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Graig Wen - Wild Snowdonia Escapes

· Nr Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Wales
45 acres hosted by Sarah H.
8 glamping pitches · 6 motorhome pitches · 17 tent pitches
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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.

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244 Ratings · 295 reviews
Adam A.recommends
July 2, 2024
Super Secluded tent pitches
Marvellous camping and hiking trip
We had a lovely couple of nights camping at Graig Wen. The site wasn't too busy so we really had a great swathe of the site to ourselves. It was beautiful. The pitches are well spaced and our secluded pitch was just that. We didn't have the best weather but that is just how it goes sometimes! Recommend Cadair Idris via the Minfordd path and the Rhinogs for walking nearby. Both spectacular. The hosts would normally be available to help with moving your baggage to your pitch. Be aware that the site is quite steep so you will need to be ready for multiple trips up and down hill with loaded barrows if they aren't as they weren't when we visited. I think you can also get firewood delivered to your pitch, however we were asked to collect ours from the top of the site which was no problem except for the fact it would have been nice to have it dropped off as was suggested. The fire pits are great! Very happy and will hope to visit again! 5* and definitely recommended.
Robert P.recommends
June 20, 2024
Small Camper Van pitch
Nice views and beautiful plantings… the property is pretty large with tent sites down closer to the river. Bathrooms & wash up areas clean & tidy. Showers are quite removed from sites which I found odd. WiFi not reliable.
Lauren B.recommends
June 10, 2024
Panorama View Pitch (electric optional)
Extraordinary view from the panoramic pitch! Campsite was easy to find. Lots of information provided before arrival. No contact checkin went smoothly.
Michael C.recommends
May 29, 2024
Small Camper Van pitch
Great Camp- Hidden Paradise!
Great camp tucked away off the main road and home to some beautiful views! Taking a walk around site you can tell it is cherished by the owners and well taken care of. Had an issue with a Borehole pump one of the days but signs were put around site making people aware and fresh water was available from reception if required. All working again the next day. Great visit and would definitely recommend! Looking forward to going back!
Alexander E.recommends
May 28, 2024
Super Secluded tent pitches
A very friendly and comfortable site. The designated pitches are a good distance apart, so even over the long weekend it didn't feel busy at all. The information and the directions provided are extremely clear and accurate.
Jackson W.recommends
May 10, 2024
Small Camper Van pitch
Graig Wen was a great camp site with spectacular views out across the estuary - especially at sunset. We stayed on a touring (campervan) pitch. The only downside is that the touring pitches are quite close to the main road so you can hear the traffic during the day (but not much traffic at night). Other than that everything else was excellent.
Nr Dolgellau, Gwynedd, 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
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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 or roof tents 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.
Nearby attractions

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.

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