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Bwch Yn Uchaf
111 reviews
· Wales
1 acre
40 units
40 Motorhome/tent
Narrow-gauge steam railway station, countryside views, gorgeous riverside setting. What's not to love?!
At the top of Lake Bala (Llyn Tegid) begins a magical journey into a rich historical and cultural past. Whether by train, by car or foot, the way winds alongside the banks of this top-notch lake, the largest freshwater lake in Wales. It continues through fresh, green rolling hills, framed by the three massive peaks of Benllyn, Arenig and Fawr. Because of its situation, set among the windy hills, the lake is perfect for windsurfing and sailing. There are various slipways and launching places around the lake, but the main hub of activity is on the foreshore in front of the warden’s office, where you can get the permits you need. The bustling one-street market town of Bala (Y Bala), at the northern end of the lake, is a stronghold of the ancient Welsh language. With more than 80 per cent of the population speaking the region’s mother tongue, it’s useful to have a suitable local greeting or two up one’s sleeve. It’s a deeply traditional Welsh town and this area is a great place to catch a male voice choir. Try the village hall at Llanuwchllyn (at the other end of the lake to Bala) on Monday and Thursday nights or keep your ear to the ground – provided you understand Welsh. Seldom out of sight of the lake throughout its four-mile journey is a narrow-gauge railway line, operated by three steam locomotives. It begins its journey at Llanuwchllyn, and hugging the shoreline, makes its way to Bala. After the return journey, a visit to the signal box is an interesting diversion, where the stationmaster will demonstrate the original 1896 levers and lamps; an archaic confusion of wooden handles and outdated widgets. The Rheilffors Lyn Tegid Cyf (Bala Lake Railway) is run almost entirely by volunteers and they’re always on the look out for willing helpers. So, if you’ve ever fancied driving a steam train or just blowing the whistle and waving the flag, become a member and live out your childhood dreams! To the left of this quaint old railway station is the unpronounceable Bwch-yn-uchaf campsite. It begins with a vast field of mown lawn, which is great for large tents and caravans. From here, there is a small drivable path that leads away from the main field and ablutions, and winds its way through two smaller enclaves of grass, bordered by a tree-lined shallow river, perfect for a spot of fishing or canoeing. The narrow strip of riverside turf means that each pitch has an unobstructed view of the sparklingly clear river. There are portable loos and various water points in the middle of the three fields, which is handy if you don’t feel like the long-ish, but scenic, walk to the main ablution block. So, whether it’s sailing on the lake, walking in the mountains or simply a bit of R&R in a valley with a steaming good view, this peaceful spot has all the bases covered.
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Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Gareth & Bethan P.Joined in January 2017
83 Ratings · 111 reviews
Karen N.recommends
August 6, 2022
Non-electric grass pitch
Such a friendly and relaxed campsite. Just how camping should be. Beautiful view from the tent and the little River was so lovely to listen to. Although the main shower block is a a wee bit away from non hook up area, the loos and wash up block close by mean you have what you need regularly near by. The fridge is at the main shower block, so we just combined trips to shower and get/return food. The fridge is a life saver for non hook up tents. So clean and just lovely. Thanks so much for a lovely wee holiday.
Wilmot J.recommends
July 30, 2022
Non-electric grass pitch
Lovely site, quiet and space or a little privacy. service was excellent.
Jack M.recommends
July 27, 2022
Non-electric grass pitch
Great site!!!
Lovely site, nice toilets and best campsite showers I've seen in a long time. Beautiful views and loved the sound of the stream going past.
Luke S.recommends
July 25, 2022
Non-electric grass pitch
Site was really good, facilities were excellent and the kids loved the playground. Views were unbelievable and left us very relaxed
Katyannebellis B.recommends
July 22, 2022
Non-electric grass pitch
We had a lovely relaxing time on Gareth and Bethan’s land. We parked up near the river with beautiful views of the mountains in the distance. So nice to have a fire under the stars too. Would highly recommend
Karen M.
July 3, 2022
Non-electric grass pitch
Camping in tent
I would say that the shower block would have been better by the tent field and not the caravans as they have showers if their own It was quite a distance to walk for a shower
From the host
Bwch-yn Uchaf Caravan and Camping Site is situated within Snowdonia National Park at the foot of the beautiful Aran and Arenig mountain range and 10 minute drive from Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). The site is on the edge of the picturesque village of Llanuwchllyn, which enjoys panoramic views of stunning scenery and is an ideal base to explore the areas many attractions including scenic walks.. The shallow sparklingly clear river Twrch runs alongside the entire length of our site and is extremely popular with guests of all ages. There is low light pollution and no traffic noises so all you can hear is the stream, sheep and sometimes the train passing by. Also adjacent to the site is " Bala Lake Railway" Llanuwchllyn Narrow Gauge Railway Station with its open carriage journeys along the lake. A great way to fully appreciate the stunning scenery the area has to offer.
Nearby attractions
*We are next door to Bala Lake Railway (You cannot get any closer!)* 5 minute walk to the start of the Aran Mountain* Hours drive to the start of Y Wyddfa/Snowdon *10 minute drive from the beautiful Llyn Tegid/ Lake Bala *Max hours drive from all the Zip World locations (North Wales) * About 40 minute drive to the nearest beach of Barmouth Basically, drive for an hour in any direction and we are not far from a lot of things!
Food and drink
Yr Eagles (01678 540278) ½ mile away in Llanuwchllyn is where the locals eat – and all the campers, too, if it’s raining! Big portions of home-cooked food are on offer. There’s also a beer garden with views. (Booking advisable) In Bala (10 minute drive) there are variety places to eat: Cyfnod Bistro, Plas Yn Dre, Badell Aur (chippy),Indian, Chinese, pizzeria and a kebab!
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