Conwy Valley Barn Campsite

UK Wales North Wales Conwy Conwy

  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Adults only
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Back-to-basics camping between the mountains of Snowdonia and the sea at Conwy

We love Snowdonia, you love Snowdonia, we all love Snowdonia. It’s an outdoor lover’s dream; the perfect place for a camping holiday. But the popularity of the place can be a problem if you like a quiet spot away from any hubbub. The wet weather can be another as this mountainous region of North Wales gets deluged by more than four metres of rain every year. Of course, all this is leading to a solution — a campsite on the fringes of the national park with easy access to its hotspots in an area with a favourable microclimate. That area is the Conwy Valley and that campsite is this one: the Conwy Valley Barn Campsite.

We may all love Snowdonia but not everyone will love this campsite. It’s a place for those who like proper, back-to-basics camping. With hot showers and flushing loos, it’s not quite up there with the wild camping that goes on in the peaks, but it is a simple site. As Claudia, who runs the site, the associated bunk barn and the organic sheep farm it sits on, says: it’s very chilled. It’s the sort of place you can roll up to, knock on the farm door and secure yourself a pitch for the night. But as there are only 30 pitches in the two-acre camping field, your best bet, of course, is always to book in advance.

As you might imagine for a field that’s used for grazing sheep outside of camping season, pitches are unmarked, off-grid and grassy. And tents, campervans and caravans are all welcome here, in this gently sloping hedgerowed meadow. This is Tal-y-Bont, situated where the valley widens as the nearby Conwy river makes its way towards the sea. It’s this that makes the microclimate here and there’s far less rain than in the nearby mountains.

The site offers views of nearby hills, one of which is topped with the remains of Iron Age Fort, Pen-y-Gaer. Head up it and you’ll find the campsite’s place within this landscape. You’ll see the Conwy River wending its way to the sea by ancient Conwy Castle, six miles to the north, and the handy town of Lanwryst the same distance to the south. Three miles further is charming Betws-y-Coed. It’s a bustling town of eateries and outdoor shops; a great place to start a Snowdonian adventure. Closer in, you might just catch a glimpse of Surf Snowdonia, the 300-metre man-made lagoon where good surf is guaranteed. The sights and adventures are justifiably popular and it’s easy to stay closer to them but if you’d like a quiet pitch on a relaxed farm campsite within walking distance of two pubs (where you’re likely to get a table), Conwy Valley Barn Campsite might just be the sunny spot for you.

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Facilities

The camping field has a toilet and shower trailer with two showers, four toilets and two urinals which are shared between all campers. There's a large double outside sink, a freshwater tank and a wastewater disposal unit. There is storage space for bikes, kayaks, surfboards, etc.

Suitable For

Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, groups, well behaved dogs (by prior arrangement only) – yes.

Nearby

The Conwy Valley is on the edge of Snowdonia National Park with climbing, caving, kayaking, hiking and mountain biking on offer in every direction. There's even surfing close to site at Surf Snowdonia, a £7.7million surf centre with a 300m lagoon. It's part of Adventure Parc Snowdonia (01492 353123), less than two miles from the campsite in Dolgarogg, where there are also indoor and outdoor climbing walls and other adventurous activities. Even closer to the site, the remains of an iron-age fort, Pen-y-Gaer, can be seen on a hillside that overlooks the farm and can be reached on a walk. Another local walk, this one starting from the picturesque town of Rowen, three miles from site, takes you to the remains of another ancient fort, the Roman Caerhun. Walkers and cyclists are well catered for in the Gwydir forest which surrounds the town of Betws-y-Coed, known as the gateway to Snowdonia. Mountain bikers can also head for the spiritual home of mountain biking at Coed-y-Brenin, within an hour's drive (36 miles from site). It is six miles from the site to the north coast at Conwy where you can visit Conwy Castle (03000 252239), one of Edward I's great castles, and the medieval town walls. Between Conwy and the campsite are the National Trust's Bodnant Gardens (01492 650460), Wales' finest formal garden.

Food & Drink

There are two pubs nearby, Y Bedol Inn (01492 660164) in Tal-y-Bont, which is within easy walking distance (less than half a mile) and the 16th-century Ye Olde Bull Inn (01492 660313), a mile away. Lanwryst is a market town with a few pubs, tea rooms and shops six miles south of site and there are yet more places to eat out three miles further south in bustling Betws-y-Coed.

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The Owner Says

Our family farm is situated in the beautiful Conwy Valley, on Snowdonia's doorstep, between the mountains and the sea. Our family has farmed here for three generations.

Pitches

30 off-grid grass pitches.

Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 30 Available
Large sunny field with mountain view

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Location

Contact Conwy Valley Barn Campsite, Pyllau Gloewon Farm, Tal y Bont, Conwy LL32 8YX

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Getting There

From the north, take the A55 towards Bangor and, just before Llandudno Junction, take the A470, towards Betws-y-Coed. At Tal-y-Cafn, take a right over the bridge onto the B5279, direction Ty'n-y-Groes. There, turn left onto the B5106, direction Trefriw. Once you reach Caerhun (Roman Fort, Canovium), be prepared to look out for the signs for the campsite which is about half-mile further on the left-hand side.

From the east, via the A5, travel towards Bangor. About a half-mile before you reach Betws-y-Coed, take the A470, signposted for Betws-y-Coed. Continue on the A470 for seven miles to Tal-y-Cafn. Take a left over the bridge onto the B5279, direction Ty'n-y-Groes. Then follow the directions above.

The site is best reached by car but there is a request station in Conwy, around six miles from site, or a better-used one a mile or so further at Llandudno Junction. The number 19 bus connects both Conwy and Llandudno Junction with Llanwryst and Betwys-y-Coed, passing the campsite on the way. There's a stop outside The Lodge Hotel, a short walk from site.

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