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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 

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Date of Visit: August 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Griffmonk 1 review from this member

Just returned from an excellent weekend at Hillend.  We used the reviews from this site when making our decision to visit and I have to say, they were bang on!
It was packed out this weekend and by Friday afternoon it was full.  The camp do not take advance reservations so advice is to get there early, do not rely on turning up late on Friday for a pitch.
We camped with our 2 year old and friends, all of whom have children ranging from 8years to 6 weeks old!  The children had a ball, the campsite was safe and enclosed so that they couldn't escape!  We camped in the 'families only' field and that made a huge difference to late night noise levels.
The beach was a short, but hilly walk away, not so good for accessibility, but if there are more than one of you with a buggy you can cope.
The facilities were very good, lots of loos and showers, but only 3 dishwashing sinks, we washed up at the tent most of the time so it wasn't a hassle.
Any tips?  There is no soap in the loos so take your own/ or handwash.  The shop was well stocked but had strict opening hours as did the cafe so be sure to check out the closing times.
Looking forward to the next trip! 

Date of Visit: July 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Louelle 1 review from this member

I had a fantastic time here.
Important aspects of camping: company, location and weather. It is what you make it.
It would be unfair to review the weather as campsites have no influence on that! Having said that, if you are interested. It was fantastic on Friday and Sunday and let's not talk about the day in the middle:) However, even bad weather makes way for other activities that you wouldn't normally do if the sun was shining on a gorgeous beach. Ie - the pub up the road. Hellish uphill walk there and not much memory of the walk back!
2 Surfies in our group loved the windy Saturday as it meant better surf and what does it matter if it's raining when you are in the sea?
A group camping trip to celebrate a joint birthday. As a large group we had plenty of space and manage to grab a large patch of grass by cleverly placing camping chairs and tents and oops - accidentally leaving a large area in the centre! £18 per night per tent. We had a 4 person tent with 3 people and a 2 person tent with 1 person. The cost is still the same. Most are in a 2 man tent. Good value if you can cram lots of people in. Although, on a starry romantic night, sleeping 'al fresco' is an option! The grass is very flat and perfect for tents. Excellent atmosphere and all campers friendly and generous. Our stuff was safe and our tents untouched when we were awol.
Took far too much food and ended up throwing it away. There is a fantastic cafe on site and the food is excellent value. Lots of choice and tastes home-cooked as opposed to cafe-cooked. I was not disappointed with the cheesecake that I was told about! If no reason to go there for food, go for an 'out of this world' view. On a hot sunny day, the sand dunes look fantastic with a backdrop of blue sea. Look behind you for a change of scenery of green hillside.
If you want to show Wales off to your friends. There aren't many better locations than this. My Cornwall Camping surf friends are Gower Converts. Some of the group travelled 4 hours to get to the Gower and were glad that they did.
To confirm some points of the other reviews:
The campsite will not take bookings and is full by Friday afternoon. After being advised that it was ok for friends to check you in if they had the £££ and the tents. This was not the case. It took a very irate birthday girl to force the unhelpful Jobsworth at the site to do as they promised! You have been warned. Be prepared and smile it off.
No music late at night. Fair point but no need to be so smug about it!
It appears the facilities have changed since most of the reviews were done. I found the shower and toilet block to be very good, with plenty of cubicles and never a queue. Very clean AND toilet roll but no soap. Only downside was that they should have another shower/toilet block at the other end of the site too. Who needs a shower when you have the sea??!
I hear there was a shop, shame I didn't see it, as I needed to buy some sleep.
It is what you make it.

Date of Visit: July 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Rufustfirefly_1 1 review from this member

We turned up on spec for a one night here and were happy throughout our stay. The staff were all friendly and helpful from the charming lady on the gate to the staff in the cafe, and including the cheerful individual who had the thankless task of clearing litter around the campsite and on the beach. The new toilet and shower block was adequate for the job but I imagine the strain of popularity at peak times might prove too much.
We camped in the furthest family field and it proved quite quiet, it meant we had only a short walk to the beach. Good points: Clean, new shower/toilet block; spacious area (although maybe crowded at weekends); no dogs; good cafe with nice staff; no dogs; good play area for kids; no dogs.
Bad points: few litter bins; pricey shop (£2.55 for a kids bucket!); litter strewn dunes. Despite these minor quibbles, we'll go again, the good outweighed the bad.

Date of Visit: July 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Horn family 6 reviews from this member

Had an excellent time at Hillend, the facilities were excellent, could do with a few more washing up stations but that was no big deal.  The camp was quite noisy but it was packed out but come 9 o'clock it all calmed down so my baby who is 16 months was not disturbed.  Our 2 older girls 4&10 loved the park we hardly saw them the whole weekend!
The shop was great you could buy just about anything you wanted, and it was pretty reasonable priced.  The whole weekend was great, a complete success. 
We will definitely go back to Hillend again hopefully very soon.

Date of Visit: June 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Bill2005 1 review from this member

I enjoyed my stay at Hillend. I do have to admit I found it basic for the asking price. The mens showers were hot, but my friend tells me the ladies is always cold. I would like some bins around the camp site to be better placed. They could also offer family meal deals. I found the staff to be very approachable and friendly,

Date of Visit: June 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Purpleturtle 7 reviews from this member

Firstly, £18 per pitch! The new toilet blocks were indeed spic-&-span, but most other sites I visit are too. At half the price! Everything you might need can be some distance away at Hillend, with the toilets and shop way up at the entrance. Not much effort gone in to the site design. If there were rubbish bins, recyclers and water taps dotted around the site, I didnt see them. To top it all the dunes and beach are littered beyond belief.

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