Llyn Gwynant Campsite Review

Based on 6 visits

Published By: Daniel Woodley. Updated: 7th January 2024. Filed at: Reviews of Places. Disclosure: I may earn a commission from purchases made via links.

I stayed at Llyn Gwynnat campsite over a dozen times in 2022-23 and found it an excellent base for exploring this side of Snowdon and the nearby mountains.

There’s much to like about this campsite with only a few niggles.

This is my honest review.

Video

Watch my video from late 2023:

Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Extreme pad on grass

Aerial view of Llyn Gwynant campsite taken from my drone

The shore of Llyn Gwynant campsite

The shore of Llyn Gwynant campsite in Autumn 2023

Pros

  • Stunning mountain setting
  • Lake for swimming and kayaking
  • All the facilities you’d expect from a larger campsite
  • Park your car reasonably close to your tent
  • On site shop and food outlet
  • Flat fields, ideal for pitching tents
  • Free wifi
  • It’s not next to a busy road (very little road noise, even at night)

Cons

  • Will be fully booked and heaving with people at peak times
  • Proximity to the lake and stream means the ground can get very wet and boggy after heavy rain and out of the summer season
  • Wifi is poor during busy periods
  • Limitations on vehicle size for campervans

Quick Overview

Key points:

  • Over 400 grass tent pitches.
  • Additional tent pitches with electric hookup.
  • Hard standing bays for small vans.
  • Additional lakeside bays for larger campervans over 8m.
  • Large shower block.
  • Large washing-up area with stainless steel sinks.
  • Shop and food outlet (inc pizzas every evening).
  • Additional toilets are opened at nighttime so you don’t need to walk so far in the dark.
  • Launching area for kayaks and kayak hire.
  • Wifi which is good in quieter periods but I found it often unusable during peak weekends.
  • Taps offering treated drinking water are located at several places around the campsite.
Aerial of Llyn Gwynant campsite

My Experience of This Campsite

Booking: I’ve only ever booked online, and the process was straightforward, although they do charge extra for bringing a car and for different van sizes or to check in earlier, which I recommend if you are staying on a busy weekend.

Checking In: Once I checked it, I was given a map, and my car’s registration was logged on the system so I could enter and exit the campsite via the barrier, which reads the number plate of vehicles.

Parking: There are enough car parking spaces for around 200 cars, and these are dotted around the site, so you’ll never have to walk far to get to your tent. I found some of the spaces were on very boggy ground, and during my visit in Autumn 2023, I had to get a friend to push my car out of a muddy spot. During the half dozen other times I’ve stayed here, I’ve never had this issue.

Wifi: It’s free and I found it reasonably fast (ie good for web pages but not for tv) and reliable near the lake. However, it was unusable on a bank holiday weekend I stayed here, presumably due to the number of devices trying to connect.

Toilets and Shower Facilities: There are plenty of shower cubicles and I’ve never had to wait more than a few minutes, even on a busy weekend. The main toilet block is suitable for a campsite of this size, and additional toilets are opened at night in various locations around the site.

Drinking Water: There are taps dotted around the site, and the water is suitable for drinking. The water is taken from the stream, filtered and treated with UV lights.

Phone Charging and Power Points: Some of the campervan bays come with their own electric hookups (EHU) as do a few tent pitches. There is an area near the washing-up area where one can charge their phone, but it’s not secure, so you’ll need to stay with your device while it charges.

Laundry Area: There is a small laundry area, although I’ve never used it.

Campfires: There are plenty of firepits around the campsite.

Noise

I’ve stayed at dozens of campsites in Snowdonia, and many are located close to the noisy A5 road, and some are so small I never heard noise from the other campers.

Llyn Gwynant campsite is far enough away from the main road that I rarely heard traffic, even at night.

It’s also a big site, so there’s the hustle and bustle of people milling about and chatting, sometimes late into the night.

The only time I had an issue with noise was on a bank holiday weekend, when some campers were making noise and shouting up until 3am. During my other stays, I found the campsite reasonably quiet after midnight.

Do I Recommend This Campsite?

I prefer smaller campsites with fewer people (such as a farmer’s field) and I’m happy with basic facilities such as cold showers and composting toilets.

For me, this site is a little too busy, and there’s too much hustle and bustle. 

I still visit Llyn Gwynant campsite each year because:

1) It’s quieter mid-week out of season and when many other campsites are closed.

2) I love the location because I like taking my kayak on the lake and it’s close to the Watkin Path.

3) It’s great for groups of people because usually there’s at least one person who will insist on a campsite with good facilities and this site certainly has them.

4) When I’m staying for more than a few days, I really appreciate those hot showers, the wifi and charging points.

In short, it’s a great campsite for those who need the extra facilities and are okay with lots of other campers nearby and the noise they make.

Questions and Answers

The Llyn Gwynant campsite website has a detailed web page with answers to common questions here.

A full list of facilities can be found here.

Nearby Campsites

I’ve stayed at the National Trust campsite at Hafod y Llan dozens of times as it’s a smaller, more intimate site and is located near the opposite side of Llyn (lake) Gwynant. However, as of 2023, I’m taking a break from the site due to excessive dog barking from the kennels that are located on the adjacent farm.

(Here’s my written review of Hafod y Llan)

You can watch my video review of Hafod y Llan campsite, maybe things have been improved since I published this video:

About Daniel Woodley

This review of the Llyn Gwynant campsite was created by Daniel Woodley, aka The Bald Scrambler.

From walking along beaches and kayaking down rivers to making his way up mountains and even jumping out of planes, Daniel has a love of the outdoors, but scrambling is his real passion.

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Daniel Woodley

Daniel Woodley aka The Bald Scrambler

Have fun, keep safe. Hopefully I’ll see you on the mountains one day

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