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Bed, breakfast and belaying go hand-in-hand at Hadfer Campsite which stands in the shadow of two legends. First is Bwlch y Moch, the huge rock opposite the campsite which is considered one of the finest trad climbing destinations in Wales and the second is Eric Jones. He’s the man who started a campsite here some 40 years ago and who, until quite recently, served tea at the self-named café on the site. Oh and, by the way, he was also the first Brit to complete a solo ascent of the north face of the Eiger and the first person to base jump from that same mountain. He has skydived at the North Pole, flown hot air balloons over Everest and is considered by many as Wales’ best mountaineer.
Eric may have handed over the reins to new owners, Gareth and Jo, but the campsite still attracts climbers and the little roadside café still bears his name and his photos on the walls. It’s the perfect place to fuel up ahead of the day’s adventures, whether that’s attempting a multi-pitch route on Bwlch y Moch, setting out on a walk in Snowdonia National Park or making a beeline for the beaches of the Llyn Peninsula. What’s more, the breakfast is included in the price of your pitch – and you can’t say that for many campsites.
It’s not just climbers who will love this location. Although we described Hadfer as being in the shadow of the rock, it technically stands outside it. The rock face is just over the road, on the site’s northern side. It shelters the campsite’s two south-facing grassy meadows which are bathed in sunshine when the Welsh weather allows. One meadow is reserved for tents and campervans with the other now neatly set up with five cocoon-like Lotus Belle Tents. Each is neatly set up and kitted out for two with beds, log burners and more besides. But campers are catered for too. There’s a barn with space for drying gear as well as undercover cooking and eating, with a picnic table assigned for each pitch. And as dusk descends, Hadfer's communal campfire brings together campers, glampers and climbers alike to relax in its warming glow with a cold beer and a good natter.
If you’re not watching the climbing or wildlife from site (barn owls, buzzards, bats and kingfishers among it), you can stroll 10 minutes to Tremadog for a drink or dinner in one of two local pubs. It’s not too much further to Porthmadog, a bustling harbour town where you can hop aboard either a boat to sea or a steam train for Snowdonia’s hills. The Glaslyn Osprey Centre is just up the road and it’s only three miles to Portmeirion and some of the area’s best beaches. In fact, everything that makes North Wales such a tempting destination is within reach of Hadfer. But, tucked up on a peaceful pitch between the mountains and the sea, in the sunny shadow of legends, you’d never even know it.
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The Owner Says
Croeso – Welcome... We are a small family run campsite on the edge of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. We offer glamping tents and pods along with camping and campervan pitches. We are just 10 minutes from the beach and, with local attractions on the doorstep, such as Portmeirion and Beddgelert, our campsite is also conveniently located for Snowdon and the Llyn Peninsula – Caernarfon and Angelsey are just a short drive away too.
Arguably one of the best climbing locations in Wales is just opposite the campsite, along with WiFi and a cafe for breakfast, lunch, tea or snacks/packlunches to set you up for the day!
Disabled persons have access to accessible parking, wetroom and toilet facilities on the site, along with card/contactless payment facilities available too.
Let us know if you have any special requests and we can work with you to make for an enjoyable and hopefully memorable stay!
Thanks for looking – Jo & Gareth
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