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We recommend use of the website www.travel-cymru for public transport options in Wales.
By bus: In summer Snowdon Sherpa buses drive past the campsite: Caernarfon to Pen-y-Pass (route S4) or Porthmadog to Pen-y-Pass (route S97). Find the routes and timetables on this link or use www.traveline-cymru to plan your journey.
By train: The nearest train stations are Betws-y-Coed, Porthmadog, and Bangor which has direct London routes. All connect to buses: the Betws-y-Coed to Pen y Pass bus is on route S2, and the bus from Porthmadog is S97. Bangor is the more major sttion with direct trains from London but requires several buses. Use the link http://www.traveline-cymru.info to find out more.
We cannot take bookings for pitches as we do not have set pitches to reserve, just green fields and woodlands where you find a place that suits you. However motorhomes, caravans and electric hook-ups are limited on site and so these can be booked for a small fee if the visit is paid for in advance, see our Vans and hookups page. Groups of more than 12 adults can also reserve one of our group areas to be sure of pitching together, which also requires a small fee plus a deposit in advance that is saved as a bond, see Group areas for more. details.
We have limited hook-ups for motorhomes, caravans, small campervans or tents so these can be booked, see our Booking page for more. However small appliances can be recharged at the reception building, airbeds can be pumped there, and we will re-freeze your freezer packs, all at no charge.
We allow marquees to be erected on the campsite (though there is a charge for this) and also at the barns (where there is no charge if the barns are hired for a wedding or event), where it may be pitched in the private barn fields or beside the barns. However we must be consulted in advance about exactly where they are sited. Care must be taken as there are underground services including electric cables and drains under the fields and near the buildings. Also we must be consulted about exactly where vehicles are taken if they leave the hard standing so special permission is required from one of our wardens. Damage to the grass is one of our major concerns. We are in the process of obtaining marquees for hire so please look at our Equipment hire page and you could also contact us for up to date information.
Campers can have campfires, so long as they are on our steel firepits (so as not to damage the grass) and are with wood bought from us (so as to protect the woodland and avoid sharp objects). The hire of our firepits is free. Those hiring the barn complex also have use of a large round “celebration firewok” that is also free of charge but must also use only wood bought from us and is not to be used on grass.
Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, architect of Portmeirion Village bought the site of the present campsite in the 1930’s to save it from unsuitable development. He gifted a large tract of land above the campsite to the nation (the National Trust) soon after as part of his campaign to start up the Snowdonia National Park. The campsite land and an adjacent farm remain in Sir Clough’s family, and the campsite adheres to his visionary conservation principles.
The Pen y Gwryd hotel is only 2 miles north up the road from the site, on the A498, see our map. You can walk up the old road by turning left at the campsite cattlegrid, a scenic walk that avoids the traffic. This is a cosy pub famous for its use by the Everest climbers. There are several hotels in Beddgelert approximately 5 miles (8 km) south of the site on the A498. The Bryn Tyrch Inn at Capel Curig is a good option for a drink or a (quite pricey) meal.
We have been unable to arrange this (BT tried but failed!), so do not offer broadband. However you can go to Caffi Gwynant down the road where they do have internet.
No, none of the cellphone networks have coverage in this area. There are not many places left where you can throw away that mobile! Orange customers will find reception at Beddgelert, 5 miles south of the campsite. Vodafone customers will need to go to near to Portmadog or Capel Curig (on the A5) for reception. There is a public payphone in the campsite reception building which is available 24 hours a day. The nearest public phone box open all hours is at Nantgwynant village 2 miles south of the campsite.
We now have a small shop at our reception building on site, see our Shop page. During the weekends and summer holidays we offer wood-fired pizzas on site as well as espresso coffee and breakfasts, see our Food page. Apart form this the nearest shop is Caffi Gwynant at Nantgwynant 2 miles down the road towards Beddgelert, which sells home made food in the old chapel There is also a grocers shop, along with outdoor clothing, craft shops and hotels in Beddgelert, approximately 5 miles (8 km) south of the site on the A498, see our map. Alternatively Llanberis is a larger small town and has a bank, post office and other facilities.
Motorhomes (6m – 8m long) are only allowed on the hard standing by the lake – turn left at our Rates sign and do not take your vehicle beyond the main car park. There are 6 bays here with electric hook-ups and these can be booked, see our Vans and hookups page for detail of what we offer, and Bay bookings page to book online. There is a chemical toilet emptying point near the toilet block. Vehicles longer than 8m are not accepted here, except by arrangement in the very low season.
We can only accommodate single-axle caravans, and are allowed only 10 caravans under our site license, 15 on bank holidays. Planning restrictions mean these must be sited in Pen Helen, where we have bays along the hedgerow that can be booked, 8 with electrical hook-ups, see our Vans and hook-ups page for a map of where these are, and the Bay booking page for online bookings. There is a chemical toilet emptying point near the toilet block.
Payment is due on arrival however if no warden is at the gate or office to collect fees when you arrive, simply pitch your tent (please keep at least 6m from other groups), and pay later. A warden may call at your pitch for fees. Receipts are issued and must be kept to show wardens as you come and go. If you intend to leave early please advise our staff.
In some places in Ddôl fawr this is possible in dry weather, but mostly there are large boulders around the fields to separate cars from campers for safety reasons – we have many children on site so drive with care. Please park nose-in to the stones and camp on the other side, usually this is very close to where you park, though on bank holidays this may involve a short walk. Bridge field at the back of the main site is vehicle free, with parking in adjacent carparks. In wet weather or busy bank holidays parts of the site are temporarily closed to vehicles with areas roped off for parking. Please drive very slowly and carefully on the campsite roads.
Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash or inside a vehicle on the site and must be cleaned up after. There is a dog walking area just off the camping fields (in a woodland beside Ddol Fawr and Ddol Fach) where dogs can be let off the lead and cleaning up is not required.
For most campers arrival is after midday and departure before 2.00 pm. However for those booked (motorhomes, groups, electric hookup bays) arrival is after 2.00 pm and departure before 11.00 am.
You can bring these and other valuable items to reception and leave them (at your own risk) for charging in our non-public area of the reception building. We take great care of these but cannot take responsibility in the event of fire or theft.
Yes, there are freezers at reception where you can put them (at your own risk!) in one of our freezers. It is best if you bag and name your packs.
Yes, all taps on site have water that is treated (by ultraviolet light) and regularly tested by the Council as fit for drinking. Drinking water is available from inside the toilet block, from taps outside at either end of the toilet block including in the dish-washing areas and also from every fire point around the campsite which also has a tap with treated drinking water.
Payment for camping is on arrival and we take cash only, no cards or cheques. Large groups can be invoiced and pay in advance. We accept bank transfers or Paypal payments for bookings and deposits for group areas, see Payments link for details.