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9.7
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Wood can be bought on site for the firepits

General

  • Peaceful, spacious site in the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Two pubs within walking distance
  • Activity centre on site for outdoor pursuits

All sorts of alfresco adventures await in the Brecon Beacons National Park – and folks staying at Open Fire Camping may just surmise that they’re in a mighty fine place to make the most of them.

And they’d be right, for this is not just a place to stay but also a licensed activity centre, where experienced professionals can hook you up with days of climbing, canoeing, caving and the like. Folks who’d prefer to roam free are within easy reach of heaps of walking trails (both leisurely strolls and mountain scrambles) and can consult the site’s handy collection of maps to ensure they don’t wander astray.

It’s a cracking location to chill out in, too (excellent news for those who’ve worn themselves out by day) – there’s heaps of space around the site’s different levels to find a pitch that suits you – set up as a group or pick a more private corner from which to admire the views over Cribarth and do some stargazing by night (you’re in an International Dark Sky Reserve here so there should be some spectacular starry displays, cloud permitting)

Keen to keep a calm vibe on site, the folks here have kept facilities to just the essentials like wifi, toilets and showers. Firepits have been scattered around the site, and you can buy firewood here or bring your own. If you don’t have the energy to cook dinner, there are a couple of pubs in the little Powys village of Pen-y-cae, just under a mile away.

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No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.


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9.7

Overall rating based on 54 reviews

 

100% would recommend this park to a friend.

98% would stay here again.

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Really reccomend as it's perfectly placed in Brecon beacons!10/04/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautiful setting - awesome views and absolutely lovely staff who let us borrow a map for free!

    Disliked: 

    One of the showers wouldn't turn hot ... But who cares when you're camping!

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Secluded, friendly, quiet09/28/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMaddie W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Friendly welcome from the owner, lots of great local walking advice. There was a good choice in pitches set in a beautiful location with fantastic fire pits to keep us warm in the evening. And a warm shower!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing - I would definitely recommend and plan to come back again.

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Great site with friendly and informative staff and awesome scenery09/15/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnna O.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Scenery and option to have an open camp fire

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Scenic campsite with clean facilities, friendly staff, level pitches09/15/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLaura S.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The campsite was remote, in a beautiful setting within the Brecon Beacons surrounded by nature and rolling hills. But the location offers the best of both worlds, just a short walk from the famous Henrhyd Falls and a short drive from the top Brecon hikes. The host was friendly and helpful and helped me start my open fire in the drizzle. It was quiet and scenic. Shower facilities were nearby, very clean and practical.

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Excellent spot for a quiet camping experience09/14/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMaria A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
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    Very much

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Well spread out campsite, great views and lovely homely feel …09/14/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomIibby A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Well spread out campsite, great views and lovely homely feel to the site. Amazing, friendly and helpful staff. Would definitely recommend. Great covid measures

    Disliked: 

    The shower was cold in the mornings (but warm if you had one in the evenings so not a massive deal)

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Location was great, facilities were clean and tidy, site was …09/11/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
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    Location was great, facilities were clean and tidy, site was quiet which is just what we wanted.

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Will be returning, one of the best sites I've stayed at.09/03/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBethany R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
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    The views are incredible and getting to build a camp fire makes it feel so homely. The facilities are clean and the site is quiet.

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A lovely rural campsite with a beautiful view. There was …09/05/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTamsin L.Confirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
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    A lovely rural campsite with a beautiful view. There was a welcoming and a peaceful feel to the site, which made us newbie campers feel easily settled in. They did a great job of introducing some Covid measures in the facilities. I recommend going to the PenyCae Inn down the road for their delicious food and visiting the waterfall, although it was slippery underground!

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Fantastic base for walking holiday09/05/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    - Incredibly helpful host gave us excellent walking tips (including a navigational challenge to a nearby memorial of a crashed Canadian bomber from WWII where the wreckage remains).
    - Great access to the Brecons
    - Lovely view across the valley
    - Walking distance to 4 or more pubs (within ~2 miles), of which we can confirm the Pen-y-cae Inn and Abercravie are excellent.

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Bush

Gastronomic delight

Hikers’ paradise

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

No hot water

No potable water point

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • The Rhongyr Isaf Centre, Pen-y-cae, Powys, Wales, SA9 1GB
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.8182°N 3.6706°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Neath: Rail Station Coach Stop — 12.2 miles
Aberdare: Duke Street Bus Station — 12.2 miles
Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station — 13.4 miles
Train stations
Treherbert Rail Station — 11.6 miles
Aberdare Rail Station — 12.1 miles
Neath Rail Station — 12.3 miles
Ferry ports
Swansea Queens Dock Ferry Terminal — 18.0 miles
Airports
Swansea Airport — 22.7 miles

Directions


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

Getting out into the national park is a doddle – get your boots on for the hour-long hike to Henrhyd Waterfall, perhaps, or join a group at the licensed activity centre to climb Cribarth. Other outdoorsy antics that can be booked on site include archery, gorge walking, climbing and canoeing, and there’s a riding stables a mile away.

For something a bit more leisurely, take the 15-minute walk from site to Craig-y-Nos Country Park for a wander around the 40-acre park’s lake and meadows and a visit to Craig-y-Nos Castle and its listed theatre (once owned by famed opera singer Adelina Patti).

A five-minute drive from the site takes you to the National Showcaves Centre for Wales, which has in the past been voted one of the UK’s best attractions – after you've delved underground, take the kids to the dino exhibit to see loads of life-sized model-sauruses. If you're yearning for a breath of sea air, it'll take you less than an hour to drive to the Gower Peninsula for some of the UK's best beaches.

Must see

  • National Showcaves of Wales (0.9 miles)
  • Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre (7.4 miles)
  • Aberdulais Falls (10.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Aberdulais Falls (10.7 miles)
  • Aberdeunant (14.7 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

RV, trailer and tent sites
Arrive:  11 a.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.
On-park accommodation
Arrive:  11 a.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  10:30 a.m.

Open Fire Camping cancelation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancelations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Open Fire Camping will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted at the park

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Terms and conditions

Park booking terms and conditions

  • Does Open Fire Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Open Fire Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Open Fire Camping? Getting out into the national park is a doddle – get your boots on for the hour-long hike to Henrhyd Waterfall, perhaps, or join a group at the licensed activity centre to … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Open Fire Camping?
    RV, trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  11 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  11 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Open Fire Camping? From $31.28 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

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

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

Admission
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Reception
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. between 01/01 and 12/31.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

Vehicles
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

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