Graig Wen

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Barmouth

  • 10m + spacing between camping pitches
  • Staggered timeslots for showers
  • Distance markers for shower/toilets queues
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Daily deep cleaning of common areas
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Succumb to the tranquil hills of Graig Wen. Smart, sustainable and quite simply, lush.

Situated in the south-west corner of the Snowdonia National Park, there’s no doubt that Graig Wen enjoys one of the best campsite locations in the whole of Wales. Set among some 45 acres of its own wild woods and meadows, and with amazing views over the Mawddach Estuary curling down to Cardigan Bay below, this established spot plays host to happy campers and ample wildlife alike. It’s not surprising, then, that it has won the Green Snowdonia Award for ‘Most Sustainable Campsite’, along with a clutch of other gongs, including ‘The Best Camping and Glamping Site’ according to Go North Wales. Yet for all the awards, Graig Wen remains a wonderfully peaceful and unpretentious spot to stay.

At the heart of the campsite’s success is its owners’ paired passion to constantly improve the site while preserving its wild nature. To accompany their small collection of touring pitches, Sarah and John have hand-built two yurts from ash trees found on the land, kitting them out with quirky furniture and textiles, while two more pop-up yurts have been designed to move around the site depending on the season (closer to loos, showers and the comforts of electricity in winter). As recently as 2019 they added a cute new shepherd’s hut and there’s also a small holiday cottage.

For tent campers, however, the real highlight here is found down a short but steep track. Below the year-round touring site, several fields run right up to the edge of the estuary, available to pitch in from May to September. There’s a spacious family field, nearest to the parking, as well as more secluded spots with enticing names like Ash Corner, Mawddach View and Wild Cherry. Campfires are allowed and there’s ample space to go around, with enough choice for every camper to find the right amount of views, shelter, space or isolation, to suit their taste. In keeping with its award-winning status, Graig Wen’s well-maintained facilities are always spick and span, with hot showers and sparkling toilets. Viewing benches overlooking the Mawddach Estuary offer the best seat in the house come sunset o’clock – especially given Snowdonia’s ‘International Dark Sky Reserve’ status – and a simple camp shop stocks local ales and other essentials.

If you want to explore the campsite’s various streams and stretches of woodland, there’s an engaging geocache trail, which also subtly teaches you about the area’s slate-mining heritage along the way. More intrepid explorers, meanwhile, can tackle Cader Idris – the spectacular mountain at the back of Graig Wen. It’s the highest peak in southern Snowdonia but the crowds tend to be much smaller than on the summit of famous Snowdon in the north. According to legend, if you spend the night on the summit, you’ll come down a poet. Or a madman.

From a gate at the bottom of the campsite you can also cycle all the way to the beaches at Fairbourne or Barmouth without ever seeing a road, and virtually the entire route to Dolgellau in the other direction is road-free, too. It’s a fitting way to get around from the campsite; a place where cars belong safely in the car park and nature, in all its glory, takes centre stage.

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Test your animal-spotting skills – owls, nightjars, glow-worms, badgers and kingfishers are all in residence here. There are a couple of ropeswings, plenty of trees to climb, occasional wildlife walks and bikes to hire. In the car-free lower field you must park a few hundred meters away. Drop off service available 2 - 4pm and on morning of check out. Wheelbarrows provided to move your kit. 2 new unisex showers on lower tent camping fields plus more on the upper touring van site and one just for glampers. Electric hook-ups (£4 per night). Campfires allowed on lower fields and communal camp fire for touring site (bag of logs £5). Hire bikes at Dolgellau Cycles (0044 1341 423332) call for prices.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, glampers, dogs, cyclists/mountain bikers, walkers – in fact it’s hard to think of anyone who wouldn’t enjoy Graig Wen.

We are not accepting group bookings in 2020.


Cadair Idris (892 metres) - clambering up the mountain is a great local option and the Pony Path makes is family friendly.  Alternatively walk straight off the camp site along the stunning (and flat) waterside Mawddach Trail to the seaside treats of Barmouth. Go crabbing or visit Knickerbockers ice-cream parlour. As well as the cycle track along the estuary to the Fairbounre beach, there’s mountain-bike routes for all abilities, at nearby Coed-y-Brenin (01341 440747), around 5 miles north of Dolgellau. Head north to Llechwedd Slate Caverns where Zip World (01248 601444) is hugely popular. Over 8km of wires are strung throughout the mountains providing a truly unique areal experience. Slightly more theme park-like, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, on the A487 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth (01654 761584) is an attraction themed around ancient myths and legends. Every third Sunday of the month Dolgellau holds a Farmer's Market.

