Home to picturesque ancient hill forts, castles, rugged coastline and majestic standing stones; camping in Pembrokeshire is a getaway second to none. Found in South West Wales, Pembrokeshire is an instant heart-stealer for its dramatic vistas, and has previously been acclaimed by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of the world’s top two coastal destinations.
Occupying over a third of the region, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is also the only park in the UK that was founded by virtue of a stunning coastline! This area boasts beautiful bays and sandy coves, with the occasional rugged piece of headland – making it an ideal region for exploring, hiking, and reconnecting with nature.
There are several campsites in and around Pembrokeshire to choose from – we recommend some of our top picks in this article. We also look at wild camping in Pembrokeshire later in this article too.
So grab your tent and some hiking boots – let’s begin your Pembrokeshire camping adventure!
Camping in Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire’s landscape is idyllic for anyone seeking to discover wildlife and experience diverse and spectacular views. Whether that’s undertaking the challenge of the 10-15 day Pembrokeshire Coast Path hike, or simply coming here for a day visit to admire the gorgeous coastline and ancient forts.
If your adventurous then the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a must! Spanning 186 miles (299km) of captivating coastal landscape, this walking route is renowned for being the first National Trail in Wales. Get your adrenaline pumping with a multi-day hike on the challenging terrains, along with the most rewarding views in the region.
There are many great campsites situated alongside the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, and a good quality walking in Pembrokeshire book – like this one – can help you plan what campsites may be of interest to you if you’re planning a walking and camping trip.
Wild camping is technically not allowed – unless you have the permission of the land owner. However many people still do it, particularly when walking the famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path. If you can’t be persuaded to stay in a campsite, then we have information on wild camping in Pembrokeshire, and tips to be a responsible camper later on in this article.
However if you’re looking for some great campsite recommendations, below we share a few of our favourite campsites in Pembrokeshire. All of which are located close to the iconic Pembrokeshire Coast Path, and therefore ideal for walking, hiking and cycling ethusiasts.
Camping in Pembrokeshire : Some of the best campsites in Pembrokeshire
Celtic Camping and Bunkhouses
We love Celtic Camping for its open farm land and stunning landscape spanning over 250 acres. This campsite offers direct access to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, along with panoramic views and striking sunsets across the ocean.
This family-run campsite was established in 1992 and the warm welcome from Ian gives a real heart-felt experience. We highly recommend you try the nearby pup, The Sloop, in the village of Porthgain. It’s a wonderful place if you are a fan of great food and want to taste some local fine ales.
Visitors can also access UK’s smallest city, St Davids and its magnificent cathedral, which is located about four miles from the campsite.
For those wanting to enjoy stunning blue-green water, Celtic Camping is perfectly located to visit Aberieddi’s Blue Lagoon and Whitesands & Newgale beaches – great places to have a dip during the Summer months.
Little Haven Campsite
Little Haven Campsite is in a serene location, surrounded by spectacular beaches and countryside, so camping here won’t disappoint. We found the booking process, confirmation of our stay and the check-in process hassle-free – which made our stay so much more pleasant.
Situated on a four-acre organic coastal field and less than a mile from two beautiful beaches, Little Haven Campsite is the perfect spot for beach lovers and surfers – you can also hire water sports equipment here. This charming campsite also has a hot tub and is the ideal spot for watching shooting stars – the highlight of a stay here for many visitors.
Close to nature and with tantalizing views up to the coast, verdant surroundings and easy access to coastal attractions, Little Haven Campsite is a sweet spot for hikers, surfing enthusiasts and boat users to come and relax after a fun packed day!
Becks Bay Camping
Situated only 100m from the famous coastal path, Becks Bay Camping is also only a mile west of Tenby’s South Beach and within walking distance of the fascinating Lydstep Bay.
This campsite will also meet the expectations of nature lovers as they are part of The Greener Camping Club, are invested in tourism sustainability, and with each booking made with them they plant a tree as part of their Carbon Offset Scheme!
Although this basic campsite doesn’t have facilities like electricity or WiFi, this eco haven is the perfect place for visitors to take in the scenery and recharge their own batteries by a crackling campfire.
Gupton Farm Campsite
Gupton Farm campsite is a great family-friendly site where you can pitch your tent at an affordable price. This campsite is perfectly located for surfing trips too, as it sits in close vicinity to Freshwater West Beach; one of the top surfing spots on the Pembrokeshire Coast.
Visitors can enjoy great amenities on site, but can also enjoy the captivating sunrises and sunsets – and stargazing opportunities – that you get here, and all from the comfort of your own tent.
Wild camping in Pembrokeshire
Like other areas of Wales , wild camping in Pembrokeshire is not technically allowed, however people still do it. Although campers are allowed to pitch their tent if they have the permission of a landowner. However that’s often easier said than done.
Yet the scenic views, renowned coastal path and stunning beaches that make up Pembrokeshire makes it a tempting destination for wild camping, whether you’ve got permission or not. Therefore if you are planning to free camp in Pembrokeshire – and can’t be swayed to stay in a campsite instead – we’ve compiled the following guidelines to help you camp in a considerate manner:
You should camp in the same place for one night only, and pitch your tent discretely and in a remote place which will not be easily seen. Therefore don’t camp in or near settlements, someone’s farm or on cultivated land. If you think you’re on private land, always try and seek out the landowner and ask permission. They may request a small fee.
Campers should set up their tent at dusk, and take it down at dawn. A tent that is discreet, blends in with the landscape, and pitches quickly is best. Therefore a lightweight walking tent like this one would be a great investment for someone planning to go wild camping in Pembrokeshire.
Most hikers and walkers tolerate camping beside trails that involve multi-day hikes – after all, serious walkers need somewhere to sleep! However as a matter of courtesy you should camp away from any path, and pitch your tent at dusk and take it down at dawn.
Respect the leave no trace policy and take any rubbish with you. Leave your camping spot exactly the way you found it.
Below are our top tips for camping in Pembrokeshire:
- Heavy rain can happen in Pembrokeshire – even during the summer months. Therefore make sure you have a rainproof tent that can survive rain. A lightweight one-man walking tent like this or similar would be perfect. For a good value tent that fits more than one person, this mosquito-proof one would work well too.
- There are villages close by the coastal path but remember to always have plenty of water on you when you’re walking and camping. A space-saving collapsible water bottle would be a good purchase.
- If you’re wild camping, then go to the toilet at least 30-50 meters away from water sources, such as rivers. Make sure to use a trowel (like this folding one) to bury any human waste at least six inches under ground. Take any tissue paper with you – use a ziplock bag to store it and dispose of it in the nearest bin.
Camping in Pembrokeshire : The weather and best months to visit
Pembrokeshire is an enchanting location all year round, with great views and opportunities to reconnect with nature.
The average temperature is around 20°C in summer, which makes it the best season to explore this region. The ocean is often calm and clear in the summer months, and its possible to see playful dolphins and seals if you are lucky!
However for those planning to undertake the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, which does involve some challenging terrain, we would recommend hiking it during the Spring months, or around September to October, when the temperatures are milder.
The Spring months (March to May) are also ideal for bird-watchers and nature lovers, as it is the season for migrating and breeding birds to visit Pembrokeshire, whilst many wildflowers will bloom during this time too!
Winter can be quite challenging for those wanting to undertake the Coast Path as it gets chilly and the paths can be slippery. Therefore if you are planning on hiking the path during these colder months, hikers should have proper gear and make use of walking aids.