Gyrn Goch, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL54 5PN
Let us not beat about the bush – this campsite scores on the old ‘location, location, location’ chestnut, in a beautiful spot sandwiched between the beach and the mountains on the Llyn Peninsula, 10 miles south of Caernarfon. Negotiating a steep, narrow lane to the site, past the bumbling stream by the amenities block, feels like you are descending into a secret valley within the mountains. Drive past a covered games room and the owners’ lovely house, past rows of white tourers and down to a joyous coastal ‘Beach Field’, a grassy patch so close to the sea as to be virtually in it. It can only be accessed by small vehicles and features 16 pitches with seven electric hook-ups.
Both grassy tiers of the campsite sharply meet the rugged coastline and there is a tiny, partly sandy, wild beach full of rockpools to explore. Braver swimmers might attempt a quick dip – a little wild swimming is all part of Aberafon’s package – but there are sandier swimming beaches along the peninsula. There is even a slipway to launch your boat from, should you happen to carry one with you.
Co-owner Hugh is an extreme-sports fan, so he’ll approve of anyone that wishes to canoe downstream, hike through Snowdonia, or try wakeboarding at the local sporting venue, Glas Fryn Park, near Pwllheli. Hugh has regularly jumped off Gyrn Goch mountain, which overlooks the campsite, strapped to a paraglider. If you’re feeling equally adventurous, sign up with the local paragliding school. Otherwise, just let the kids safely run riot: happy kids make happy parents, after all.
So how best to describe the charm of Aberafon? Great location? Superb situation? Or how about astonishing situation in a great location?
The Owner Says
A special 6 nights at Aberafon.
We have just come back from staying 6 nights at Aberafon. It was ideal for us and just as described in cool camping. It was full but relatively quiet for a bank holiday with well marked pitches, flat ground and simple but clean facilities. The field we stayed in only had tents around the edge which meant the children could play in the middle. Claire was lovely - always very helpful and we appreciated the use of the freezer for ice blocks, the tumble drier and small shop. We made the most of the beautiful surroundings with an evening walk up the mountain just behind the site (tougher than it looks); hired bikes from Bedgellert Bikes and took a 4 hour bike ride through the forest; had a fantastic lunch half way at a little cafe in Rydd Dhu, swam in the sea of a beautiful beach about 40 minutes up the coast and then took a walk up Snowdon. We don't often return to the same place twice but we might just do that this time! Thank you for sharing this beautiful part of the world with us.
only the location is cool
I can't deny that the location is fab here. Lovely views and the kids loved being so close to the beach. The camping however is far from cool. We have never had to pitch our tent so close to other tents. They claim not to let groups in but they certainly did when we stayed here last summer. If you want a quiet spot for family camping pass this one by.
This site is lovely, with excellent toilets and showers. We were impressed that the showers were hot instantly and how clean the block was. 20p for 3mins seemed reasonable too. Fantastic sea views and good access to local amenities. Would return!
We enjoyed our stay in june greatly, with the amazing views and sound of the Ocean constantly in our ears.Must go back one day
We have just got back from a weekend here. The site was easy to find and well sigh posted on the main road from Caernarfon. There is a narrow, rather steep road down past a small toilet block and a babbling stream you would think you was in the middle of a forest in the lake district, until you pass the owners house and into the field and the hole view opens up and all you can see is the sea in front and mountains all around. It is absolutely stunning! It is ideally located for days out in Caernarfon for the castle and a nice looking stam train ride can also recommend going to beddgelet which was beautiful for a day out walking and exploring.
The grass is very well maintained considering the time of year we were there and all the toilet blacks were clean with hardly any spiders (in fact I didn't see any) we had an amazing evening on the beach with a bbq and fire roasting marshmallows and watching the go down.
I would defenatly recommend this place and will certainly return, especially when the weather improves.
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I'm a first time camper and just got back from our first family trip today. This place is beautiful, great views, Claire the owner is lovely and so helpful. We took a trip into nearby Canearfon but will definitely be going back to visit a few more places and to toast marshmallows on the beach. There is a children's play area that my 18 month old loved. We visited the beach and made sand castles. My 15 & 10 year old had a great time, we took along a few outdoor games with us. The facilities are clean, there are toilets within a short walk, the showers are abit further away. Great drive, very scenic. Our first night it was very windy but our tent stood firm but thereafter it wasn't so bad. We were blessed with fab weather too.
Wonderful if windy!
Had a lovely stay here last weekend. The site is fantastic. On location, it simply can't be beaten. Amazing mountain views and right on the coast. We pitched up and sat down just in time to enjoy a beer and a cracking sunset. The facilities are great. A bit of a trek to the only shower block but they were clean and empty. The beachside loos were handily located for us and the views from the washing up point are amazing! The free hot water for washing up is a nice touch. My only reservation about this site is the wind. We were in the newbie field i.e. the one with the best view but the worst of the wind. Our first night was blowy but OK. Our second night was armadeggon. If it's going to be windy, it will be VERY WINDY on the site so come prepared with extra pegs/screws and make sure you tie the tent down well. My son was fine in a lower profile tent protected by the hedge, but our icarus was blown about a lot. Others on the site abandoned in the early hours, so be warned! We will definitely return again however as the location, site, staff and facilities are all fantastic.
