UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Machynlleth

01654 791 227  Gwerniago, Gwerniago Farm, Pennal, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9JX

A fairytale campsite in a beautiful mid-Wales location

It's hard to know what makes the perfect campsite? Is it a tranquil countryside location? A beach nearby? Or just a friendly vibe that welcomes not only campfires but children and dogs, too?

Set in the gorgeous Dovey Valley in Powys, mid-Wales, Gwerniago has all of this and much more, situated in a large field surrounded by oak trees and rocky outcrops, on a farmland that has been farmed by the same family for three generations now. It's a special place, and a working farm, with regular glimpses of farmer Trevor’s sheepdog herding his flock back out to their field and other routine activities. Theere are baskets for campfires, and as wisps of smoke drift skywards and dinner begins to cook, the bustle of urban life seems very far away.

Gwerniago is the sort of the site you want to hang around, with beautiful countryside and walks galore on your doorstep, plus there’s a family-friendly pub in the village, within walking distance down a quiet lane. But it would be a pity to come here and not explore, especially the coast, which is less than 15 minutes' drive away. Choose from the pretty resort of Aberdyfi with its sandy beach and harbour, the long sandy stretch at Tywyn, which is not much further, while the beach at Borth to the south is the longest in Ceredigion and is part of a nature reserve. The quirky, boho market town of Machynlleth is also just three miles away and well worth a visit.



Natural boundaries and mature trees provide plenty of excitement for children to explore and space to run around in. In the evenings Mair takes Sophie the Welsh mountain pony out for rides around the site (£2 a ride). The field’s divided into 3 sections with non-electric grass pitches, grass pitches with electricity and a few hard standings with electrical hook-ups too. A modern wash-block with individual toilets, shower rooms, a family room with shower and bath and a disabled bathroom. Small kitchen with a washing sink and a fridge and freezer unit. Internet is also available. The nearest launderette is 3 miles away in Machynlleth.

Suitable For

Tents and campervans only on the grass pitches. Caravans and Motorhomes will need to contact the site directly to discuss requirements. We cannot accommodate units over 7m in length.


Plenty of seaside activities at Borth, and the visitor centre there (01970 871174) is staffed by friendly ladies. The pebbly beach is great when the weather’s nice. It’s a good spot for low-key surfing, and in summer there are lifeguards. Down the coast is Newquay, with daily cruises to spot dolphins, harbour porpoises and grey Atlantic seals. North of Pennal, CAT (the Centre for Alternative Technology) (01654 705950) is popular with all ages. Grandma’s Garden (Weds & Sun only; 01654 702244), with its arboretum, sculpture park and ‘sight and light/scent and touch’ gardens is worth a visit. There’s an RSPB reserve at Eglwysfach, where you can see red kites and peregrine falcons.

Food & Drink

Try the homity pie at the CAT centre for a meal with a small carbon footprint, and if you’re in Machynlleth, the Quarry Café does local vegetarian food (01654 702624). There’s a nice little coffee shop at Borth (check) called Oriel Tir a Mor Gallery, which has a lovely upstairs room with squashy sofas if the weather is grim. Their cheese omelette makes a delicious lunch after a blustery walk on the beach. Buy dressed crabs a few doors up at Peter George, the butcher, who also does a mean line in homemade sausages. Riverside Hotel, Pennal within walking distance.



Family Friendly

Is it a pirate castle? Or a soldier's battalion? A fairy glen? Or a princess's tower? Don't tell the kids, but it's actually a rocky outcrop protruding from the camping field that they'll just love playing on. Making this the perfect place to play out a childhood dream.


£15 per grass pitch, £19 for electric (both include 2 people and a car). Extra adults £5 per night, £3 for children (2–16yrs). Larger groups should ring in advance. Cheaper rates for solo hikers and families available, please contact site for details.


Campers can choose their own spot on arrival, selecting from standard grass pitch and with-electric pitch.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 5 Available
Non electric grass pitches are not marked out so campers can enjoy choosing their own spot on arrival.

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Gwerniago, Gwerniago Farm, Pennal, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9JX

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Getting There

Turn right by the clock in Machynlleth, over the bridge, then immediately left. Follow that road for 2 miles on the Aberdyfi road. You will see a site sign on the left-hand side. Take that road and the site is the first farm on the right. Take a train to Machynlleth (3 miles away from the site) and hop on irregular bus no. 29 (towards Tywyn), which will stop at the bottom of the lane to Gwerniago. Otherwise, take a taxi from the station.


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