Bustling towns, seaside resorts, historic castles and breath-taking landscapes – North Wales has a lot to offer. Renowned for its rugged beauty, there are five official areas of outstanding beauty in Wales, and you will find three of those – the Lleyn Peninsula, the Isle of Anglesey and the Clwydian Range, here.
North Wales (more specifically the county of Gwynedd) is also home to the Snowdonia mountain range, and here we must give a shout out to Mount Snowdon, which boasts the impressive accolade of being the highest point in England and Wales. Adventurous types might choose to climb it or walk up it, and those who are a little crazier can opt to run up it! There’s even an Annual International Snowdon Race every July that attracts global attention. Personally, we would recommend joining a more relaxed guided walk, and amble on up behind a skilled mountain guide.
With its stunning backdrop, North Wales is naturally a haven for creative types – painters and photographers will be in their inspirational element, and as we’ve already discovered there’s also plenty on offer for those who love the great outdoors. Pull on your hiking boots and go for a yomp, or get on your bike and traverse the land. If you fancy a break from dry land you can paddle your own canoe on Bala Lake, or try your hand at sailing. If this all sounds too much like hard work then pull up a chair, and simply enjoy soaking up the stunning vistas.
We can’t promise sunny skies and a tropical climate, but North Wales has plenty of world-class beaches. From pebbly inlets, to rocky coves, beaches with vast swathes of sand and those which welcome your four-legged friends too, you won’t be disappointed if you do like to be beside the seaside.
There are seaside towns such as Lladudno, Colwyn Bay and Tywyn, offering traditional family fun and good old fish and chips, and history buffs are catered for too. Medieval Conwy boasts a castle with eight huge towers, alternatively pay a visit to the 19th century Penrhyn Castle, with its grandiose gothic-style staircase or the imposing Caernarfon Castle, which is oft described as a “brute of a fortress.”
There are too many fabulous places to mention them all, and deciding where to pitch your touring caravan could prove to be a little tricky. So, allow us to help you, check out our brief guide to seven of the best touring sites in the area:
Best for Beach Lovers:
Hendre Mynach, Barmouth
Hendre Mynach Touring Caravan and Camping Park is situated a mere 100 metres from Barmouth Beach, so it’s the perfect spot for couples and families seeking sea and sand (and maybe even a bit of sun). There’s also direct access onto Barmouth Promenade, allowing you to stroll into Barmouth town centre in around twenty minutes, where you will find plenty of shops, bars and eateries. Well-behaved doggies are welcome here too, so no need to leave your four-legged friend at home.
This five-star site has plenty of facilities, including hard standings & grass pitches with 10-amp electric hook-up points & water, facilities for disabled guests, modern shower blocks, a launderette, waste disposal points, oversize pitches (for those who think bigger is better), and CCTV. There’s also a play area for the kids, a baby room complete with baby bath and change mat, and a handy shop for those essentials.
Best for Bikers and Hikers:
Torrent Walk Campsite, Dolgellau.
Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts step this way, Torrent Walk Campsite is the place to go if you like to bike, hike and be at one with wildlife. This place is encircled by farm and woodland and provides access to The Torrent Walk and Coed-y-Brenin mountain bike centre. Thrill seekers may be excited to learn that the mountain Cadair Idris is nearby, and has three challenging trails waiting to be conquered.
Pitches are all on a level field, and facilities include toilet and shower block, facilities for the disabled, washing machines and drying area, and access to a fridge. There’s also a great power washer available for hosing down dirty bikes and muddy equipment. This site allows camp-fires, which is great for those who fancy toasting a marsh-mallow or having an impromptu sing-song! There isn’t a shop on-site, but the nearby garage sells key items, and there’s a café should you fancy a cuppa or bite to eat. Dolgellau is around a mile and a half away, and certainly worth a visit.
Best for Water sports:
Tyn Cornel Camping, Frongoch, Bala.
