Cynefin Eco Camping The Greener Camping Club

UK Wales South Wales Carmarthenshire Pembrey

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Wild flowers, wild woodland and ample wildlife-friendly facilities in this 10-acre tract of off grid camping space

‘Wild place’. That’s what the Welsh word Cynefin means and it’s abundantly clear when you arrive at this 10-acre smallholding that preserving a sense of wilderness is at the heart of everything owners Kay and Judith do. Half covered with hazel, rowan, willow and Welsh oak trees, the partially wooded space is a campsite designed for a multitude of species. Bird boxes perch among the trees; honeysuckle, dog-rose and bramble shelter dormouse boxes and, at dusk, barn owls silently explore the starry sky above the wildflower meadow where campers pitch their tents. It’s a place of harmony and natural tranquillity – a ‘habitat’ (another meaning of Cynefin) for campers and creatures alike.

“While out for a walk seven years ago we came across a ‘land for sale’ sign on an old broken gate,” Kay tells us. “Being inquisitive, we climbed over to investigate. Before we’d got half way down the concrete path we’d decided that we just had to buy the place”.

Since then, the couple have crafted a real off-grid camping sanctuary. To preserve the natural biodiversity, there is a maximum of just six tents at the campsite, including the two pre-pitched bell tents and a tipi that are already there, so space is never an issue. Solar-powered lanterns provide the only artificial lighting, the piping-hot shower is driven by bottled gas and toilets are of the composting variety. Certainly don’t come expecting Wi-Fi. Instead, rummage in the resource box filled with books and charts to help you identify the resident birds and bugs, or use the bat detector to listen to the distinctive clicking of their echo-location at dusk.

It’s not all about the animals at Cynefin Eco Camping though. An area in the woods has been specifically laid aside for children to set up shelters and make dens and swings, while pathways have been mown between the camping pitches in the wildflower meadow so that you don’t get dewy trousers every time you wander to the loo. Those staying in the bell tents and tipi also have access to use a well-equipped kitchen shelter and all campers are provided with campfire-pits with a grill and pan to use.

Three miles away, the ancient fishing village of Burry Port has hung up its trawling nets in favour of leisure boats, which now populate the marina-style harbour. It was here that Amelia Earhart completed the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman in June 1928 (commemorated today with a plaque in the harbour), soaring in over what is now the Pembrey Country Park. Bring a picnic to make the most of the vast 500-acre parkland or bikes so that you can take to the Millennium Coastal Path that follows the waterfront. The eight-mile-long beach there is backed by sand dunes that are a wonder to explore for kids, forming just one of the many seaside attractions that this part of Carmarthen Bay affords.

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Facilities

We are completely off grid so have no electric hook-ups, fridges, washing machines  or phone charging points.   We do have 3 compost toilets, hand-washing facilities, washing-up sink for dishes and 2 gas-powered shower pods with running hot water. Wild flower meadow mown with pathways and tent pitches, plus plenty of open space to play football, fly kites or lounge around. Circular woodland nature walk. Campfires permitted as long as they are inside the firepits and the weather conditions are good.

Suitable For

Yes to Glampers, tent campers, groups and people with a love of nature as well as a sense of fun.  Cars cannot be driven onto the meadows as they are fragile and can get quite soft in rainy weather.   So please think about how much kit you bring.  Everything will have to be taken by wheel barrow down to your pitch.   We have decided that less is definately the way to go.  You don't need everything, including the kitchen sink, to have a great holiday.  Also we are discouraging anyone from bringing 2 cars for a family.   We do not have space for extra cars and it is quite unsustainable.  Our new moto is one pitch = only 1 tent to sleep in, 1 vehicle and one flysheet  if you really must have more space.   
Sorry but no to campervans or caravans –  we do not have enough hard standing or chemical toilet disposal.

Nearby

The fabulous beaches of Carmarthenshire are within easy driving distance, including 8-mile-long Cefn Sidan Beach (Blue Flag) less than 2 miles from our site, along with Llanelli Beach and Burry Port Beach. The historic harbour of Burry Port is well worth wandering around, particularly at high tide. Cyclists should try the 13-mile-long Millennium Coastal Path along the waterfront, while walkers can follow the same route or, from the campsite, stroll up Pembrey Mountain or explore the local SSSI (Ffrwd Farm Mire; 10 minutes' walk from the campsite) and 500-acre Pembrey Country Park (great for family picnics and access to the beach with lifeguards on standby).

