We recently did our first ever family wild camp, eased into it by the amazing Cynllwyd Bach campsite in North Wales It has nothing more than a water tap and a very basic camp loo if you need it!
There’s nothing here except for a breath of wind, the glinting of the moon on the lake and silhouettes of magnificient hills and mountain ridges amongst the stars and for the first time this year we’re falling asleep admidst it all. Read on for more info…
The beauty of social media, blogs and vlogs is that we now find new places to explore and find so much easier. The only problem is now is there is just so many different sources and so much info. I guess thats one of the reasons we started writing and vlogging on here, to try and collate all the amazing places and experiences into one little corner of the internet.
One such place we found whilst digging through Facebook was Cynllwyd Bach, a semi-wild camping spot on the shores of Llyn Crafnant, North Wales. We’ve been gradually lured into wild camping over the past few years. We’ve never really been ones for big campsites with tons of facilities, our favourite sites are ones where we have unallocated space, pitch where you like in a big field. (We visit Shell Island en masse with loads of pals every year) The next step we want to try is full on wild camping but it requires a little extra gear (actually less and lighter gear) so Cynllwyd Bach appeared to tick the right boxes. We could still “wild camp” without the facilities but were able to drive our usual heavier camping gear to the site too.
Cynllwyd Bach is two small spaces of land either side of the road that goes around the stunning Llyn Crafnant. The upper patch has room for roughly 3 medium size family tents whilst the lower / lakeside has room for 2. We pitched lakeside, it’s exactly the type of pitch we’ve been clambering for, literally a stones throw from the lake. The ground is a little uneven and bumpy in places but pitching the tent for the first time this year felt flippin’ amazing.
There is a small portaloo based on the upper site but people are encouraged to wee in the bushes. Campers are requested to clean the toilet out at the end of the stay. We had no experience of dealing with a portaloo, so we just stuck to the outside for everything. We had Jasper with us so plenty of doggy bags handy 😉 Theres a drinking water tap on the upper field and you theres two outdoor plugs if you really need them.
We only booked a night here for my birthday amongst a week of commercial work so this was just the perfect setting to relax and escape. The edges of the lake are shallow and a few yards down from where we pitched is a small beach where the kids chucked and skimmed stones for literally hours and hours. Finn is older this year (well duh!) and him and Erin are really getting closer and more capable of really playing together. Its definitely one of those heartwarming parent moments seeing them surrounded by epic hills and mountains, chatting and playing together (with the occasional bickering of course ;))
Cynllwyd Bach is a perfect warm up for us (complete with some convenience in the water tap) as we start looking into wild camping more and more. Definitely recommended.
Make sure you check out the video diary / vlog from the trip, I’m finding my feet a bit now. Learning all the time!