Camping at Ynysfaen

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Sennybridge

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
Peace and tranquility reign supreme at this tents-only site in the heart of the Brecon Beacons

While most summer tourists from over the border descend westwards to the Pembrokeshire coast or north to Snowdonian peaks, those in the know will tell you you're missing a trick in bypassing the rugged delights of the stunning Brecon Beacons. In the famed land of mountains and valleys, the Brecon Beacons stand out for their beauty.

Just outside the charming Brecon village of Trecastle lies the refreshingly no-frills Ynysfaen. This quiet site boasts acres of space, unencumbered by cars in the tents-only field. Exception to the rule, a cosy two-person shepherd's hut is the only four-wheeled thing around here and it's travelling nowhere fast. Well...perhaps not the only thing – there are also a trio of exclusive VW-campervan-only pitches. In addition, glampers can make the most of their digital detox in one of the brand new glamping bell tents. While cars are not permitted in the camping field, guests can load their gear in the colourful wheelbarrows provided. This low-impact ethos is in keeping with the site's enduring atmosphere of peace and tranquility. While it's the perfect base camp for exploring the Beacons and Black Mountains, Ynysfaen offers a relaxing retreat, soundtracked by tweeting birds and the gentle babbling of the River Usk.

Speaking of birds, the area has more than a few to keep the twitchers entertained. See red kites, red starts, buzzards, kingfisher, heron, wild mallard and woodpeckers. Keep your eyes peeled for foxes, badgers and even the occasional otter, wriggling from the Usk that weaves past the campsite. Situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park Dark Skies Reserve, it is also a cracking spot for stargazing. The Usk Reservoir (a mile away) was named the darkest place in the reserve, so you can admire the twinkling night sky, free from light pollution.



Large modern heated shower/toilet block includes: 3 hot electric showers (unisex, each in their own individual cubicle); 3 unisex toilets; 2 wash hand basins. A covered washing-up area with two sinks, hot water, washing up utensils and ECOVER cleaning products. Treated spring drinking water – all filtered and tested on site. American style fridge freezer with ice. Herbs for cooking ( when available ) Local information – what’s on guides, leaflets, weather station forecast. Maps of the local area. Campfires permitted in designated firepits from site (£5 to hire, with a tub of dried wood & newspaper). Electric hook ups for 2 small camper The restrictions for van size are: Length – 5.5 mtrs, Width – 2.5 mtrs, Height – 2.5 mtrs. Recycling is a must. Shepherd's hut is adult couples only, featuring a double bed, log-burning stove and electrical sockets.

Suitable For

Tents, trailer tents, small (see spec under 'onsite')  campervans, glampers, well-behaved dogs – yes. Motorhomes, caravans,  – no.


The Brecon Beacons National Park has a wealth of epic walks and outdoor pursuits to engage in. Just a mile from the site, the Usk Reservoir offers stunning views and fishing, while the Usk Reservoir Trail is a great way to explore the countryside on two wheels. Anyone with an interest in Wales' industrial heritage will love the Big Pit: National Coal Museum in Blaenavon.  

Food & Drink

The Castle Coaching Inn (01874 636354), in Trescastle village is a historic Georgian inn with a restaurant serving locally-sourced produce. The Usk & Railway (01874 636101) in Sennybridge does decent pub grub pub. Or if you fancy going further, then both Llandovery (15 mins drive away) and Brecon (20 mins drive away) have numerous places to grab some lunch – The Hours Café & Bookshop (01874 622800) is your hosts' personal favourite. For an evening meal, try The Castle Hotel (01874 624611) or Zeera Indian Restaurant & Takeaway (01874 610 746). Supermarkets also are situated in Llandovery (Co-op) or Brecon (Aldi, Co-op, Morrisons). You'll also find a Londis, Spar, post office and petrol garage situated in the village of Sennybridge (5/10mins drive away). You can buy fresh free-range eggs laid by the farm's own chickens onsite. 

Opening Times

March–end of September.

The Owner Says


Contact Camping at Ynysfaen, Ynysfaen Cwmwysg, Trecastle, Brecon, Powys LD3 8YF

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Getting There

We recommend to follow the directions posted on their website – watch out for the postcode, as you may end up at one of the local farms!


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