Details and amenities
Things to do and see
- Star Gazing
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Open fire camping
- Peaceful, spacious site in the Brecon Beacons National Park
- Two pubs within walking distance
- Activity centre on site for outdoor pursuits
All sorts of alfresco adventures await in the Brecon Beacons National Park – and folks staying at Open Fire Camping may just surmise that they’re in a mighty fine place to make the most of them.
And they’d be right, for this is not just a place to stay but also a licensed activity centre, where experienced professionals can hook you up with days of climbing, canoeing, caving and the like. Folks who’d prefer to roam free are within easy reach of heaps of walking trails (both leisurely strolls and mountain scrambles) and can consult the site’s handy collection of maps to ensure they don’t wander astray.
It’s a cracking location to chill out in, too (excellent news for those who’ve worn themselves out by day) – there’s heaps of space around the site’s different levels to find a pitch that suits you – set up as a group or pick a more private corner from which to admire the views over Cribarth and do some stargazing by night (you’re in an International Dark Sky Reserve here so there should be some spectacular starry displays, cloud permitting)
Keen to keep a calm vibe on site, the folks here have kept facilities to just the essentials like wifi, toilets and showers. Firepits have been scattered around the site, and you can buy firewood here or bring your own. If you don’t have the energy to cook dinner, there are a couple of pubs in the little Powys village of Pen-y-cae, just under a mile away.
What to do
Getting out into the national park is a doddle – get your boots on for the hour-long hike to Henrhyd Waterfall, perhaps, or join a group at the licensed activity centre to climb Cribarth. Other outdoorsy antics that can be booked on site include archery, gorge walking, climbing and canoeing, and there’s a riding stables a mile away.
For something a bit more leisurely, take the 15-minute walk from site to Craig-y-Nos Country Park for a wander around the 40-acre park’s lake and meadows and a visit to Craig-y-Nos Castle and its listed theatre (once owned by famed opera singer Adelina Patti).
A five-minute drive from the site takes you to the National Showcaves Centre for Wales, which has in the past been voted one of the UK’s best attractions – after you've delved underground, take the kids to the dino exhibit to see loads of life-sized model-sauruses. If you're yearning for a breath of sea air, it'll take you less than an hour to drive to the Gower Peninsula for some of the UK's best beaches.
- Coach stations
- Neath: Rail Station Coach Stop — 12.2 miles
Aberdare: Duke Street Bus Station — 12.2 miles
Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station — 13.4 miles
- Train stations
- Treherbert Rail Station — 11.6 miles
Aberdare Rail Station — 12.1 miles
Neath Rail Station — 12.3 miles
- Ferry ports
- Swansea Queens Dock Ferry Terminal — 18.0 miles
- Swansea Airport — 22.7 miles
- National Showcaves of Wales (0.9 miles)
- Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre (7.4 miles)
- Aberdulais Falls (10.6 miles)
- Aberdulais Falls (10.7 miles)
- Aberdeunant (14.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Tafarn-y-Garreg - Fan Hir - Fan Brycheiniog (1.6 miles)
- Ystradfellte and Cwm Porth (5.0 miles)
- Ystradfellte and the Nedd Valley (5.0 miles)
£10.00 per person per night
Amenities on site
IParent & baby washroom
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
What to bring
Usual camping equipment
Check in anytime after 3PM
Check out at 10AM
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