With fresh air, great hiking trails and some of the UK’s finest scenery, it’s little surprise camping in the Brecon Beacons is a popular holiday for many who travel to this rural part of Wales. An enchanting area with stunning scenery, the Brecon Beacons is also home to many quaint churches, castles, and stately homes.
There are several campsites situated in and around the Brecon Beacons National Park – we recommend some of the best in this article.
Wild camping in the Brecon Beacons is also possible, and the area has some beautiful wild camping spots. (Related: The best waterfalls in Wales).
However wild camping is technically illegal in Wales, but it is usually tolerated when campers abide by a certain set of rules – we outline those further down in this article too. A good Brecon Beacons map, like this one, could help you plan your perfect wild camping spot.
But first, here’s a few of our favourite campsites in the region, all of which have spots for tents, campervans, and caravans!
The best campsites in the Brecon Beacons
This little campsite makes our list because of it’s tranquil and peaceful nature. It truly is one of the best places to relax in the Brecon Beacons, and best of all, it’s not very well known so is still a hidden gem!
Sat beside the picturesque River Usk, and only 3km from the historic cathedral town of Brecon, it’s also a great place to be based to explore the surrounding region.
Brecon Beacons Camping & Caravan Park
Set deep in the middle of the Brecon Beacons, this campsite and caravan park not only has fantastic facilities, but also has great views of the surrounding hills.
Nearby are many great walks – you can some of the best in this book – so this is the perfect place to be based if you’re looking for an outdoors-orientated holiday.
Priory Mill Farm
This campsite takes the title of our favourite campground in the Brecon Beacons.
Well camping here is like going back 300 years ago, with the riverside camping spots overlooked by a Grade II listed Mill that is centuries old. In fact that mill is being slowly restored by the campsite owners.
The small laid-back campsite is set in a beautiful part of the Brecon Beacons, and has direct access to several walking, hiking and cycling routes.
The sky at night here is something special too.
If you’ve read any of our previous camping guides, you will know that we love campsites based on working farms! They are usually great places for kids to explore and learn about rural life, as well as meet many friendly animals.
Talybont Farm is no exception, but this isn’t just a campground suited for children. There are four (!) pubs close by, as well as golf and sailing (on Llangorse Lake) nearby too.
The pitches here are probably the most generous in the Brecon Beacons as well.
Wild camping in the Brecon Beacons
Wild camping in the Brecon Beacons is technically illegal, however many people still do it. But if you are camping on private land in the area and you have permission from the landowner, it is legal.
The good news though, is that there is a long tradition of wild camping in the Brecon Beacons, so often it is tolerated when campers treat the land well, and stick to the following set of guidelines:
- You should camp in the same place for one night only, and pitch your tent discretely and in a remote place. Therefore don’t camp in or near settlements, someone’s farm or on cultivated land. If you think you’re on private land, always seek out the landowner and ask permission.
- 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 and hiking tent like this one would be a great investment for someone planning to wild camp in the Brecon Beacons.
- Take any rubbish with you, and leave your camping spot the way you found it.
- If you are walking a main trail you should camp away from the path as a matter of courtesy.
- When wild camping in the Brecon Beacons you must never make a campfire. For cooking, use a storm cooker. The Swedish brand Trangia make fantastic storm cookers that are virtually indestructible. Portable solar ovens, like this one by GoSun, are also a good fuel-less option.
Below are some of our top tips for camping in the Brecon Beacons!
Tips for camping in the Brecon Beacons
- Heavy rain can happen in the Brecon Beacons even during the holiday season. Make sure you have a rainproof tent that can survive a thunderstorm. 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.
- Keep an eye out for animal poo – if there’s a lot near your perfect camping spot, you may end up being woken up by some enthusiastic animals at 3am!
- There are many water sources in the Brecon Beacons but remember to always have plenty of water on you when you’re walking. A space-saving collapsible water bottle would be a good purchase.
- If wild camping, when going to the toilet you should do it at least 30 meters from water sources, such as rivers and lakes. Make sure to use a trowel (like this folding one) to bury any human waste – don’t just leave it out in the open.
- Like many rugged and wild rural areas around the world, there are flora and fauna to be aware of. So read up and make sure you know what to expect in the region or area you are planning to wild camp in.
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