Cae Du

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Tywyn

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Fantastic location directly next to the sea and a dishwashing view that might just inspire the undomesticated

‘Away from it all’, ‘a wonderful sea view’, ‘an idyllic location’ and ‘well-maintained’ are all terms that can be fairly applied in a bid to describe Cae Du. But it’s not enough, and to see this place for the first time, approaching from the north, on the A493, your little heart skips a beat or two. For there, a couple of hundred yards below, lying right next to the sea, with an unspoilt landscape enveloping the site, is the campsite of your dreams.

It looks like a place that has become detached from the real world and it proves to be just that. If all you want from your camping break is a sea view and an escape from the mad world we all live in, then this is the perfect place to unwind to the rhythms of the waves and the tides. ‘Idyllic’ is a word that is used far too often, but it sums up the situation of Cae Du as no other word can.

But while Cae Du is an escape route from the rat race, it isn’t so far removed that there is nothing else to do, if staring out to sea doesn’t hold your attention for the entire holiday. Or if the children start walking around with placards round their necks protesting their need for action. Or if the weather turns a bit wild on this exposed stretch of coastline – which it can do.

It’s about a mile to the nearest station on foot and from there a whole new world awaits you: Shrewsbury, which must be one of the most handsome old towns in Britain; a short hop of three miles to link up with the very scenic Talyllyn Railway; or in the other direction there are all manner of destinations. The small, time-warp seaside resort of Barmouth (Abermaw) is one such stop travelling north – it still has donkeys strolling the enormous beach and colourful swingboats rocking back and forth.

The Mawddach Trail, which follows the course of the disused railway from Morfa Mawddach, near Fairbourne, to Dolgellau, is one of the most enchanting walks (or bike rides) anywhere and, with tide ebbing and flowing, the place never looks the same from one minute to the next.

And this is the thing – whatever you want to do with your camping break, it won’t be far from Cae Du, even though it seems to be placed in another world.



Excellent facilities block with toilets, showers (£1), laundry, dishwashing facilities and 2 freezers for ice-blocks. No electrical hook-ups. Campfires permitted and wood sold on-site (£5 per bundle).

Food & Drink

This isn’t ideal pubcrawling territory, but 3 miles away in Llwyngwril the Garthangharad (01341 250484) is a good, if un-pronounceable, old, white-washed pub and restaurant with exposed beams and all the trinkets on show. 3 miles in the opposite direction, at Bryncrug, the Peniarth Arms (01654 711505) does decent pub grub, too, while a few miles further towards Dolgellau, at Penmaenpool, the George III Hotel (01341422525) boasts a cosy bar, an exceptional restaurant and scenic location overlooking the Mawddach Estuary. It also has good rooms.


March – October


Contact Cae Du, Rhoslefain, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9ND

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Getting There

M54/A5 to Shrewsbury, A458/ A470 to Dolgellau then A493 towards Tywyn. Site is 21/2 miles beyond Llwyngwril.

Take the coastal rail service to Tonfanau then hop into a taxi or brave the mile-long walk on foot.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 52 reviews


Stunning site!

Beautiful site, wonderful views, felt much more remote than it actually is. Lovely walks into the local villages along the coast path - but be aware it’s pretty hilly around the site, and the coast path diverges from the coast up the hill. Showers and toilets beautifully clean and shower is well worth the £1! We will return!
Sep 16, 2021 by Lucy Meehan

Such a special place

Wonderful stunning place we have never been anywhere like it! Sunset with a campfire very quiet exactly what we were looking for. Owners really pleasant and helpful. Facilities were spotless just an amazing place we will be back
Aug 22, 2021 by AMANDA COOPER

A campsite with sea views & beautiful sunsets!

Myself & my partner (and 2 dogs) have camped here twice over the last couple of months. We can’t fault the site, stunning views, amazing sunsets over the sea, and fire pits at each pitch area. We’ve even seen dolphins swim by. The facilities are clean & tidy. £1 for about 5 minutes in what feels like power showers! There’s a lovely road coastal walk, about 3 miles to the nearest village although no direct beach walks. At around a 5 minute drive you can get to the town, Tywyn. Here offers a slightly more sandy beach with the usual seaside eateries & pubs. We love Cae Du campsite & will return. The only downfalls are that the husband & wife owners are definitely not people’s people. They were very rude & off with us on a few occasions. If they put as much effort in as they do with taking peoples money & their recycling scheme they’d probably be more pleasant. They are the only factor that slightly hinders any stay. And would have given 5 stars if it wasn’t for the upset caused by them. Also on a final note they promote their own lamb burgers for sale. We wouldn’t bother again as these were so bland, no flavour at all. All in all a very beautiful campsite, well worth the site costs, just go open minded that not everyone are polite & kind. Enjoy!!
Aug 9, 2021 by Emma

