Camping in Snowdon, North Wales, UK

Wales is a delightful place to visit and one of the best and most economical ways to enjoy the country is to go camping there. Here are five of the best campsites.

1. Caerfai Bay Caravan & Tent Park

In West Wales, the Caerfai Bay Caravan & Tent Park in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, is situated on the cliff top overlooking Caerfai Bay and is just the proverbial stone’s throw from the beach. There are opportunities for boat cruises, canoeing, kayaking, dolphin- and whale-watching tours and snorkelling. For those with an interest in history, there is a chance to explore the many castles, hill forts and other ancient monuments for which Pembrokeshire is famous. Caerfai Bay campsite is open between March and November and provides hot showers and toilets, internet access, laundry and telephone services and a farm shop just 100 yards away.

2. Pilbach Holiday Park

A little further north, in Newcastle Emlyn, Ceredigion, the Pilbach Holiday Park is set 15 acres of parkland and is particularly popular with families because of its modern facilities and varied on-site entertainment. In addition to the usual basic facilities, the Pilbach campsite offers a bar and restaurant, an amusement arcade, a play area and a heated swimming pool. Entertainment available throughout the year includes bingo, cabaret and karaoke. The award-winning beach at Aberport is just three miles away and there’s plenty to see and do in the immediate area of the campsite.

3. Cenarth Falls Holiday Park

Also in Newcastle Emlyn, the Cenarth Falls Holiday Park is smaller, covering just two acres of grassland, but lacks nothing in terms of amenities and facilities. In fact, the site boasts a five-star rating from Visit Wales among its many accolades. On-site facilities include a health club with a bar and restaurant, indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna, children’s playground, games room and laundrette. There’s also live entertainment every weekend. Guests who prefer peace and quiet can visit the historical village of Cenarth and its waterfall, Cenarth Falls, only a short walk away. The Cenarth Falls campsite is open between March and November.

4. Gwern Gof Isaf Campsite

In the North Wales borderlands, Gwern Gof Isaf Campsite in Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, is part of a 750-acre farm belonging to the National Trust. The campsite is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and, with the National Mountain Centre just two miles away, presents opportunities for climbing, mountain biking, pony trekking and walking among other outdoor activities. Gwern Gof Isaf campsite is open all year round and facilities include hot showers, washrooms and toilets, plus areas for chemical-toilet disposal and washing up.

5. Llyn Gwynant Campsite

Elsewhere in Snowdonia, the Llyn Gwynant Campsite in Nant Gwynant provides a back-to-basics camping experience for those with caravans, motor homes or tents. The site itself is relatively small, with a maximum of 15 caravans or motor homes allowed even on bank holidays and it doesn’t provide electrical hook-ups. Nevertheless, the site is lively between June and September and often frequented by school parties during those months. The river that runs through the site provides opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and swimming and, electricity aside, Llyn Gwynant provides all the basic facilities that you’d expect to find in a modern campsite. The site is open between Easter and November.

This article was contributed by Lloyd, a freelance blogger and writer, on behalf of North Wales Borderlands.

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