Stayed in our Motorhome for two nights, friendly and helpful staff, the site was quiet as to be expected off season. The railway, river and new path adjacent to the site are pleasant with an easy walk to Beddgelert or Rhy Du. Pitch was fine and as expected with a forest site a lot of tree cover, dripping trees after rain and lots of shade. Good facilities, shower and toilet blocks a bit tired and look like they have had a long hard season. Reasonable fees, slightly higher at weekends. Good Motorhome service point with chem toilet, grey waste and fresh water and easy to use. One negative would be waste disposal and recycling separation is not so easy to find or signed and judging by the contents most people give up and sling all their rubbish in the general waste red skips. No mobile or TV but we knew this, not a problem.
Arrived on an out of season Thursday to this very friendly and trusting site - no warden there but they arrived just as we were taking a map to site ourselves. Very friendly and accommodating ensuring we had all the information we needed to make our stay pleasant. Site is just outside the village with a half hour walk across the signposted footpaths as the road is too narrow to walk safely. Village is touristy and has some basic facilities as well as tea shops/pubs etc. Very much suited for walkers with good supply shop.
Site has all usual camping in forest facilities including toilets showers and hookups and in season the shop does takeaway food and drinks as well as groceries. We were outside of the season and there were basics, as expected.
Facilities as clean as possible in a forest setting. And warm enough to shower in.
Steam train calls at edge of site.
Wild river runs through the site and this would be great for supervised children.
Friendly and laid back we would definitely come again, probably out of season. Very easy to find, exactly where it was expected to be.
We used this site in September 2013 for 12 nights. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Showers and toilets were clean. Dish washing area under cover. Tent pitches are large with a picnic table which is handy. You need to take rock pegs as the ground is very hard. Lovely walks up the mountains and to Beddgelert, which has a lovely ice cream shop, a small shop, which is dear better to go into Porthmadog where there is a tesco and lidl. The steam train stops at the site and if you show your camping and caravan card you will get a discount on the fare. The fresh bread and croissants in the mornings is lovely, but you need to order it the night before. Well worth a first
Awesome weekend had at this site in beddgelert. The location was amazing, the toilet block amazing and spotless, the site shop had everything you need even fresh bread in the morning. Staff were extremely helpful offering help or advice on any camping issue. They also had a swing park in the middle of the site which the children loved.
Personally I feel this site is one of the best ones I have stayed at and recommend anyone to stay here if you are planning a trip in beddgelert
This site is set in a beautiful location, for that reason I would recommend it. Also, of course, the fact that a steam train comes directly to the site. This is a must do, even though it is a tad expensive. You must have cash also to go on the train, as there is no ticket office, just a station. From site to Porthmadog was almost £40 for 2 adults (one a pensioner). We couldn't afford to go in the other direction because its a longer journey.
The only complaint I have is about the toilets/ shower. Though we were given a code to use these, the ones down our end of the site did NOT have a lock. They were very basic. Think back to formica school toilet cubicles, and you'll get the picture. Not very clean I'm afraid either. Also the shower room had no mirrors or hair dryer. The hair dryer was in the toilet block next door. So after showering you had to take yourself next door to dry your hair ! I must say though that I didn't let this spoil my stay. The showers though a bit grubby were very powerful and hot, which is all you need really. So don't let that put you off. Also, I'm guessing, by other peoples reviews, that the other shower/toilets on the site might have been a bit better. Oh and I did think £24 a night was a bit steep as the showers weren't kept clean. But I suppose you're paying for the location.
My husband, our 4 year old son and I have just spent a weekend at Camping in the Forest in Beddgelert. It is a Forestry Commission site and it probably one of the most idyllic and peaceful sites Iíve every stayed at. The pitches are well laid out for a site in a forest and the trees provide fantastic shelter. We found the site to be very peaceful, considering itís the school holidays there was little noise and I heard no loud music. It really is a very pretty site. It is situated on the Welsh Highland Railway between Rhu Du and Beddgelert and the steams trains pass by literally 10 metres away from the pitches about 6 times a day (in the summer months, less frequent during off peak times) but they are in no way intrusive and they add to the charm of this site. My son and the friends he made loved waving to them as they went past. The site also has its own request stop so you can jump on board and head towards Carmarthen (£22. 20 per adult return kids free) or Portmadog (£20. 20 per adult return kids free), which we did on a very wet and rainy Saturday. We headed to Portmadog which I have to admit, wish we hadnít. The train was wonderful and the views although cloudy were stunning but Portmadog has little or nothing to do if itís raining, youíre on foot and have had your fill of steam trains. We struggled to keep a 4 year old entertained for 3. 5 hours.
