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Glan Ceirw Caravan Park

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General

  • Nearly-wild camping with extras
  • Bar with its own ale, free wifi, TV room and lounge
  • Free brown trout fishing in the site river

Non-campers who smugly say to you that camping is about roughing it should be pointed towards this site. (Forcibly, if need be).

Glan Ceirw in Denbighshire is ‘nearly wild’ Welsh camping at its very peak (Wales has a lot of peaks) – riverside camping on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, but with the very mod-dest of mod cons for all guests. You’ll even be able to cast off for brown trout – free and with no licence required – in Glan Ceirw’s own river; just bring along your fishing equipment.

Owners Pauline and Martin see no reason why tent campers shouldn't be treated to some homely treats (we agree), so Glan Ceirw counts among its facilities free high speed wifi and a snugly warm bar – with its own exclusive ale – adjoining a games room with pool table and football table.

There’s also a TV room and lounge for weary collapsing in front of the log fire after a day investigating the local action: Glan Ceirw is in a valley location between the towns of Corwen and Betws-y-Coed, with mountain bike trails, cycle routes, peak scaling, forest walking and Bala Lake all nearby.

Amenities including loos, showers and a launderette are maintained to spotless standards, and the grounds are kept immaculate to encourage local wildlife (and small human guests). Glan Ceirw has no food shop on site, but a tasty farmers’ market is nearby where you can pick up heaps of homemade and organic produce. You could even bring a jar of jam back to the non-camping cynic…

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

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8.0

Overall rating based on 51 reviews

 

80% would recommend this site to a friend.

78% would stay here again.

 

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Great scenery 30/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Wilf H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great scenery

    Disliked: 

    No facilities, toilets shower and bar all advertised as being on site are not there and the site looks like it’s been since the 70’s when anyone last did any maintenance. No phone signal or tv signal. Save your money and park in a lay-by!

From the manager...

Very sorry you felt that way about our site we do have tv signal the bar was open Friday and Saturday night we had a halloween party for the children the toilets and shower block were open all weekend I would gladly of helped you if I knew you didnt know where things were.We can not understand how you missed it as there were lots of people here on the last weekend who all enjoyed it.

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Small friendly site very clean owner brilliant 28/09/2017

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    what a brilliant site , small friendly and very clean . Nice hot shower , clean toilets . Owner very nice and always on hand to help . Had a lovely couple of days , pitch right next to the river . Will definitely stay again .

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Nice warm and powerful shower. Nice peecful location. Owners friendly. 25/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Huw L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (four man)
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  • Liked: 

    Nice warm and powerful shower.
    Nice peecful location.
    Owners friendly.

    Disliked: 

    Reason we booked this site was because of the on site bar, we stayed on a Friday and Saturday and on both nights the bar wasn't open and there is nowhere else within walking distance to have a drink and warm up.

    Only 2 showers, wasn't an issue as campsite wasn't busy, however can imagine being an issue in peak season.

From the manager...

Very sorry you were disappointed about the bar not being open as the site was very quiet I wasn't sure you wanted it open. I should have asked .
My apologies.

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We had an amazing time, hospitality was 5 star, location ... 08/09/2017

Reviewer's country: Bahrain Tony V. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    We had an amazing time, hospitality was 5 star, location was wonderful, experience, everything we could have hoped for to the extent we extended our stay. Look forward to returning:)

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It was lovely setting for the children, tree climbing, stream walking. 03/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Claire G. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (six man)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Small site for camping in tents
    Tranquil and pretty
    Polite and friendly

    Disliked: 

    Lack of bins

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Great value for money in a beautiful area with excellent management 03/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anna K. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (four man)
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    Beautiful campsite; the owner was a lovely lady who could not have been more accommodating. We had the loveliest time and the bar in particular was great as was very cosy and gave you opportunity to socialise with other campers. All facilities were clean and accessible and everything you could possibly need was provided. Great value for money and overall a wonderful experience.

    Disliked: 

    It was quite muddy where we pitched our tent, which was in one of the few spaces left when we arrived. Also could get quite cold being so close to the stream, especially in the mornings, and were on a slight slope with quite a lot of tree roots on the ground beneath us. However we understand that this isn't due to any management faults and that, considering all of the good things about this campsite, it was a small price to pay as it really wasn't that uncomfortable. It's quite a distance to the nearest shops but if you drive not a problem at all.

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Friendly owners, beautiful location ,not overcrowded 01/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sacha B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (six man)
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  • Liked: 

    Beautiful location, lovely and quite

    Disliked: 

    The toilet was a bit far when you have young children

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Great setting, friendly owner. 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Neil W. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (four man)
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    Lovely, quiet setting beside the river with reasonably level pitches. We stayed over August bank holiday weekend but it was by no means overcrowded and there was still plenty of space for children to play. The river is a great draw for them - paddling and fishing were popular. Toilet block was ok - a little bit of a walk from the camping area and comprised one shower + 2 toilets (gents, not sure what the ladies had). Shower was good with plenty of hot water. Dish-washing area also had ample hot water and coin-operated washing machine and drier. Owner was friendly and helpful and ensured guests had everything they required. Small bar on site is the focal point in the evenings if that's your thing.

