Gyfyng Smallholding

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Porthmadog

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets per camping pitch
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Magical, off-grid, riverside campsite on a private smallholding in Snowdonia

There's more than one story behind this magical, pop-up, off-grid riverside campsite in Snowdonia — and the space and seclusion to unravel its mysteries and revel in the surroundings. Looking for a different way of life, long-time documentary-maker Max has set up two 'almost wild' camping pitches on his 31-acre smallholding in the glorious valley of Cwm Pennant, beloved of walkers and mountain-bikers. Here, in your own slice of riverside heaven, in the shelter of ancient, moss-covered walls, you get a place to engage in your own back-to-nature adventure — and, who knows, create a different kind of holiday story.

The set-up for each pitch is simple — a spacious bell tent on-site, grass space for another tent or two if you like, a hammock and a fire pit, and a Robinson Crusoe-style cookhouse that's far better equipped than you might at first expect. There's no glam in this camping — unless you count the tea-light chandelier in the largest bell tent — but it's cosy, rustic, and entirely in keeping with the surroundings. You share a couple of nearby compost loos, and an electric shower up by the farmhouse, which is suitable given that the total capacity on the smallholding is just ten campers. Water comes from the crystal-clear river, which you're asked to treat with respect — which means you can swim in it (it's refreshing or, as some might say, freezing cold), but only without wearing sunscreen.

And what else will you do in this quiet, calm, remote corner of Snowdonia? River-scrambling, sheltered woodland picnics, or a clamber up the hill for a sunset sundowner, just for starters. There are pigs and chickens to meet, while Max has plans to create veg gardens and wildflower meadows and run artisan craft workshops in the future. In good weather, and with the right gear, you can hike straight into the mountains from the site, or at least walk as far as the head of the valley — considered one of the most beautiful in Wales — for stunning views of Ynys Môn (Anglesea) and Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon). Further afield and action-adventure Snowdonia is close to hand, from zip wires and bike trails to wild swims and mountain ascents.

But probably, for much of the time, you'll do as Max intended, which is to soak up the gentle vibes from the babbling river and shady woodland and enjoy the solitude. This peaceful, unspoiled retreat brought him here from London in the first place and charmed him into staying, and there's no guarantee it won't work the same magic on you.



There are two compost toilets at the top of the camping field and a basic hot shower available at the stables next to the farmhouse.

Suitable For

As there are just two pitches the site is suited to people who are happy to be truly secluded and peaceful, to those who enjoy wild-swimming, and hiking in the nearby mountains. We have a few "No's". No loud music, no campervans, no caravans, no dogs, no swimming with sunscreen on, no cars in the camping field - it's a short walk (with a handcart for your luggage) from the car drop of point to the camping field. 


There is so much to do just on the smallholding. Come and say hello to the pigs, cats and chickens down at the farm, explore the riverside scramble, upriver from the campsite. Take a hamper-full for the perfect secluded picnic by the river in the woods, or when the sun leaves the campsite leave your pot stewing on some embers while you head for the hilltop viewpoint to watch the shadows fall across the bowl of Cwm Dwyfor at the head of Cwm Pennant. We are looking to introduce a kiln and some pottery wheels too!

In Cwm Pennant you can hike up to the Nantlle ridge or Moel Hebog, take you bike to explore the valley, buy a fishing permit and try your luck in the river or explore the many disused and abandoned slate and copper mines that dot the landscape.

Also, beyond the many treasures of Cwm Pennant, the wonderful and varied beaches of the LLyn Peninsula, Harlech and Barmouth are within easy reach as are many parts of Snowdonia. Take the world's fastest zip wire, ride the fantastic Festiniog Steam Railway through the spectacular landscape or re-visit 1970's TV memories with a visit to Portmeirion - the surreal faux Italian folly / village that was the setting of "The Prisoner". Buy a permit and fish the lower reaches of the river Dwyfor for sea trout and salmon (when the river level is right) or head out to sea for mackerel and sea bass. Or just recharge your energies by the river, cook in the cook house, rest in a hammock and let the nature around you work its magic.

Food & Drink

The Goat Pub, Garndolbenmaen / Tyr a Mor, Criccieth, Allports fish and Chips Portmadog.



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The Owner Says

Gyfyng Smallholding is thirty-one acres of river bank, woodland, open sheep grazing fields and a small upland saddle with views out to the sea and up the mesmerising Cwm Pennant skirted by Moel Hebog and the Nantlle Ridge. We are just starting out this year and just launching with two beautiful pitches. Each one takes a maximum of 5 people  but there's a 10% discount if there's just two of you!.  Each pitch is built against the mossy, old stone walls that border the crystal clear waters of Arfon Dwyfor.  Each pitch has a bell tent, space for your own tent(s) a sheltered cookhouse with gas ring, tables and benches, a fire pit. The cookhouse are fully equipped with gas rings, pots pans, a kettle, cups, cutlery, plates & bowls, colanders, bottle openers etc.  There's even tea and coffee on the house! Just bring your own pillows, duvets / sleeping bags.  Everything else is here!

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Two camping pitches available, for a maximum of five people at each pitch.

Paulo's Pitch - Bell tent

Pre-pitched tent Sleeps 5
We have a beautiful bell tent from India at Paulo's Pitch which sleeps 2-4. The beautifully patterned double-lining on this magical tent keeps it nice and dark on bright sunny mornings so you'll be able to have a lie-in. We can add in a "blow-up" bell-tent to this pitch if you need a bit more space ... maybe for the kids?

Olimpio's Pitch - Sleeps 5

Pre-pitched tent Sleeps 5
Olimpio's pitch has a 7-meter bell tent - big enough for the whole group.

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Contact Gyfyng Smallholding, Cyfyng, Cwm Pennant, Garndolbenmaen, Gwynedd LL51 9AX

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Getting There

Gyfyng Directions


Cwm pennant



LL51 9AX


Set your Sat Nav for LL51 9AX - it will probably take you past my smallholding which you will see down to your left next to the river if you go too far.


After you have skirted around Porthmadog you will find yourself of the A487 heading to Caernarfon.

 After passing through the village of Penmorfa carry on the A487 for 3 or 4 miles and, after you pass over the River (Arfon) Dwyfor, take a turning to the right signposted Cwm Pennant.

After a couple of miles winding along this little road you’ll go over a bridge and on the cliff face in front of you it says: "No Parking".

Here the road bends left then right and immediately take the track steep down to the left signposted "Honey"

Before you cross the bridge turn right into my driveway. Gyfyng is the house right by the river.

COMING FROM MANCHESTER / LIVERPOOL / BANGOR / CAERNARFON. Leave Caernarfon on the A487 towards Porthmadog

Take a left after Garndolbenmaen (about 6 miles from Porthmadog) signposted to Cwm Pennant.

After a couple of miles you go over a bridge and on the cliff face in front of you it says: "No Parking".

Here the road bends left then right and immediately take the track  steep down to the left signposted "Honey"

Before you cross the bridge turn right into my driveway. It's the house right by the river.  Gyfyng.


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