Hirdre Fawr

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
An incredible mountain backdrop, private access to the beach and flat, grassy pitches
It’s a wonder that Rhosgor isn’t the top of every newspaper’s Best Secret Beaches list. To be fair, it is more of a rocky cove than a beach – it’s tiny pebbled crescent is hemmed in by seaweed covered rocks that deny it the picture perfect sands the weekend spreads are after. But maybe it really is just too good a secret. That’s certainly what we’re inclined to think.

Either way, when you stroll down the private track from Hirdre Fawr Farm to Rhosgor, there’s no denying the pleasures of discovering this secluded space on the coast. On the headlands grey seals come and go, lounging in the sun or plopping inquisitively in and out of the water, and at the waterfront itself, pools of shimmering water are rippled by crabs, tucking away beneath the rocks as the kids appear, net in hand and sunhat on head.

The campsite itself follows much the same themes. It’s quiet, relaxed and just as seemingly unknown – not the kind of spot you hear about through ‘marketing campaigns’ or ‘a channelled advertising scheme’. No, things here are blissfully simple and come from the owners love for providing a charming place to camp and the consequential word of mouth that sees it flourish.

The open grassland has room for just 40 camping pitches (30 of which have hook-ups) and is a meadowed segment of a wider, 360-acre dairy farm. For a section of coast so dramatically craggy and diverse, it’s a surprise to say the fields are flat but even then, flat is not the word. Campers here could bring along a spirit level and you wouldn’t find a degree to complain about and the ablutionary facilities, though nothing out of the ordinary, are equally well kept, clean and functional.

To the east, though several miles away, the mountains of Snowdonia loom, teasing you back in land for a day-trip exploring the national park, while to the north, the land ends and the sea begins. Choose your view, choose your pitch and settle down for the evening to decide which you’ll take on first; the coastal gems that this remote Welsh peninsula affords or the hiking trails of the mighty national park. If you want a pleasant compromise, of course, we recommend the Wales Coastal Path, running just beyond the campsite. You still get the walking and the exercise, you still get the views and you still get the beaches. Who knows there may also be a handy pub at the end of it!

Details

Facilities

Ablutionary blocks have toilets and coin operated showers and there are 3 separate, larger shower rooms for families. There is a washing up room with hot water and 3 sinks, a washing machine and a tumble dryer. The fridge-freezer is free for all campers to use. There is a children's play area. No campfires but BBQs are permitted and must be extinguished by 11pm.  Disabled facilities as well as baby change family rooms with shower, toilet and basin.  Free WiFi

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans (in a separate area), couples, families, family groups, dogs (on a lead at all times) – yes. Adult-only groups – no.

Nearby

There is a short and private path that leads directly down to the beach, also linking up with the main public coastal footpath. Its only a very small shingle beach but you can fish off the rocks at the end of the headlands or try crabbing and rock-pooling. A colony of seals also come and go and are surprisingly unfazed by the human presence so you can have a good ogle if you wish. Head across the peninsula to Pwllheli from where you can take a day's boat trip to Bardsey Island (08458 112233), a National Nature Reserve owned and managed by the Bardsey Island Trust, to see birds and more grey seals! The popular village of Abersoch is a little further. Originally a fishing port, Abersoch is now a tourist centre specialising in adrenaline-fuelled watersports such as windsurfing, dinghy sailing and jet-skiing – look out for various festivals throughout the summer. Dolphins and seal boat trips around the St Tudno Islands (off Abersoch) and can be arranged with Shear Water Cruises (01758 740899).

Food & Drink

Well stocked local shops are within 1 mile of the site and have the essential groceries you'll need, while the pubs, The Lion (01758 770244) in Tudweiliog and The Ship (01758 720559) in nearby Edern, are within a lengthy walking distance – both serve delicious meals. Further afield, Abersoch, Aberdaron and Llanbedrog are within a 20 minute drive and Pwllheli is the nearest town, where you'll find all the high street banks, small independent shops and an open air market every Wednesday.

Opening Times

April to October.

Family Friendly


The Owner Says

Pitches

40 pitches for tents, 30 with electricity. 6 hard standing available

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Location

Contact Hirdre Fawr, Hirdre Fawr Farm, Tudweiliog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 8YY

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Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Oh, no. The secret is out!

We have stayed here for many years, we just keep coming back. We have tried other sites throughout the UK and this by far our favourite. Now that the secret is out on Hirdre Fawr our only concern is being able to get a pitch next time. A fantastic family site!
Aug 30, 2018 by David
★★★★★

Just right!

We stayed here in our camper for two nights at the beginning of August, and it was lovely.  We had a warm welcome, plenty of space and the little rocky coves were perfect for rock-pooling and seal spotting.  I can heartily recommend! Thank you for a memorable break!

Sep 4, 2015 by Zak&Sarah
★★★★★

Seal Cove!

We managed to get a late booking for our camper van at the end of July for a few days due to a cancelation by someone else. We got a very friendly welcome from Anwyn. We were in the sea view field with electric hookup, in amongst the caravans, and had a wonderful view. The toilets and showers are nice and clean. The showers 50p a go and you get plenty of time for a full hair wash - even for my teenage daughter. Good clean area for washing up and washer and dryer.  The best part is the walk down the track (15 minutes, or 20 if you amble like we did, or you can drive), then walk down the steep path where it joins the coastal path to the rocky cove(s). You can watch the sun set and maybe have a barbecue or sandwiches whilst spotting seals. Easy to reach everything on the Llyn peninsular from here, we took to going down to spot seals at the end of evey day. Idyllic!

Aug 10, 2015 by The McKJundis
★★★★☆

Great Site

Stayed here 1st week of August 2015 and was really pleased with it, The site is on a working farm and the owner, Anwyn very friendly and helpful. She showed us to the pitch which was great, in a large level field with only about a dozen or so other tents. We also had a hook of, but these appeared to be in short supply.

The site has access to a private beach (pebble) which is about a 15 minute walk down a track and fairly steep descent off the cliff. It was well worth it as there were 3+ seals bobbing around only around 30 mts offshore.

It costs 50p per shower but the block is very clean and the water is lovely and warm. The block itself is fairly small, but as the site is not large either we had no problems getting in.

The location is great as you are within easy reach of a number of fantastic beaches. We would definitely like to return

Thanks Hirdre Fawr!

Aug 7, 2015 by

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