Pitchup's Ultimate West Wales Camping Guide
Reached the conclusion that west is best? While Wales has an array of spectacular regions, many heading off on camping breaks plump for West Wales, and for good reason.
Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire have a spectacular coastline, gorgeous green rural views, ancient castles and vibrant wildlife, and although both of these counties are generally very well set up to welcome visitors, they’re also home to plenty of quieter corners where you can escape the crowds.
But before you pack your bikes and beach gear and set the compass to west, you’ll want to decide where and when to go. Visiting off-season may help you nab a bargain, but then again, this is Wales, and to be in with a good chance of fair weather your best bet is to stick to the summer months. If you do end up going to West Wales during the peak season, check out this guide for how to save cash while camping.
Want to break it down to the bare necessities? The four most important things to bring when you go camping are:
Proper walking socks – a small investment that will pay dividends when you’re roaming the countryside blister-free.
An inflatable sleeping mat – sorry, your yoga mat just won’t quite cut it if you’re away for more than a couple of nights.
Beach shoes, sun cream, swimwear etc.
A Welsh phrasebook – optional, but learning at least how to pronounce the places you’re going will impress the locals.
Leaving nothing to chance? You’ll find a detailed camping checklist here, plus a special run-down on what to pack when camping with dogs. Now you’re packed, let’s take a look at the top spots to stay and explore in West Wales.
Pembrokeshire sure is a pretty part of the world. Some of the most scenic parts of the county fall within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, an expanse of 240 square miles of spectacular seaside habitats. Move away from the coast if you want to find hidden gem campsites and quieter rural walks, though, as it can get quite busy in the national park, particularly during peak season.
Why stick to the same beach every day? Here’s a list of 7 of our favourite beaches in Pembrokeshire so you can mix up the scenery.
- Find the best waves and surfing conditions with our run-down of Pembrokeshire’s best beaches for surfing.
Find things to keep you busy in St Davids in the north of Pembrokeshire and discover the best of the UK’s smallest city.
- Alternatively, explore attractions across the length and breadth of Pembrokeshire, including several fab family-friendly days out in West Wales.
Like its neighbour to the west, Carmarthenshire has a spectacular coastline, but this fab county is also home to mountains, lush green farmland, hidden woodlands and medieval castles galore. This often underrated part of Wales punches above its weight in terms of culture too, with connections to characters as varied as Merlin, Rhod Gilbert and Dylan Thomas.
Find a hike that’s just right with our guide to the best places to walk in Carmarthenshire.
- See the best beaches in Carmarthenshire and you’ll surely agree that they give Pembrokeshire a run for its money…
- Find outings for all the family with our guide to Carmarthenshire’s best visitor attractions.