Graig Wen

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Barmouth

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Staggered showering times
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • 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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Details

Facilities

Test your animal-spotting skills – owls, nightjars, egrets, badgers and kingfishers are all in residence here. There are plenty of trees to climb, dens to build and streams to potter in . 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, trail runners – in fact it’s hard to think of anyone who wouldn’t enjoy Graig Wen.

We are not currently accepting group bookings.

Nearby

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. Castell y Bere is an atmospheric ruined castle which is great for exploring. Graig Wen is in one of the darkest parts of the Snowdonia Dark Skies Reserve so the star gazing can be awesome. Walk from the site to Arthog waterfalls and up to the stunning Cregennan Lakes.

Food & Drink

Good pub grub at The George III Hotel (01341 422525) 5 minutes drive or an hour' and half's delightful walk along the estuary cycle trail. Locally produced lamb, beef and fish can be enjoyed outside in view of the estuary. 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 and vegan options available.  Mawddach Neapolitan Pizzas are now serving up the best pizzas this side of Naples to enjoy over fabulous views of Cader Idris. Head to the Celtic Cabin on Barmouth Prom for the most amazing street food. Graig Wen's new guest app gives oyu the inside track on the latest pop-up places to eat and drink as well as locals' favourites.

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 a handful of camper vans close to our washing facilities,  yurts and 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. Pitches in our our car-free tent fields are well spaced out with loads of breathing space for everyone.

For family glamping adventures and romantic retreats you can also hideaway in one of our four pet-friendly yurts or Jones the shepherd's hut. 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

We have:

  • reduced numbers so everyone has plenty of space
  •  introduced additional cleaning measures, hand sanitising stations around the site and additional cleaning materials for guest use
  •  created more private washing facilities for some of our glamping accommodation
  • made shared facilities in use on a bubble by bubble, unisex basis - we have not seen people queuing for more than a minute or two
  • created a new Guest welcome App for self check. The App also gives guests up to date information about the best places open this year to eat out, local walks and tips for visiting places that are a little more off the beaten track.
  • achieved the Visit Wales industry standard accreditation  “We’re Good to Go”
  • plenty of space if campers wish to bring their own toilet/shower tent and we have facilities for emptying chemical toilets.
  • contactless payment for extras

This site offers our Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

Accommodation

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.

Tommy

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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Location

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.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 59 reviews

★★★★★

Never fails to ........

Our umpteenth stay at Graig Wen arriving stressed and tired, coming away chillaxed and totally rejuvenated.
Sep 22, 2020 by Dean De Ste Croix-Stewart
★★★★★

Wonderful space for a chilled stay

A great site for camping or campervans - we spent a wonderful week in the campervan area. Really good and safe management of the toilets and Spencer was a great welcoming host on arrival. The walk down through the campsite to the estuary below is idyllic - and amazing tent pitches if you want some time away from the numbers. Happy to give 5 stars as a beautiful clean and welcoming site.
Sep 21, 2020 by Mike Dando Verified Review
★★★★★

Absolutely fantastic

We have just used our tent for the first time here on the most beautiful pitch in the bottom fields and WOW. We had the most incredible view, the pitch was huge, every pitch has a little campfire and it’s dog friendly! The staff (especially Spencer) were fantastic and so helpful and informative. We enjoyed a beautiful walk to the nearby beach in Barmouth along a lovely trail literally minutes from the campsite. The site itself is beautiful and spacious, the showers were lovely and warm and the toilet was clean. I can’t rate this place highly enough and look forward to coming back next year.
Sep 21, 2020 by May Thurling Verified Review
★★★★★

A little slice of heaven

I think this is probably the best campsite we've ever stayed at. We were down on the Estuary Fields, and from the moment we arrived it was total bliss. The Mawddach Trail is 2 minutes away, Barmouth is a few miles down the path, Dolgellau a few miles up it, and there are soooo many beautiful walks within reaching distance. We had the best week after the weirdest summer. And we were so lucky with the weather - but even in the rain, this place would be a little slice of heaven. Watching the tide roll in and out is the perfect breathing space to figure out how to make the rest of your life like this. Thank you Graig Wen <3 We'll be back very soon...
Sep 21, 2020 by vicky Verified Review
★★★★★

Amazing - definitely book!