Food & Drink

The owners sell eggs, ice cream, marshmallows and breakfast hampers in high season (local bacon, sausages, bread, juice) for £30. Stock up on local produce and tasty treats at the Country Market on Thursday mornings, or the Farmer’s Market on the third Sunday of every month, both in Dolgellau. Down at Fairbourne, the unassuming Indiana Cuisine (01341250891) is a pleasant surprise. South Indian specialities are created with colour and flourish from fresh ingredients and traditional home recipes. Plenty of non-spicy options available. Good pub grub at The George III Hotel (01341 422525) 5 minutes drive or an hour's delightful walk along the estuary cycle trail. Locally produced lamb, beef and fish can be enjoyed outside in view of the estuary.

Opening Times

The top 'touring' campsite is open all year. Yurts are available all year except briefly in January and February. The lower camping fields open from May–end of September.

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The Owner Says

Our self catering holiday accommodation in Snowdonia National Park, near Barmouth and Dolgellau, North Wales is in an exceptional location. Overlooking the Mawddach Estuary, one of the most beautiful in Wales, the views are breathtaking. Step straight onto the scenic Mawddach cycle Trail from our camping field. The mountains are all around, with sandy beaches, castles, steam trains, zip lines and bike trails close by. Whether you prefer a cottage, cosy yurt or sleeping under the stars, Graig Wen offers you a range of quality accommodation.

Our small, tranquil campsite has direct access to the beautiful Mawddach Estuary. There’s a sheltered area with electric hook ups for 10 vans or smaller tents near the showers and our holiday cottages. If you really want to get away from it all, go wild and pitch your tent down near the estuary to star gaze around a camp fire. Dogs on leads welcome.

For family glamping adventures and romantic retreats you can also hideaway in one of our four pet-friendly yurts. You’ll be blown away by the views, scenery and seclusion…but have a bit of comfort too!

In recent years we are proud to have featured in The Guardian’s 10 Best Glamp sites, The Times' Coolest Places to Camp, The Independent’s 10 Best Luxury Coast Camp sites, as well as Country Living Magazine and many more.

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Social Distancing Measures

Although our brains are working overtime on this and we have the luxury of space, with less than 30 pitches and glamping spread over 40 acres of land here, we are waiting for official government guidance before confirming our new measures and taking any new summer bookings. The good news is we have plenty of availability so please go to our web site and join our mailing list to be the first to know when we can open for July and August bookings.

If we can re-open a reduced number of pitches for tent camping, we have plenty of space if campers wish to bring their own toilet/shower tent and we have facilities for emptying chemical toilets.

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10 hard electric pitches and two grass pitches on the top touring site and 18 grass pitches in the lower camping fields (three with parking). Plus four yurts, a shepherd’s hut, holiday cottages and B&B rooms available.

Jones the Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
A unique, beautifully crafted Shepherd’s Hut to sleep two in style or squeeze in a young family.

Idris Pop-Up Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
A glamping escape in wild Snowdonia for couples and families seeking adventure with creature comforts. Kitted out with a proper double bed with a thick mattress and two single sofa beds.

Large yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5
Hand-crafted from our own trees, this large traditional yurt is perfect for a romantic retreat or family adventure. Set amongst the silver birches of our glamping glade, the yurt is private but has facilities close by.

Yurt (for two)

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 2
The yurt (sleeping 2) is in an exceptional location - open the door in the morning to stunning Mawddach Estuary views.


Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
Tommy is ideal for couples and family glamping in a beautiful silver birch glade secluded from the rest of our camp site

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Secluded bell tent for wild adventures

Standard Touring Van Pitch

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 5 4 Available
A standard touring van pitch for motorhomes or caravans up to 7m with space for awning. Hardstanding with enough space for awning on grass and a towing car to park.

Panorama View Pitch (electric optional)

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 5 2 Available
Fabulous Mawddach Estuary views from these pitches! Suitable for motorhomes or caravans up to 7.5m with space for awnings. Hardstanding with enough space for awning on grass. Also suitable for small tents requiring electric hook up.

