Editor’s Campsite Review: Woodlands, Devils Bridge
You may notice that many of our campsite reviews are either in Wales or just over the border – that’s largely because hubby and I live in South Wales and usually do all our campsite reviews in person – we stay incognito and this stay in early June was our first of 2021 – and we liked it so much we returned the following week!
Woodlands new website says of the park “where friends and memories are made!”
Well we don’t know so much about the friends as we were only there for 2 nights, but we certainly met some friendly fellow campers set amid stunning mountain views that the website really doesn’t do justice to.
Woodlands is certainly a stay you will remember, whether that’s for the award winning toilet and shower block, the stunning sculptures dotted around the park, the views, affordable take away food, the very spacious pitches, reasonable prices.
You are within very easy reach of the absolutely stunning bridge and falls and the delicious ice cream and chocolate at the nearby chocolate shop! There’s also a pub with a view and a traditional steam railway nearby, both within 10-15 minutes walk.
This is a site where many people stay on site all day, just to enjoy the lovely atmosphere, but if you want to wander off locally or further afield, there is plenty to do.
As for the campsite staff, they honestly could not have been more helpful, from the food servers at the cafe to the staff cleaning the toilets, they were absolutely lovely. .
The pictures taken are our own – and taken with a full site, so as you can see – there was no shortage of space and our 4.5m square event shelter and 7.6 x 4.5m tent fitted on our pitch very easily. Indeed, if Carlsberg did campsites – you get the idea!
The walk up from the reception and cafe up to the camping area is quite steep. As I have a minor disability, this could have been an issue except we drove down anyway and there was plenty of parking available despite the fact the site was full, so this didn’t impair our stay in any way and the site owners have thought of everything to make people feel comfortable.
Certainly, once on pitch, the paths are very level, the pitches are great and well spaced and the toilets – well, when you stay there, you’ll see why they won an award!
Nearby Devils Bridge Falls are not easy to tackle if you have mobility issues, however there is a viewing point which is accessible to anyone. I was determined, despite arthritis in my knees and ankles, to leave the safety of the viewing platform and hobble slowly down the steep steps to reach the bottom and take a photo – I’m pleased to say that the views at the bottom were definitely worth it, although I paid dearly for it the next day! I’m told the views from the other waterfalls are even more spectacular, but as the walk is not suited to someone with mild mobility issues, I decided to give my poor ankles a break!
There really is plenty to do at hand directly from the campsite, with many opportunities for walks, whether you like gentle flat countryside walks, mountain walks or woodland walks – and the hills above offer farm animals aplenty. There’s also a lovely play area for children, that feels like it was part of the plan and set in to the landscape rather than an afterthought – every single part of this site feels like it is loved, cared for and created for your maximum enjoyment.
However if you get fed up of the beautiful site and the Devils Bridge local amenities, Aberystwyth and Borth are a short drive away – and this part of Wales remains largely unspoiled, with old-fashioned seaside resorts, relatively quiet beaches as well as all the supermarkets and chain stores you’d find in most major towns.
I mentioned we visited for two weeks running – while we were delighted to return, the real reason was that I left my handbag at the lovely Sands Cafe in Borth. Calling them two days later, they still had it and kept it safe until our return a week later.
I am notoriously absent minded, to my husband’s endless frustration, however, it’s telling that on notifying the campsite I’d left my bag ‘somewhere’ before going home, they checked every single spot for us and even rang us back to check we had found it, before I remembered the trip to the cafe the day before.
That sums up this part of Wales – friendly, unspoilt, old fashioned customer service and very welcoming to visitors. At Borth, it’s still easy to park near the beach, in Aberystwyth you can park near the shops and in Devil’s Bridge you can park right next to the steam train. It’s like a step back in time, to a place where people matter, service matters and guests are treated like VIPs. Officially, one of the best places we have ever stayed in the UK – site and region.
We loved our stay – and wholeheartedly recommend you visit – soon!