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Country Estate Camping at Glanusk

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys

The Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell, Powys NP8 1LP

A pop-up summer campsite on the Glanusk Estate in the Brecon Beacons, set amid the meadows more popularly known for hosting the Green Man Festival every August

Built some 200 years ago as a family retreat for Sir Joseph Bailey, the expansive Glanusk Estate, home to walled gardens, pretty cottages and a distinctive, castellated tower and bridge, is split in two by the idling waters of the Usk. The river, weaving slowly through the heart of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park, has been an infinite source of nutrients to the area. So it’s no surprise that Glanusk, known as 'The Jewel in the Usk Valley', has become a truly luscious location as a result. It is home to over 200 species of oak tree alone (some planted by members of the royal family) and its flat, verdant meadows seem ready made for camping. Thankfully, someone in the Legge-Bourke family (now in their fifth ancestry from Sir Joseph) has had that very same thought. This year, Glanusk is finally open for camping!

Within the private, family part of the Estate, to which there is no additional public access, the campsite enjoys the Estate’s best views of the Black Mountains. There are no electrical hook-ups and the toilets and showers are temporary but, as a result, the atmosphere of the place is reassuringly natural without regimented pitches or tarmaced trails. At the far end of the meadow, the grass stretches down to the banks of the river itself, home to some of the best trout and salmon fishing in Wales. By night, the area is equally renowned for its starry skies, laying within an International Dark Sky Reserve.

The pretty market town of Crickhowell is within walking distance, with an array of independent shops, boutiques and a useful post office and general store. It is best reached via one of the permissive footpaths that passes through the Estate, following the vague course of the river. Or, for a shorter route, campers can also visit the Estate-owned Nantyffyin Cider Mill, a family-orientated and dog friendly pub with an outdoor play area for little ones to stretch their legs and imaginations.

For the most inspiring kiddie adventures, though, it’s worth booking a stay during the final days of this campsite’s fleeting two-week existence. On Saturday 29th July, the Estate will be hosting an open-air performance of David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy, complete with pizzas and gourmet burgers, a Pimms stand for the grown-ups, rounders games and outdoor fun. The culmination of the evening’s activity will be a great family tug-of-war, followed by toasting marshmallows on the firepit. Now that’s how to entertain the kids!

The campsite owner says

Privately owned area of The Glanusk Estate, which has no other public access and available for the first time.  The campsite enjoys the best views from the Estate of the Black Mountains and surrounding parkland.  There are no electrical hook-ups or tarmaced trails, just the natural beauty of a glorious site, set on an historic Estate.

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