Beach location for a morning swim, gorgeous sunsets

Farm campsite next to a pebble beach that is only accessible to campers so never busy (I usually had the beach to myself for morning and evening swims). All pitches have a sea view, I enjoyed gorgeous sunsets each of my 3 nights there. The site is remote, so shops/pubs/cafes are easiest with a car or bike, but for me the remote location is a blessing. There is a road and a railway line running alongside the site, but the road is higher up the hill so I didn't hear any road noise and I only heard two trains, it isn't a busy line. Lots of fire pits around and the owner drives around each evening to sell logs (£5/sack). Toilet block was always kept clean, but there was also an anti-bac spray for us to use, hand sanitizers by the door etc. I noticed in several older reviews that some visitors felt the owner and his wife were unfriendly - I disagree, I chatted with both several times and they were always very friendly and helpful.
Jul 30, 2021 by Elaine Fletcher

Fantastic campsite,

What a fantastic site, the owner is a friendly, helpful guy, with a great sense of humour, we absolutely loved our stay, and would recommend this site to anyone…The site has everything you need, and nothing you don’t to provide a fantastic camping holiday… log fires, beautiful sunsets and the sound of the sea make this a very special place indeed, we’ll be back very soon…..
Jul 26, 2021 by Steve

Welcoming & wonderful

I have been wanting to moto-camp here for a long time and on a beautiful hot weekend I made a last minute enquiry and was delighted that I was able to camp with a small tent. The farmer-owner was very welcoming and sociable and the place has a lovely vibe. Everyone was so friendly and respectful of noise etc. It's find your own pitch, which is great, but I did have a bit of trouble finding a flat spot and manoeuvring my heavy motorcycle on the steep fields via steep gravel tracks (great for adventure bikes!). The campsite facilities are great and are cleaned around the clock and there are lots of cleaning products and sanitisers everywhere. Also well placed drinking water points. The views are nothing short of spectacular - & seeing Bottlenose dolphins before breakfast was the icing on the cake.
Jul 18, 2021 by Karen Francis


Miserable, rude, money grabbing owners. Why support such horrible people. Prices made up on spot. Not allowed to visit my mum in the day time, who was camping there, "because of covid". If I paid the next night (15pounds - my mum paid 10 for similar camper) I could go, but only from 13:00. It was 10am. Mum stuck inside and me out made it feel like a jail. The woman owner holding power over us. Would rather sleep on a bed of thistles.
Jun 26, 2021 by Jon

Always welcoming

Have been visiting Cae Du a couple of times every year for the last 7 years. The owners are always hospitable, accommodating and friendly. The site is suitable for a relaxing camping break, it’s not suitable if you want to party with loud/ intrusive music. There are ample sites that cater for individuals looking for a party atmosphere. Cae Du is peaceful and idilic, thank you again for hosting us!
Jun 17, 2021 by Mareth


Wow. What a place, great views, facility’s £1 for a shower but a great power shower 👍. Met some great people. It was quite so not sure what it’s like when busy. Will definitely be going back.
May 28, 2021 by Christopher Summers

Rude !

Beautiful views overlooking the sea but the owners are very rude, patronising and miserable! Honestly what a shame as the campsite is lovely. We were shouted at for having music on @6.45, in the evening, wasn’t loud and not upsetting anyone, however we were shouted at and finger wagging told to turn it off and not to put it on again ! Awful people skills and dam right rude ! It definitely spoilt it for us and we will not be staying there again.
Aug 31, 2020 by Sue

Great view! Arrogant and rude owners! Would not recommend!

The view is great but the owners really ruined our experience. On arrival they were rude straight away pointing out that we were 5 minutes early and should not be here before 12pm. They then squeezed us into two pitches even though we paid for three, and claimed that because we are one group we can’t take the allotted 3 spaces because we would be taking up too much room! The man then came and up to us the next night very aggressively shouting and pointing his finger into our faces telling us to turn the music off because it was 11pm, even though the music was not loud at all and would have happily turned it down or off if he asked politely but his demeanour was awful. Then the following night he came up and aggressively shouted at multiple members of our group telling us to turn the music off at 6pm!!! His attitude was disgraceful, his aggressive nature completely ruined our trip which is a shame as the view is great!
Aug 31, 2020 by Adam

Paradise on the Welsh Coast

Really the title sums it up. It was one of those moments that I will never forget; sitting underneath a star filled sky with the Milky Way directly overhead, a campfire crackling, the waves crashing onto the rocks just six feet below, the lights of Barmouth twinkling in the distance and a belly full of the farm’s own lamb burgers. It really doesn’t get any better than this. The campsite is so relaxed it is unbelievable, all the pressures of life just melt away within minutes of arriving. The hosts offer an incredibly friendly welcome; even the dog made friends with one of the farm’s sheep dogs that kept running down to us and taunting her. The local train running at the back of the site only adds to the charm of this idyllic setting. If you plan on walking the beach then cast an eye over the tide table in the utility room. This is a place we will just keep returning to over-and-over again. If your idea of a campsite is ‘check in/check out whenever’ and ‘find a spot you like and that’s your pitch’ coupled with stunning views then Cae Du is absolute perfection.
Oct 10, 2018 by GreenCamper

