Camping UK - Snowdonia National Park:
Cwmrhwyddfor Camping and Caravan Park
Cadair Idris, Lake Tal-y-Lyn

Camping UK - Lake Tal-y-Lyn at the foot of Cadair Idris (Snowdonia National Park)

ADDRESS / TEL / GPS coordinates:

Cwmrhwyddfor Camping and Caravan Park




Snowdonia National Park


LL36 9AJ


N52.69048° W003.86909°

Elevation: 128m

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Camping Snowdonia - view from the top of Cader Idris (Snowdonia National Park)

Snowdonia National Park is incredible. Absolutely breathtaking scenery every where you look.

In the south of the park is Cadair Idris (also spelt Cader Idris). It is the most popular walk in Wales, after Snowdon. Some say the walk up Cadair Idris is harder than the walk up Snowdon. It certainly isn't any easier! But the views are awesome.

Shortly after we took the above photo a massive cloud enveloped us and we saw nothing but our own feet for the rest of the walk, until we dropped down below the cloud. It didn't matter though. We reckon half the majesty of Snowdonia is its unpredictability.

The campsite is only a 1/2 mile from the start of the Cadair Idris walk. Which is great because you can walk there, avoiding the £4 car park charge. You have to walk down the main road to get there, but it isn't that busy.

The Tal-y-Lyn valley is often used by the RAF for practise sessions in their jets. You can climb up the hills either side of the valley, where you will literally be level with the planes (the pilots sometimes wave at you). They are not allowed to fly at weekends though.

Camping UK - Cwmrhwyddfor Camping and Caravan Park, Cader Idris (Snowdonia National Park)

Cwmrhwyddfor Camping and Caravan Park - could this be the campsite with the most unpronounceable name ever?

What a lovely place to camp. The campsite is on a working farm, so you will be surrounded by a chorus of sheep, pigs, cows and even a donkey during your stay.

The farm has been in the same family for over 100 years. When you arrive you will be greeted by the grandfather who sits in his car in the entrance road. You pay him and he points you in the right direction. Apparently (so his son told us), he has been known to dose off and wake just as someone has driven past him, where upon he gives pursuit across the field :o)

They are a very nice helpful family and keep the basic facilities clean.

Campfires are allowed at this campsite and they supply firewood.

Camping UK - Cwmrhwyddfor Camping and Caravan Park, Cader Idris (Snowdonia National Park)

The powered sites are in the bottom field, backed by a small river. The non-powered sites are in the top field, which is on a slight hill, although there are level parts. We were tent camping and so were happy to be a slight slope so that if it rained (which it does a lot in Snowdonia) it would drain away from us.

The facilities block is basic, with coin operated showers (40p for 6 minutes) and hairdryers (20p for 3 minutes). There is also a covered area for washing up.

Tip for the showers: The timer starts the moment you put your money in, so make sure you are ready to hop in the shower.

There are no shops nearby, but there are 2 hotel/pubs on the lake (a 5 minute drive away) if you want to go out for dinner.


Powered campsite pitch - £15

Unpowered campsite pitch - £10


30 caravan/campervan camping pitches (powered)

30 tent camping pitches (non-powered)


All year for tents

April to October for caravans/campervans (but they do sometimes allow them over the winter, so phone to check)


Reserve a pitch by calling 01654 761286



Camping UK - Cwmrhwyddfor Camping and Caravan Park, Cader Idris (Snowdonia National Park)


  • Powered sites
  • Grass floor campsites/pitches
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Showers (coin operated)
  • Hair dryers (coin operated)
  • Drinking water


Yes, but on a leash




Tarmac - in field where powered sites located

Grass - in field where non-powered sites located


  • Hiking (walk up Cader Idris or around Lake Tal-y-Lyn)
  • Boating
  • Fishing (Permits are available from Tyn-Y-Cornel Hotel, next to the lake)
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Mountain biking

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