In the north west of Snowdonia, riverside Beddgelert is arguably the camping capital of the national park with all of the top attractions of the area within easy range. Whether it's climbing Snowdon, driving out to the Llŷn Peninsula, riding a steam train on the Welsh Highland Railway or admiring Cwm Llan waterfall, this tiny mountain town is within reach of it all and then some. So grab the tent and get going!
Beddgelert on the western edge of Snowdonia National Park is a fantastic base for a camping or glamping holiday. Pitch up near here and you’re in the heart of the national park with some of its biggest attractions close at hand and the beautiful west Welsh coast not far away either. You’ll also have the convenience of the village shops and eateries nearby. With limited light pollution, the area is a Dark Skies Reserve which means it’s great for star-gazing too. What more do you need for a great camping or glamping holiday in Beddgelert? A decent camping or glamping site helps - and that’s where we come in. There are plenty of camping and glamping sites in this outdoor lovers’ paradise but we select only the very best ones for the Hipcamp collection. We’ve sought out campsites which offer something special - whether that’s back-to-basics camping in an unbeatable location or top-notch glamping accommodation. Sometimes it’s both! We’ve found our favourite pitches, bell tents, yurts, shepherds’ huts and more in a bid to bring you a collection of the coolest camping in Beddgelert and the surrounding area.
During a camping holiday in Beddgelert, or nearby, the village itself is well worth a mooch around. With a few pubs and eateries, a handful of little gift shops and a picturesque setting at the confluence of the Colwyn and Glaswyn Rivers, it’ll have you reaching for the camera for sure. You can read the story of how the place got its name at a statue erected in memory of Prince Llewelyn’s legendary hound, Gelert and you can hop aboard the Welsh Highland Railway at it’s Beddgelert Station. Just outside town is the Sygun Copper Mine where you can don a hard hat and set off on a self-guided tour of the tunnels. But if you’re staying in Beddgelert, it’s likely that it’s the scenery of the national park that you’ve come to see and immerse yourself in. Luckily there’s a national park information centre in the village that can help you set off on the right track - whether it’s walking, climbing, caving, coasteering or sightseeing that you’re interested in. Many visitors to Beddgelert have peak-bagging in mind and are preparing to make a summit attempt on Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain at 1,085 metres high. There are several well-trodden routes up the mountain with the Watkin Path and the Rhyd Ddu Path setting off closest to Beddgelert. The Watkins Path, which takes you past the Cwm Llan Waterfall, is thought to be one of the most challenging routes, the path from Rhy Ddu is a little easier. If your knees are quaking at the prospect of the eight-mile round trip, how about heading 15 miles north to Llanberis. From here, you can approach the mountain from the other side on an easier path or even hop aboard the Snowdon Mountain Railway to reach the top. And after all that walking, how about a trip to the seaside to relax and perhaps take a cooling dip in the sea? Porthmadog is the closest place to reach the coast, just eight miles down the road, with vast Black Rock Sands nearby. The beautiful beach-lined Llyn Peninsula is also nearby.
In the north west of Snowdonia, riverside Beddgelert is arguably the camping capital of the National Park with all of the top attractions – Snowdon, the Welsh Highland Railway, the Llŷn Peninsula, to name but a few – within easy reach.