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Hillend Caravan & Camping Park
Glamorgan   (Browse area)
SA3 1JD   See Map
Tel: 01792 386204
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Pitches: 300
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 70 Reviews
                8/10 from 70 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   No Bar   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport 

Reviews:  70 in total, now showing 31 to 36                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: BobbyK 1 review from this member

We had a great holiday here. The site is large but seems compact due to great layout, the split between the groups and family fields works well. There are clearly weekend revellers there regularly, but to be honest, the way the site is laid out, you rarely bump into them. The site is ran quite strictly. There is a reception there which is located on/in the field for groups and it is policed well. The staff take no excuses and we saw them turf people off for being rowdy.
The site is safe for kids and has an excellent play area. There is a well equipped shop on site which is good for daily bits and bobs. The cafe does good breakfasts but does get busy quickly. The pub is a dangerous mile or so walk (for kids) away and gets really busy with groups. There are other pubs around the area for an evening drive, ask at reception who are always really friendly and helpful. The showers are perfect, the loos always clean I can't really find fault with this site or it's facilities.
One thing I did notice which may be a good tip. The fields are slightly sloped toward the sand dunes. Keep higher up the field as I noticed the bottom of the fields got wet very quickly during an half day Welsh downpour!.

The location is great with the site itself being a short walk through the sand dunes. The beach gets really hot and has no natural shelter from cliffs etc. We saw people fishing, surfing, kite flying, hangliding etc there is never a dull moment on the beach. The beach is huge so soaks up the crowds well. There is also a mountain behind the site which is a good walk for the cooler days, the view is fantastic but don't underestimate the terrain.

Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Squirrelchops 17 reviews from this member

We stayed for one night as although we had turned up by lunchtime on the Saturday they were already full. We stayed elsewhere and returned Sunday to a much quieter site and cheaper at 17 rather than the Friday/Saturday rate of 20.

We had lunch up in Eddys cafe and it really was excellent. Good price for a good size meal and really tasty. So often you can be 'ripped off' at places like this but not here.

The site was much quieter and although we were in the 'singles' field it wasn't noisy. We went up to the pub in the village fro a couple and had a long walk along the beach. Later we sat on the beach to look at the sunset.This seemed very popular and there were many groups of young people having a few beers or making a fire.

The site facilities were good. The water in the ladies showers though was so HOT I couldn't wash properly as it virtually scolded me. There are also more than 3 dish wash sinks.Go behind the big brand new building that looks like a storage facility.

All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The ONLY thing I can comment on is not the campsites problem but the issue of litter on the beach. I have no problem at all with people having a few beers or BBQ on the beach.BUT there should be a rule about taking home your litter. It is awful to see such a beautiful spot ruined by empty beer bottles.Some broken which is a real hazard.

Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Bobbymoore06 3 reviews from this member

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.

Date of Visit: September 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Serenlas 3 reviews from this member

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.

Date of Visit: July 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Mylesk 7 reviews from this member

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.

Will definitely be going back

Date of Visit: July 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Evelina69 3 reviews from this member

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.

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