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Heritage Coast Campsite

9.2

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General

  • Peaceful site for families, couples and relaxed sorts
  • Well-priced café serving breakfasts, cream teas and off-license sales
  • Ten minutes' walk from the beach

Sites with Jurassic Coast views, campfires allowed, a short stroll from the beach and an even shorter one to an award-winning pub always get the Pitchup.com vote. Add in an acclaimed new café on site and we do believe Heritage Coast Campsite is a winner.

Based in Glamorgan's Cowbridge and ten minutes' walk from Monknash beach across public footpaths, the much-liked Heritage Coast comes with the Monks Rest Café, a recent venture from Phillipa, Glynn and team that dishes up breakfasts in the type of belly-busting size of which we thoroughly approve.

Cream teas, Friday night suppers, off-license sales and properly-sized coffees/hot drinks are also on offer, all are at reasonable prices – and the café is quite arty and information-based too, with an art/photography gallery and heaps of leaflets and tourist info about the local area.

The shower, loo and utility facilities are newly built and include disabled facilities and hairdryers; complimentary mobile phone charging is available and there's a freezer for freezer packs.

Campfires are allowed if you want to sort your own nosh – ask Glyn or Philippa about hiring a fire basket – or you could have a meal at the award-winning Plough and Harrow pub two minutes' walk away.

Whichever you decide, take time for sitting back as dusk falls to listen out for the hooting of the local owls: Heritage Coast Campsite is in a wildlife haven too.


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9.2

Overall rating based on 29 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

93% would stay here again.

 

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Great site with very helpful owners 27/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom MARC V. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Small non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Staff
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    Disliked: 

    Could do with extra toilets and showers

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Excellent site - quality and attention to detail in all they do 21/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Antonia M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Large grass tent and campervan pitch - optional electric
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location - very remote with stunning scenery
    Family friendly - safe for children to play, quiet by 10pm
    Clean toilet and shower facilities
    Friendly and helpful owners and staff
    High quality food and drink on offer

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Excellent camp site, with clean facilities, and friendly helpful staff 19/08/2016

paul_r271963

  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Would definitely recommend this camp site, with very good on site facilities and friendly and helpful owners and staff.
    We look forward to returning next year.

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Lovely site, helpful owners. 18/08/2016

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  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautifully clean, well maintained pitches that are level, owners are very helpful. A lovely stay with my nieces and nephew and to quote " Awesome" They can't wait to visit again.

    Disliked: 

    There is nothing to dislike.

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Dissapointed - could have been amazing 17/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stephanie R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Large grass tent and campervan pitch - optional electric
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location was beautiful. Easy to find Barry and Cardiff.
    Food tastes nice.

    Good recommendations to other restaurants or sites.

    Disliked: 

    Paid for electric hookup and never got it, didn't receive any money back and not even a sincere apology.

    Bathrooms were left disgusting for hours, it's just next to the cafe, I don't think it takes much to walk in and have a quick look around.

    Staff were friendly at first however very abrupt. Helped us with travel arrangements but refused to talk to us regarding the problem we had with the electric.

    No wifi, promised it would be fixed on our second day and on our 4th and 5th still wasn't.

    Showers cost 50pence for 5 minutes!? Twice I was stuck with conditioner in my hair.

    Cafe is overpriced, it looks like child's portions also.

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Very well maintained site in a lovely location. 15/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Carol D. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Large grass tent and campervan pitch - optional electric
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The fire pits, the lovely walk down to the coast, the view, level pitches, clean shower facilities, all well maintained. A very good campsite in a lovely location.

    Disliked: 

    The wind.

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Lovely, clean and place with good facilities and access to South Wales 14/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lesley B. Confirmed

  • Large non-electric grass tent and campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Particularly liked the picturesque walk to the beach

    Disliked: 

    Poor phone and brodband signal but a short drive saved the day

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nice and friendly staff with level pitches 09/08/2016

john_s81 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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  • Liked: 

    The host she was very friendly and she would check in on you to make sure if everything was ok. The site was clean and had good facilities. I liked the on site cafe so did my son who enjoyed the hot chocolate with cream on top.

    Disliked: 

    The weather was very very wet throughout my whole stay but its not the campsite's fault. The host did apologies on a few occasions but i told her it's not your fault you can't control the weather.

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Very quiet site, lovely and clean 07/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Chris O. Confirmed

  • Large non-electric grass tent and campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely quiet site when we were there. The toilets and showers were clean with plenty of toilet paper! Showers 50p. The site was clean with no rubbish lying around and well maintained. Staff all friendly. This was our first time camping so unsure what to expect, but we thoroughly enjoyed it, despite 45mph gales and rain for our first night! Loved the fire pit so you didn't have to bring your own. Dogs were allowed on leads so this was a plus. Great first time experience, thanks all X

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    Nothing

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superb site clean good facilities friendly staff good cafe and bar 07/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Keith M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Large non-electric grass tent and campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    We loved the quiet location good showers and excellent cafe and bar the views were superb and the site was kept clean and tidy

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Bath available

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Free wifi

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Shower available

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Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Monknash Cowbridge, Glamorgan, Wales, CF71 7QQ
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.4195°N 3.5592°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bridgend Sarn Coach Stop — 7.8 miles
Cardiff International Airport: Bus Stop — 9.6 miles
Minehead: Parade Coach Stop — 15.2 miles
Train stations
Llantwit Major Rail Station — 3.4 miles
Bridgend Rail Station — 6.1 miles
Wildmill Rail Station — 7.1 miles
Ferry ports
Barry Waterfront Ferry Terminal — 12.4 miles
Minehead Harbour — 14.7 miles
Channel View Waterbus Stop — 16.7 miles
Airports
Cardiff International Airport — 9.6 miles
Swansea Airport — 25.3 miles

Directions


Heritage Coast Campsite is in the hamlet of Monknash three miles north-west of Llantwit Major.

Leave the M4 at junction 35, and follow the dual carriageway to Bridgend. At the fifth roundabout take the sign posted turning to St Brides Major (B4265).

About one and a half miles beyond St Brides Major, a signposted right turn leads to Monknash and Llantwit Major. Continue to the village of Monknash, follow the sign for The Plough and Harrow, take a right hand turn past the front entrance of The Pub, and continue down the lane for approximately half a mile.

Pass three cottages immediately followed by a stone wall signposted Heritage Coast Campsite, enter the drive and turn left into the campsite. Reception is on your right at the site entrance.

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

Coastal walks and beaches, museums and castles, and heaps of outdoor activities are all around to get stuck into.

If you want to stick to the coast – it's a heritage one after all – try out one of the local surf schools or some fishing nearby at Penarth Beach or Wick. The Glamorgan Heritage Coast runs for 14 miles from Porthcawl to Aberthawl and has some highly scenic walks as well as even more scenic horse rides to be had on its beaches.

Ogmore Castle and Fonmon Castle are two nearby sites to sort some Welsh history (as is the excellent St Fagans National History Museum a short drive away in Cardiff), and the National Trust's Dyffryn Gardens will be a good day out for green-fingered types.

Also nearby, look for the local karting centre; Taskforce Skirmish Paintball and a few rounds of Welsh golf; have a look through the Heritage Coast Campsite info leaflets to get you started.

Must see

  • St Fagans: National History Museum (13.1 miles)
  • Castell Coch (15.6 miles)
  • Millennium Stadium (16.8 miles)

National Trust

  • Holnicote Estate (14.8 miles)
  • Watersmeet (17.1 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.

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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

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

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 10.30pm and 7am.
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.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 7 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Additional terms

Motorhomes are strictly forbidden.

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