Torrent Walk Campsite

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Campfires, mountain views and ample grassy space in the heart of Snowdonia National Park

The imposing Cader Idris (meaning legendary giant) lies at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park, near the town of Dolgellau. This towering peak has plenty of legendary tales attached to it. It's said that anyone who spends nightfall on its summit (Penygadair) will awake either a poet or mad; although we think you'd have to be slightly mad to attempt pitching up there in the first place. Regardless of its mythical reputation, Cader Idris is one of the most popular places in Wales for walkers, hikers and rock climbers, and is yet another piece of natural splendour that makes up the Snowdonia National Park.

Slumbering in the shadow of Cader Idris is Torrent Walk, a welcoming, well-kept kind of campsite. It’s a great place to do very little except appreciate the natural surroundings, in fact emerging from your tent each morning to the sight of mist-veiled hilltops is worth the entrance fee alone. It’s a simple, informal set-up here: two mainly flat, spacious fields house up to 60 campers, and facilities include a newly built washing block, providing guests with power showers, and a centrally-heated toilet block. Handy extras include a baby changing area, Wi-Fi and a free secure lock-up, drying room and jet-wash for your muddy bike, ensuring all mountain bikers are fully catered for.

Torrent Walk sits deep in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, Wales’ most popular slice of nature, with around 350,000 walkers and climbers taking on Mount Snowdon’s summit (1,085 metres) each year. Yet the park has much more to offer than just Snowdon. Stretching 50 miles north to south and 35 miles east to west, this diverse park covers coastal areas, villages steeped in history, rivers, waterfalls, and beautiful Bala lake, Wales' largest natural body of water.

After a fabulous day discovering the natural wonders of Snowdonia, there’s a good chance the local residents of Torrent Walk will be waiting for you. Whether it’s the horses in need of a friendly pat, wild rabbits bouncing merrily amongst the long grass, or a selection of dawdling ducks gathered expectantly outside your tent, there’s always some form of wildlife to admire here. All in all, Torrent Walk is perfect for those seeking a friendly, welcoming Welsh campsite, with a marvellous location and even better views.

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Facilities

50+ pitches for tents, touring caravans and motor homes. Newly built ablutions block with free power showers and a centrally-heated toilet block. Laundry room (with coin operated washing & tumble dryer machines), iron & board, fridges & freezers to store your food, disabled facilities and a baby changing area. Large washing up area, drying room for any muddy biking or walking gear and a secure lock-up for your bikes with jet wash. Free Wi-Fi available which works close to the toilet block and gardens, campfires allowed - wood must be purchased on site at £5 a bag (kindling & firelighters included.)

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, motorhomes, families, couples and well-behaved dogs – yes.

Nearby

Every third Sunday of the month, Dolgellau town centre hosts a Farmer's Market. Throughout the year (especially in summer) there’s plenty of fun local events such as steam rallies, sheep dog trials and even village duck races! Also in Dolgellau, pop into the interactive National Centre for Welsh Folk Music (01341 421800), known locally as Ty Siamas. There’s a plentiful bundle of traditional Welsh instruments, which the little ones can have a go at playing. Zip World (01248 601444) offers visitors a memorable experience as you fly for over 1 mile through the skies. The ‘little zipper’ will take you down to the bottom of the quarry, reaching speeds of up to 40mph, whilst the ‘big zipper’ reaches an eye watering 100mph. Visitors can also pick up their specialised vehicle for a fascinating quarry tour in what was once the largest slate quarry in the world. Whilst on the subject of digging, The Sygun Copper Mine (01766 890595) is a Victorian copper mine that was closed in 1903, but renovated and reopened by the Amies family as a tourist attraction in 1986.

Food & Drink

The site can provide a pre-ordered breakfast and there’s a can machine onsite. A small shop selling bread, milk etc is 200 meters away, and a larger Co-op and Spar can be found in the town, which is just over a mile away. There’s little need to stray beyond the nearby town of Dolgellau for a bite to eat; Y Sospan Café and Bistro (01341 423174).

Opening Times

All year for tent pitches, and March to October for caravans and motorhomes.

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The Owner Says

Hiker, biker or both? Walk this way. Gywnedd’s Torrent Walk Campsite is a Snowdonia mecca for mountain bikers and walkers with trails for both all around. The Torrent Walk is only 500 metres from the site and the famed Coed-y-Brenin mountain bike centre is in the area with acres more walking trails around it. And, for the truly hardy, the mountain Cadair Idris and its three trails can be tackled nearby... and for the hardier still, the ziplines and airborne antics of Zip World Bounce Below are 35 minutes' drive away.

