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- Award-winning and green site in Snowdonia National Park
- Direct access to the Mawddach cycle trail and footpath
- Five minutes from the beach at Fairbourne
Whether you want to wander around on foot or pootle about by pedal power, you’ll likely find Graig Wen in Snowdonia National Park a wheelie good 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 shown off on telly by Julia Bradbury on the Beeb’s Railway Walks. And as the trail is only eight miles long, you’ll no doubt feel chuff-chuffed when you finish it – and after that, you can pedal to the pub on a bike hired from the Graig Wen team. (It's worth noting, however, that access to the Mawddach trail is very steep, so you'll need to be prepped for both downhill rolling and the haul back up.)
Those bringing their own two wheels have heaps to handle in the immediate area if mountain biking gears them up: Cadair Idris mountain is just behind Graig Wen and it’s about 15 minutes 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 away.
Guests looking for really wild camping can leave the car at the main site and pitch on the site’s lower fields where campfires are permitted and there’s a composting toilet available (just bring your best Scout mentality and be prepared for a rather steep walk to the main facilities, and to pass a fair few sheep who’ll be your neighbours during your stay). 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 include well-maintained and clean toilets, free hot showers, a washing-up area and an honesty shop with local produce: take a picnic to one of the communal benches on site, also with wheelie stupendous views.
Group bookings of 7 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
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Electric optional hardstanding and grass touring pitch
Max. persons: 4 x
Pitch size: Max 6.0m width x 7.0m depth (19.7ft width x 23.0ft depth) Calculated area: 42.0m² (452.1ft²)
Ground type: Hardstanding and grass
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From the manager...
Many thanks for your ten out of ten review!
From the manager...
We're so pleased you enjoyed the site and welcome. Many thanks for your ten out of ten review!
From the manager...
We're sorry it seems like we were not the kind of camp site you were looking for. We have simple facilities surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and are in an ideal location for active explorers or those wishing to just take in the views and tranquility. As can be seen from many other reviews, we really do take great pride in welcoming guests, the cleanliness of our facilities and in adding extra services and facilities to enhance people's comfort and enjoyment.
From the manager...
Thanks for your lovely photos and thoughtful feedback. We're so pleased you made the most of what this fantastic area has to offer and enjoyed our services. Thanks for the tip off about the lighting - we have resolved this now.
Ideal location, excellent facilities, friendly staff. Many thanks.
From the manager...
Thanks - we look forward to welcoming you again when you will be able to enjoy the new showers on the wilder camping fields!
Basic site that got the essentials
Kajsa H. Confirmed
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Leave the car at home
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
- Coach stations
Barmouth: Jubilee Rd Coach Stop
— 2.6 miles
2.6 miles Dolgellau: Eldon Square Coach Stop — 4.7 miles
4.7 miles Porthmadog Coach Stop — 15.4 miles
- Train stations
Morfa Mawddach Rail Station
— 1.9 miles
1.9 miles Barmouth Rail Station — 2.6 miles
2.6 miles Fairbourne Rail Station — 3.0 miles
- Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing
— 2.4 miles
2.4 miles Barmouth Ferry Landing — 2.4 miles
— 43.2 miles
For larger caravans and motorhomes, it is recommended that approach from Dolgellau, turning off the A470 Dolgellau bypass at the junction signposted Tywyn/Fairbourne onto the A493, 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 3 miles West of 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.
Morfa Mawddach station is 1 mile away with direct access along the Mawddach Trail. We can arrange pick-up (including mountain bikes) or drop off at the station - please give us a call a couple of days before arrival using the contact details provided in your booking confirmation. The Cambrian rail route around the coast here is spectacular.
Buses run between Aberystwyth/Machynlleth and Dolgellau (no. 28) - ask the driver to drop you at Graig Wen between Penmaenpool and Arthog.
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 new visitor centre at the top to get some ideas (or take the steam train if you’re out of puff).
Wildlife watching is all round 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 Blue Flag 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 waves. Start off at Fairbourne first, as its Fairbourne Steam Railway puffs gently along from Fairbourne to Penrhyn Point, where the passenger ferry leaves for Barmouth.
Harlech is about 45 minutes’ drive from Graig Wen, as are other well-known north Wales highlights: the Italianate village of Portmeiron and the Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth, Powys, set up to show off sustainable living.
- Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway (10.4 miles)
- CADW - Harlech Castle (10.6 miles)
- MOMA Wales - Y Tabernacl (10.8 miles)
- Ty^ Mawr Wybrnant (23.7 miles)
- Plas yn Rhiw (27.1 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||12 p.m. –||7 p.m.|
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||6:30 p.m.|
Graig Wen cancellation policy
No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.
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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Graig Wen will debit the balance from your card 6 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 6 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash