Bell Tent

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Barmouth Graig Wen

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 2 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Pet Friendly

  • Bed Linen Not Included
Secluded bell tent for wild adventures

The Owner Says

Our bell tent in Snowdonia National Park is for hire from late July until mid September. The bell tent is suitable for adults and older children seeking an active, wild adventure.  The spacious and robust bell tent is pitched in a secluded spot at the far end of the valley on our lower tent camping fields. You camp in a private area with your own camp fire and a simple outdoor camp kitchen. The canvas tent sleeps 2 – 4 people and comes kitted out with a proper double bed and mattress and two camp beds. There’s floor matting and rugs but you will need to bring your own bedding/sleeping bags. In the adjacent gazebo tent there’s a camping gas cooker, cooking utensils, cool box, wash stand and picnic table. There’s also a couple of camping chairs to use. Simple lighting and a lantern are provided. Just bring bedding, food and enjoy a very special corner of Snowdonia National Park…

There is a simple but clean compost loo a less than a minute’s walk away shared with other campers. There also also hot showers a few minutes walk away across a couple of fields.   Please be aware that this pitch is secluded and you will be parking about 400 metres from your vehicle. We are usually around to offer guests a lift from the car parking area with their kit to the bell tent if you arrive between 2 and 4pm. Outside of these times wheelbarrows are provided to take your stuff across the meadows.

The bell tent is off grid but we can charge up battery packs (but not phones) in reception where there is also a wifi point. There's 4G coverage around the site.

If you prefer a little more luxury closer to the washing facilities which can park next to, then our yurts or shepherd’s hut might suit you better.  PLEASE NOTE LAST CHECK IN IS 6.45PM due to the location of the bell tent. We will not accept any arrivals for the bell tent after dusk – please plan accordingly or you will be asked to arrive the next morning.

The bell tent is perfect if you fancy travelling light and trying a car-free holiday. It’s easy to get to Graig Wen and get around on public transport. We can usually arrange to collect you from the local train station at Morfa Mawddach or provide a taxi number. You can pre-order  freshly baked croissants.

Dogs on leads are welcome.

Please check out the web page on Graig Wen's own web site for more photos and details.

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About Graig Wen

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, glampers, dogs, cyclists/mountain bikers, walkers, trail runners – 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. Castell y Bere is an atmospheric ruined castle which is great for exploring. Graig Wen is in one of the darkest parts of the Snowdonia Dark Skies Reserve so the star gazing can be awesome. Walk from the site to Arthog waterfalls and up to the stunning Cregennan Lakes.

Food & Drink

Good pub grub at The George III Hotel (01341 422525) 5 minutes drive or an hour' and half's delightful walk along the estuary cycle trail. Locally produced lamb, beef and fish can be enjoyed outside in view of the estuary. 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 and vegan options available.  Mawddach Neapolitan Pizzas are now serving up the best pizzas this side of Naples to enjoy over fabulous views of Cader Idris. Head to the Celtic Cabin on Barmouth Prom for the most amazing street food. Graig Wen's new guest app gives you the inside track on the latest pop-up places to eat and drink as well as locals' favourites.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

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Back to nature

This campsite really helps to get away from it all but also provides useful amenities such as the honesty shop to make your stay comfortable. We had one of the pitches you could park your car next to which was convenient for us. I loved the fire pit on our pitch!! Every campsite should have these and the marshmallows in the shop helped. There are only 2 showers on site right at the top, I'd imagine it's a bit of a trek from the lower pitches but that's part of the charm. We didn't have to queue which was good. We wanted to hire a bike to bike from dollegeleu to barmouth but unfortunately the bike shop in dollegeleu had sold out. I would advise taking your own if possible. Would like to do more walking next time we come!
Jun 9, 2015 by Katie
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Honeymoon destination

We stayed at Graig Wen for the first part of our honeymoon. We were in the caban - a wooden cabin with a wood burning stove and cooking facilities inside. It was lovely, despite the rotten weather we had. Cosy and warm, comfortable futon, lovely light from the glass window in the centre of the ceiling, and good facilities to cook from. The view was limited due to fog but on the first day when we arrived in sunshine, just a walk down the hill gave stunning views (when the fog lifted!) of the wonderful Mawddach Valley. The showers were very good - free, and with lots of those useful little things like plenty of hooks to put clothes and towel on, space to change without everything getting wet, and a mirror and shelf for lenses or make up. Loos were spotless and washing up either outside or inside - could have done with a bit of light on the indoor sinks but not a problem. Lovely small site, very friendly, great shop with local maps and produce and a separate honesty shop. The area is stunning - we cycled the Mawddach Trail to Barmouth, enjoyed Dolgellau and a trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology, white water rafting at Bala. Weather wasn't good enough for Snowdon but another time.
Apr 3, 2014 by Liz RH

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.