Peaceful Getaway

Welcome was friendly and efficient. Basic but adequate facilities - they do what they're meant to - kept clean and tidy. (would be even better if treated and respected properly by campers - especially kids!). Awesome panoramic views. Pitches fine - website makes it clear what to expect so no surprises. Firepits an added bonus and in the afternoon the farmer/owner comes around with a truck full of logs for £5 - well worth it. Our bundle lasted 2 nights but they are BIG logs so might be worth having something with which to cut them down; also handy to have kindling and maybe cheat with firelighters! VERY strict about dogs but you have to remember that this is a working farm first and foremost for the owners; this also probably accounts for the 'basic' amenities. (they are perfectly acceptable - clean and tidy, maintained - and just about cope with the volume of campers). We would definitely return as this suited our needs perfectly. Website is very honest and representative of the site.
Aug 7, 2018 by baileyclanbailey

the views

Miserable "welcome"! by the owners but the campsite has amazing views. If you like to camp likes its a festival [tents nearly on top of each other] as cars not allowed by the side of your tent, they must be parked at the front or back of your tent so they can get as many people in as possible. Owners drive around to make sure you are obeying his orders but if you do then the site is lovely.The washing up area could do with a good tiding up but has the best view when washing your pots and pans. Well worth a visit if you like meeting people cause they are literally sleeping within breathing space.
Jul 22, 2018 by not a festival camper

Fantastic location

I've known about Cae Ddu for many years, having lived nearby for a long time and re-visiting after I moved away. The location is second to none. One of very few camp sites you can still have a bonfire (when not as dry as it has been...July 2018), Other campers very friendly & the non loud music policy allows for a lovely quieter site. The view, sunsets and, if your lucky dolphins & seals make this site one of a kind. Only negatives are the lack of a fridge...which nowadays, is an absolute must. It's a basic, but clean and tidy site, though the shower charges are unnecessary, given the price of staying at the site, and unless you are speedy, cost at least £2 per shower. Glyn is very welcoming, cheerful and helpful...his wife can come across as a little stern, unfriendly and rather rude at times...perhaps a few more people skills wouldn't go amiss. That said...highly recommended site
Jul 14, 2018 by Lilystink

Wonderful find

Could not be happier with this campsite. We started here for our ten day holiday at three different locations in Wales. Owners were lovely, toilets and all facilities were all clean. Showers a little on the expensive side at £1 a go but there was plenty of time for me to shower myself and my 4 and 6 year old. The beach is fantastic for rockpooling and the local towns were friendly and beautiful. As you'd expect next to a cliff its a bit hit and miss finding a flat pitch but the fantastic views and sheep roaming the campsite more than made up for natures undulations! Clientele were like minded families and individuals. Ran out of time to sample the lamb burgers so we will have to return. Thoroughly recommend.
Aug 29, 2017 by Siobhan

chilled and wonderful

We had a lovely stay here - the owners were relaxed and welcoming, the site was beautiful with stunning views and next to a brill beach to explore. Lots of cycling, mountain climbing, ice cream eating and exploring very close by. Facilities are simple, clean and have everything we need. Loved it and will return!
Jun 5, 2017 by Deb

WOW - Beautiful !

As a lone, female visitor I felt very safe on this site. I pitched my tent as close to the beach as I dared and sat back and enjoyed the beautiful view...stunning !!.. and the sunsets were as fabulous as I hoped and the firepit a great asset for the chilly evenings. The owners were VERY welcoming and friendly and were happy to give advice on nearby places that I might find interesting to visit. It was very quiet during the five days of my stay and although there were a couple of other visitors we were all stretch out so really felt that I was the only one there, very relaxing ! The facilities block was great with very clean toilets and showers and there was plenty of hot water so no complaints fact I am hard pushed to think of any was perfect and I will definitely visit again
Oct 9, 2016 by Jenny

Nice View. Greedy Owner. Poor Facilities

Very nice view. It really was nice for the first morning unzipping the tent and revealing the beautiful sea view HOWEVER after the first night the feeling had dissipated and I just wanted a decent shower. Unfortunately, I could not have one! And with there being one sit down toilet shared between over 100 people (men's toilets) taking one of the three S's was not a relaxing option that I decided to pursue. It was £1 a shower, which wouldn't be much of an issue if they were clean and hot. What frustrates me is that we were charged more than family we were meeting. £22.50 a night is expensive for a camp site- unless you're particularly fond of your sea views you get better showers, just as nice mountainous views for a quarter of the price! The owner just seemed greedy and if you read other reviews this site could be so much better if a bit of effort and customer service was attempted. Once you arrive the owner will come straight out and ask you to be paid. This site is just a view, you can get better for far less elsewhere.
Aug 29, 2016 by Vexotos

Beautiful location

The site itself is fabulous. Cant get more of a sea view than this, it is fantastic watching the sun setting in front of you with the haze of snowdonia in the background. Facilities are perfect for a basic site, everythin you need and very clean with it. Fire pits are a great addition and the friendly owner was always on hand and obliging. My only downside is nothing to do with the site but the lack of walks and amenities near by. The coastal walk was disapointing as it was very nearly all via road and followed the wrong side of the train track so no sea view till you reached Tywyn. This is the first time you also find a pub or restaurant so not really able to walk here of an evening as its a 7mile round trip. That's my only qualm, you have to drive to all the pubs which defeats the object of a pub if you fancy a few alcoholic beverages. Despite this and the fact it can get pretty windy on the exposed beach I can recommend anyone a visit and you will not be disappointed.
Jul 20, 2016 by charleesmith

