Kingsbridge Caravan Park, Beaumaris, Anglesey
This family run site racks up eco awards as a matter of course, including the prestigious David Bellamy Award for Conservation. It also sponsors the island’s red squirrel campaign. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s a great site, with 50 touring caravan pitches.
Set in surrounding farmland, it’s perfect for exploring this surprisingly unheralded holiday island. There are miles of fantastic beaches to rival those in south Wales, the sweeping Red Wharf Bay is a must-visit; it’s close to the Tudor castle in Beaumaris itself; and the tongue-twister of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is just a few miles down the road.
A drive back over the Britannia Bridge, originally designed by Robert Stephenson, and you’re soon in Snowdonia. Gwych!
Open: March 1 – October 31
Pitches per night: From £18 low; £24 high (‘senior citizens’ can enjoy a discounted rate in the low season of £16).
Visit kingsbridgecaravanpark.co.uk; 01248 490636
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Llwyn Ffynnon Caravan Park, Yffor, Gwnedd
Travelling along the north coast of Wales you’d think it was the epicentre of global touring. There is so much choice of sites. This is a family run gem on the stunning Leyn Peninsula, three miles inland from the dramatic coastline and the small town of Pwllheli, in the shadow of Snowdonia with castles and dramatic vistas at every turn.
Llwyn Ffynnon Caravan Park is perfect for leisurely strolling or more strenuous walking. It’s a favourite of hardy divers and you can fill up your air tanks on-site. You can fill up with real ale, too, on the site’s small but welcoming ‘pub’, too. And no arguments who’s driving home!
Open: March 1 – October 31
Pitches per night: Touring caravans, pop-up trailer tents and motorhomes from £25.
Visit llwyn-ffynnon.co.uk or call 01766 819272
The Old Station Caravan Park, New Radnor, Powys
Not one for beachcombers being set in the heart of rural mid-Wales, but certainly bibliophiles will appreciate this lovely site’s relative nearness to Hay-on Wye, just a scenic 30 minute drive away.
The site boasts its own tea room, and if walking is your ideal pursuit you’ll be hard-pushed to find a better location. The ticket office has been turned into a holiday cottage but the old good shed and crane is still there for a sniff of steam powered nostalgia.
Pitch per night: From £14 low; £16 mid; £18.50 high
Visit oldstationcaravanpark.co.uk; 01544 350543
Llwyngwair Manor Holiday Park, Newport, Pembrokeshire
A manor house with spacious grounds to accommodate 90 touring spaces, not to mention camping, pine lodges and apartments. With its river coursing through the grounds and an array of birdlife in the woodland it’s perfect for trout fishing, twitchers and just lovers of the peaceful life.
Ideal for exploring the rolling countryside, enjoying the boating in the Afon Hyfer (River Nevern) which flows into Newport Bay and enjoying the nearby beaches.
Open: March 31 – October 31
Pitches per night: From £16 low; £22 high
Visit pembrokeshireholidaypark.co.uk; 01239 820498
Trellyn Woodland Camping
If dark-sky photography is an as-yet-unfulfilled hobby, then Trellyn is just the place.
Located in beautiful Pembrokeshire, Trellyn has so little light pollution that it is the ideal place for a spot of astro-photography.
You can also book a place on one of the bush craft courses they run, cook your own pizza in the onsite pizza oven, or buy and cook a freshly caught lobster!
All visitors must be members of the Greener Camping Club, as Trellyn Woodland Camping is a members-only site, a condition of operating within the National Park.
Weekly rate - All dates £295
Extra adults 16+ £ 8 per night
Children over 5 £4 per night
Children under 5 go free
Electric hook up £35 per week
Kev and Claire, Trellyn Woodland Camping, Abercastle, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 5HJ
Tel: 01348 837762.
Please note that all prices and opening times are correct at time of writing. Always check beforehand.
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