4 BEST Campsites Near Snowdon (You MUST Camp Here!) ⛺
4 BEST Campsites Near Snowdon (You MUST Camp Here!) ⛺

4 BEST Campsites Near Snowdon (You MUST Camp Here!) ⛺

Without doubt, Snowdonia National Park has some of the world’s most magical scenery.

Home to countless nature trails, epic peaks, crystal-blue lakes, ancient woodlands, dramatic valleys and a plethora of charming villages to discover; it’s not hard to see why millions of tourists from across the globe flock to camp here every single year.

Off all the amazing things to see and do in the National Park however, one particular activity stands head and shoulders above the rest – conquering Mount Snowdon!

Standing at the top of Snowdon in Wales
Coming in at a staggering 1,085 metres above sea level, over 350,000 visitors climb to the peak of the mountain each and every year.

Where can you camp to walk Snowdon?

For eager campers wanting to climb Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh), the campsite you choose will essentially come down to which mountain path you wish to climb.

With 6 official routes (plus several additional lesser-known trails) snaking up the mountainside, it’s certainly worth doing some prior research to make sure you’re camped nearest the climb you’re wanting to tackle.

To save you the hassle of scouring through the countless number of campsites on offer, we’ve compiled a list of what we consider the top 4 campsites situated around the base of the peak.

You truly can’t go wrong with pitching up at any one of these campsites. Simply head out on foot from tent to trail – no car journey required!

Best campsites near Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Camping in Llanberis

Address: Llwyn Celyn Bach, Ceunant St, Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55 4SR

Best spot for: The Llanberis Path

Camping In Llanberis Campsite, Snowdon

Starting with best campsite for those heading up Snowdon via the Llanberis Path – I guarantee you won’t find a more fitting spot than this.

Often touted the ‘tourist path’ due to being the easiest and most popular route up Snowdon, the Llanberis Path is a scenic & steady gradient all the way to the summit.

Located right beside the Llanberis Path, camping here means you can avoid all the issues of driving, parking and generally coordinating your day out. Simply step out of your tent and crack on with the climb!

A rustic, back-to-basics campsite providing just the bare necessities – this may not be the most ideal location for campers wanting something a little more luxurious however.

If you don’t mind roughing it like us though, it’s the perfect spot!

Inside a tent at the Camping in Llanberis Campsite in Snowdon
Who needs luxury when you’ve got natural vistas like this?

Only a few minutes stroll from the centre of Llanberis village, this campsite is also a quality spot for grabbing a meal or a few drinks in town. Likewise, for those who don’t fancy the arduous trek up the peak, you can always just hop on the Llanberis Mountain railway instead.

In the local vicinity you’ll also be near to places such as: ZIPWORLD, Bounce Below, The Electric Mountain, Welsh Slate Museum, Dolbadarn Castle and Llyn Padarn – a hotspot for watersports in Snowdonia.

Starting from just £10 a night, you really can’t grumble at those prices. I’d pay that amount for the fantastic views alone!

For more information, be sure to check out our Camping In Llanberis blog post and also our comprehensive Llanberis Path Guide!

Hafod Y Llan Farm

Address: Hafod y Llan,  LL55 4NQ

Best spot for: Watkin Path & Watkins Path Waterfall

Nestled at the bottom of Nant Gwynant valley, Hafod Y Llan Farm sits in the southern shadow of Snowdon and offers the most direct access up Watkin Path – arguably the peak’s most difficult route.

Located along an off-shoot trail within the wooded valley at the start of the hike, this campsite is also the perfect location for those wanting to take a refreshing dip in the nearby Watkins Path Waterfalls.

Watkins Path Waterfall, Snowdon

A series of crystal-blue gorges and falls cascading down the mountainside, it’s perhaps the most underrated wild swimming spot in the National Park.

Containing some pretty precarious and exposed scrambling towards the top of the trail, the Watkin Path is generally only recommended for experienced hikers or those who are fit and don’t have any issues with heights.

Climbing the Watkin Path up Snowdon

The price of a standard pitch with no hookup on Hafod Y Llan Farm costs just £17 a night, and the closeness to the waterfall means you can always jump in for a morning frolic before the crowds arrive.

Additionally, just a scenic 3-mile stroll from the Hafod Y Llan Farm and you’ll find the quaint stone-built village of Beddgelert, a historic settlement with a population of under 500 which is well worth a mooch.

For more details on climbing Snowdon via the Watkin Path, feel free to head on over to our comprehensive Watkin Path guide here.

Snowdon Base Camp

Address: Rhyd-Ddu, LL54 7YS

Best spot for: Rhyd Ddu Path & Snowdon Ranger Path

With a name such as Snowdon Base Camp, you just know this is going to be an ideal spot for conquering the peak!

