National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Q // I know wild camping is illegal in Wales, but which campsites feel the most o-grid?
With its ancient woodlands, dramatic coastline and glassy lakes, there’s something truly distinctive about the Welsh wilds. And although you can’t just pitch a tent, given wild camping is illegal across most of the UK, there are plenty of sanctioned spaces that still feel steeped in nature.
Take Gwalia Farm, tucked south of Snowdonia National Park, in Powys: a small, family-run organic farm with no fixed pitches. Instead, you’ll find peaceful wilderness, open-water swimming spots, ‘earth loos’ in the woods and a natural spring that provides drinking and washing water. Otters and nightjars can be spotted during the day, while at night, glow worms illuminate the woods. Set along the Cambrian Way, it’s ideal for walkers keen to tackle the mid-section of the 185-mile mountain route. Pitches start from £4 per adult.
In the country’s south, camping at Glyn Y Mul Farm in Glamorgan is a truly wild a air: walk into the 18-acre woods, choose a spot to bed down and start a campfire. There are also clearings beside the River Dulais, where only a handful of people can camp at any one time, many simply opting for a hammock or bivvy over a tent. From £10 per night per adult.
And a personal favourite is Priory Mill Farm, near the Brecon Beacons. This small-scale, lowimpact riverside meadow camping spot feels secluded — the only building on site is a Grade II-listed mill, dating back centuries.
From £10 per person per night. gwaliafarm.co.uk glynymulfarm. co.uk priorymillfarm.co.uk