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Camping & Bothies near the Cambrian Way (North)

With links for further information on the Internet (Arranged from Cardiff to Conwy)

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Southern Section - Cardiff to Llandovery All Entries Hotels & B&Bs Hostels & Bunkhouses Camping & Bothies Food & Shops
Central Section - Llandovery to Dinas Mawddwy All Entries Hotels & B&Bs Hostels & Bunkhouses Camping & Bothies Food & Shops
Northern Section - Dinas Mawddwy to Conwy All Entries Hotels & B&Bs Hostels & Bunkhouses Camping & Bothies Food & Shops
Name Address Telephone Website Grid Ref (approx)
  DINAS MAWDDWY, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Please Note: There is now (2017) a new footbridge across the river in Dinas Mawddwy so the temporary diversion is no longer in force.
  Celyn Brithion Camping Dinas Mawddwy. SY20 9LP CALL 01650 531344 celynbrithion.co.uk/ SH861140
Caravan & Camping - Tent 6.50 per person - Directly on Route - Mr & Mrs Turnbull - Contact via Website Form or Phone.
  MINFFORDD / DOLFFANOG, Tal-y-llyn, Tywyn, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Dol Einion Camp Site Dol Einion, Tal-y-llyn. LL36 9AJ CALL 01654 761312 tal-y-llynheritagecentre.co.uk/ SH729113
Tent from 12.50 (2 people) - Electric Showers 20p - Close to Minffordd Alternative Route - Marian Rees - Email: marianrees@tiscali.co.uk
  ARTHOG, Dolgellau, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Graig Wen Camping Craig Wen, Arthog. LL39 1YP CALL 01341 250482 http://www.graigwen.co.uk/ SH655157
Tent from 6 (1 person) - On same site as The Slate Shed - Also has Yurts and Caban for Hire - Online Booking Available - 1 Mile from Route.
  Garthyfog Farm Camping Arthog. LL39 1AX CALL 01341 250254 www.snowdonialogcabins.co.uk/ SH636139
Small Tent 10 - Also has Self Catering Log Cabins Sleeping 4 to 6 people from 100 for 1 Night - 0.8 miles from route - Email: info@garthyfog.co.uk
  BARMOUTH, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
This a very popular holiday resort having a lot of accommodation, particularly along Marine Parade. However, it can get fully booked, particularly at weekends and main holiday periods, so it may be necessary to try several places. Also, many places have restrictions on single night bookings or charge supplements at these times. As well as the establishments listed here the Barmouth website lists several others.
  Bunkorama Bunkhouse & Camping Gwastad Agnes, Off Panorama Road, Barmouth, LL42 1DX CALL 01341 281132 www.bunkorama.co.uk/ SH622165
8 Beds in 2 Rooms - 15 per Bed, Duvet & Cover 5 per stay, Towels 2 per stay - Free Wi-Fi - Camping 12 per Tent (up to 2 people) 6 per additional person - Directly on route, 0.9 miles from Barmouth centre - Online Booking Available - See website for full facilities - Email: thebunkorama@gmail.com - Mobile: CALL 07738 467196

Accommodation Options for the Rhinogs

The section over the Rhinog Mountains is too much for the majority of walkers to undertake in one day. Barmouth to Maentwrog is 24 miles with 8785 ft of ascent and progress is slow in many places. The following are a few options for accommodation:

Camping: The Nantcol Falls Campsite is 4.4 miles to the west of the route at Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy and there is a basic Camp Site at Cwm Bychan, directly on the route.

Taxi Assisted Option 1: The option suggested by Tony Drake was to stay for two nights at Barmouth. On the first day take a taxi to Maes-y-garnedd (SH642269) 1.5 miles from the route at Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy, then walk the route in reverse back to Barmouth. On the second day take a taxi to the same place and continue the route from there.

One local taxi firm is A to B Taxis -  CALL 07860 739073 who charged 25 per trip in 2016.