Wonderful :)

We camped for my birthday (End of June 2016) from Sunday to Wednesday and it was beautiful. I think we experienced every kind of weather (although I have a tendency to over exaggerate ;) )

Facilities - kept nice and clean. Always well stocked with toilet tissue, hand wash and even a Dyson air blade hand dryer. Showers cost £1 - really lovely powerful and hot. Washing up in the kitchen area is also easy with hot water - washing machine and tumble dryer (for those ramblers) and two fridge freezers.

The owners are funny - Welsh dry humour at its best. You can buy firewood from them (£5 a bundle) which kept our fire going for a few good hours). 

Great, magical site- we will be back xx

Jun 29, 2016 by rhi4nhughes

Fond Memories

I have just been reading the reviews of other campers over the past few years and it appears those views are forever outstanding and something you can never be tired off.  In 1967 my wife and I lived in Cae Du cottage for approximately 2 years and just newly married, January 1967, I was a serving soldier at Tonfanua Army Camp and being newly married we could not get an Army Quarter so we had the choice of living at Cae Du with the rent paid by the Army.  Yes Isolation was then the biggest problem, we had no transport so everything was done by walking, to catch a train you walked down to the railway line and when you saw the train you put your hand out for it to stop and that's how we got into Tywyn.  The views have always been stunning and having to always walk to the camp every day I had the choice of the road, or along the beach, depending on the tide, or over the hill directly in front of Cae Du. When our daughter was born, August 1968, obviously money was not a great asset then so we would spend many hours down on the beach in the summer months, in fact there where some areas where it was sandy and you could go for a swim, we watched porpoises leaping through the water, seals basking on the rocks all from our front door, snow capped Snowdonia in winter time, fantastic,

I still have some photographs of those times. But in those days you hardly saw anybody, the couple who used a static caravan and came at weekends, the odd camper who would stay a few nights, so reading those reviews it seems things have changed enormously. Yes I would recommend staying at Cae Du even though we have not been there for many years but reading those past reviews the scenery and the whole atmosphere of the area has not changed and is still as outstanding and will continue to be so   

Jun 8, 2016 by Peter L

Cae Du campsite

Camped here a couple of times. Great that you can pick your own spot and plenty of firepits available. Can get busy over weekends in the summer and if you are away day-hiking your tent can be completely 'swallowed' by big groups with lots of tents. Usually people staying quite relaxed though. Very basic but adequate facilities.Tywin nice little town with fab beach. Great hikes nearby.

Sep 4, 2015 by MarielleE

Cae Du - Idyllic Views/Perfect get away from it all site.

Went on our first ever family camping holiday to Cae Du Campsite on 10th August this year, we had an amazing time here, the views are stunningly, breathtakingly beautiful over the ocean & the landscape, the farmer & his wife were very approachable & helpful, was lovely having an open fire, toasting marshmallows as the sun was setting and as the write up states we found this site truly idyllic and we shall definately be booking to go again next year, we didn't want to come home,

The sites amenities were basic however we found them clean & had the basics needed to get us by, facilities to wash up, washing machine & tumble drier facilities, clean toilets, clean shower rooms, hairdryer availability & small mirror, although basic they were regularly cleaned, we found site with having basic facilities the closest next best thing to wild camping

To get onto the site you have to come off main road, past farmers cottage then drive down through some gates until you reach the site which by having no direct walk through access we felt more security for our eleven & year old daughters and what an impressive view the site has regardless of which side of the site you choose to pitch.  Whilst there we were blessed to see the Dolphins swimming & doing graceful somersaults in their natural environment.

If you want to get away completely from the hustle & bustle of everyday life & get back to nature, complete tranquility & reawaken your senses to the stunningly beautiful natural views, ocean, stunning landscape & wildlife Wales has to offer this is definately where to stay. 

Sep 4, 2015 by samm.carlyle

Could do better!

Views are wow but site facilities don't even hit mediocre! Need a proper deep clean and repairs in toilet block! Very Very Very expensive for a basic site. Would not stop again which is a shame as it could be a 5* site with a little work. Was very busy and noisy whilst we stopped and because pitches aren't allocated some tents were pitched so close to use that their guys almost crossed ours. Site is very exposed with not much shelter but you do expect that on a site so close to the sea. Also most pitches are sloped, so much so that you start off the night one side of the tent and wake up opposite. 

Seems a shame that such an amazing location hasn't had more care taken with it and a little investment could make all the difference.

Aug 12, 2015 by Kinks


Had no problems here, lovely site, grew up a couple of miles away but still love getting away from it all down here. A little foraging in the boulders can produce a tasty starter. 

Jul 27, 2015 by Ricrhys

Amazing place!

