There’s no better way to start off a Snowdonia hill walk than staying in a campsite (unless you’re Wild Camping!) Snowdonia has it’s choice of cool campsites, but do you really want one that ensures you’ve got logs for the log burner in your pure yak-skin yurt? Probably not, you’re on a budget and if you wanted to pay much more then you’d be wrapped up nice and warm in a nearby hotel! So here’s our list of the best campsites in Snowdonia for hill walkers. Ideally they’ll be near a pub, have only the facilities they need and absolutely at the start of some awesome hill walks.
Nestling below Tryfan, these have got to be two of the best placed campsites in Snowdonia. The facilities are basic but more than sufficient, and they only charge around £5 per night (per person). We don’t like the fact that there are absolutely no pubs or similar nearby, so you’ll need to be fully stocked up when you arrive and no pub meals for you.
Nant Peris – Ty Isaf
Basic is not the word to describe this campsite! However, for all the lack of facilities, you have the most excellent Faenol Arms directly opposite. It’s also dirt cheap!
The best routes from here would be Elidir Fawr and Y Garn from Nant Peris and the Snowdon Horseshoe from Pen y Pass (yes, you’ll need to catch a bus). It’s also near enough to enjoy the bright lights of Llanberis.
Dolgam Campsite – Capel Curig
This one’s located a little far out from the village for our liking, but not too far! There are 3 pubs in the village as well as the Siabod Cafe, so you won’t be lacking for places to eat the night before or for breakfast. The campsite is a large and pleasant riverside field.
This is the one for walking up Moel Siabod’s Daear Ddu, or any of our other walks from Capel Curig.
Nant Gwynant – Gwynant Campsite
The location of this campsite is second to none. Not only is it next to a lake or a river, it’s also rather large so you can find your own little spot. There’s no pub nearby (the Pen y Gwryd is arguably within walking range, but you wouldn’t want to over do it), but they do pizzas onsite which more than makes up for that! There’s also the Caffi Gwynant near the Watkin Path for those looking for breakfast.
Cwm bychan Campsite
You want basic? You got it! A field with running water and a toilet with just about nothing within range. However, to get you into the mindset for crossing the Rhinogydd then it’s perfect.
This campsite is perfectly placed for walking up Rhinog Fawr via the Roman Steps, or even crossing the Rhinog Badlands of Craig Wion, or even both.
Cwmrhwyddfor Campsite – Minffordd
Finally, we have the Cwmrhwyddfor campsite in Minffordd. If only for the fact that there’s an excellent pub nearby – the Minffordd Hotel.
This campsite is perfectly located for the Minffordd Path or even the Mynydd Moel Path up Cader Idris. For more ideas of walks in the area, you can check out this article on walks in the Dolgellau and Barmouth area.