Cefn Mably Lakes9.4
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It’s a piscator’s paradise among the Welsh hills at Cefn Mably Lakes, where anglers can break out the boilies, bread and dog biscuits to net a monster haul before bedding down for the night in a cosy log camping pod, right on the water’s edge.
Fish from dawn till dusk from the stoop of your pod, or try some night fishing on the Lodge Lake. There are nine different coarse and carp lakes across the 35-acre park, including a match pond where pole, waggler and feeder fishermen regularly thrash it out. The waters teem with an assortment of hungry fish, but the carp are the stars: two recent catches were over 26 pounds, and bags usually make it to double figures.
A brand new shower block stands ready to warm the cockles after a hard day or night on the pegs, and the cosy lodge overlooking the water serves up drinks and hot and cold grub all day, as well as selling all the tackle and bait you could possibly need. There’s even a resident angling coach on hand for lessons, in the (highly unlikely) event that the fish aren’t biting.
Just across the road is Cefn Mably Farm Park, with animals galore, pony rides and tractor loads of play areas, including a massive heated play barn.
Visitors will find several charismatic country inns in the immediate vicinity, and it’s a mere 15 minutes by motor to the myriad restaurants, shops and attractions of the Cardiff metropolis.
Nearby Caerphilly, with its immense medieval castle encircled by water, is well worth a trip, and history buffs will also enjoy exploring the history and culture of the Welsh Valleys. Drive a little further and you can reach the stunning panoramas of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
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- Caerphilly Castle (4.6 miles)
- National Museum Cardiff (5.6 miles)
- Castell Coch (5.8 miles)
- Clevedon Court (14.8 miles)
- Tyntesfield (19.0 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Draethen - Ruperra Castle (1.5 miles)
- Cardiff Ridgeways (1.5 miles)
- Rhyd-y-gwern Woods (1.6 miles)
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88% would stay here again.
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Wonderful stay... Relaxed .. Friendly helpful staff 2 Aug 2013
garethmmorgan (Young couple, 1 review, 2 photos)
Very relaxing, peaceful and friendly 13 Aug 2012
Iffat_S (Family with young children, 1 review) Confirmed
Brilliant 27 Apr 2012
jimmgarrett (Young couple, 1 review, 3 photos)
Great location, 'logpod' was excellent - warm and dry 19 Oct 2011
Kevg188 (Family with young children, 1 review)
Relaxing and tranquill 27 Jun 2011
Lynnette_H (Family with older children, 1 review) Confirmed
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No dogs allowed
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
Commercial vehicles allowed
Lake and/or mountain
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Cardiff: Cathays Park Coach Stop — 5.5mi
Newport (S. Wales): Bus Station — 5.8mi
Cardiff: Cardiff Castle Coach Stop — 5.9mi
- Train stations
Lisvane & Thornhill Rail Station — 3.0mi
Llanishen Rail Station — 3.2mi
Rogerstone Rail Station — 3.5mi
- Ferry ports
Cardiff Castle Waterbus Stop — 6.0mi
Newport (S Wales) Ferry Terminal — 6.2mi
Taffs Mead Waterbus Stop — 6.3mi
Cardiff International Airport — 14.5mi
Bristol International Airport — 21.2mi
We are situated just 10 mins from jct 28 of the M4.
Take the exit off the roundabout (jct 28) signposted A48 Castleton. Follow the A48 for approx two miles untill you reach Castleton. The Coach and Horses pub will be on your right and the esso garage will be on your left. Our turning is directly opposite the Petrol station sign posted Cefn Mably Lakes. Follow the brown tourism signs with a fish on them for about two miles until you reach us.