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Graig Wen: Direct access to Mawddach Trail from Estuary field (photo added by manager on 15/09/2022)

General

  • Award-winning and green site in Snowdonia National Park
  • Direct access to the Mawddach cycle trail and footpath
  • Five minutes' drive from the beach at Fairbourne

Whether you want to wander around on foot or pootle about by pedal power… you’ll find Graig Wen in Snowdonia National Park an excellent pick for activities and views.

This award-winning park has direct access through its fields to the Mawddach cycle trail and footpath, the waterside trail from Dolgellau to Barmouth. The trail is only eight miles long, so it's easily doable – but you should pedal to the local pub for a celebratory drink anyway (on a bike hired from the Graig Wen team if you don't have one to bring). Access to the Mawddach trail is very steep, so be prepped for both downhill rolling and the haul back up.

Those bringing their own two wheels can be rightly geared up for some top mountain biking: Cadair Idris is just behind Graig Wen, and it’s 15 minutes' drive from the site to the mighty mountain biking centre and trails at Coed y Brenin forest. Feeling faint at the very thought? Basking on the beach at Fairbourne is five minutes' drive away.

Guests looking for wild camping can leave the car at the main site and head down to the lower fields where campfires are permitted and facilities have been kept simple (just a couple of composting toilets and a couple of unisex showers). These fields, crossed by streams and edged by drystone walls, are worth the walk for some of the best views and wildlife spotting on site.

The excellent amenities at the main site include well-maintained and clean toilets, free hot showers, a washing-up area and a shop with local produce: take a picnic to one of the communal benches on site, also with stupendous views. Takeaway breakfasts (coffee and croissants) are also available.

Please note

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Group bookings of 5 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Bookings must not be for more than 21 consecutive nights.

No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Reception is unmanned after 6 p.m.. Please inform the site while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

At least one of the party members must be aged 20 or over.

Units longer than 6.5 m metres are not allowed.

This is a quiet site: no music is allowed.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

No naked flames are allowed inside the hired accommodation units.

Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.

Estuary Field tent pitches are for children aged 8 years upwards. Families with younger children should book the Orchard Field pitches.


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9.4

Overall rating based on 38 reviews

 

92% would recommend this site to a friend.

92% would stay here again.

  81% described as Spectacular scenery ?

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Will be returning as much as possible.08/12/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Stopover electric optional hardstanding campervan pitch (no awning)
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    Great set up, with access to the estuary with walks down to Barmouth.

    Friendly welcome and very helpful.

    Clean and tidy facilities will definetly be going back.

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Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again.

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very good site ideally located27/11/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRuss B.Confirmed

  • Electric optional hardstanding and grass campervan pitch
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Many thanks for your recommendation. Sorry we didn't meet this time but we are glad you enjoyed your stay.

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Night away in the camper with the dog.23/11/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJamie K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Stopover electric optional hardstanding campervan pitch (no awning)
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    Lovely site, great location, very quiet.

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Thank you for your recommendation of our Stopover pitch.

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Brilliant little spot, amazing views. The campsite was clean quiet …19/11/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomThomas R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Stopover electric optional hardstanding campervan pitch (no awning)
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    Brilliant little spot, amazing views. The campsite was clean quiet and had all needs required! Highly recommend

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Thank you for your recommendation of our camper van pitches.

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Graig Wen is easy to find. It had all we …15/11/2023

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  • Stopover electric optional hardstanding campervan pitch (no awning)
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    Graig Wen is easy to find. It had all we wanted for an overnight stay. The showers were nice and hot. Arrival was really easy. The van pitch was good level gravel hard standing. Didn't have electric hookup but easily available if needed. Very reasonably priced.

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Thank you for your recommendation of our Stopover pitch.

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Such a beautiful little quiet campsite with lovely clean amenities …17/11/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSarah B.Confirmed

  • Stopover electric optional hardstanding campervan pitch (no awning)
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    Such a beautiful little quiet campsite with lovely clean amenities and a stunning view. Easy to find and straightforward instructions left for locating our campsite. Will definitely stay here again!

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Thank you for your recommendation of our camper van pitches.

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I honestly can’t fault Graig Wen! I booked a glamping …02/11/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAriana B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Empress shepherd's hut
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    I honestly can’t fault Graig Wen!
    I booked a glamping holiday for my dad’s birthday in late October 2023. It was just him, my dog, and me :)
    We stayed in the Empress quarry wagon and were so impressed by it! It was so warm, even without the heating on. Having the en suite was an added touch of luxury. We had all we needed kitchen equipment-wise and really appreciated the eco-friendly washing up liquid.
    I slept on the lower bunk bed which I found to be very comfortable. Overall, the wagon was welcoming, comfy and cosy.