Small Van pitch (with optional electric)

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 4 2 Available
Camper vans or small caravans up to 7m only – there’s a grassy space for your outside table and chairs but no room for awnings, gazebos, tents etc

Grass tent Pitch & Park (lower field)

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 3 Available
Park next to your pitch with wonderful views across the valley. One tent and one car only ( no vans). Car must be booked as an extra. Tents no wider than 5.5 metres.

Estuary Field Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 6 Available
Grass pitch suitable for one tent only situated in the wilder, car-free camping field. Space for one car in the car park (no van access) must be booked as an extra

Family Field Grass Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 5 Available
A large, flat grass pitch suitable for one tent only situated in the wilder, car-free camping field. Space for one car in the car park (no van access) must be booked as an extra

Super Secluded tent pitches

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 3 Available
Grass pitch suitable for one tent only hidden away along the valley in the wilder, car-free camping fields. Space for one car in the car park (no van access) must be booked as an extra

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Contact Graig Wen, Graig Wen Campsite, Arthog, Nr Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL39 1YP

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Getting There

Turn off the A470 Dolgellau bypass onto the A493 signposted Tywyn/ Fairbourne. The campsite is exactly 4.5 miles from this point so set your tripometer! As you near it the road narrows and the site is on the brow of a slight hill on the right hand side. If approaching from Fairbourne direction on A493, drive through Arthog, past the quarry and look for a sign saying "Concealed entrance" on the left - that's Graig Wen. Sat nav works with postcode LL39 1YP. Morfa Mawddach railway station about 2 miles from site, accessible by foot/cycle path or bus. Sarah and John encourage public transport and can arrange pick-up from station for £10. Buses run between Aberystwyth/ Machynlleth and Dolgellau. Ask the driver to drop you off at Graig-Wen between Penmaenpool and Arthog. Buses and trains: Traveline Cymru 0871 200 2233.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 18 reviews


Superbly located campsite, variety of pitches and accommodation for everyone.

We booked a campervan pitch with hookup (there are 9: 2 of them are "Panoramic View" pitches, which cost a little more and get booked up fast) The staff are very busy running a lot of different types of accommodation and pitches, but we received wonderful help from the owner when our electrics failed after the first meal. The problem was ours ( an inaccessible fuse was loose) but Sarah kindly loaned us a huge 6 gang socket hookup for the length of our stay - 3 nights - and problem solved. The 2 Panorama pitches are magnificant, and the stunning views of the estuary are supposed to be accessible to all other users of the pitches, with the provision of benches and a table overlooking the view. For part of our stay there was a large party taking over both the panorama pitches, and spreading themselves across the communal access with large awnings and cars - a bit selfishly. Maybe this could be made clearer by the owners to anyone booking these special pitches, and even large awnings be prohibited? Other than this large party, everyone on site, users and staff alike, all extremely friendly and even the effort of getting our bikes up and down the steep track to the Mawddach trail was more than worth it. What a fabulous spot, and congratulations to the visionary owners who have provided so many different levels (literally!) of accommocation. We will certainly return.

Lovely Location excellent Staff

To set to scene, 5 people, 2 tents (two pitches provided, price per person only) 3 nights. A great place to stay with very friendly and accommodating staff coupled with excellent views over the estuary between Barmouth and Farmouth. We all had a very fun, chilled out stay at Graig Wen. Facilities were very clean and the 24hr honesty shop was a great addition. The site is located on a very steep hill. To accommodate campers with a lot of equipment (large tents and tonnes of food) can be helped out by a staff member and a great little buggy/truck. I wouldn’t even want to imagine how many trips we would have had to endure without these. Only item to meantion is the distance from the lower pitch to the showers, which are located at the entrance of the site itself. HOWEVER it looks like Graig Wen are currently building showers for the lower field, saving the 5 minute walk up the hill (which isn’t actually too bad). To end on a high note, communication with the staff prior to arriving was great! Would definitely recommend!!!
Jul 21, 2018 by Jake Roberts

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks very much for taking the time to share your experience. We are delighted you enjoyed the tranquil atmosphere here and friendly welcome.  We are excited to say the new shower trailer is now open, saving campers on the lower fields the long walk up the hill!


