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Awel yr Awen

(Or "Breath of the Muse"

but we prefer it in Welsh!)


If your idea of camping is to get away from the hordes and find somewhere you can be totally immersed in the peace and tranquility of nature, surrounded by nothing but great trees, tall meadow grass, magnificent birdlife and out of sight and sound of roads and traffic, Awel yr Awen is for you.


It is essentially little changed from when Wales’ #1 poet Dylan Thomas found inspiration here in the 1940s. He loved it so much, he and his wife Caitlin named their daughter Aeronwy after the Aeron valley. And those who have been here know why!


The campsite is a huge field, right in the midst of a 72-acre organic farm, with just eight private pitches, tastefully separated and discreet due to the long meadow grass in between – a haven for wildlife and rich in biodiversity.


Everything you need for your comfort is here – simple home-built but functional eco-toilets and hot gas-powered showers, electric sockets for charging and a firepit and barbecue grill on every pitch with the option to purchase firewood onsite.


Just 6-8 miles from the coast, there are many beautiful beaches within an easy drive; South of Aberystwyth and North of Cardigan, Awel yr Awen is ideally located for exploring any part of West Wales; alternatively, it is possible that you won’t want to explore at all but just stay put, let the children roam free, soak in the peace and quiet and bask in the rural idyll that Awel yr Awen provides.

Awel yr Awen

Gelli is graced by many magnificent trees, like this great beech, no doubt planted in the 1790s when the Georgian front was added to the house. Red kites, Barn and Tawny owls, woodpeckers, herons, badgers, foxes, squirrels and stoats are a few of the many species of wildlife that can be found here.


Rather than allowing nature to be disturbed or diminished by the campsite, your visit will be helping with our rewilding programme as the campsite meadow itself is going to become a native woodland, with the first planting already begun in Autumn 2021.


The sheltered, organic farm is blessed with huge beeches, oaks, ash, cedars and more. In recent years some of these beauties have been lost to storms, disease and old age; a whole new planting is required, and Awel yr Awen marks the beginning of this long-held dream.

Now, the meadow campsite is beginning its new life as a woodland, with plans to plant alder, birch, oak among other varieties of native trees. Come this year, and return every year, to watch the woodland and its wildlife grow and grow…

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