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Nantcol Waterfalls
Cefn Uchaf
Gwynedd   (Browse area)
LL45 2PL   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01341 241 209

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Pitches: 23 Caravans: 62 Tents
Open: 1st March - 31st October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 131 Reviews
              9/10 from 131 Reviews

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Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Caira 2 reviews from this member

Whaw and whaw again, this has been the most beautiful place I have ever been to. This was our very first trip to Wales and we loved everything about the site and location so much, we already booked our stay for July 2018! The owners are very friendly and helpful, clean facilities, laundry room with 2 large washing machine and very powerful tumble dryer ( currently only one as the other one was out of order) the campsite itself is peaceful and with some amazing views, woods, hills, stunning shallow river going through the camp making kids happy, close to Shell Island for a trip or visiting Harlech, Porthmadog or Barmouth, I could go on and on, I think if there is a paradise, that's what I would want it to look like :)

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Auraura 6 reviews from this member

I love this site set next to a river bubbling with little water falls yet shallow enough in places to paddle and deep enough in places to have a dip weather permitting. Great fire pits for barbies. Really well kept showers and toilets. Only drawback were midges so go prepared.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Annandtony 2 reviews from this member

Just got back from a 7 night stay at this site. We camped on an electric pitch near to the amenities.

We didn't find the showers (3 for ladies & 2 for men) or the number of toilets (6 for ladies) a problem and didn't mind paying the 50p for a shower. There was a separate wash room for males & females & the washing up sinks were also fine.

Our girls (9 & 10) said it is the best site they have been on as they played in the river on a rope swing & the rope swings in the large tree above the campsite for hours on end. They had their boat in the river as well but safe as not deep.

I got a bit worried as site was busy but pitches are large and well spaced - it didn't feel crowded. It can be quite noisy with children playing games & running round but to me this is camping and all was relatively silent after 11. 00pm.

We paid about 210 for a weeks stay which I think is reasonable for our main summer holiday and would definitely return to the delight of our girls.

Beaches are close by & little shop on site sells lovely ice cream, hot drinks, bread & milk.

The road to the site as previously mentioned is VERY tight and we prayed when we left with the trailer that we didn't meet a caravan but its worth it to stay there.

All in all a great site & a great holiday.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Tawnyo 4 reviews from this member

A large site which was very busy. The countryside and walks around the site are lovely, however if you're looking for a quiet site this isn't it! Having been to some really brilliant sites a couple of days beforehand (with free, clean roomy showers and limitless water, along with well stocked shops) we were disappointed with the amenities. There are only about 3 women's showers and two men's showers for the whole site- so queuing is common. Worse than that-the showers are timed (you get four minutes) and you have no control over the temperature of the water. The water was freezing cold for at least two minutes. There are not that many sinks either to do washing up in and again people were queuing.

The 'shop' is also the reception and you have to stand outside and ask what they've got and it isn't well stocked.

Children seemed to love the site - they were playing in the stream which runs through the site while their parents watched them on the bank.

The drive to the site is quite hairy because there is only room for one lane of traffic and it's quite steep to get to. So, all in all - nice surroundings but we were glad we were only staying one night!

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Gumstabber 5 reviews from this member

Wow what a beautiful place this is. Nestled in amongst the hills with a meandering stream, it could be a campsite out of Middle Earth! But.

-The access road to the campsite is a road from Middle Earth too, so narrow with treacherous rocks poking from the banks and the site itself is miles from anything too. Did I mention the road to the site?!

-The site is quite big, 80+ pitches, but I do think that 2 showers per gender and a similar number of toilets is too low. This was echoed by the fact that there were always queues for both facilities.

-You have to pay 50p for a 5 minute shower card! When you've already paid 22 a night this is just a joke. We weren't informed of this on checking in so I was particularly annoyed to discover my shower wouldn't work after queuing for 20mins!

-their water comes from a bore hole. On their information sheet it says it's good to drink, on the water points it says to boil it. So I guess that means there's no fresh water supply.

Would I return? No, never.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: XSASSx 16 reviews from this member

I've been to some cracking campsites over the last couple of years and dished out a lot of well deserved 9* and 10* reviews. On that basis, this place needs to be 11/10! I have literally never seen a campsite so beautiful.

Often with campsites in beautiful natural locations there's a trade off with rustic / basic facilities but the bathrooms here are well thought out (even down to the added privacy of toilets separated by solid wall rather than cubicles) and modern. The wifi was faultless which compensated for the diabolical phone reception.

The set up makes it easy to camp without electric (we do a mixture of both according to circumstances for each camp) as they offer a free ice pack freezing service and charge your gadgets in the reception kiosk. I would really recommend going non EHU as it means you get to pick your pitch, plus there's no chuckout time on departure day. We were lucky enough to claim a riverside spot so despite the impending 4 1/2 hour journey home we broke our tradition of leaving ASAP to have a day out on the way home, and stuck around until gone 3pm. It was lovely to be able to intersperse breaking camp with messing about in the river and on rope swings.

It's not the cheapest campsite we've stayed at but it has a fair pricing policy which means if like me on this occasion, you are the lone adult with kids, you don't pay over the top. The owners were really flexible when we needed to change our booking too (less people for less nights, all very last minute). I've never before chosen a site with separate fees for showers as the principle of it puts me off but it's really no hassle and even my 10 and 8 year olds were able to use the card system without me needing to show them how.

I was initially worried that the rural nature of the location would mean either we ran out of places to go for our days out or we burned masses of petrol in search of entertainment but neither happened. We had three great days out (four night stay) all within a 10 mile radius (Harlech, Shell Island and Barmouth) and cancelled our final day plans (Coed y Brenin Forest Park which is 19 miles away) in favour of staying on site. I'm really glad we ventured out but I suspect my kids would've been content staying on site full time.

We took plenty of food with us as none is for sale on site, so that we wouldn't have to add extra miles in search of shops and just did top up shops whenever we saw a Spar. Actually the Shell Island camp shop is very well stocked and not as extortionate as you'd expect for somewhere cut off from the mainland.

Both kids declared this their favourite campsite and their favourite camping trip and I agree. This is something that comes up in conversation a fair bit in our house and we've never been unanimous until now. They literally spent every day exploring the stream and river, dangling from rope swings and making friends, interspersed with scrambling up alongside waterfalls and chucking themselves down sand dunes.

I just want to end with a quote from my 8 year old daughter. When we arrived home, pulled into the driveway and got out the car she said with disappointment 'Oh! I miss the sound of the river when we get out of the car. '

Thank you Nantcol, you will be forever etched into our hearts.

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