Stunning Views - Basic facilites

My partner and i stayed here Friday-Sunday with our German Shepherd. The place is absolutely stunning, very picturesque and extremely relaxing. Unfortunately the stay was tarnished by a rather abrupt answerphone message from the owners whilst we were climbing snowdon. I emailed ahead requesting the details of the pitch we had been allocated as there was no facility to book a spesific pitch on cool camping. I requested a quiet pitch as these are the only type of places we stay at. We arrived a little later than planned due to traffic but i called ahead to let the owners know who were fine and told us they would leave instructions to get to the pitch outside reception. Upon arrival we searched around but no instructions had been left, eventually a gentleman came and drew us a brief and quick map directing us to the estury fields and away we went. The fields were quite a walk from the car park but we dont mind that and will happily put the work in for a more remote pitch. We arrived at the estury fields and pitched up in one of the two remaining empty pitches with stunning views over the estuary. It was perfect, even though the pitches on this field were quite close together this one was slightly further down so perfect for us to relax without worrying about the dog trying to explore other tents, we had one of the most relaxing night’s sleep camping yet! The next day we braved Snowdon so were out early and back late, when we arrived back the other pitch had been filled with a very friendly couple. We later found that we had been allocated the pitch we were on via a very abrupt message from an employee of Graig Wen. We unfortunately didn’t receive the message until we were back late that night but i can only assume that we would have been expected to move pitches had we have been around which I find extremely ridiculous and rude. The couple meant for our pitch were happily set up and the booking still fulfilled, had I have been asked to move along one for the sake of a name on a computer screen I wouldn’t have been a happy customer. The facilities are also very minimal with the shower block with working toilets and running water was approx. a 20 minute uphill walk from the estuary fields. There was a ‘tree bog’ composting toilet halfway between the estuary and family fields but I don’t believe that that is sufficient for the number of pitches and the facility for washing dishes was time consuming as you have to heat the water with a kettle (bring your own lighter or pay the price of trekking back). For this reason I can’t say we will go back which is a shame as the site is beautiful, maybe the facility to view and book individual pitches would improve customer satisfaction. I’ve known other sites with unique pitches to do this and it enables customers to see what they are buying rather than pay for a pitch that wouldn’t be right for them. I’d also recommend better facilities for the lower fields as it felt a bit like we were in the ‘cheap seats’ and unimportant.
Jun 27, 2018 by Yasmin Walch

Response from Graig Wen

We're sorry if there were some crossed wires with communication but pleased that it did not stop you and your dog relaxing and enjoying the exceptional scenery and peace and quiet.  We are thrilled that from August this year we now have a beautiful new shower trailer on our lower tent camping fields as well as the two compost loos.  Campers can indeed book specific pitches as they are all quite different - we welcome your enquiries.

Stunningly beautiful, remote, wild and classy

We had an outstanding long weekend here with our boys aged 11 and 6. Graig Wen is in one of the most beautiful unspoilt locations and the views over the estuary to the mountains beyond are quite stunning. Access to the cycle path along the estuary is an added bonus for bike mad boys and to have that scenery and solitude on your doorstep is a rare luxury. Even better - it leads to a great pub with local food and local craft beer!! What's not to like? To have so much space, tranquility and beauty was a real privilege. Overall a unique and exceptional camping experience, we can't wait to come back!
May 9, 2018 by Paul

Great stay

We stayed in Graig Wen for a couple of nights last week. Absolutely beautiful location! We were down in the tent camping fields with great views of the estuary. You do need a wheelbarrow to cart all your equipment down from the car park but it all adds to the experience. All the staff were really friendly and they helped ferry our equipment back to the car when we were packing up in the pouring rain. The shop is very well stocked - I particularly appreciated stocking Purple Moose Brewery beer! It's really easy to walk out from the campsite along the Estuary and then up a few major hills. All in all - great stay and would definitely go back.
Jun 26, 2017 by JamesRL12

Great views for Campervans.

We booked the panoramic view for our first campervan weekend away which didn't disappoint. Very little light pollution made for some fantastic star gazing. The proximity to other pitches was a little closer than expected but locality to facilities were very handy. We visited in October and the site seemed very popular.  The site allows direct access to the estuary through the lower fields which is a great walk for the dogs and is very tranquil.