Probably the best campsite you can find. Closest you can get to wild camping (lots of space & privacy) whilst having access to great eco facilities. Everything was clean, staff friendly, useful camp shop. All amazing!
Sep 17, 2020 by Shaunna
★★★★★

Perfect stay in a wonderful location

Friendly & welcoming hosts, roomy comfortable cottage (reassuringly clean!!), great views, fab location to explore the local area. Just perfect 👌 ps recommend ordering the pain au chocolate for breakfast!
Sep 16, 2020 by Rachel Sharp

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks Rachel - it was great to meet you both and glad you enjoyed the morning pastries!  We hope to welcome you back sometime.
★★★★★

Stunning scenery

Beautiful spot in the heart of Snowdonia. A small, peaceful site with very helpful staff and good facilities. If you want to be close to shops, pubs, clubs then keep on looking, but if you dream of stunning views and tranquility this is the place for you. We've been twice now and if Covid permits we will be taking a 3rd trip next year. Thank you Graig Wen.
Sep 15, 2020 by Catherine Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you Catherine from the whole team! Thank you for putting your trust in us to visit again this summer. We really hope we will be welcoming you back for more peaceful beauty next year.
★★★★★

Magical place

We stayed in the large yurt for 3 nights celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday with our 2 children. It was wonderful! The location is idyllic and the yurt was so comfortable. The children loved the adventure of building a fire, toasting marshmallows and star gazing! Everything you may need is there and we were made to feel really welcome despite the current global situation. The app that is sent through is great and really helpful to make the most of short breaks. We would definitely return 😊😊
Sep 15, 2020 by Anna

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you Anna - we're so pleased you were able to enjoy your celebration delayed from lockdown. That's great news that you liked our new app to help make the most of your short break.  See you again for more family adventures!
★★★★★

A wonderful week in Wales

We had a lovely week in Graig wen staying in Ty Adar cottage. The cottage was clean and comfortable with everything we needed. There is a wide range of activities to enjoy in the area. Our family favourites were zip world, walking up Cader Idris and relaxing on Fairbourne beach. We are already looking forward to our holiday there next year!
Sep 15, 2020 by Lily Lee

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for sharing your experience of staying in our cottage and exploring some of the many activities our local area has to offer.  We loved hearing about your family adventures and look forward to welcoming you all back for more next year.  Thanks again!
★★★★★

Isolate and stunning

We had the best time camping at Graig Wen. The staff are nothing but helpful and the site is gorgeous. The toilet and shower facilities are exceptionally clean. The views are lovely, surrounded by mountains and just a short walk from the estuary, we did a waterfall walk recommended to us by a staff member. Really really enjoyed our time and would recommend to anyone.

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for your lovely recommendation - our small team really appreciate it! We're delighted you loved our location and found our facilities very clean during a busy period here.
★★★★★

Fantastic secluded site with all the facilities required for a good camp

This site is ideal to get away from it all and experience proper camping. The facilities are all you require to make your camp sustainable, good showers and an earth toilet with the best view in the country. Leaving the car away from the tent adds to the impression of seclusion and prevents disturbance to other campers. Go to sleep listening to the owls and wake to the Jays, what could be more perfect.
Sep 13, 2020 by Timothy Cox Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Lovely! Thanks so much for sharing your experience of "proper camping" with the owls and the jays! Thanks for the shout out for the view from the compost loo!
★★★★☆

Wonderful small break

As campsites go this one is pretty great. It is so peaceful and the views are phenomenal, no one overlooked our pitch and it felt like we were in the wilderness. It is spotless and very covid secure, there is antibac gel at every possible place where touching is unavoidable (bins, showers, toilets etc). The only thing I would highlight to others looking at this campsite, is that if you're on the Estuary field there is a looong and steep-ish track you have to walk down from where you park your car to your pitch. Even if you only have a slight walking disability, I would not recommend this. They do have a truck available to transport all your belongings, however when we arrived this was not available so we had to make around 3 trips up and down the track which if I had been on my own, would have been a real struggle!! I would highly recommend getting in touch before your arrival to make sure the lift is available to you when you arrive (especially if you have a lot of heavy stuff!)