Just got back from a two night stay here, it was beautiful! The owners are friendly and very nice! Very clean facilities and really impressed with them too! Showers were lovely and hot! 

My children didn't want to leave.... More did I! Definitely going back! X

Jul 22, 2015 by Joannerawlings

Gwych unwaith eto

Just got back from a weekend at this campsite. The weather wasn't great but we had a great time. The view from the campsite is fantastic. dolphins out hunting on Friday evening and  On Sunday night we watched the sun set on the horizon After the barbecue  

Jul 6, 2015 by Huwd81

Cae Du - Spring Bank Holiday

Just back from spending Spring Bank Holiday at Cae Du. Absolutely beautiful site. Sitting by the camp fire watching the sunset was a glorious, glorious treat. The site was busy, as to be expected on May Bank Holiday but it didn't feel cramped or overcrowded, there was still a decent amount of space between pitches. The owner was friendly and welcoming, charged us £15 per night, and helpfully warned me to wash my hair first in the shower in case of time running out, though in the event it turned out the showers worked well and warm for the full 6 minutes £1 bought you. Facilities were beautiful and clean - 3 or 4 times when I popped down to the amenities block over the weekend someone was in cleaning, so they never got the chance to become muddy or untidy and there was always a full complement of soap and loo roll etc. Beautiful place to stay, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Perfectly placed for walking - we did Cadair Idris (stunning) and a chunk of the coast path over the weekend, though you could cheerfully amuse yourself mucking round on boulders on the beach if you didn't fancy going far. The Peniarth Arms in Brycrug does cracking food, too, if you can drag yourself away from the view.

May 27, 2015 by Susan_J

a magical place

Just returned from my first visit to Cae Du and what a perfect setting. My partner has been before several times and it's fair to say his descriptions were not exaggerated. We picked a spot next to the beach and enjoyed watching sunsets and wildlife while roasting marshmallows on the campfire. The whole site is set up for chilling out. The facilities were clean and showers good although the site wasn't particularly busy. The only down side as far as my teenagers were concerned was the perilous journey across razor sharp rocks to get out for a swim - but hey I managed it with no injuries. I recommend sturdy shoes and waiting for high tide...

Jul 29, 2014 by sarah


We just came back from 3 days at Cae Du.  The views are absolutely stunning, photos and reviews can't really do it justice.  I loved waking up to the sea view outside our tent every morning and watching the sunsets - which are incredible.  Being able to have open fires is great especially as they sell wood there and bring it up to you.  The toilets, showers and kitchen were always spotlessly clean which impressed me as it was a busy bank holiday weekend / start of half term.  I guess there's an element of luck with who else is camping but we found the atmosphere was relaxed and were lucky enough to have helpful neighbours.    They came and helped us pitch our tent as it was pouring with rain and we were obviously struggling - a different set of neighbours also helped us get our fire going ! The family running the site were friendly when we spoke with them or needed help with something but other than that they let us get on with our holiday.

May 28, 2014 by laura

Great Place!

AWESOME! Starts with a fantastic host, friendly and welcoming and moves onto stunning views! Every pitch comes with their own rock built fire pit and the host will even deliver you wood and kindling. At 7am I was lucky to see porpoises jumping out of the sea.

A special place with great views and a really chilled atmosphere. Definitely going again and again and again.

May 25, 2014 by Beagieg

Cae Du

If you like simple camping and prepared for the reality of camping on a cliff then this place is just fine.  We were fortunate with some sunshine and gorgeous sunsets. 

Apr 21, 2014 by Sarahsaw

Just try it, you'll LOVE it

This is the best site, we travel 3.5 hrs to get there!

I first visited this site on recommendation of a stranger when chatting about camping, I have since taken several people including my children, my son and his girlfreind my partner (who had never been camping before and is now having withdrawals and is desperate to return to Cae Du this year).  

This site never fails to deliver, there are pithes on the cliff edge or further back if you don't like the idea of waking up to smelling and hearing the ocean.  This is the edge of the country and you feel so alive while your there, the farmer is super helpful, he brings wood for your open real fire at night, they also sell lamb burger made themselves (delicious).  There is a sheltered area to eat when raining if your tent is not sufficient there are showers and toilets (all clean) there is even a sink and warm water, solar panels are used to heat the water and the beach is literaly a stones throw away, the pictures do not do it justice, I am guilty however of not sharing this site with my friends who camp who are groups of lads or who don't value the outdoors, it is one of Britains beauty spots and I want to keep it that way so it is an escape and a secret.  

If you watch the sea you can see the Dolphins go past and return later in the day when in season.  If you love the outdoors and want to share an amazing experience of camping with family and friends whilst enjoying some of the best views available then this is one to try, you will love it! but please don't share with the rowdy crowd, I love to party as much as anyone but as the tranquility is part of its appeal respect the area. The reviews which state it is over priced obviously have not stayed in the lake district, I live 40 minutes from the Lakes and travel 3.5 hours to get to Cae Du, nothing compares to the views, pitch on the left hand side of the shower block on the cliff edge for the best views and experience, find your fire pitch and enjoy!. 

