Graig Wen

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Barmouth

  • 10m + spacing between camping pitches
  • Staggered timeslots for showers
  • Distance markers for shower/toilets queues
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Daily deep cleaning of common areas
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Succumb to the tranquil hills of Graig Wen. Smart, sustainable and quite simply, lush.

Situated in the south-west corner of the Snowdonia National Park, there’s no doubt that Graig Wen enjoys one of the best campsite locations in the whole of Wales. Set among some 45 acres of its own wild woods and meadows, and with amazing views over the Mawddach Estuary curling down to Cardigan Bay below, this established spot plays host to happy campers and ample wildlife alike. It’s not surprising, then, that it has won the Green Snowdonia Award for ‘Most Sustainable Campsite’, along with a clutch of other gongs, including ‘The Best Camping and Glamping Site’ according to Go North Wales. Yet for all the awards, Graig Wen remains a wonderfully peaceful and unpretentious spot to stay.

At the heart of the campsite’s success is its owners’ paired passion to constantly improve the site while preserving its wild nature. To accompany their small collection of touring pitches, Sarah and John have hand-built two yurts from ash trees found on the land, kitting them out with quirky furniture and textiles, while two more pop-up yurts have been designed to move around the site depending on the season (closer to loos, showers and the comforts of electricity in winter). As recently as 2019 they added a cute new shepherd’s hut and there’s also a small holiday cottage.

For tent campers, however, the real highlight here is found down a short but steep track. Below the year-round touring site, several fields run right up to the edge of the estuary, available to pitch in from May to September. There’s a spacious family field, nearest to the parking, as well as more secluded spots with enticing names like Ash Corner, Mawddach View and Wild Cherry. Campfires are allowed and there’s ample space to go around, with enough choice for every camper to find the right amount of views, shelter, space or isolation, to suit their taste. In keeping with its award-winning status, Graig Wen’s well-maintained facilities are always spick and span, with hot showers and sparkling toilets. Viewing benches overlooking the Mawddach Estuary offer the best seat in the house come sunset o’clock – especially given Snowdonia’s ‘International Dark Sky Reserve’ status – and a simple camp shop stocks local ales and other essentials.

If you want to explore the campsite’s various streams and stretches of woodland, there’s an engaging geocache trail, which also subtly teaches you about the area’s slate-mining heritage along the way. More intrepid explorers, meanwhile, can tackle Cader Idris – the spectacular mountain at the back of Graig Wen. It’s the highest peak in southern Snowdonia but the crowds tend to be much smaller than on the summit of famous Snowdon in the north. According to legend, if you spend the night on the summit, you’ll come down a poet. Or a madman.

From a gate at the bottom of the campsite you can also cycle all the way to the beaches at Fairbourne or Barmouth without ever seeing a road, and virtually the entire route to Dolgellau in the other direction is road-free, too. It’s a fitting way to get around from the campsite; a place where cars belong safely in the car park and nature, in all its glory, takes centre stage.

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Facilities

Test your animal-spotting skills – owls, nightjars, glow-worms, badgers and kingfishers are all in residence here. There are a couple of ropeswings, plenty of trees to climb, occasional wildlife walks and bikes to hire. In the car-free lower field you must park a few hundred meters away. Drop off service available 2 - 4pm and on morning of check out. Wheelbarrows provided to move your kit. 2 new unisex showers on lower tent camping fields plus more on the upper touring van site and one just for glampers. Electric hook-ups (£4 per night). Campfires allowed on lower fields and communal camp fire for touring site (bag of logs £5). Hire bikes at Dolgellau Cycles (0044 1341 423332) call for prices.

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.

Opening Times

The top 'touring' campsite is open all year. Yurts are available all year except briefly in January and February. The lower camping fields open from May–end of September.

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The Owner Says

Our self catering holiday accommodation in Snowdonia National Park, near Barmouth and Dolgellau, North Wales is in an exceptional location. Overlooking the Mawddach Estuary, one of the most beautiful in Wales, the views are breathtaking. Step straight onto the scenic Mawddach cycle Trail from our camping field. The mountains are all around, with sandy beaches, castles, steam trains, zip lines and bike trails close by. Whether you prefer a cottage, cosy yurt or sleeping under the stars, Graig Wen offers you a range of quality accommodation.

Our small, tranquil campsite has direct access to the beautiful Mawddach Estuary. There’s a sheltered area with electric hook ups for 10 vans or smaller tents near the showers and our holiday cottages. If you really want to get away from it all, go wild and pitch your tent down near the estuary to star gaze around a camp fire. Dogs on leads welcome.

For family glamping adventures and romantic retreats you can also hideaway in one of our four pet-friendly yurts. You’ll be blown away by the views, scenery and seclusion…but have a bit of comfort too!

In recent years we are proud to have featured in The Guardian’s 10 Best Glamp sites, The Times' Coolest Places to Camp, The Independent’s 10 Best Luxury Coast Camp sites, as well as Country Living Magazine and many more.

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Social Distancing Measures

Although our brains are working overtime on this and we have the luxury of space, with less than 30 pitches and glamping spread over 40 acres of land here, we are waiting for official government guidance before confirming our new measures and taking any new summer bookings. The good news is we have plenty of availability so please go to our web site and join our mailing list to be the first to know when we can open for July and August bookings.

If we can re-open a reduced number of pitches for tent camping, we have plenty of space if campers wish to bring their own toilet/shower tent and we have facilities for emptying chemical toilets.

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Accommodation

10 hard electric pitches and two grass pitches on the top touring site and 18 grass pitches in the lower camping fields (three with parking). Plus four yurts, a shepherd’s hut, holiday cottages and B&B rooms available.

Jones the Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
A unique, beautifully crafted Shepherd’s Hut to sleep two in style or squeeze in a young family.

Idris Pop-Up Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
A glamping escape in wild Snowdonia for couples and families seeking adventure with creature comforts. Kitted out with a proper double bed with a thick mattress and two single sofa beds.

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Getting There

Turn off the A470 Dolgellau bypass onto the A493 signposted Tywyn/ Fairbourne. The campsite is exactly 4.5 miles from this point so set your tripometer! As you near it the road narrows and the site is on the brow of a slight hill on the right hand side. If approaching from Fairbourne direction on A493, drive through Arthog, past the quarry and look for a sign saying "Concealed entrance" on the left - that's Graig Wen. Sat nav works with postcode LL39 1YP. 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.

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