This site is in a great location for beach and surf. It is nestled just behind the sand dunes and a 5 minute walk through the camp leads to a fantastic beach and bay.
We arrived mid afternoon on a very warm friday at the end of half term and found a large pitch in the 4th field. Fields 3 and 4 are families only. The pitches are not marked. We expected that we would be surrounded by other campers by early evening but were pleasantly surprised to find that the owners did not appear to want to fill every square inch of the site. We noticed that campsite full signs were up by about 6pm.
The younger crowd were mainly sited around fields 1 and 2. These are nearer the facilities. We didn't have any problems with noise / rowdiness all weekend.
There is a small shop and bistro adjacent to site. Shop had all the essentials. We didn't use bistro. The nearest pub is in the village. We didn't use it in truth didn't fancy the mile walk along a very narrow largely single track lane.
The toilets and showers were always clean but there also always seemed to be a queue, plus water at best luke warm. In fairness we were probably trying to use at the peak times but I suspect few more showers and toilets wouldn't go a miss.
We paid £40.00 for two nights. This was a fixed rate for the tent. This makes it good value for the larger tent / family.
This is a beautiful part of the UK and we will definitely be back again.
I've just come back from a weekend camping at Hillend. The site has excellent facilities which were well maintained - shop, cafe, shower block, toilet block, outdoor showers for wetsuits, dishwash area with hot water and recycling bins.
There is a separate family camping field and two fields for groups. The beach is a short walk away through the sand dunes. The site is popular with groups because of the surfing, but there are rules about making noise after 10.00pm and these are enforced (a group of lads were thrown off the campsite on our first night for being rowdy).
My only negative point concerns the pricing structure. I arrived with a friend and we both had our own small 2 man tents. However, we were told we would have to pay an extra £20 a night for 2 tents. Luckily we had bought my big 4 man tent with us, so decided to both sleep in the same tent and save ourselves £40. However, the big tent took up more space than the 2 little tents would have. So maybe they could charge per person or take into consideration the size of tents.
I have seen this site many times (when surfing on the beach) and was not keen on taking the family. However booked in and found they had family fields in the back. Excellent site, relaxed, laid back, and remarkably quiet at night - I assume everyone who wants to stay up is in the other field, and the wind drowns any other noise.
Excellent for surf and beach, good (although limited) facilities. You cannot book ahead, no marked pitches and this usually fills up so get there early.
Had a fab time here, beach is fantastic and an easy walk through the dunes.
Toilets and showers were clean, looked fairly new. Only 3 washing up sinks - not a problem do it at the tent!
It is quite a way from anywhere so be sure you have what you need when you go. Pub is a mile away in the village, and would be quite a hairy walk mostly one track road. Nearest 'proper' shop about a 20 min drive away. Shop on site is well stocked, closes at 7pm and my only criticism would be the lack of frozen blocks for the cool box and ice. They operate the system where you pay a deposit for theirs and pay 20p to get them replaced, they just couldn't keep up with the demand, even during the week, if you didn't get there first thing in the morning then it was 'pot luck' as to whether there would be any later on in the day. Didn't try Eddies, it closes quite early though.
Loved everything about the place, just a shame it's so far away from me.
The location is excellent, especially for surfer dudes like my hubby, as it is just next to the beach.
We had plenty of space for our pitch, even though the site was busy for the Bank Holiday weekend. As a couple, we were asked if we would like to go on one of the two Family Fields. This seemed much better than the two fields packed full of groups close to the road. The Family Fields are further away from the shower block but not too far.
The shower block was good but was busy on a Bank Holiday. The water was usually hot but cold a couple of times in the men's block. I think a second toilet & shower block is being built. Wetsuits are not allowed in the main shower block as there are separate outside shower cubicles - a good service.
The children's playground was very popular, with some fun climbing frames, swings and a slide.
Eddy's cafe is fantastic - delicious food, amazing views of the sunset and very clean and smart. Unfortunately, the cafe sometimes closes early if there aren't enough customers. If it is closed, there is a takeaway bar open next to it serving burgers.
The pub in the village serves tasty food too. There is also a surf shop (PJ's) which hires out boards at a reasonable price and has a phone service giving local surf conditions.
You cannot book this site so it is worth turning up early, especially on a Bank Holiday. We arrived Friday morning and had plenty of choice of pitch, but it did get busy later. However, there was no problem with noise, apart from the Gower winds!
We would recommend this site, especially for Eddy's cafe and the beautiful views.
If your looking for a great location to surf and enjoy a great camp site with excellant facilities.(great showers, washing up area, seperate family area, shop & well managed) this is the ideal camp site for you.
However, remember to arrive early on peak days. Everyone knows just how good it is!
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