This is value for money you cannot buy the feeling of peace Cae Du gives you. Looking forward to returning within the next few months.  Love you Cae Du x

Apr 16, 2014 by Love The Outdoors


A warm, friendly site, nothing too much for the owners who were extremely helpful and friendly.  Excellent facilities kept spotlessly clean.  An up-to-date folder was available in the washroom detailing local walks and places of interest.  Very useful indeed.  A friendly atmosphere was clearly evident.  Fantastic sunsets, wonderful night skies, a busy but quiet site with plenty to do and see.  Dolphins and seals were an added bonus. Will definitely visit again.

Sep 11, 2013 by Pegasus


We picked a week at random to tour the coast of Wales and it turned out to be a week of Mediterranean weather, this campsite was stunning. Swimming in the cool, turquoise sea (seriously), enjoying the shearwaters playing at night, watching the stars around the campfire. The hosts were warm and fun. The facilities more than adequate. Little piece of heaven. 

Sep 9, 2013 by Nightingale

Cae Du

My boyfriend and I went camping for the first time ever a few weeks ago and we picked Cae Du for our first experience of the outside lifestyle. The site was very easy to find and well sign posted. We arrived just after 7.45pm and the owner was very prompt in coming out to great us. We were charged £16.00 for the two of us and one brown chocolate Labrador named Ben for one night, which we thought was great but as I mentioned we are novices so have no idea of the usual going rate.  We were directed down to the camping field through a very quaint little bridge only to find a magical sea view.  We pitched just in time for the sunset over the sea with a large dissorano and coke in one hand and each others hands in the other. Perfect!  We had a lovely stay but one word of advice remember your wind break as on Saturday morning we were nearly blown away.  The town of Barmouth is lovely even in the rain, half of the beach is dog friendly too which is great for all you dog owners, oh and you just have to visit The Little Mermaid fish and chip shop, just opposite the train line as you walk into town, you really wont of eaten better fish and chips anywhere. Enjoy your stay

Aug 27, 2013 by Emma


Might be worth Cool Camping please updating the information this site: it currently says that a tent + 2 adults costs £10. However, I've just called this site to see if they have any availability for the August Bank Holiday weekend. I wanted to stay with my partner, in our 4m bell tent. The lady was vague and unenthusiastic. After some deliberations with her colleague in the background, she came back and said that they would charge us £30.00 per night to camp! When I asked on what basis this had been calculated, I was told that a normal 2-man tent would cost £15.00 and a "family" tent £25.00... Seems they just make the prices up as they go along, to get as much off you as they can. Despite the pictures (this site looks gorgeous), this call seemed to confirm many of the reviews that suggest this site is unfriendly and over-priced, so  I decided not to bother staying here! 

Aug 14, 2013 by whereverilaymyhat

Away from it all with fantastic coastal views

Stayed here Sunday 21 July in VW Camper and we're quite new to camping as have only stayed on 1 site prior to this; we loved it. The coastal views right on top of the sea and cliffs etc were fab, it had a good atmosphere around the site and there were ready-made stone and rock camp-fire's to use (you can buy wood from the farm). 

We had a bike ride around the coast (which was a challenge as it's very hilly in the area), seen some seals around the coast and the views were amazing, the fantastic weather made all the difference; spent some time exploring Barmouth and some delcious fish n chips before heading back to Cae Du for the afternoon to laze in the hot sun with a beer before our BBQ and camp-fire as the sun set. Apparently the atmosphere the previous night (Saturday) was brilliant with all the campfires burning and a great vibe, so would include a Saturday night when we go back. 

The toilets and showers were basic but clean, with adequate indoor dishwashing area and an indoor chilling area. 

The campsite is approx 5 miles from Barmouth a lovely little seaside resort with great beach (over the Mawddach footbridge) and 4 miles from Athog where there is a great bike track which goes from Barmouth to Dolgellau.

Aug 9, 2013 by Karenf

Beautiful - no problems here

My experience of this campsite was very good. You've read all about the location and it's all true. Views are great, there's nothing else around in the area (although trains do pass right by the campsite in the daytime) and you can have fires/bbqs/whatever you want.  In fact, there seems to be almost no supervision of the campsite at all, which you may view as good or bad.  There are certainly no noise/fire wardens!  I went at a bit of a strange time - I arrived on the Bank Holiday Monday as everyone was leaving! So although it was only half full when I got there, by mid morning it was virtually empty, so I could pick one of the best spots with a view of the sea/sunset.  The facilities I found to be above average - good showers (yes, they cost a pound but it buys you plenty of time at a nice consistent temperature), clean toilets and sinks.  Clearly I went went when there was no-one there, so I can imagine it *could* get messy/muddy at peak times and in the rain, but what campsite toilet wouldn't?  Sheep were roaming free in the field - not a problem to me but when it's packed the mess might be an issue.  The people running it were pleasant to me - didn't get off to the best start when I was a bit confused as to where to park up to go and check in/pay and tried to go through the gate, but when they realised I wasn't trying to get in for free, they were fine!  I don't think customer service is their thing - they're not hosts or all smiles/pleasantries but they answered all questions, helped me out with a couple of tourist enquiries and that's all I can ask, really.  They're there to look after their farm and I suppose when it's really busy they could get exasperated with running the whole thing (from the sounds of some reviews) but I think they're good people, just not customer service reps!  If your expectations are realistic, you won't be disappointed!