Oct 31, 2015 by Humbleginger

Amazing Camping Trip

Arrived on Saturday afternoon to a lovely warm welcome. The man behind the reception was brilliant, providing advice and tips for our camping trip and even printing out a weather report for us. He explained where our pitch would be and advised us of the opening times for reception, the sites facilities, the local area and about the Honesty Shop next door. Our pitch was on the lower field which meant we were able to park our car to unload our tent and things right next to our plot although there were wheelbarrows provided for those further away. The campsite was lovely, with our pitch being a short walk into a small wooded area and the shore line...the views were amazing! We pitched our tent quickly and went for a drive into the local village Dollegalu for a look around and a few drinks.

As we had booked at pitch in the Lower field it meant we could have our own campfire next to our tent. We made use of this both nights we stayed and collected fire wood from the woods around camp (you could purchase firewood also from reception and they even offer to deliver this to your plot.) The lower field was nicely spread out with just a few tents meaning you didn't feel overlooked. We were a short walk away to a 'tree bog' which was quicker than walking back to the main reception area, it was also very clean and well kept. The shower facilities were good, warm and clean. They were located next to the small honesty shop which sold lots of different items you may need. On our final day we were recommended a short walk from a local train station to the Seasode village of Barmouth - again this was from the fantastic staff!!

Couldn't fault this campsite, beautiful location and excellent customer service. Would definitely come and visit again, especially after the many recommendations the gentleman from reception made with regards to walks and local spots! We loved your site and had such fun weekend - THANKYOU!!

May 6, 2015 by DanielleJadeRedfern

Longer please....

If I could live here I would! We hired a motorhome for the first time and this was our 4th stop. As novices to both motorhoming and Wales we were hoping for the best in picking what we thought looked like nice places to stay. To say we 'lucked out' here is an understatement. This is a truly beautiful place and would come top of my list for views and the warmest of welcomes. I could not recommend it more highly. The bike ride along the Estuary from the site to Barmouth is stunning (and flat in the main) so with a 4 year old on the child seat, that was a highlight. Really really lovely. Thank you Sarah

Apr 11, 2015 by Michelle Adams


We have just returned from Graig Wen for the second time, after falling in love with the campsite the first time round. We opted for a pitch and park with our tent in the lower camping field. The pitch itself was in a field with only three other pitches, so there's always plenty of space to unwind and relax in. The view from here down the valley towards Cader Idris is awe inspiring, and just a short walk down the hill leads you to the Mawddach Trail along the stunning Mawddach Estuary. Watching the sun set behind the mountains from here is just magical! What we loved most about the site is that it feels like you are wild camping but with all the mod cons of hot showers, toilets, water points and even an honesty shop to keep your food supply well stocked on site! There is also an eco-friendly composting loo, with quite possibly the best view from a loo you may ever see, and each pitch has it's own fire pit too, which is great for toasting marshmallows and warming your feet on a chilly night! The staff are so friendly and very knowledgeable on things to do in the local area if you need some ideas! The location is perfect, with some fantastic hiking in the mountains of southern Snowdonia on your doorstep (a trip up Cader Idris is a must), and the beautiful beaches of Barmouth and Tywyn only a few miles down the road. We have two little terriers and unfortunately there are dog restrictions in force on Barmouth beach, but the 5 mile stretch of sand from the end of the promenade at Tywyn to Aberdovey is a doggy paradise! White sand, aqua-marine waters and big waves make it a fantastic place to throw big sticks into the water and allow them to run free!

All in all, Graig Wen really is a little slice of heaven and we have already booked our third visit in August! We cannot recommend it highly enough!!!

Jul 10, 2014 by kelseyursula

Cool reception more like

I booked a pitch on this site with about a months notice, whilst speaking to the staff I asked about the different pitches, lower fields and the touring park, ideally trying to get a tent pitch, somewhere I could park my car next to, with a view (as I noticed a little bit on there website about a view premium charge).  The man took my booking for a tent pitch, 'with the view',  that a car could get to. A deposit was taken, and two days later I get a confirmation by email, stating that I was booked on the lower field. I assumed that maybe one or two of the lower field pitches were close enough to the track to get a car next to a pitch.  I turn up at about 4.20... A bit after the recommended 'kit delivery' window of opportunity for the lower fields. I didn't think I'd need it as I specified a pitch that I could drive to.  We were greeted with a hefty degree of indifference, and when I explained I was there to camp, the 'owner' shifted his tone to disbelief. No booking, nothing in the diary. I explained about the confirmation email and the deposit etc and eventually the owner found the booking in the Lower Field file and promptly started blaming his assistant.  He then went onto explain that as they had had a wedding the day before, the guests were using the touring site as a car park, so there were limited pitches, with cars in the way.  