Taxi Assisted Option 2: There are a few places where roads come within reasonable distance of the route where taxis could pick up. The problem with making these arrangements is that the timing may be uncertain. Mobile phone reception is very limited, but there may be places, particularly on mountain tops, where it may be possible to phone. There is a phone box in Cwm Nantcol at SH623263, 2.75 miles from the route, but remote phone boxes are under threat and may well be out of order or removed. This phone box is currently working (July 2017) but takes Phone Cards or Credit/Debit Cards only and has a sign dated 2016 proposing closure subject to public consultation. Arranging a time in advance is more reliable, but there may be problems of either not arriving on time or arriving early and having to wait.

Possible pickup points are Maes-y-garnedd (1.5 miles from route at SH642269) and Cwm Bychan (On Route at SH646315) from the West, and near Graigddu-isaf from the East (2 miles from the Route at SH684302).

On Foot - Option 1: From Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy head west past Maes-y-garnedd and along the road towards Llanbedr. Gwynfryn Farm is 5.1 miles from the route with a further 0.6 miles for an evening meal at Victoria Inn (which also has accommodation). There are a number of footpaths to avoid some of the road walking. Returning to the route it is possible to take a more direct and gentler route to Rhinog Fawr over Mynydd Llanbedr and Foel Ddu (access land beyond the right of way). It is 5.2 miles from Llanbedr to Rhinog Fawr summit.

On Foot - Option 2: From the top of the Pass of Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy SH664282 continue eastward to Grugle and Graigddu-isaf to join a minor road by the car park at SH684302. This road leads to the A470, which is 4.3 miles from the route. From there, you can turn right to Cae Gwyn Farm for B&B (also Camping and Camping Barn), or turn left to reach The Rhiw Goch Inn (Pub with Meals and Bunkhouse) after turning right up the hill through the holiday village. The O.S. map shows several footpaths with right of way in this area, but this is a Site of Special Scientific Interest so grazing has been severely restricted or completely stopped over most of the land in order to revert it back to its natural state, which is long reeds and bog. Hence, many footpaths are badly overgrown and / or boggy. It is, therefore, safer to stick to the roads unless there there is good indication that a path is well trodden. There is some Mobile Phone reception in places on the way.

