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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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Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.


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8.2

Overall rating based on 49 reviews

 

84% would recommend this site to a friend.

82% would stay here again.

 
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Very good pitches, limited facilities but friendly staff 18/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Joan A. Confirmed

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

    This is a lovely secluded site, very quiet and pretty. The lady there was very helpful and I have no complaints.

    Disliked: 

    I had two dogs with me and I was unable to let them off lead either on the site or the surrounding area, it is not very good for dog walking, only able to walk along the (very quiet) road but still on lead.

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Pick up your dog shit. 18/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Christopher T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (four man)
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    turned up slightly later than I would have liked to the site, but on arrival we were welcome by a friendly member of staff who showed us to the camping field.

    After being told where we could pitch our tent I proceeded to do so.(I left my son waiting in the car as it was late, wet and dark).

    I picked the flattest part of the field to put my tent which was down by the river. I checked the ground by torch light for any rocks that might make our stay uncomfortable. As I was pitching the tent I was met with a strange smell that I couldn't quite put my finger on. After the tent was up I did another scan of the area around the tent by torch light. It was at this time I was greeted by two massive piles of dog shit, (ah that's what the smell was), I can tell you I wasn't pleased. Who the fuck allows their dog to shit and not clean up on a field where people camp. Let me tell you who...
    ...arseholes that's who.

    This along with the swarms of black fly that decided i was breakfast dinner and tea made our experience a little less than acceptable.

    I have been back 2 days now and I swear I can still smell dog shit.

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Needs updating 16/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Paul A. Confirmed

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

    Isolated site tranquil owner pleasant

    Disliked: 

    Toilets could be more updated it also states fishing however the river is over grown with trees

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excellent 07/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom lyndon e. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    very very nice and clean site very good price.and the owner was good excellent

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Lovely pitch right next to a small stream and amazingly ... 28/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Neil M. Confirmed

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

    Lovely pitch right next to a small stream and amazingly not too many midges.
    Very quiet - only accepts about half a dozen tents and on the first night we were the only tent.
    Great location - close to Bala, Lynn Brenig and Betws y Coed.
    Friendly owner - she was very unwell whilst we were there but still very welcoming.
    Small bar which was cozy, cheap and met some nice regular visitors.
    Shower block small but clean

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Thouroughly recommend this place 12/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Andrew S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely place great host. Small quiet site near the river lots of pictures places to visit nearby. Fantastic shower . The bar is a nice touch popped in a few times and dog friendly. Will be returning in a few weeks can't wait!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Would definitely go back and stay here again. 05/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jimmy W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Location was great owners were very helpful and people on site were very friendly and nice little pub.
    Alwen reservoir trail walk 5 mins drive lovely 7 mile walk great scenery.

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Great site at a great price, scenic location with helpful staff. 04/06/2017

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

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

    The site is very scenic with a stream running at the bottom of the site next to the tent pitches. The site had a family feel to it which left me quite happy with letting our 8 year old go up to the toilet fascillities on his own and play with the other children at the site. We had a couple of drinks from the site bar and pricing was very reasonable, the site pool table is in good condition. Location wise the surrounding area is very scenic with some prime locations being 40 minutes to an hour away by car such as Llandudno, Conwy, Bala and Bets-y-Coed.

    Disliked: 

    WiFi is not available across the site and is only obtainable at the site bar. Tent pitches are at the bottom of a hill thus when pitched there's a slight slope, not a major issue as long as you manage to find a reletavely flat space.

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More geared towards caravans but a fairly decent campsite for tents. 21/05/2017

stephen_h334553 Confirmed

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  • Liked: 

    The stream...very lovely! They have some flat pitches (3-4) right next to the stream which we didn't use but which would be lovely in the summer.

    The bar was a really nice touch as well and prices were reasonable. Games room was open and all in good working order. They have a darts board but no darts; however I didn't ask so they may have had some in the bar.

    Very remote location and will appeal to people who want that "in the middle of nowhere" feeling about their camping experience. Bala and another town within driving distance (~10 miles) and I think there are two cafes on the A5 within about 2 miles.

    Very friendly host and very welcoming. Allowed us to use the wooden bench and take it down to our pitch.

    Freesat in the bar area. They may upgrade this in the high season so certainly worth asking.

    Free wifi. Not a huge fan of unsecured networks and they should really fix that, but it was in the middle of a field and had a very limited range (bar area and the main house) so not the end of the world being unsecured.

    Disliked: 

    The shower and toilet block.... There is only 1 on site (may get crowded in high season?) and this is at the top of a big hill. Not so bad for static caravans, but a real pain for tents! There is a toilet next to the bar but this is only open between 7pm and 11pm. You could probably knock on their door and ask them to open up the house toilet outside of these times but you shouldn't be expected to ask every time you wanted to use the bathroom! They would benefit from building a second toilet/shower at the BOTTOM of the hill.

    I went to use the toilet roll on the first day (afternoon) and there was literally one sheet of a roll left in BOTH cubicles! I had to either raid the women's toilet or trek down and back up the hill and ask for more.... To the site's credit they stocked it up for the day after.

    Much of the grass area is on a slope. We had pick of the whole site as we were alone, but in high season you may end up on a slight slope. There are about 3-4 flat pitches immediately next to the stream which look so nice, but the leftmost one was a bit of a quagmire after it rained fairly heavily. We chose the slope as we were expecting some rain and it was fine for the most part, but a bit awkward to sleep on.

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The peaceful location, the brook for dog to play in, ... 03/05/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom richard_w219781 Confirmed

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

    The peaceful location, the brook for dog to play in, the little pub on site and the powerful hot showers (when they work! there was a pressure problem with boiler at 7am - no one was up and around except me!). The site location is great on the A5 for access to most attractions nearby.

    Disliked: 

    the tent allocated pitch area isnt as flat as the pictures imply. the best grass is on a slope. Also what is the point of a key access to the shower / toilet block? My wife moaned she could her the cars passing on the A5, but i tuned in to the meandering brook. There is no food service at the site, the pub just serves drinks.

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Fishing

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Outdoor swimming pool

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Tennis

TV room

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Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

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 BST (GMT+01:00)   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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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  11:30 a.m. –  11:30 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  Anytime –  Anytime
Depart:  Anytime

Glan Ceirw Caravan Park cancellation policy

No penalties

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

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.

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Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

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.

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