Back at base, Torrent Walk Campsite is surrounded on all sides by view some woodland and farmland, with pitches on a sheltered level field. The pitching field is adjacent to the site buildings: toilet and shower block, disabled facilities, washing machines and drying facilities; campers have access to a fridge too. There’s also a power wash for bikes and equipment, and the Torrent Walk team can store your bike for you if needed.

For stocking up, the garage just up the road sells essentials and camping gas, a shop and café are within a five-minute walk, and a Co-op and a wide range of shops in the village of Dolgellau a mile and a half away.

Cooking your own dinner? Campfires are allowed on site: buy a firestarting kit from staff to spark up.

Pitches

In excess of 60 places to pitch, across 2 large fields.

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Location

Contact Torrent Walk Campsite, Dolgun Uchaf, Torrent Walk Campsite, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2AB

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Getting There

Torrent Walk is located in Snowdonia, 1.5 miles from the market town of Dolgellau, just off the A470. From the A494: head south-west on the A494 towards the B4402. Turn left onto the A470 and take the first left. The campsite will be on your right hand side.

Coach stations: Dolgellau 1 mile, Barmouth 8 miles and Bala 16 miles. Train stations: Morfa Mawddach 7 miles, Barmouth 8 miles and Fairbourne 9 miles. Ferry ports: Porth Penrhyn 8 miles and Barmouth 8 miles. Airports: Anglesey 45 miles.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews

★★★★★

Great place to stay if you're planning on walking up Snowdon

I arrived at Torrent Walk Campsite and the staff were very friendly. I opted for an electric pitch but when I got there decided I wanted a pitch at the back of the campsite over looking the hills. This wan't a problem! I was walking up Snowdon so wanted a place that was quiet, with great facilities and relaxing. I found all this at Torrent Walk. The facilities are great! I've paid much more to stay in places with lesser facilities but these were awesome: clean; great showers; nothing was broken and good quality. I will definitely stay here again for my next Snowdon adventure! For the price this campsite is fantastic.
Aug 15, 2019 by Lance Bolton
★★★★★

So relaxing with great views!

I opted for an electric pitch but when I got there realise I didn't need one so asked if I could pitch my tent at the top of the hill so I could get the stunning views Torrent Walk Campsite has to offer! This wasn't a problem! Torrent Walk Campsite was the best place to be after a trek up Snowdon. The campsite was friendly, relaxing, clean, great views, quiet, loads of room and all round amazing!
Aug 11, 2019 by Lance Bolton
★★★☆☆

Nice site but overcrowded

Stayed at the end of July as a party with 2 pitches. Managed to get pitches together but can not pre book so we were lucky. Felt crammed in and maybe the owners should consider reducing numbers to make it feel less busy - possibly being a bit too greedy as the site was packed. Cars driving round the site too quickly with so many children about. On the plus side, the showers and toilets were clean and the overall site was well kept. I'd possibly avoid during weekends in the school hols as I imagine it could be idilic when quieter and rightly earn it's place as a cool camping campsite
Aug 1, 2019 by Vieve
★★★★★

Overall great site! Recommended

My fiancee' and I recently came to the campsite for a couple of days and really enjoyed it. It comes with fast WIFI, washing machines and tumble dryers, and freezer fridge... everything we needed. Plus, the staff were really friendly, and we were able to buy a £5 bonfire set of wood each night which was really nice. There's a really nice forest walk very close by and as you are walking around the site, you'll most likely pass local lambs and ducks. Apart from a little bird which stole our sausage roll. we had a great time and are planning to come again in the summer :)
Jun 3, 2019 by Nathan
★★★★★

Great campsite, lovely place to stay

We stayed over the bank holiday weekend so as usual weather not too good. Campsite was very full but not too noisy. Fantastic location with amazing views. Love the fact that you can have campfires. Very friendly staff and the bonus was a security guard. Lovely clean showers and toilet block. The campsite even had a couple of token lambs which the children loved. The only fault if any was there were only 3 showers and toilets and with three girls in the family it was a little slow in the morning. Great place to stay would definitely go again.
May 30, 2019 by Sarah
★★★★★

Best Campsite I have Been !

I have stayed at this lovely campsite over the bank holiday weekend and it was one of my best experience ! Very clean campsite with large clean toilet block, hot powerful showers ! Family and dog friendly, also they allow campfires which was a very big plus ! Great walks around and lots of places to visit nearby. Great location. Will definitely come back again.

May 12, 2015 by Katy

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  • Trusted for over 10 years
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