Torrent Walk Campsite

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Dolgellau

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Dogs welcome
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Campfires, mountain views and ample grassy space in the heart of Snowdonia National Park

The imposing Cader Idris (meaning legendary giant) lies at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park, near the town of Dolgellau. This towering peak has plenty of legendary tales attached to it. It's said that anyone who spends nightfall on its summit (Penygadair) will awake either a poet or mad; although we think you'd have to be slightly mad to attempt pitching up there in the first place. Regardless of its mythical reputation, Cader Idris is one of the most popular places in Wales for walkers, hikers and rock climbers, and is yet another piece of natural splendour that makes up the Snowdonia National Park.

Slumbering in the shadow of Cader Idris is Torrent Walk, a welcoming, well-kept kind of campsite. It’s a great place to do very little except appreciate the natural surroundings, in fact emerging from your tent each morning to the sight of mist-veiled hilltops is worth the entrance fee alone. It’s a simple, informal set-up here: two mainly flat, spacious fields house up to 60 campers, and facilities include a newly built washing block, providing guests with power showers, and a centrally-heated toilet block. Handy extras include a baby changing area, Wi-Fi and a free secure lock-up, drying room and jet-wash for your muddy bike, ensuring all mountain bikers are fully catered for.

Torrent Walk sits deep in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, Wales’ most popular slice of nature, with around 350,000 walkers and climbers taking on Mount Snowdon’s summit (1,085 metres) each year. Yet the park has much more to offer than just Snowdon. Stretching 50 miles north to south and 35 miles east to west, this diverse park covers coastal areas, villages steeped in history, rivers, waterfalls, and beautiful Bala lake, Wales' largest natural body of water.

After a fabulous day discovering the natural wonders of Snowdonia, there’s a good chance the local residents of Torrent Walk will be waiting for you. Whether it’s the horses in need of a friendly pat, wild rabbits bouncing merrily amongst the long grass, or a selection of dawdling ducks gathered expectantly outside your tent, there’s always some form of wildlife to admire here. All in all, Torrent Walk is perfect for those seeking a friendly, welcoming Welsh campsite, with a marvellous location and even better views.

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Facilities

50+ pitches for tents, touring caravans and motor homes. Newly built ablutions block with free power showers and a centrally-heated toilet block. Laundry room (with coin operated washing & tumble dryer machines), iron & board, fridges & freezers to store your food, disabled facilities and a baby changing area. Large washing up area, drying room for any muddy biking or walking gear and a secure lock-up for your bikes with jet wash. Free Wi-Fi available which works close to the toilet block and gardens, campfires allowed - wood must be purchased on site at £5 a bag (kindling & firelighters included.)

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, motorhomes, families, couples and well-behaved dogs – yes.

Nearby

Every third Sunday of the month, Dolgellau town centre hosts a Farmer's Market. Throughout the year (especially in summer) there’s plenty of fun local events such as steam rallies, sheep dog trials and even village duck races! Also in Dolgellau, pop into the interactive National Centre for Welsh Folk Music (01341 421800), known locally as Ty Siamas. There’s a plentiful bundle of traditional Welsh instruments, which the little ones can have a go at playing. Zip World (01248 601444) offers visitors a memorable experience as you fly for over 1 mile through the skies. The ‘little zipper’ will take you down to the bottom of the quarry, reaching speeds of up to 40mph, whilst the ‘big zipper’ reaches an eye watering 100mph. Visitors can also pick up their specialised vehicle for a fascinating quarry tour in what was once the largest slate quarry in the world. Whilst on the subject of digging, The Sygun Copper Mine (01766 890595) is a Victorian copper mine that was closed in 1903, but renovated and reopened by the Amies family as a tourist attraction in 1986.

Food & Drink

The site can provide a pre-ordered breakfast and there’s a can machine onsite. A small shop selling bread, milk etc is 200 meters away, and a larger Co-op and Spar can be found in the town, which is just over a mile away. There’s little need to stray beyond the nearby town of Dolgellau for a bite to eat; Y Sospan Café and Bistro (01341 423174).

Opening Times

All year for tent pitches, and March to October for caravans and motorhomes.

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The Owner Says

Hiker, biker or both? Walk this way. Gywnedd’s Torrent Walk Campsite is a Snowdonia mecca for mountain bikers and walkers with trails for both all around. The Torrent Walk is only 500 metres from the site and the famed Coed-y-Brenin mountain bike centre is in the area with acres more walking trails around it. And, for the truly hardy, the mountain Cadair Idris and its three trails can be tackled nearby... and for the hardier still, the ziplines and airborne antics of Zip World Bounce Below are 35 minutes' drive away.