Overall, then, I think if it's sunny and warm and quiet, like it was for me, then you will have a great and relaxing time.  If you try to go camping on a bank holiday on a wet/cold weekend, along with half of Britain, then expect to have issues with pitches/toilets/mess just like any other campsite you may have chosen to visit! I think some of the reviews here fail to seperate the campsite from the actual issues (trying to go camping when everyone else is!) and criticise it unduly.

I'll be back sometime.  A more welcoming approach and maybe a few less sheep would make it 5/5 but I hope you'll have a great time too.

Aug 2, 2013 by themarshall

Cae Du

We have just come back from 3 day's at this site. We come here every year normally towards the end of the season, however this year we decided to go at the start of the season.

What a disappointment.  It was £7.50 per person per night in a tent, not to bad what we paid last year, however the field was covered in sheep mess, we had to spend 30mins clearing an area before we could put our tent up, only to find later in the day after going out coming back to find sheep all round our tent and a load more mess to clean up. The showers (which cost £1 a go) in the gents had a broken shower head on which was like that in September last year while we where there. When we mentioned all this to the owner he just shrugged and walked off.

It is a beautiful place which seems to be falling behind and relying on the past good reviews this site has had, and needs a bit of investment back, hence while we where there 3 other people said they wouldn't come back until they invest.

I have given it 3 stars because of this, a shame,

May 24, 2013 by Theoma

Cae Du

I've been going to this campsite for over ten years now and have had some amazing times there! Location is amazing and sunsets to die for and of course the camp fires that are allowed make this site something rather special! But in the last two years my thoughts have changed somewhat. Whenever we go even within the same year the prices are always different!!!!!! I'm sure they just make them up of the top of their head. The owner can be rather abrupt at times. Last year we checked in and paid up front in cash. We then went to pitch our tent and halfway through the farmer came bowling over his first words being "have you paid" not "hello guys, good journey down?". We we told him we had, he simply jumped in his landy, slammed the door and sped off! Nice welcome! The toilets and showers need refurbishing and the owner now insists you pitch on top of each other – all this is down to greed, greed, greed! 

The campsite has enjoyed a rise in popularity recently due to an excellent reveiw in a camping magazine, Given the obscene amounts of cash this guy must have going through his fingers every season (and trust me I've counted well over 120 tents sometimes) at an average of £30 a night! Well over £3500 a night, the least he could do is put a smile on his face and even just pretend to like us campers for the weekend, not to mention ploughing some money back into the tired overpriced showerblocks. It's such a shame to see things have changed so much recently.

Apr 1, 2013 by dean1

Cae Du

Been going here for years and made some really good friends from fellow campers who also appreciate what Cae Du gives you. Yes, it`s not cheap and facilities are basic.......and I hope that more people stay away because of it, because I can then get back to enjoying the most idyllic back to nature camp site with fewer people coming!! This is my favourite campsite in the world and I would pay double for the joy it gives me every year.

Mar 7, 2013 by jobster

Cae Du

I agree with earlier post, this site is going downhill. We have been several time's in the past, but the 3 times we have been this year have been poor. The 1st time the site had only been open 3 day's & the 2 shower's in the gents had broken shower heads (which were the same as when we last visited the site in Oct), the road down was a spring breaker, and the field was covered in sheep poo. The cost of £7.50 per person plus £1 for a luke warm shower is not very good.

We have just returned from our last 2 nights and again faulty shower heads & lukewarm water, tents so close it is a fire hazard & when you complain all you get is take it or leave it.

The site is in a great spot & will always be busy but if the owners (they are farmers who are always busy) do not have the time to run the site properly then they should employ someone or stop taking money off people for what is starting to be substandard.

Aug 30, 2011 by Combi

Cae Du

Just got back from bank holiday weekend at this campsite. The weather wasn't great but we had a great time. The view from the campsite is fantastic. On Sunday night we watched the sun set on the horizon, it looked like the sky was on fire. It was nice to see all of the camp fires light up the night. We got the train into wales, Tonfanau station is approx 20min walk from campsite. You can walk across the top of the costal path direct into the camp. We would deffinaltely go back to this site.

Aug 29, 2011 by pauldebwallacebod

Cae Du

This used to be a fantastic campsite, until it began to great reviews on sites like this. Now it's cramped, crowded and the owners are often grumpy and unfriendly as they are harrassed by people who don't treat them or the site with respect.

Our last 2 visits were awful, first we had to camp so close to neighbouring tents that ours was scorched by sparks from their fire. (We moved the tent further away but were told by the owner to move back in the morning). On our last visit we vowed never to return (after nearly 20 years) as loud music until 3am kept us awake and the number of generators running all night (so campers could watch tv and run their fridges) spoilt what used to be a quiet, peaceful, friendly place to spend the weekend.

