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Vale of Glamorgan welcomes six new coastal campsites
With few existing facilities for camping in the Vale of Glamorgan and spend on domestic camping and caravan trips in Britain up 11% in 2011*, the new campsites will help cater for the increased demand and welcome more visitors to the area.
The six new campsites collectively known as The Perfect Pitch: Coastal Camping, are part of a trial to help local landowners to diversify their business. A new website has been created to help promote the campsites www.perfectpitchcamping.co.uk.
The six new temporary campsites each have their own unique selling point which include pick your own picnic spots, close proximity to the new Wales Coast Path and open spaces for family fun and games.
Glyn George is co-owner of the Heritage Coast Campsite with his wife Philippa. He said: “In these difficult economic times The Perfect Pitch is going to have a positive impact on struggling rural communities, creating employment opportunities and attracting visitor spend in the area.
“With the staycation set to be even bigger this year, we’re hoping to welcome families and couples to escape to Monknash for a few days on the coast. We can’t wait to welcome our first campers this summer!”
Gill and Gordon Baston have run self-catering cottages in the outskirts of Llantwit Major for over 20 years. Setting up a campsite was always something they had considered and The Perfect Pitch trial has given them an ideal opportunity to get a taste for it before committing fully. Gill said: “Lougher Moor in Llantwit Major is an idyllic spot for a campsite as it attracts a great deal of wildlife and each camping pitch is bordered by mature trees and wild flowers.
“There are a couple of large ponds in the grounds too so campers can escape the stresses of everyday, pick some fresh salad from our vegetable patch and enjoy a picnic in the grounds. We really hope the trial is a big success and running a campsite is something that we will consider long term.”
Glyn and Kate Stanley currently run a working farm in the Vale of Glamorgan rearing cattle, sheep and chicken. They’ve always enjoyed welcoming visitors to the farm and began thinking about diversifying after The Perfect Pitch: Coastal Camping trial caught their eye. They’ve now set up two trial campsites; Ogmore-by-Sea in Ewenny, which has an abundance of open land for family fun and games and Pool Farm, St. Brides Major, which is self-contained and ideal for young children.
Glyn said: “We’re very excited to be opening not one, but two trial campsites this summer. Both sites have something unique to offer but are equally family friendly and benefit from being in prime locations; close to the local pub and a stone’s throw from beautiful Dunraven Bay.”
Creative Rural Communities, the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s rural regeneration initiative, launched its Coastal Camping pilot scheme as part of the Pride in the Vale project at the end of 2011, offering landowners assistance with planning, funding, licensing and practical requirements needed to set up trial campsites.
As a result, six suitable locations were identified to develop temporary campsites which have the long term possibility of acquiring full planning permission should the trial be a success.
Ian John, Owner of OBI Camping and Leisure in Cowbridge, said: We’re thrilled to hear that six new campsites are taking part in a trial run in the Vale of Glamorgan this summer. There’s such a demand for campsites in the area and we’re frequently getting asked for advice from first time campers who are looking to spend holidays in the UK this year rather than travelling abroad. The Vale of Glamorgan has so much to offer including the stunning Heritage Coastline and it’s great that we’ll be able to cater for holiday makers looking for more reasonable accommodation.
“We’ve definitely noticed an increase in sales of camping gear over the past year which implies that camping holidays are on the increase. It’s great that these new coastal campsites will be able to cater for the demand and they’ll hopefully become permanent accommodation providers in the area.”
The Coastal Camping Project has received funding through the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and administered by Creative Rural Communities.
For more information on The Perfect Pitch: Coastal Camping in the Vale of Glamorgan visit: www.perfectpitchcamping.co.uk.
The Heritage Coast Campsite - For a little bit of luxury and homemade Welsh breakfast baps made to order.
Lougher Moor Campsite - Ponder by the ponds, pick your pitch then prepare to picnic.
The Three Golden Cups Campsite - A stone’s throw from the pub and two from the beach!
Pool Farm Campsite - A little slice of farmyard life. Great for little people (and big ones too!)
Ogmore-By-Sea Campsite - The great big outdoors, great for family fun and games.
Farmers’ Field Campsite - A real ramblers retreat. A hop, skip and a jump from the Wales Coast Path.
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