Since leaving my last review, I have returned to Henbant twice. Once at the end of November 2013 and once in July 2014.
It pains me to say that on my most recent visit, I have found that Henbant has now completely sold out and now has a sink (yes. A SINK) with cold running water (no hot) and a new place you can park your car. They have also bought a new wheelbarrow and built a second composting loo (with a DOOR!)
Joking aside, after my last trip, I am still just as much in love with this site. It is a delightfully wild and diverse place with many different birds, plants, fungi and lichens to discover in the forest. The kids loved every minute (but they do need supervision - this is a genuinely wild piece of Welsh countryside).
Matt and Jenny are as lovely as ever - you will see them wandering around the site most days chatting with anyone who is around. They really make you feel welcome on their little patch of hillside.
Henbant is truly a hidden gem that has a unique character all of its own - I will definitely be back.
Possibly the most idyllic little camp site I have ever known.
Some of what I'm about to say may sound negative, but it isn't meant that way at all - I just want to let you know that this isn't a standard campsite - and I love it all the more for that!
Would I recommend Henbant to everyone? No.
If you like regulation grass and pitches, EHU, flushing toilets and pristine showers this site isn't for you.
If you like spending some time quietly contemplating life and the Universe, hunting monsters in the wood and don't mind pooing in a hole (or in a bucket that you then take to a hole) (it's really not at all bad!), this is a little slice of heaven - you will love every second.
As mentioned in the review by Tentage, this is simple camping. There's a tap, a composting toilet (ie a hole with a rudimentary wooden structure over it a five minute walk from the main pitches), a lean-to shower at the farmhouse (in which you stand on a pallet). There is also a little barn with a couch in to shelter on rainier days!
Many of the paths are bordered by bracken and the grass is long. Your legs and feet WILL get wet when going pretty much anywhere - be prepared!
The pitches on the hillside aren't huge, so if you have a bigger tent, best to make contact first - there are other fields that they might let you camp on. The hillside pitches all have a fire pit.
My tent was about 200 paces (yes, I counted!) from where the car was parked but a wheelbarrow was supplied to cart everything over the windy undulating path. It was hard work (heavy frame tent!) but it was worth every drop of sweat just for the location.
The woodland has loads of paths, some are quite overgrown and sometimes you wonder if you're actually on a path at all so you need to take care to avoid the boggy bits (some of which could easily swallow a welly). This wildness made it all the more fun and the kids (and parents)loved the adventure!
We also took the dinghy out on the lake and I even had a little swim in (warning - COLD!).
Eggs are on hand from the resident chickens and a handful of basic supplies are available from the barn (just pop your money in the honesty jar). We also used the freezer in the barn for our ice packs.
Add to all that the lovely Matt and Jenny (and baby Nel), who are in the middle of rebuilding their long abandoned farmhouse, I can't recommend this place highly enough.
If you've ever fancied wild camping but weren't quite brave enough to take the plunge? Henbant offers the flavour of the wild along with some basic facilities to make camping life more enjoyable. The ethos is unashamedly eco-friendly and low impact, which befits the location brilliantly.
The location is simply stunning. See the mountains of Snowdonia in one direction and look out to the ocean in the other.
Please be aware though: this is proper back-to-basics camping. There are no flushing toilets (but the composting 'loo with a view' is terrific) or amusement park areas for the kids. But there are friendly sheep, unspoilt woodland to explore, and you can pitch your tent wherever you like. Once you've got your campfire going, it really feels like you're nestled in the wilderness.
Caernarfon and the beach are both within easy reach, as is Snowdonia. For rainy days, local attractions include Electric Mountain (fascinating but a bit pricey) and the excellent National Slate Museum. Also, the beach is literally ten minutes away.
Owners have created something quite special here and we'll definitely be returning next year.
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