This was our first family camping trip to North Wales, others in the dim past have been in cottages. At first we were looking at Anglesey but the only sites that took our fancy were fully booked by the time we were enquiring. Hence we looked on the mainland near Anglesey and settled on Rhyd y Galen. A good choice as it turns out.
The site is easy to find especially with the help of SatNav, located a few miles from Caernarfon in the middle of farmland. You approach downa short straight lane and stop just before the electric barriers that control the vehicle movements onto the site, this is where the wardens caravan is. Booking in was easy as all paperwork was in place having booked. If the warden is not available (they also work at the owners other site in Snowdonia) there are telephone numbers posted for you to ring to obtain instructions.
As you enter the site there is a children's play area on the left, we did not go to it so cannot comment on it. The first thing you notice is that there is quite a slope, in front. However the worst of the slope, in front and to the left, appears reserved for touring caravans with big blocks of wood being provided for levelling. After this initial concern about the slope we soon realised that most of the tent pitches have been mechanically levelled or are on a gentle slope.
New to this year (in fact completed a few weeks before we arrived) are tarmac roads that encircle the pitches making it very easy despite the extreme amount of rain we experienced during our stay. The only exception to this is they have a small number of pitches in a woodland area which gives greater privacy/seclusion - on these pitches you cannot park the car next to the tent but it is only a short walk to the designated car park for these tents.
The vast majority of the pitches are EHU (including the woodland area) and all of the EHU pitches have their own water supply and drain, great no lugging of water! The pitches are all spacious with large tents fitting on no problem.
The toilet block is quite small however we did not experience problems with queueing for showers despite the site being resonably full. The showers (two in the gents) are the best I have experienced on a campsite, free with plenty of pressure and hot water. They are the standard type of mixer shower that you find at home - so no feeding coins or pressing buttons to get water. The facilities were kept clean throughout. I believe from my wife that there is also a free hairdryer in the ladies. The area for improvement is that there is only one kitchen sink to do your washing up in so we did have to wait a couple of times. A new extension is being added to create a laundry room, maybe a sink will also be added. I don't know when this is scheduled for completion.
At the top of the site, near where we were pitched, are a couple of barns. One houses a table tennis table which is free to use, bats can be purchased from the warden. The other barn houses the rubbish bins with the usual collection of recycling bins.
In our opinion the toilet block is in reasonably easy reach of all the pitches. The toilet block mentioned in a previous post as being under construction in the tent field is actually not a toilet block but a small stone building built to house electrical equipment etc.
As well as tents, tourers and motor homes there are a number of seasonal pitches. These are not static vans but tourers. We got to know a few of the owners and many of them have been there for many years which, in our opinion, is a good sign.
The site is in a good location being surrounded by trees and farmland with views across Snowdonia. From our tent we looked straight at Snowdon whilst eating breakfast - that is when the weather was not obscuring the view. One view we did get at least was the beacon and the parachute flares on Diamond Jubilee night! Another plus about the location is that you are well placed to explore Snowdonia/North Wales and Anglesey along with all its castles, beaches and other tourist attractions.
We have just got back from our first family camping trip. Perfect weekend getaway, the site was lovely and quiet with great facilities, the showers were very powerful (and free!), the toilets were clean as was the baby changing area.
The site was well kept and grass kept short, the tent field is surrounded by trees and picturesque. My 2 year old enjoyed the wide open space as the pitches were spacious.
The only downside was that the toilets were a fair walk from the tents section of the campsite, however it looks like they are building a toilet block in the tents section now.
The children's play area was small, one swing and small climbing frame, we didn't use this as it wasn't suitable for my 2 year old & 9week old, but would be OK for older children.
There was a mixture of campers that were staying, families, young couples, older couples and a group of friends. There are site rules that ask for quiet between certain hours and these were stuck to, in fact it was quiet all the time.
We are very pleased with the site and will visit again. It cost £15 pn or there was electric available for extra £5 pn, each pitch has its own water supply which was handy. It is ideally located to explore the Lleyn Peninsula, Anglesey & Snowdonia.
Just returned from a weekend at this beautiful campsite. As stated in previous reviews there is no reception so you ring the number on the campsite sign and are allocated your pitch.
The views of Snowdonia are stunning. Our intention was to climb Snowdon (Llanberis route) on the Sunday getting the bus into Caernarfon and then Llanberis (we park our van up and then rely on feet, bikes or local transport).
Unfortunately although the local bus may stop outside the site, there is no bus stop and therefore no timetable! We walked to the local village of Bethal, beware this is an extremely busy main road with no pavement! On checking the timetable the first bus to Caernarfon on the Sunday was approximately 2.00 pm, certainly not enough time for us the get to Snowdon.
We walked into Caernarfon on the Sunday, along the same extremely busy main road with no pavement. What a disappointment Caernarfon was, the whole appearance of the town is 'tired and run down' and its only the beginning of the season!
Obviously the Castle is well worth a visit and the views from the turrets were amazing! The town could do so much more to bring in revenue from tourism, a bus service which runs on a Sunday to maybe Betws y Coed, Port Merion, Llanberis etc would be a huge benefit.
A taxi back to the site cost us £10 which we thought quite reasonable for a Sunday/Bank Holiday. To sum up, loved the site, very clean facilities, owner very friendly, beautiful views and if you have your own transport and are prepared to drive to local towns/villaged, we would recommend this site, unfortunately it's location and lack of public transport does not suit our needs, shame!
A pleasant site in a good location - the upper parts of the site have views of the mountains of Snowdonia. Very handy for Caernarfon and pretty convenient for Llanberis. Only a few minutes from the A55 dual carriageway.
We were in a tent and didn't mind the slight slope on the site and most everyone seemed to have pitched without too much difficulty.
We were there over the August Bank Holiday and the toilet block was busy at peak times. A significant number of people who were camped in the overflow tent field found that they preferred to drive to the toilet block (this is against site rules). There was plenty of hot water while we were there.
The owners were friendly and there was no problem with noise or music.
The children's play area is not impressive (easy to miss it's at the very top of the left field as you drive in).
Just returned from a weekend at this campsite, on arrival I wasn't sure where to check in until I saw a sign to say find a 'space and pitch up' after finding a space, which was nice, I settled down for the evening.
The facilities here are minimal, no reception, no shop, two showers and four toilets in the ladies, which in my opinion really isn't enough, there was a line of people waiting for a shower. The children's play area was just a couple of small climbing frames which meant there were ball games going on outside my tent - noisy! However the scenery was lovely. I paid £23 per night with electric hook up
Just spent 4 nights at this campsite in out trusty Bear Lake 6. Good job we had the Bear Lake because we woke to snow on the Wednesday morning, but the tent just took all that the weather had to throw at it!
This is a well kept site, within a short car journey of the excellent town of Caernarfon. They have 2 hook up pitches for tents. Most of the site is quite sloping but not too much of a problem.
Pros: Magnificent views of the Snowdon range, clean and modern showers and toilets,reasonably priced at £14 per night with EHU and dog. Lots of excellent walks nearby. Pub (Y Bedol) at nearby Bethel (750yards)
Cons: Only 1 washing up sink?? Could be hard work in Summer? No shops till Caernarfon - but if you go prepared, shouldn't really be a problem.
Will visit again.
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