    Disliked: 

    I guess if you have young children / non-swimmers the proximity of the river could be a problem unless carefully supervised. Toilet block could perhaps do with a more frequent clean, although it was by no means dirty. Wi-fi was good near the bar but didn't work by the camping area.

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Level pitches, friendly staff and beautiful scenery. 28/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jayne A. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The location and scenery was stunning. The river was an added bonus the children and dogs loved it. The owners were lovely and nothing was too much trouble. Would definitely go back again.

    Disliked: 

    Nowhere to let the dogs off but was loads of walks nearby.

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Brilliant. Such a friendly site and well put together, the ... 24/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Mark H. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (four man)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Brilliant. Such a friendly site and well put together, the tent pitches are in a beautiful riverside settings - the photos show exactly where you pitch up - and my youngster loved playing in the stream. The owner was very friendly and really helpful, we will definitely be staying again.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

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Fishing

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Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

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Outdoor swimming pool

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Take away

Tennis

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Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

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Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

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Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Seasonal pitches

Tourer storage facilities

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby

Type

Pub campsite

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • Ty Nant Corwen, Denbighshire, Wales, LL21 0RF
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 53.0025°N 3.5473°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bala: High Street Coach Stop — 6.7 miles
Llandrillo (Denbighshire): Dudley Arms Coach Stop — 7.2 miles
Llangollen: Market Street Coach Stop — 15.8 miles
Train stations
Betws-y-Coed Rail Station — 12.2 miles
Pont-y-Pant Rail Station — 13.8 miles
Llanrwst Rail Station — 14.0 miles
Ferry ports
Barmouth Ferry Landing — 28.8 miles
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing — 28.9 miles
Airports
Liverpool John Lennon Airport — 36.9 miles

Directions


From Corwen follow the A5 towards Betws-y-Coed for approximately 8 miles. After the petrol station is Country Cooks café on the right-hand side: take the second left after this, and the park is down the road after approximately 1/4 of a mile.

From Betws-y-Coed follow the A5 towards Corwen, past the village of Cerrigydrudion and take the second turning on the right (not for Bala). Follow this road over the bridge for approximately 1/4 mile and the park is on the left-hand side.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Bala Lake, the old village of Betws-y-Coed, Coed Llandegla Forest and Snowdonia National Park are all nearby, providing enough sporty activity, family days out and history and heritage to keep you going for weeks.

Start off among the shops, cafés and the Conwy Valley Railway Museum’s miniature railway at Betws-y-Coed, then take a riverside walk along the River Llugwy and on to the spectacular Swallow Falls via the River Conwy; if you don’t fancy the walk, the Pont-y-Pair Falls are in the centre of the village and have picnic areas overlooking them.

As this is an active area, you’ll find activity centres scattered about within easy driving distance, like the one at Wales’s biggest body of water, Bala Lake, which has a huge range of outdoor options including whitewater rafting, zorbing and canoeing.

On land, horse-riding, quad biking and dry slope skiing are all available, or you could follow in the footsteps of thousands (millions?) and scale some of the peaks of Snowdonia (promise yourself a picnic and a Glan Ceirw ale at the top).

Coed Llandegla Forest in the heart of Snowdonia National Park is where mountain bikers go; it has trails for all abilities, even apprehensive beginners, as well as walking trails for the slower-paced.

Both the Llyn Brenig and Alwen reservoirs are top trails for walking too, and Llyn Brenig’s visitor centre has info on other activities around the reservoir such as sailing, windsurfing and fishing (Llyn Brenig hosts the World Fly Fishing Championships each year).

Archaeologists might also rock out at the Llyn Brenig Archaeological Trail around Brenig’s Bronze Age burial and historical sites: it’s only two and a half miles long but has eight or nine cairns, several medieval dwellings and Maen Cleddau, the Sword’s Stone, where a giant is said to have sliced a large section off a local boulder.

If it’s more heritage (and a rest) you’re after, two vintage steam railways are nearby – one at Bala and one at Llangollen – while in the national park the kids can dig into Welsh mining history with trips to Blaenau Ffestiniog’s Llechwedd Slate Cavern and the National Slate Museum.

Must see

  • Bodelwyddan Castle (17.9 miles)
  • Bodnant Garden (19.1 miles)
  • Rhuddlan Castle (20.1 miles)

National Trust

  • Ty^ Mawr Wybrnant (12.8 miles)
  • Bodnant Garden (19.1 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £10.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.
Your unit must be left clean and tidy, a fine of £10.00 will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

The bar is open weekends only in March and October.

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