UK Wales Mid Wales Ceredigion Devil's Bridge

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
Small, country campsite in a scenic, riverside location

If you need to get lost, for some reason, then Tyllwyd is hard to beat for remoteness. Squeezed in between the burbling waters of the River Ystwyth and an unclassified road, high in the hills at the top of Cwm Ystwyth, the site is about 20 miles inland from Aberystwyth. On the map it looks like the back of beyond, but happily, though Tyllwyd is isolated, it doesn’t feel so.

The journey to find Tyllwyd is, from anywhere, a long and winding road, and the nearest supermarket is at Aberystwyth – 20 miles away. So while the site doesn’t really feel as though it is in the middle of nowhere it is probably one of the most isolated campsites in Britain.

Midweek, and out of season, you could set your deckchair up in the middle of the road next to the site and not have to move it all day, but come a summer Sunday it can seem as though every motorcycle and classic car in the world is parading up and down this lonely strip of tarmac. This isn’t actually the nuisance it might seem, happening as it does on just a single day. So, six days a week, those lucky folk camping at Tyllwyd have this lovely road at their exclusive disposal, the joyful sparkling stream of the River Ystwyth to splash about in outside the tent, an all-round view of the big green empty hills of Mid-Wales, and all laid out in a soothing, lush, green valley. In a nutshell: location, location, location.

Site facilities are good, too, though you have to cross the road to find them at the farmhouse, which once upon a time was an inn catering for travellers on an important route across Wales. The present occupiers, the Raw family, are as welcoming as their valley, though it should be noted that their midges offer a less friendly welcome at times.

The drive to Rhayader from the site, through the wastes of Wales, may be famously stunning, the scenery in the other direction, downstream, is more rewarding, being more complex and intimate. There are mountain-biking routes in the forest immediately to the north of Cwmystwyth, and about six miles from Tyllwyd is Devil’s Bridge, where you can climb aboard the train to Aberystwyth.

Tyllwyd is in the back of beyond, for sure, but it also feels very much in the centre of Wales.



Simple but immaculate separate male and female washrooms with hot and cold water, flushing loos, 1 hot shower. Small children’s play area and sandpit plus paddling in the river. Ice packs frozen. There are some onsite farm walks with printed maps available to borrow from reception, providing a range of walks from a short stroll before supper to a whole day spent wandering or pedalling over the farm’s 3000 acres and mountains. Open fires not allowed but bbq facilities available alongside picnic tables. Watch out for the midges!

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, tourers, hikers, mountain bikers, dogs – yes.  Big groups, party animals – no.

Food & Drink

The Hafod Hotel (01970 890232) at Devil’s Bridge, 6 miles away, is a lively and attractive pub. New owners have transformed it into the village hub with a tea room and restaurant as well as the pub.


Tyllwyd, Cwmystwyth, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 4AG

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Getting There

From Rhayader, follow the signposted road up through the Elan Valley for about 15 miles towards Aberystwyth; Tyllwyd is on the right. Or, from Aberystwyth, follow the A4120 to Devil’s Bridge, B4574 to Cwmystwyth, then the unclassified road signposted ‘Rhayader’. The site is on the left after 3 miles.


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