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Dare Valley Country Park

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General

  • A scenic 500-acre site on an old colliery at the Brecon Beacons’ edge
  • A five-minute drive to Aberdare and 15 minutes to Penderyn Distillery
  • Playgrounds and cafeteria on site; waterfall walks within 30 minutes

If you’re wanting a countryside Welsh holiday close to southern Wales’ mightiest mountain range, settle in for a few days or more at Dare Valley Country Park: this site in Mid Glamorgan sits on top of an old colliery a five-minute drive from the old mining town of Aberdare on the outskirts of the Brecon Beacons.

The whopping 500 acres of space at the park means wanders (among lush valley views) are par for the course, with trails leading off into the countryside straight from the site too. But you might be hard-pressed luring kids away from the two playgrounds (the biggest has a sandpit, slides and swings) or partners from a cafeteria that opens daily for freshly prepped breakfast, lunch and snacks...

If they’re really not keen to come away from this scenic place, bribe them with the mountain biking trails at BikePark Wales, about 20 minutes away. For grownups, golf at a parkland course with manicured meadow lawns and mature oaks is less than a 10-minute drive from the site.

And if you really need to bring out the big guns (for the big folk, that is)? There’s always the lure of a tour and tasting session at Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre (within 15 minutes)… This whisky making centre’s in the southern part of the Brecon Beacons; travelling a touch further (half an hour in all from the site) leads right into the middle of the national park for ambles around green hills.

Please note

Bookings must not be for more than 30 consecutive nights.

No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.


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8.3

Overall rating based on 41 reviews

 

85% would recommend this park to a friend.

83% would stay here again.

  63% described as Hikers’ paradise ?

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Great pitches. Great amenities, brilliant and knowledgable staff.09/16/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaul S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent or trailer tent site
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    Brilliant location coming from South Wales. Great services I.e. showers and beautiful cafe on site. Brilliant parks for my daughter. Incredibly friendly site Manager met us and gave us lots of info about area. Could not fault it. Definitely will be using site again.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing. Even the weather turned out great.

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Staff, walks & cafe09/16/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBarry T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Staff, walks & cafe

    Disliked: 

    Some noise, but nothing too bad.

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Relatively flat site, so no uphill slog to toilet facilities09/16/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSharon S.Confirmed

  • Powered asphalt and grass RV site
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    Peaceful site, especially after the cafe closed and day visitors left. Friendly guy in reception when I arrived, he had not been told which pitch number I was to stay at so I had free range, but he warned me that some of the electric hook-ups were not working and to test that before I got too settled into a pitch. Not a bad walk down to Aberdare town, but taxi back up (unless you like to hike) :-)

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Peaceful and lots of walks, reasonable price. On site cafe. ...09/14/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCharlotte B.Confirmed

  • Powered asphalt and grass RV site
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    Peaceful and lots of walks, reasonable price. On site cafe. Team members were pleasant and helpful in reception on morning after our stay.

    Disliked: 

    Signage on site was slightly confusing and no-one around to ask on arrival.

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Really really great.09/05/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered asphalt and grass RV site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Site (enclosed with gates, flat, pitches hard standing but grassed, fabulous walks and play areas, very reasonable cafe - also takeaway. Shower block good.

    Disliked: 

    Pitch up forgot to send booking (apparently), but fortunately space. Also, incorrect postcode which took us in to a housing estate - luckily we weren’t towing as VERY tight. Fab local showed us the way as happens all the time. If booking had gone through, the campsite apparently send corrected postcode.

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Quiet site with easy access to a cafe and some ...09/04/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNeil B.Confirmed

  • Powered asphalt and grass RV site
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  • Liked: 

    Quiet site with easy access to a cafe and some fabulous walks. The staff in the reception were friendly and helpful. The food in the cafe was great. There are toilet, shower and laundry facilities. I really enjoyed my stay and loved the walks around the park.

    Disliked: 

    I couldn’t get on to Wi-fi on the site but it was available around the cafe / reception.

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Lovely camp09/13/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Powered asphalt and grass RV site
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    Lovely surroundings with lakes and wildlife a short walk away. Camp was nice a relaxed, and happy that dogs were allowed to run around (if well behaved). Facilities were standard and clean.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Nice site with good clean facilities.09/05/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomIan S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered asphalt and grass RV site
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    Choice of level pitches. Shower and toilet block, clean and adequate number for the site.

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Excellent site friendly staff and very clean09/04/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered asphalt and grass trailer site
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    Scenery and clean

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A great country park, badly tainted by disrespectful families09/04/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered asphalt and grass RV site
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    The country park was fantastic for walking the dogs , great area and the park was relaxing. I will definitely bring the dogs here again out of peak season

    Disliked: 

    Unfortunately we were surrounded in the campsite by uncontrolled dogs (off leads) and children , bad language and late nights by families that had no respect for other people. I may try this site again off season

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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

Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

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Wheelchair access

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Bush

Hikers’ paradise

Lake and/or mountain

Spectacular scenery

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 sites)

Location

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  • Aberdare, Glamorgan, Wales, CF44 7RG
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.7109°N 3.4575°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Aberdare: Duke Street Bus Station — 0.7 miles
Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station — 4.1 miles
Pontypridd Bus Station — 8.9 miles
Train stations
Aberdare Rail Station — 0.7 miles
Cwmbach Rail Station — 2.0 miles
Fernhill Rail Station — 3.1 miles
Ferry ports
Cardiff Castle Waterbus Stop — 19.7 miles
Taffs Mead Waterbus Stop — 20.2 miles
Channel View Waterbus Stop — 20.9 miles
Airports
Cardiff International Airport — 22.2 miles
Swansea Airport — 27.3 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

Head about half an hour west of the site into the Brecon Beacons and get to the national park’s waterfall country, home to falls with nicely tongue-tripping names like Sgwd Gwladys (30 minutes’ drive) and Sgwd Yr Eira (35 minutes). The former’s just the place for wild swimming in a deep plunge pool surrounded by woodland...

Drier times are to be had at stately piles about 35 minutes south of the park, including Caerphilly Castle with its massive moat and towers or smaller Castell Coch reconstructed in a fairytale style in the Victorian era by well-known architect William Burgess.

Cardiff (40 minutes away) also has its own castle with renovations by Burgess – head to this swish city for cool concerts and sports events at the Principality Stadium or just check out the boutiques in the Victorian shopping arcades.

For another architecturally intriguing manor home from a different era, the Tudor-style Tredegar House is 45 minutes away from the park.

Must see

  • Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre (4.6 miles)
  • Brecon Mountain Railway (7.2 miles)
  • National Showcaves of Wales (12.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Aberdulais Falls (13.9 miles)
  • Aberdeunant (26.0 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:  noon –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  noon
On-park accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

Dare Valley Country Park cancelation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

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

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

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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.
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.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 30 consecutive nights.
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.

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

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

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

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

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