This guide was put together to help visitors find campsites near Pen Y Fan. Most of them are likely to be hikers looking to scale the Brecon Beacon’s most famous mountain.

Pen Y Fan is the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons at 886 metres (2,907 ft). It’s a popular hike and for good reason, as it’s a manageable hike for anyone with good fitness while also providing beautiful views. There are 4 different routes to the summit but the most common is to start at Storey Arms and take the well-paved path straight up!

I’ve done the Pen Y Fan many times and will continue going back as it’s a great warm up hike with some great campsites nearby.

Top Tips for hiking Pen Y Fan:

  • Most people take 3-4 hours to complete the hike up and down
  • Pen Y Fan will be very busy on good weather day on the weekend or in school holidays
  • Brecon Beacons are notorious for quick weather changes so take plenty of warm and waterproof clothing and check the weather before you leave. Don’t hike if there are any weather warnings including lightning
  • Take lots of snacks, a first aid kit and at least 2litres of water, more if it’s a hot day
  • Although the path is easily paved from Storey Arms you should still bring a map or a fully charged phone with a mapping App to help you navigate if you get lost
  • If you want a more challenging hike, consider summiting Pen Y Fan as part of the Pen Y Fan Horseshoe Ridge Walk or the famous Welsh Three Peaks
Pen Y Fan Campsites

The Best Campsites near Pen Y Fan:

Visiting Wales can become pricey, especially if you are visiting in peak season. Camping is a great way to keep costs low… well as being the best way to get up and personal with the beautiful National Parks and nature in the Brecon Beacons. Below are the best campsites closest to Pen Y Fan for tents, campervans and those looking for more comfortable glamping options.

Can you wild camp near Pen Y Fan?

While wild camping in the area is possible, as it’s a busy walk this makes it a bit problematic. If you are hoping to wild camp then check out this guide to wild camping in the Brecon Beacons.

#1 Llwynstyffilin campsite

A very simple (close to wild camping) campsite that has hot showers and electric hookups if you are bringing the campervan. Families and dogs are welcome on site. At just a 10-minute drive to the start, it makes a great choice if looking for a campsite near Pen Y Fan.

Location: Llwynstyfillin, Defynnog, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8SR
Website: there is no website, you’ll need to call 01874 636767 to book
Cost per night: £10 per person per night (standard pitch), £15 per person per night (electric hook up)
Distance to Storey Arms: (7.3 miles) 11 minutes

#2 Grawen caravan & camping park (tents & glamping)

Perfectly placed for hiking Pen Y Fan and any surrounding mountains. Just 2 miles south is the local village Cefn Coed where you can find pubs, restaurants, convenience shops and takeaways. The site has lots of facilities, including a play area, and is dog-friendly.

Location: Grawen Farm, Cwm Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2HS
Cost per night: £10 per person per night (standard pitch), £15 per person per night (electric hook up)
Distance to Storey Arms starting point: 9 minutes drive, or you can catch a nearby bus which will take 20 minutes

#3 Talybont Farm

This beautiful campsite is in the heart of the Brecon Beacons on a working farm in the small village of Talybont-on-Usk. Dogs are welcome on site and while facilities are simple, reviews rave that the place is kept clean.

Location: The Farmhouse, Mill Ln, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon LD3 7YJ
Cost per night: £28 per night for electric hook up or £23 per night for non-electric hook-up (up to 2 people & children under 4yrs)
Distance to Storey Arms: (15.4 miles) 21-minute drive to the start point

#4 Cefn cantref campsite (tents & small campervans)

A friendly site that only accommodates tents and small campervans. Dogs are welcome at a cost.

Location: Cefn Cantref Campsite, Cefn Cantref, Brecon, Powys, Wales LD3 8LT
Cost per night: £14 per person per night
Distance to Storey Arms: (9.2 miles) 14 minutes

#5 Pwllyn Farm Camping (tents & small campervans)

A spectacular campsite, especially for sunsets (they even got a special mention in this Guardian article). This is a good choice for anyone looking for quiet and to be close to nature. It’s also a very affordable option at £11 per person per night!

