Grass tent Pitch & Park (lower field)

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Barmouth Graig Wen

  • Sleeps 5 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
  • Dogs Allowed
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, 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.