Grass tent Pitch & Park (lower field)

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Barmouth Graig Wen

  • Sleeps 5 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
  • Pet Friendly
Park next to your pitch with wonderful views across the valley. One tent and one car only ( no vans). Car must be booked as an extra. Tents no wider than 5.5 metres.

The Owner Says

You can park your car next to your tent on our 3 Park and Pitch pitches which overlook the family field and mountains beyond.  Please contact us if you have a particularly large family tent to make sure it will fit on the area we have levelled for each of the 3 pitches you can park next to.

In addition to the 3 Park and Pitch pitches, you can choose from 14 other pitches to book in our car-free areas in sheltered glades, secret meadows or high on a bluff overlooking the estuary. The lower camping fields suit those looking for a back to nature camping experience who don't mind a bit of an up and down walk to the car-park, our clean compost loos and shower trailer, or a steeper walk to the conventional loos and showers on the caravan/camper van part of the site.

You can have a camp fire and there is a fire pit next to each pitch but there are no electric hook ups on the lower fields. The meadows and wild woods are crossed by streams and dry stone walls and campers are surrounded by unspoilt scenery and wildlife. Your neighbours will be owls and woodpeckers! A great camping experience for grown-ups with a spirit of adventure and families with older children.

You get plenty of space for exploring as there are just 17 tent pitches on the lower fields spread across over 40 acres.  In addition to the 3 pitches you can park next to, there are 6 Estuary Field pitches which are slightly closer together and have some of the best views.  These Estuary field pitches are best suited to adults or families with older children who will enjoy the tranquil, chilled out atmosphere. The 5 Family Field pitches are ideal for families with large tents and those with younger children - although outside peak times you might have this area to yourself.  The family field has plenty of space to kick a ball around with more room between the large, flat pitches.  We also have 3 Super-Secluded pitches which are the longest walk from the car park and facilities, but the most private.

Vehicle access for all campers on the tent fields is via a steep track so this area is not suitable for vans of any kind which are not permitted (even if you are not using a camper van to sleep in) - camper vans are welcome on our upper touring site. Most of the lower tent camping fields are car free and our car park has very limited parking.  If you are coming by car there is a one off vehicle charge to park one car (no vans remember!) in the camper's car park at the bottom of the steep track.  The longer you stay, the cheaper it is.  If you arrive between 2 and 4pm we are usually around to offer you a complimentary lift with your kit to your pitch on our quad vehicle. We also do our best to be available with the quad to help you with a lift back to your car the morning you check out.  We also provide plenty of wheelbarrows to help you move your kit to your pitch - but be warned it can be a long uphill walk if you have loads of kit!

We allocate pitches during busy periods but at quiet times you are welcome to choose your own pitch when you get here.  We are strictly limited by planning regulations regarding which places tents can pitch so if your are coming with friends in another tent please let us know so we can try and pitch you near each other.

There is direct access to the Mawddach Trail bike and footpath from the fields.

  • responsibly managed campfires allowed  - logs for sale on site
  • 2 compost toilets on lower fields with more conventional WCS  a walk up the steep track on upper touring site
  • new shower trailer on lower field with more a walk up the steep track on upper touring site
  • drinking water tap near estuary field and washing up water tap near family feilds
  • pre-order breakfast croissant on site for collection
  • strictly one tent and one car per pitch only

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About Graig Wen

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, glampers, dogs, cyclists/mountain bikers, walkers – in fact it’s hard to think of anyone who wouldn’t enjoy Graig Wen.

Nearby

Cadair Idris (892 metres) - clambering up the mountain is a great local option and the Pony Path makes is family friendly.  Alternatively walk straight off the camp site along the stunning (and flat) waterside Mawddach Trail to the seaside treats of Barmouth. Go crabbing or visit Knickerbockers ice-cream parlour. As well as the cycle track along the estuary to the Fairbounre beach, there’s mountain-bike routes for all abilities, at nearby Coed-y-Brenin (01341 440747), around 5 miles north of Dolgellau. Head north to Llechwedd Slate Caverns where Zip World (01248 601444) is hugely popular. Over 8km of wires are strung throughout the mountains providing a truly unique areal experience. Slightly more theme park-like, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, on the A487 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth (01654 761584) is an attraction themed around ancient myths and legends. Every third Sunday of the month Dolgellau holds a Farmer's Market.

Food & Drink

The owners sell eggs, ice cream, marshmallows and breakfast hampers in high season (local bacon, sausages, bread, juice) for £30. Stock up on local produce and tasty treats at the Country Market on Thursday mornings, or the Farmer’s Market on the third Sunday of every month, both in Dolgellau. Down at Fairbourne, the unassuming Indiana Cuisine (01341250891) is a pleasant surprise. South Indian specialities are created with colour and flourish from fresh ingredients and traditional home recipes. Plenty of non-spicy options available. Good pub grub at The George III Hotel (01341 422525) 5 minutes drive or an hour's delightful walk along the estuary cycle trail. Locally produced lamb, beef and fish can be enjoyed outside in view of the estuary.

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Location

Graig Wen is located at Graig Wen Campsite, Arthog, Nr Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL39 1YP

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Getting There

On the road between Dolgellau and Fairbourne. Turn off the A470 Dolgellau bypass and take the A493, signposted Tywyn/Fairbourne. A mile and half before Arthog village you’ll spot a post box on your right, and the site is 200 metres on from that, on the right.

Morfa Mawddach railway station about 2 miles from site, accessible by foot/cycle path or bus. Sarah and John encourage public transport and can arrange pick-up from station for £10. Buses run between Aberystwyth/ Machynlleth and Dolgellau. Ask the driver to drop you off at Graig-Wen between Penmaenpool and Arthog. Buses and trains: Traveline Cymru 0871 200 2233.