Top 5 Camping Spots Near Cardiff

Top 5 Camping Spots Near Cardiff

Craving a change from the Cardiff cityscape? Lucky for you there is a bounty of camping spots within an hour of the Welsh capital. From stunning beaches to forest trails, we’ve got you covered with the top five places to pitch up near Cardiff.

Rural Camping Spots

1. Bridgend

Starting off rurally, we have Our Welsh Caravan and Camping. Situated on a working sheep farm at the river’s edge, it provides basic camping facilities; offering a genuine countryside experience. The location is ideal for cycling entusiasts as it is adjacent to Sustrans Route 4. A long distance cycle path that passes through stunning countryside and along historic cannals.

The site is less than half an hour away from Bridgend itself. Nestled away in the heart of South Wales, visitors can lose themseslves in the bundle of attractions it has to explore. From the ruins of Ogmore Castle to the sandy shores of Southerndown there is something for every outdoor enthusiast.

Access to Brecon Beacons National Park means an abundance of walking trails for hikers of all skill levels. Under an hour away from the campsite, Taf Fechan Nature Reserve Trail offers a gentle and scenic route, meandering through a beautiful valley. Hikers can enjoy stunning views of the lush woodlands and get a glimpse of the Beacons themselves, if the weather prevails.

2. Caerphilly

Tucked away in the Welsh wilderness, Cwmcarn Forest Campsite offers a mixture of traditional pitches and glamping pods for those who’d rather avoid the cold, hard ground. Surrounded by scenic woodland, this is a spot suited to the more seasoned mountain biker. The nearby Twrch and Cafall trails provide a great challenge for those seeking it.

There’s more than just biking. The site is a haven for wildlife. It has access to a variety of walks where you can explore the peaceful forests and impressive views. As well as this, the nearby lake offers opportunites for both fishing and watersports depending on what’s more your speed.

3. Vale of Glamorgan

Located in Llantwit Major, here you can set up camp in the gorgeous Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Acorn Camping and Caravan Park is a peaceful spot, ideal for a more laid back approack to camping. Just 20 minutes on foot from the local beach, Cwm Colhuw at Llantwit Major, and with miles more stunning coast to explore.

If you’re looking for a day out, why not try Dyffryn Gardens? The Edwardian National Trust site is home to over 55 acres of seasonal gardens, perfect to potter about under the summer sun.

Want to go further back in time? It’s a good job Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in Europe. The Vale of Glamorgan is home to Fonmon Castle. The keep boasts nearly 900 years of history. Host to a variety of events including medieval reenactments as well as enviromental restoration projects.

Camping Closer to the City

4. Pontcanna Fields

Visiting and looking for something a bit closer to the city? Cardiff Caravan and Camping Park is much nearer the centre than the other options. If you’re visiting Cardiff but still after that rural feel, this site makes it easy to forget the city is just within reach.

With great access to major attractions like Bute Park and Cardiff Castle, it’s an ideal base for exploring the city whilst enjoying the tranquility of a campsite.

Being closer to Cardiff means that you are near the start of the Taff Trail. A 55 mile long cycle path that connects Cardiff and Brecon. The trail is perfect for people of all fitness levels, meandering through forest roads and riverside paths.

5. Newport

Hate kids? Ty Coch Camping is an adult only site in Newport, just a short drive away from Cardiff. It provides a peaceful, child free, retreat and is close to attractions like the Cwmcarn Trail Centre and Castell Coch.

The site is set across ten acres in a “micro-climate” which the owners claim means less rain. Which is jolly good as the site is open all year, and Wales isn’t particularly forgiving when it comes to sudden, heavy downpours.

Offering up a limited 15 grass pitches, this camping ground is perfect for those looking for a more personal getaway.

Not in the Cardiff area? Why not try checking out our top five campsites near Dublin.

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