Food & Drink

Burry Port has a small selection of shops for everyday needs, including local butchers and bakers. Llanelli (5 miles away) has a large shopping centre with supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Morrisons). Llanelli and Carmarthen both have indoor covered market selling local produce. Burns Farm Shop (01554 892724) at Park Y Bocs Farm, Kidwelly is an excellent farm shop with a children’s play area and very nice café-restaurant.   Some pubs in the area are the Coasting Pilot (01554 833520) and Pemberton Arms (01554 832129). The golf club (01554 744888) in Machynys, Llanelli is also a top place for a drink or meal with a spectacular view of the estuary.

Opening Times

Start of July–end of September.

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The Owner Says

Are you looking for an environmentally friendly camping experience? Do you want to escape the stresses of modern day life and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our woodland site? You might just have found your next perfect holiday!

Cynefin is our 10 acre site which we manage to preserve the wildlife and biodiversity. When we bought the property ten years ago it was part of a larger farm and we had to re-register the land and give it a new name. Cynefin is a Welsh word that means 'habitat' or 'wild place' which sort of fits the bill! We also noticed it on a list for 'untranslatable' Welsh words, where it defined the meaning as 'a place where a person or an animal feels it ought to live'. We thought this fitted our dream really well.

In 2021 will we have no more than 8 units.  This will ensure that everyone has plenty of space,  there will be plenty of room in our  small car park,  there will never be queues for the toilets or showers and our site will retain a sense of exclusivity with plenty of space for you to commune with nature.

We will have  2  glamping bell tents available, which come with a fully equipped kitchen tent which is shared between both bell tents but with your own space of course.  A double bed and 2 single beds complete the inside of the bell tent together with all bed linen, cushions, carpets on the floor and cosy throws for those chilly nights.  Each tent has their own local made picnic bench.   All you need to do is drive up and move in and relax. Why not book both bell tents for a family get together or friends sharing the outdoor experience?

We will have a 5 metre tipi set up in the corner of our main camp field with its own private kitchen shelter with all the camp equipment you will need to make some super outdoor food.  The tipi can fit 4 or 5 blow up beds for a group of friends or a family wanting some real camp experience.  We provide everything apart from pillows and sleeping bags.

New for 2021 is a custom made shepherd's hut - more details later.

Also 4 camp pitches located in the wild flower meadows with plenty of space to relax where you can bring all your own equipment.

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Accommodation

6 camping pitches and 3 glamping pitches (2 bell tents and a tipi).

Grass Pitch 2

Grass pitch Sleeps 5
Pitch up in our wonderfully spacious meadow, with full access to an LPG shower and 3 waterless toilets.

Red Deer Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
A wild life getaway in the peace of the Carmarthenshire countryside. A beautiful bell tent situated in a wild flower meadow, surrounded by oak and hazel woodland.

Wild Birds Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
A wild life getaway in the peace of the Carmarthenshire countryside. A beautiful bell tent situated in the wild flower meadow, surrounded by oak and hazel woodland.

Wolf Tipi

Tipi Sleeps 5
Why not hire our fully erected tipi which is all ready for you to move into? The spacious interior sleeps up to 5 on blow up beds, just bring your own sleeping bags.

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Location

Contact Cynefin Eco Camping, Cynefin, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire SA16 0JR

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Getting There

From the east, leave the M4 at junction 48 and head to Llanelli on the A4138. Join the A484 at the traffic lights at Pemberton and follow the road through the centre of the town, following signs for Carmarthen. Drive through Pwll, Burry Port and on to Pembrey. In Pembrey, pass the church on your left and carry on until you reach the old pub on the right hand side (now an Indian restaurant called Nazs Rasoi; 01554 891083). Turn right onto the B4317, over a hump backed bridge, past a row of old cottages on the left and round a tight left-hand bend with a cottage on the left. Go up the hill until you reach the ranch fencing and metal gateway of Cynefin. If you pass Fairview Farm on the left you have gone too far. The nearest train station is Pembrey and Burry Port railway station, in the centre of Burry Port village, 3½ miles from the campsite.

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