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General

  • 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.

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Group bookings of 7 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).


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8.8

Overall rating based on 29 reviews

 

93% would recommend this site to a friend.

83% would stay here again.

 

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level pitches 26/10/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anonymous Confirmed

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

    Peace and quiet, fantastic views. Helpful and friendly owners. Plenty of walks from and around the site.

    Disliked: 

    Wifi not available at the pitch but we knew that when we booked so just an advisory note for others.

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Well managed beautiful site. Friendly, informative staff. Although we didn’t ... 05/10/2018

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

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

    Well managed beautiful site. Friendly, informative staff. Although we didn’t get to use it, love the idea of a camp fire for all to use.

    Disliked: 

    Pitches a bit cramped

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The views, the people and the facilities. 29/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sarah E. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    The views, the people and the facilities.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

From the manager...

Many thanks for your ten out of ten review!

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Will be here again facilities are perfect and we want to go back! 26/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Richard E. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    The site had a great welcome atmosphere, set in a brilliant location for exploring and being able to order croissants for the next morning!? Brilliant!

    Disliked: 

    What is there to dislike?

From the manager...

We're so pleased you enjoyed the site and welcome. Many thanks for your ten out of ten review!

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In need of a lot of work 25/09/2018

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  • Electric optional hardstanding and grass touring pitch
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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.

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Stunning views one foot in the wild 09/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Nicholas J. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    An excellent site and the location is one of the best, was met by Johnny who was very helpful and welcoming. Pitched in the lower camping field and the views are great, a few steps onto the Mawddach trail & the beautiful estuary. Pitches have enough space with their own fire pit.
    The tree bog compost toilet & shepherds hut style showers are really well done. Only a short wander up the hill to the other showers & toilets by the main building. Honesty shop good range of foods/drinks and a nespresso!
    Can walk to Barmouth and back in a day or to Penmaenpool/Dolgellau. Lots of great hill walking from the site or short drives to some of the bigger Snowdonia mountains.
    4G signal is strong across the site if you need it.

    Disliked: 

    Could do with slightly stronger lighting inside the showers/tree bog.

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.

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Very clean site but lack of levelling material. 25/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anonymous Confirmed

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

    Great Welcome and nice selection of local beers
    View

    Disliked: 

    Pitches too close together and suffer from road noise.
    Grey water waste is difficult to use as you have to lift a full tank on to trough

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Ideal location, excellent facilities, friendly staff. Many thanks. 12/07/2018

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  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great access to surrounding walks. Excellent facilities. Looking forward to seeing the lower field showers on our next visit. Clean environment with decently stocked honesty shop and friendly staff.

    Disliked: 

    Would have preferred more distance between neighbouring tents on the wild camping area to reduce noise of others late into the evening/ night.

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!

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Nice quiet sight Good facilities Nice walks (hilly though) Friendly ... 21/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stephen N. Confirmed

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

    Nice quiet sight
    Good facilities
    Nice walks (hilly though)
    Friendly staff

    Disliked: 

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Basic site that got the essentials 14/06/2018

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

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

    Clean toilets & warm showers

    Disliked: 

    Small pitch

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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

Local produce

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

Rules

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

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

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

Location

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  • Arthog, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Wales, LL39 1YP
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 52.7223°N 3.9937°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Barmouth: Jubilee Rd Coach Stop — 2.6 miles
Dolgellau: Eldon Square Coach Stop — 4.7 miles
Porthmadog Coach Stop — 15.4 miles
Train stations
Morfa Mawddach Rail Station — 1.9 miles
Barmouth Rail Station — 2.6 miles
Fairbourne Rail Station — 3.0 miles
Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing — 2.4 miles
Barmouth Ferry Landing — 2.4 miles
Airports
Anglesey Airport — 43.2 miles

Directions


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.

By train:
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.

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 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.

Must see

  • Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway (10.4 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 (27.1 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:  12 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  6:30 p.m.
Depart:  10 a.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.

Payment

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.

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Terms and conditions

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

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11pm and 7.30am.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
Recreational vehicles such as mini scooters are not permitted.
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.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 7 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

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

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