Cwmsoar Camping

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Visitor image of the camping field (added by manager 14 Apr 2023)
Orchard pitches (added by manager 14 apr 2023)
Camping field (added by manager 27 aug 2021)
Llandegfedd reservoir (added by manager 27 aug 2021)

  • Wild camping field surrounded by woodland between Usk and Pontypool
  • A 20-minute drive to Raglan Castle, and 40 minutes to Tintern Abbey
  • A 10-minute walk to Llandegfedd Reservoir for watersports and fishing
A small and dog-friendly pop-up site in Monmouthshire countryside near Pontypool, Cwmsoar Camping has well-maintained, spacious field and orchard pitches on a working farm surrounded by ancient woodlands. Quiet and rural it might be, but it’s also close to the lovely old village of Usk (10 minutes’ drive), with its fab – and handy – selection of pubs and takeaways to keep you fed and watered. As this is wild camping, facilities are few – mains water, portable toilets and a toilet-emptying station. For those going down the self-catering route on their break, barbecues and firepits are allowed on site and you can pick up goodies in Usk’s convenience stores too. Alternatively, you can try your luck in New Inn, a mile away, which has shops and places to eat. This peaceful spot is within easy distance of Llandegfedd Reservoir (10 minutes’ walk), where you can soon be out on the water for wild swimming, paddleboarding and canoeing adventures. Not brought your gear? No worries, simply hire boards and boats from Llandegfedd Visitor & Watersports Centre (10 minutes’ drive). For more sedate pleasures, the lake is a hopping place for fly fishing for trout from the bankside, and you can follow a circular walk along the water’s edge through quiet woodland or enjoy a short stroll with the kids through fields.

Site type

Motorhome pitches 5
Rent a tent 2
Tent pitches 10
Open all year
Please note
  • This site has no on-site shower facilities.
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
  • The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. XL Bully, Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).
  • Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
  • There are no bins onsite: all rubbish will need to be taken home with you.
  • Please note that the toilet facilities are unisex.
  • There is no reception on-site: on arrival please contact the number provided on your booking confirmation.

Languages spoken

English

Pitch types & availability

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Small, quiet site next to woodland. Very clean and tidy. Friendly owner.…

Overall 8/10
Location 8
Value for money 6
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 4
Customer service 8
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Alun B. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass motorhome pitch

Liked: Small, quiet site next to woodland. Very clean and tidy. Friendly owner. Fresh water tap, waste water/toilet disposal point. Grass pitches, tents separate from motorhomes/campervans. Close to Llandegfedd reservoir which is within walking distance (4 miles through woodland and meadows) or driving distance (15 mins via country lanes). Reservoir has a lovely visitor centre. The pretty town of Usk is approximately 15 mins drive away.

Disliked: Limited facilities: no showers onsite, only 2 porta-loos. Next to a country lane which occasionally had passing vehicles but not too bothersome. A bit expensive for facilities supplied.

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From the manager: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. For accuracy Cwmsoar is a 15-20 minute walk through the woods to Llandegfedd Lake. The Visitors centre is 3.3 miles by car.

Excellent, friendly site.

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

Non-electric grass motorhome pitch

Liked: Gorgeous well maintained site. The owner was very friendly. We paid the £10 for fire pit hire and got plenty logs, pit, kindling and newspaper. Felt like middle of nowhere and was very peaceful despite being near full.

Disliked: I didn't dislike but it's worth noting there is little signal.

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basic facilities quiet…

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

Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch

Liked: basic facilities quiet

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Pretty site, all basic needs met and lovely walks around the site.…

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

Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch

Liked: Pretty site, all basic needs met and lovely walks around the site. Perfect for a few nights.

Disliked: Felt a little bit expensive considering no showers, washing up facilities, etc.

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From the manager: Hi thankyou for taking the time to post a review. We pride ourselves on keeping a low key, basic site and work hard to maintain this. We do advertise as a basic site to make people aware of the facilities we offer pre booking. We charge the prices that are needed to make it viable to opening the site. We hope people who visit enjoy their stay and love Cwmsoar as much as we do.

Easy booking

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

Non-electric grass motorhome pitch

Liked: Ease of booking & able to take dogs

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Great value and location✅

Overall 10/10
Location 8
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 6
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch

Liked: Went for a weekends camping with my 5 year old son. The campsite owner welcomed us and allowed us to pitch where we liked. We setup camp next to the wooded area by the stream. We brought our own fire pit, however you can rent those on site. Usk is a short drive away and the reservoir is very close.

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Hosts were very friendly, helpful & Informative. Lovely quiet site & great…

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

Non-electric grass motorhome pitch

Liked: Hosts were very friendly, helpful & Informative. Lovely quiet site & great local walks.

Disliked: Lack of rubbish/recycling bins, but did have a ash bin.

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Peaceful site that’s well worth a stay at.

