For a first time UK camper like me, I was armed with sleeping bags, tents, a spork (yes it’s a camping utensil), leftover birthday champagne (wahey!) and beanies off we went for a weekend camping in Wales. With just a little bit of doubt about camping in the ‘British’ summer, we thought what the heck! Just four girls, three miles of beach, a 4 man tent and the promise of surfing in the sunshine.
There aren’t really words for how glorious it actually was, especially pulling up to the Hillend Campsite to find the camping fields nestled just behind rolling sand dunes which took you straight onto the soft white sandy beach which stretched for three wonderful miles.
Words never really do a place justice, so I’ll let my trusty Canon do the talking…
So you get the picture?
Good, get your skates on and your tent ready, you’ll want to stay at Hillend camp site forever. They have full on men’s and women’s shower blocks, outside showers, loo blocks, a cafe on the hill, a shop. All very civilised. For us four adults (you can just about call us overgrown kids that…), two cars and a 4 man tent for two nights was £17.50 each.
For a bit of Blue Pool/ cliff jumping, walk out of the campsite through the dunes, onto the beach, turn right and walk all the way to the end of the beach, climb the hill and follow it round to the right. A little walk and a steep climb down a dusty path inset into the hill you’ll find the Blue Pool, a secluded bay with a gorgeous blue lagoon-esque pool in the rock you can test your cliff jumping skills on.
For the UK’s best beer garden (well we thought so) you’ll want to pick up the gorgeous hiking trail from by the shop/ entrance on the campsite, scale the hill and walk a long and drop down to Rhossili Bay and grab a table outside at the Worms Head Hotel pub.