Simple coastal camping overlooking the Llŷn Peninsula's spectacular Porth Neigwl
While it’s true that Treheli is just another holiday destination in the great scheme of things, this is more of a place to say ‘goodbye cruel world’ and offer yourself into a better one. But don’t expect this better world to come fully equipped with all the latest mod cons, because it doesn’t.
In fact, in an ablutionary sense, facilities here belong to another, lesser, world. But the whole point about Treheli is the great location; perched delicately on a level ledge of ground elevated several hundred metres above the sea, with a spectacular view out over the beach of Porth Neigwl (or Hell’s Mouth, in English). This beach is best known for its truly delinquent surfing conditions, but generally speaking, the site is sheltered from the 'southwesterlies' that pile the waves up so high in the bay below. The four-mile-long stretch of sand and its deeply soothing turquoise water must surely count as one of the most impressive beaches in Britain and it’s usually just as impressively empty.
This small, quiet site overlooks the whole length of the beach and every pitch boasts the same wonderful view. The quiet, peaceful atmosphere on this site reflects perfectly the tranquillity of the environs and the lack of urgency that surrounds life in the western extremities of the Llŷn Peninsula. It’s a short stroll down to the deserted sands from the site - though a little more huff and puff may be required on the return leg.
Three southerly miles along the coast path, the feet fall upon the scenic joys of Porth Ysgo and further along, the small seaside village of Aberdaron is waiting to be discovered. In the other direction from Treheli, after the beach, a further four miles of strolling brings the resort of Abersoch into view. This is where the 30-somethings from the Cheshire stockbroker belt take their leisure and where the raft of decent restaurants reflect this.
It seems a shame to ever get back in a car again after a few days of unwinding the motoring tensions at Treheli, but the roads on the western side of the Llyn are very quiet and all lead to places that deserve to be anything but peaceful. The western fringe of the peninsula hides a succession of beautiful little coves that rarely get busy, even in the mayhem of mid-summer. Porth Oer is the most popular and easiest to get at, while Porth Iago and Traeth Penllech are achingly good looking.
There are days out a-plenty to be had from Treheli if the urge takes you, including the ancient charms of Caernarfon and Criccieth, where there is also a castle and perhaps the best ice-cream shop in the world. But wherever you wander on the lovely Llyn there will be nowhere lovelier than the view from your own tent, and no better life than that of a beach bum with a Treheli address.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 25 reviews
Just come back from a stay at Treheli. Beautiful campsite above the awesome Hell’s Mouth at Rhiw. There was 4 of us and a dog. Nice relaxed feel to place and owner Mark was very helpful. Showers and toilet and wash up facilities pretty standard but functional. We had some stormy weather and tent stood up well. Beach beautiful but path down to beach can get very slippy with rain so took our time with young children. Places to visit nearby Aberdaron, Abersoch, Llanbedrog, Whispering Sands. Only a small gripe. The relaxed feel and sense of no pitches is great when everyone adheres to 6m distance between tent/campervan, but for some pushy people they felt they could shoehorn 5 tents (2 very large) and 5 cars into a space big enough for 1 tent and crossed lines with our tent (which they kept tripping over). We could hear their conversations. The popular side is the beachside as who wouldn’t want that view but would have been better if people stick to site rules so more harmonious experience and given each other space.
Wonderful, magical and peaceful
I have been coming here for 46 years. This is such a lovely camp site, and the new owners Mark and Alice are great would recommend. But bring a tent that is good in wind because now and again it can get very fierce
Wow, what a view! We are a family of 4 and a dog and stayed in a bell tent last week. The tent was clean and spacious. We loved nipping down to the beach and spent hours in the sea! We BBQ’d most days so the logs provided were really handy. Having no electricity was so refreshing! The ablutions were good and always well stocked. We had a couple of days of horizontal rain, so just drove to local towns and villages to explore. Great break.
Lovely place, great views and friendly people. Toilets and showers kept clean.
An absolute favourite of all our camping experiences. Can’t wait to go back
This campsite exceeded expectations with its breath taking views, spacious pitches overlooking the beautiful bay and superbly accommodating owner Mark and his son. We have just returned from this fabulous place and simply can’t wait to return. Although the nights under canvas were accompanied by a pretty strong wind, as to be expected on a cliff top coastal site, we got used to the noise after first night. Had such a brilliant time we Extended our stay. Didn’t want to leave!
