Graig Wen

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd

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 unsurprising, 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' by Go North Wales. Yet for all those certificates, Graig Wen remains a wonderfully peaceful and unpretentious spot to stay.

At the heart of the campsite's success is the owners' passion to constantly improve the site, whilst simultaneously preserving its wild nature. To accompany the grassy camping pitches, Sarah and John have hand-built two bespoke 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 time). There's also a cute wooden 'caban' with a rather Scandinavian feel – its glazed walls provide magnificent views but can be shuttered when needed – plus a bell tent available in summer and a holiday cottage. Really, across the campsite, every possible type of visitor is covered.

In keeping with the award-winning status, Graig Wen's well-maintained facilities are kept spick and span, with hot showers and sparkling ablutions. Viewing benches overlooking Mawddach Estuary offer the best seat in the house at sunset o’clock – especially given Snowdonia’s ‘Dark Skies’ status – and a simple camp shop stocks local ales and other essentials; you can also book breakfast hampers and chilled bubbly for arrival. The pitches themselves are also positioned to suit most tastes, with space for tourers and tents as well as all the glamping options, and campfires permitted in fire pits.

A geocache trail provides a way of exploring the site’s woods and streams, and learning a bit about the area’s slate-mining heritage. More intrepid explorers, meanwhile, can tackle Cader Idris – the spectacular mountain at the back of Graig Wen, where the crowds tend to be much smaller than you get on the summit of Snowdon. According to legend, if you spend the night on the top of Cader, you’ll come down a poet or, yes, a madman. You can cycle all the way to Fairbourne beach or Barmouth without even seeing a road, and virtually the entire route to Dolgellau in the other direction is road-free, too. In addition to the cycle track, there’s another family cycling path, plus more challenging mountain-bike trails at nearby Coed-y-Brenin.

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The campsite 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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