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for your recommendation and taking the time to highlight our extra hygiene measures this year.  For those camping in our car-free fields with a lot of heavy kit, it's definitely a good idea to let us know in advance and arrive between 2 and 4pm when we do our best to offer our lift to pitch service and save you some wheelbarrow journeys. We're glad you enjoyed those phenomenal views, space and privacy!
★★★★★

Beautiful, spacious, perfect

I've stayed at Graig Wen in a tent and in Jones the Shepherd's hut, and it's like nowhere else I've stayed before. Pitches are spread out carefully over several areas in a huge and varied site, which feels beautifully wooded and wild in all weathers. The estuary is really dramatic and peaceful, especially if you have a pitch in the lower tent fields or the panoramic standing pitches. Facilities are top notch with lovely showers, a freezer for ice packs and a great farm shop with local food and drink. It's a great base for Barmouth, Dollgellau and Fairbourne and easy to drive north to Harlech, Porthmaddog and beyond. I will probably be back in a year or two and I always recommend it to my friends as the best please I've ever camped.
Sep 11, 2020 by John Roscoe Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Wow, thanks so much John, we really appreciate your wonderful recommendation!
★★★★★

Birthday Break

We booked Graig Wen a bit last minute (end of July) for my birthday weekend, however, we were not disappointed in the facilities or the pitch we had. We own a camper van and the pitches were all marked out well with hard standing surface and a grass area either side. The views are amazing (you can book panorama pitches there is only 2 of them though), you look out over the estuary and the landscape in front. The staff were all welcoming and helpful. Me and my partner both felt extremely safe with the current Covid 19 situation as the facilities for the touring caravans/motorhomes were changed to accommodate your bubble at any one time with a chain you placed across the entrance to show they were being used. There were also cleaning supplies provided in each of the toilets for you to clean after you had used the facilities. We used the trail at the bottom of the site to walk part way to Fairbourne (you can then walk over the bridge to Barmouth) and then walked up to the waterfalls. We will definitely be booking here again in the future.

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience of staying with us in your camper van. Hearing that you felt comfortable with the way we have arranged our shared facilities due to the COVID pandemic is really appreciated.  We have been very grateful for the care our guests have taken with hygiene and helping us keep things extra clean this year. We look forward to welcoming you back again!

★★★★★

Fantastic Family Fun

We took a mixed aged group of 5 grandchildren to the Jones Shepherds hut and large Yurt. They were comfortable, warm and great fun. All facilities were good and very peaceful.
Sep 8, 2020 by Carol Powell

Response from Graig Wen

We're so pleased we were able to welcome you all at last for a fun family weekend!  Many thanks for postponing your booking from lockdown - it was really appreciated!
★★★★★

Picturesque and quiet camping

The area is beautiful and the camp site gave us a great opportunity to set up camp for exploring. Remote, quiet and beautiful it allowed us to have a perfect mini break. Furthermore all the staff were lovely and helpful with all the facilities well maintained

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much! That's really appreciated by the whole team. We're so pleased you enjoyed our beautiful part of the world.
★★★★★

Rough camping without the rough

What a wonderful beautiful part of the country. We love camping but hate the rigidity of most campsites, where you are crammed into uniformed spaces on top of your neighbours. This is not at all like that. If you love beautiful scenery and personal space , enjoying the night sky with the warmth from an open fire , this is the place to be.

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you! We think you perfectly describe the special qualities of "almost wild" camping on our tent fields!
★★★★★

Stunning campsite - highly recommended.

We had the best X2 night stay here and would definitely recommend Graig Wen. On arrival, information was clear and staff very helpful. We stayed in the Monk's Corner secluded pitch, surrounded by trees with a stream running nearby - so lovely and relaxing. There were stunning views of the mountains just around the corner from our pitch (other pitches look onto these views). Facilities were impeccably clean and eco-conscious. The campsite is in a great location, a short distance from both Barmouth Beach and Cadair Idris (recommend visiting both) and just over an hours drive away from Snowdon. The owners have a service available to help transport gear down to your pitch if you're staying in the lower fields as the carpark is up above - useful for most (though we packed light so our gear was easy enough to carry). There are wheelbarrows available too, should you need them. Would return here in a heartbeat. We had the perfect weekend getaway. Thank you!

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much for your recommendation. We're delighted you made the most of our fantastic location in the couple of days you were here.  We hope we can welcome you back again for more exploring sometime!
★★★★★

An adventure

Glamping in Idris yurt was a wonderful adventure. Driving down the steep track to the camping parking was a bit scary but we were then met by Spencer in the cross country golf buggy and our bulky camping luggage was delivered to our yurt three fields away. The summer location of Idris yurt is idyllic, surrounded by woods and trees, there are no other campers in sight or hearing. The little stove kept us warm and cosy on a stormy night. There is plenty of space in the yurt and the camp kitchen is well equipped.

