Treheli, Rhiw, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 8AA
While it’s true that Treheli is just another holiday destination in the great scheme of things, this is more of a place to say ‘goodbye cruel world’ and offer yourself into a better one. But don’t expect this better world to come fully equipped with all the latest mod cons, because it doesn’t.
In fact, in an ablutionary sense, facilities here belong to another, lesser, world. But the whole point about Treheli is the great location; perched delicately on a level ledge of ground elevated several hundred metres above the sea, with a spectacular view out over the beach of Porth Neigwl (or Hell’s Mouth, in English). This beach is best known for its truly delinquent surfing conditions, but generally speaking, the site is sheltered from the southwesterlies that pile the waves up so high in the bay below. The four-mile-long stretch of sand and its deeply soothing turquoise water must surely count as one of the most impressive beaches in Britain and it’s usually just as impressively empty.
This small, quiet site overlooks the whole length of the beach and every pitch boasts the same wonderful view. The quiet, peaceful atmosphere on this site reflects perfectly the tranquillity of the environs and the lack of urgency that surrounds life in the western extremities of the Llyn Peninsula. It’s a short stroll down to the deserted sands from the site - though a little more huff and puff may be required on the return leg.
Three southerly miles along the coast path, the feet fall upon the scenic joys of Porth Ysgo and further along, the small seaside village of Aberdaron is waiting to be discovered. In the other direction from Treheli, after the beach, a further four miles of strolling brings the resort of Abersoch into view. This is where the 30-somethings from the Cheshire stockbroker belt take their leisure and where the raft of decent restaurants reflect this.
It seems a shame to ever get back in a car again after a few days of unwinding the motoring tensions at Treheli, but the roads on the western side of the Llyn are very quiet and all lead to places that deserve to be anything but peaceful. The western fringe of the peninsula hides a succession of beautiful little coves that rarely get busy, even in the mayhem of mid-summer. Porth Oer is the most popular and easiest to get at, while Porth Iago and Traeth Penllech are achingly good looking.
There are days out a-plenty to be had from Treheli if the urge takes you, including the ancient charms of Caernarfon and Criccieth, where there is also a castle and perhaps the best ice-cream shop in the world. But wherever you wander on the lovely Llyn there will be nowhere lovelier than the view from your own tent, and no better life than that of a beach bum with a Treheli address.
The Owner Says
Perfection in semi wild camping :)
If you want a club house, electric hook up and fancy facilities then this is not the place for you !! If you like peace and quiet in stunning surroundings and are a pretty self sufficient camper, happy to make do with very basic/out dated facilities then Treheli Farm is for you. The beach below is gorgeous and empty but the path to the beach is a bit of a scramble in places so not for eldery campers or very little children unless carried. Mr Williams (the owner) is a delightful elderly welsh farmer who due to Parkinson's disease and a recent eye operation struggles a little to keep on top of some of the facilities. He lives alone with no family with the odd relative to help him out on the farm. He comes round every morning, not for your money but for a chat to see how you are doing and i am so glad i gave him time to chat as i learnt a lot about the area, the coast, history of his farm etc. We will definatly go again and this time i will bake him a cake :)
Basic but Great!
The reviews of this place are all very accurate, the facilities are basic; there is a small shower block (2 showers, 20p) and a toilet block to be found either side of the farm house, both clean enough. There was when we went 2 fields for camping/caravans, usually one but as some of the field has been lost to erosion Mr Williams had opened up another field. It was £20 for a caravan for the night and this was collected in the morning with no stipulation on what time you must leave, all very relaxed. The place is basic; the walk to the beach is more of a scramble but well worth it. Beach fires or camp fires on the cliff edge are allowed as are dogs, plenty of great walking with the All Wales Coast Path passing through the campsite. Superb views and lovely location, a real gem that one day will be gone - either to the sea or to the developer - enjoy it while you can.
Having read the reviews and looked at the pictures we decided Treheli looked like it could be a great spot for a relaxing bank holiday weekend. We spoke to Mr Williams on the phone to check our arrival would be okay and a friendly response reassured us we had made a good decision. We found the campsite relatively easily with just a road map and keeping an eye on road signs. On arrival, the field was pretty busy but we managed to squeeze in and found a pitch along the edge looking over the sea. Every night the front of the field was a sea of scattered fires; people toasting marshmallows and having barbecues! The farmhouse is where the toilets and showers are which were lovely and clean. Mr Williams is very old so some regular campers were mucking in cleaning the toilets when we were there to help him out. Really lovely people. The only thing to note is the showers take 20p coins. I took a few coins to the showers but it turned out that one was plenty of time! There's a little walk down to the sandy beach below and dried up drift wood seemed to be a popular option for campfires. A local man, who must be helping Mr Williams out, collected the cash (£15 per tent per night). The only negative of the whole experience was the rave going on in the next field. It was a real let-down and pretty unwelcome in the surroundings, to be honest. The field next door had been rented out to a large group of ravers who partied all day and all night, 3 days in a row. There was no sympathy from the man collecting the cash on the loud bass that you could hear all through the night. Should I visit again, I would be sure to ask if there are any more ravers renting the other field. I imagine it would be nice to fall asleep to the sound of the sea there.
It was an oasis of calm just 10 mins from the crowds at Abersoch which was heaving on the late May Bank holiday. A lot of camp sites require minimum 2-3 day bookings over bank holidays as well, so we felt privileged to be able to arrive, with no advance booking at a busy time and stay for just one day. It was not the easiest to find so had to use a map as well as a Sat Nav. The pitches are in a row along the cliff edge so all have spectacular panoramic views. The beach was a wide expanse of sandy loveliness.The toilets and showers were antiquated but clean and they worked. Ol' Mr Williams does his best but do bring your own loo roll just in case. On the plus side, the remote location and basic facilities will ensure it will remain a hidden gem! Being exposed is going to be an issue when camping on a cliff next to the sea and a smaller tent is definitely an advantage in adverse weather. But it's worth it. We can't wait to go back.
This is a the proverbial hidden gem. As the website review says, it can be hard to find and the "facilities" are very basic. Two loos (clean-ish) and two showers that you need 20p for! However, the site is simply gorgeous and by the far the closest campsite to Hell’s Mouth. Be sure that the forecast is fine. We got a clear night and it was wonderful, but we woke to wind and rain incoming. The site is a small field on a working farm overlooking the bay and is exposed. The views are stunning, but there is little shelter and if the wind gets up I’d say it would be difficult. We set the satnav to the postcode and it got us to the gate. I’d tried calling to book but got no answer. Seems they don’t take bookings. So we just pulled in. They were about 8 other pitches, so everyone had a great position. One of the lovely things about the site, given its informality, is that fires are permitted around the edges. Also, lots of dogs. We set up, went down the 5 min path to swim in the sea (great for surfing, but I’ve had better swims...) and back up to cook. Then we sat late beside our fire, under zillions of stars and with the sound of the waves. In the morning old Mr Williams came around on his quad to collect the 15 quid. Rough & ready, to be sure. But lovely and relaxed, with the most glorious setting imaginable.