Digeddi Wildlife Camping

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Hay-on-Wye

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Riverside camping and glamping with canoes for hire, a pub within walking distance and the famous book town of Hay-on-Wye just around the corner

There’s something almost continental about Digeddi Wildlife Camping. When the sun’s out and your down on the riverside beach with sausages on the BBQ you could be forgiven for thinking you’re in the middle of France. Canoes are pulled up on the smooth, grey pebbles and the water flows quietly by. It’s not long before you’re in for a swim.

There are, however, some tell tale signs of England. In the large, gently sloping meadow behind, shire horses chomp their way through the grass, while, around, the oak trees and woodland that cover the Wye Valley are a truly native scene. The temperature is normally a little lower than the south of France, too, but a good campfire can easily sort that problem out. This is proper camping after all.

The camping itself is very much of the traditional kind. There’s room for 100 pitches but, as a result, it’s rarely full and there’s plenty of space. There’s nothing regimented either; just pick a spot and pitch your tent. You can pop it down near the riverside – particularly good if you want a campfire by the water ­– or head up to the top of the slope with far reaching views.

Glamping is also an option here for those seeking a little more comfort. A bow top gypsy wagon, traditionally painted and parked at the top of the meadow, sleeps two, and there’s a larger, French-style Roulotte that can sleep three. Both have everything needed, so you can simply arrive with a little food and a toothbrush!

The real highlight of the campsite, however, is the location. Like Digeddi, many sites in the area boast footpaths on their doorstep, but few also have such easy access to the River Wye. You can hire canoes and drift gently downstream (picked up later by the campsite owners) or follow it upstream, on foot, to the famous book town of Hay-on-Wye. Indeed, you could easily spend you entire holiday here and never use your car. The town has enough to keep you busy for several days, while walking and canoeing can fill the rest.



Pitches are varied – some by the river, others up the slope away from it but with river views (great for those with toddlers). There are showers (free), toilets and washing up facilities. Bookings in the Gypsy Caravan and French Roulotte come with free access to the shower, sink and toilet facilities. Canoeing on the river is available (2hr trips, half days and full days), starting from the campsite and heading downstream the whole time, returning by vehicle. Fishing is also available. BBQs and campfires permitted. Both glamping units are self-contained with everything you should need, including bedding, crockery and cutlery, towels and a BBQ (see website for further details).

Suitable For

Everyone! Campers, glampers, tents, caravans, campervans, dogs, groups – yes.


Footpaths and bridleways aren't hard to come by around here and, if you're not paddling on the river (see on site), hitting the trails is a great option. The famous Offa's Dyke (01547 528753) route passes nearby (it goes via Hay-on-Wye) and the Hay Bluff and Black Mountains make for excellent walking. In town, Hay Castle is well worth a visit and hours can be spent nosing around the independent shops and cafés – particularly book and antiques shops. It's worth beginning at the central tourist office (01497 820144). It's a 15-minute drive to Brecon and the Brecon Beacons National Park – climb Pen y Fan – and a 30-minute drive to Llanthony Priory (01873 890487), a ruined Augustinian Priory in the beautiful Vale of Ewyas. Entry is free and it, too, is surrounded by many great walking routes, including Offa's Dyke.

Food & Drink

It's 2 miles to Hay-on-Wye where there are plenty of options. There are delis and small shops within the town, as well as a Co-Op supermarket just outside. There are 3 pubs – The Blue Boar (01497 820884), Edwardian Kilverts Inn (01497 821042) right in the middle of town and The Three Tuns (01497 821855), a fabulous 16th-century pub with low beams, real ales on tap and a convivial atmosphere. The closest, however, is just a stroll across the fields next to the campsite.

Opening Times

Camping: March–October (weather permitting).

Gypsy Bow Top: open April–October (minimum 2-night stay)

French Roulotte: open all year (minimum 2-night stay).

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Contact Digeddi Wildlife Camping, Digeddi Wildlife Camping, Digeddi Stud and Stables, Hay-on-Wye, Powys HR3 5PR

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Getting There

From Hay-on-Wye, leave, heading southwest, on the Brecon Road (B4350). After approx. 1.5 miles you will begin to see signs for Digeddi. Follow these signs and the campsite will appear on the right hand side of the road.


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