Even the stunning views, spectacular sunsets, proximity to beach and regular visits from dolphins and seals swimming by can't compensate for the noise, dirt and crush.

Aug 8, 2011 by cheshirecamper

Cae Du

Fantastic site and location. We went on a windless sunny weekend and enjoyed bbq, beers and campfire. Would imagine that if it was windy may not be great as very exposed right next to coastline. There is a nice bit of beach that is only visable at low tide and you have a 5 minute walk over the rocks to get to it & loads of weed so can be a bit slippy so I’d guess if you had very young kids might be a bit of a pain. So if it’s scenery and simple pleasures you’re after you can’t go far wrong at Cae Du. One last thing - we took our 2 WELL BEHAVED dogs - but the owner was a bit annoying as he seemed to go out of his way to point out that they MUST be on leads every second of the day. I’m more than capable of taking responsibility of my dogs. Think the owner should just cheer up a bit and enjoy the stunning views on his doorstep.
Jun 5, 2011 by UK Defender

Cae Du

Location, location, location! Beautiful spot and stunning views, the spot cannot be faulted. We went from breezy near arctic to mediterranean heat over a four day stay and loved it all. We were treated to dolphins swimming by while we supped morning coffee! Facilities spotless and despite half term crowds we never really had to queue. The only reason we’re not giving this site five stars is a bit of a hesitation about pitch proximity; we were told to pitch up as close to another tent as possible "as close as we could without guys crossing". It would be best not to hear your neighbours turning over in bed, but then we did go at half term so I guess we should have been prepared for crowds. A little more space it would have been truly perfect. We paid £15 per night for two people in one tent.
Jun 5, 2011 by George

Cae Du

Best. Campsite. Ever. It’s in a lovely spot in North Wales with the sea tumbling up to the bottom of the cliffs that you sleep a-top of. Beautiful views in every direction and everything you need from a campsite. Namely, camp fires. They are few and far between these days and it is lovely to find a site where you can light a little fire and cook your supper over it. Plus, campfires always make the beer taste better! As far as the practicalities go; decent, reasonably priced and clean showers. Good indoor room for washing up etc. Ground a bit uneven but there’s usually enough space to find a spot where you won’t end up at the foot of the tent in the morning. Even if this place didn’t have running water and the other little ’luxuries’, I would come back time and again. It’s idyllic. The constant sound of the sea and the slight ’edge of the world’ feeling that you get on top of a cliff probably contribute to the relaxed and invigorating feeling I always have when I come away from Cae Du. Try it and you’ll see! PS - try the lamb burgers, you can’t fault them either...!
May 24, 2011 by smanselljones

Cae Du

My boyfriend and I have visited this camsite numerous times, and it is our favourite place to camp. The views are what draw us there, with a 180 degree sea view in one direction, and the beautiful hillsides in the other. We could spend all weekend staring in awe at the sea alone. The campsite has a very rustic feeling to it. No ’pitches’ as just pick a discarded campfire to pitch behind. The ground is uneven in parts, but we always manage to find a flat bit! The showers cost £1 a go, and the toilets are always clean with plenty of loo roll, and soap by the sinks. There is also a hair dryer if that is important to you. If it rains, there is an undercover sofa area, and next door a utility room with a freezer for your ice packs, and a washing machine. The owners have always come accross as very nice. You can buy wood for a camp fire, lamb burgers (which I totally recommend!) and eggs from them. They ask that you book for the busier weekends (bank holidays, and school Summer holidays), but other than those times, we just turn up. Contrary to the information on here, it costs £6 pppn. So once we have found our spot, pitched our tent, and let the dog have a swim off the pebble beach, we can make a camp fire, open a bottle (or two), and sit back to drink in the awe inspiring views. The sun sets directly infront of you, and I defy anyone not to be mesmerised by it. If you are looking for something else to do, Morfa Mawddach is a short drive down the coast where you can walk over Barmouth bridge into Barmouth, or you could walk up the estury to Penmaenpool (about a 10 mile round walk - but there is a lovely pub at the village which also serves good pub grub). That’s all if you can drag yourself away from the view...
May 6, 2011 by loolindley

Cae Du

myself and a friend (both female) read about this campsite on this website. the information stated that it opened in March. we arrived early April, on foot, with our backpacks, but discovered they only open on Easter weekend. we had no transport and it was late in the afternoon. The owner was extremely surly and unhelpful, and refused for us to pitch our small 2-person tent anywhere on their property including on an out-of-the-way path. it would have been a small favor to do for two weary travellers - what happened to welsh hospitality?
Apr 26, 2011 by dtalmi

Cae Du

This is a great campsite. No needless rules and regulations and the price is extremely reasonable. The shower block is ok, no complaints. The showers are not free so you’re going to need a few coppers. £1 a go. We found the showers to be unpredicable, so wash the essentials first. I can’t praise this campsite enough. My favourite by far. This is proper camping.
Mar 2, 2011 by mabster1966

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