Glorious views, lovely site
Fab place! We had a seaview pitch for two nights in mid June - cost £32. The owner was lovely and friendly and welcoming. As we arrived she was cheerfully outlining food buying options to the couple before us, then gave us comprehensive directions to our pitch, a wee map of the site and a copy of the not very restrictive rules. The pitch was very well sized, we didn't at all feel like we were camping on our neighbours and the view was, as hoped for, utterly, utterly glorious; cliffs and hills and sea and beach. Facilities were excellent and clean - 20p buys you three minutes in the shower and we were offered (and gratefully accepted) the chance to change money on arrival. Showers were hot and cubicles had a good amount of space. Extra bonuses for us were the aloof llama in the next field along, a glorious, glorious sunset on the Saturday night and bunnies frolicking at twlight on the way to the showers. Was also a lovely and quiet site. Did think the jetski trailing about in our seaview was a bit of a noisy irritant but its owner made up for this by getting his Landrover beached on the beach and therefore providing a good half hour entertainment watching him try and get it out. :)
This was our first time camping with our young sons and we had a fantastic stay. We had a very friendly welcome from Claire, our pitch had beautiful views of the sea and the mountains. Going to sleep to the sounds of the waves was amazing. Generous pitch sizes, great beach for kids to explore, and nice clean facilities. We are going back in August. Highly recommended.
We arrived without prior booking on a very windy day. The chap in the office was friendly and really helpful, even suggesting that we could camp in a more sheltered pitch initially before moving to one with a better view later on in the week when the wind had died down. We decided to risk it and pitch up on a spot with a spectacular view, next to the llamas (or was it an alpaca?) field, overlooking the sea.
The scenery here is amazing and is the perfect spot to watch the sunset. We decided to walk to a local pub only to find that it had closed down! There’s a small gas station/shop about 1.5 miles away but nothing else within strolling distance. The site is about half way between Caenarfon and Pwllheli, so a good base camp.
The site was reasonably priced, well kept, pitches well marked out and the toilets and showers were clean. It had everything that I look for in a site. Beach access was great. Lots of wildlife to see. There were even some goats wandering around our field.
I would definitely return to this great site.
Nice place. Love it here.
Lovely views in every direction and the owners very helpful and accommodating which was very much appreciated. Very pleasant place for a camping stay.
This campsite is in a glorious location with mountains behind you and the sea in front of you (literally). When we arrived the owners were really helpful and friendly and despite it being July and fantastic weather it wasn't overcrowded, with pitches just round the outside of the fields. We wanted a get away from it experience which is what you get here, facilities are limited but very well done and nice and clean. The beach is what it's about though! a lovely long (mainly stony) beach with shallow water (we had a lovely swim). You will need to travel if you want pubs n shops, but this was my first experience camping in 20 years and I have the bug now.
This is easily one of the best campsites in Britain. Gorgeous views, beach access, evening fires and large open spaces. Kids loved it, we all loved it. Facilities basic but that only seems to add to this sites charm. Will be back soon.
From the moment we arrived on Friday night, I knew we'd made a great choice. The lady that greeted us was lovely. The pitch was a great size and the views out to see are stunning. There's an on site shop for essentials, a room with pool table and TV, perfect for the World Cup, and even a freezer for freezer blocks. There are supermarkets fairly near by, but to be honest, we never left the site for the whole weekend.
Would recommend for family with older children as that's what we are and we had a great time.
nice and chilled
Lovely campsite, everything you require to get away from it all, including poor phone signal which takes a little time to get used to, but is worth it. Great clean showers and toilets.
Great place to watch the sunset, with a nice bottle of wine
The owners are lovely, laundry on site a little shop.
Going here yet again in july for a week and cant wait. You cant ask for anything more than whats on offer here. Id give it 10 stars if i could! Best campsite in Britain.
A Wild Utopia Between Mountain and Ocean
What a great campsite! They really do just let you get on with it once you've checked in. We went last week ago - so not school holidays and out of peak summer season - and it was quiet enough in the week for us not to see another camper. It picked up a bit at the weekend but we still only had one other group on the field we were on, which literally backed onto the beach. The site sells chopped wood so you can have a fire on the beach, which was a real highlight for us! It was pretty windy but we were still glad to pitch by the sea - the only disadvantage was that our camp stove was way less efficient in the breeze! We enjoyed barbecuing instead most nights though. There are a lot of rabbits around and they are pretty confident so I'm glad we didn't take our dogs as it would have been a nightmare stopping them trying to chase them - guess that's why they have to stay on leads. There were loads of lovely outings within an hour's drive: try the nature park in Llanberis, the Ty Coch Inn in Nefyn and Dylan's seafood restaurant in Menai Bridge.