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you very much - we're so pleased you enjoyed the adventure and being secluded in nature!
★★★★★

Another great stay!

Weve stayed at graig wen several times in one of the cottages, a yurt and using the campsite....there is a reason we keep coming back! Incredible views, v peaceful, fab clean and bright facilities and a perfect base for exploring snowdonia. Sarah and John share so great information with u before you stay in the handy app you get emailed, that u can either really plan your stay in advance or play it by ear but know you've got somewhere to find any information u might need. We will certainly be back!
Sep 5, 2020 by Lucy Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for your recommendation Lucy - it's always lovely to see you both! We're glad you found the new guest app useful.
★★★★★

Incredible views, peace, privacy and comfort

We stayed in a yurt for a week and had a wonderful time. We had a forest clearing completely to ourselves and it's a short walk to the beautiful estuary and its footpaths. The site was all set up with everything you need and the team really helpful without being in your face which was perfect. We'll definitely be back
Sep 2, 2020 by Juliet

Response from Graig Wen

That's great to hear you enjoyed yurt life here and would like to return - thanks so much! We look forward to welcoming you back sometime.
★☆☆☆☆

Not great for Covid Times. Bad loos. Definitely not family hygiene friendly right now.

Whilst the site cannot be held responsible for the weather (Storm Francis!) it can be held responsible for its sanitary arrangements. I have no issues with longdrop loos (I grew up in Africa,) but whilst there were two such loos within 5 mins walk of our pitch, both were awful. As a result most campers just went in the bracken. (Not us!) Having been to many festivals I think compost loos work best when sawdust or some other matter is added rather than a massive pile of other people's doings left to fester! The smell was awful, my eight year old took to sniffing hand gel whilst in there to distract himself! In usual times we may have laughed it off but when cleanliness is key, not so much. The only flush loos (of which there were only 2 anyway) were a good fifteen minute walk from our pitch up a massive hill. All normal campsite routines of toothbrushing/showers etc were not on mains water for the camping fields (and a sign said water wasn't drinkable.) I am sure if I'd read the small print when I booked it intimated as much, I will be more careful next time I book a new site. Aside from all that, the spot is lovely. The access is not. It is a long way from the small car park to most of the pitches. In the mud (created by the owner's Polaris traipsing up and down) with a full car load in wheelbarrows, it is hideous. The offered help is a great idea (it says arrive between 2-4pm and ring.) There is no mobile signal on site so there is a flaw there! So, not a site for us. If you were walkers with no children and open to wild camping in these times then I'm sure it would be great. It isn't however geared for families when hot water and hand washing are somewhat key when visiting new areas now. My final gripe is the lack of visibility of the owners. On our last day the female owner drove past us in pouring rain as we struggled up the muddy hill with our kit. Admittedly we'd booked transport for ten minutes later but customer service it was not. Spence however was great.
Aug 31, 2020 by

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks for your anonymous feedback which gives us a chance to highlight a few things. We understand that everyone will have different comfort levels on holiday during the COVID pandemic. We want to reassure you that we rigorously assess our facilities and processes and put in place measures to meet best practice Government guidance. We have achieved the Industry standard “We’re Good to Go”. All facilities from compost loos to 4 (not 2) flushing toilets, hot water hand washing, shower facilities etc. are cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day plus daily deep cleans. There are numerous hand sanitising stations as well as hot water facilities and antibacterial soap around site.

Our water comes from an underground mountain spring, is filtered and tested every season by the local authority. This feeds drinking water points, wash basins etc spread around site apart from one labelled tap. Thanks for sharing your opinion of using compost loos. Wood shavings are often added by staff and anti-viral spray used. Having managed composts loos for 12 years, we have tried various methods and found this way most effective when loos are shared by multiple people. As can be seen from many other reviews, our “Tree Bog” is pretty popular with families and has been described as “the loo with the best view in Wales”. Many other eco camp sites are also operating regularly cleaned compost loos this year with similar anti-viral measures in place.

We sympathise you were camping in tough conditions during Storm Francis. Our nearly wild camping pitches are not for everyone, especially in heavy weather. We provide details about out facilities and access on our website, Cool Camping and the Guest App emailed to campers in advance. We also provide printed information on check in including a map showing our 4 flushing toilets, drinking water points etc. With huge demand for pitches this summer, we know 1 or 2 people booked in haste without reading about the features of our site which what makes us wild and special - hardly “small print”. Our wilder style of tent camping is out of some people's comfort zone - some embrace the adventure but we’re sorry it was not for you.

