlison F.Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nothing

    Disliked: 

    No control. Pitches were flooded, some of the electric points did not work, residents using generators running after 11pm. Access from estate not easy with vehicles parked across the junction, no route map for bike tracks, afraid disappointed to see condoms abandoned on grass on site. Staff seemed uninterested. Got email re arrival at 12.20 pm when due at 1pm. Disappointed.

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Anonymous user

Facilities need an update.22/02/2024

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Bike park and country park

    Disliked: 

    Pitches very boggy, booked hard standing but was only grass left when we arrived and told to go anywhere. Couldn't peg awning down as pegs kept on coming out as ground so soft. Great location just a shame that we where let down and our brand new awning is covered in mud due to not getting hard standing as we booked.

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Nothing18/02/2024

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Nothing

    Disliked: 

    Paid deposit and booked online, received confirmation. Arrived in plenty of time, nobody on reception, couldn't get on the campsite. Called the mobile number and landline number provided multiple times, no answer. Email sent to the address provided, no response. Waited over an hour and in the end had to try and find somewhere else to stay. Campsite found an hours drive away. 1 star for everything as no idea.

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Great family site18/02/2024

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The activities were close and the layout of the site was good.

    Disliked: 

    The rain 🤣 but loved the sound of it on the van.
    Toilets were unclean and needed cleaning on the Saturday afternoon and were still unclean on the Sunday morning.
    Shower pressure was quite low

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Great site and park, friendly staff only the toilets aren't cleaned25/02/2024

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location and park

    Disliked: 

    Toilets

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Great site for families or people wanting to enjoy the outdoors.25/02/2024

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great little site. Access to pump track, park and beautiful walks directly from the site.

    Disliked: 

    When we left on the Sunday around 11.30 the toilets were in a bit of a state. One toilet blocked, one very dirty and no toilet roll available in any.

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Anonymous user

Fantastic scenery, lovely quiet site. Stayed 4 nights and had …20/02/2024

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Fantastic scenery, lovely quiet site. Stayed 4 nights and had a lovely time.

    Disliked: 

    Shower blocks needed more frequent cleaning.

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Clean, safe and great play park.19/02/2024

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomharry b.Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Clean, safe and great play park.

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Anonymous user

We’ve been here a lot over the years! It has …18/02/2024

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric hardstanding and grass touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We’ve been here a lot over the years! It has beautiful views the actual pitches are really clean and well kept. Lovely walks and a park for the children.

    Disliked: 

    We have been here a lot and this was the first time the toilets and shower facilities were very messy and dirty. Also hand dryers were out of order as well as the washing machine and dryer. It is a shame.

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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

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

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

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)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Water hook-up points for tourers

Location

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  • Aberdare, Glamorgan, Wales, CF44 7RG
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.7127°N 3.4694°W

Nearest transport

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

Directions


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

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.

Must see

  • Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre (4.2 miles)
  • Brecon Mountain Railway (7.4 miles)
  • National Showcaves of Wales (12.2 miles)

National Trust

  • Aberdulais Falls (13.5 miles)
  • Aberdeunant (25.5 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:  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.

Dare Valley Country Park cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

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

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable direct to Dare Valley Country Park on arrival.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • 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.

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Cycling is not allowed within the caravan site area.

No washing line other than those suspended from a caravan window for drying clothes are allowed.

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