Simple laid back site in a field. Views were spectacular, You can see the sea from most areas on the field, mostly level field. Good hot free showers 2 for males, 2 for females, 2 loos each as well, outside washing up facilities with hot water. (Didn't use any of them except for a shower as we had own facilities with us). No EHU. Pitch where you want. Was impossible for us to get down to the beach safely because of the erosion and wet weather but there is a good beach at Aberdaron 5 miles away by car, also excellent icecream and fish and chips can be found there too plus quaint cafes and pubs. It was very windy when we went so check weather before you go as you may need to take extra guy ropes and pegs and wellies! and be prepared for muddy drive in and out when raining.. unfortunately due to high winds this last weekend our party had damage to tents and gazebos, not anyone's fault, comes with the territory, we weren't prepared! . A peaceful site surrounded by beautiful countryside... would love to go back in better weather (even though we went in the summer 😂) and get a cliff top pitch overlooking the sea
A jewel of the Llyn Peninsula
The level ground and cliff top position with a clear view of the bay made for a great camp. We watched the Dolphins topping on the incoming tide. The walk down to the beach is for the able bodied only tho. The facilities and Covid compliance are spot on and Mark is a great host who is friendly and practical.
Beautiful location, peaceful, very basic facilities with a steep walk down to the beach ( Owner clearly states all this on the website, so you can choose beforehand whether it will meet your requirements before booking) I liked the fact the site is run in a laid back way so you can come onto the site when you want and park up wherever and I could bring my dog. The owner is very nice and comes round to check everything is ok. We will be back for another visit in the future.
Stunning site, utter perfection
A slice of heaven next to a breathtaking stretch of beach. Basic but perfectly clean facilities. Good flat field with lots of opportunities to park with a view. Lots of rock pools for investigation and millpond flat sea. Bit of a climb down to the beach but absolutely worth it. Go for the beach, stay for the beach, return for the beach.
Yes this camp site is pretty level, so great for pitching. Yes the views are stunning. Yes the facilities are good. Yes the owners a friendly. Yes the beach is just a few minutes away and practically empty most of the time so looks and feels like a private beach. Sounds to good to be true for the very reasonable prices they charge? Well be AWARE! This stunning location is prone to gale force winds, more often than not it's very windy on the nicest of days. Its situated close to Hells mouth. The reason the beautiful beach is empty is you basically have to absail down the cliff to reach it. There's a dirt track leading down the cliff face with knotted ropes to help lower yourself down. Don't know how people with small children, babies or equipment would cope. I booked for 3 nights but only stayed one because of the 55mph winds. I watched tents being ripped apart during the night. To scary fof me I'm afraid.
Response from Treheli Farm
Julie, I am afraid that winds are very common at beach-side campsites, but to say that it is very windy most days is a bit of a stretch - especially as you only stayed one night! lol. We do highly recommend our guests check the weather before they travel - but we do agree it can get quite interesting when the wind gets up! With regards to our beach access, there are plenty of routes down, and admitedlty its not suitable for a wheelchair - but we are working on a more serene route down! Thanks! x
Fabulous Time Was Had By All ❤️
This site is beautiful, if you want to relax & unwind through the week you’ve got it. Come the weekend it’s more lively akin to a calm fun festival vibe! The beach is amazing, miles of sand! Get your kite out it’s wonderful😊 We also had a lovely swim & there’s rock pools too👍 You can hire a fire pit off of the always smiling & helpful Mark👊 Your out the way here & you feel it, so happy we stayed! And like Terminator says “I’ll be back”😋
Absolutely breathtaking scenery, fantastic hosts and awesome atmosphere. A really laid back, authentic camping experience and one we hope to repeat asap!
Beautiful, Peaceful, Refreshing.
This place is gorgeous. The ground was soft and level and super easy to put up our tent. Toilets and showers were great, clean, no queues. There's a beach directly below that you can get to with a nice 5 minute walk. The beach is full of snow quartz so perfect for a little rummage. At night, the stars were SO bright and the sky was so clear (obviously this depends on the weather and time of year) I'll definitely be back here and would recommend this camp site to anyone.
