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 and there is a tiny, partly sandy, wild beach full of rockpools to explore. Braver swimmers might attempt a quick dip – a little 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 boat from, should you happen to carry one with you.
Co-owner Hugh is an extreme-sports fan, so he’ll approve of anyone that wishes to canoe downstream, hike through Snowdonia, or try wakeboarding at the local sporting venue, Glas Fryn Park, near Pwllheli. Hugh has regularly jumped off 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 run riot: 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?
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Best camping stay I have had in the uk. I won't say too much as I might have trouble getting a pitch next time, which will be within the next week as I'm hooked. Dog friendly but keep on a lead
Thank you thank you thank you for an amazing weekend.... Beautiful, we had camp fire on the beach watching the sun go down... What more can you ask for... Kids loved it... looking forward to coming back...Peace.
Great location right next to the beach,but open to the elements in bad weather,but there are more sheltered areas surrounded by woodland,will definitely be going back .
Fantastic views out to sea if you have a pitch overlooking the beach, although obviously comes with less protection from elements. Facilities ok. Was here on bank holiday weekend and whilst was very busy there was plenty of room with each pitch. Would recommend.
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a super site in coastal location. the beach isn't sandy, and parts of the site a bit exposed, but we were lucky enough to have a pitch down near the stream and had a wonderful time. the children loved paddling in the stream and messing about on the beach.
a small play area but enough for a site of that size.
we will definately return and probably ask for the same or similar pitch!
Fabulous location; stunning views.
Friendly, helpful owners.
Pitches - medium sized, but can feel smaller due to large family-tent / group pitching.
Site - busy, verging on over-busy. Washing-up facilities inadequate for the number of campers.
Shower facilities - modern and clean, but again, inadequate to meet needs at peak times.
Weather - wind is a factor to be seriously considered! Daily forecasts availabe from Reception.
Overall: great site, but be prepared to queue for basics at holiday times. Out of season - fab !
Silver BirchesCynefin Betws Garmon nr Caernarfon, Gwynedd, North Wales LL54 7YR
Grown ups, leave the kids at home, because this site won’t allow them. However it is the epitome of the word "retreat"-so go have a proper break!
Away From It AllPenfras Isaf Llwyndyrys, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 6NG
Eco-friendly glamping in the legendary heart of Wales.
Penrallt Coastal CampingTudweiliog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 8PB
In the end this place is all about the place itself – the coast of the Llyn Peninsula and that sense of caring for the environment and its wildlife.
Camping in LlanberisLlwyn Celyn Bach, Llanberis, Gwynedd LL55 4SR
Tents-only camping on a traditional North Wales farm at the 'Gateway to Snowdonia'.
The Willows AbersochYr Helyg, Mynytho, Nr Abersoch, Gwynedd, Wales, LL53 7RW
Fabulous sea views, marble-interior washroom facilities and über-friendly management ensures that your stay will be stress-free.
Treheli FarmTreheli, Rhiw, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 8AA
Life’s a beach. And this is site is modestly going about its business near one of Britain’s best.
Bolmynydd Camping ParkBolmynydd Camping Park, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 7UP
Pitch-up and enjoy unmatched views of the coast, Llŷn Peninsula and the towering peaks of Snowdonia.
Nant-y-BigNant-y-Big, Cilan, Abersoch, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 7DB
A Welsh beauty. Nant-Y-Big is a friendly, family-run site overlooking the awe-inspiring Porth Ceiriad beach on the Llŷn Peninsula.
Families, tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes. Groups – no.
Campfires permitted on the beach, wood available to buy. 65 pitches, for tents and tourers, 40 hook- ups. Clean but basic facilities – 1 shower/WC block, with 13 WCs, 6 showers (3 M/F), 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.
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).
Glasfryn Parc - Indoor soft play, Go Karting, Quad trekking, Ten Pin Bowling, Wake boarding cable pull, Archery, Farm Shop and Cafe.
Food & Drink
The nearest supermarket is a mile away in Clynnog Fawr. After a strenuous hike, treat yourself to a Hillwalker’s Platter at Y Bueno, (01286 660785), also in Clynnog Fawr .
Adults £7.50, children £3.50, dogs £1.75; hook-ups £3; boat (on trailer) £3; showers 20p.
Regular bus service (0871 200 22 33) less than ½ mile away to/from Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Pwllheli, and Nefyn.