68 Degrees West

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Pod glamping and family camping on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, with a handy location near Brecon town and sunrises you'll never forget.

It’s easy to see why an Iron Age clan chose to build a fort on top of Pen-Y-Crug. The hill, known locally as ‘The Crug’ (pronounced creeg) is a superb vantage point, with breath-taking views across the Brecon Beacons, as well as local hills to the north and a good 10 miles or more of the River Usk sparkling between the trees below. It’s an enjoyable mile-and-a-half walk to the summit from the best local campsite, which is found roughly to the west of the hill – though we can’t actually verify by how many degrees. Next time we’ll take a compass.

Set almost precisely on the boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park, 68 Degrees West is a camping and glamping site with views to boast of its own. Guests wake up to a sunrise over the Black Mountains, whose crinkled tops outline the horizon, before hopping through dewy grass to the newly built wash-block (super clean interiors and facilities for the disabled). On one side, the campsite is neighbour to renowned Cradoc Golf Club – you can watch people pinging balls across the driving range a few hundred metres away – while in the other directions it’s the rolling, sheep-dotted meadows that could only be Wales. For easy access to the national park and a quiet, secluded setting, it’s a tough spot to beat.

The campsite itself has been here since the ‘80s but it’s only recently that it’s been given a breath of fresh air with the new facilities block and a pair of beautiful timber pods. The structures – fitted with double-glazed doors to enjoy the view, a wood-burning stove for heating and a compact kitchenette for cooking – each sleep a family of four comfortably, while, in the meadow beyond, there is room for around 10 tents and a handful of campervans or caravans.

Hidden behind the hump of the Crug is Brecon town, three miles away. It’s a pleasant walk or a 10-minute drive and home to a host of good pubs and cafés. It’s also a good place to get your bearings before heading into the heart of the National Park, with mighty Pen y Fan to the south standing out to any keen hikers. Mountain biking and horse riding are extremely popular in the area, too, while fly fishing, for those with permits, in the River Usk is some of the best in Europe.

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Facilities

Communal facilities: 3 toilets and 3 showers in the ladies and 2 toilets, 2 urinals and 3 showers in the men’s, plus a disabled toilet/shower room/family room. Pods have a covered porch area and French-style, double-glazed doors, while, inside, they feature a lounge and kitchenette which transform into a sleeping area at night. The kitchen is equipped with kettle, toaster, cutlery, utensils, mugs, glasses and plates, and bed linen and towelsis provided.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, tents, campervans,  Dogs - NO

Nearby

68 Degrees West is right next door to Cradoc's championship golf course (01874 623658; regularly rated as one of the top 30 courses in Wales) and it's less than 50 minutes to Ryder Cup host Celtic Manor (01633 413000). Cycling and mountain biking are hugely popular in the area, with a fantastic route along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal towpath for those sticking to the flat. Brecon also marks the start of the Taff Trail which is a popular walking and cycle path that runs for 55 miles (89 km) to Cardiff Bay. For history, the crumbling clifftop castle of Carreg Cennen (01558 822291) at Trapp is certainly worth a visit, then there's Crickhowell Castle and magnificent Cyfarthfa Castle (01685 727371) too. The Brecon Beacons is a perfect place for horse lovers: There are over 600 miles of bridle paths and tracks. You can ride all day, sharing the views with the soaring buzzards – try Ellsemere Riding Centre (01874 658252) or, for something shorter, visit family-friendly Cantref Adventure Farm (01874 665223), where there's an activity centre with farm animals, an indoor play area, as well as horse and pony riding trips.

Food & Drink

For the nearest catering, neighbouring Cradoc Golf Club (01874 623658) has a bar and serves food and drink. As for local pubs, the grand Castle of Brecon Hotel (01874 624611) serves fancy food in an even fancier setting, while family-run HILLS Brecon (01874 611714) takes the opposite route, serving full-on, American-style burgers – but in a modern setting and with local producers keeping things thoroughly British. The Brecon Tap (01874 623888), right in the centre of the town, is also a good lounge-bar-restaurant-style spot. Outside of Brecon, The Felin Fach Griffin (01874 620111) is a great country pub choice.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Glamping at 68 Degrees West is located in a spectacular spot with wonderful views of the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and the Crug. We are nicely situated just over two miles outside the historic market town of Brecon, in the picturesque village of Cradoc. The park was opened in the 1980s by the Witcomb family and more recently became a Caravan Club site. It has now been passed onto Rachel and her partner Lewis who are totally committed to their exciting new venture in one of the most idyllic settings in Wales.

 If you are looking for a short stay, a romantic getaway or just a peaceful break in the  tranquil countryside then 68 Degrees West is the ideal spot for you. If you are a golfer, then you’re in luck as conveniently situated right on the doorstep is Cradoc Golf Club where you can either enjoy a round on the Championship course, knock some balls on the driving range, or just head down to the clubhouse for a drink and a bite to eat. The famous book town of Hay on Wye and the home of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show - Builth Wells are only a stones throw away.

Accommodation

2 glamping pods (sleeping 2–4 each), 10 camping pitches and 5 caravan pitches.

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Location

Contact 68 Degrees West, 68 Degrees West Glamping, Pentwyn, Cradoc, Brecon, Powys LD3 9LP

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Getting There

Travel through Brecon, following the b4520 up and out of Brecon. Turn left for Cradoc and, at the junction, you'll also see a sign for the campsite. Follow this road up to Cradoc and take the first right when you get to the golf club. Take the first laneway entrance (signposted) into the campsite.

Train to Llandovery (or to Merthyr Tydfil) and from there hop on a bus to Brecon. It's still 3 miles from Brecon to the campsite though.

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