  BRONABER, Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Cae Gwyn Farm B&B Bronaber, Trawsfynydd. LL41 4YE CALL 01766 540245 www.caegwynfarm.co.uk/ SH713297
Rooms: - Double/Twin from 68 B&B 2 Sharing, Single Occupancy from 44 - 4.7 miles from route at Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy (5.7 miles from Cwm Bychan) - Email: enquiries@caegwynfarm.co.uk - Mobile Phone CALL 07908 277503 (Phone only from 9am to 8pm on either phone). Note, breakfast is from a well stocked buffet but cooked breakfast is not served. Also Camping and Camping Barn. Lift to The Rhiw Goch Inn by arrangement.
  Penrhos Isaf Bothy Near Ganllwyd, 0.6 miles East of A470   www.mountainbothies.org.uk/bothy-details.asp?bothy_id=103 SH737238
5 miles East of route near Diffwys in the Rhinog Mountains of Snowdonia (Guidebook Map 29)
  LLANBEDR & HARLECH, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Nantcol Falls Campsite Cefn Uchaf, Llanbedr. LL45 2PL CALL 01341 241209 www.nantcolwaterfalls.co.uk/ SH608271
Tents 8 to 9 per person - also Glamping Pod 50 for 2 People - Online Booking Available - 4.4 miles from route at Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy - Email: sales@nantcolwaterfalls.co.uk or via Website Form - Mobile: CALL 07919 448898
  The Mill Camping & Caravan Site Llanfair, Llanbedr. LL45 2NH CALL 07909 682938 llanbedrcampingandcaravan.co.uk/ SH589268
Pitches for tents - Static Caravans for Hire - 5.6 miles from route at Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy - Contact by Phone or via Website Form
  CWM BYCHAN, Harlech, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Cwm Bychan Farm Llanbedr. LL45 2PH CALL 01630 657001   SH646315
Basic Camp Site with Toilets - Directly on Route
  MAENTWROG, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Llechrwd Camp Site Llechrwd Farm, Maentwrog. LL41 4HF CALL 01766 590240   SH678413
Pitches from 16 (Tent with 2 Adults) - 0.9 miles from Route (By A496) - Email: llechrwd@hotmail.com
  BEDDGELERT, Caernarfon, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Beddgelert Campsite A4085 Caernarfon Road, Beddgelert. LL55 4UU CALL 024 7642 3008 www.campingintheforest.co.uk/ SH578491
Pitches from 10.20 (Small Tent, 1 Person) - Online Booking Available - 1.2 miles from route - Contact by Phone or Website Form - One of Camping in the Forest Sites
  Cae Du Campsite Beddgelert. LL55 4NE CALL 01766 890345 www.caeducampsite.co.uk/ SH598487
Pitches from 11.50 (Small Tent, 1 Person) - Directly on Route - Email: stay@caeducampsite.co.uk
  NANT GWYNANT, Caernarfon, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Bryn Dinas Camping Pods Nantgwynant, Gwynedd. LL55 4NQ CALL 01766 890351 www.bryndinascampingpods.co.uk/ SH625502
Owned by Red Dragon Holidays - 5 Heated Camping Pods from 37 to 45 for 2 people (twin beds) - 4 Berth Bunk from 65 to 110 - Online Booking not yet Operational - 0.3 miles from Watkin Path to Snowdon, 2.8 miles from Beddgelert - Email: bryndinascampingpods@yahoo.co.uk or via Website Form.
  Hafod y Llan Camping, Nantgwynant, Gwynedd. LL55 4NH   www.hafodyllancampsite.co.uk/ SH629513
Site owned by National Trust - Basic Camping with Hot Showers, Toilet Block & Tumble Drier - 7.50 per person - No booking, just first come, first served - 0.1 miles from Watkin Path to Snowdon, 3.5 miles from Beddgelert - Email: wynn.owen@nationaltrust.org.uk - Email preferred contact as phone not always manned.
  OGWEN, Bethesda, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Ogwen is about half way between Capel Curig and Bethesda. There is a limited Bus Service (6B) running on weekends and public holidays between Bethesda and Capel Curig, stopping at Ogwen - See Timetables. There is a footpath running parallel with the main road to Capel Curig (4.3 miles from Checkpoint 36) and a quiet minor road, then track to Bethesda (5 miles from Ogwen) for those seeking alternative accommodation on foot.
  YHA Idwal Bethesda, Bangor, LL57 3LZ CALL 0345 371 9744 www.yha.org.uk/hostel/idwal/ SH649604
36 Beds - Directly on Route - Online Booking Available - Self Catering Only - Shop and Drinks Available - See website for full facilities - Email: idwal@yha.org.uk - Shop Generally stocks pasta ready meals plus a limited selection of other items such as porridge oats and beans. However stocks may run out at busy times, so check before arriving empty handed. Nearest Meals about 5 miles in either direction, with very limited Sherpa Bus Service - Camping
  Gwern Gof Uchaf Camping & Bunkhouse Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed. LL24 0EU CALL 01690 720294 www.tryfanwales.co.uk/ SH673603
Camping Pitches 5 (2016) per person (no booking required for small groups) - Bunkhouse Bed 12 per person (book ahead) - 0.6 miles from Route - New Shower Block at no extra charge.
  Garn Gof Isaf Camping & Bunkhouse Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed. LL24 0EU CALL 01690 72027 gwerngofisaf.co.uk/ SH685601
Camping Pitches 5 (2013) per person - Bunkhouse Bed 12 per person - 1.4 miles from route - Email: kirstywills87@gmail.com or via Website Form
  CARNEDDAU MOUNTAINS Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Dulyn Bothy Dyffryn Conwy.   www.mountainbothies.org.uk/bothy-details.asp?bothy_id=98 SH705664
1.3 miles East of route near Foel Grach in the Carneddau Mountains of Snowdonia (Guidebook Map 47)
  TAL-Y-BONT, ROWEN, Conwy Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Conwy Valley Backpacker's Barn Pyllau Gloewon Farm, Tal-y-Bont, LL32 8YX CALL 01492 660504 or CALL 07956 851425 www.conwyvalleybarn.com/ SH769697
20 Beds (1x4, 1x6, 1x10) 20 (2018), Hire of Bed Linen 3 - 4.4 miles from route at Bwlch y Ddeufaen - Self Catering Kitchen - Packed Lunch & Breakfast by prior arrangement - Pubs 1/4 mile and 1 mile - Camping with Shower Block 8 per person - Email: info@conwyvalleybarn.com

 


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