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Turn your weekend into a family adventure

Posted by Shell Grayston.
First Published May 2014; updated May 2023.

Find the right campsite and you can turn your weekends into a family adventure: explore woods, climb mountains, canoe lakes, and cook by campfire.

Get the right campsite, and you can turn your weekend into a great family adventure.

Camping at Dinas Farm

Camping at Dinas Farm

It can be tempting if you find a good campsite to keep revisiting, but there are so many lovely places to visit it's worth exploring somewhere new, and that's exactly what we did, and we weren't disappointed.

Rope Swing

A heaven for kids awaited us. Our car wasn’t used all weekend. The campsite and nature provided us with all the entertainment we needed.

Exploring the woods

Exploring the woods

Next to the campsite over a stile was an ancient oak woodland, a natural playground for kids.

A meandering stream with stepping stones and planks provided the opportunity to splash and have fun.

Fallen down trees provided the perfect climbing frame and a game of hide and seek.

Canoe ready for paddling on the lake

Canoe ready for paddling on the lake

With blue sky and sunshine, we couldn't resist the opportunity to have a paddle on the lake.

There was a canoe available to hire. We used this and our own, which we had brought with us so that everyone could go together.

The lake is next to the campsite so not far to go with our canoe.

It felt good to be back on the water again.

It wasn't the largest of lakes, but good for the kids (and me! ) to practice our paddling technique in a safe area.

Paddling the Hudson on Dinas Lake

Directly from the campsite, there were lovely walks across fields in the beautiful Welsh countryside—walls with steps to climb over, old farm buildings to explore, and abundant wildlife.

You had to climb up rocks sticking out of the stone wall

You had to climb up rocks sticking out of the stone wall

One walk we enjoyed was the walk to Dinas Rock. Scrambling up rocks, looking for treasure in the rocks and climbing a stepping wall made it an interesting walk for the kids.

A fantastic view awaited us on the summit of Dinas Rock: a view over the campsite and mountains. It was blustery on top, so we didn't hang around too long!

Evenings by the campfire

Evenings by the campfire

Our evenings were spent cooking on the campfire and trying new recipes.

There is something special about cooking on wood and eating outdoors.

Of course, campfire songs are a must when sitting around a campfire.

It was nice to have a few days away just exploring what was on our tent doorstep and not dashing around from one place to another.

The kids had a fantastic time and didn't want to come home.

It’s called the “hideaway in the hill”, and I can see why, a secret little campsite just waiting to be explored.

We will be back….

If you fancy visiting this campsite yourself, you can find the details here: Dinas Campsite, or find you can find other campsites for your family adventures here.

And we did return!