Bala Camping and Caravanning Club Site is on the edge of Snowdonia National Park in the heart of Gwynedd, Wales. The park holds the David Bellamy Conservation Award and is also rated as a five-star location by the Camping and Caravanning Tourist Board. One of the most popular caravan parks in Gwynedd, Bala is open from late March until early November, and welcomes motorhomes, touring caravans, and tents to its pitches. Bala is a small park, which helps it to maintain its friendly and welcoming appeal; the atmosphere here leads to many repeat bookings and we frequently see regular guests returning year after year.
All of the facilities you need for a peaceful stay can be found within the park boundary, including washing up and laundry facilities. Site-wide Wi-Fi is available for all guests, and electricity hook-ups can be used by those who need them. The park is pet and child friendly, with wide-open spaces surrounding the site and a play area on-site inviting them to run off as much energy as they can manage.
The park is a perfect base for exploring the Snowdonia region as well as the rest of Wales, particularly the northern coast that is filled with exceptional towns and villages that are popular with travellers from across the United Kingdom.
Families that are looking for specific activities will find many things that they can do. Fishing, golf, and horse riding are the things most widely available and can be found both within the National Park itself as well as in the northern coastal areas. Naturally, the central focus of your stay here is probably going to be Snowdonia. Mount Snowden itself is a mountain you should climb purely for the sense of achievement having done so, the views and everything else you experience while doing it are simply a bonus. However, if you do not feel particularly energetic, you can take the train to the summit, which only takes part of the day and leaves you free to follow other pursuits.
In addition to the activities already mentioned, Snowdonia is filled with a range of walking and cycling routes, while climbing and abseiling is widely offered at various points throughout the surrounding area. Harlech Castle is more of a drive from Bala, but is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the coastline you should not miss of given the opportunity to visit.
Bala is your ideal gateway to the rest of Wales, offering a peaceful place to stay with much to see on your doorstep.
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Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak, is at the heart of Snowdonia National Park. A round trip on the train takes around two and a half hours, including around half an hour at the summit.
See and buy beautiful glass creations at the Glassblobbery near Corwen.
Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Harlech, Barmouth, Fairbourne and Aberdovy are all local resorts with good, sandy beaches.
Greenwood Forest Park has a variety of activities for all the family.
Seven steam railway lines are nearby, including Bala Lake Railway, and the Ffestiniog Railway, the world’s oldest independent railway company.
The Slate Caverns at Llanfair include a craft shop. A children’s farm park is also open in summer.
The Horse Drawn Boat Centre runs trips on the Llangollen canal.
King Arthur’s Labyrinth includes an underground boat journey telling the Welsh legends of the king.
Harlech Castle is a World Heritage Site in a breathtaking location.
Children will love Ewe-phoria, an “Agri theatre”, sheepdog centre, while adults can enjoy quad biking and rally karting.
Lake Bala is famous for watersports. There are facilities for sailing, fishing, canoeing and windsurfing.
Europe’s leading eco-centre, the Centre for Alternative Technology, is at Machynlleth. It has a display of eco-friendly buildings as well as displays of alternative energy devices. Pick up tips to try at home.
Gro Fishing is a perch and roach fishery a couple of minutes from the site.
Based on 1 review(s)
Worcestershire 29 Aug 2007
Visited: August 2007
Countryside location with very little road noise.
10 minute drive to Bala centre.
This is a very small site, which added to the atmosphere of this location. We were very impressed with the friendly manner of the site wardens. From the moment we arrived, we felt relaxed and ready to do things at our own pace.
We used the site as a base to explore North Wales and during our stay visited Snowdon, Llandudno, Porthmadog, Barmouth & Colwyn Bay; which were all within an hours drive from the site.
The children's play park is very small & basic; there is nowhere for ball games, so teens may find it fairly boring!
I'm sure the Camping & Caravanning Club could make more effort to cater for youngsters at their sites.
Apart from this negative, the site is very well looked after and we would recommend this site as the perfect get-away retreat for a quiet & peaceful time.
Toilets & showers were maintained in good condition.