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Lower Porthamel Farm

General

  • Family camping in the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Orchard stays
  • Fish on the site's own river stretch (catch and release only)

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). Kindling can be gathered from the surrounding woodland but bring your own firewood for campfires. Firewood can be purchased from the nearby garage at Glasbury.

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. Fishing on the Llynfi is available with permission from the owners and a valid rod license only. Day permits can be bought at the farmhouse.

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.

The site operates a zero waste policy and guests must take all rubbish home with them.

Please note

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.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Dogs are not allowed in the on-site accommodations.

Facilities/activities including fishing are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

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

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

This is a zero waste site so please be prepared to take all your rubbish away with you when you leave.


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8.8

Overall rating based on 69 reviews

 

90% would recommend this park to a friend.

84% would stay here again.

  81% described as Peaceful ?

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A quiet, relaxed campsite with great facilities in a beautiful setting09/13/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKate P.Confirmed

  • Orchard primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lower Porthamel is a lovely quiet place, perfect for families, with a limited number of pitches, all nestled under the apple trees. Clare was very friendly and helpful on arrival. The shower and toilet block is lovely and clean and the showers are hot. Plus there is a great washing up area. Drinking water is available and there is a shop very close by (less than 5 mins drive) where you can buy logs for your fire, ice for your coolbox and gas for your stove. You can't park next to your pitch, but you are allowed to drive up to unload and then repark a few metres away, which works really well. We were after a semi-wild camping experience and that is exactly what we got. We loved that there are fire pits at each pitch, and it was so pleasant sitting around the fire at night, toasting marshmallows and listening to the silence. Lower Porthamel really is a lovely, relaxing place to be and our kids absolutely loved it. They got up every morning and ran to the rope swing to play before and after breakfast (and quite often during too!) It is a safe place so we could relax and let them run around and explore the campsite to their hearts content. There is so much to do in the Brecons and this is a fantastic place to use as a base to explore this stunning part of Wales. We are so pleased that we found this little gem, we loved our week there and we will return in the future. Thank you Clare!

    Disliked: 

    Absolutely nothing - it was perfect.

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The privacy of the pitch-up area, the cleanliness of toilets ...09/04/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Orchard primitive grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    The privacy of the pitch-up area, the cleanliness of toilets and showers, convenient location for walking, small town nearby for picking up essentials, handy little with fridge, freezer and drinking tap.

    Disliked: 

    Hot water available in only one of many showers for first 24 hours of our stay (this issue was then resolved), signage to facilities and check-in location could be improved, majority of the pitching area was on sloping ground.

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Beautiful, relaxed campsite.09/04/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNeil C.Confirmed

  • Orchard primitive grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    I almost don't want to write a review on this site so it doesn't become too popular!

    As someone who hates big fields with rows of tents, electric hookups etc, for me, this is pretty much the perfect campsite: a lovely location in an orchard, grass pitches, seclusion possible unless it's really full, campfires, cars allowed on the pitches to get your kit there but then not after that (no irksome wheel-barrows but safe for kids to run about), no music allowed, no noise at night, clean water tap near pitches, fridge & freezer, toilet and shower block with mains hot water and plumbing and adequate water pressure.

    The owner Claire seems relaxed about the whole thing and is pleasant to deal with.
    Unlike some sites, you're not restricted to smaller tents or gouged for cash for having an awning. The other campers we interacted with the two times we've been have been polite and friendly. No loud or drunk groups so far.

    Located on an active farm, it's a short drive to the local chip shop or Talgarth town for the Co-op and pubs etc. It has quick and easy access to the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons and the Wye.

    The only improvements I'd make would be extractor fans in the showers rather than open windows for colder days.

    Not a criticism but personally I'd suggest the owner gets something for firepits rather than allowing people to make fireplaces where they like since after a few people have pitched in a spot, the number of burned out fireplaces then restricts possible pitching spots but TBH it wasn't a issue. Other sites have used old car wheels which I imagine are cheap and available.

    IMO a great mix of wild seclusion and decent facilities. They thankfully haven't gone down the full "eco" route which often means foul composting toilets, luke-warm solar-heated water, long wet grass, no cars and those infernal wheelbarrows which rule a site out for us as we have a 5m bell tent with wood-burning stove, awning, kitchen unit, tables, chairs etc - takes hours to move all that.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing of any importance.

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Excellent stay, very welcoming and kids loved it. Clean and lovely09/03/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCarl B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Orchard primitive grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    It was a lovely place with lovely surroundings, kids absolutely loved it and also there were fresh apple trees around us. Lovely location nice and peaceful and relaxing would definitely stay again and recommend to friends and family’s stay

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to not like about this place it’s was perfect

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Will definitely be staying here again. Excellent site09/02/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Orchard primitive grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Toilets and showers cleaned twice a day. Beautiful natures walks around the site. Cars are kept in the carpark after setting up/unpacking and not next to tents so was very safe for children to run around freely.

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Peaceful campsite with your own fire, great walks and cycles nearby08/29/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

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    Very peaceful campsite and having your own campfire is great. Went on a mountain biking trip - super easy to cycle down to Talgarth and find some awesome mountain biking routes. Or is just a short drive away from others. Not noisy and a nice vibe.

    Disliked: 

    Bathrooms could have been cleaner.

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Lovely secluded setting just a quarter of an hour from ...08/28/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Orchard primitive grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely secluded setting just a quarter of an hour from the gorgeous town of Hay on Wye.

    Disliked: 

    Facilities did not cope with influx of people at busy times. In fact toilets started blocking even before it got busy. Lights in loos went too. Hot water kept running out generally. Nettles needed to be kept down with young families around.