With reluctance he thought he'd show me the pitch.  Which was essentially a glorified car park with a very restricted view (from the right angle, assuming there is no one in the way) pretty much right next to the main road (go on, google earth it... I've seen laybys further from the road). I explained about my original query - view, parking close to the tent, whether touring park or the lower field and so he offered me a space on the lower field, but didn't seem keen to let me go and have a look at it.  There were two pitches on the touring park with a view, with no one on them, but I couldn't have them as they were expecting a booking tomorrow (what about my booking today - for 4 nights?).  He kept blaming one particular member of staff, then when I mentioned the confirmation email came from another named stuff member he just rolled his eyes and continued to moan about the staff.  He then went onto explain how we'd have to carry our kit to the lower field because we missed the delivery service... And we'd have to hurry up and make our mind up as he was about to go out...

This made my mind up... I would rather sleep in the car, then spend a night there... 

There was barely an apology, or an acknowledgement of any concern for our situation and little or no attempt to compromise or accommodate us. Such as offering to transport our kit to the lower field...

After being offered a refund, and the flimsiest of sorrys, we took our chance trying to find somewhere elsewhere.  

I would never return here, it is noisy as its next to the road, the toilet block looked grim, the pitches would have been rock hard and the mainly, the attitude was appalling.  I am only grateful that I had only travelled a few hours from a campsite in South Wales, not driven straight there from home 350miles away.  This campsite does not offer value for money, or good camping. It attempts to be stylish, yet lacks substance and only trades on the view, which is inaccessible from most of the touring site.  (And there are better examples of views up the road, believe me... Within an hour we were safely pitched in a beautiful, hospitable site, with superb facilities and 2/3rds of the price).

A few weeks later, I got a email from graig wen, just a marketing one, so I clicked on the facebook site just to have a look, I was surprise to learn from this site, that they were celebrating that they could use the lower fields for camping in September after they had finally secured a license for camping in them.  (Previously the license stopped in August). This posting was after they took my booking... So at the time they took my deposit and my booking - for camping in September- they didn't even have a license to operate (that field). 

If you really want to go to this place (and I really don't recommend it at all) double check your booking.... And then check it again.

Nov 6, 2013 by Tipitastic

Response from Graig Wen

Ok, facts first. People have been enjoying camping at Graig Wen for generations and we have just won a 5 year battle with planners to secure the future of tent camping on the lower fields from 1 May until the end of September each year. Hooray! We were entirely within our rights to be pitching campers in this area this season but hey – enough about planning law already...

Secondly, hands up – a mistake was made with this customer’s booking by a member of staff who is no longer with us. It doesn’t happen often, but we are all human. It’s understandably concerning to us as owners/managers when a mistake is made which means we can’t offer the customer what they expected as we are passionate about what we do. When we have occasional wedding bookings we close down the site so there is no disruption to other campers. John apologised and did his best to make amends – but sometimes there’s no pleasing angry people. He explained the cars from the wedding would be gone within half an hour and showed them to one of two alternative pitches – they chose not to spend time looking at the second. Sensing a lost cause we offered to call other local campsites to check they had pitches available and gave these people a full refund. Off they sped.

We are surprised that they say our loos “looked grim” as they did not even step inside them to our knowledge - another team member was mopping the floors at the time.  Our washblock may look functional rather then pretty but facilities are always spotlessly clean.

When some people arrive at the upper, touring part of our site, sometimes they worry that it’s close to the road. However once they have settled in and spent a night here, 9 times of out 10 they say the road is not busy and has not bothered them. People often say there is more than first meets the eye to our site – that it has a friendly, laid back feeling with outstanding access to the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and lots of attention to small details. It’s a shame that this person probably spent more time getting steamed up and writing their review than getting a feel for our lovely campsite….


We came for 2 nights: we stayed for 7.

