Secret Pasture and Woodland Eco Camping
Welcome to our website. Our exceptionally beautiful and unique home offers Cilrath Wood Camping a certified Greener Camping site, and Cilrath Cwtch holiday accommodation in a converted old stone and timber barn.
Cilrath Fach Farm is a Grade Two Listed traditional Pembrokeshire farmstead with uninterrupted views of the countryside and Preseli Hills. For the last 30 years we have had the privilege of being the ‘steward and guardian’ of its old pastures, semi-ancient woodland, rich fauna and flora and several brooks rising from springs on the farm that flow to a secluded small wildlife lake.
We are situated directly on the ancient Landsker border, a historical boundary marked by frontier castles, running through the county of Pembrokeshire, which divides Welsh speaking heartlands from the area known as “Little England beyond Wales”, an area linguistically and culturally English for centuries despite being far from the England-Wales border.
Secluded, yet only a few minutes drive from the little market town of Narberth, which is famed for various awards. It was shortlisted for the “Best High Street in the UK”, for being “UK’s Cleanest and Greenest Town”, named amongst the “Best places to live in Britain” and has been ranked as one of the “Happiest places in Wales”!
Cilrath Fach Farm is centrally and ideally situated for easy access to the spectacular coastline on all three sides of the Pembrokeshire peninsula that forms Britain’s only coastal National Park and is the most westerly point in Wales. It has a coastal path that twists and turns its’ way for 186 miles covering almost every kind of maritime landscape, from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries.
Cilrath Wood Camping is focused around an old unploughed four acre hay pasture with scenic countryside views, semi-ancient woodland rich in fauna and flora and a beautiful conservation lake fed by two babbling brooks; all of which are far from any dwelling or roadway.
Ten pitches in total are available with beautiful and peaceful outlooks where many hidden natural treasures are to be found throughout the seasons. Six large pitches spaced far apart in the four acre old hay meadow bordered by an ancient woodland and a wildlife conservation lake, two campervan pitches are on firm and slightly elevated ground suited to motor vehicles and several slightly more secluded pitches are hidden within the fringes of the woodland for those seeking a lightweight and more wild camp adventure. In the furthest corner of the Old Hay Meadow it is possible to bring several pitches together to form a traditional group encampment. Pitches have a regularly mowed area or a natural forest floor of wood chippings and include a picnic bench with seating and a fire bowl with a cooking grill for that real outdoor living experience.
Rustic, yet well presented and daily serviced comfortable compost toilets with wash basins and two hot showers are on the campsite as well as a designated covered area for washing up. Two sheltered communal spaces are provided for activities and evening get togethers. One is in the form of a silk parachute canopy hung from branches in the shelter of an ancient 17th century quarry, now a small attractive Bluebell hollow, where a firepit forms the centre of attention on dark evenings; the other is a lakeside zinc and wood-pole open barn situated beside a babbling brook which tumbles into a series of little pools before it joins the wildlife lake. This is an ideal spot for catching the last of the evening sun.
All the pitches, whilst they are off road with no vehicle access, are not off the beaten track! They are accessible on foot using mown footpaths and tracks, and on the days you set up and break camp we may be available to assist with moving your equipment using our small farm trailer towed by our vintage Land Rover or tractor. For the rest of the time we provide a shiny wheelbarrow for use during your stay. So it goes without saying to camp at Cilrath Wood you must be physically mobile and keen to embrace an active outdoor lifestyle.
There is a designated parking area with room for only one vehicle per pitch approx 600 yards away, leaving the remaining area of Cilrath Wood vehicle free. We aim to maintain good ground conditions for access routes and pitches but this is subject to the weather and the time of year. It is always a good idea to have some wellies available. If parking for an additional vehicle is desired this must be booked in advance, there is an additional charge and it may be required to be parked separately on another area a further distance away.
The Shed is situated in the car park at the lane entrance to the campsite.
Here you will find:
- Freezer and fridge space sufficient to store a few of your own freezer packs and some food items.
- USB charge points to charge electrical items.
- Some basic local maps, tourist and emergency information.
- A few bats, racquets, balls, Frisbees, card games and similar.
Arrangements can be made to...
pick up from the shed our hireable charcoal BBQ on a stand and buy prepared firewood, kindling and charcoal.
(Shed facilities not inclusive but may be available on a first come first served basis)
There is one around called Pete who is friendly and has a smile. The Grumpy Farmer’s wife is called Jackie. The two pictures below taken 54 years apart, show the Farmer before and after becoming grumpy, with his love for driving his Grey Fergie T20 tractor undiminished!
Seriously, the real Grumpy Farmer is what we call the lakeside zinc and wood-pole barn where fun and food can break out spontaneously with less than 48 hours notice, on an appropriate evening. Always at a reasonable price, there is a high chance it could be an Italian delight or an Asian surprise but often centred around a wood-fired oven or wood fuelled BBQ.
To book or check availability, use the booking tool here. If you have any questions at all, you can contact us using the information below.
Tel: 01834 861106