5 things – Wild Camps for the Bank Holiday Weekend

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You may just be tempted to defy the weather and get out this weekend on a wild camp. Here are some suggestions where to go or avoid.

1 – Wyddfa. It’s a bank holiday and a relatively small area. Probably not the place for a quiet wild camp. There are a few spots where you may get to yourself, but probably not. Best bet is to camp late and high – maybe on the South Ridge.

2 – Moelwynion. There are so many small lakes in these hills that you should be able to find something to suit. You can camp high or a bit more sheltered. Avoid Llyn yr Adar as it’s overcrowded! Remember that you’ve also got a few lakes and spots around to the south and east of Siabod (you may suss one or two of them on this post)

3 – Glyderau. While there are few obvious lakes here, you would do well to avoid these this weekend and choose some of the smaller hanging valleys. Unfortunately, these hills are rather busy and compact so you’ll certainly need to be pitching very late and getting up early in the morning.

4 – Carneddau. The largest expanse of land over 900m south of Scotland. There are so many options in the many valleys you’re spoilt for choice. Avoid the lakes above Ogwen as they tend to be busy.

5 – Rhinogydd. The undisputed king of the Snowdonia wild camp. One look at the map will reveal few names on the map bar the main peaks and every single lake. There’s a Llyn Du at the north and more central in the range, while others have names that might suggest you avoid them; Llyn Pryfed may be referring to midges! The terrain between the lakes is tough, and only at the lakes will you find both water and a pitch. Rivers are few and far between, especially in the badlands between Moel Ysgyfarnogod and Rhinog Fawr. If it’s any help this is roughly where I intend to be this weekend if my knee stops playing up!

Or if you really want to be adventurous, then anywhere else (possibly excepting Cadair Idris) in Snowdonia, Berwyn and the Cambrians are likely to be quiet.

Of course, you can brush up on your wild camping skills with our wild camping tutorials – here. If you’re a little strapped for cash, then follow this link to see how we went wild camping with under £100 worth of gear.

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader.
Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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