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Hirdre Fawr

Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales
1 acre hosted by Test O.
An incredible mountain backdrop, private access to the beach and flat, grassy pitches

It’s a wonder that Rhosgor isn’t the top of every newspaper’s Best Secret Beaches list. To be fair, it is more of a rocky cove than a beach – it’s tiny pebbled crescent is hemmed in by seaweed covered rocks that deny it the picture perfect sands the weekend spreads are after. But maybe it really is just too good a secret. That’s certainly what we’re inclined to think.

Either way, when you stroll down the private track from Hirdre Fawr Farm to Rhosgor, there’s no denying the pleasures of discovering this secluded space on the coast. On the headlands grey seals come and go, lounging in the sun or plopping inquisitively in and out of the water, and at the waterfront itself, pools of shimmering water are rippled by crabs, tucking away beneath the rocks as the kids appear, net in hand and sunhat on head.

The campsite itself follows much the same themes. It’s quiet, relaxed and just as seemingly unknown – not the kind of spot you hear about through ‘marketing campaigns’ or ‘a channelled advertising scheme’. No, things here are blissfully simple and come from the owners love for providing a charming place to camp and the consequential word of mouth that sees it flourish.

The open grassland has room for just 40 camping pitches (30 of which have hook-ups) and is a meadowed segment of a wider, 360-acre dairy farm. For a section of coast so dramatically craggy and diverse, it’s a surprise to say the fields are flat but even then, flat is not the word. Campers here could bring along a spirit level and you wouldn’t find a degree to complain about and the ablutionary facilities, though nothing out of the ordinary, are equally well kept, clean and functional.

To the east, though several miles away, the mountains of Snowdonia loom, teasing you back in land for a day-trip exploring the national park, while to the north, the land ends and the sea begins. Choose your view, choose your pitch and settle down for the evening to decide which you’ll take on first; the coastal gems that this remote Welsh peninsula affords or the hiking trails of the mighty national park. If you want a pleasant compromise, of course, we recommend the Wales Coastal Path, running just beyond the campsite. You still get the walking and the exercise, you still get the views and you still get the beaches. Who knows there may also be a handy pub at the end of it!

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Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Test O.Joined in January 2015
From the host
An incredible mountain backdrop, private access to the beach and flat, grassy pitches
Nearby attractions
There is a short and private path that leads directly down to the beach, also linking up with the main public coastal footpath. Its only a very small shingle beach but you can fish off the rocks at the end of the headlands or try crabbing and rock-pooling. A colony of seals also come and go and are surprisingly unfazed by the human presence so you can have a good ogle if you wish. Head across the peninsula to Pwllheli from where you can take a day's boat trip to Bardsey Island (08458 112233), a National Nature Reserve owned and managed by the Bardsey Island Trust, to see birds and more grey seals! The popular village of Abersoch is a little further. Originally a fishing port, Abersoch is now a tourist centre specialising in adrenaline-fuelled watersports such as windsurfing, dinghy sailing and jet-skiing – look out for various festivals throughout the summer. Dolphins and seal boat trips around the St Tudno Islands (off Abersoch) and can be arranged with Shear Water Cruises (01758 740899).
Food and drink
Well stocked local shops are within 1 mile of the site and have the essential groceries you'll need, while the pubs, The Lion (01758 770244) in Tudweiliog and The Ship (01758 720559) in nearby Edern, are within a lengthy walking distance – both serve delicious meals. Further afield, Abersoch, Aberdaron and Llanbedrog are within a 20 minute drive and Pwllheli is the nearest town, where you'll find all the high street banks, small independent shops and an open air market every Wednesday.

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