Our time in Portmadog was the only disappointment of our break and we are in no hurry to go back there. There is a 1. 5 mile well sign posted walk through the forest and along a hill into Beddgelert which is a beautiful village and well worth the visit. Itís very small but has an award winning ice cream shop and enough picture postcard pubs to keep most happy, itís also a great place to start other walks in the area, yet never seemed overrun with tourists. Although we did the forest walk into Beddgelert we wondered back to the site along the country road as this was only 1 mile and our son was started to get tired. Iím glad we did this because there were lots of blackberry bushes along the way so we were able to do a spot of blackberry picking too.
Anyhow, I digress Ė back to the site. The shower/toilets were a bit dated and dirty (cobwebs webs etc. ) but they were the most practical weíve ever used. They have the holy grail of camping showers that is adjustable water temperature so us grown ups were able to get a hot show and out son could get a cooler one. We loved this! Also they have little cupboards inside the cubicle to hang your clothes/towels which means your clothes donít end up as wet as you do - brilliant. There was also a more than adequate kids play area but with so much to climb in the forest your kids can have their choice of what to play on ( our soon took to a particular large boulder near our tent).
On the downside, the ground is extremely hard so rock pegs is a must. Thankfully weíd read that before we went and took some, I canít imagine how anyone camping without them would keep a tent up. Also there were lots of mosquitoes (well it is in the woods) so donít forget youíre insect repellent, citronella candles didnít seem to work all that well, I still managed a records number of bites on my legs! Another thing that we didnít like so much was that the superior tent pitches seem to be on a combination of grass and woodchip, although it was more woodchip. This was very uncomfortable when sitting or kneeling inside the tent. Finally there is no bar on the site, while this isnít necessarily a bad thing; if it had one Iíd almost call it the perfect campsite. Overall we loved it here and would back again in a shot. Itís perfect for walkers, couples and families who like the outdoors.
We have just had two weeks at is campsite. We were on a premium tent pitch which was nice and large though it was very rough with a mix of grass slate and old wood chip. As advised in other reviews, rock pegs are a must. I'd also recommend a footprint to avoid damage to your groundsheet.
The site was lovely and peaceful and the steam train running alongside was enjoyed by the kids a lot.
The toilets and showers are very old and run down. The hand dryer in the gents was broken for several days and a single old towel was used as a replacement. They are are only cleaned once a day, which in high season is insufficient, leaving the place feeling very unhygienic.
The shop on site, provides a bakery service which allows you to order bread the night before. This aside, the shop is near useless for things other than ice-cream and sweets. On several occasions, even essentials like milk and bread (not preordered) were unavailable. There is a small convenience store in the local village which helps, but the shop could be so much more. The nearest supermarket is 20 minutes drive in Porthmadog.
The play park is great and well used by kids from about 5 to 12 or 13 and with a number of small streams and bridges running through the campsite, the kids really enjoyed the stay,
While we were there, the main refuse ins filled up causing people to leave rubbish alongside. I'm sure this was due to extra load over the bank holiday weekend, however I'd have expected the issue to be resolved faster than it was. We left at the end of the week and the bins were still full.
The site has a great location for both general tourists and for walkers with good access across the region to both mountains and places of interest. Overall, we had a good holiday but felt the site let itself down a lot.
Worth staying here to see the most revolting thing ever. They capture midges in special 'midge magnets' and to demonstrate their efforts in catching the little blighters, the staff placed a month's worth from one device into a pretty large glass specimen jar in the reception area. Not for the faint-hearted.
That aside. The site is brilliant. Staff are great (especially the one that makes the pizzas to order). The location is about the best available for climbing the major peaks. There is a very nice tranquil feel with all the trees around. Loved having the steam railway stopping at the site.
There is a mixture of ground for camping - grass, gravel, or in our case, wood chippings. I found the bark good, but as we were there in 'that' week (the one with the really hot dry weather, I got a bit concerned about fire risk.
There is a new path of excellent quality that goes from the site to Beddgelert about 1 mile away, and takes in fine views of Moel Hebog which is behind the site.
9/10 for the site, and 20/10 for the midges! I might try Easter next time. I can recommend the Gelert Mosquito hat/net that they sell in the shop.
We stayed here for 4 nights whilst touring the uk. Pitches for electric are in the forest, under trees, on slate chippings. Most need blocks and can be uneven. You need rock pegs. Tent pitches are on more open ground. You are directed with a map to choose your own. Good idea but a very poor map and in torrential rain very difficult. We eventually pitched and then found a better pitch the next day. Midges everywhere. Need lots of repellent and cover up. Shower blocks good. Keypad on entry. Enjoyed wildlife. We visited Caernarfon by Steam train from site. Good fun. Beddgelert village pretty. Wardens were helpful.
Great site in amongst the trees. We had two days of sun, and were glad of the shade, and a day of rain, which drips on the roof like cannonballs!
The midges are a nuisance, but we just learned to spray and cover up.
Fantastic walks all around, down to the village or up into the forest. It will be even better when they link up the path toward Ryhd-Ddu. You could then get on the train just a few stops in either direction and walk back; we did campsite to Nantmore, two stops down, and walked back up the hill, fantastic!
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