Candleston is a unique woodland campsite adjacent to the Merthyr Mawr Warren National Nature Reserve. The reserve is one of Wales’ Sites of Special Scientific Interest and boasts the biggest sand dunes in the UK. It is a haven for wildlife and provides the opportunity to explore a rare and unspoilt natural habitat. The combination of a comparatively warm sunny site, lots of nectar from wildflowers and easy-to-burrow-into sandy soils, creates an ideal home for a wide range of moths, butterflies, reptiles and mammals. Due to the unique soil and climate conditions, the 840-acre reserve also contains a huge variety of plant life within its diverse grassland, woodland and saltmarsh areas.
In land, lies the historic village of Merthyr Mawr with its picturesque thatched cottages and Parish Church. Nearby are the remains of an Iron Age Hill Fort and the ruins of Candleston Castle.