With a 2 year old, genuine wild camping is out of the question, but here; we came close enough to restore my ecologist husband's faith in campsites and have enough little extras to make the experience fun for all.  We started with friends at the far field tucked in lovely Hawthorn Corner with wonderful sweeping views down to the Mawddach: made more sweet as you can only do this for 28 days of the year.  A bit of a campsite showdown (the one bad egg in a really lovely clutch) with a new camper led us to request to move on to another pitch.  I'm not going to tell you which one, because I'm keeping that to myself - total seclusion we felt like we were there on our own - fabulous.  Lovely showers, great honesty fridge (with Pellegrino!) and the tree bog with its views out to the woods has to be the best view from a bog I've ever had.  Just one tip: if you have a two year old who suddenly decides to give up on potty training and wees on your bed - there's a great service wash to be had in Fairbourne. And Nick, you're right: we will be back, but it might be sooner than next year ;-)

Aug 19, 2013 by Gillian Roberts

Fantastic Week

My fiance and I visited this campsite a year ago for one night and came back this year for a week on the lower field.  We generally go camping once or twice a year and we have found that Graig Wen is our most favourite place to camp.  The scenery and general surroundings are stunning and the pitches are really well spaced leaving you feeling secluded, unlike other camp sites we have visited where there is only a foot between you and your neighbour!!  We stayed at the Stream Corner which was such a beautiful plot.

The owners John and Sarah are lovely and very friendly and are more than happy to help if we needed. In particular we got on very well with Deputy Manager Nick who was most accomodating and gave us tips on good places to visit and even stopped for a quick game of Frisbee!!  We love Nick!! 

The facilities were brilliant, always hot water and always really clean.  The honesty shop is wonderful and has lots of essentials should you forget anything and it's always well stocked.  One of the bonus points about this Graig Wen is that you can have a camp fire which is quickly becoming a rare thing at most camp sites, but it adds to the fun of the camping experience and has to be done!!

All in all, we love Graig Wen, it's the best camp site we've been to and we intend to make our trip an annual visit. 

Aug 19, 2013 by Jenna

Nice site

Beautiful outlook over the Mawddach Estuary, though noise from road which runs past bit close. Clean toilets, good showers and a great honesty box system for forgotten items or fresh milk, bacon etc. Useful noticeboard on site for local information. Would have liked a bit of hot water for washing up but otherwise can't fault it.  

Aug 9, 2013 by Sherribob

Response from Graig Wen

We’re so pleased you enjoyed you stay with us. There are 2 sinks with hot water in the covered washing up area.  There’s also a couple of sinks on site which we can only plumb in with a cold water but are handy for just rinsing out cups, etc. Hot water for hand washing is also available in the ladies and gents as well as the free showers.


Not good for camper vans.

Stayed here weekend of 2nd August, went with short notice and chose it having read Cool Camping book and it having great views, being close to Barmouth and the cycle path which we like; however on arrival we were put on a small grass patch close to the toilets, (which was no problem) on the area containing camper and touring vans which was not much more spacious that a supermarket car park! 

We chose the site for views but had the views of the vehicles parked opposite and for a good view of the Mawddach estuary and sourrounding countryside there was a spot on a grassy patch behind the house, at the end of the 'car park'. Yes that small area had good views and 2 small viewing benches to be used by all, but was obviously very close to the sceptic tanks too as it smelt. We were told the patch we were on and had to move the following night, which was fair enough given we had not booked. However the following day we were moved into the corner of the 'car park' with no view apart from the brown base of some very tall pine trees and a BBQ, compost bins and an old shed opposite; there was really space for us to sit out to eat here. We also had to wait for the people moving from here to go around 12 noon before we could move, despite there being room on a 'pitch' opposite us, despite the fact we we waiting to head out for the day. We did ask the manager if we could park on the vacant pitch and the new arrivals move into the corner and we would move later but this wasn't allowed. Although other people staying on the site for a few days said they had moved pitches several time to accommodate others! 

We we returned from our day out a long walk into Barmouth (approx 5 miles) and back we were stuck in 'compost corner' and 2 very large tents had moved onto the grass patch opposite where we had stayed the 1st night. Each of those tents took up the space of approx 4 camper vans and one of the tents (which looked big enough to house the platoon of Tenko) and his truck blocked out what little view the rest of the campers had (that didn't include us as we had no view)!

So facilites toilets and showers nice and clean, but steer clear camper vans, there are other sites in the area with amazing views. There is also a very steep and rough hill approx 600 metres to get to the cycle path, which we didn't even attempt to get back up with our bikes!

