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Our campsite is set in a breathtaking location within the Snowdonia National Park, at the foot of Snowdon leading to Cwellyn Lake.

The campsite overlooks Cwellyn Lake and has spectacular uninterrupted views towards Mt. Snowdon and Mynydd Mawr with various forest walks on it’s doorstep. The river Gwyrfai runs alongside both fields to Cwellyn Lake.

There is a boardwalk from the car park to the lake. If you wish to camp in this field there are trolleys by the carpark, which can help transport your equipment down the boardwalk. Please replace the trolley after use.

Picnic benches are available on both fields, these are on wheels to help move nearer to your tent pitch.

We are a traditional mountain campsite, wild and wonderful (get back to nature with the birds and the bees and the bears).

We do have a strict no music policy on site (if you want to listen to music go to a nightclub) and definitely no fireworks. No campfires or barbecues are allowed on the ground.

We feel that a campsite is not a real campsite without a camp fire. We have, therefore commissioned numerous specifically made fire pits (on sleds) for campers use, these do add to the general maintenance of the campsite i.e. cleaning out of the fire pits and complete removal to maintain the ground. In order to continue the provision of fire pits and the extra maintenance involved you have to buy the wood from us.

Bags of logs with kindling and firelighters can be purchased at Cwellyn Arms. No wood can be taken from the forest or campsite or brought in from elsewhere. The Forestry Commission will prosecute anyone from removing wood from the forestry and they will have to leave the campsite immediately.

Our new amenity block is now open and is located on the first field nearby the carpark. It has underfloor heating, free power showers and toilets, vanity units, drinking water fountain, coin operated plugs, hairdryer and outside sinks with drinking water. There are also outdoor sinks with drinking water and a laundry room next to the carpark with commercial washing machine and commercial tumble driers, spin drier and coin operated plugs and hairdryer.

Breakfast, lunch and evening meals can be arranged at Cwellyn Arms with prior notice. We do advise to book as priority is given to residents and bookings.

We also have Bunkhouse accommodation, Suite accommodation and Self Catering Cottages available.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed


Lake and/or mountain


Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

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

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


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  • At the foot of Snowdon, Rhyd Ddu, Gwynedd, Wales, LL54 6TL
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 53.0670°N 4.1442°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Penygroes (Gwynedd) Coach Stop — 5.9 miles
Caernarfon: Penllyn Bus Station — 7.4 miles
Tremadoc: The Square Coach Stop — 8.8 miles
Train stations
Roman Bridge Rail Station — 9.4 miles
Porthmadog Rail Station — 9.4 miles
Tan-y-Bwlch Ffestiniog Railway Station — 9.6 miles
Ferry ports
Barmouth Ferry Landing — 24.4 miles
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing — 24.7 miles
Holyhead Ferry Terminal — 26.2 miles
Anglesey Airport — 20.8 miles


Snowdon Valley Camping is situated in the small village of Rhyd Ddu on the A4085 between Beddgelert and Caernarfon, at the foot of Mt. Snowdon within the Snowdonia National Park.

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

The village boasts magnificent uninterrupted views towards Mt. Snowdon and is situated right at the start of the Nantlle Ridge and Mynydd Mawr, popular havens for the hillwalkers of Snowdonia.

The Sherpa bus service runs around Mount Snowdon and there is also a new taxi service operating on demand between the car parks of Rhyd Ddu and the nearby village of Talysarn for walking the Nantlle Ridge to enable you to leave only one car at start/finish of route.

We have quality beaches within easy reach and are rich in history with four local Heritage sites in the area i.e. Caernarfon, Conwy, Criccieth and Dolwyddelan.

The Italianette village of Portmeirion is nearby, (as in ‘The Prisoner’), built by Sir Clough Williams – Ellis in 1925.

Our location is ideal for fishingas We sell fishing permits and flies and hire out rods and boats through Seiont Gwyrfai and Llyfni Fishing Society which was formed as far back as 1908. They are situated in the heart of Snowdonia with extensive rights located within the boundaries of the National Park , on 40 miles or so of prime Salmon, Seatrout, Brown Trout rivers and six lakes which can be enjoyed in unrivalled surroundings, see ‘fishing’ section on our website for more details.

We are favourably placed for bird-watching all year round. The watercourses within a short vicinity are all part of a Special Area for (Nature ) Conservation! See ‘bird watching’ on our website for more details

The Welsh Highland Railway ‘enables you to journey behind the most powerful 2’ gauge steam locomotives in the world through the most fabulous scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. The railway runs from alongside the awe-inspiring Caernarfon Castle, snaking around seemingly impossible bends, up hard gradients and around the foothills of Snowdon to arrive at Rhyd Ddu, about 12 miles from Caernarfon and high up in the Snowdonian mountains. One of the ‘great little trains of Wales’

Must see

  • Snowdon Mountain Railway (3.9 miles)
  • National Slate Museum (3.9 miles)
  • Caernarfon Castle (7.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens (9.9 miles)
  • Ty^ Mawr Wybrnant (12.6 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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