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General

  • Small campsite an in idyllic and family-friendly riverside location
  • Enjoy swimming, fishing, stargazing, sounds of the river and wildlife
  • Huge tents with beds, Kaidai firebowls, picnic tables and toilets

This is a truly beautiful location providing families with an opportunity to live, sleep and breathe surrounded by nothing but a luxuriant nature. There you'll find a host of activities to keep you entertained by day or by night: you can cook on campfires, swim at your heart content and fish in a wild river. Under the canopy of dark skies and glaring Milky Way, go to sleep at night lulled by the beautiful tune composed by the sounds of the river and owls; then wake up to the dawn chorus (and then back to sleep again if you have any sense!).

The site is huge, spread over about 6 acres, with approximately 400 meters of private riverbank all in a small wooded valley near Criccieth and within a few miles of the Snowdonia National Park. As a result, during your stay there, you'll have plenty of space to laze about and relax. Because the essence of this space is its natural beauty and serenity, the site doesn't provide electricity, allow loud music or cars. You'll never feel annoyed by these rules as the payback is huge - this is the real natural world if what you fancy is a return to basics and communion with nature. The campsite is well-lit thanks to burning torches and campfires and with all this music of nature, don't you feel like it would be just like a dream to camp there?

Given that you'll be at the heart of rural Wales you could expect to see some livestock around (although not on the campsite). Around the site there are also badgers, foxes, rabbits and bats. Otters and polecats have been spotted along the river as well as herons, ducks, dippers and the occasional kingfisher; other birdlife includes buzzards, red kites, tawny and barn owls. The river teems with migratory fish such salmon and sea trout as well as brown trout and eels and fishing is available on the river.

Each tent has its own mini encampment. The main accommodation is a huge 12-person tent lit by battery-powered lanterns with three separate sleeping areas and a large central living atrium. The main sleeping area (for adults) has a Starry Night Deluxe double bed with inflatable mattress and clothes storage. The other two bedrooms have two traditional child campbeds in each compartment, creating comfortable accommodation for up to four children. There is a picnic table outside each tent, a Kadai Firebowl, a hammock and camp chairs. There is a separate utility tent for storage and another for the toilet. One hot shower is shared between the three tents and each tent has its own chemical toilet. There is also a small campsite shop which sells the essentials such as food, toiletries, fuel etc.

If you want to cook during your stay, the Kadai Fire bowl is perfect for barbecues and for everything else the campsite provide a gas hob. All cooking, kitchen and dining equipment is provided along with a cool box and ice packs. Water is available via a standpipe on site and there is a washing station for dishes... Also, each tent comes with a welcome hamper which contains some local delicacies as well as tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, wine and free-range eggs from the campsite own hens!

Last but not least, the helpful campsite staff will transport your luggage to your tent at the beginning of your stay and back to your car at the end.


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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

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

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Pre-erected tents

Location

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  • Llanystumdwy Criccieth, Gwynedd, Wales, LL52 0LY
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.9310°N 4.2599°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Criccieth: Lay by Coach Stop — 1.4 miles
Hafan y Mor (Pwllheli): Holiday Park Coach Stop — 3.7 miles
Tremadoc: The Square Coach Stop — 5.0 miles
Train stations
Criccieth Rail Station — 1.3 miles
Penychain Rail Station — 3.8 miles
Porthmadog Rail Station — 5.2 miles
Ferry ports
Barmouth Ferry Landing — 17.0 miles
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing — 17.4 miles
Aberdaron Ferry Landing — 20.9 miles
Airports
Anglesey Airport — 25.1 miles

Directions


Please do not use satnav to find us as it will confidently send you the wrong way! Full email directions will be sent before your stay.

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

There is a public footpath on the other side of the river which goes downstream to Llanystumdwy, one mile from the campsite, where there is a pub with scrumptious dishes. You should take extreme care when crossing the river on foot and only do so when the water is low, read the safety notices and expect to get wet.

You can also go to many other places to enjoy good meals but also do some shopping. First of all, without even going too far, you have the campsite shop selling essentials including food, toiletries, fuel (...), two miles from Dynanau there's Criccieth, a lovely Victorian town with a castle, beaches, traditional high street, pubs and some good restaurants. Alternatively, you can hop to Porthmadog, six miles from the campsite to take the supermarkets by storm for supplies, explore independent shops and have a pit stop by pubs and restaurants.
Seven miles from the campsite, Pwllheli as well offers many supermarkets, shops and a market (on Wednesdays).

In order to enjoy yourself and have a great time in the area, you can go to several places including Snowdon, 20 miles away from base, beaches such as those at Criccieth, Porthmadog, Pwllheli. (All blue flag) but also castles with the likes of Criccieth, Harlech, Caernarfon.

Sailing is available at Pwllheli and both the latter and Porthmadog offer the opportunity to escape with sea fishing trips. To end on a high note, thrill seekers and guests bursting with energy will be happy to know that they can go mountain biking everywhere in the area.

Must see

  • Criccieth Castle (1.5 miles)
  • Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog) (5.3 miles)
  • Ffestiniog Railway (5.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Plas yn Rhiw (16.8 miles)
  • Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens (18.8 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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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Dogs
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Your dog must be tattooed and microchipped.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10pm and 7am.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
You'll need an Environment Agency rod licence (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £100 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 £25 will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Reception
Reception is open from 10am to 12pm and from 6pm to 8pm between 23/07 and 03/09.

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

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Whilst the campsite owns the fishing rights on the river, UK law requires that everyone over the age of 11 purchase a rod licence.

Swimming is available on the river but please read the safety notice below:
the river has some deep pools and fast flowing water. There are no fences separating it from the campsite and we advise that families with small or non-swimming children do not stay at this site. All children should be supervised when near water.

Most of the time the river is a gentle, beautiful place to swim and fish. However, after heavy rain the water height and velocity make it dangerous for even experienced swimmers. Please act with extreme caution and if in doubt consult with the owners about safety.

Please note that the track down to the campsite is not suitable for cars so it is asked that they are parked next to the farmhouse which is a short walk to the campsite. The track to the campsite runs down a slope and so may not be suitable for people with restricted mobility.

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