Just what we were after - good level field, great views, access to a fine beach. Showers etc. basic but adequate & clean - no queues & plenty of hot water. Didn't feel busy despite being high season.
Nice site - but the wind
Just come back from here after a few days camping with my 12 year old daughter. The site is smallish compared to others I have been to like shell island which if you haven't been is worth a try. There are only one shower each for men and women as far as I could tell but the site wasn't busy so it didn't cause us any problem. I must say the toilets were very clean each time I used them. Looked like they were cleaned on a regular basis throughout the day. Great views from the site and you can get down to the beach in a couple of minutes. The only other thing I would say is prepare to be battered by the wind. We had relentless wind from the Sunday to Tuesday when we left a day early due to lack of sleep. Not the owners fault but it's just something to be aware of when booking. So overall I have given four stars. The only thing to stop me going back would be the weather but I guess that's camping.
A slice of heaven away from it all
This was the inaugural family outing in our new motorhome, and what a perfect choice! If you want to unwind, with perfect views and peace and quiet, this is the place. The owner is fabulous and is always around checking everyone is ok. Simple site, come and go whenever and pitch where you like. The owner will give you a fire pit and kindling for not much and you can sit out toasting marshmallows to the sound of the waves and the beautiful views. If you want easy accessibility to bars or shops, WiFi etc this is not the site for you, this is for switching off and taking a deep breath, enjoy!
We stayed here for 2 nights at the start of the summer holidays with our little boy. The views from the camp site are absolutely incredible, especially in the sunshine. Unfortunately with that gorgeous view comes exposure, and on our first night the wind and rain battered us all night long. Not a negative, just be prepared to batten down the hatches and not get much sleep if the weather is bad. It's great being able to climb down to the beach, although yeah, the way back up is a slog. The man in charge was very helpful and friendly. I've only given 4 stars overall because the toilet block wasn't the greatest experience (but by no means the worst!!). No soap available, and the loo roll often ran out or was completely damp. It's not put us off coming back, but we'll bring our own soap and loo roll next time!
Amazing location! Very peaceful and quiet campsite. Loads of space to camp and amazing views. Be aware that to get here you will end up on some very narrow roads. If you want to get away from it all this is an ideal spot. There isn't a great deal of activities to do whilst youre here, however if you do follow the road to Aberadon and follow the road upto the mountain there are breathtaking view of the sunset at the top. Worth baring in mind there aren't many shops around, so i would definately recommend a pit stop at asda in pwllheli as it's on the way. If you think you'll need something, I would buy it here as no local shops will be open past 6pm, and the nearest shop is in Aberadon.
Superb peaceful location
The view was great and we were spoilt for choice with activities. We watched many sea birds including gannets plunging into the sea for fish. We walked the length of the beach on firm sand and also explored inland on footpaths and some small quiet roads. There was so much space for camping!
Absolutely stunning, breathtaking views
Best Campsite I have ever Stayed at and already have plans to return. Most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. Showers and toilets were basic but all that was needed. Right overlooking the sea and beach and the walk along the beach was amazing. The man that greeted us was lovely and friendly. What a perfect stay. Could not ask for anything more. Thank you!
Response from Treheli Farm
Thank you so much for such a glowing review. Our new facilities are nearly finished up, last lick of paint going on, so hopefully if you come again, you will be over the moon! Thanks again! xx
Perfection in semi wild camping :)
If you want a club house, electric hook up and fancy facilities then this is not the place for you !! If you like peace and quiet in stunning surroundings and are a pretty self sufficient camper, happy to make do with very basic/out dated facilities then Treheli Farm is for you. The beach below is gorgeous and empty but the path to the beach is a bit of a scramble in places so not for eldery campers or very little children unless carried. Mr Williams (the owner) is a delightful elderly welsh farmer who due to Parkinson's disease and a recent eye operation struggles a little to keep on top of some of the facilities. He lives alone with no family with the odd relative to help him out on the farm. He comes round every morning, not for your money but for a chat to see how you are doing and i am so glad i gave him time to chat as i learnt a lot about the area, the coast, history of his farm etc. We will definatly go again and this time i will bake him a cake :)
Basic but Great!
