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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 Barmouth

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’s accolades include a 2016 Go North Wales Tourism Award for Best Camping, Glamping and Caravan Site; a Green Snowdonia Award for most sustainable campsite, and the Green Traveller Best Forest Escape 2013. It 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...

Those bringing their own two wheels have heaps to handle in the immediate area if mountain biking gears them up: the Cadair Idris mountain range 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 Barmouth is five minutes away; the area around the site is a wildlife haven to spot owls, woodpeckers, buzzards plus a possible nightjar, and Graig Wen’s corner of Snowdonia National Park is peaceful enough that you can wander for miles and meet only sheep (do baa hallo; it’s only polite).

Guests looking for a really wild camping experience 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, new and 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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9.3

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97% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

 

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Excellent site with great facilities. 28/11/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom christopher_s115704 Confirmed

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

    Lovely campsite with stunning views,only stayed one night but would love to have stayed longer to really appreciate all that was on offer.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike.

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Site was kept clean and tidy lovely little shop which ... 20/11/2017

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

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

    Site was kept clean and tidy lovely little shop which was handy . We woke up in the morning to a fantastic view site owner very friendly will return again.x

    Disliked: 

    Pitches a little small or maybe I just had a large awning on my van.

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Fantastic site. Level pitches. 17/11/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Angela H. Confirmed

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

    Our second visit. Love the tranquility. Fantastic for dog walking. Great site, nice hot showers,very clean. Free WiFi. Fantastic views over the estuary. We love to visit Barmouth which is close by and have our usual fix of delicious fish and chips. Will definitely visit this site again.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike.

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booked for a 4 night stay but only stayed 2, ... 08/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom susan_w338829 Confirmed

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

    booked for a 4 night stay but only stayed 2, staff were very friendly

    Disliked: 

    only stayed 2 nights out of the 4 booked, too remote for us nearest pub, and town 5 miles away. which we did walk into Barmouth and then cost us £26 to get back, personally need a bit more going on around us .

From the manager...

Thanks for your feed back and we're sorry you left early! We're glad that you enjoyed the friendly welcome and cleanliness of our site in Snowdonia National Park.

For the benefit of others, we are a small, quiet site in a rural location 10 minutes drive from the market town of Dolgellau or 8 minutes drive to the shops at the beach in Fairbourne. You can walk or cycle off road along the Mawddach Trail to our nearest pub about 3 and half miles away or across the bridge to the shops and cafes in Barmouth. Those not wishing to walk all the way to Barmouth can use the free car park on our side of the bridge and walk a kilometre to town across this iconic landmark.

During the daytime you can catch a bus from the site into Dolgellau for shops, pubs and places to eat - a cab back at night costs £15.

For those of you would like to to enjoy a drink with one of the best views in the world then you can buy Welsh craft ales, cider and award-winning local gin from reception and take a seat on one of our benches overlooking the stunning Mawddach Estuary or cosy up around the camp fire...

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Excellent! Already planning our next stay! 24/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom corinne_r Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Everything! Friendly welcome, great pitch with a proper fire! Short walk to the compost toilet (very clean and well kept) and water tap/washing up area (with gas and a kettle to heat the water)
    Easy access to the lovely mawddach trail.
    We purchased firewood at reception. The honesty shop is well stocked with a good variety of essentials (there were even local burgers in the freezer)
    We are already planning our next stay.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike.

From the manager...

Thanks - we're so pleased you enjoyed yourselves here and look forward to seeing you again!

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Lovely site, superb location, helpful owners 19/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Claire H. Confirmed

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

    Location, amenities were clean, quaint and thoughtful. Had a really nice family-ran feel to the place. We arrived past the reception closing time and everything was there for us to understand where to go etc.

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From the manager...

Thank you for your lovely comments! We look forward to welcoming you back sometime. Sarah and John

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Clean, friendly, traditional and very beautiful. 12/09/2017

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

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

    A very quiet spot, felt remote, but only 20mins from Dolgellau. Very friendly staff, only too happy to help.

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From the manager...

Thanks so much for your ten out of ten review!

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I come back 10/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom MARTINA C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (wild)
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    Very good service

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The scenery is beautiful with an abundance of birds and ... 05/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom lesley e. Confirmed

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

    The scenery is beautiful with an abundance of birds and trees. To access the track along the estuary is a short steep walk but magical and safe. I walked along here in both directions and could have crossed to Barmouth but I chose to visit Fairbourne.
    The facilities were good and the staff friendly and helpful.

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Really friendly and helpful staff Beautiful views Fire pit at ... 01/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Francesca M. Confirmed

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

    Really friendly and helpful staff
    Beautiful views
    Fire pit at each tent pitch

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

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Fishing

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Games room

Indoor 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

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

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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

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Canoeing/kayaking nearby

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Golf nearby

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Indoor pool nearby

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Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

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Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

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

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


We are in southern Snowdonia about 20 minutes from Barmouth, the Centre for Alternative Technology, and Coed y Brenin mountain bike centre.

Directions by car: Satnav users can use our postcode - this will bring you to us.

Turn off A470 Dolgellau bypass at the junction signposted Tywyn/Fairbourne onto the A493. We are exactly 4.5 miles from this point so it is worth setting your milometer as we are easy to miss. You are very near us when you pass through a narrow stretch of road with walls either side and trees overhanging. We are on the brow of the slight hill on the right-hand side. You will see our entrance sign on the main road.

You do not need to turn off down any lanes and if you pass the quarry and reach Arthog village, you have gone too far.

Larger caravans and motorhomes should approach from this direction as the left turn from the Fairbourne direction can be difficult.

If you are approaching from the coast/Tywyn direction - our entrance is directly on the A493 between Arthog and Dolgellau. Stay on A493 out of Arthog up the hill, passing the quarry on your right. About 1/4 mile past the quarry, look out on the left for a small white sign saying ‘Concealed entrance’. That's us on the left.

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).

The dozens of walks in the park are classed into various categories such as Hard Leisure, Easy Leisure, Family and Accessible, so all sorts should find something to suit.

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.

Fancy a dip outside the sea? The Blue Pool/Blue Lake at Fairbourne is one of the best wild swimming spots in the country and one of several in Snowdonia.

Around the Barmouth and Dolgellau parts of the park, Graig Wen guests can continue steaming along on the Fairbourne, Talyllyn and Bala Lake railways or sail among the caverns at King Arthur’s Labyrinth; a little further north reaches the Llanfair Slate Caverns at Harlech and spectacular Harlech Castle, built by Edward One in the thirteenth century and scene of quite a few historical highlights throughout the centuries.

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.

More Welsh heritage can be had at the two narrow gauge railways of the popular Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, one of the most visited attractions in north Wales and running from seaside town Porthmadog.

The Welsh Highland Railway tracks its way north out of Snowdonia National Park to Caernarfon and another Welsh castle; going east, the Ffestiniog Railway runs to the old mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, now a major visitor centre with subterranean adventures at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns.

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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  6:30 p.m.
Depart:  12 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.

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.

Additional terms

We do not accept new arrivals for the yurt after 7pm or after 9pm for the touring campsite. If you do not arrive by these times on the first day of your booking and you have not advised us otherwise then we reserve the right to relet your pitch.

Strictly no arrivals before 12 noon.

Any guest on the wrong pitch may be required to move. If you wish to extend your stay beyond the booked dates we will do our best to accommodate you but there is no guarantee that the same pitch will be available.

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