    We were pleasantly surprised to find a “welcome spread” on the dining table upon arrival. The hosts had left a bottle of apple juice and 6 Welsh cakes with jam, both of which were locally-made! They’d also left a bar of salted caramel chocolate (made in Powys), some dog treats, and a welcome note with specific info for guests with dogs.
    The online info guide and info left on laminated printouts around the site were so helpful.

    The walk down to the Mawddach trail was very peaceful and scenic. About halfway down the path is a little uphill side-trail to a beautiful spot on a hill top- the bridge view! Because of the trees it was a bit difficult to see the full bridge but nevertheless a stunning setting for pictures, with a bench for a nice rest to catch your breath. It only took about 1 minute to climb the hill, but was fairly steep.

    The campsite was so well maintained, and all facilities were clean and tidy. We really liked that there were recycling and waste bins on site, tucked away out of sight but easy to access.

    Graig Wen was easy to find for us, but if you’re not looking the turning into the drive can sneak up on you a bit. Be sure to keep an eye on your sat nav or screenshot the directions in case you run out of mobile data!

    I’ll certainly be returning, and recommending Graig Wen to family and friends :)

    Disliked: 

    Not necessarily something we disliked but if you are with Vodafone or O2 you likely won’t have any signal on site. There is Wi-Fi available in the lean-to near the quarry wagons, though, and that was fairly strong- as long as you don’t stray too far. However, if you’re like us you’ll appreciate the lack of internet as you can get more engaged with the surroundings and stay present throughout your stay!

From the manager...

Thank you so much for your thoughtful recommendation of staying in Empress wagon - that's really appreciated. So glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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Beautiful little spot with the friendliest staff.29/10/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRhian P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Stopover electric optional hardstanding campervan pitch (no awning)
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    Well what can I say, other than what a fantastic site. We hired a van for our travels up to north wales, arrived later than the latest check in. We called the campsite to let them know and it wasn’t a problem but they appreciated the heads up. Arrived in the dark, to wake up this morning to the most amazing views and scenery. The site overlooks the most beautiful lake and mountains, truly breathtaking. But what we really loved about this site was the impeccable service. We packed up ready to set on our travels again around 10.30am, only to realise we had a COMPLETELY flat tyre. With no pump to hand, we went down to reception to ask for aid, and they couldn’t have been any more supportive. Lots of reassure from the lady at reception even though it was passed check out time (really sorry we didn’t catch your name) and even gave us some recommendations for beautiful walks in the area while her husband rang around several tyre garages for us (most are shut on a Saturday). After finding us a garage with a tyre, he then followed us up to the van with a pump to help us. Once we got to the van, he could see that the tyre was completely blown and beyond repair. He then assisted us to jack the car safely and replace the burst tyre with the spare. Honestly cannot thank you both enough, you’ve literally saved our trip. Nothing was too much trouble. I’d also like to add that we tried giving the gentleman £10 (all the cash we had on us) as a thank you, but he would not take it and explained that they were happy to help. Honestly the best, most friendliest campsite to date and we will definitely be returning some day. Spacious clean toilets, beautiful campsite surrounded by breathtaking views and the friendliest staff who cannot do enough for you. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts ❤️

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From the manager...

You are very welcome! Thanks so much for your lovely review. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip safely. Best wishes, John and Sarah

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A great site nestled in beautiful scenery03/11/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJudith G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Stopover electric optional hardstanding campervan pitch (no awning)
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    We loved our stay at Graig Wen! It was nestled in a beautiful and quiet location. Lots of extras like a shop, firewood and ice creams on site. The showers were very hot and the site was well maintained. Very easy to reach and close to some wonderful places to explore

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Thanks so much for your recommendation!

