Riverside glamping in Cardigan Bay

Pitch along Wales’ biggest bay to spot dolphins and explore fetching fishing villages.

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Graig Wen - Wild Snowdonia Escapes

32 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents45 acres · Gwynedd, North Wales
Succumb to the tranquil hills of Graig Wen. Smart, sustainable and quite simply, lush.
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Smugglers Cove Boatyard

7 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Gwynedd, North Wales
Camping and rustic glamping in a working boatyard with an exceptional waterside location on the Dyfi estuary
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Wild Meadow Camping

5 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Ceredigion, Mid Wales
Camping and glamping with electric hook-up in a country meadow near the beaches of Cardigan Bay
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The Glamavan at Nantgwynfaen

7 units · Glamping, Tents60 acres · Llandysul, Wales
A cool retro-chic caravan on an organic farm near Cardigan Bay
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£45
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Wild Wellingtons Glamping

3 units · Glamping4 acres · Llandysul, Wales
Eco-friendly glamping 10 minutes from the beaches of Cardigan Bay, with great facilities for parents and acres of wild space for kids
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£110
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Teifi Meadows

11 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents3 acres · L Ampeter
We are a small, peaceful. secluded campsite bordered by woodland and a stream, set amidst the wildlife country of the Ceredigion countryside on the edge of the Cambrian mountains. With only 20 camping pitches and 'The Bothy' shepherd's hut, Teifi Meadows is a place to relax, unwind and appreciate the calming beauty of nature. This is a dark sky zone with stunning celestial views on clear nights, and near-zero light pollution as well as pristine air and water quality. Our guests tend to appreciate the quiet stillness here and we don't have a lot of disturbances...so all you will hear is the wind, the birds, the rushing streams and perhaps the odd cow! :) Everyone, even the cynical, should have a little romance in their lives. Especially if it includes a scenic setting with easy access to local pubs (a holiday extra that thaws the icy hearts of the cynical even more than blazing sunsets). Teifi Meadows should warm the battery of your camera as well as the cockles of your heart: this is wildlife country – look out for red kites overhead – in the midst of the greenery of the Ceredigion countryside, and close to the walks, dolphin spotting and beaches of the stunning west coast and Cardigan Bay. National Trust sites, River Teifi fishing and canoeing, mountain pony trekking, Roman gold mines and blooming great gardens are in the area too. Lampeter, about three miles away, has plenty of food shops, independent stores and a farmers’ market, and the pub at Cellan, also three miles away, serves food and Sunday lunches - another romantic highlight…
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Belan Bluebell Woods

4 units · Glamping, Motorhomes60 acres · Llanidloes, Wales
We are a small family farm site hidden in the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales, near the lovely town of Llanidloes. Our easy to find, just off A470 location makes a stay with us convenient yet once you wind up to our drive you are on top of the world with spectacular views both day and night - we are a recognised Dark Skies Wales area for outstanding stargazing due to our lofty 1300ft height and un-light polluted sky. With over 60 acres to explore space and quite is guaranteed. Choose from secluded Idris the Shepherds hut with repurposed horsebox shower and woodfired outdoor bath, family glamping geo-domes Willow & Oak and Daisy bell tent each with covered camp kitchens or wild meadow camping plus a campervan spot. Our mission is to rewild the farm, manage the ancient woodland, support the abundant wildlife & finally protect its 5 acre peat-bog (peat bogs are as environmentally important as rain forests – peat holds more carbon than the combined forests of Britain, France and Germany!)
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£35
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Snowdonia Hideaway

1 unit · Glamping2 acres · Bryncrug, Wales
A converted hayloft between Snowdonia’s mountains and the sea
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Go Eco Glamping

3 units · Glamping5 acres · Ceredigion, Mid Wales
Private, adults only glamping in a romantic Ceredigion setting, with exceptional kitchen and shower facilities – plus, a wood-fired hot tub.
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Twin Bleats Farm

5 units · Glamping, Tents4 acres · Lampeter, Wales
Twin Bleats Farm is set in the Welsh countryside of Llanllwni along the Nant Ceiliog steam. Say hello to our pygmy goats, chickens and farm cat! We are a small site with just three nomadic bell tents and one tent pitch and great facilities including fully stocked campers kitchen and proper toilets and showers. WiFi is available! Campfires are welcome in the firepits provided and we sell firewood as well as our chicken eggs. The Belle restaurant and bar is just a 5 min walk, more pubs a short drive away in Llanybydder. Walks from the doorstep plus 10 min drive to Brechfa Forest, 35 mins to sandy beaches, 1 hour to the Brecon Beacons National Park.
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Snowdonia Holiday Lodges