Aug 9, 2013 by Karenf

Response from Graig Wen

Ho hum…August weekends are our busiest time but we made an effort to  accommodate these campers when they arrived without having booked or called us at 7.30 on a Friday night in a large motorhome and 5 man tent. We found a pitch for the motorhome at the top of our small touring site and gave the tent campers a lift to a pitch on our spacious lower tent camping fields. The next morning they all asked to extend their stay for 3 or 4 days which we were able to help them with on the proviso that the motorhome would have to move around pitches. We indicated these at the time. 

For August, most of our campers pre-book their pitch which is available from midday to midday, so we were not able to offer these late arrivals the pitches with the best views or ask other campers to leave their pitch early. The tents they describe were normal size family tents, one of which belongs to campers who regularly book 6 months in advance.

Our touring site only has 8 pitches suitable for vans so during peak times such as this, one of the busiest weekends of the year, we do advise people to pre-book, or drop in on us during the many months of the year when there is more choice of pitches and space to enjoy the lovely location.

Not that great.

Not great - I'd much rather go wild camping - or to one of the beach side sites further along the coast. There are nice views here though and I like the fact that there are large car-free zones in the campsite. But on the other hand all you get is a slanted sheep field. Pitches are not level in the slightest - no effort's been made to make into a campsite. And it's completely covered in sheep droppings - not a little bit, but COVERED fresh every morning and evening all around your tent. I've been camping with sheep before but it was really bad here. We were two families with 4 children and the washing up and toilets are a good distance up a steep track. It's not a campsite but a bumpy field full of sheep.

Jul 29, 2013 by scratchy

Response from Graig Wen

We're glad you enjoyed the wonderful views from our site and our car-free camping areas which help preserve the tranquility of this special environment in Snowdonia National Park. Graig Wen offers different camping experiences – from a more conventional area at the top of the site with electric hook ups and hardstandings, to our lower tent camping fields. Cool Camping Wales described these fields in their first book some years ago, saying  "it doesn't feel like a camp site at all, just a beautiful slice of countryside with a few tents scattered around".  We've made improvements to the site facilities since then, including adding a compost loo, and many people share the view that our lower camping fields are a wild and precious place to camp. 

Sheep do graze across the organic farmland at times of the year but with 40 odd acres there is plenty of breathing space for campers and their woolly neighbours. Not all camp sites suit everyone and those after a more traditional camping experience such as that offered by the coastal camp sites are usually better camping on the top part of our site rather than our lower fields. We strive to make this clear to people when booking and certainly always advise families that there is a steep walk uphill to the washing facilities – as Cool Camping has always pointed out in their coverage of us too.  We spend quite a bit of time talking to people when booking including asking campers to tell us how big their tent is so we can pitch them on a suitably level spot. If anyone expresses concerns about their pitch to us when they arrive, we always do our best to find them a suitable place for them to enjoy their holiday with us.


Beautiful site

Wonderful views from the camping areas although the camper van/electric hook up pitches back onto the road so not quite as peaceful for us. Would recommend taking bikes if you want to get to the pub as its a fair distance to the nearest one.

Jul 12, 2013 by vannylu

Hot water would be nice!

Spent 4 nights at this beautiful location in June, 2013, and made welcome by the owners/staff.

Great facilities including good free showers, clean toilets and level pitches with reliable electrics. However, seems a bit weird that the "hot" water in the toilet was only just about warm and the washroom/ toilet was 150m from the showers which housed the (useful) honesty shop.

You will also need some toughened steel pegs if you want to get more than inch into the ground, as the campsite is on a slate subsoil which is almost impossible to penetrate with ordinary pegs.

One thing Craig Wen can't be blamed for was the millions of midges which live around the Estuary, but take some Insect Repellent anyway!

Jun 27, 2013 by ChrisnPam Shipley

Graig Wen

I went here 3 years ago, (May 2008). Its a great location for walking and cycling. The site was huge, all on very gently sloping fields, and you really felt out in the wild. They told me to make a fire where the ground had already been used, rather than damage more grass. I take everything that I need, so didn’t use the facilities. They told me that the track down to the camping fields can get too slippery sometimes for vehicles, but they were more than happy, to load all my camping stuff into their Landrover, and take me down, leaving my car in the parking area by the house. They were really friendly people and the campsite was large, open and comfortable.
May 22, 2011 by Helen Smith

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