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Lovely site. Avoid on bank hols & busy times: Loos / shower can’t cope08/28/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Orchard primitive grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Chilled atmosphere, campfires, camping amongst the apple trees, lots of other children for ours to play with. Working farm, plebty of animals and lovely walks from the site. About 50 mins walk from Talgarth with young kids which isn’t too bad. Clean toilets, warm showers....until there were more than 10 tents and everything started breaking.

    Disliked: 

    Says 10 pitches - there were 23 tents at one point!!! At peak of 23 tents the showers couldn’t cope, the lights in toilets and showers broke, no response from owner to texts and calls from many customers. Everything broke for three days :(
    Too many cars for car park. Says no cars left in orchard but people were parking next to their tents which really killed the atmosphere.

From the manager...

I am glad you liked the atmosphere and camping at Lower Porthamel.
I felt I must respond to some of criticisms as they are quite frankly incorrect.
We have a maximum of 20 pitches available throughout the season at Lower Porthamel. Bank holidays, especially August Bank holiday is our busiest tome and it is the only time that we are at full capacity. Some people bring more than one tent when they book which is the reason there was 23 tents.
I walked around the campsite at regular intervals and there were no cars parked in the orchard. We do allow people to drive on to pitch up and again to pack up so I hope this clarifies that point.
Nothing was broken for three days, the trip went one evening and as no one came to the check in point to let me know, I was unaware of this until the morning. The lights and water was however fully functioning in the wash rooms as this is on another circuit. The toilets, showers and washrooms were cleaned twice daily.
We have seven showers and five toilets and many people commented on the fact our lovely facilities, and no queues for the showers.
Many people came up to me to personally thank me for what had been a really magic Bank holiday. They love the atmosphere in the camp site and the fact that their children could run around with new found friends and be safe.
What we off er at Lower Porthamel is very special, something akin to wild camping but with truly excellent facilities that most of our campers love. An enormous amount of work goes in to maintaining the camp site and facilities and this is reflected in the many 10/10 reviews that we have received as well as an award from Pitchup.

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Lovely site with very basic facilities and beautiful walks nearby08/27/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Orchard primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Idyllic setting and walks from campsite

    Disliked: 

    Lack of soap and hand towel in bathroom, no drinking water taps and no recycling

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Anonymous user

A picturesque orchard campsite with good access to the Black Mountains08/27/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Orchard primitive grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The zero waste policy - really makes you think about what you use.
    The orchard setting - so idyllic and plenty of space despite visiting on a busy bank holiday weekend.
    Campfires - the smell of campfires lighting up all around the site at night was very authentic!
    Proximity to the Black Mountains for excellent hiking and exploring.
    Village of Talgarth nearby for last minute buys. Talgarth also has a recycling point to dispose of your recyclables.

    Disliked: 

    Toilets became blocked at peak times and there was often no toilet paper.
    No obvious place to brush your teeth and have a quick wash. One sink in the toilets but not enough to cater to all campers. There were sinks for washing up but it wasn’t clear if they could/should be used for personal hygiene.
    Nowhere to deposit dog waste. When charging £2 per dog I would expect some dog related amenities in return. Keeping your dog waste near the tent until the next time you leave the site to find a bin was a little off-putting!

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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

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 sites)

Location

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  • Brecon, Talgarth, Powys, Wales, LD3 0DL
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.0131°N 3.2207°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Hay on Wye: Castle Bus Stop — 5.8 miles
Brecon Interchange — 8.6 miles
Brynmawr Bus Station — 15.0 miles
Train stations
Cilmeri Rail Station — 13.8 miles
Builth Road Rail Station — 13.9 miles
Garth (Powys) Rail Station — 15.6 miles
Ferry ports
Newport (S Wales) Ferry Terminal — 32.7 miles
Airports
Cardiff International Airport — 42.8 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

Walks, walks and more walks, adventure sports, splendid scenery, the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the bookish town of Hay-on-Wye are the main attractions in this part of Welsh countryside, with quite a bit more to see and hike within driving distance to boot.

Talgarth, about a mile and a half away, is a small market town in the Black Mountains with a big amount of things to do and is a well-known Welsh hang-gliding and gliding base for the very adventurous (well worth it for the spectacular scenery you can work up the nerve).

On land, mountain biking and pony trekking can be had both in the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons, and canoeing, kayaking, fishing and rowing on Llangorse Lake and the River Wye.

If you’ve brought your rod to fish on Lower Porthamel’s part of the River Llynfi, travel it a little further to the Wye, regarded as one of the UK’s best fishing rivers, where fisherfolk can land salmon, trout, carp, barbell and pike, many of monstrous proportions.

Or hike along to famous book town Hay-on-Wye for a relaxing day among its restaurants, pubs, foodie outlets and a glorious two dozen bookshops.

Must see

  • Brecon Mountain Railway (16.1 miles)
  • Blaenavon Ironworks (17.3 miles)
  • Big Pit: National Coal Museum (17.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Cwmmau Farmhouse (11.7 miles)
  • The Weir (17.5 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:  9 a.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  noon

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

Lower Porthamel Camping cancelation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

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

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Lower Porthamel 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.

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

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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
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.

Dogs
Dogs are not allowed in the on-site accommodations.
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Extras
Facilities/activities including fishing are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

General
A state-issued fishing license is required (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).
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 midnight and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.
Recorded music are not permitted.
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
Group bookings of 6 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

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

Additional terms

Only well-behaved dogs accepted as this is a working farm. Dogs are not allowed in the wash room, showers, toilets and sink areas

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.

Fishing permits on the Llynfi are available at the farmhouse at £18 per day.

This is a zero waste site so please be prepared to take all your rubbish away with you when you leave.

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