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

Non-electric grass motorhome pitch

Liked: This site was extremely quiet, nice nature surroundings and stream nearby. Option to hire fire pits was good to have. Didn’t bother me there weren’t shower facilities, the hose was good enough. There is a reservoir with a nice cafe within a couple of miles that’s worth visiting. Hosts were really helpful and friendly. Such a great place to stay.

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Very friendly and cheap camp site. Fire wood and fire pits available Toilets…

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

Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch

Liked: Very friendly and cheap camp site. Fire wood and fire pits available Toilets were clean, there is a hose to have outdoor cold shower or fill anything up if you need to.

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The location and freedom…

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

Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch

Liked: The location and freedom

Disliked: Wish the toilets were better. My 2 children refused to use them.

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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 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

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

Themes

Budget/backpacker Lake and/or mountain Peaceful Spectacular scenery Walkers' paradise Wild camping Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities Chemical disposal Electric car charging point(s) Gas cylinders available No hot water Recycling available Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby Dog walk nearby

Type

Farm Small (11-25 pitches)

Accessibility

Disabled facilities

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby Climbing nearby Cycling nearby Fishing nearby Golf nearby Indoor pool nearby Mountain biking nearby Restaurant nearby Sailing nearby Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Motorhome service point Seasonal pitches

Location

Cwmsoar Camping

Cwmsoar

Glascoed

Pontypool

Monmouthshire

Wales

NP4 0TX

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)

GPS

51.70154°N
-2.98442°W

Nearest transport

Coach
2.3 mi Town Hall
3.4 mi Trussel Road
7.8 mi Queensway Q1
Rail
1.3 mi Pontypool & New Inn Rail Station
3.4 mi Cwmbran Rail Station
6.5 mi Llanhilleth Rail Station
Ferry
9.5 mi Newport (S Wales) Ferry Terminal
17.4 mi Portishead Pier
17.5 mi Cardiff Castle Waterbus Stop
Airport
24.7 mi Bristol International Airport
25.9 mi Cardiff International 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

You’re never short of an ancient building in this corner of Wales; start off a day off castle-bagging at Usk (10 minutes’ drive) where medieval ruins border landscaped gardens, or head for Raglan, once a mighty defence castle and now open for self-guided tours. Moated Caerphilly Castle (35 minutes) has a trail of underground passages to explore, and if you haven’t had your fill of history by now, try glorious Tintern Abbey (40 minutes) for a stroll among peaceful ruins. If you’d rather be yomping than mugging up on history, there are plenty of challenging hikes in the Brecon Beacons National Park (15 minutes) or stroll to Symonds Yat Rock in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (40 minutes). The whole area is full of places to get out for a great walk or bike ride, and there's dry slope skiing in Pontypool too. If the kids are behaving, treat them to subterranean mine tours at Big Pit National Coal Museum (20 minutes), and if you all fancy a big city day out, Cardiff (45 minutes) hits the spot with rip-roaring RIB cruises around the bay and international musicals at Wales Millennium Centre.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Clevedon Beach 18.9 mi Estuary N/A Good Good Good
Weston-Super-Mare Sand Bay 23.3 mi Estuary N/A N/A Good Good
Jackson'S Bay Barry Island 24.6 mi Sea N/A Good N/A Good
Weston Main 24.9 mi Estuary Poor N/A Poor N/A
Whitmore Bay Barry Island 25 mi Sea Good Excellent Good Excellent

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Caerleon Roman Fortress & Baths 6.5 mi

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Tourist Information Centre 6.5 mi

Blaenavon Ironworks 6.9 mi

Big Pit: National Coal Museum 7.1 mi

Raglan Castle 7.5 mi

National Trust

The Kymin 14.7 mi

Skenfrith Castle 14.8 mi

Clevedon Court 19.3 mi

Blaise Hamlet 20.1 mi

Westbury College Gatehouse 21.2 mi

Cycle routes

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

Other

Eastern Car Park - Circuit of Llandegfedd Reservoir - Eastern Car Park 1.5 mi

Sor Brook Car Park - Llandegfedd Reservoir - Coed y Paen - The Forest - Sor Brook CP 1.9 mi

Goytre Hall Wood - Goytre Wharf - Goytre Hall Wood 3.3 mi

Usk - Conigar Walk - Cwm Cayo - Usk Castle - Usk 3.4 mi

Usk - Bettws Newydd - Chain Bridge - Usk Valley Walk - Usk 3.5 mi

Local events

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

    Crickhowell, Powys 14.1 mi

  • Bristol International Balloon Fiesta (Thursday 8 August 2024 – Thursday 8 August 2024)

    Bristol, Greater Bristol 22.4 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 Monmouthshire?

  • Does Cwmsoar Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Cwmsoar Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Cwmsoar Camping? You’re never short of an ancient building in this corner of Wales; start off a day off castle-bagging at Usk (10 minutes’ drive) where medieval ruins border landscaped gardens, or head for … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Cwmsoar Camping?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Cwmsoar Camping? From £20 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.