Back at base, Torrent Walk Campsite is surrounded on all sides by view some woodland and farmland, with pitches on a sheltered level field. The pitching field is adjacent to the site buildings: toilet and shower block, disabled facilities, washing machines and drying facilities; campers have access to a fridge too. There’s also a power wash for bikes and equipment, and the Torrent Walk team can store your bike for you if needed.

For stocking up, the garage just up the road sells essentials and camping gas, a shop and café are within a five-minute walk, and a Co-op and a wide range of shops in the village of Dolgellau a mile and a half away.

Cooking your own dinner? Campfires are allowed on site: buy a firestarting kit from staff to spark up.

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Pitches

In excess of 60 places to pitch, across 2 large fields.

Electric grass pitch

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 11 Available
Electric flat grass pitch. Please add extra at the time of booking. Cost is only per person and electric must be added. Tents, caravans or motorhomes allowed on this pitch

Bunkhouse

Dormitory Bed Sleeps 6
Comfortable accommodation on bunk beds. Torrent Walk Bunkhouse is located in heart of snowdonia National Park. Ideal for cyclists and walkers. Heated rooms with bedding provided.

No electric Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 17 Available
grass pitch witout electric hook-up

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Location

Contact Torrent Walk Campsite, Dolgun Uchaf, Torrent Walk Campsite, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2AB

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Getting There

Torrent Walk is located in Snowdonia, 1.5 miles from the market town of Dolgellau, just off the A470. From the A494: head south-west on the A494 towards the B4402. Turn left onto the A470 and take the first left. The campsite will be on your right hand side.

Coach stations: Dolgellau 1 mile, Barmouth 8 miles and Bala 16 miles. Train stations: Morfa Mawddach 7 miles, Barmouth 8 miles and Fairbourne 9 miles. Ferry ports: Porth Penrhyn 8 miles and Barmouth 8 miles. Airports: Anglesey 45 miles.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 18 reviews

★★★★★

Lovely peaceful camp

Very nice campsite , good facilities, good staff in a beautiful area
Sep 28, 2020 by John
★★★★★

Amazing location and wonderful staff

I spent three nights here with my partner and we had a great time, the campsite was very peaceful and was in a great location, and the staff were wonderful, highly recommend!
Sep 23, 2020 by Ellie Punter Verified Review
★★★★★

Fantastic stay :)

Had a great couple of nights at this campsite - really great atmosphere around the place, very relaxed. Facilities were ideal and being able to have campfires was just wonderful! Great base for anyone exploring snowdonia - some beautiful walks nearby (Precipice walk was so nice) and also getting to the South side of Snowdon is 45 mins in a car. Would highly recommend for everyone!
★★☆☆☆

Decent facilities, far too noisy

This is not the type of campsite we would usually choose, as we prefer the more "wild" type, so we weren't expecting an amazing camping experience, just wanted somewhere to watch the stars and get a decent night's sleep. The facilities were clean and well-kept on arrival, but no taps in the fields, we had to collect drinking water from the washing up area, where all of the taps seemed to produce hot water for some reason 🤷‍♂️ we were assured that all water was mains, but ended up buying bottled anyway, as who wants to drink warm water! We were stuck up at the back of the site, presumably because we have kids. The road noise was horrific- I used to live on a busy road in Greater Manchester- for some reason this was worse! They quote 10m between pitches as a covid19 measure, however, this would only work if they are using every other pitch. On our second night a young couple from the North West of England turned up, pitched their tent a couple of metres from ours, hung up a crap-ton of fairy lights, then chatted about how wonderful it was to escape lockdown. If we hadn't been leaving early the next morning we would have packed up and gone home at that point. The second night was awful. The site filled up and was incredibly noisy- there was music til gone midnight, along with people getting hammered, throwing up and shagging loudly. The men's toilets were wrecked the next morning, although the women's weren't too bad. We chose to use the service station down the road to get washed and clean our teeth, as it felt safer. The kids enjoyed the ducks, and waving to the ponies, but neither of those are hard to come by or worth risking Covid19 for. We'll return to the area (we live in Pembrokeshire, so it's a bit far for a day trip) but definitely would not return to this site.
Sep 20, 2020 by Gemma Edmed Verified Review
★★★★☆

Great campsite!

