Glanusk Caravan Park

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Crickhowell

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A unique, dog-friendly location for caravans, motorhomes, touring vehicles and camping on a grand country estate in the Brecon Beacons National Park

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, and has reserved a spectacular slice of the estate for campers.

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.

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Facilities

Glanusk Caravan Park is ideally situated to explore and enjoy. There is a busy calendar of events in the Brecon Beacons and beyond for everyone to sample something Welsh and wonderful.

Your stay at Glanusk Caravan Park will immerse you in peaceful, tranquil surroundings. As well as being in Brecon Beacons National Park the Glanusk Caravan Park is also within an International Dark Sky Reserve, the first Dark Skies Reserve in Wales, and on a clear night you can enjoy the Milky Way, the major constellations and occasionally meteor showers.

Dog and bike washing points and a dedicated dog walking area.

Free waste and recycling areas.

Campfires are not permitted, there is a fire pit for guests to enjoy.

The Estate is renowned for its trees, which include over 200 different species and cultivars of Quercus (oak). There are numerous historic CADW listed buildings, including the Tower Bridge over the River Usk, ancient Celtic standing stones, the private church, farm buildings and stables which are all either Grade II listed or Grade II starred.

Fishing can be booked via the Estate Office, clay pigeon shooting can also be arranged and there are wonderful river walks, woodland walks and access to excellent cycling routes.

Two of our team are Brecon Beacons Ambassadors and can help you find those wonderful hidden away gems.

Suitable For

Glanusk Caravan Park is situated right in the heart of the Glanusk Estate and is the ideal base for touring Mid Wales, the iconic Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park. With a wide variety of sporting activities and events locally Glanusk Caravan Park is a restful place to return to after a busy day.

Solo travellers, cyclists, families, anglers children, empty nesters and walkers will all enjoy a stay here in a tranquil spot of the Estate.

Owing to COVID-19 restrictions and to comply with social distancing only even numbered pitches are available.

Dogs are welcome, we have a large dog walking field and easy access to wonderful walks.

Large groups by prior arrangement.

Nearby

Glanusk Caravan Park is situated in a tranquil setting deep in the heart of the Glanusk Estate, surrounded by flora, fauna, nature and blue skies.  The surrounding Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains are a playground for hiking and mountain biking – ask at the Estate Office about guided walks with foraging or nature options. If you're planning your own routes, the campsite is in the middle of the OS Map OL13, with long distance trails including the Usk Valley Walk and the Beacons Way running nearby. As well as the national park, Glanusk Caravan Park is also within an International Dark Sky Reserve, the first Dark Skies Reserve in Wales, and on a clear night you can enjoy the Milky Way, the major constellations and occasionally meteor showers. For some history, step back in time immerse yourself in Welsh culture at Blaenavon (25-minute drive), a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 that's home to the Big Pit National Coal Museum (0300 111 2333), Blaenavon Ironworks (01495 792615), the World Heritage Centre and Blaenavon Heritage Railway. In Pantyscallog (half-hour-drive away), the Brecon Mountain Railway (01685 722988) offers some further history while trundling you the full length of Pontsticill Reservoir. For pubs, cafés and a little town life, Crickhowell is within walking or cycling distance and hosts a walking festival, literary festival and numerous other events throughout the year. It's 8 miles to Abergavenny, 12 miles to Brecon, 14 miles to Talgarth and 20 miles to Hay on Wye.

Food & Drink

It is a 15 minute walk through the Estate across the iconic Glanusk bridge to the Estate pub, The Nantyffin Cider Mill (01873 810775; under a mile away), a family-friendly country inn with a menu based around seasonal Welsh produce, bookings are essential. The atmospheric interior includes low exposed beams and an old milling wheel. There's a good beer garden with a playground for children. Crickhowell has a number of places to eat and drink, including The Bear (01873 810408), Latte-Da (07890 751755) and The Dragon (01873 810362). Along the canal path there are also pubs at Llangynidr, Talybont-on-Usk and Pencelli. Glanusk Hampers are available to order to be collected on your arrival or delivered to your pitch at any point during your stay.

Opening Times

March–October (but closed during Green Man festival).

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Built some 200 years ago as a family retreat for Sir Joseph Bailey, the expansive Glanusk Estate in Crickhowell, 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, has been an infinite source of nutrients to the area. So it’s unsurprising that Glanusk 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 the estate's flat, verdant meadows seem ready made for camping. After a series of summers as a 'pop-up’ campsite Glanusk Caravan Park opened in 2019, a superb 40 pitch caravan and camping site in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The amenities on the campsite built in 2019 are housed in an underfloor-heated building at the end of the meadow in which caravans and campervans line out on all-weather pitches. There are electrical hook-ups on the majority of the pitches; while younger trees and saplings have been planted to break up the space, the meadow is flanked by mature hedgerows and trees, providing ample shelter from the off. It's not just the everyday facilities - loos, showers, hairdryers - that this site does well but the extra touches that show a good understanding for the sort of campers who pitch here. After all, this is the Brecon Beacons and you're in the Usk Valley. There are washing points for muddy mountain bikes and dogs are more than welcome too, with a designated walking area next to the camping meadow. You can also call the Glanusk Estate Office and organise salmon/trout fishing during the fishing season (the Usk is one of the best fishing rivers in Wales) or perhaps a clay pigeon shooting session. 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, a post office, locally sourced and produced food shops and general stores. Accessible by car or on foot the walk to town is via the permissive footpath that passes through the Estate, following the course of the river. Guests can 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.

Social Distancing Measures

Due to social distancing only even numbered pitches are available.

Pitches

20 tent only grass camping pitches, 20 pitches with hook-ups for caravan, campervans and motorhomes, 7 pitches with electric hook up for campervans and motorhomes only and 7 pitches with no electric hook up for caravans, motorhomes and campervans.

Tent Only Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 4 Available
Caravan/Campervan/Motorhomes with EHU and matting

EHU - Caravan/Campervan/Motorhome

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 8 9 Available
Caravan/Campervan/Motorhomes with EHU and matting

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Location

Contact Glanusk Caravan Park, Glanusk Caravan Park, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1LP

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Getting There

Glanusk Caravan Park has easy access off the B4558 (Cwm Crawnon Road). The campsite is clearly signposted on this road. There is no access via the A40 main entrance.

Abergavenny (9 miles; 20 minutes away; 0845 748 4950) is the nearest railway station and taxis are available to book via CTC Taxis.

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