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Gyrn Goch, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL54 5PN
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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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★★★★★

Perfect camping

This is easily one of the best campsites in Britain. Gorgeous views, beach access, evening fires and large open spaces.  Kids loved it, we all loved it. Facilities basic but that only seems to add to this sites charm. Will be back soon. 

★★★★★

Perfect Location

From the moment we arrived on Friday night, I knew we'd made a great choice. The lady that greeted us was lovely. The pitch was a great size and the views out to see are stunning. There's an on site shop for essentials, a room with pool table and TV, perfect for the World Cup, and even a freezer for freezer blocks. There are supermarkets fairly near by, but to be honest, we never left the site for the whole weekend.

Would recommend for family with older children as that's what we are and we had a great time.

★★★★★

Aberafon

Going here yet again in july for a week and cant wait. You cant ask for anything more than whats on offer here.  Id give it 10 stars if i could! Best campsite in Britain.

What a great campsite! They really do just let you get on with it once you've checked in. We went last week ago - so not school holidays and out of peak summer season - and it was quiet enough in the week for us not to see another camper. It picked up a bit at the weekend but we still only had one other group on the field we were on, which literally backed onto the beach. The site sells chopped wood so you can have a fire on the beach, which was a real highlight for us! It was pretty windy but we were still glad to pitch by the sea - the only disadvantage was that our camp stove was way less efficient in the breeze! We enjoyed barbecuing instead most nights though. There are a lot of rabbits around and they are pretty confident so I'm glad we didn't take our dogs as it would have been a nightmare stopping them trying to chase them - guess that's why they have to stay on leads. There were loads of lovely outings within an hour's drive: try the nature park in Llanberis, the Ty Coch Inn in Nefyn and Dylan's seafood restaurant in Menai Bridge. 

★★★☆☆

April 2014

Just spent two nights at Aberafon pitched right on the cliff top. Great views of the beach and the hills behind.  It gets quite windy at times but there were more sheltered pitches available. We were a little disappointed there's no longer a pub within walking distance and the main shower block is quite far away from the tent fields. 

★★★★★

Can't fault it!

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

★★★★★

Perfect

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.

★★★★★

Aberafon

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 .

★★★★☆

Aberafon

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.

★★★★★

Aberafon

I literally pitched up with no prior booking after having left a voicemail on the campsite owners’ mobile on the Summer Solstice evening. It was like the Mary Celeste. A sign attached to the farmhouse window said to pop into the laundry and fill in a form with cash or cheque for a self-check-in. Pop the envelope into the front door and avoid certain pitch numbers already reserved for future guests. The winding narrow lane, the cattle grid, the babbling brook, the trees and hidden feeling abruptly ended on carrying onto the top fields overlooking the Irish Sea. You don’t get to see the beach till you reach the fence and look over the bluff. You are hemmed in by a trio of mountains ending in the most iconic-looking Yr Eifl towering above the harbour village of Trefor. To your right is Anglesey and Ynys Llanddwyn just off Newborough Forest and beach. To your left is Yr Eifl. And in centre stage is the Irish Sea. As the Summer Solstice sun set, burning bright orange, a table-cloth cloud settled on the mountains behind, a faint moon hung above this like a tea light. No sounds. No screaming kids as it was a Monday. The hush was peppered by birdsong, muffled voices elsewhere, and the colours all around grew more vivid. Practicalities: The showers only take 20p pieces. That lasts 3 minutes. As it was quiet I didn’t have to queue, even at 9am, very often I was the sole user. Basic amenities, a wobbly loo, steamed up mirrors told me not to bother shaving. There are water points dotted about. You get an informative colour map of the site showing the pitches, toilets, waste points and bins. In the 7 days I stayed I managed to catch Claire in her booking office/sweet shop just the once. It was all very informal, DIY, left-to-your-own-devices, laissez-faire and perfect for my liking. The owners’ son & daughter wandered round one evening to see if everyone was ok. A nice touch. I didn’t use the laundry but it looked industrial. No-one used the pool room. The washing-up facility by the beach had to be the best place on earth to scrub your pots & pans out whilst admiring the mountains. I will be back once the school holidays are over! Seb

3 of 3 readers found this review useful.

★★★★☆

nice and chilled

Lovely campsite,  everything you require to get away from it all, including poor phone signal which takes a little time to get used to, but is worth it. Great clean showers and toilets. 

Great place to watch the sunset, with a nice bottle of wine

The owners are lovely, laundry on site a little shop.

Nice place 

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

As an inexperienced camper (me) and a complete beginner (him) we didn’t have anything with which to compare this, our first joint camping trip. However, from the minute we arrived we felt we were on to a winner, and sites we visit in future will have a lot to live up to. I can only agree with all the other reviews: this is a beautiful site, with stunning views, and, for a weekend at least, no need to go off site at all. It was, however, amazingly windy on the second night, although the actual wind speed wasn’t epic - it just felt it up there on the top field. We camped, so no problem with the steep, narrow lane to get down to the site, but I spent a lot of time marvelling at how people with caravans had managed the extremely tricky bends. I learned that the owner will tow your van back up for you, which I can only imagine would come as a huge relief to many. I would definitely recommend this site and will look forward to going back.

★★★★☆

Aberafon

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!

★★★★☆

Aberafon

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 !

★★★★☆

Aberafon

We had a fab time here. We were on a field with a small play area which was perfect. The beach was minutes away and good for rock pools. The field we were on was quite exposed to the elements, which we were warned about by the owners. So make sure that you are guyed down well! We ate in the local pub, food was nice also quite a lot to do around the area. Would definitely go again.

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Cool Factor

Fantastic isolated seaside situation, where children can enjoy real independence and explore their surroundings. Wonderful scenery. Getting-away-from-it-all for families. Onsite shop supplies daily essentials.

Who's In

Families, tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes. Groups – no.

On Site

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.

Off Site

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. Drive across the peninsula and treat yourself to some fine dining at the Plas Bodegroes (01758 612363) in Pwllheli. 

Open

Easter - end October.

The Damage

Adults £7.50, children £3.50, dogs £1.75; hook-ups £3; boat (on trailer) £3; showers 20p.

Getting There

Take the A487 from Caernarfon south towards Porthmadog for 4 miles, then the A499 towards Pwllheli for 7 miles, then sharp right into very narrow lane at Gyrn Goch.

Public Transport

Regular bus service (0871 200 22 33) less than ½ mile away to/from Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Pwllheli, and Nefyn.

Tags

Beaches  Bicycle routes  Campervans permitted  Children’s playground  Dogs welcome  Electrical hook-ups  Electricity hook-ups  Fishing  Forest  Good for kids  Good walks  Laundry  Mountains  Nice views  Remote location  Romantic retreat  Short walk to beach  Showers  Surfing  Waterside location