Apologies if Sarah drove past you unaware that you had decided to pack up early and did not have the patience to wait 10 minutes for your agreed pick up time . She was probably helping campers with the previous slot. Sorry you had a gripe with owners, Sarah and John not being “visible” - not many people do see John at 6.30am doing the dawn clean or Sarah doing the 11pm shift. In between chores we genuinely love grabbing a chat with families. You don’t give us your name so I’m not sure if we met or not. We’re delighted that you had great customer service from Spence, one of our wonderful members of staff we employ to reach parts of the camp site we can’t always get to ourselves. As you say, our tent camping fields are indeed a lovely spot for those geared for a wilder camping experience.

★★★★★

Fabulous!

We stayed for two nights and wished we could stay longer! The area is absolutely beautiful, with lots to do nearby. Being active people ourselves we enjoyed the hiking options in particular. The facilities were clean and in perfect working order. Campsites were spread out enough that social distancing was not an issue. Even though we were surrounded by families with young children, the space between sites made noise a complete non-issue. Check in and check out was simple and stress free. My partner and I both agree that this is the best campsite we have stayed on this summer and hope to come back again soon! :)
Aug 31, 2020 by Rhian

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for taking the time to leave your five star review Rhian. Your comments about the cleanliness of our facilities and tranquility of the site during a busy August period are especially appreciated! For keen walkers like you there are so many options here so we do hope we can welcome you back to explore more.  Thanks again.
★★★★★

Beautiful peaceful location

Beautiful location above the Mawdach estuary. Lots of interesting camping spots down a steep hillside to a well maintained cycle path that takes you straight into Barmouth. Some lovely looking yurts too. We’ll be coming back.
Aug 31, 2020 by Stephen D

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks for your recommendation - we look forward to welcoming you back again.
★★★★★

Perfect break away from it all....

We managed to get a last minute cancellation at Graig Wen staying in the large yurt. Communication and booking process was very easy. We were given access to a special "app" in advance outlining all the important info about our stay (checking in, checking out, facilities on site etc, covid 19 instructions) plus fantastic tips on activities to do in the region, recommendations for eating out and local amenities. The site itself is in a beautiful location and the yurt was charming and comfortable. The shared facilities were always spotlessly clean with plenty of hot water and we also had access to our own compost loo and outdoor shower. The freshly prepared croissants in the morning were delicious and it was great that there were "vegan" options available. The only downside to our trip was the weather but we still had a great time and feel very lucky that we found such a wonderful place at the last minute. Would not hesitate to visit again in the future.
Aug 30, 2020 by Sarah Mc Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much - we were so pleased to be able to help your family finally get a holiday this summer.  Your feedback about our new guest App, clean facilities and croissants are much appreciated by the whole team! Thank you for your recommendation.
★★★★★

Friendly helpful clean

This is our 2nd year staying at Craig wen in the tommy yurt lovely pitch very well set up great for kids as they like glamping lots to do around the area coffee shops in Dolgellau biking and walking in Coed-y-Brenin Snowdon is an hour away going to book again 👍😃
Aug 30, 2020 by Melanie Blue

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks Melanie.  You were here in some wild weather this time so we are pleased you still managed to get out and have family adventures. We look forward to welcoming you back again.
★★★★★

Great stay amongst magnificent views

We spent 6 days on Wall Corner with our 8 year old. You can expect jaw dropping views, peace and quiet and a safe site for children to run wild and free. Weather was mixed but we still had a great time. Loads to do locally. Being on the trail was perfect for cycling and running/walking. Loved the simplicity of this site.
Aug 30, 2020 by Jo Shields

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much for your five star recommendation of family camping in our wilder tent camping area. We are really happy your family felt relaxed and safe in a peaceful environment during one of our busiest times of year. Wall Corner pitch does have lovely views!
★★★★★

Horrific weather but still had a great stay

We picked the worst three days possible for camping in Wales - and brought a tent not really up to the job - but the staff at the site were so helpful. They re-pegged (saved) our tent while we were out for the day and gave us a hand getting our stuff to and from the pitch in their vehicle. The site is really near Barnmouth beach and we had a fab day out there on the first day - and actually and a dry evening. Each pitch had a fire pit which was lovely (my boys were made up). Then the weather came and well - let's just say if we had to stay on a campsite where our tend almost blew away and flooded I would have chosen this one.
Aug 28, 2020 by Maria Howard Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you so much for your praise for how our team helped you out during Storm Francis this August....it's really appreciated.
★★★★☆