We had a lovely experience at Torrent Walk, having stayed for 4 nights. The facilities were good and kept very clean at all times. There were lovely views and the site was not too busy or crowded. The only thing that let it down, and my reason for 4 stars instead of 5, is that on the Saturday night a van pulled onto the site and blasted drum and bass very loudly (the floor actually vibrated). Clearly not the owners fault but we had a very early start on the Sunday so it was a bit of a shame. Other than that though we really enjoyed our stay and would definitely come again!
Sep 2, 2020 by Vicki Grimshaw
★★☆☆☆

Poor management and customer experience

I wouldn't normally comment on reviews negatively, but sadly our experience at Torrent Walk wasn't a good one. In part it was not the owners fault, and yet the management team overseeing the sight effectively caused a large recurring argument between our party and another camping pitch. At our arrival, we had paid for an electrical pitch which was being used by the neighbours. When we prompted the management staff, they advised to remove their plug in favour of our own. This caused upset to the neighbours which began a larger argument in which the campsite were not at fault. They we're aware of the situation as multiple shouting matches over noise stemmed from this initial dispute, and when we asked for guidance from the management staff as to how it could be resolved, their approach was a shrugging of shoulders. I understand their position of not taking sides, but when we made them aware we were not comfortable to stay our entire trip, they were not empathetic and only supplied a 6 month return for one night stay in the future. A bad experience at the camp site, although not all their fault.
★★★★★

beautiful clean campsite

The campsite was beautiful, we had a 'ledge pitch' with a great view. It was clean and quiet and staff were very helpful. Would definitely stay again!
Aug 19, 2020 by Emily Hack Verified Review
★★★★☆

Nice little site - It was quiet when I was there (for the most part)

Just got back from a 2 night stay at Torrent Walk. It's a nice little site - well off the beaten track and quiet (apart from the road noise which was not as bad as I thought) The lady who checked me in was kind enough to let me stay on a hard standing. In fact I was the second person to arrive that day - by the end of the night there were 5 of us which made it snug. The mobile signal is rubbish for EE/Three but I also had a Vodafone sim and that worked really well so it seems O2/Voda are the networks to have. I didn't go into the town because I had all I needed. The hookups are 10A so max you can pull is 2300W or 2.3KW - I managed to use my 1300W oven and my 800W kettle without an issue - Also a 1.5Kw oil rad which ran all night without a problem. The wash room is decent with 2 large fridge freezers, and a wash costing £3.30 and a tumble costing £2.20 which is reasonable. The toilets are nice and warm - In the mens it's 2 toilets and 2 showers - with about 3 basic cubicles and 2 urinals - There is also a fast non contact Tornado hand dryer ( think Dyson air blade and you got the idea) - Nice touch and the shower was lovely and loooooong which makes a change from other sites. Only thing that woke me in the morning were the birds :) Wifi works by the Amenities block as stated - basic but free so can't complain The bad bits? Well for me being constantly disturbed by a loud 4x4 vehicle speeding past didn't help. And it was fairly constant at one point. Also there needs to be some lights along that part of the site - Pitch black after 5PM and so getting to the toilet was fun even with a torch. And with the pot holes potentially dangerous too. Upgrading to a RV soon and so will I be back? Definitely! (but not in Summer, I couldn't handle it being mega busy) Apparently despite using 1818 of 2000 words - my review was too long so I had to cut it down - weird website!
★★★★★

fantastic place!

Wow! love this place. Our friends had arranged this trip and there were 6 of us in total. Lovely well drained pitches and the views were perfect.The showers were really powerful and hot, lovely after a days walking up Snowdon! We had use of fridges to keep our wine cool! and a drying room for our soggy boots! We could even have a campfire which is not allowed in many places.Staff were very friendly and helpful if we needed anything. Overall a fabulous stay and would highly recommend it.We have already booked again for next year.
Nov 4, 2019 by juboo
★★☆☆☆

Nice site let down by OBNOXIOUS staff

I booked two nights in early October with two friends to visit the nearby Mach Loop. The woman who booked us in was friendly enough but the visit was let down by the actions of one very rude female member of staff. We were staying in small hiking tents and the weather was pretty awful. In order to cook in the dry we sat under a roofed seating area near the bunkhouses. There were absolutely no signs to state these were for bunkhouse residents only, of which there were none. Whilst there the first night staff members came and went from the site caravan and nothing was said by them about us sitting there cooking our food. On the second day we returned after a wet day in the hills and keen for some hot food. We again sat under the covered seating area whilst we cooked and we'd lit a fire in the fire pit to warm up. Just as we served our food which was nice and hot a woman came by and asked if we were staying in the bunkhouse. We stated that we weren't and she abruptly stated that we had twenty minutes to move or we'd be charged. We then had to pack our cooking equipment away, and quickly eat our food. This woman appears to be devoid of any interpersonal skills, kindness or humour. As a direct result of her actions we'd not return to this site when we return to the Mach Loop. She appears to be a common theme in site reviews. In addition the toilet and shower facilities, although sufficient for an off peak visit would not cope with a busy summertime stay. We found a laundry room but the website states there's a drying room, we were unable to find this. None of us would stay again.
Oct 3, 2019 by Andrew Coombes
★★★★★

