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Fforest Fields Caravan Park

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Builth Wells

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
An award winning Mid Wales campsite with stunning surroundings, a magical lake and acres of space to explore

Despite tents and caravans speckling the meadows and children swimming in the lake, humans tread surprisingly lightly at this 100-pitch campsite in Mid Wales. The lake may be man-made, as is the campsite, its pathways, streams and flowerbeds, but it has been done with such care and taste that even Mother Nature herself would surely give it her blessing. And if you stand in the middle of this campsite and spin around, the natural scenery that greets the eye full circle is simply breathtaking – rolling hills in every direction, forests thick with pine trees, grass, ferns, heather and crystal-clear streams... all the finest organic ingredients that make up a melting pot of countryside idyll. The best bit is that you’re free to wander off in any one of these directions, because the land (all 550 acres of it) all belongs to Fforest Fields.

There is so much walking to be done here – over the hills, through the forests and across the moorland. Maps are available at reception to guide you and there’s a six-mile waymarked walk to Aberedw village that’s well worth doing, not least because it winds up at a terrific pub. Two fishing lakes allow for more sedate activity and the long lake’s cool waters also make for refreshing swimming or canoeing in one of the site’s kayaks. So the chance to commune with nature is at an all-time high. In fact, not far away, at Gigrin Farm in Rhayader, there’s also a red kite feeding centre, where you can get up close and personal with these majestic birds of prey.

While nature abounds, there are plenty of opportunities for the human spirit to shine here too, not just through tree-hugging and skipping barefoot across the grass, but also through old-fashioned trust. Campers are welcome to help themselves to locally-produced food – sausages, organic milk, cheese, eggs, bread and more – and use the laundry facilities as long as they pay a contribution into an honesty box. There are fridges for all to use, homemade firepit structures you can borrow to melt marshmallows on, and games and books to keep the entertainment flowing if it happens to rain. It creates a wonderful 'share and share alike' ethos that makes for friendly, sociable camping.

The main facilities – toilets, showers, sinks and so on – are all housed in a new, timber framed building with solar panels on the rooftop and a vast amount of space inside. It’s kept warm entirely by the campsite’s own firewood and has under-floor heating throughout. The showers are excellent, cubicles large and there are separate family rooms and disabled facilities. It’s the likes of such facilities, combined with the ffine fforests and acres of natural space, that earned the place the AA’s ‘Campsite of the Year’ award for Wales in 2016. No mean feat and testament to the perfect marriage they have made between campsite and surroundings; a harmonious partnership that sees people returning year after year. One man even loved it here so much that after his first visit he came back every year, always to the same pitch, until he reached the grand old age of 85 – a Cool Camper indeed! Unusual? Perhaps. But, once you’ve visited, it’s easy to see why. Visit once and who know how many times you’ll return!

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Facilities

There's a beautiful timber-framed loo and shower building with underfloor heating, separate family rooms and a fully dedicated disabled room, each with plenty of space. The a laundry/baby-changing/ washing-up room contains 3 sinks for washing-up and 1 for clothes, 2 washing machines (£3 per wash) and 2 tumble-dryers (£1 per half an hour). There’s a telephone box and campers’ room behind reception with 2 fridges and 2 freezers (cleaned out every Monday and Thursday), microwave and 6 charger boxes for phones/cameras. These are cunning devices – little lockable tins attached to the walls, with room enough for the charger cables to stick out and be plugged into the wall sockets. They are free, but if you lose the key it’s a £20 fine. Games are available to borrow, as are BBQs/firepits, and wood and charcoal are for sale in reception.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans and dogs (on leads) – yes.

Nearby

Head into Builth Wells for a look around the town; if you fancy seeing a film (or perhaps a play if one’s on) there’s the Wyeside Arts Centre (01982 552555), which also has lectures on a variety of topics. For something a bit different there’s the National Cycle Collection (01597 825531) at Llandrindod Wells, 8 miles to the north of Builth Wells – a bicycle museum with hundreds of different cycles, the oldest of which dates back to 1819. Those wanting to do a bit of biking themselves should head for Coed Trallwm mountain-biking centre at Aberwesyn, north-west of Builth Wells (01591 610546), which has 3 graded trails of between 4km and 5km in length and a small café – though you’ll need to bring your own bike. To see red kites close up visit Gigrin Farm in Rhayader (01597 810243). Finally, if you’re lucky enough to be here during August, you may catch the excellent and renowned World Bog-Snorkelling Championships, which takes place over the bank holiday every year at a peat bog just outside Lanwrytd Wells – a truly Welsh institution if ever there was one.

Food & Drink

A tiny shop inside reception sells locally-made essentials like milk, cream, orange juice, bacon, butter, bread and home-made ice cream, while the on-site Fforest Café sells delicious coffee, drinks, snacks and light food (all locally sourced. Open weekends and peak times). In Builth Wells, the Strand Café (01982 552652) does good breakfasts, lunches and teas, while The Fountain Inn (01982 553920) is a decent boozer with a good choice of ales and an adjoining café. For higher-end food, travel a bit further afield to Lanwrytd Wells, where the Lasswade Hotel (01591 610515) has a fine restaurant serving innovative food at moderate prices. The closest of the lot is The Hundred House Inn (01982 570231), ¼ mile away, with a nice atmosphere and decent food. Or follow a 6-mile way-marked footpath from the campsite to The Seven Stars Inn (01982 560494) at Aberedw, serving fantastic food.

Opening Times

Easter–end October.

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Location

Fforest Fields Caravan Park, Hundred House, Builth Wells, Powys LD1 5RT

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Getting There

If you’re heading from the M5, take the A44 then A481 towards Builth Wells. Fforest Fields is signposted and is on the left, just under a mile from the village of Hundred House. From the M4, take the A40 then A470 to Builth Wells, pass through the town, then at the roundabout take the third exit onto the A481, Fforest Fields is a few miles down the road on the right and is signposted.

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