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Best wild camping spots in Snowdonia

Snowdonia is a stunning region in North Wales that offers a fantastic experience for those seeking the thrill of wild camping. With its inspiring landscapes and picturesque hiking trails at your fingertips, you’ll be captivated by the untamed beauty of this national park.

However, it’s crucial to be aware that wild camping is generally not permitted in most parts of Snowdonia unless you have obtained the necessary permission. This is primarily due to the fact that much of the land is privately owned.

Nevertheless, there are numerous areas within Snowdonia where you can discover suitable spots for wild camping. As you explore the region, we encourage you to keep an eye out for ideal camping locations and take note of any promising spots you come across.

To assist you in embarking on your wild camping adventure in Snowdonia, here are some recommended locations that stand out as excellent choices:

  • Nant Gwynant – Embrace the raw beauty of Snowdonia in Nant Gwynant, where you can discover hidden gems for wild camping. With its cascading waterfalls and verdant valleys, this area provides a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
  • Tryfan Valley – a mountain located in the northern part of Snowdonia, Tryfan is a popular spot for wild camping due to its spectacular views and challenging terrain. Surrounded by majestic peaks and tranquil lakes, this area provides an unforgettable camping experience.
  • Carneddau – this mountain range is the highest in the UK outside of Scotland. The summits at the northern end boast some incredible views over Menai Strait to Anglesey.
  • Cwm Idwal – Located in the Ogwen Valley, Cwm Idwal presents a picturesque landscape of rugged cliffs and serene waters. This glacial valley offers ample opportunities for wild camping, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Snowdonia.

A tent pitched in fair weather in Snowdonia overlooking Devils Kitchen

If you plan on wild camping in Snowdonia, it’s essential to follow these simple tips and be respectful of the park’s wildlife. While wild camping may be tolerated in some instances, seeking permission from the landowner before pitching your tent is still recommended.

  1. Most importantly, LEAVE NO TRACE, which means the only sign of your wild camp should be the flat grass your tent was pitched on.
  2. Do not start fires for any reason, use a cooking stove or Trangia instead.
  3. Take all your waste and anything else you have bought with you back home.
  4. Pitch up late at night and leave early in the morning.
  5. Do not stay in one spot longer than 1 night.
  6. Before heading off on a wild camping adventure, make sure your gear is up for the challenge.

If you’re new to wild camping or looking to refresh your knowledge, take a look at our comprehensive wild camping guide.

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