Spacious accommodation for 4

Small Barn had plenty of living space for 2 adults and 2 teenage children. Due to the Covid situation, we didn't have face-to-face contact with the owners but were able to email/or phone reception with any queries. The flowers and brownies were a lovely "welcome" gesture. The information app was very useful to refer to with lots of good ideas for activities as well as giving information regarding the site and our particular property etc. Some parts of the decor were a bit tired and could do with an update (e.g. blinds coming undone in places) but the property was clean and welcoming otherwise.
Aug 24, 2020 by Helen Williams

Response from Graig Wen

We're pleased you enjoyed your welcome to Small Barn cottage and found the cottage clean and new guest app useful. Thanks so much for the recommendation and we'll take a look at that blind! 
★★★★★

Peaceful, sustainable and cosy getaway

We stayed in the small yurt which is in a beautifully secluded area of its own. It's well equipped with gas stove, wood burner, and comfy fold out bed so we were very cosy even during the storms. The owners had thought of everything when it came to dealing with Covid and we were very impressed with all the extra little touches and the focus on sustainability. The walk down to the estuary is just beautiful and there's plenty of great walks nearby. It was just what we needed and I would definitely book again.

Response from Graig Wen

A huge thank you for taking the time to share your experience of staying in the yurt and your five star recommendation. We appreciate you noticing the extra steps we take to make you feel welcome and safe. Thanks!
★★★★★

Another wonderful stay in the Idris Yurt

We're just returning home after a 4 night stay in the Idris Yurt. Despite the mix of weather which was extreme in parts we enjoyed a comfortable, warm and dry stay in the yurt. The yurt is really well equipped and so secluded. We loved having a fire in the evenings and walking down to the estuary with our crabbing buckets! Beautiful scenary and a lovely friendly welcome as always. We can't wait to come back.
Aug 21, 2020 by Kerry Dales

Response from Graig Wen

Lovely to see you all again and we are pleased you stayed cosy in the yurt despite wild weather!  Thanks so much for sharing your experience and we look forward to welcoming you back again!
★★★★★

Covid 19 Camping

Sarah, John and all the team at Graig Wen had made a great effort to protect all their campers to social distance. It hardly impacted our brilliant holiday
Aug 19, 2020 by Ross Gibson Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks Ross.  Good to see you as always and we're glad you felt comfortable with our adapted COVID measures this year.
★★★★★

Craig when is at the top of the pecking order, it was a hoot.

We heard woodpeckers and owls. This awesomely eco-friendly campsite is pretty wild. There's a huge amount of space between tents and it's pretty quiet although very family friendly for a fairly wild camp. The showers at the top of site were good and the slightly wilder block had hot running water. The toilets were spotlessly clean and the site proprietors were scrupulous about COVID precautions. This site would be suitable for all ages with good mobility and gives a nearly wild camping experience with the convenience of showers and toilets as well as freshly baked croissants. The staff were extremely helpful when the weather turned nasty.
Aug 17, 2020 by Karl Perkins

Response from Graig Wen

" A hoot"! Love it! Thanks so much Karl, we're glad you enjoyed your fortnight camping with us. See you again sometime!
★★★★★

Best holiday EVER

Stayed at Graig wen for 4 nights in the Tommy yurt with my family . It was set up in such a beautiful location. We had everything we needed for outside cooking and bbqs. The inside of the yurt was amazing from a double bed 2 fold out singles and log burner. The solar lights made it so pretty at night to . The countryside is absolutely idyllic . He seems to say we came home and within half an hour we rebooked for next year .
Aug 16, 2020 by Claire

Response from Graig Wen

Wow, thanks so much Claire! Everyone has so needed a wild escape this summer and we are so pleased you enjoyed it so much you are coming back next year!  See you then.
★★★★★

A wonderful retreat

My family and I are no strangers to North Wales. However Graig Wen is a hidden jewel. Yes the yurts are spotlessly clean ( we had the large yurt). Yes the area is perfectly laid out so there is no carrying lots of equipment far from your car. The campfire is a lovely touch with bench seats around it. However the most perfect thing is you get to see and be apart of this stunning part of the world. Sarah and her team make sure you are looked after without being intrusive. We booked to go again the day we got home. Activities wise we walked one day. Had a lazy day by the beach and also explored mines and Bala lake. There is something for everyone.
Aug 16, 2020 by christopher hubbard

