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Visitor Reviews - Beddgelert Camping In The Forest Site

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Beddgelert Camping In The Forest Site
Heart Of Snowdonia
Gwynedd   (Browse area)
LL55 4UU   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 024 7642 3008  or  01766 890288

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Pitches: 240
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 187 Reviews
              8/10 from 187 Reviews

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Date of Visit: December 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Dawnyowl2905 9 reviews from this member

Chose this site for New Year -mainly because our usual 'favourite' sites were closed.

We were welcomed on our arrival by friendly helpful staff and allowed to choose our own pitch. As said it's a forest site so no tv signal, no internet or phone signal either but we didn't mind this for a few nights and we found ourselves playing cards and listening to the radio.

The site is quite muddy and uneven and you definitely need a torch at night. The showers were acceptable but not outstanding. I too - like another reviewer took a day or two to realise that one set of showers you could turn up the temperature but the other set was fixed and a little too cold for me with it being winter.

There is a lovely walk into Beddgellert which has shops, cafes and pubs etc and of course a visit to Gellerts grave is a must. We also ventured into Porth Madoc in the Motorhome but have to say I was glad I wasn't driving on the narrow windy roads.

We didn't get the train which runs through the camp site as it wasn't running all the way on New Year's Day but it was lovely to see it trundling through.

As said the site is acceptable but not outstanding. It could do with a facelift especially the toilet and shower block.

Date of Visit: December 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Ian Julie 6 reviews from this member

Having stayed at this site before we chose to give it another try.

Our first stay was enjoyed so return we did.

Great staff on arrival and more than forthcoming with information of the local area.

You choose your own pitch on arrival which can be a struggle when busy and some of the pitches are not very defined. Both of our visits we have had a good pitch and the site was almost full on second visit.

Set in woodland and can be very wet and slightly muddy.

Great location for walking and site seeing alike and also has the Welsh Highland railway station on site.

Overall this is a good site but shower blocks could do with modernization as they are looking tired but they are adequate.

Would I stay here again the answer is yes.


Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Scrambling Goth 1 review from this member

I suspect people will either love or loathe this site. This band of three middle-aged hillwalkers loved it and hope to return. So to more detail.

Echoing other reviews, bring rock pegs/langdale spikes or anything else resembling a hardened six-inch nail. Even pegging down a groundsheet needed rock pegs. And tent-occupants are advised to bring a strong supplementary groundsheet/footprint: we missed one flake of rock which almost punctured the bathtub groundsheet even through a heavy footprint.

Another essential: a head-torch or similar. There are lighting bollards throughout the site, but when we were there quite a few were out of action, and on the odd occasion I ventured lampless towards the toilet block in dead of night I encountered 'navigational problems'.

I feel that caravanners would find most of their pitches are tree-shaded (though not Forestry Commission Telegraph-pole trees) and some might not like this. The tent pitches were more varied, with two fields in the open being available for non-hook-up campers. There were pitches for tents with hook-up both under trees and in more open situations. The pitches we were among are a good size, with easy car access - no lugging of gear over more than a few yards, though they were a bit denuded of grass by that point in the season.

The shop's useful, the staff friendly and the bread excellent. Gas refills are available on site, something I didn't notice until after trekking off elsewhere. The curse of the midges was no worse than other places we've been, even for our highly midge-attracting member. Access roads on site are fine, with just the one pothole I managed to find, fortunately after the car had been unloaded.

The shower/loo/washing up block was clean and adequate, though perhaps some attention might be given to some tired fittings: taps in the washing up room might be a little cantankerous and it wasn't until our last day that I found that two of the (free) showers were considerably hotter and wetter than the others. Our female member said that the roof skylights over some of the showers were leaking in the heavy rain and made using them less than ideal. We didn't use the laundry, but it looked OK.

Very pleasant, easy half-hour stroll into Beddgelert itself (good local Spar, pubs, the steak pudding at one was wonderful). The obvious route up Moel Hebog runs off from here. Equally pleasant stroll up to Rhyd Ddu (jumping off point for one of the Snowdon paths), accompanied by the Welsh Highland Railway. The Caernarfon road is slow, serpentine and narrow, by the way. Good outdoor shops, especially round Bettws-y-Coed. Worth acquiring a smattering of Welsh in this part of the Principality, even if only to understand the instructions on some parking meters and the meaning of 'Dim Parcio'!

We were there late season, and a little wash-and-brush-up might be due over the winter, as outlined above. If manicured lawn pitches are your thing, or if you want a more vibrant set of facilities, then this isn't the place for you. It's quiet, very dark at night and pitching may need a little thought. But for anyone who has a love of the outdoors without a huge overlay of tourist facilities this is about as good as it gets.

