Olimpio's Pitch - Sleeps 5 (2 at Gyfyng Smallholding)
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About Gyfyng Smallholding
Couples, families, small groups – yes. Campervans, caravans, dogs, loud music, parties, single-sex groups – no.
Basically, bring hiking gear or a mountain bike to get the best out of the immediate surroundings, like the Cwm Pennant trail up to the Nantlle ridge or Moel Hebog. You do need to know what you're doing though, so the best place to start for information is the Snowdonia National Park website (01766 770274), which also has lots of other hiking and biking trails to download. There are dozens of other ways to challenge yourself in this neck of the woods too, like the world's fastest zip wire at Penryhn Quarry – that's down a one-and-a-half-kilometre zip line at speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour. Suddenly that hammock back at the riverside pitch seems like a nice idea. It's an hour's drive away, around the northwestern edge of the national park, if you're tempted.
It doesn't all have to be about hardcore adventure though, with the wonderful beaches of the Llyn Peninsula, Harlech, and Barmouth all within an hour's drive of the site. By the way, expect even the shortest of journeys to take longer than you expect in this part of the world. Criccieth (03000 252239) is the closest seaside town, eight miles and 25 minutes south, a Victorian charmer with two beaches and a castle on the headland, and some nice little cafes and coffee shops, like Tir a Mor (01766 523084).
If you had to choose one beach destination, then make it Harlech — a 40-minute drive away — which has great sands, some amazing walks, and the spectacular, crag-bound fortress that is Harlech Castle (03000 252239).On the way there or back, you could call in at Portmeirion, the Italianate folly-village that was the setting of the cult TV show 'The Prisoner' — and it's hard to find a bigger contrast than between your off-grid rustic base and the surreal, sub-tropical stylings of Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis.
Food & Drink
The nearest pub is a good ten-minute drive from Gyfyng, the Goat Inn (01766 530237), out on the A487 at Garndolbenmaen, but it's well worth the trip for some traditional pub cheer and a good menu. The other way down the A487, more like a 20-minute drive, the attractive, crag-ringed village of Tremadog has more good pubs, such as the Union Inn (01766 512748) or the Welsh gin and real-ale specialist the Golden Fleece (01766 512421). For a fancier night out, Y Sgwar (01766 515451) in Tremadog is a contemporary Welsh bistro – clean lines, slate floor, stone fireplace – with an inventive, locally-sourced menu, from seabass and hake to Welsh Black Pen Llyn steak.
The closest big supermarket for supplies is just beyond Tremadog, a 20 minutes drive away at Porthmadog — you should treat yourself while you're at it with excellent fish and chips from Porthmadog's Allports (01766 512589).
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Gyfyng Smallholding is located at Cyfyng, Cwm Pennant, Garndolbenmaen, Gwynedd LL51 9AX
From London, Birmingham, and the south, skirt around Porthmadog on to the A487, heading for Caernarfon. After passing through the village of Penmorfa, carry on the A487 for three or four miles and, after passing over the River (Arfon) Dwyfor, take a turning on the right signposted Cwm Pennant. From Manchester, Liverpool, and North Wales, leave Caernarfon on the A487 towards Porthmadog. Take a left after Garndolbenmaen (about six miles from Porthmadog), signposted to Cwm Pennant.
After a couple of miles winding along the little road, you’ll go over a bridge. On the cliff face in front of you it says: 'No Parking'. Here the road bends left, then right — immediately take the steep track down to the left, signposted 'Honey'. Before you cross the bridge, turn right into the driveway — Gyfyng is the house right by the river. Setting the Sat Nav for LL51 9AX will probably take you past the smallholding, which you will see down to your left, next to the river, if you go too far.You can't reach the site by public transport, and you will need a car or other transport to reach anything else, including shops, pubs, and supplies.