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Published August 24th 2014
Cool camping in the Brecon Beacons
If you like the idea of farm camping in a riverside setting but want the option to be able to walk into the nearest town and enjoy a good meal and a few drinks, then Priory Mill Farm could be the place for you.
Located in the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales, this small, picturesque campsite is a 10 minute walk from the Georgian market town of Brecon, with its cafes and galleries, canal boat rides and historic buildings.
Husband and wife team, Noel and Susie Gaskell, live in the former miller's house at one end of the campsite, and offer a warm welcome when you arrive.
The number of campers is limited (making advance booking during the summer months essential) and there are no allocated pitches, so you can put up your tent anywhere in the meadow that stretches alongside the River Honddu, reputedly one of the most important wildlife rivers in Europe. Cars have to be parked on the nearby hard standing area and wheel barrows are provided so you don't have to lug your gear by hand.
Wherever you pitch your tent you are, at most, a two minute walk from the shower and toilet hut, where a four-minute hot shower costs 50p. To avoid light pollution, the shower hut lights are turned off at 10.30pm, so if you are planning on staying out late, remember to take your torch! There are also sinks nearby for washing dishes, recycling bins and a hut containing a freezer for use by campers, as well as information leaflets about things to do in the Brecon Beacons.
Metal campfire/BBQ trays and local firewood and charcoal are provided for a modest price, along with log seats if you need extra, and eggs can be ordered in advance and purchased at the farmhouse.
Dogs are welcome at Priory Mill Farm but must be kept on a lead, and don't be surprised if you are visited by the occasional chicken, on the look out for tasty scraps!
If you fancy a relaxing day at the campsite, you can try your hand at river fishing for £4 a day or simply enjoy sitting by the river trying to spot the dippers, kingfishers and heron that live there.
Leaving the campsite on foot, you enter Brecon town near the cathedral. There is plenty to do in Brecon, which has a theatre, cinema, indoor markets, a museum, castle and independent shops – everything you'd expect from a small market town.
Further afield, you can explore the Brecon Beacons National Park, which has something for everyone, from outdoor pursuits, such as cycling, kayaking, and sheep trekking, to rainy day activities, like visiting historic towns and churches, and festivals such as Brecon Jazz, Greenman and Abergavenny Food Festival.
Priory Mill Farm campsite is located just off the B4520 as you exit Brecon, which is 42 miles north of Cardiff on the A470.