Where: Celtic Camping, St David’s, Pembrokeshre, West Wales, SA62 6DG.
Contact: 01348 837405 Email
How much: Adults £10, Children (5-15) £5 per night
Fires: Yes, anywhere you like. (Although its always considerate to use a previous spot if at all possible.)
Wood: On sale at reception.
Facilties: Good modern toilets and showers. Also large camping barn (for campers to shelter in when weather is well…Welsh).
Dogs: Permitted – £2 per night
The review: This was our first vist to Pembrokeshire, we went on a hot and sunny weekend to experience it’s rugged beauty. The field at Celtic Camping covers some distance, sweeping right around in front of the farm house and camping facilities and down the hill towards the sea. It is virtually impossible to find a spot to camp that does not have a stunning sea vista, on a sunny day this was a delight.
In other conditions wind could be a serious problem, although there are hedges around the edge that a hardy camper may huddle beside. Hook ups are all located in a small field next to the facilities (still with good views) but to me it felt very crowded there, despite this there was a convivial atmosphere among the campers in this area.
The further you venture from the well appointed washroom facilites into the wilds of this slice of Pembrokeshire the more space you will find. Although the site generally slopes downwards there are many conveniently flatish areas to pitch. This is essentially a field; do not expect perfectly flat pitches or manicured grass, but do expect space to play and breathe and a beautiful carpet of clover.
Along with the views, the space and the campfires the other factor that influenced me to choose this site was the nearby (10 min walk) small, rocky but very picturesque cove. In the early evening sunlight it was pure tranquility enhanced by the seal that kept popping up to peer, as if to see if the humans had finished interloping into it’s private spot.
Nearby the tiny city of St David’s and the well known beaches of Newgale and Whitesands (along with other smaller coves etc) offer fun for surfers and families alike. We felt that Whitesands offered more in the way of facilities (cafe, toilets, beach shop) but Newgale is huge and has more parking.
St David’s is a quaint, pretty city (small town in reality) with lots of surfer shops, cafes, a Tourist Information facility and of course it’s cathedral. It is also possible to catch a shuttle bus from St David’s to the beaches, thus avoiding any parking issues. (Having read up about the area I had feared huge queues and parking shortages at Whitesands but we visited two days in a row on as sunny weekend in July and had no problems.)
In all we enjoyed the campsite, the site managers where friendly and helpful, the facilities are very good. There is no noise curfew, which could be a problem in the busier areas of the site.