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One of the things we know that Pitchup.com 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 make us 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, campers 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 an orchard pitch, pick one of the wild camping ones by the river. If you don’t fancy a campfire (tsk), use the outdoor kitchen to cook in after picking up fresh produce from the farm in summer or a barbecue pack with organic meat from the farm’s Small Farms Butcher shop in nearby Hay-on-Wye (we insist that all non-veggies try the steak). Firewood is available to buy on site at any time of the year, but please take only kindling from the surrounding woodland.
Other facilities on site include an indoor recreation room if the clouds are contrary, with board games, ping pong and the Lower Porthamel book of ideas for adventure and play; an indoor washing-up area, and a loo and shower block near the orchard with hot water and facilities for disabled guests.
Outdoors, the 2.5km 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, say we, as you get to trundle gear – and kids – to your pitch on a farm wheelbarrow.
Groups of more than 6 people are not accepted through Pitchup.com.
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It's now possible to make group bookings on Pitchup.com for up to 30 adults and 30 children.
As long as the 'one unit per pitch' rule is not highlighted on the pitch type information (please check this before completing your booking), you will be able to pitch your tents together on one booking.
If you are not satisfied with the results generated, try breaking your booking down for more options. For example, if you're a group of 10, enter five people for your initial search and book two pitches. Use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together when booking multiple pitches or accommodation units: the campsite or park will try to grant your request. Click the 'Make another booking like this' button on the confirmation page to take you back to your chosen campsite/park listing page so you can make your next booking straight away. Please note the same dates and party size will be used, so you'll need to change this if the number of people or child ages are different.
Before booking, please check the listing page for any group restrictions. These normally appear in a section titled 'Please note'. Please also check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit - especially for a large party - is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Max. persons: unlimited
Ground type: Grass
Trailer tents are not permitted on this pitch.