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Kitewood Camping – A Truly Wild Camping Experience

Chris Roberts

It was a long yet beautiful drive through the heart of Wales and as we arrived in Pembrokeshire the sun was shining. We were greeted warmly at the reception, a retro 70’s caravan in a woodland clearing with newly planted willow fencing and wood working tools in the garden, by David and his dog Penny. David who runs the site with his wife Sarah also manages the woodland in which the campsite is set supplementing his income by producing charcoal and other wood products.

David eagerly showed us around the amazing site he has created on an old golf course which was replanted 15 years ago. Now a thick woodland the 11 plots are generously spaced in clearings made within the forest, small tracks sided with long grasses and wild flowers connected the plots alongside small ponds that David has created make sure there is an abundance of wildlife.

Each plot consists of a cleared area to pitch your tents, a firepit and picnic table within the trees, complete with tarpaulin cover to protect you from the inevitable rain. A composting toilet is shared between 2 plots and for those who need a little more luxury there is even a newly constructed tipi.

There is plenty to explore along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline and on David’s recommendation we rode out to Abermawr Beach where we took the obligatory dip in the Irish Sea. We also visited St David’s, Britain’s smallest city, and took a walk to St David’s Head.

On our final night in Wales we took a short walk into Fishguard with David and ate lovely fish and chips washed down with a local cider. Back at the site with the fire lit we listened to the crackle of the wood burning, the final tweeting of the birds at dusk, watching the bats swoop over the pond as night fell and we made our way back to the tent satisfied.

There are not many truly wild camping sites in the UK and Kitewood has to be among the finest, it really is a magical place.