Just a mile from Hay on Wye – the literary capital of Wales, is Digeddi campsite. Situated on the grounds of a working stable yard, super-friendly host Suezi (along with a pack of sausage dogs) welcomed Globalmouse writer Fiona and her family on her 58 acre site. As she led them over a brook and onto a hillside overlooking the river Wye Fiona knew she’d found a brilliant location. Here is her account of her family’s stay glamping in the Wye Valley:
Digeddi’s beautiful bow-top caravan and roulotte (gypsy caravan) are perched on a hillside overlooking a beautiful section of the river Wye. The campsite runs alongside a long stretch of the river, perfect for splashing around in and the wooded perimeter provides ample medium-length walks which are great for little legs.
Having ‘baggsied’ their beds, our three girls were desperate to explore the river and ran down to investigate. The river’s not very deep and has a calm steady current. It’s also a great point to launch a canoe trip (more of that later). The riverside is teeming with bird life, from oyster-catchers to kingfishers, from swans to wagtails.
Digeddi is a great location for all manner of reasons. It serves as a great gateway to the Brecon Beacons which loom over you in the background, and at just a mile or two from Hay, it’s also great if you’re visiting the festival. But even out of festival time, Hay is positively teeming with interesting and quirky independent shops that will keep you amused for hours. From clothes shops to toy shops, antique shops to bookshops; all crammed into the small town centre. Hay is also home to Shepherds, the ice cream shop right in the middle which is handy for bribing/rewarding little people after dragging them around the town.
Digeddi campsite – family fun, eco glamping in the Wye Valley: Accommodation
We stayed in the roulotte as it was slightly larger than the roll-top and could just about accommodate all 5 of us. It has a wonderfully cosy vintage feel inside and is tastefully decorated with curtains, cushions and a shabby chic dresser. There’s a compact kitchen area with an electric hob, toaster, sink, and running water, and cooking up a big family meal was much easier than expected.
Outside is a covered decking area with a table and chairs and a separate barbecue area and brazier for fires. Both evenings we ate outside watching the sun go down over the river, just taking it all in as the surrounding hillside was bathed in the warm glow of the evening sunlight, and it was pretty magical just being in such a peaceful place with no distractions.
The ‘Shower Block’
When host Suezi showed us to the ‘shower block’, I was rather perplexed. She led us to a horsebox and invited us to go in! I was utterly confused and feared a few nights of Bear Grylls-style ablutions! However to my relief the horsebox turned out to be a quirky and ingenious conversion – positively roomy inside and with loo, basin and huge power-shower with plenty of hot water.
Digeddi campsite – family fun, eco glamping in the Wye Valley: Canoeing:
We arrived at Diggedi not having considered canoeing, but having seen a few canoes on the river, thought it was too good an adventure to miss. Suezi gave us the details of a local Hay canoe hire company who could get us fixed up. Fifteen minutes later we had booked a leisurely 3 hour canoe right from the campsite down the river to the canoe hire shop. Everything was provided including buoyancy aids and the all important dry barrel, and after a quick safety chat and a few tips on how to best tackle the few rapids along the way we were off.
The trip was great fun with the five of us in two canoes, and the dog who couldn’t decide which canoe he preferred and kept jumping from one to the other on the move! The route passes Hay-on-Wye on the way, so we stopped for a quick ice-cream and paddled on. The trip length was perfect – long enough to feel like you’ve had an adventure but as we approached the old wooden bridge that signalled the end of the line, we were glad to give our arms a rest and treat ourselves to a well-earned fish and chips!
Digeddi campsite – family fun, eco glamping in the Wye Valley: The best bits:
The peaceful picturesque setting, canoeing on the river and access to one of the most interesting towns in the UK.
Digeddi campsite – family fun, eco glamping in the Wye Valley: Child-friendly:
Absolutely. Obviously you’re next to a river but there is a clear view of the river from the roulotte. Our canoe hire company was part of the British Canoeing Association and reassuringly took safety seriously.
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Fiona and family were guests of Digeddi campsite for the purposes of this review but all opinions are their own.