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Caerfai Bay Caravan & Tent Park Campsite Review

Heading to the westernmost tip of Wales is always a treat and, with the urban sprawl of Haverfordwest’s out-of-town retail parks receding in your rear view mirror, the landscape becomes increasingly pretty and the coastline rocky and crinkled. This bit of Welsh coast around St Davids sees clusters of intimate coves and small sandy beaches interspersed with rocky headland.

Nestled on top of one of these cliffs in St Davids is Caerfai Bay. The access road to the campsite narrows and you’ll need to use the passing places if a tractor is coming the other way (quite likely as there’s a nearby farm!). Once you’re on site, though, there’s no real need to move your vehicle as St Davids town centre is just a short walk away and you’re surrounded by amazing scenery to explore.

The view from this campsite is fantastic and, as most of the campsite is on a gentle slope, virtually all the pitches have a view of the sea. Some pitches are on gravelled hardstanding terraces that are flat, while some are on grass and will need the use of levelling blocks. That view makes it all worthwhile, though. On a clear day you can see for miles and watching the sun set here with a barbecue on the go and a glass of [insert your favourite tipple here] in hand would be fabulous.

As it’s a Premier Park, all the facilities you’re likely to need are here, ranging from decent modern toilet blocks to a well-equipped laundry room, on-site WiFi and a drive-over motorhome dump point. There’s also a couple of handy campers’ kitchens with microwaves and, if you’re into watersports, a wetsuit washing area that allows you to rinse off the saltwater.

There are lots of things to do in the area around this campsite and we’d suggest you firstly explore the small sandy beach that can be accessed via a path down the cliffs. The water here is an incredible aquamarine blue colour and looks more like something you’d find on the Italian coast rather than Wales. The campsite’s location on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park means that you have direct access to the coastal path which can take you to Solva or Whitesands, or if you fancy a serious hike, all the way from Cardigan to Tenby.

St Davids is just a gentle walk from the campsite and offers a decent selection of shops, with food offerings ranging from takeaway fish and chips to restaurants, pubs and cafés. There are also lots of gift shops and, as it’s classed as Europe’s smallest city, a cathedral. The cathedral is well worth having a look around (and not just for the café) as it is in such good condition. There’s also the Bishop’s Palace exhibition to be found next door. Other attractions in St Davids include a purpose-built sea aquarium and marine life centre and the Lleithyr Farm Museum.

You can also catch a boat trip around the offshore islands to see the highest sea cliffs in Wales, the longest sea caves and Ramsey Island, which hosts a large grey seal colony. Dolphins and porpoises are also often seen on these trips. Like we said, there’s plenty to do in the area without having to ever move your motorhome once you’re pitched up. You won’t be bored!

Caerfai Bay pitches       Caerfai Bay beach


Address: St Davids, Pembrokeshire SA62 6QT
Tel: 01437-720274
Web: www.caerfaibay.co.uk
Email: info@caerfaibay.co.uk
Open: 1 March - 31 October

Charges (2013): From £16.50 (2 adults, pitch, electric).
Nearest public transport: Up the hill in St Davids town centre.
Nearest pub/restaurant: There’s a pub on the campsite entrance road but there are better options in St Davids itself, where you’ll find pubs, cafés and restaurants. The cathedral also has a teashop that’s said to be good.
Directions: From the east on the A487 head towards the town centre and, on the outskirts of the town, look out for a left turn labelled Ffordd Caerfai. The campsite is at the end of this road on the right. Be aware that the road narrows to single track and has plenty of tourist traffic and farm vehicles – so be patient!

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