Let us not beat about the bush – this campsite scores on the old ‘location, location, location’ chestnut, in a beautiful spot sandwiched between the beach and the mountains on the Llyn Peninsula, 10 miles south of Caernarfon. Negotiating a steep, narrow lane to the site, past the bumbling stream by the amenities block, feels like you are descending into a secret valley within the mountains. Drive past a covered games room and the owners’ lovely house, past rows of white tourers and down to a joyous coastal ‘Beach Field’, a grassy patch so close to the sea as to be virtually in it. It can only be accessed by small vehicles and features 16 pitches with seven electric hook-ups.
Both grassy tiers of the campsite sharply meet the rugged coastline, where there is a tiny, partly sandy, wild beach full of rockpools to explore. Braver swimmers might attempt a quick dip – wild swimming is all part of Aberafon’s package – but there are sandier swimming beaches along the peninsula. There is even a slipway to launch your sailing boat from, should you happen to carry one with you. Bringing canoes and kayaks is a better bet, or you can try wakeboarding at the local sporting venue, Glasfryn Park, near Pwllheli. Then of course, there’s walking on the coastal path or up into the hills behind. Co-owner Hugh has regularly jumped off nearby Gyrn Goch mountain, which overlooks the campsite, strapped to a paraglider. If you’re feeling equally adventurous, sign up with the local paragliding school. Otherwise, just let the kids safely enjoy their seaside surroundings: happy kids make happy parents, after all.
So how best to describe the charm of Aberafon? Great location? Superb situation? Or how about astonishing situation in a great location?
Campfires permitted on the beach, wood available to buy. Clean but basic facilities – 1 shower/toilet block, with 13 toilets, 6 showers (3 male/femal), 4 urinals. Laundry facilities, dishwasher, ice-pack freezing, hook-ups at some pitches, TV and pool room. Onsite shop for daily essentials, open summer holiday only. BBQs permitted off the ground.
Families, tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes. Groups – no.
All sorts happening near by, including historic and rather quaint little town of Caernarfon, with its awesome castle (01286 677617), the Welsh Highland Railway steams from Caernarfon (01286 677018) all the way to Porthmadog through the mountains. The atmospheric Llechwedd Slate Caverns (01766 83036) are a must-see, whilst Penrhyn Castle at Bangor (01248 353084) is decadence on a massive scale. A bit nearer is the eccentric Caernarfon Airworld Museum (01286 830800). Cycle and walking tracks lead from the site to Clynnogfawr and Trefor, and bikes can be delivered (01753 798902; www.velovert.co.uk). The soft play and ten-pin bowling at Glas Fryn Park near Pwllheli is a wet-weather option, and they have go-karting, archery and wakeboarding activities too (01766 810202).
Food & Drink
The nearest supermarket is a mile away in Clynnog Fawr. Drive across the peninsula and treat yourself to some fine dining at the Plas Bodegroes (01758 612363) in Pwllheli.
Easter – end September.
65 pitches overall, for tents and tourers. 40 hook- ups.
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Regular bus service (0871 200 22 33) less than ½ mile away to/from Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Pwllheli, and Nefyn.
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