Rhydolion

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Traditional camping in grassy farm meadows with an excellent location
When the wind gusts and the Atlantic begins to churn, the south westerly swell that funnels into the Irish Sea makes for some of the best surfing in Wales. Posied on the southern face of the Llyn Peninsula, Porth Neigwl is a beach that often bears the brunt of it and if you can’t find waves here you can guarantee the surrounding beaches will have even less. Throughout the year Porth Neigwl is peppered with surfers whose custom makes the surrounding countryside a bustling spot for campsites. One such place can claim to have been here since the early days, and its decade of welcoming guests is testament to its simple but effective charm. 'Two grassy fields opposite a farmhouse' is the speedy way to describe Rhydolion campsite. No bells. No whistles. Just an easy-going campsite with the simple necessities you need and a tip-top location.

Well, when we say a speedy description, we mean it. There is more here than blades of grass and a pleasant farmer, but it’s the traditional old feel of the place that really makes it stand out. Those who bag spaces in the first, larger field, will find electrical hook-up points, while the gateway into the second is adjacent to a well-converted cow shed that houses a clean shower and toilet block, along with several washing up sinks. In both paddocks guests can pitch where they like, though John and Catherine always ask campers to use the edges of the site so that a large open space is left in the centre of the field, allowing ample room to kick a ball about or fly a kite.

While the main sanitary block has everything required, those who cross the lane to the farmhouse will find a second building that also has toilets and showers with the added bonus of electricity. A laundry room here has a washing machine and dryer, while fridges and freezers mean you won’t be short of somewhere to stash your ice-packs in the sunny summer months. Also on the farmhouse side of the road is a quaint children’s playground, surrounded by traditional stone walls and sheep grazing in the next door field.

From Rhydolion there is plenty to do nearby, and not just the surfing back at Porth Neigwl beach, half a mile away. The well known boating hot-spot of Abersoch is a mile down the road, supplied with top eateries and interesting independent shops. Then, of course, there are the numerous excellent beaches that make the Llyn Peninsula so famous, separated from one another by craggy ridges and rocky headlands, all best viewed by walking the coastal footpath. For more serious walkers, heading back inland rewards you with Snowdonia National Park, a never-ending playground for lovers of the outdoors.

Details

Facilities

One of the camping fields has electric hook-ups on a first come first serve basis. Ladies and gents showers and toilets are in a converted barn between the two camping fields, accompanied by another set over the road by the farmhouse. Here there is also a laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer, shaver and hair dryer points, as well as 3 fridge freezers for use. Ample central field space to enjoy the view and there's a children's play area over the road. Beware of the wind if you're unlucky with the weather, remember those guy ropes!

Suitable For

Tents, Caravans, campervans, families and couples. Dogs by prior arrangement only.

Nearby

The Llŷn Peninsula is renowned for its beautiful beaches and water sports, with Abersoch probably the best known village of the lot, hosting national boating events each year. The picturesque villages of Llangian and Llanengan also lie close at hand. There are plenty of good coastal golf courses around: Abersoch (01758 712622), Pwllheli (01758 701644), Nefyn (01758 720966) and Porthmadog (01766 514124), while those looking for a heavy dose of the outdoors should head back inland to Snowdonia National Park (01766 770274). On the peninsula itself the 50 mile heritage coast hosts no fewer than nineteen sandy beaches (three having the European Blue Flag status) and the coastal footpath is the best way to take them all in. Aberdaron is the most westerly settlement, a beautiful hamlet and the place to go for organised fishing trips or wildlife tours, most of which head straight to Bardsey Island, a nature reserve and a designated Site of Scientific Interest.

Food & Drink

The Sun Inn, in Llanengan (01758 712660), is a good, traditional pub with a decent restaurant. At the other end of the spectrum, the Fresh Cafe Bar and Grill (01758 710033) in Abersoch is a lively place with a reasonable selection of good-value dishes, plus a cocktail menu. There are also several excellent restaurants on the High Street in Abersoch. Selective Seafoods (01758 770397) in the direction of Tudweiliog, sells freshly prepared crabs and lobsters straight from the local harbours.

Opening Times

March - October.

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Pitches

30 pitches, some with electric hook-ups, set across 2 grass fields.

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Location

Contact Rhydolion, Rhydolion, Llangian, Abersoch, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales, LL53 7LR

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Getting There

From Pwllheli (A499) you come into Abersoch down a hill walled on both sides. At the bottom turn right by the Land & Sea Garage. 1 mile on turn left (Llangian, Llanengan, Porth Neigwl) through Llangian. At next junction straight on to Hell's Mouth, don't turn left. Keep on. Rhydolion is 1 mile on corner.

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