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Bwlchgwyn Farm Pony Trekking and Equestrian Centre

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Beaches, horses, views – all on the edge of a national park. Privvy to west-coastfacing sunsets that rival any in New Zealand.

Bwlchgwyn Farm, which doubles up as a pony-trekking centre, is a fantastically located campsite clinging to the edge of Snowdonia National Park. Obviously this is a bonus for riders who don’t have far to venture for a daily hack, but even without horses this unfussy campsite comes highly recommended. Stand at the top level and you’ve majestic panoramas of Fairbourne’s long, sandy beach, the Mawddach Estuary and bustling Barmouth (Abermaw). If you tire of this picture-book scene (and you really won’t), there’s so much to do, right on your doorstep, that you’ll have a truly action-packed holiday, should you want one.

Families love the two-mile Blue Flag sandy beach and the rockpools. Shallow tides here mean that the water’s edge is just a short walk from wherever you throw down your towels, which the youngsters like. Surfers love the tides that come swishing in and out of Tremadog Bay, further north, while equestrian fans soon make a beeline for Bwlchgwyn riding stables and Menage, for riding lessons (4 yrs up). The site is equally a winner among groups of friends; those breathtaking views from that top land open up an expansive, airy freedom that sets the perfect scene and pace for a memorable camping party.

There’s a new mobile 6 bathroom/shower and toilet block with 3 sinks, a washing machine and tumble dryer. However long you stay, a horse ride along the beach is a must. Sign up for the daily rides that wend slowly on to the beach. No experience is necessary; beginners can join the slowmoving queue, while experienced riders can join the faster hacks.

Fairbourne village has all you need: post office, grocer, butcher and a fabulous Indian restaurant. It even has the Fairbourne Railway mini steam train shuttling people past Cardigan Bay beaches and the Mawddach Estuary, under the mountains of Snowdonia to Barmouth Ferry Station, from where you can catch a boat to Barmouth. If that’s whet your appetite for locomotive travel then spend a day out with the Cambrian (0845 128 4680) and watch the stunning Welsh coastline unfold before you.



New for 2014 - new shower block with 6 bathrooms, 3 sinks, washing machine tumble dryer. The novice child beach pony trekking ride is £30pp/adult £35, experienced beach is £45.  The Estuary ride is £20. You and your pet can also join in dog agility classes £6/hr.  Dog sitting available.

Food & Drink

The Last Inn at Barmouth is a 15th century original turned gastro pub, where you can watch the world go by from intimate outdoor tables set among potted flowers.

Opening Times

Early Mar–late Oct.

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Contact Bwlchgwyn Farm Pony Trekking and Equestrian Centre, Bwlchgwyn Farm Equestrian Centre, Fairbourne, Gwynedd LL39 1BX

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Getting There

Bwlchgwyn Farm is located between the villages of Arthog and Fairbourne in the county of Gwynedd, North Wales. From the South East Use M40 or M1 then M6/M54/A5/ A458 and A470 to Dolgellau bypass. From the South West Use M5/M6, then as above. From the North Use M6/M56 to Chester, then A494 to Dolgellau bypass. From Dolgellau bypass (A470) take the A493 coast road towards Tywyn and Fairbourne. Drive through the village of Arthog. The site is located on the left just before reaching Fairbourne. The road leading to the campsite has been mended and is now wider.

Trains run to Morfa Maddach (change at Machynlleth if coming from Birmingham or London) then the site owners can pick you up. Or take a train to Twyn or Dolgellau, where buses run past Fairbourne beach stopping near the campsite.


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