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UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Smugglers Cove Boatyard

  • Sleeps 5 (max 5 adults, 4 children)
Accommodates up to 5 people

The Owner Says

One of three south-facing pitches on a raised slate plateau beside the Dyfi estuary, separated from each other by shrubs and each with a fire place, .

They are accessed through a traditional working boatyard and a short 100m coastal path (wheelbarrow provided!). Toilets, showers and washing up facilities are located within the boatyard. Firewood can be purchased either from the main office or by the carpenter's boat.

Your tent looks out onto a constantly changing vista: at low tide, sand and the river channel, marching geese and  waders. We are 2 miles from nesting ospreys who fish in our water. At high tide, there's an expanse of water suitable for sailing, canoeing and swimming. We have a slipway and boat storage facilities.
Please note: We have recently laid fresh turf and we are currently restricting the number of tents per pitch to one per booking. We request that you pitch on an area not used by the previous campers to allow regrowth.

About Smugglers Cove Boatyard

Suitable For

Tents, families, groups, dogs – yes. Campervans, caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

Aberdyfi is 3 miles away. It's a charming, colourful little fishing village with a few good eateries and a big sandy beach. The drive takes less than 5 minutes but if the tide is a long way out you can walk, for around an hour, along the sands. It's a 10 minute drive to Machynlleth, a larger market town with independent shops along the high street, and a little further on the same road is the Centre for Alternative Technology (01654 705950), an interesting place to visit if you've been taken in by the eco-conscious camping. Smugglers Cove looks across the water to RSPB Ynys-hir (01654 700222), the location for much of the BBC's Springwatch series and the Dyfi Osprey Project (01654 781414), nearby, is particularly interesting. It is one of only two breeding locations for Ospreys in the UK with a walkway and hide for observing. Of course, by far the two biggest things here are heading into vast Snowdonia National Park (01766 770274) to walk, hike, bike and explore or to go boating on the estury directly from the boatyard. If you need a little tution try Dyfi Yacht Club (01654 767607) in Aberdyfi where there is sailing, kayaking, kitesurfing and more.

Food & Drink

Forage the trees around the camping pitches or get out your fishing rod and try to reel in your own dinner. If you're after something a little more speedy then the local village of Aberdyfi has a range of good eateries specialising in Welsh cuisine, fish and seafood – The Dovey Inn (01654 767332) is probably the most pub-like of them all. Machynlleth is the best place to go for a proper food shop, though, with a supermarket as well as a wider restaurant selection.
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Location

Smugglers Cove Boatyard is located at Frongoch, Aberdyfi, Gwynedd, LL35 0RG

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Getting There

Take the A493 from Machynlleth for about 6 miles, after a sharp right then left hand turn the entrance to Smuggler's Cove is on the left. There is parking as you enter, then walk under the railway to the estuaryside where you will find the boatyard and camping. The nearest train station is Penhelig in Aberdyfi (3 miles) or Machynlleth (6 miles).