UK Wales Mid Wales Powys Machynlleth

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Leave it to your kids’ imagination when it comes to this site. Rocky outcrops and magical valleys. It’s a proper fairytale of a site.

What makes the perfect campsite? A peaceful farmland location? A nearby beach? Or friendly folk who are happy with campfires, children and dogs?

Gwerniago is all of these things and a lot more besides. Set in the pretty Dovey Valley, its large field is divided by the natural boundaries of oak and rocky outcrop. The family have farmed here for three generations now, so camping here gives you a great insight into a farmer’s working life. Arrive at tea time and you might see farmer Trevor’s sheepdog herding his flock back out to their field, with Trevor opening gates ahead of them on his quad bike.

The owner's will lend you baskets for campfires, which dot the site. As wisps of smoke drift skywards and marshmallows bubble in the heat, the hustle and bustle of urban life seems a long way away; it’d be all too easy to spend several days here without feeling the need to leave the site at all.

But that might be a shame, as the beach and little harbour at Aberdyfi is less than a 15-minute drive north, and there’s also Borth to the south. There’s even a family-friendly pub in the village, within walking distance down a quiet lane.

You can’t really ask for much more than that, can you?



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



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.

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The Owner Says

Gwerniago campsite is located in the heartland of Mid Wales, at the most southern point of the Snowdonia National Park. Gwerniago is a family run working farm run by a Welsh speaking family. The campsite is situated on the edge of Pennal village in the beautiful unspoilt Dyfi (Dovey) Valley.


Campers can enjoy choosing their own spot on arrival, whether it be a standard grass pitch or with electric.

Grass Pitch

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

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Contact 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 little road and the site is the first farm on the right. Take a train to Machynlleth (3 miles away from the site) then you can 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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