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Anonymous user

Fantastic site with clean facilities and breathtaking scenery.22/10/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Stopover electric optional hardstanding campervan pitch (no awning)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Firstly, from first contact with Sarah (after I booked the wrong dates - stupid me) I felt a surge of warmth and friendliness. This is a site which is not only looked after extremely well, but has kind friendly owners too.
    The site is beautiful, it has stunning views, feels secluded and is well loved.
    The site has a friendly, calm, happy vibe and is by far the best camping site we have been to for a long time! We loved the ease of collecting our pitch information from outside reception and the guest chilling nook area was endearing.
    The toilets and shower areas were always clean and smelt nice. The showers worked well and were warm!
    We loved being able to access the MawDavy trail directly from the site; the walk through the grounds to the trail was breathtaking and we loved the written plaques on the way! It honestly felt like we were transported to a different time and helped us to disengage from the normal work/school routine. Instead, we fell back in love with nature and found ourselves instantly calming to our surroundings!
    We loved the email from Sarah and John with a link to their website detailing not only the site information , but also information about the surrounding area including walking trails. This was fantastic and we followed the Arthog waterfall trail.

    Disliked: 

    The only aspect I disliked was the shared showers and this was because the cubicles didn’t have dividers which went from ceiling to the ground. As a parent and as a female, this made me feel uncomfortable. This is the only reason I have given four stars for facilities.

From the manager...

Thank you for such lovely feedback! That's really appreciated. Best wishes, Sarah

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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Extra toilet/shower facilities available

Hand sanitising stations

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal freezer

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Arthog, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Wales, LL39 1YP
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 52.7224°N 3.9933°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Sportsman — 15.4 miles
Tesco — 15.5 miles
Market Square — 16.2 miles
Train stations
Morfa Mawddach Rail Station — 1.9 miles
Barmouth Rail Station — 2.7 miles
Fairbourne Rail Station — 3.0 miles
Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing — 2.4 miles
Barmouth Ferry Landing — 2.5 miles
Airports
Anglesey Airport — 43.2 miles

Directions


For larger caravans and motorhomes, don't follow a sat nav, but follow these instructions instead. Approach from Dolgellau, turning off the A470 Dolgellau bypass at the junction signposted Tywyn/Fairbourne onto the A493. It is exactly 4.5 miles from the junction, on the brow of a slight hill on the right-hand side. Keep your eyes open for the sign, as the left turn from the Fairbourne direction can be difficult.

By bike or foot:
There is direct access to the site from Mawddach Trail. Use the signposted stile from the Trail about a mile east of Morfa Mawddach station, just after the large, concrete tank traps, or about tthree miles west of the George III pub. Walk about 600 metres up hill through a field, past a house then across another field and up a steep track through woods. Reception is at the furthest double glass doors on the side of the building nearest the road.

By train:
Morfa Mawddach station is 1 mile away with direct access along the Mawddach Trail. The Graig Wen team can arrange pick-up (including mountain bikes) or drop off at the station: please give them a call a couple of days before arrival using the contact details provided in your booking confirmation.

By bus:
Buses run between Aberystwyth/Machynlleth and Dolgellau (no. 28): ask the driver to drop you at Graig Wen between Penmaenpool and Arthog.

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’s sno lack of things to do in Snowdonia National Park as well as walking, cycling and mountain biking: scale the summit at Snowdon to the visitor centre for ideas (or take the steam train if you’re out of puff).

Wildlife watching is all around too: have a squint at the RSPB reserve between Arthog and Friog, or take a trip into Coed-y-Brenin after mountain biking to get a glimpse of otters, deer, badgers and foxes.

Beach horse riding is available within minutes of Graig Wen, and fishing and watersports at the beaches of Barmouth and Fairbourne: Barmouth Harbour is a popular spot to hire a boat for sea fishing trips, while Fairbourne is famed for its windsurfing and surfing. Start off at Fairbourne, as its Fairbourne Steam Railway puffs gently along from here to Penrhyn Point, where the passenger ferry leaves for Barmouth.

Harlech, Portmeiron and the Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth are all about 45 minutes’ drive away.

Must see

  • Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway (10.5 miles)
  • CADW - Harlech Castle (10.6 miles)
  • MOMA Wales - Y Tabernacl (10.8 miles)

National Trust

  • Ty^ Mawr Wybrnant (23.7 miles)
  • Plas yn Rhiw (27.2 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:  12 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

Graig Wen cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

30 - 15 days before arrival: refunds are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.

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

The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.

Bookings cannot be amended within 14 day(s) of arrival.

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. Graig Wen will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

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  • Does Graig Wen have a swimming pool? No View all features
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  • What attractions are near Graig Wen? There’s sno lack of things to do in Snowdonia National Park as well as walking, cycling and mountain biking: scale the summit at Snowdon to the visitor centre for ideas (or take … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Graig Wen?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Graig Wen? From £15 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.

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Estuary Field tent pitches are for children aged 8 years upwards. Families with younger children should book the Orchard Field pitches.

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