Where: Cwellyn Arms, Rhyd Ddu, Near Beddgelert, Snowdonia, LL54 6TL
Contact: 01766 890321
How much: £10 per adult, £5 child (under 12)
Fires: Yes in off the ground fire pits available on site. £10 hire per day if you DON’t buy their wood.
Wood: For sale in the pub. Buy wood to avoid hire charge.
Facilities: Very impressive new shower and toilet blocks. Well designed and with underfloor heating. Luxury! Also laundry room.
Dogs permitted: £2 per night
The review: I don’t usually review a campsite I haven’t actually stayed at but having spent two nights in the adjoining farmhouse during our Snowdon Charity Challenge, I could not resist nosing around and what I found was definitely worth reviewing. Despite rather windy and overcast conditions the site was still absolutely beautiful. It sits at the foot of Snowdon overlooking Cwellyn Lake. One field has a fast flowing river running alongside, whilst the other camping area sits right next to the lake. The magnificent peaks of Snowdonia proved a stunning backdrop. There are very sturdy fire pits dotted around, along with picnic benches. The facilities are top notch, really important where many of the campers are off walking in the mountains and need hot, powerful showers at then end of the day. The site is vehicle free, trolleys are provided to move your equipment and a long wooden walkway provides an easy but attractive path to access the further reaches of the site closest to the shore line. Sadly, this means there is no room for camper vans. The website is very clear that the site is music free and that is always a good indicator to me. This is a place to enjoy the scenery and access all the outdoor pursuits available in the area. If you are planning on ascending Snowdon the start of the Snowdon Ranger Path lies nearby. I would recommend this path, it is much quieter on this side of the mountain, still offers great views and our 7 and 9 year old managed it well. Snowdonia is glorious and this campsite is a fabulous base to explore it from. I imagine it is even better in the sunshine!