2 units · Glamping4 acres · Beddgelert, Wales
Snowdonia Holiday Lodge & Cabin offer a relaxing forest holiday with the mountains lakes and beaches close by. You can walk from both Colwyn Cabin and Snowdon Lodge directly up to Snowdon summit. The lodge and cabin are set on the banks of the Afon (River) Colwyn by the edge of Beddgelert Forest, a short distance from the centre of the picturesque village of Beddgelert in the very heart of the Snowdonia National Park. The lodge and Cabin are within the grounds of the property Hafod Wydr. The property nestles between the mountains of Snowdon and Moel Hebog, with the river literally on your doorstep. Full and direct access to the forests mountain bike routes and footpaths, which make it a very special destination; it provides a quiet and private secluded experience and the ideal base for your holiday. The accommodation comprises of self catering lodge/Cabin set in their own private gardens. We have two places to stay Colwyn Cabin a Rustin 1970’s woodpecker caravan sleeps 2 and Snowdon Lodge a more modern static caravan sleeps 4. They are both set in their own private gardens next to Colwyn river, surrounded by trees with views of Moel Hebog and Snowdon mountains. There are acres of forest to walk through on the doorstep.
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£120
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Llansawel Agored

8 units · Glamping, Tents20 acres · Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, South Wales
Overnight adventures on an off-grid, wild-ish campsite with campfires allowed in Carmarthenshire.
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Riverside glamping in Cardigan Bay guide

Overview

Wales’ largest bay straddles a huge swathe of the West Wales coast, rolling from North Pembrokeshire’s weather-beaten Strumble Head via Ceredigion north to the south of Snowdonia (Eyri) National Park, climaxing at the tip of the gorgeously green Llyn Peninsula and its AONB. It includes hidden coves, open sands, time-lost harbours, and one of Wales’ biggest, liveliest cultural centres, Aberystwyth. This is Europe’s best bottlenose dolphin-watching spot, and there are watersports to be found in Abersoch. Hiking is relentlessly fantastic, both on the Wales Coast Path and through the remote Cambrian Mountains ramparting the bay. The Llyn Peninsula and North Pembrokeshire’s smaller campsites make for particularly memorable pitching.

Where to go

North Pembrokeshire Coast

Heading southeast from Cardigan through North Pembrokeshire, Cardigan Bay culminates at storm-tossed Strumble Head, having wound through Newport and Fishguard. Along the way are striking sights like Dinas Head (a headland cut off from the mainland by a stream), vast sandy beaches like Newport Sands, and the ruined Abbey of St Dogmaels. Newport has several facility-rich campsites—otherwise, sleep out near Strumble Head in a yurt rental.

Ceredigion Coast

Ceredigion boasts the lion’s share of Cardigan Bay—a stretch running from Cardigan to Aberaeron and Aberystwyth up to the Dyfi Estuary. The area is plastered in campsites, with the New Quay area and the coast north of Aberystwyth offering especially good choices. Great hiking can be found along the Wales Coast Path, which takes campers via comely harbours like New Quay with its bottlenose dolphin-watching trips, an abundance of idyllic sandy coves, and rolling dunes around the Dyfi Estuary.

Southern Snowdonia Coast & Llyn Peninsula

Cardigan Bay’s northern portion is flanked by Snowdonia National Park, where the sandy, castle-studded seaboard jostles for position with the jagged mountain peaks and emerald-green valleys behind. The shores then swerve west for 30 miles out onto the lower-lying Llyn Peninsula AONB. Many of North Wales’ best beaches hem this coast, and among many excellent pitching places, the dune-rimmed coast around Morfa Harlech and Morfa Dyffryn stands out.

Cambrian Mountains

Bare yellow-green hills scored by narrow wooded valleys loom inland above Cardigan Bay. Although never surpassing 2,475 feet, these are mighty wild places that cross by Wales’ toughest long-distance trail, the Cambrian Way. This, Britain’s remotest land south of the Scottish Highlands, is most easily accessed from Aberystwyth to the northwest. There are scarcely any campsites in the middle, so places like Aberystwyth, Tregaron, and Lampeter on the western periphery are your best options for camping bases.

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