Five Saints Riding Centre

UK Wales

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby

The roads get narrower and the hills they climb become more ambitious as you approach Gilfach Farm – a sure sign that one’s camping experience is not going to be trammelled by the petty irritants of urban life. Indeed, the campsite at Five Saints Riding Centre is even out of sight of the farmhouse and riding stables – there’s a field with a lake in it to be crossed before you arrive (the owners will whizz your stuff down on a quad bike if necessary) – leaving the only vestige of civilisation a very tiny but well kept shed that houses the compost loo.

The site’s simple treelined field slope down to a sylvan-topped stream with a view of hilly farmland beyond. If you pop back to the next door field, you can hire a raft or a dinghy for the day and potter about on the small lake with its pair of miniature islands. The countryside around can be explored by bicycle (mountain bikers will love the local forestry tracks), but if you prefer your transport to be more equine-based, horse rides can be arranged with the owners (if the mounts aren’t already booked), including a day's jaunt that takes in a pub. Walkers can borrow Fly, the farm’s border collie, for a promenade avec chien.

Only four tents are allowed at any one time here, but if you happen to hold to Sartre’s maxim that ‘hell is other people’, you can book the whole site and spend your time in wonderful isolation. Breathe in. And out. 

Details

Facilities

1 loo in the yard & 1 compost loo in field (both unisex). No showers but washing-up area planned; coarse fishing; dinghy/raft hire for lake (£5/day); horse riding (not pre-bookable) from 30 mins to 11am–4pm pub or picnic ride; breakfasts and evening meals can be booked in farmhouse; B&B from £35pp. Fires are permitted in braziers (handmade from horseshoes); £5 to hire or £65 to buy; firewood £5.  

Suitable For

Tent campers, couples – yes. Caravans, dogs – no. 

Nearby

Head to the Dolaucothi Gold Mines (01558 650177) to pan for gold and descend into a Roman mine that was open till the 1930s. For a day at the seaside, head to the charming harbour town of New Quay or go dolphin spotting in Cardigan Bay

Food & Drink

Free-range eggs, bread rolls and seasonal fruit and veg are available from campsite owners. Ask about optional extras like cooked breakfast, evening meals, and picnic hampers. The Dolaucothi Arms in Pumsaint is the local. This historic pub (reopened in 2013 after a major refurb) offers a host of Welsh ales and a menu of hearty but adventurous grub served in a stylish setting. The Brunant Arms (01558 650483) free house in Caio (4 miles away) is a good shout for food. They've even got some hitching posts for horses, so why not ride from the campsite? 

Opening Times

April - October

The Owner Says

We are a smallholding and riding centre surrounded by our own 32 acres of hill land at the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains. Truly in the middle of nowhere but only 3 miles from the main road. 

Our "back to basics" camping field is tucked away in a field at the bottom of our valley, your only neighbours are the sheep and horses. Although Percy our peacock has been known to wander down and say hello.

We offer exclusive use of the campsite for £50 per night...as many or as few tents as you like. Mini festival or guaranteed secluded romantic camping for two.

You have direct access from our farm to fantastic walks - we'll be more than happy to point you in the right direction or there are signposted graded walks through the National Trust Dolaucothi estate right on our doorstep. 

For mountain bikers, we are in a great central location for Brechfa Forest, Cwm Rhaeadr and the Doethie Valley (voted trail of the year!) which are all approx. 20 minutes away. The natural trails near the farm are also worth checking out.

Bit more about the camping...

Camp fires can be lit in a hired brazier. Brazier hire for the duration of your stay is £5 and logs are £5 per box.

Don't have your own tent? Hire ours, we have a large 8 man tent for hire.

1-4 nights £35; 4-7 nights £50; 7 + nights £75

If you don't want to cook...*

Cooked breakfasts £7.50 pp.

3 course evening meals £25 pp. We also do special curry nights.

* Booking essential

On site extras...

 Course fishing: The lake is stocked with tench, rudd and mirror carp. Fishing inclusive of rod hire & bait is £15 per day. If you have your own kit, it's a daily rate of £5.  Dinghy hire is £5 for the day - 1st come, 1st served we only have one! 

Horse riding: 1/2 hr lead rein rides to full day pub/picnic rides. Prices range from £25 - £75 per day.

See our website www.fivesaints.com for full details. Like us on FB to hear about news, offers and late availability - www.facebook.com/fivesaints. 

Accommodation

4 – more if your group hires out the site (0 hardstanding).

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Location

Contact Five Saints Riding Centre, Five Saints Riding Centre, Gilfach Farm, Pumsaint, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire SA19 8YN

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Getting There

Llanwrda (10.5 miles) – Shrewsbury to Swansea line (aka the Heart of Wales line). No onward bus service. 

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