Lovely site, picturesque setting

We stayed over the Bank Holiday weekend, so was quite busy, bit of noise but that was to be expected & certainly didn't spoil the stay! On arrival the lady was really helpful, showed us to our pitch & gave us our bag of logs & kindling, which was a great touch! Love a site that allows a small camp fire, really makes the evenings for me!! We walked to Barmouth one day along the Mawdlach (sp) trail - an old disused railway line - 11.3m miles from the site, and got the bus (free!) back, great day & a lovely scenic walk (Nice and flat too!!) In hindsight might have been easier on a bike!! Will be back one day as this was a lovely site, with great facilities in a great location. Thanks
★★★☆☆

Nice campsite but noisy.

Staff were friendly and the site is well situated. Even though the site was not busy it was noisy at night and early in the morning, dogs barking and people in big groups being very loud till 2 in the morning even though it says quiet after 11pm. Don’t think fires should be allowed. Can’t think of another campsite that allows this, dangerous in my opinion. Showers and toilets were very clean but only 2 showers and 2 toilets in the gents for the whole site. I would stay there again but out of school holidays. It was very reasonably priced.
Aug 26, 2019 by Ian Doran Verified Review
★★★★★

Great place to stay if you're planning on walking up Snowdon

I arrived at Torrent Walk Campsite and the staff were very friendly. I opted for an electric pitch but when I got there decided I wanted a pitch at the back of the campsite over looking the hills. This wan't a problem! I was walking up Snowdon so wanted a place that was quiet, with great facilities and relaxing. I found all this at Torrent Walk. The facilities are great! I've paid much more to stay in places with lesser facilities but these were awesome: clean; great showers; nothing was broken and good quality. I will definitely stay here again for my next Snowdon adventure! For the price this campsite is fantastic.
Aug 15, 2019 by Lance Bolton Verified Review
★★★★★

So relaxing with great views!

I opted for an electric pitch but when I got there realise I didn't need one so asked if I could pitch my tent at the top of the hill so I could get the stunning views Torrent Walk Campsite has to offer! This wasn't a problem! Torrent Walk Campsite was the best place to be after a trek up Snowdon. The campsite was friendly, relaxing, clean, great views, quiet, loads of room and all round amazing!
Aug 11, 2019 by Lance Bolton Verified Review
★★★☆☆

Nice site but overcrowded

Stayed at the end of July as a party with 2 pitches. Managed to get pitches together but can not pre book so we were lucky. Felt crammed in and maybe the owners should consider reducing numbers to make it feel less busy - possibly being a bit too greedy as the site was packed. Cars driving round the site too quickly with so many children about. On the plus side, the showers and toilets were clean and the overall site was well kept. I'd possibly avoid during weekends in the school hols as I imagine it could be idilic when quieter and rightly earn it's place as a cool camping campsite
Aug 1, 2019 by Vieve
★★★★★

Overall great site! Recommended

My fiancee' and I recently came to the campsite for a couple of days and really enjoyed it. It comes with fast WIFI, washing machines and tumble dryers, and freezer fridge... everything we needed. Plus, the staff were really friendly, and we were able to buy a £5 bonfire set of wood each night which was really nice. There's a really nice forest walk very close by and as you are walking around the site, you'll most likely pass local lambs and ducks. Apart from a little bird which stole our sausage roll. we had a great time and are planning to come again in the summer :)
Jun 3, 2019 by Nathan Verified Review
★★★★★

Great campsite, lovely place to stay

We stayed over the bank holiday weekend so as usual weather not too good. Campsite was very full but not too noisy. Fantastic location with amazing views. Love the fact that you can have campfires. Very friendly staff and the bonus was a security guard. Lovely clean showers and toilet block. The campsite even had a couple of token lambs which the children loved. The only fault if any was there were only 3 showers and toilets and with three girls in the family it was a little slow in the morning. Great place to stay would definitely go again.
May 30, 2019 by Sarah Verified Review
★★★★★

Best Campsite I have Been !

I have stayed at this lovely campsite over the bank holiday weekend and it was one of my best experience ! Very clean campsite with large clean toilet block, hot powerful showers ! Family and dog friendly, also they allow campfires which was a very big plus ! Great walks around and lots of places to visit nearby. Great location. Will definitely come back again.

May 12, 2015 by Katy

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