Top tips for visiting in your camper van or motorhome
You don’t realise how much you miss the outdoors until you’re cooped up for months on end so it’s amazing to finally be able to explore Pembrokeshire and welcome visitors back.
We live in a special part of the world. It’s special because it is so beautiful, clean and protected and we work very hard to keep it that way in the hope that everyone can enjoy it responsibly.
Recently that hasn’t been happening.
There is a minority that is giving motorhome and camper van users a bad name and turning our National Park into a free-for-all, dirty campsite. Think litter thrown everywhere, our beautiful coastline being used a toilet and wastewater being emptied in car parks. Our communities are paying the highest price for the few visitors who take a lot and give little in return.
If you’re planning a visit to Pembrokeshire, please plan ahead, leave only footprints as your legacy and make your trip a memorable one – for all of the right reasons.
Here are our top tips for visiting in your camper van or motorhome to ensure you, and our communities, get the most from your visit.
1. Make it official.
Book a pitch – enjoy all the amenities of a campsite whether you’re after a holiday park or a rural retreat. It’s been a really tough time for campsite owners, and all tourism businesses and they’d love to have you stay.
2. Plan your day.
Book ahead. This can go against the ethos of hitting the road in your camper van but make sure you end up in an official site after a day exploring.
Don’t camp overnight in laybys and car parks. We understand that they probably have the best views but it’s not allowed and enforcement teams are patrolling, so you risk a fine.
There are plenty of campsites all around Pembrokeshire, many with sea views.
3. Where to stop.
Camper vans and motor homes come in all shapes and sizes and with our single track roads if you’re not parked in official bays it will cause problems.
We have a LOT of tractors sometimes with wide machinery, not to mention the emergency services & RNLI trying to squeeze past illegally parked vehicles on their way to a 999 call. Illegally parked campers could cost lives.
Please be considerate to other road users.
4. Litter & waste.
Please take all your rubbish with you to recycle or dispose of properly.
If your toilet facilities need emptying please do not use the hedge – yes this is happening – stay on an official site where they have all the facilities to dispose of waste safely that will not harm the environment.
Don’t throw out the dishwater: it’s full of washing up liquid which can damage our pristine environment.
5. Public toilets.
All our public toilets are open and are cleaned to new advanced COVID guidelines issued by Welsh Government. Please use them.
We all get caught short but try and plan ahead – it’s not nice to see people relieving themselves at the side of the road and you could risk a fine if you’re caught.
6. Narrow lanes & tall hedges.
Singletrack roads are commonplace in Pembrokeshire, you must be prepared to stop and maybe reverse for oncoming traffic.
Be patient – it’s all part of a laid back Pembrokeshire life. A friendly wave as a thank you will also go down a treat.
Now it’s time for an adventure, exploring Pembrokeshire safely and responsibly. Enjoy.
Respect our countryside – leave only footprints.
Respect our communities – act ethically and support our communities.
Respect our environment – do not litter or foul.