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- 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.
Open from 03/31/2019 to 10/31/2019
Open from 03/01/2020 to 11/01/2024
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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Orchard primitive grass tent site
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A quiet, relaxed campsite with great facilities in a beautiful setting
Beautiful, relaxed campsite.
From the manager...
I am glad you liked the atmosphere and camping at Lower Porthamel.
Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Propane/gas cylinders available
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horseback riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Convenience store nearby
Public transportation nearby
Medium (26-50 sites)
- Coach stations
Hay on Wye: Castle Bus Stop
— 5.8 miles
5.8 miles Brecon Interchange — 8.6 miles
8.6 miles Brynmawr Bus Station — 15.0 miles
- Train stations
Cilmeri Rail Station
— 13.8 miles
13.8 miles Builth Road Rail Station — 13.9 miles
13.9 miles Garth (Powys) Rail Station — 15.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Newport (S Wales) Ferry Terminal
— 32.7 miles
Cardiff International Airport
— 42.8 miles
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.
- Brecon Mountain Railway (16.1 miles)
- Blaenavon Ironworks (17.3 miles)
- Big Pit: National Coal Museum (17.4 miles)
- Cwmmau Farmhouse (11.7 miles)
- The Weir (17.5 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|RV, trailer and tent sites|
|Arrive:||9 a.m. –||7 p.m.|
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.
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.
Payment methods accepted at the parkCash