Digs in the Wig The Greener Camping Club

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Letterston

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A tiny woodland campsite in the Preseli Hills, with individual clearings for each pitch and campfires allowed

Centuries ago, the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire were totally covered by forest. At least that’s what the boffins who analysed local pollen have worked out. Today the area, parcelled up by overgrown country lanes, is better known for its expanses of open lowland and beautifully bare hills. On its southern edges, however, there’s a peaceful stretch of ancient woodland that still has a thoroughly timeless feel. Inhabitants cook food over campfires, the smell of wood smoke lingering in the air, and children play in the long wild grass. It is, of course, a campsite. And an excellent one at that.

There are just five camping pitches in total at Digs in the Wigs campsite, each in a private clearing with its own campfire pit and stack of free firewood. The place has been allowed to open as part of the Greener Camping Club scheme – meaning the highest standards of sustainability have to be adhered to – and, as a result, facilities remain minimal and the wild, natural ecosystems here are largely untouched. Grassy clearings are strewn with tall buttercups and wild garlic grows in springtime beside the shadier patches of trees. There’s still a toilet block, with three shower rooms and proper flushing loos, and there’s a communal fridge that campers can use.

Along with the seclusion of each individual pitch, the campsite itself feels rather remote too. It’s two miles to the nearest village, Maenclochog, where there’s a newsagents, a café and a petrol station, so it’s best to stock up on food before you arrive. It lends itself, though, to those who want a peaceful camping experience and, of course, to those hoping to explore the Preseli Hills.

The Preselis have Special Area of Conservation status and are popular with walkers on the path of prehistoric ancestors. From hillforts and stone circles to ancient burial grounds, there are plenty of sights for those in the know historically, while newer Llys y Fran Reservoir is two miles away and offers sailing, windsurfing and canoeing (along with cycling and walking on the seven-mile-long perimeter track). Perhaps the most famous stretch in the Preseli Hills is Cwm Gwaun (The Gwaun Valley) a 15-minute drive from the campsite. Described by The Rough Guide to Wales as “a bucolic vale of impossibly narrow lanes, surrounded by the bleak shoulders of bare mountains" it is a walkers’ paradise, made all the better by the characterful Dyffryn Arms pub that awaits at the end of your trek.

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Facilities

5 pitches in their own individual spaces with a wooden kitchen hut and eco-toilet at each. Communal fridge and a washing machine. Campfires permitted. Woods to explore.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, tents, campervans, well behaved dogs and considerate, quiet groups – yes. Caravans, big motorhomes and noisy folk – no.

Nearby

Half a mile down the road from the farm is the reservoir of Llys y Fran Country Park (01437 532273), a good spot for a picnic and with a 7-mile trail around its perimeter that is great for trail running and mountain biking. This is just the start of the outdoors fun, of course. Digs in the Wig is located amongst the Preseli Hills and, if you head north out of the campsite, there are ample excellent hiking trails. Be sure to visit the hills' highest and most characterful pub (Tafarn Sinc, see Food & Drink) along the way. There are plenty of pretty towns to intrigue. Narberth has a lively arts scene and is 25 minutes by car, while it's a scenic half hour to Cardigan and 40 minutes to St Davids, well worth a visit for its cathedral, as well as the independent shops and cafés. If you love the cathedral, it's well worth checking out Pembroke Castle (01646 681510; 40 minutes) too – the medieval castle is set on the river Cleddau and the birthplace of the Tudor dynasty (Henry VII) – as well as Castell Henllys (01239 891319; 30 minutes), an Iron Age-style encampment in the woods, and Melin Tregwynt (01348 891225; 40 minutes), a working woollen mill that makes beautifully crafted Welsh textiles. Of course, you'd be a fool to come to this part of the world and not visit the beaches that make Pembrokeshire so famous. It's 25 minutes to the coast around Newport and Fishguard, half an hour to St Brides Bay (and the beaches of Newgale, Broad Haven and Little Haven) and 40 minutes to Saundersfoot and the beaches around Tenby.

Food & Drink

The nearest shop is a couple of miles away in the village of Maenclochog. It's a small village store – Sarah's (01437 563272) – and has a post office and the essentials you need at camp. There's a café in the village too; Caffi'r Sgwar (01437 532078) is in a zinc-clad building, serving homemade cakes, tea and the best sausage butty for miles. A couple of minutes further by car, Tafarn Sinc (01437 532214) is a seriously characterful and cosy little pub with woodburning stoves, saw dust strewn floors and a place for your mucky boots. It is the highest licensed pub in Pembrokeshire, located in the shadow of Foel Cwm Cerwyn. Other options are more of a drive away. It's 20 minutes to The Dyffryn Arms (01348 881305; sometimes just called 'Bessie's' after the owner) – a hidden gem in the Gwaun Valley where beer is served in jugs through a wooden, sliding hatch and worldwide bank notes adorn the walls from customers near and far. Other good pubs include The Grove (01834 860915), a fancy gastro number on the outskirts of Narberth, The Golden Lion (01239 820321), a more traditional spot with plenty of menu choice, and The Druidstone (01437 781221), on the coastal path overlooking Druidstone beach – great for sunsets. All are 30 minutes by car.

Opening Times

Easter–October.

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The Owner Says

Digs in the Wig is a beautiful, secluded campsite surrounded by a 25 acre ancient woodland just a few miles from the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline. Each camping pitch is secluded and unique providing ample room and individuality to your camping stay. Each has its own en-suite eco loo and kitchen with table, chairs and gas cooker. Warm and cosy gas showers are also available.

Pitches

5 secluded and well-spread-out grass pitches, surrounded by an ancient woodland.

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Location

Contact Digs in the Wig, Parc yr Eithin, New Moat, Clarbeston Road, Pembrokeshire SA63 4RJ

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Getting There

Follow the M4 and A40 to Pembrokeshire. Turn off theA40 at Penblewen roundabout, following signposts to Clunderwen. 1 mile up the road, turn left for Maenclochog. Follow the road for around 9 miles to Maenclochog. In Maenclochog, turn left at the T junction and follow signs through New Moat towards Llys y Fran. 1 mile after passing through New Moat, Digs in the Wig Campsite is at the bottom of the hill, on the left, just before the T junction.

The nearest train station is Clarbeston Road, 3 miles away.

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