Succumb to the tranquil hills of Graig Wen. Smart, sustainable and quite simply, lush.
Situated in the south-west corner of the Snowdonia National Park, there’s no doubt that Graig Wen enjoys one of the best campsite locations in the whole of Wales. Set among some 45 acres of its own wild woods and meadows, and with amazing views over the Mawddach Estuary curling down to Cardigan Bay below, this established spot plays host to happy campers and ample wildlife alike. It’s not surprising, then, that it has won the Green Snowdonia Award for ‘Most Sustainable Campsite’, along with a clutch of other gongs, including ‘The Best Camping and Glamping Site’ according to Go North Wales. Yet for all the awards, Graig Wen remains a wonderfully peaceful and unpretentious spot to stay.
At the heart of the campsite’s success is its owners’ paired passion to constantly improve the site while preserving its wild nature. To accompany their small collection of touring pitches, Sarah and John have hand-built two yurts from ash trees found on the land, kitting them out with quirky furniture and textiles, while two more pop-up yurts have been designed to move around the site depending on the season (closer to loos, showers and the comforts of electricity in winter). As recently as 2019 they added a cute new shepherd’s hut and there’s also a small holiday cottage. Their newest additions are two quarry wagons. Cosy whatever the weather, the wagons are in a little less secluded than our yurts and shepherd’s hut, giving you easy access to a few more mod cons and parking close by.
For tent campers, however, the real highlight here is found down a short but steep track. Below the year-round touring site, several fields run right up to the edge of the estuary, available to pitch in from May to September. There’s a spacious family field, nearest to the parking, as well as more secluded spots with enticing names like Ash Corner, Mawddach View and Wild Cherry. Campfires are allowed and there’s ample space to go around, with enough choice for every camper to find the right amount of views, shelter, space or isolation, to suit their taste. In keeping with its award-winning status, Graig Wen’s well-maintained facilities are always spick and span, with hot showers and sparkling toilets. Viewing benches overlooking the Mawddach Estuary offer the best seat in the house come sunset o’clock – especially given Snowdonia’s ‘International Dark Sky Reserve’ status – and a simple camp shop stocks local ales and other essentials.
If you want to explore the campsite’s various streams and stretches of woodland, there’s an engaging geocache trail, which also subtly teaches you about the area’s slate-mining heritage along the way. More intrepid explorers, meanwhile, can tackle Cader Idris – the spectacular mountain at the back of Graig Wen. It’s the highest peak in southern Snowdonia but the crowds tend to be much smaller than on the summit of famous Snowdon in the north. According to legend, if you spend the night on the summit, you’ll come down a poet. Or a madman.
From a gate at the bottom of the campsite you can also cycle all the way to the beaches at Fairbourne or Barmouth without ever seeing a road, and virtually the entire route to Dolgellau in the other direction is road-free, too. It’s a fitting way to get around from the campsite; a place where cars belong safely in the car park and nature, in all its glory, takes centre stage.
Nr Dolgellau, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Sarah H.Joined in October 2012
195 Ratings · 265 reviews
August 9, 2022
Grass tent Pitch & Park
What a beautiful campsite. We had a park and pitch spot, which was perfect for our family tent, and the view across the valley is absolutely stunning! The pitches are generously spaced out, so we never felt crowded or worried that our little ones were disturbing anyone. It was wonderfully quiet at night, just the owls to listen to. We can't wait to go back!
August 8, 2022
Family Field Grass Tent Pitch
We had the best time at Graig Wen! A beautiful site, really well run, clean, good facilities and loads to do in the area. We will definitely be back!
August 6, 2022
Family Field Grass Tent Pitch
Camping with small children and dog
Our family thoroughly enjoyed camping here, the views were amazing, there was lots to do in surrounding areas and lots of walks easily accessible from the campsite. Facilities were clean and everyone was really helpful, will definitely be back soon!
August 2, 2022
Small Camper Van pitch
Graig Wen campsite is beautiful and a really well-run and clean site. The views are stunning even without the panoramic pitch (which we will be trying to book next year), the facilities are spotless and always seemed to have hot water in the showers and toilets. This is a lovely quiet site with a walk directly on to the Mawddach Trail which was great.
