Newcourt Farm

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Talgarth

  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Just a 20-minute walk to the foot of the Black Mountains region of the Brecon Beacons, where fabulous walking is to be had
The beauty to be found about the Brecon Beacons is no secret and every year many thousands of tourists come to walk the hills, breathe the air and take in the exceptional views. Principal stopping-off point is the town of Brecon (Aberhonddu), from where there’s easy access to the most popular routes. Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli), to the northeast, serves a smaller number of visitors and, again, has well signposted thoroughfares to the hills and a steady stream of walkers. Between these two bustling centres is Newcourt Farm campsite, the launch pad for an altogether different experience of the Brecon Beacons.

A defiantly non-touristy site in a lesser-visited slice of these hills, Newcourt campsite demands some effort on the part of the visitor. Firstly, you’ll have to find it; no easy task in a sprawling landscape of narrow lanes. You also have to bring all your own supplies as there’s no shop onsite, nor any shop for many miles. And if your aim is to take to the hills, which is pretty much the only item on the agenda here other than sitting in a deckchair and looking out at them, then you’ll need an Ordnance Survey map and a compass, as well as some basic orienteering skills. The rewards, though, are worth the effort. Not only does the view from almost every pitch encompass a rich Black Mountains landscape, but when you do set off to explore, you’re likely to have the hills to yourself.

The campsite, a hedged field with the thinnest scattering of pear and apple trees, is within the vast 520 square miles of the Brecon Beacons National Park, so as you might expect, development has been kept to a minimum (though there is a handy shower block). Reception is on the campsite at the end of the tractor shed – a suitabley rustic enironment. If there's no one available when you arrive, just pitch up and someone will come and find you later.

It might be a good idea to take a book or two with you to Newcourt campsite, given the lack of busy entertainment in the area, but there is a hearty local pub in nearby Felindre and, really, the low key nature of this site is precisely where the attraction lies. For campers who don’t mind a bit of planning, preparation and perseverance, Newcourt Farm is an outstanding countryside site with rewarding walking.

Details

Facilities

The amenities block has sinks, toilets and hot showers (50p meter). All electric hook-up points for caravans, motorhomes and tents are £5 per night. Electric hook ups must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. N.B. Electric hook ups are not available during Hay Festival and Bank Holiday weekends and are limited to 6 amps at all other times. The nearest supermarket is in Hay-on-Wye, as is one of Wales’s best farm shops, Small Farms, but for all the basics there’s a shop in Talgarth.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, couples, groups (including DofE groups) and dogs - yes. Noisy groups - no.

Nearby

Hay-on-Wye is the perfect town for rainy camping days. If you can’t find a suitable book to read and a nice café to read it in, then you’re not looking hard enough. Water babies (who aren’t bothered by a spot of rain) head to Glasbury for a canoe trip with Wye Valley Canoes (01497 847213) downstream 5 miles to Hay, where a minibus will transport you back. The Brecon Beacons National Park - Wales’ first European Geopark is right on your doorstep. The beautiful park which comprises of six main peaks has been designated an "International Dark Sky Reserve", the first place in Wales to achieve this award and only the fifth in the world! The local area is suitable for multiple Dofe expeditions (from Bronze to Gold), as well as training, practice and qualifying ventures. There's also numerous hills, fields and forestry routes close by.

Food & Drink

The Three Horseshoes Inn (01497 847304) in Felindre serves home cooked pub food, with a smile and all at a reasonable price. It’s also worth a drive to Hay, where pub options abound, with Kilverts (01497 821042) topping the lot for atmosphere and menu.

Opening Times

Easter – end of October.

Location

Contact Newcourt Farm, Felindre, Three Cocks, Brecon, Powys LD3 0SS

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Getting There

Take the A40, then A470 towards Talgarth and Hay, then at Talgarth turn onto the A4078. When you get to the village of Three Cocks follow signs to Felindre (or Velindre according to some maps). From Felindre brown ‘camping’ signs will then point the way to Newcourt Farm.

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