Water sports enthusiasts will be in their element here, Tyn Cornel Camping is right on the banks of the River Tryweryn. Life’s too short for loafing about all day, instead why not dip your toe in the water with a spot of kayaking, canoeing and white-water rafting? The White Water Centre is a five-minute stroll away, and you can climb aboard a raft for an exhilarating white water experience. Alternatively, hop in the car and drive to nearby Bala Lake to try your hand at the water sports on offer. There’s also biking, rock climbing and hiking nearby should you tire of getting wet!
Facilities wise Tyn Cornel has a laundry room, shower block, and an exercise area for doggies where they can run free.
Best for a Grown-Up break:
Bryn Ednyfed Caravan Site, Caergeiliog, Holyhead.
Not keen on the idea of lots of over-excited children screeching about the place? If you’re seeking a kid free zone, then the adults-only Bryn Ednyfed Caravan Site could be just the place for you. It’s in a great location, not too far from Trearddur Bay and adjacent to RSPB Valley Wetlands. The views are pretty special too, think open countryside right on your doorstep – no matter which pitch you opt for.
Pitches are spacious and well-organised, and the site-managers will give you the lowdown on the best places to visit. There’s a modern shower block and large, easily accessible wet room too. There’s a shop, and pub that serves food, around two miles away, so you can pick up your essentials, tuck into a bit of grub and, enjoy a tipple too.
Best for Family Entertainment:
Hafan y Môr Touring Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd
Big and bold are probably the two word that best sum up Hafan y Môr touring park.
Situated near Pwllheli in North Wales, this park has a stunning backdrop and its very own sandy bay. If you are after family fun then you’ve come to the right place.
You can kayak in the pool, dine in the bar and grill, whoosh down a water slide in the on-site swimming pool and have fun in the amusement centre, just to name but a few of the many attractions on offer. This place has everything you would expect from a large Haven holiday site, and probably a bit more to boot!
As for facilities, you will find 75 grassy, flat pitches (a mix of basic and euro electric), a modern shower block (including spacious family shower rooms), baby change facilities, facilities for disabled guests, chemical and waste disposal points, and a launderette. Add to this the huge amount of onsite entertainment and you can guarantee no-one is going to get bored here. Even Fido can join you on holiday – dogs are welcome too!
Best for Nature Lovers:
Tyn Yr Onnen Farm, Waunfawr, Caernarfon.
Tyn Yr Onnen Farm is a very pretty family-run site, and is home to donkeys, chickens, ducks, pigs, turkeys and llamas. Visit during Spring you can fuss over the new born lambs too! You can hike until you’re hearts content – right up to the summit of Snowdon if you’re feeling adventurous. For those who prefer to let the train take the strain, there’s the Snowdon Mountain railway nearby.
This is a working sheep-farm, so dogs must be supervised and kept on leads at all times. Pitches are sheltered and spacious and there’s a modern shower block, baby change area, and facilities for disables guests. There’s also a washing machine and dryer, play area with a sandpit and a TV / games room. The nearby village of Waunfawr is easy to walk to, and there you will find a handy shop and welcoming pub.
Best for the Discerning Guest:
Plassey Holiday Park
Plassey Holiday Park is an award-winning holiday park with impressive eco-friendly credentials, which is great news, as we’re all keen to do our bit for the environment. Plassey Park also has a craft and retail centre, restaurant, beauty & hair salon, swimming pool and sauna, on-site fishing a golf-course, and clubhouse (try the Dragon’s Breath bitter – ale that’s been produced by the caravan site itself)!
Located near the stylish villages of Overton and Bangor-on-Dee, Plassey Holiday Park has a rather classy feel – great for discerning tourers! The facilities are top-notch too – spotless washrooms, facilities for disabled guests and a modern baby change area. There are standard and deluxe pitches available, standard have gravel hard standings, 16 Amp hook up, and lovely views. Deluxe pitches offer extra room for awnings, 16 Amp hook up, wastewater disposal and water tap, Digital Freeview & Sky TV aerial points and bollard lighting – they also have fabulous views too!
Enjoy Your Trip to North Wales.
There are so many touring sites to choose from in North Wales, and they all seem to have their own unique qualities. Whether you are seeking beautiful views, fresh air, peace and quiet, adventure or family entertainment, you should be able to find the right caravan touring park for you.
Enjoy Your Trip!
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