If you're into adventure of any kind, be it hiking, mountain biking, zip lining or white-water kayaking, you'll have heard of Betws y Coed. It’s the most renowned town in Snowdonia and the area around it is the most popular part of the national park for camping. From its proximity to Mount Snowdon to its accessibility from the rest of the county, Betws y Coed is the perfect place to camp if you want to make the most of North Wales.
The town of Betws y Coed is in the shadow of Snowdonia National Park’s highest peaks and surrounded by the Gwydyr Forest. It’s a great place to base yourself if you’re exploring this area though campers and glampers will need to look to the edge of this attractive town and beyond for a place to pitch up. With such a scenic setting and the convenience of the town nearby, it’s little wonder that there’s a great number of campsites all vying for your attention. There’s something to suit everyone from basic, great-value sites to suit hardy but hard-up climbers to high-end glamping sites for sightseers. Take your pick from bell tents, yurts, shepherds’ huts and gypsy caravans. There are family-friendly sites, dog-friendly sites and places that welcome caravans, campervans and motorhomes. The ones that get the Hipcamp seal of approval are the ones that offer something special. It might be a simple place with a stunning view of a Welsh mountain peak or top-notch accommodation that provides a warm Welsh croeso.
If you’re camping or glamping in Betws y Coed, it’s likely you’ve come for the great outdoors - and there’s no denying that the outdoors really is great here. Snowdonia National Park is home to mountains lakes, waterfalls and forests - with some of the best of them in this northern part of the park. Often the best way to explore is under your own steam by walking, cycling, climbing or kayaking. The options are almost limitless and the Snowdonia National Park Authority’s information centres are a good place to find out about the available adventures. Fortunately - there’s one in Betws y Coed. Top of the list for many people is hiking to the top of Wales’ highest mountain, Snowdon. From Betws y Coed and the campsites around it, the logical place to begin an ascent of this 1,085-metre peak, is from the Pen-y-Pass car park. There are two well-trodden routes to the top from here, The Miner’s Track and The Pyg Track.
Another natural spectacle near Betws y Coed, is Swallow Falls. This cascade on the River Llugwy can also be reached on foot, on a pleasant walk from town. In the other direction, there's the Gwydyr Forest Park just a few miles south of town but if walking among the trees is too tame, head instead for another of the area’s most-visited attractions, Zip World Fforest where you can ride a rollercoaster or a zipline through the trees. In the town itself, there’s the Conwy Valley Railway Museum with its miniature railway. If you fancy a ride on a full-sized railway though, there are plenty to choose from starting with the scenic Snowdon Mountain Railway which chugs away from Llanberis (16 miles away) to the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway which sets off from Blanneau Ffestiniog, 11 miles south of the Betws y Coed.
Enjoy some of the best camping in North Wales with a visit to one of these recommended campsites near Betws y Coed, the renowned gateway town for Snowdonia National Park.