Just spent two nights at Aberafon pitched right on the cliff top. Great views of the beach and the hills behind. It gets quite windy at times but there were more sheltered pitches available. We were a little disappointed there's no longer a pub within walking distance and the main shower block is quite far away from the tent fields.
Can't fault it!
Best camping stay I have had in the uk. I won't say too much as I might have trouble getting a pitch next time, which will be within the next week as I'm hooked. Dog friendly but keep on a lead
Thank you thank you thank you for an amazing weekend.... Beautiful, we had camp fire on the beach watching the sun go down... What more can you ask for... Kids loved it... looking forward to coming back...Peace.
Great location right next to the beach,but open to the elements in bad weather,but there are more sheltered areas surrounded by woodland,will definitely be going back .
Fantastic views out to sea if you have a pitch overlooking the beach, although obviously comes with less protection from elements. Facilities ok. Was here on bank holiday weekend and whilst was very busy there was plenty of room with each pitch. Would recommend.
A fabulous start to our camping lives
As an inexperienced camper (me) and a complete beginner (him) we didn’t have anything with which to compare this, our first joint camping trip. However, from the minute we arrived we felt we were on to a winner, and sites we visit in future will have a lot to live up to. I can only agree with all the other reviews: this is a beautiful site, with stunning views, and, for a weekend at least, no need to go off site at all. It was, however, amazingly windy on the second night, although the actual wind speed wasn’t epic - it just felt it up there on the top field. We camped, so no problem with the steep, narrow lane to get down to the site, but I spent a lot of time marvelling at how people with caravans had managed the extremely tricky bends. I learned that the owner will tow your van back up for you, which I can only imagine would come as a huge relief to many. I would definitely recommend this site and will look forward to going back.
a super site in coastal location. the beach isn't sandy, and parts of the site a bit exposed, but we were lucky enough to have a pitch down near the stream and had a wonderful time. the children loved paddling in the stream and messing about on the beach.
a small play area but enough for a site of that size.
we will definately return and probably ask for the same or similar pitch!
Fabulous location; stunning views.
Friendly, helpful owners.
Pitches - medium sized, but can feel smaller due to large family-tent / group pitching.
Site - busy, verging on over-busy. Washing-up facilities inadequate for the number of campers.
Shower facilities - modern and clean, but again, inadequate to meet needs at peak times.
Weather - wind is a factor to be seriously considered! Daily forecasts availabe from Reception.
Overall: great site, but be prepared to queue for basics at holiday times. Out of season - fab !
We had a fab time here. We were on a field with a small play area which was perfect. The beach was minutes away and good for rock pools. The field we were on was quite exposed to the elements, which we were warned about by the owners. So make sure that you are guyed down well! We ate in the local pub, food was nice also quite a lot to do around the area. Would definitely go again.
I literally pitched up with no prior booking after having left a voicemail on the campsite owners’ mobile on the Summer Solstice evening. It was like the Mary Celeste. A sign attached to the farmhouse window said to pop into the laundry and fill in a form with cash or cheque for a self-check-in. Pop the envelope into the front door and avoid certain pitch numbers already reserved for future guests. The winding narrow lane, the cattle grid, the babbling brook, the trees and hidden feeling abruptly ended on carrying onto the top fields overlooking the Irish Sea. You don’t get to see the beach till you reach the fence and look over the bluff. You are hemmed in by a trio of mountains ending in the most iconic-looking Yr Eifl towering above the harbour village of Trefor. To your right is Anglesey and Ynys Llanddwyn just off Newborough Forest and beach. To your left is Yr Eifl. And in centre stage is the Irish Sea. As the Summer Solstice sun set, burning bright orange, a table-cloth cloud settled on the mountains behind, a faint moon hung above this like a tea light. No sounds. No screaming kids as it was a Monday. The hush was peppered by birdsong, muffled voices elsewhere, and the colours all around grew more vivid. Practicalities: The showers only take 20p pieces. That lasts 3 minutes. As it was quiet I didn’t have to queue, even at 9am, very often I was the sole user. Basic amenities, a wobbly loo, steamed up mirrors told me not to bother shaving. There are water points dotted about. You get an informative colour map of the site showing the pitches, toilets, waste points and bins. In the 7 days I stayed I managed to catch Claire in her booking office/sweet shop just the once. It was all very informal, DIY, left-to-your-own-devices, laissez-faire and perfect for my liking. The owners’ son & daughter wandered round one evening to see if everyone was ok. A nice touch. I didn’t use the laundry but it looked industrial. No-one used the pool room. The washing-up facility by the beach had to be the best place on earth to scrub your pots & pans out whilst admiring the mountains. I will be back once the school holidays are over! Seb