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks so much.  We are very lucky to live in this special part of the world with so much to see and do on the doorstep.  I think you set the record for re-booking as soon as you got home! We look forward to welcoming your family back again next year.
★★★★★

Beautiful Mawddach Estuary

Beautiful location on the Mawddach Estuary, great for cycling and walking although a steep walk down to the cycle track. Really friendly and helpful staff and owners. Hopefully we will visit again.
Aug 15, 2020 by Simon

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks from the whole team.  See you again!
★★★★★

Magical Experience

This was our fifth time staying at Graig Wen, in particular at the Little Haven cottage. As always, we cannot fault our week's holiday. It is worth it for the view alone! The cottage was super neat and tidy, and in these pandemic times, we always felt safe there. A special mention for the new Graig Wen app: it was very informative with a wealth of information to help us. The surrounding area is fantastic for walks, mountains and waterfalls and there are two local lovely beaches at Fairbourne and Barmouth. Overall, I cannot rate this place, and Sarah and John who run Graig Wen, highly enough. We will certainly be back!
Aug 10, 2020 by Christopher Bartlett
★★★★★

Quirky, cute and comfortable in a stunning location

Having just come back from an amazing holiday staying at the Jones Shepherds Hut at Graig Wen, I would highly recommend it. Sarah and John went out of their way to welcome and accommodate us having moved our holiday due to COVID lockdown in May 2020. They had put in so many measures to ensure everyone’s safety and with ample social distancing between visitors, and even provided separate shower and toilet block for us. The Hut was equipped with everything we needed, designed to a high quality and comfortable. I would recommend this site for its location as well with easy access to to Mawddach Trail, cycling routes, walking routes on Snowdonia National park and with easy access to Barmouth Beach. Great location for camping, glamping and B&B.
Aug 7, 2020 by Claire Verified Review

Response from Graig Wen

Thank you Claire.  We're so pleased we were at last able to welcome you to the shepherd's hut - thanks so much for keeping your booking with us - it was really appreciated and we're delighted it was worth the wait for you!
★★★★★

Glam wild camping

We booked at the last minute after trying a few other camp sites, we got lucky and got the only available pitch. We was very, very lucky because the camp was absolutely amazing, beautiful scenery, in the middle of a forest, like wild camping with the exception of croissants in the morning (if you wished) a lovely shower and compost toilets and a real campfire , if you wanted to make one .You really felt at one with nature, so peaceful and only a five,ten minutes to walk down to the beautiful estuary and again some amazing walks (my dogs loved them) . Sarah and John are very nice people, and try and help you as much as possible. Just what the Doctor ordered . Thank you for letting us share your amazing experience. 👍

Response from Graig Wen

Many thanks Michael, we are all very touched by your reaction to our camp site.  We hope to welcome you back now you have found us!
★★★★★

More memories in the making

This is our third visit to Graig Wen. We have stayed at Little Haven twice and Pine Cottage this time. We were booked to visit during lockdown and were very grateful to get a week. Our family just live it here. The perfect place to just spend quality time with family. Sarah and Jon were as always very attentive and helpful despite having to comply with social distancing guidance. The property was extremely clean and we felt very safe both in the cottage and on the site. Well done Sarah and Jon hope to see you again soon.
Jul 27, 2020 by Sandra Brown

Response from Graig Wen

Hearing that you felt safe and comfortable as one of our first guests back after lockdown was really appreciated by us.  Thank you Sandra.
★★★★★

A truly magical place.

We stay every year and it’s always wonderful, whatever the weather. Although there are some changes in view of current circumstances, we still felt relaxed and appreciative of the beautiful surroundings. With Cadair Idris on the doorstep, there are plentiful walking, running and cycling options from the accommodation. Views across the estuary are stunning. The accommodation is lovely; clean and with lots of nice touches. Everyone is really friendly and helpful and there is a tranquil laid back atmosphere. We can’t wait until our next visit!
Jul 22, 2020 by Deborah Binns

Response from Graig Wen

Thanks for sticking with us during all the changes to your booking due to lockdown this summer...hearing you felt relaxed as one of our first guests back is really great.  Until next time!
★★★★★

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
★★★★★

Heaven!

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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