“ Address: Wiseman's Bridge / Saundersfoot SA69 9AU / Pembrokeshire „
On my recent trip back to the UK I decided to take a camping trip to South Wales. Since I was just 9 months old I have been going on family holidays to Pleasant Valley in Pembrokeshire. While I was young we had a caravan on one of the caravan sites there, however when I was 15 my grandparents decided to sell the caravan as it was no longer getting enough use to make it worth paying the site fees. This left me with the options of not visiting my favourite place, using B&B's or taking up camping. I chose the camping and over the years I have discovered many great campsites in Pleasant Valley and the surrounding areas. The one I will be reviewing today is Wisemans Bridge Campsite.
Wisemans Bridge Campsite is located directly on the coast line in the heart of Pleasant Valley across the road from the beach and local pub, The Wiseman's Bridge Inn which directly over looks the beach. Located within a reasonable distance and easily accessible by both car and public transport are the neighbouring towns of Tenby, Saundersfoot and Amroth.
Arrival at Wisemans Bridge Campsite
From Birmingham it is around 200 miles and takes approximately 4 hours to reach Pleasant Valley. If you come onto the country roads from the direction of the dual carriage way then simply follow the country road until you come to the beach you will see the entrance to the campsite directly opposite the beach.
To check in on the site you need to walk off the site and turn left and go into the entrance to the caravan site next-door. There is a shop located close to the entrance and this is where you need to go to pay for your camping. The site fees for 2012 are £17 per night for tents and £20 for touring caravans. I personally remember the days of £5 per night camping and do find this price had to accept, but it seems to be one of the cheapest in the area at the moment. Once you have paid you are given a written receipt for the duration of your stay, you will need to keep this just in case of any discrepancies but there is no need to attach it to your tent.
The shop sells many essential items at the average price of the local shops in town. They also the usual buckets, spades, children's fishing nets and crabbing lines, which are very useful as the beach opposite the site is perfect for rock pooling. At the time of our visit I found the lady working in the shop to be very pleasant and smiley, which was lovely after the long drive.
The Camping Field
The camping field itself has undergone a bit of a refurb since I last stayed here, this may also explain the price increase! Last time I stayed here the camping field was mainly grass with a path worn down by the cars but now a proper gravelled driveway has been made with parking spaces near each pitch. While the site isn't huge, I think it is very well laid out and there are numerous picnic tables near each pitch which anyone can move around and use. I think this is a nice touch and had the weather been nicer I'm sure we would have had a barbeque and made full use of them.
The views from the site are very green and literally just trees, however, when the wind isn't blowing you away you can clearly hear the sea which is fantastic to listen to as you fall asleep in your tent.
I have always found the site to be kept clean and tidy with ample rubbish bins provided and emptied on a regular basis. The grass has always been cut to a nice length, but I have noticed a few muddy patches where no grass grows and nice muddy puddles appear when it rains, so be aware of this when you are pitching your tent.
The site is close to the road, however the area is reasonably quiet and during the night you only get the occasional car coming past so I have always managed to get a nice peaceful nights sleep here. With regards to noise on the site, I have never had an issue with noisy neighbours, but I guess this is something that you will either be lucky or unlucky with depending on who is camping at the same time as you.
Toilets and Showers
To the left of the entrance there is a toilet block with four toilets, two male and two female. The toilets are stocked up with plenty of toilet roll and they do contain both a regular bin and a sanitary bin, which both seemed to be emptied regularly while we were there. I noticed on a few occasions I was sharing the toilet with random spiders and daddy long legs, but this is a factor of Wales which I have grown to accept over the years!
There are wooden doors on all of the showers and toilets and out of the ones I used all of them had working, secure locks. There is soap supplied in the toilets and the sink has two taps, both labelled as hot, however I only ever managed to get cold water out of them both, but for me this wasn't a problem as I did have a hot shower each morning.
The showers are token operated and tokens can be bought from the shop for £1, this will last around 5 minutes, I didn't time it exactly as I was busy trying to be quick! The showers were nice and warm and easy to adjust the temperature to suit. The building in which all of these showers and toilets are located is made of the stone blocks which make everything seem colder and the floor in the showers is simply concrete and very cold when you finish your shower!
There is a payphone located on the side of the toilet block next to the information board which contains information about who to contact in an emergency.
On the other side of the toilet block is a sink area for washing your dirty dishes and at the back of the toilet block is a chemical toilet waste disposal point.
Wisemans Bridge Campsite is dog friendly and there is no extra charge for taking your dog. You must of course clean up after your dog and your dog must be kept on a lead while you are on the site. The bonus of this site with regards to the dogs is that the beach across the road is one of only a few within the local area which actually allows dogs onto the beach. I didn't take my dog on this occasion but I have done in the past and she has always appreciated an early morning run across the sand after a night in the tent.
Renting a Caravan
Although I have reviewed the camping part of the site it is notable to say that Wisemans also own the caravan site next-door so if camping isn't your thing you may like to know that you can rent a caravan within a fantastic distance of the local pub and the beach.
The site is open from the Easter holidays right through until the end of October. When we arrived it was pretty quiet so we didn't need to book a pitch in advance, however, I have seen this site get rather busy in the past so I would definitely recommend giving them a call to book your pitch if you are going in the school holidays or any other busy period.
Following my recent stay at Wisemans Bridge Campsite I have no issues with any part of this site to complain about. The location is fantastic and while the toilets do contain a few spiders and the floors are cold concrete I have come to accept this as part of the 'camping deal'. The nearby shop is well stocked and reasonably priced. I would recommend a stay on this site, after all, who wouldn't like to fall asleep listening to the waves in the sea and the stones rattling back and forth in the water?
Thanks for reading :)