Cae Du

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Tywyn

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Fantastic location directly next to the sea and a dishwashing view that might just inspire the undomesticated

‘Away from it all’, ‘a wonderful sea view’, ‘an idyllic location’ and ‘well-maintained’ are all terms that can be fairly applied in a bid to describe Cae Du. But it’s not enough, and to see this place for the first time, approaching from the north, on the A493, your little heart skips a beat or two. For there, a couple of hundred yards below, lying right next to the sea, with an unspoilt landscape enveloping the site, is the campsite of your dreams.

It looks like a place that has become detached from the real world and it proves to be just that. If all you want from your camping break is a sea view and an escape from the mad world we all live in, then this is the perfect place to unwind to the rhythms of the waves and the tides. ‘Idyllic’ is a word that is used far too often, but it sums up the situation of Cae Du as no other word can.

But while Cae Du is an escape route from the rat race, it isn’t so far removed that there is nothing else to do, if staring out to sea doesn’t hold your attention for the entire holiday. Or if the children start walking around with placards round their necks protesting their need for action. Or if the weather turns a bit wild on this exposed stretch of coastline – which it can do.

It’s about a mile to the nearest station on foot and from there a whole new world awaits you: Shrewsbury, which must be one of the most handsome old towns in Britain; a short hop of three miles to link up with the very scenic Talyllyn Railway; or in the other direction there are all manner of destinations. The small, time-warp seaside resort of Barmouth (Abermaw) is one such stop travelling north – it still has donkeys strolling the enormous beach and colourful swingboats rocking back and forth.

The Mawddach Trail, which follows the course of the disused railway from Morfa Mawddach, near Fairbourne, to Dolgellau, is one of the most enchanting walks (or bike rides) anywhere and, with tide ebbing and flowing, the place never looks the same from one minute to the next.

And this is the thing – whatever you want to do with your camping break, it won’t be far from Cae Du, even though it seems to be placed in another world.

Details

Facilities

Excellent facilities block with toilets, showers (£1), laundry, dishwashing facilities and 2 freezers for ice-blocks. No electrical hook-ups. Campfires permitted and wood sold on-site (£5 per bundle).

Food & Drink

This isn’t ideal pubcrawling territory, but 3 miles away in Llwyngwril the Garthangharad (01341 250484) is a good, if un-pronounceable, old, white-washed pub and restaurant with exposed beams and all the trinkets on show. 3 miles in the opposite direction, at Bryncrug, the Peniarth Arms (01654 711505) does decent pub grub, too, while a few miles further towards Dolgellau, at Penmaenpool, the George III Hotel (01341422525) boasts a cosy bar, an exceptional restaurant and scenic location overlooking the Mawddach Estuary. It also has good rooms.

Opening Times

March – October

Location

Contact Cae Du, Rhoslefain, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9ND

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Getting There

M54/A5 to Shrewsbury, A458/ A470 to Dolgellau then A493 towards Tywyn. Site is 21/2 miles beyond Llwyngwril.

Take the coastal rail service to Tonfanau then hop into a taxi or brave the mile-long walk on foot.

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