The reviews of this place are all very accurate, the facilities are basic; there is a small shower block (2 showers, 20p) and a toilet block to be found either side of the farm house, both clean enough. There was when we went 2 fields for camping/caravans, usually one but as some of the field has been lost to erosion Mr Williams had opened up another field. It was £20 for a caravan for the night and this was collected in the morning with no stipulation on what time you must leave, all very relaxed. The place is basic; the walk to the beach is more of a scramble but well worth it. Beach fires or camp fires on the cliff edge are allowed as are dogs, plenty of great walking with the All Wales Coast Path passing through the campsite. Superb views and lovely location, a real gem that one day will be gone - either to the sea or to the developer - enjoy it while you can.
Having read the reviews and looked at the pictures we decided Treheli looked like it could be a great spot for a relaxing bank holiday weekend. We spoke to Mr Williams on the phone to check our arrival would be okay and a friendly response reassured us we had made a good decision. We found the campsite relatively easily with just a road map and keeping an eye on road signs. On arrival, the field was pretty busy but we managed to squeeze in and found a pitch along the edge looking over the sea. Every night the front of the field was a sea of scattered fires; people toasting marshmallows and having barbecues! The farmhouse is where the toilets and showers are which were lovely and clean. Mr Williams is very old so some regular campers were mucking in cleaning the toilets when we were there to help him out. Really lovely people. The only thing to note is the showers take 20p coins. I took a few coins to the showers but it turned out that one was plenty of time! There's a little walk down to the sandy beach below and dried up drift wood seemed to be a popular option for campfires. A local man, who must be helping Mr Williams out, collected the cash (£15 per tent per night). The only negative of the whole experience was the rave going on in the next field. It was a real let-down and pretty unwelcome in the surroundings, to be honest. The field next door had been rented out to a large group of ravers who partied all day and all night, 3 days in a row. There was no sympathy from the man collecting the cash on the loud bass that you could hear all through the night. Should I visit again, I would be sure to ask if there are any more ravers renting the other field. I imagine it would be nice to fall asleep to the sound of the sea there.
It was an oasis of calm just 10 mins from the crowds at Abersoch which was heaving on the late May Bank holiday. A lot of camp sites require minimum 2-3 day bookings over bank holidays as well, so we felt privileged to be able to arrive, with no advance booking at a busy time and stay for just one day. It was not the easiest to find so had to use a map as well as a Sat Nav. The pitches are in a row along the cliff edge so all have spectacular panoramic views. The beach was a wide expanse of sandy loveliness.The toilets and showers were antiquated but clean and they worked. Ol' Mr Williams does his best but do bring your own loo roll just in case. On the plus side, the remote location and basic facilities will ensure it will remain a hidden gem! Being exposed is going to be an issue when camping on a cliff next to the sea and a smaller tent is definitely an advantage in adverse weather. But it's worth it. We can't wait to go back.
This is a the proverbial hidden gem. As the website review says, it can be hard to find and the "facilities" are very basic. Two loos (clean-ish) and two showers that you need 20p for! However, the site is simply gorgeous and by the far the closest campsite to Hell’s Mouth. Be sure that the forecast is fine. We got a clear night and it was wonderful, but we woke to wind and rain incoming. The site is a small field on a working farm overlooking the bay and is exposed. The views are stunning, but there is little shelter and if the wind gets up I’d say it would be difficult. We set the satnav to the postcode and it got us to the gate. I’d tried calling to book but got no answer. Seems they don’t take bookings. So we just pulled in. They were about 8 other pitches, so everyone had a great position. One of the lovely things about the site, given its informality, is that fires are permitted around the edges. Also, lots of dogs. We set up, went down the 5 min path to swim in the sea (great for surfing, but I’ve had better swims...) and back up to cook. Then we sat late beside our fire, under zillions of stars and with the sound of the waves. In the morning old Mr Williams came around on his quad to collect the 15 quid. Rough & ready, to be sure. But lovely and relaxed, with the most glorious setting imaginable.