Trellyn Woodland The Greener Camping Club

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Fishguard

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Woodland, fires, space, trees and owners who care

There’s a spot at Trellyn – standing on the rickety wooden bridge, looking upstream as water fizzles and licks at the flow-smoothed stones below – where the woodland canopy overhead is so thick with branches and leaves that, even on the brightest days, the sunlight struggles to find a way in. The dappled yellow that does trick its way through the trees lights the woodland with a mystical hue, sprinkling special magic about the place. You might expect fairies or elves to peek out from behind a tree, do a little dance and disappear again. And although on our last visit we didn’t actually see any, it’s impossible to rule it out completely.

Trellyn is a magical place. It’s calm and remote; a hidden woodland playground. And it’s all down to two things – space and trees.

Across 16 acres of beautiful Pembrokeshire woodland, Trellyn stretches to just five camping pitches, a tipi, a couple of yurts and two new geodomes. That’s it. So per pitch that’s, like, a lot of room and a lot of trees. Even calling these ‘pitches’ is a gross misrepresentation. They’re clearings, pockets of solitude carved out of the woodland and furnished with a picnic table, field shelter  and a covered campfire area with a grill. It’s also a stroke of genius, allowing you to cook outside in all weathers and to be creative with your camping meals instead of huddling over a tin of baked beans on a gas burner in your tent.

For those camping in the tipis and yurts, raised wooden floors have been built, providing a more comfortable experience, and sumptuous beds and futons are provided. Rugs, cushions and sheepskins add to the homely ambiance, but unlike other more authentic (and smokey) tipi experiences, there is no internal log fire. A wood-burning stove is provided in the yurts for warmth and general cosiness, while tipi-dwellers have the outside campfire and field-kitchen options. A field kitchen, for those of you that don’t know, is a canvas lean-to equipped with gas stove, cooking apparatus, drinking water and all the other paraphernalia required to cook. Two “sociable” additions to Trellyn are an outdoor pizza oven – lit when the campers all feel like a get together and a wood fired sauna, for a really relaxing end to the day.

As if all that’s not enough, there’s also the fact that, when you arrive, you’ll have a basket of pre-cut wood and kindling all ready and waiting for you and – even better – when that runs out, you’re free to grab the axe and raid the woodshed, chopping down the big old logs and pretending you’re Ray Mears.

The almost-coastal location of Trellyn means it’s a perfect base to explore the attractions of Pembrokeshire. Numerous beaches are just a short drive away and Abercastle beach, with its low-tide sand and rockpools, is 100 metres from the campsite. And while there is plenty to do in the area, the best evening is to be had back around the campfire, in your own special, hand-crafted camping clearing.

When Cool Camping first discovered this place in 2006, we wrote about how refreshing it was to find such a steadfastly uncommercial campsite and how rare such beautiful, chilled-out woodland sites are to find. Since then, we’ve visited hundreds of other campsites and covered just about every inch of Wales hoping to find an equal to the Trellyn experience. We’ve failed. Trellyn wins. And very good luck to them.

Details

Facilities

Campfires allowed. There are 6 tent pitches, each nestled in a shady glade with a campfire, picnic table and grill. For more home comforts book one of the 3 themed yurts, and 2 geo-domes.  The domes are a new addition – and made from recycled bottles and the timber from a kitchen manufacturer. But rustic they are not. Think something from a Dr Who set on the outside, with a greenhouse sort of warmth within. Shared facilities for the whole site are immaculately clean solar-heated showers, washing-up facilities, toilets, power supply for charging torches etc, 2 communal freezers and a fridge with ice-packs. There’s also a huge supply of beach equipment, from fishing nets, surf-boards, wetsuits, lent out on a “fair usage” basis. Electric hook-ups available. Bedding supplied in the yurts and domes.

Suitable For

Tents, glampers, caravans, campervans,motorhomes – yes.  Dogs – no

Nearby

Abercastle Bay is only 100 metres from the “Meadow” pitches and then you have the whole of the North Pembrokeshire cost to explore, with it’s stunning beaches, coves and cliff walks. For trips around Ramsey Island (for seal, dolphin and bird spotting) take a large speedboat with Voyages of Discovery (0800 854367). Surf lessons can be booked and equipment hired at Ma Simes in St Davids (01437 720433). Adrenalin addicts should seek their thrills with Preseli Venture (01348 837709) or TYF (01437 721611), who offer coasteering where you leap off cliffs into the sea. It’s all the rage round these parts, don’t you know! And for those keen on iconic Welsh design, visit Melin Tregwynt, with traditional mill, shop and cafe (01348 891288).

Food & Drink

Kev and Claire often put out home-grown veg (for a small donation) and their son Matt can provide fresh, locally caught crab and lobster – and he’ll even teach you to cook it. The Farmer’s Arms (01348 831284) up the hill at Mathry and in the opposite direction The Mill at Trefin are good local eateries. Popular Porthgain harbour has The Sloop Inn (01348 831449) as well as an award-winning seafood restaurant, The Shed (01348 831518). There’s a convenience store at the petrol station at Square and Compass and St Davids and Fishguard have all the food shops that you’ll need – from butchers, greengrocers, delis, booze shops and small supermarkets.

Opening Times

End May–early Sept (yurts, tipi, domes stay open until end Sept).

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Location

Contact Trellyn Woodland, Abercastle, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 5HJ

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Getting There

From the A40 at Letterston between Haverfordwest and Fishguard, take the B4331 opposite the fish-and-chip shop and follow for 4 miles. At A487 crossroads, go straight across to Mathry; just after the Farmer’s Arms, turn right (signposted Abercastle) and after nearly 2 miles, look for a sign/entrance on the left.

The Strumble Shuttle bus service stops at the campsite as it runs between Fishguard and St David’s.

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