Travelling by campervan is a rather special thing. The freedom of having an abode on wheels for an adventure, has something very simple and beautiful about it. Staying in a different location day after day, meeting new people, seeing new things and sharing new experiences with a significant other is priceless. In a world where everything is based around routine, order and the 9-5 life, van life is a step out into the wild.
Those of you who know me, know that at heart, I’m a freedom loving individual, that marches to a different drumbeat. I love adventuring in the wild and I work freelance to support this style of life. Campervans can afford you a little of that freedom albeit fro a brief break or holiday fro the same four walls, if you wish to cultivate it in your life. I urge you to explore a little and get out in nature with a campervan this summer in north Wales.
It’s a been 5 years since I sold my very first campervan, and my word, do I miss it. It’s high summer as I write this, there are campervans all over north Wales making their summer migrations. It’s so beautiful to be able to park up, pop the roof and make some food wherever you feel like home is for the night. It’s so free. With so many beautiful places to head over and pitch up, with vistas and nature to blow your mind, north Wales is a campervan heaven.
So if your looking for the top campervan spots in north wales, we have got your back. I have been to everyone (bar one) of these beauties, multiple times. They are my favourites. There is a subtle campervan revolution going on right now, as more and more people are opting for staycations in the UK with their vans, so what better time to do it and meet like mined people.
So pack the van and head over to north wales and pitch up in one of these amazing locations. I have put together a mix of wild camps and site camps locations, you guys can figure out the rest. Enjoy.
It is also worth mentioning that there is ” The wales way ” camper van routes that have put together to highlight three epic routes all the way through different parts of Wales. Check out the amazing routes here.
The north Wales way is one of the main routes that encompasses a route from east Wales over to the west side of Wales and maybe a good place to start.
So enjoy the top campervan spots blog and we hope its useful and provides great value for you!
Porth Iago- Llyn Peninsula
If Carlsberg did camp spots this is right up there. Amazing little cove that will spoil you with its secluded charms on the Llyn. The best camping spot is a field which is run by a local farm, it has direct views of the beach from up top. Locals Tip : Head to Porth Oer (near by) and have a swim a bite while your there, that beach is simply stunning.
Aberdaron- Llyn Peninsula
Aberdaron is a beautiful little town, that’s on the end of the Llyn peninsular. It has some nice little spots to van camp in and around the village. One of the best spots I’ve seen, but not yet been to, is on the far left of the main bay over looking the sea. Stunning location with views out over towards Bardsey Island. Locals Tip : Saturday nights are quite fun in the village of Aberdaron, get yourself to the pubs and enjoy the local Welsh beers atmosphere there!
Nant Ffrancon valley – Llanberis pass
A stunning mountainous location, that will blow your mind if you haven’t been there before. A steep v shaped valley in Snowdonia, that has some lovely wildcamp locations. Locals Tip : Head off to Pete’s eats for a huge mug of coffee in the morning and then a swim in the lagoon at the far side of Llyn Padarn lake, there is a a fab jetty you can walk out on and jump off with the kids.
Nant Gwynant – Snowdonia
A valley in Snowdonia that runs behind Llanberis pass (previous spot), it’s only 20 minutes drive away in fact. A lovely green and nature filled spot that will immerse you in Snowdonia. Head to Llyn Gwynant and find a spot on the site there.. Take a swim and enjoy the wall to wall greenery. Locals Tip : Head up the road to the mountain town of Berddgelert where you can walk in forests and learn some Welsh culture.
Porth Dafarch- Holy Island
Holy Island off Anglesey, has some amazing little secluded coves to head to and camp. I’m always drawn to this location when I’m home. I head to this area to spear fish and catch my dinner and sometimes cook it on the beach. There are some great areas to forage around the coast in these areas too. Locals Tip : Head over to the Sea shanty at Trearddur Bay for a spot of lunch if your not foraging for your dinner, oh and book some coasteering with local activities group Anglesey outdoors.
Ynys Lawd, South Stack – Holy Island
One of the most stunning areas for sunsets on Anglesey. Love the place truly. Get your chairs out at the top car park over looking the lighthouse, pour a glass of wine and watch the orange fireball set with the ocean back drop. Locals Tip: Head out over for a walk along the Anglesey coastal path that goes around the edge of the high cliffs and around Holyhead mountain over to north stack area- its stunning and there is wonderful sea and bird life. No height restrictions there, but there is a charge for parking now.
Porth Trecastell, Cable bay- Anglesey
One of the most visited areas for wild campers and van enthusiasts alike. Great little beach and the surrounding areas such as Rhosneigr and Aberfraw are absolutely stunning. The car park now has a height restriction and a pay terminal installed by the Bodorgan estate. Car park is great and views are amazing. Locals Tip : Walk up on the headland to the left and check out “ Baclodiad y gawres “ a Neolithic tomb or burial chamber as they like to call it. If you have time also drive around the coast to Aberfraw and visit “ Porth Cwyfan” or church in the sea for a walk and some Instagram pics.
Ogwen valley – Snowdonia
The bigger brother of the Llanberis pass in terms of size in Snowdonia. It’s the most visited part of Snowdonia and has some epic locations to pitch the van up and camp. I personally like camping either on site or wild, around Tryfan (It’s a mountain in the region if you don’t already know). Local Tip : Bring your walking kit and head up to do a peak such as Glyder Fawr, or Y Garn in Snowodnia. Peaks should take around 4-5 hours in summer, pack accordingly for varying temperatures.
Dinas Dinlle beach – Llyn Peninsula
Another Llyn Peninsular Beauty, a long sweeping northerly facing beach, great for fishing, for dog walking and relaxing with your favourite book. Loads of room for the camper fraternity and I don’t believe they have height restriction. It’s a lovely place to access areas on the more southerly side of Snowdonia also such as Berddgelert, Porth Madog and more. Local Tip : There is a good local Fish and chip shop on the beach front that you can get very fresh fish and chips from.
Lligwy Beach, Anglesey
This one is a real gem and you will thank me for sharing! Its over on the east side of Anglesey and its dripping with natural beauty, coastal path walks, beautiful beaches and a warm safe bay. I wild camp here quite often in the summer. I pick up some potatoes from a local farmer on the side of the road en route near Pentraeth, catch some fish from the beach at Lligwy and then have some alfresco dinner. Locals Tip : There is an amazing Tepee on the beach, go there for your breakfast. After breakfast head over to Din Lligwy or Lligwy burial chamber just up the road to look at the old historical Neolithic chambers and walk some sections of the coastal path around Lligwy over towards the Afon goch (to the left of the beach)
If you are visiting the area by train, plane or any other means and you still want to experience north wales in a camper van, then why not hire one? We are partnering up with vdubline for this blog. They are a Cheshire based company, who specialise in 4 berth VW T6 campervans. Fully insured and ready to go with a fleet of four vans to choose from. Check out their Instagram page at @vdubline and go see their website at www.vdubline.com for more details. Summer is super busy for them, so book early!
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