Gwersyll Maes-y-Bryn Campsite
Welsh names, eh? They sound all mystical and dreamlike, but translate them into English and what happens? Ty Mawr becomes ’Big House’, Hafod Uchaf is reduced to ’Upper Farm’, while Gwersyll Maes y Bryn subsides into the disappointingly prosaic ’Field on the Hill Campsite’.
Perhaps we’d all enjoy life more if we ditched English, a language no one wants to learn anyway, and conversed in the tongue of Dafydd ap Gwilym and Taliesin. The former Dav yn Trap (’Horse and Cart’) pub is now a smallholding with three acres’ worth of sheep, chickens, geese, ducks and kittens. The very friendly Welsh-speaking owners really make you feel at home, while the site itself is separated into pitches on two levels, the lower one tending to be more sociable, while the upper terrace will appeal to slightly less touchy-feely types. There’s also a miniature ‘private’ field to one side, right next to which sheep may safely graze, that can accommodate an extended family gathering.
Perched on a range of hills opposite Snowdonia, three miles up from the small town of Llanrwst, this location rewards campers with a fine view of Mynydd Hiraethog (the Denbigh Moors) to the north. Llanrwst is worth a visit for its bridge, almshouse museum and plucky if slightly delusional sense of its own independence. The small town possesses a coat of arms and a flag, and glories in the motto Cymru, Lloegr a Llanrwst (’Wales, England and Llanrwst’).
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We found gwersyll maes-y-bryn campsite to be an idyllic getaway from our normal life , the site is Beautiful and set next to the stream, Beryl the owner has been a perfect host each time we visited and she offers to take the kids to feed the Chickens, Sheep and.other animals free of charge at 8am each morning,which all.the kids in our party loved. :)
The shower blocks are great, and there is even a dishwashing block with a washing machine if you are taking your kids on a muddy day out, and also Beryl runs a little shop with all the essentials and home layed free range eggs for the best camping breakfast ever.
There are plenty of things to do reasonably close by, we visited Beddgelert(Gelerts Bed)(Google the story, it's amazing), Betws Y Coed and Snowdonia.
You won't be disappointed, this is a hidden gem, which is What Cool Camping is all about ;)
Next time we visit we may treat ourselves and hire the Yurt.
30 (1 hard standing) on mainly flat terrain. 10 electric hook-ups.
Loos: 3 Men's (plus urinals) 3 Women's. Showers: 2 Men's 2 Women's (free). Other facilities: Washing machine (£1), tumble-dryer (£1), washing-up sinks, a few basic provisions for sale (long-life milk, cereal, soup, home-laid free-range eggs, toothpaste etc), CDP. Stuff for children: Playing in the stream, feeding the chickens, befriending the cats. Recycling: Everything.
Dogs: On leads; owners must fill in a form accepting care and responsibility for their pets. Fires: No open fires; a supply of bricks for BBQs off grass. Other: No cars between 11pm and 7am.
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The Penybont (Scottish and Newcastle), Llanrwst (3¼ miles) – a 14th-century coaching inn serving cask ales next to a splendidly grim stone bridge rumoured to have been designed by Inigo Jones; 01492 640202.
Train station: Llanrwst (3 miles) – Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog (aka Conwy Valley) line. Take a taxi from there on in.
Local taxi firm Ken’s Private Hire (01492 641010) will transport you from the campsite to the small Snowdonian republic for an extremely reasonable £2.
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