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Ysgubor Wen Eco Camping

· Caernarfon, Wales
5 acres
9 units
9 Tent
Camping for grown ups with views of Snowdonia and the sea

Ysgubor Wen Eco Camping is a gem of a campsite between the mountains of Snowdonia and the sea. And you don’t need to take our word for it either. It was actually some of the site’s first Hipcampers who called it a gem—just check out the glowing reviews. But we couldn’t put it better ourselves. This place really is a gem for couples and solo campers who like to be surrounded by nature rather than neighbours when they’re staying under canvas. If you have kids or a caravan in tow, however, you’ll have to go elsewhere as this place is reserved for tents and adults only.

It’s also designed to appeal to those who don’t mind going back to basics. Each of the site’s nine pitches are off grid and tucked away among the trees or long meadow grasses of a private five-acre nature reserve. And despite the generous ratio of space per camper; pitch sizes are kept sustainably small. Here, campers are asked to respect the on-going conservation project—the work of 30 years. That means pitching small tents to fit in among the trees and grass and scrub rather than taming the wild to make way for larger tents. The eco-friendly ethos is carried through to the facilities which are also designed to be low impact; two compost loos, a simple washing-up sink and no showers.

Pitches here are far from uniform, each has its own character and different views. Some offer a window on what you can do around here. Tree Pitch One, for example, has views of both Snowdon and the sea. The mountain, should you wish to follow the well-trodden paths to the summit, is ten miles west of here. And, of course, there are plenty of other climbs, walks and sightseeing options within Snowdonia National Park, whose edge is five short miles away. The sea is even closer. The location of this wild-ish campsite is at the top of the lovely Llŷn Peninsula and the closest beach, a pebble one, is just a mile away. A sandy one is 10 minutes’ drive and the town of Caernarfon with its castle is not much further than that.

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Caernarfon, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Jane S.Joined in May 2022
12 Ratings · 5 reviews
Lucy P.recommends
September 1, 2022
Ysgubor Wen Eco Camping
What an absolute gem!
Idyllic setting with views of both the mountains and the sea, a wonderfully peaceful few days away. There are only 9 pitches in the entire site, all of which are completely separate and obscured from each other, situated either in a meadow or nestled in a tiny wood. We had some of the quietest, most relaxing days, surrounded by nature and massive skies, without any light pollution at all at night, so could easily spot the Milky Way! Clean facilities, and the nicest compost toilets we've ever seen. The hosts were extremely welcoming and friendly, whilst ensuring we were undisturbed. Already cannot wait to book our next trip! See you next year 😊
James C.recommends
August 22, 2022
Ysgubor Wen Eco Camping
Back to nature campsite
Jane and Mike are amazing hosts that love their place and put a lot of effort into making you love it. If you are looking for a basic back to nature campsite in a lovely place. I would recommend this one. We are already looking into planning our next trip there! There aren't a lot of pitches but both forest and meadow feel private, like you are the only ones there. Compost toilets were clean and even had fresh flowers whatever the time that we went. Also fresh eggs if the chicken feel like it!
Michaela C.recommends
August 15, 2022
Ysgubor Wen Eco Camping
Just what camping is meant to be!
I had a flying visit to Ysgubor Wen Eco Camping - 1 night for 1 person. I met Jane on arrival, who was so wonderful and welcoming. As the sun went down, I sat taking in the surrounding landscape, the sounds of the natural world, the stars popping brighter and brighter, the darker it got. As close to nature you can get and no disturbances from other campers. Perfectly peaceful! Thank you Jane for being a gracious hostess and I am sure I will see you soon with a second booking.
Andrew T.recommends
August 8, 2022
Ysgubor Wen Eco Camping
Very relaxed and beautiful camping
it’s seldom you find somewhere that is how it was described, this campsite was and more so. Beautiful location, lovely spaced out pitches, private and with some secluded. A fire pit and good dry wood was provided at a responsible additional cost. As close as you can get to wild camping with the added luxury of toilets and running water. Hosts Jane and Mike make the stay hassle free. Very friendly and on hand if you need them without intruding. Highly recommend and will definitely go again.
Victoria G.recommends
August 2, 2022
Ysgubor Wen Eco Camping
What a Gem
This campsite isn’t your normal stay in a field with marked out perimeters and close quarters, it has several pitches all beautifully secluded from other campers and is a genuine eco campsite! Jane and Mike were perfect hosts who met us on arrival and were so lovely. These fab hosts made a real effort to welcome not only us but our rescue dog who can be triggered in unknown places. They have pinned their location in Google maps perfectly, follow this and it will take you right to the gate. Say hello to the free range chicks for us when you go stay and this cute little location x wonderful thank you for having us x
From the host
This exclusive adults only 5 acre site was created nearly 30 years ago as a private nature reserve and is a haven for wildlife, having been managed with conservation at the forefront. The site is a mixture of meadows and small managed woodland. This site is perfect for those wanting a quiet, nearly wild camping experience, to truly get back to nature and with very limited light pollution for those amazing big, starry night skies. Ideal for bird watchers and nature lovers. The site has panoramic views of Snowdonia National Park, Snowdon Mountain, surrounding countryside and the sea. All the 9 pitches are private, either cut into the meadows or tucked into the trees. We provide 2 compost toilets and a washing up area. The site operates a no car policy, parking is at the entrance, with wheelbarrows available for camping equipment. Within a mile from the beach, less than 10 miles from the historic castle town of Caernarfon and the Llyn Peninsula. Within easy reach of Snowdonia National Park, forest and mountain walks, climbing, cycle path network and beach activities. Local places to eat and drink: Ty'n Llan - Local community pub, open Wednesdays- Sundays https://tynllan.cymru/?lang=en Pant du - Café bar, open day time https://www.pantdu.co.uk/en/cafe-bar Yr Osaf - Café, open day time https://www.yrorsaf.cymru/en/ Braf - Café, open daily https://www.facebook.com/brafdinasdinlle/ The Surfer Chippy - Fish and Chips, eat in or take out , open daily Tel: 01286 830929
Nearby attractions

Ysgubor Wen Eco Camping is about a mile’s walk from the closest beach at Aberdesach, slightly further if you drive. There are plenty more within a short driving distance including Dinas Dinlle where there’s a large expanse of sand, a good cafe and fish and chips. The campsite is at the top of the Llŷn Peninsula and the Welsh Coastal Path offers great coastal walking too. The impressive, medieval Caernarfon Castle is 10 miles up the coast and worth a visit with the surrounding town offering plenty of shops and eateries. Inland, it’s just five or so miles until the edge of Snowdonia National Park with the base of Snowdon about 10 miles from the campsite. The closest launching route, if you want to climb to its summit, is the Rhyd Ddu path but there are lots of other hiking routes to try if you want to walk a less trodden path. And, if you don’t fancy the walk anyway, there’s always the Snowdon Mountain Railway, one of several to choose from for a relaxed way to see the scenery. Climbing, zip-lining, white water rafting, and all manner of other adventurous options are also on offer in the park with surfing, swimming, watersports and wildlife watching available on the coast.

Food and drink

The Ty'n Llan, a community-owned pub in Llandwrog four miles away, is open Wednesdays to Sundays and serves food. For breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea there’s Pant Du cafe, three miles away, just outside Penygroes. It’s on the site of an orchard and vineyard and on summer weekends, you can join a guided tour and tasting (book in advance). Also in Penygroes is recommended cafe, Yr Osaf. If you’re spending the day on the beach at lovely Dinas Dinlle, try lunch at Braf or The Surfer Chippy for fish and chips.

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