Monday 4 October 2021

The Best Campsites in Wales near a Beach

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Over recent years, camping and caravanning have become more and more popular here in the UK and as a family who love camping ourselves, one of our favourite places to visit is Wales, UK. It offers something for everyone and there are always plenty of campsites for tents, motorhomes or caravans to choose from. 

From the best campsites in Wales near a beach to family-friendly sites, to those closer to the action and adventure and those who want to be completely off-grid or even a pitch with sea views, you will find a site you love. 

To get a flavour for what’s possible to do in Wales, Bailey of Bristol has put together this article about some of the best places to see from some of the best campsites in Wales near a beach

One great way to find the perfect site in Wales for you is using either the Camping and Caravanning Club or the Caravan and Motorhome club. Both of which are designed to make any holiday with a tent, caravan or motorhome easier and stress-free. With finding the site you stay at made super easy thanks to these clubs, the only thing left to do is decide on the exciting activities you will do whilst you are away! For us, the lure of Wales is how beautiful it is, from forest walks, beautiful buildings and the most amazing beaches, everything is so picturesque! So below I am saying some of our favourite places to visit in Wales...

Snowdonia National Park 

Boasting over 823 square miles of stunning Welsh countryside, including 37 miles of breath-taking coastline, Snowdonia is the largest national park in Wales. From towering forests to moorlands and even stunning sandy beaches, you will find it all within this national park. As well as being rich in history, Snowdonia is home to numerous species of animals, insects, plants and fungi of international importance. Among the rarest of species is Lili’r Wyddfa (Snowdon Lily) – a plant found only at the highest peaks. 

Of course, we couldn't mention Snowdonia National Park without mentioning Mount Snowdon! If adventure and hiking are your things, you could always take the almost 1100 ascent up Wales highest mountain, Mount Snowdon and reap the picturesque views from the top. 

From finding medieval castles to trying out a range of recreational activities such as climbing, biking or taking a trip out in rowing boat, there is something for everyone inside Snowdonia National Park.


Pembrokeshire Coast National Park 

If walking, stunning views and the sound of the ocean are your things then Pembrokeshire National Park is the place to be. It may be one of the smallest national parks in the UK but it is also Britain's only truly coastal national park that covers almost all of the Pembrokeshire Coast including every offshore island, the Daugleddau estuary and large areas of the Preseli Hills and the Gwaun Valley. 

It is also home to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, a spectacular 186 mile (299 km) long National Trail which passes 58 beaches and 14 harbours. If you don't fancy walking it though you can always jump onto the Pembrokeshire coastal bus service which covers the whole coastal path. The trail covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from steep limestone cliffs, undulating red sandstone bays, volcanic headlands, beaches, estuaries and flooded glacial valleys so don't forget your camera and/or binoculars too! 

Brecon Beacons National Park 

If you love pulling on your walking boots and exploring a place steeped in a colourful, rich and varied history in mythology and culture then the Brecon Beacons is calling your name. Covering approximately 520 square miles of mid and South Wales it consists of a varied skyline of mountains, moorlands and castles with its highest peak, Pen Y Fan standing at 886m high. 

During your visit, you may even spot a Welsh mountain pony since they live, breed and run wild across the rugged and vast uplands. But if history is more your thing, you won't be disappointed with a trip to the Brecon Beacons National Park!  Within this National Park, there are over 250 ancient monuments including prehistoric and Roman sites including stone circles, burial chambers, hillforts and camps to find and explore. The hills and villages are also dotted with medieval castles and ancient churches too. 

Bala Lake Railway 

The Bala Lake Railway is a narrow-gauge railway along the southern shore of Bala Lake in Gwynedd, North Wales. The line, which is 4+12 miles (7.2 km) long, is built on a section of the former standard-gauge Ruabon–Barmouth GWR route that closed in 1965. The railway offers a fantastic 9-mile return journey alongside the lake through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, where you can take in all the views from the comfort of your seat. 

Their steam trains give excellent views of the lake including the nearby mountains of Arenig Fawr. Aran Benlyyn and Aran Fawddwy and with plenty of stops you can jump off at for refreshments it makes a perfect trip for families. There is also a heritage centre which gives you ample information about the railway and the trains that run on it, it is full of fascinating facts. 

The Beaches... ALL of the Beaches! 

Finally, I couldn't write a post about Wales without mentioning all of the stunning beaches, coastlines and sea views there are to be seen in Wales. Honestly, it's probably one of the biggest lures for us as a family as we always feel so relaxed and at home when we are near the sea. And one thing Wales is not short of is stunning coastline so whether it’s rugged cliffs and dunes, rocky seas perfect for surfing or kayaking or golden sand and crystal clear seas, Wales has them all. Some of our family-friendly favourites include ... 

- Whitesands Bay 

- Pembrey Beach 

- Rhossilli Bay 

- Tenby North Beach

If you like the sound of all of the above but have never been camping or caravanning before, what is holding you back? All of the places mentioned above are situated within easy reaching distance of a site available to book via the Camping and Caravan Club and the Caravan and Motorhome club.

If it’s the lack of caravan or motorhome, that is something that Bailey of Bristol can definitely help with. They have a range of caravans and motorhomes to suit everyone from couples to families, those who want a space for weekends away and those who want all of the mod cons. Plus one fantastic feature available on the Bailey website is the ability to look around any of their caravans or motorhomes without ever leaving your home (especially useful in the current climate!). 

Their 360 virtual showrooms allow you to look around any of the current available caravans or motorhomes from your home in your own time. Using either the caravan virtual showroom or the motorhome virtual showroom you can explore at your own pace and see which models you think may be the best fit for you before going to look around in person. This can also help you pinpoint certain models or details you want, narrowing down your search and making it much easier to find what you like and dislike in a caravan or motorhome. 

If you are already a caravan/motorhome owner or you are considering becoming one, the News and Events section on the Bailey website is a great place to keep up with all the Bailey news. This includes information on using their products for self-contained holidays, travel inspiration and product news.

Have you ever considered camping or caravanning in Wales? Or do you have any favourite spots to visit in Wales? Let me know in the comments below. 


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