Location: Pwyllyn Farm, Libanus, Brecon, LD3 8NN
Cost per night: £11 per person per night
Distance to Storey Arms: (9.2 miles) 14 minutes

#6 Brecon Beacons WILD Camping (tents & simple glamping)

Looking for a simple and back-to-basics experience? Then check out Brecon Beacons WILD Camping! They have basic portaloo facilities, and you can hire a fire pit for £5. Bell tents can be hired with camping chairs and fire pits (doesn’t include beds or bedding) for £50 a night.

Location: LD3 8NN
Cost per night: £7.50 per adult per night, £2.50 per child per night. £50 a night for a bell tent.
Distance to Storey Arms: (4.7 miles) 7-minute drive to the start

#7 Cwmdu Campsite (tents, Campervans & glamping)

This campsite includes pitches for tents and glamping pods for something with more of a luxury holiday feel. The campsite has its own self-catering facilities and is close to a local highly rated pub, The Farmer’s Arms. Dogs are welcome but need to be kept on a lead.

Location: Cwmdu, Crickhowell, Powys NP81RU 
Cost per night: £10 per adult and £7.50 per child per night. Luxury log pods are £65 a night for 1-2 adults.
Distance to Storey Arms starting point: (19.9 miles) 35-minute drive from the storey arms car park where the most famous route to Pen y Fan begins

#8 Wye Glamping (Glamping)

With acres of space for playing and exploring, idyllic mountain views and wildlife surrounding the peaceful area, this is perfect for adventurous holidaymakers. Hay-on-Wye is a beautiful town close by, which is filled with vintage shops and booksellers. They also offer a ‘festival feel’ Starry Meadow experience for families looking for something a little different.

Location: Wye Glamping, Gwernyfed Old Estate Yard, Felindre, Brecon LD3 0SU
Cost: £245 for 2 nights*
Distance to Storey Arms starting point: (20.9 miles) This campsite is about a 30-minute drive to The Storey Arms.

#9 Erwlon Caravan & Camping Park (Tents & Caravans)

Erwlon is a brilliant affordable campsite in a lovely area of Wales, there are family rooms, a camp kitchen, sitewide Wi-Fi and more. Some of this comes at additional costs, however, all your basic necessities are included in your pitch price. The campsite is dog friendly.

Location: Erwlon Caravan & Camping Park, Brecon Road, Llandovery SA20 0RD
Cost per night: Up to £22 per 2-man tent per night.
Distance to Storey Arms starting point: (19.8 miles) about a 39-minute drive to The Storey Arms

#10 Lakeside Caravan Park (tents & campervans)

This campsite is right next to Llangorse lake, giving you beautiful views of the waters and mountains in the distance. Close to many local amenities, and of course the Brecon Beacons, this is a perfect campsite for a short explorers break. Dogs are welcome.

Location: Lakeside Caravan Park, Llangorse Lake, Brecon LD3 7TR
Cost: £8.50 a night per adult (non-electric pitch) or £12.75 (electric pitch)
Distance to Storey Arms starting point: 14.9 miles, about a 25-minute drive.

#11 Glanusk Caravan Park (Tents & Campervans)

This beautiful site offers a range of different stays, from cottages to tents. Situated near lots of local amenities and facilities and independent shops in the market town of Crickhowel which is a lovely way to add to your adventurous stay. Dog-friendly campsite.

Location: Glanusk Park, Cwm Crawnon Rd, Crickhowell NP8 1LP
Cost per night: £30 a night (electric hook up) or £25 a night (non-electric hook up)
Distance to Storey Arms starting point: 21.1 miles, around 34 minutes car journey.

Have I missed any great places in this list of the best Campsites near Pen Y Fan? Please let me know in the comments box below!

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One thought on “11 Best Campsites near Pen y Fan [2024]

  1. Hi there, we have a campsite at the base of cribyn, with walking routes to pen y fan, cribyn and fan y big straight from the camping field, taking aprx 1.5hrs to walk from the site to the summit of Pen y fan. Campsite has toilets and warm showers. Location cwmcynwyn farm Ld3 8ll

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