Camping & Caravanning


North Wales

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Isle of Anglesey

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North Wales consists of the counties of Gwynedd, named from an ancient Welsh kingdom, Conwy (from the Vale of Conwy) and the areas around ancient Denbigh, Flint and Wrexham.

The dominant physical feature of the region is Snowdonia, a range of 3000ft high foldings, bounded on the east by the beautiful Vale of Conway and on the west by the Menai Straits separating Anglesey from the mainland. Betws y Coed is a popular centre for walks and climbs in Snowdonia. For the less energetic, lakeside Bala to the south is another.

Telford’s Menai Bridge links Bangor with Anglesey, an island of unspectacular scenery ringed by an attractive coastline of quiet bays enclosing uncrowded beaches. Best known are Amlwch and Benllech in the north, Rhosneigr in the south. Below Anglesey is the long arm of the Lleyn Peninsula, its more hospitable and sandy eastern shore dotted with tiny resorts linked by often ultra-narrow roads. The most crowded place in summer is Abersoch.

West of Edwardian Llandudno modest resorts like Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan line the northern mainland coast, but more popular with campers are the long stretches of sand on the west between Porthmadog and the Dovey Estuary below Tywyn, linked to inland Abergynolwyn by a miniature railway.

More low-lying scenery forming the eastern half of the region is noted for the fine sands and sophisticated resorts along the coast west of the Dee Estuary and the purple moorlands flanking the picturesque vale of Clwyd. A large coalfield surrounds Wrecsam, Chirk and Ruabon near the border with England. Guarding the Vale of Llangollen to the southeast are the Berwyn Mountains, traversed by the northern section of Offa’s Dyke Path, one of many routes for walkers in the region. North Wales may be a land of chapels yet it also has fine churches, like that of St Asaph, one of the smallest cathedrals in Britain. The finest castle in Wales is at Caernarfon – but those at Rhuddlan, Beaumaris, Chirk and Harlech are almost as impressive.

Campsite locations are most attractive inland. Many campsites along the coast are occupied mainly by static caravans and have a holiday camp atmosphere. Others are made noisy by the railway that runs close to the sea at many points. Campsite amenities vary from sophisticated on the coast to primitive inland.

For full details of all parks listed on our website, see the latest edition of Camping Caravanning Britain. Priced at £8.50, the book is available from WHSmith, Waterstone's, Blackwell's and other bookshops; alternatively, to order a copy directly click here.

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