Situated at the foot of the mountain, the most convenient walking routes from Snowdon Base Camp are the two western trails up the peak – Rhyd Ddu Path and the Snowdon Ranger Path.

Amazing views from the top Of Snowdon
Snowdon Base Camp is only a one-mile walk from either the Rhyd Ddu and Snowdon Ranger Path.

Commonly regarded as the quietest trail to the summit, the Rhyd Ddu Path is perfect for those looking to take in the peak’s jaw-dropping vistas while avoiding the droves of crowds which frequent the more popular routes.

Likewise, the Snowdon Ranger Path is another lesser-known route and is actually believed to be the earliest trail created up to the summit. Unspoilt and tranquil, you’re treated to unrivalled views of the craggy valley landscape all throughout the climb.

Situated beside the stunning Cwellyn Lake at the foot of Snowdon, this campsite truly is a haven for outdoorsy types. As well as the range of fantastic local walks on offer, this quiet corner of the National Park is also a favourite amongst fishing enthusiasts and bird watchers.

With prices starting from £14 per person for a standard pitch (no EHU), there’s nothing quite like waking up to those stunning lakeside views each morning you zip open your tent entrance.

Llyn Gwynant Campsite

Address: Nant Gwynant, Caernarfon LL55 4NW

Best for: Miners, Pyg & Crib Goch Routes

Another stunning lakeside camping spot, Llyn Gwynant Campsite is within walking distance of the Miners, PYG & Crib Goch Routes to the north, and also Watkin Path to the south.

Around a one-hour ramble to Pen-y-Pass (the starting point for the Miners, Pyg & Crib Goch routes), either turn left at the cattle grid from the campsite entrance and follow the old road to the car park, or alternatively you can cross the bridge in Bridge field, turning right up the valley and heading up the tracks.

Universally hailed as the most treacherous climb to the summit of Snowdon, the Crib Goch trail is well-known for its extremely exposed and narrow ridge which hikers must scramble along for a exhilarating yet terrifying 200 metres. You’ll certainly need a head for heights when tackling this route!

With prices starting from £12 per night per person, when pitching here you’ll be greeted to panoramas of the lake, river and mountain which look like something pulled straight out of a Bob Ross painting.

In addition to hiking, being situated beside the lake means this campsite is an absolute dream for wild swimmers or water sports enthusiasts. The campsite also offers lakeside yoga sessions starting from just £10. The perfect way to unwind and stretch out after completing Snowdon!

Map of campsites near Snowdon

Which Snowdon route is right for me?

Each Snowdon route provides a fresh adventure on the mountain with each drastically varying in difficulty.

Hiking the Llanberis Path up Snowdon

The Llanberis Path is the most beginner-friendly route and is certainly the one I’d recommend for hill-walking novices. For more experienced and daring types, the white-knuckle scrambling on Crib Goch or the Watkin Path will surely give you a climb to remember.

For a more detailed breakdown of the mountain and its walking routes, head on over to our ‘How Long Does It Take To Climb Snowdon’ guide which provides a summary of each individual trail and ranks them in order of difficulty.

What to consider when camping near Snowdon

Many of the campsites dotted at the base of Snowdon are tailored for those who want a relaxing, quiet, back to nature type of adventure. Most places have a noise curfew and don’t accept big groups. Please read up on the rules of your chosen campsite beforehand to ensure you know what to expect.

Is wild camping illegal in Wales?

For those who’d rather wild camp instead of pitching at a proper campsite, it must be noted that wild camping without permission of the landowner is not allowed in Wales. So if you are looking to camp out in nature, please ensure you obtain the landowners’ blessing before you pitch your tent. The last thing you want is getting into bother with a park ranger.

More resources

For a list of activities to check out in the National Park, head on over to our ‘12 Unmissable Things To Do In Snowdonia‘ post.

During your stay in Snowdonia National Park, you could always venture a little further afield and hop over to the scenic isle of Anglesey for a day or two. Well-known for its stunning scenery and fantastic beaches, be sure to read up on our Camping In Anglesey blog post here!

Mulberry's Farm Camping Pitch, Anglesey

Happy camping ⛺⛺

Campsite Near Snowdon
Camping In Llanberis Llwyn Celyn Bach, Caernarfon, LL55 4SR https://www.campinginllanberis.com/
Hafod Y Llan Farm Hafod y Llan, LL55 4NQ https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays/hafod-y-llan-campsite-wales
Snowdon Base Camp Rhyd-Ddu, LL54 7YS http://www.snowdoninn.co.uk/accommodation/campsite/
Llyn Gwynant Campsite Nant Gwynant, Caernarfon, LL55 4NW http://gwynant.com/