Owen Tyddyn Farm

UK Wales Snowdonia Gwynedd

Islawrdref, Arthog, Gwynedd LL40 1TL
Waking up to the breathtaking sight of Cader Idris.

A couple of million years ago, Cader Idris grew out of the greatest period of volcanicity that the earth had ever experienced, and although not a volcano itself, it has the same air of unpredictability and mystery about it. Cader Idris stands tall and proud, towering over the fields at its base. Against this aweinspiring backdrop the sheep are like tiny white cotton balls in a patchwork of green grass and pink heather.

There are three main routes up Cader Idris, all of them arduous. The path from the Ty Nant Valley is the most popular from the Dolgellau side and is perhaps the easiest. It begins at the entrance to Ty Nant Farm as you leave the National Trust car park. As you begin your epic walk, you see the jagged ridge of Idris and the other peaks, namely Mynydd, Pen y Gader (the summit) and Cyfrwy (the saddle). On the hike up you pass picturesque landscapes of mirrored lakes, bare and forested peaks and rocky cairns, all coming to a perfect climax at the summit, nearly 915 metres into the heavens. On a clear day, the views – of what seems like the rest of Wales – are breathtaking.

At the foot of this mighty mountain is a campsite with front-seat views of Idris. Although not blessed with ideal facilities, the splendour of the setting more than makes up for this..

Farming has always been a vital part of the Snowdonia landscape and the whole national park that covers the area is, in fact, a collection of private farms, where families have lived for generations. Local authorities work closely with the park’s community to lessen the impact of farming practices on the landscape. The aim is to enhance traditional features and support local communities – this means that there’s a higher chance of creating all-important diversity.

The large sloping field is enclosed by drystone walls that stretch seemingly endlessly to the top of the mountain. The rest of the farm is covered in pink heather, which casts a warm glow over the tents as the sun sets. This site can only be described as basic, but the breathtaking beauty and the good, clean mountain air make it special.

This site may not suit the first-time camper (or any camper in the middle of winter) but this is a great spot to dispense with the tent for a night, to sleep next to the fire under a blanket of sparkling stars and to wake to the magnificent site of Idris and a hot cup of tea.

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★★★★★

Quiet, beautiful and simple...

Aug 27, 2017 by Chris Fifield-Smith

I'm in two minds about leaving a review. I want to tell everyone it's horrible and then I'll have it all to myself, but I couldn't do that injustice to Dowie (farm owner). It's a very simple place. There's no loo as part of the campsite, you need to walk a quarter mile or so to the public loo in the national park carpark. That's generally in good order but bring your own loo roll as it's not always stocked. The facilities are two taps and some stone circles to have a fire in. You can collect firewood from woodland nearby or buy it for a fiver a bag from Dowie. And that's it. The field isn't particularly flat. There's the odd bit where you can pitch a tent and not roll too far out of bed but if you're looking for manicured pitches this is not the place for you. In fact if you want anything other than just a bit of grass and a tap this isn't the place for you. But if you're prepared to put up with the lack of facilities it's a beautiful and very peaceful place where you can get your own space. There are no official pitches and in all the years we've been coming here I've only ever known it busy once, and even then it wasn't bad. We've just had two nights there over the august bank holiday with a decent forecast and there were a total of seven groups camping. No one was rowdy or noisy or got in anyone's way. We're all there for the same reason. Lots of lovely walks nearby, with lots of options walking from the campsite. Not much more to say. Worth roughing it for this place!

★★★★★

A relaxing and brilliant expirience

Jul 22, 2015 by Rupert Sheppard

Owen Tyddyn farm in West Wales is the best campsite I have ever been to. Being able to wake up and set your eyes upon the great mountain "Cader Idris," is also a privvilage. But glampers, beware, this is a camp site with a toilet nearly half a mile a way and no shower or wash facilities. But however, if you are like mme and wash out your bowls with grass, have a bath in a river and are only there for the mountain climbing and hiking, then this is DEFINETLY for you. In summary, its a lovely field with some sheep and 2 taps in it! £5 a night per person is also a very tollarable and acceptable price.

★★★★★

Owen Tyddyn Farm

Jun 2, 2013 by Sam Andrews


Beautiful little site, the views are fantastic & the people are lovely. Perfect base to climb Cader.

★★★★★

Owen Tyddyn Farm

Feb 29, 2012 by s.gilks@hotmail.com

We had a fantastic stay at this campsite. The weather was beautiful and we had the whole site to ourselves. Great walks and excellent pub within walking distance. The basic facilities did not bother us in the slightest...it was great to get away to a place where we felt like we were in the middle of nowhere and could star gaze at night time while the campfire was keeping us warm. An incredible spot and made even better by the kindness and hospitality shown by the owners. Can’t wait to go back!

★★★★★

Owen Tyddyn Farm

Aug 29, 2011 by Gemstar

Having read previous reviews and write ups on Cool Camping, we were fully expecting the campsite to be basic and I was not 100% sure how I would deal with it as it was only the second time I had camped! We absolutely loved it, however, and the view, the location and the owners fully compensate for the basic nature of the camping experience. We stayed two nights and were the only campers in the field. Sheep roam freely in the field during the day but they didn’t cause us any problems and were gone by the evening. The owners were very friendly and the farm is in a perfect place to attempt the Pony Path up Cadair Idris. There is lots to do in the surrounding areas that are only a short drive away; we went to look at the Blue Lake just outside of Fairbourne which is worth a visit. Dolgellau is only a 5 minute drive away for access to shops if you need them. I can’t imagine that this would be the type of campsite that would attract campers en masse so head here if you prefer a little bit of peace and quiet :)

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★★★★★

Owen Tyddyn Farm

May 22, 2011 by Helen Smith

I go every year since 2008, on recommendation from Cool Camping! Its Perfect, but only if you are a hardened, self-contained camper. The owners are the nicest people I have ever met.

★★★★☆

Owen Tyddyn Farm

Apr 5, 2011 by Jackie Beswick

Back to basics only for hardened campers, a great place to stay open fires to cook on, and to watch Kites flying

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