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, where there is a tiny, partly sandy, wild beach full of rockpools to explore. Braver swimmers might attempt a quick dip – 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 sailing boat from, should you happen to carry one with you. Bringing canoes and kayaks is a better bet, or you can try wakeboarding at the local sporting venue, Glasfryn Park, near Pwllheli. Then of course, there’s walking on the coastal path or up into the hills behind. Co-owner Hugh has regularly jumped off nearby 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 enjoy their seaside surroundings: 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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Campfires permitted on the beach, wood available to buy. Clean but basic facilities – 1 shower/toilet block, with 13 toilets, 6 showers (3 male/femal), 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.
Families, tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes. Groups – no.
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).
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.
Easter – end September.
65 pitches overall, for tents and tourers. 40 hook- ups.
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Regular bus service (0871 200 22 33) less than ½ mile away to/from Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Pwllheli, and Nefyn.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 32 reviews
really brilliant site
A special 6 nights at Aberafon.
only the location is cool
We enjoyed our stay in june greatly, with the amazing views and sound of the Ocean constantly in our ears.Must go back one day
We have just got back from a weekend here. The site was easy to find and well sigh posted on the main road from Caernarfon. There is a narrow, rather steep road down past a small toilet block and a babbling stream you would think you was in the middle of a forest in the lake district, until you pass the owners house and into the field and the hole view opens up and all you can see is the sea in front and mountains all around. It is absolutely stunning! It is ideally located for days out in Caernarfon for the castle and a nice looking stam train ride can also recommend going to beddgelet which was beautiful for a day out walking and exploring.
The grass is very well maintained considering the time of year we were there and all the toilet blacks were clean with hardly any spiders (in fact I didn't see any) we had an amazing evening on the beach with a bbq and fire roasting marshmallows and watching the go down.
I would defenatly recommend this place and will certainly return, especially when the weather improves.
I'm a first time camper and just got back from our first family trip today. This place is beautiful, great views, Claire the owner is lovely and so helpful. We took a trip into nearby Canearfon but will definitely be going back to visit a few more places and to toast marshmallows on the beach. There is a children's play area that my 18 month old loved. We visited the beach and made sand castles. My 15 & 10 year old had a great time, we took along a few outdoor games with us. The facilities are clean, there are toilets within a short walk, the showers are abit further away. Great drive, very scenic. Our first night it was very windy but our tent stood firm but thereafter it wasn't so bad. We were blessed with fab weather too.
Wonderful if windy!
Had a lovely stay here last weekend. The site is fantastic. On location, it simply can't be beaten. Amazing mountain views and right on the coast. We pitched up and sat down just in time to enjoy a beer and a cracking sunset. The facilities are great. A bit of a trek to the only shower block but they were clean and empty. The beachside loos were handily located for us and the views from the washing up point are amazing! The free hot water for washing up is a nice touch. My only reservation about this site is the wind. We were in the newbie field i.e. the one with the best view but the worst of the wind. Our first night was blowy but OK. Our second night was armadeggon. If it's going to be windy, it will be VERY WINDY on the site so come prepared with extra pegs/screws and make sure you tie the tent down well. My son was fine in a lower profile tent protected by the hedge, but our icarus was blown about a lot. Others on the site abandoned in the early hours, so be warned! We will definitely return again however as the location, site, staff and facilities are all fantastic.
Glorious views, lovely site
Fab place! We had a seaview pitch for two nights in mid June - cost £32. The owner was lovely and friendly and welcoming. As we arrived she was cheerfully outlining food buying options to the couple before us, then gave us comprehensive directions to our pitch, a wee map of the site and a copy of the not very restrictive rules. The pitch was very well sized, we didn't at all feel like we were camping on our neighbours and the view was, as hoped for, utterly, utterly glorious; cliffs and hills and sea and beach. Facilities were excellent and clean - 20p buys you three minutes in the shower and we were offered (and gratefully accepted) the chance to change money on arrival. Showers were hot and cubicles had a good amount of space. Extra bonuses for us were the aloof llama in the next field along, a glorious, glorious sunset on the Saturday night and bunnies frolicking at twlight on the way to the showers. Was also a lovely and quiet site. Did think the jetski trailing about in our seaview was a bit of a noisy irritant but its owner made up for this by getting his Landrover beached on the beach and therefore providing a good half hour entertainment watching him try and get it out. :)
We arrived without prior booking on a very windy day. The chap in the office was friendly and really helpful, even suggesting that we could camp in a more sheltered pitch initially before moving to one with a better view later on in the week when the wind had died down. We decided to risk it and pitch up on a spot with a spectacular view, next to the llamas (or was it an alpaca?) field, overlooking the sea.
The scenery here is amazing and is the perfect spot to watch the sunset. We decided to walk to a local pub only to find that it had closed down! There’s a small gas station/shop about 1.5 miles away but nothing else within strolling distance. The site is about half way between Caenarfon and Pwllheli, so a good base camp.
The site was reasonably priced, well kept, pitches well marked out and the toilets and showers were clean. It had everything that I look for in a site. Beach access was great. Lots of wildlife to see. There were even some goats wandering around our field.
I would definitely return to this great site.
Nice place. Love it here.
Lovely views in every direction and the owners very helpful and accommodating which was very much appreciated. Very pleasant place for a camping stay.
This campsite is in a glorious location with mountains behind you and the sea in front of you (literally). When we arrived the owners were really helpful and friendly and despite it being July and fantastic weather it wasn't overcrowded, with pitches just round the outside of the fields. We wanted a get away from it experience which is what you get here, facilities are limited but very well done and nice and clean. The beach is what it's about though! a lovely long (mainly stony) beach with shallow water (we had a lovely swim). You will need to travel if you want pubs n shops, but this was my first experience camping in 20 years and I have the bug now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Wild Utopia Between Mountain and Ocean
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.
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
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.
A fabulous start to our camping lives
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 !
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