This blog is mostly about Dartmoor and the wider south west, but we travel about a bit and occasionally find the odd place worthy of a mention. This campsite is one of those awesome places I couldn’t leave without writing home about.
The campsite is at the Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, located just east of Llangorse lake and village. As the name suggests, the centre offers a number of activities such as horse riding and climbing, and has a bunkhouse, cottage accommodation and of course the campsite.
The first thing that hits you is the view, to which my camera phone did little justice. From the site, the land slopes gently down to Llangorse lake, and on the other side the Beacons’ big four stretch away to the west. It’s an incredible view to open your tent to, and one of my favourite campsite vistas. It’s a pretty quiet spot too: the Talgarth-Bwlch road is just over the second hedge line, but it’s not a busy road and behind you the hills of Mynydd Troed and Mynydd Llangorse give the site a wild and exposed backdrop. It’s a perfect spot.
It’s also a spacious site and was really quiet when we were there. Wales hadn’t long re-opened its sites but most places we looked at seemed busy, but at Gilfach there was plenty of space for the boys to run around. The site is tents only and no cars are allowed on the field, so you have to pack your stuff in. It is also on a bit of a slope, and although this probably deters some people it really isn’t an issue. It’s also a bit of a walk to the centre to use the toilets, but the owners are building a toilet block and showers (delayed opening due to coronavirus) at the top of the field to address this.
Nearby there’s loads to do, with boating on Llangorse lake a highlight away from the obvious delights of exploring the uplands. There are two pubs in the village and another by the lake itself, and our boys enjoyed their first taste of horse riding at the centre. It’s a really friendly and well run centre and everyone we met there made us feel welcome.
The pricing for camping is also excellent at just £7 per person. My only gripe really is that there are no discounts for children, and £28 was a little overpriced given that the boys are 5 and 8. I’ll probably feel a bit differently when the toilet block is open next year, and crikey it’s hard to argue that that view isn’t priceless. We’ll definitely be back.