We all loved the pizza on Thursday night and the shop is open during some of the day for bits and pieces you might need. Thank you for a lovely stay :)
August 1, 2022
Stayed 4 nights with our 2 children and dog. Stunning location. Definitely organise a lift with your stuff from the carpark though! Lots of walks directly from the campsite and all the information you could need in a handy guidebook app provided on booking. The best campsite shower I have ever used. One for 'free range' families though - walking, swimming and fresh air, but limited mobile signal until you get to the pub nearby! Highly recommend, planning to return.
July 30, 2022
Yurt (for two)
Loved the experience here ! It was very peaceful and the hosts clearly pay perfect attention to detail inside the yurt me and my partner stayed in. Lovely trip
From the host
Our holiday accommodation in Snowdonia National Park, near Barmouth and Dolgellau, North Wales is in an exceptional location. Overlooking the Mawddach Estuary, one of the most beautiful in Wales, the views are breathtaking. Step straight onto the scenic Mawddach cycle Trail from our camping field. The mountains are all around, with sandy beaches, castles, steam trains, zip lines and bike trails close by. Whether you prefer a cottage, cosy wagon or yurt or sleeping under the stars, Graig Wen offers you a range of quality accommodation.
Our small, tranquil campsite has direct access to the beautiful Mawddach Estuary. There’s a sheltered area with electric hook ups for a handful of camper vans close to our washing facilities, yurts and cottages. If you really want to get away from it all, go wild and pitch your tent down near the estuary to star gaze around a camp fire. Dogs on leads welcome. Pitches in our our car-free tent fields are well spaced out with loads of breathing space for everyone.
For family glamping adventures and romantic retreats you can also hideaway in one of our four pet-friendly yurts, Jones the shepherd's hut or new quarry wagons. You’ll be blown away by the views, scenery and seclusion…but have a bit of comfort too!
In recent years we are proud to have won the Go North Wales Camping and Glamping Site of the year 2021 and featured in The Guardian’s 10 Best Glamp sites, The Times' Coolest Places to Camp, The Independent’s 10 Best Luxury Coast Camp sites, as well as Country Living Magazine and many more.
Cadair Idris (892 metres) - clambering up the mountain is a great local option and the Pony Path makes is family friendly. Alternatively walk straight off the camp site along the stunning (and flat) waterside Mawddach Trail to the seaside treats of Barmouth. Go crabbing or visit Knickerbockers ice-cream parlour. As well as the cycle track along the estuary to the Fairbounre beach, there’s mountain-bike routes for all abilities, at nearby Coed-y-Brenin (01341 440747), around 5 miles north of Dolgellau. Head north to Llechwedd Slate Caverns where Zip World (01248 601444) is hugely popular. Over 8km of wires are strung throughout the mountains providing a truly unique areal experience. Slightly more theme park-like, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, on the A487 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth (01654 761584) is an attraction themed around ancient myths and legends. Castell y Bere is an atmospheric ruined castle which is great for exploring. Graig Wen is in one of the darkest parts of the Snowdonia Dark Skies Reserve so the star gazing can be awesome. Walk from the site to Arthog waterfalls and up to the stunning Cregennan Lakes.
Food and drink
Good pub grub at The George III Hotel (01341 422525) 5 minutes drive or an hour' and half's delightful walk along the estuary cycle trail. Locally produced lamb, beef and fish can be enjoyed outside in view of the estuary. Down at Fairbourne, the unassuming Indiana Cuisine (01341250891) is a pleasant surprise. South Indian specialities are created with colour and flourish from fresh ingredients and traditional home recipes. Plenty of non-spicy and vegan options available. Mawddach Neapolitan Pizzas are now serving up the best pizzas this side of Naples to enjoy over fabulous views of Cader Idris. Head to the Celtic Cabin on Barmouth Prom for the most amazing street food. Graig Wen's new guest app gives you the inside track on the latest pop-up places to eat and drink as well as locals' favourites.