Porthclais Farm Campsite

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire St Davids

  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A big but intimate site with 180 degree views of a cracking coastline

On arrival at Porthclais Farm, you’re greeted by a five day weather forecast. This is indicative of the outdoors life that you can lead here – as well as a helpful and informative approach by the owners. They know that people come here to enjoy everything that the Pembrokeshire coastline has to offer – from walking the coast path, surfing, sailing, fishing, rockpooling – and generally pottering around the coastline. The lower fields have only a gorse hedge between you and the coast path and the pretty harbour of Porthclais just at the bottom of the cliffs. Depending on your outdoor pursuits you could easily ditch the car for the duration of your stay, as the cathedral city of St David’s is only about a 15 minute walk away – either back up the lane, or for a slightly longer route with a view, along the coast path.

This site has a lovely relaxed attitude, from where you pitch, to what you pitch. In high season the site is a lively mix of family frame tents, one person pop-ups, tipis, bell tents and volley ball/tennis nets. The only real “rule” is to set up camp 20ft away from strangers and 10ft between friends, but that’s just a bit of good old common sense. The ablutions facilities are very good, but if you’re camping in one of the lower fields and don’t want to get caught short, you may prefer to bring your own toilet tent, which is free of charge. And there are no electric hook-ups but you’re also welcome to bring your own generator or solar panels. So, all in all, a pretty perfect place to pitch.

Details

Facilities

5 fields covering 24 acres for tents and one field of 5 acres for 12 caravans and campervans. Phone charging £1.00. Freezer pack loan 20p (£1.00 deposit).
Two shower/toilet blocks: For women 9 toilets, 6 showers; for men 6 toilets, 6 urinals, 4 showers. 8 outdoor covered washing up sinks and wetsuit washing tub. Recycling bins galore. No campfires, but BBQ stands can be hired for a one-off fee of £1.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, campervans, groups, dogs – yes.

Nearby

Hop on the coastal footpath at the bottom of the camping meadows and stroll the ½-mile to Porthclais Harbour. This naturally sheltered cove was once the cargo port for St Davids. Its wall, restored by the National Trust, dates from the 12th or 13th Century and the harbour is still used today by fishing and leisure boats. In the opposite direction, it’s a similar length stroll to St Non’s chapel – the place where St Non gave birth to St David. Water from the well apparently has healing properties but, whether you believe this or not, being surrounded by a landscape and seascape like this can only be good for body and mind! Elsewhere, visit the lifeboat station at St Justinian or try a spot of pony trekking with St David’s Trekking Centre (01437 720526).

Food & Drink

The campsite shop has daily fresh essentials including milk, bacon and Welsh cakes. St David's has everything else you need, including a WI market on Thursday mornings. There's pubs and cafes to suit all tastes and budgets, from the friendly Farmer’s Arms (01437 721666) to the more upmarket Cwtch (01437 720491) restaurant.

Opening Times

Easter – end of October.

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Location

Porthclais Farm Campsite, Porthclais, St Davids, Pembrokeshire SA62 6RR

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Getting There

At St David’s square pass the chemist (on your left), down Goat Street. Stay on this road for about two miles and look out for the Porthclais campsite entrance on your left, before the harbour. Train to Haverfordwest or Fishguard and Richards Brothers (01239 613756) bus to St David’s. The ’Celtic Coaster’ buses runs via St Davids and will stop on request at Porthclais Campsite between June and September. The Celtic Coaster also stops in Porthclais harbour.

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