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Exelby 1 review from this member

Just came back from this camp site. It was the first time we have visited this site. The atmosphere was very relaxed. The staff were friendly and informative. The facilities were great (lovely hot showers ). Clean. A great base plenty to see and do. Will definitely be going back and can highly recommend.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: PilgrimPhil 60 reviews from this member

We used the Camping in the Forest site at Beddgelert in May 2016 to support the first part of our own 2016 National Three Peaks Challenge.

The site is in a typical forest location; it is very non-regimented with lots of different areas to pitch up. We chose the area the furthest away from reception but even then we had a toilet block close by. Good hardstanding with EHU at each pitch.

The Welsh Highland Railway runs right by the site. In fact the site has itís own station, Meillionen, and runs from Porthmadog to Caernarfon.

In order to commence our preferred Snowdon ascent, it was necessary to catch the bus [the Snowdon Sherpa] from the site entrance, change in Beddgelert and then onto Pen-y-Pass to start the Pyg Track route.

Once at the summit and having the de rigueur photos taken at the trig point, we descended down the Rhydd-Ddu path. Unfortunately the connecting bus was missed which meant a 2 hour wait for the next one whilst refreshments were taken at The Cwellyn Arms [the sign saying that it was open 9 days a week!]. So it is possible to do a linear route up & over Snowdon using public transport.

So, in summary, the site is superbly located to access all of Snowdonia.

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Auraura 4 reviews from this member

This is a very pleasant site set in the Snowdon area, if you take the walk up into the adjoining hills over the steam railway line you have grand views of the mountain. The site facilities are good, plenty of showers and toilets to go round and a nice on site shop. Within easy walking distance of nearby village.

Date of Visit: March 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Pjkxpjkx 2 reviews from this member

Great place to visit if you like any of cycling, forests, pubs, steam railways, walking, and Snowdonia. Fortunately we like all of these.

The site is a little tired but everything is clean and works.

Most of the potholes have been filled in and the new wardens are working on it.

You can still order bread and cakes and borrow DVDs every day but pizzas are off at the moment.

Doggie pubs are the Prince Llewelyn Hotel which does pub food and the Saracens Head Hotel which is finer. The Tanronnen Inn does not allow dogs so not visited.

The Welsh Highland Railway is an outstanding achievement which you must have a go on despite the eye watering fare price. If you don't want to go far, we suggest that you go to Rhyd-Ddu, visit the Cwellyn Arms for lunch and then you can always work it off by going up the path towards Snowdon.

Pete & Pat

Date of Visit: March 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Freecamper 6 reviews from this member

Dirty site it needs a good tidy up roads full of potholes that could damage your car or outfit. Grass pitches with no grass on them very muddy hardstanding covered in leaves and moss on them I wouldn't mine but the leaves fell off months ago. Overhanging trees on the roads that need cutting back it needs a revamp and took up to date rubbish skips full no plugs in the washing up sinks water running from toilet block gutting blocked by leaves. Toilets not cleaned for 4 days no bread in the shop and they bake on site this was at Easter no lights work on the site at night so pitch black. I did not see the wardens do a thing in 5 days. For the price of this site and part of the caravan & camping club I would expect a better standard also no tv or phone but apart from that the site is in a very nice place and some very nice walks and the west highland train comes in to the site

Date of Visit: December 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Campalots 16 reviews from this member

Great site with friendly wardens, there if you need them but not intrusive. Not a lot going on as it was New Year but lovely walks into the village. Pitches well drained even with the rain we had. Facilities are good, closed for cleaning throughout the day and keycode to get in. This is our second visit to the site and we cant wait to return in Spring.

Date of Visit: October 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Judorob2802 4 reviews from this member

We have had our Van on this site since April (season pitch)

We chose a Select pitch with a Picnic Bench

Site itself is amazing - clean tidy spacious - the railway and river are nice - the birds and animals make it tranquil

We stayed in the farthest spot which this weekend was Very quiet

We had no tv reception but who cares? dvds to borrow in the shop

The trees mean the site isn't windy and is nicely sheltered

The walk behind the site leads into Beddgelert which you can cycle or walk and at night is beautiful with clear views of Snowdon and the moon and stars!

The showers are tired but tbh this is a minor thing on the whole

The shop is adequate for the site

Pizzas etc available

Staff wonderful! very relaxed

We will miss it! Can wait for April next year!

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