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Lower Porthamel Camping

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  • Family camping in the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Orchard stays
  • Fish on the site's own river stretch

One of the things that most peeps find perfect on a camping holiday is a campfire. Men, women, dogs, kids, first-time campers and even cynical console-clicking teenagers – all are captivated by the crackling of the flames where they can cheerfully char their very own food among the smouldering depths. (Campfires might make you go all poetic.)

And a campfire in a permanent fireplace among pitches in an old, lovely and sheltered apple orchard, while watching the sun set over the Welsh mountains from the light of the flames?

Pass the ginger beer and pitch up at Lower Porthamel Camping on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Powys, a chilled-out and friendly farm site mixing old school camping with that other camping essential, showers with free hot water. (And fishing, as Lower Porthamel Camping has its own fly and coarse fishing rights on a stretch of the River Llynfi: pick up a day pass at the farmhouse.)

As well as the permanent fireplace, guests at Lower Porthamel can pick up one of the site’s raised firepits for campfires which are allowed on any pitches on site. If you don’t fancy a campfire (tsk), use the outdoor kitchen to cook in after picking up a barbecue pack with organic meat from the farm’s Small Farms Butcher shop in nearby Hay-on-Wye (all non-veggies should try the steak). Seasoned firewood is available to buy on site, and kindling can be gathered from the surrounding woodland.

Other facilities on site include an indoor washing-up area, and a toilet and shower block near the orchard with hot water and facilities for disabled guests.

Outdoors, the mile and a half trek directly from site runs through the farm fields and woodland, along the old mid-Wales railway line and onwards to the River Llynfi, a Site of Special Scientific Interest where the keen-eyed can see otters, badgers, kingfishers and herons – part of the SSSI ends up in the wildlife-rich Brecon Beacons National Park to see some more.

Please note that cars aren’t allowed in the camping fields or the orchard at Lower Porthamel Camping – all the more fun, surely, as you get to trundle gear – and kids – to your pitch on a farm wheelbarrow.

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Group bookings of 6 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

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Party: 2 adults


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Terms and conditions

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

Quiet hours must be respected between midnight and 7am.

Group bookings of 6 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Additional terms

Only well-behaved dogs accepted as this is a working farm.

Please note, we have a no-car policy on the camping fields and in the orchard but we do provide guests with wheelbarrows to help bring your gear on to the site. The site owners may ask guests to park in the farm yard when the site is busy.

Please note that only kindling can be gathered from the woodland.

Please check in at the farmhouse to settle up from 9am to 11am and from 5pm to 7pm.