The Rhaeadr Nantcol Waterfalls campsite is set at the foot of the Rhinog Mountains, just inland from the popular Shell Island campsite, and set between the towns of Barmouth (to the south) and Harlech (to the north).
Set in a valley, it has a couple of large flat areas to pitch, some by a stream and others away from it. The EHUs (electric hook-ups) are only in one pitching area (by the facilities, not the stream).
Here’s a quick video tour.
Great for Kids Exploring
At the foot of the campsite is a stream and large pool. Some families pitched near the pool so that parents could sit with a brew whilst watching their kids explore, others pitched further away.
With all the rain we had the pervious week, the kids had to wade into water above the top of their wellies to get the rope swing. Take plenty of spare clothes!
The stream splits into 3 at the campsite creating a couple of islands. Here there are stepping stones, opportunities to make dams, and bridges.
A trail on one of the islands lets you have a good look at the foot of the waterfalls.
The Rhaeadr Nantcol Waterfalls
If you have older kids and are happy to let them explore the islands and streams within the campsite, it would be wise to make sure they remain within the campsite, as the path up to the falls has cliff edges, and rocks with a lot of moss on, so extremely slippery when wet.
The walk up to the falls is highly recommended. It is not one waterfall but a series of falls that have carved a ravine through the mountain side.
In addition to the waterfalls, there is a lot of wild moorland to explore, with moss covered rocks and woods, giant stones, and footpaths to the mountains.
The Facilities at Rhaeadr Nantcol Waterfalls
When we arrived the facilities looked brand new.
You have toilets, washrooms, and showers (50p for five minutes), and two well lit washing up areas.
All were kept very clean.
Campfires are allowed at the Nantcol Waterfalls campsite, within the provided stone circles (and there are lots of them).
Logs can be bought on site at £4.00 for a bag.
Tents (doesn’t matter what size), caravans, and motorhomes are welcome at the site.
Up to date Tariff information is on the Nantcol Waterfalls website, but when we stayed (2012) you could expect to pay:
- Adults £8.00 per night
- Children (4-16 years old) £4.00 per night
- Dogs £1 per night
- Electric Hook up (16 amp) £4.00 per night
It is advisable to book during peak periods (i.e. bank holidays and school holidays). This can be done on the Nantcol Waterfalls Website, or call 01341 241 209.
- Motor Homes
- Static Hire
- Self Catering
- Fires Allowed
- Pets Allowed
- Electric Hook-up
- Chemical Disposal
- Internet Access
- On-site Shop
Getting in Touch with Nantcol Waterfalls
Here's how you can get in contact with Nantcol Waterfalls.
01341 241 209[pullquote style='right'] Average customer rating for Nantcol Waterfalls 4.5 out of 5[/pullquote]
Where to find Nantcol Waterfalls
Sat Nav Postcode: LL45 2PL
Latitude: 52.8178635, Longitude: -4.0513725
Use your Sat Nav to get to the general area then follow the signs for Nantcol Waterfalls. Either drive from Harlech of Barmouth on the A496 and look for the signs at the village of Llanbedr. If you are used to driving to Shell Island, Nantcol Waterfalls is the opposite turning off the A496. WARNING: Approach to and from the campsite is down a single track lane, with steep sides with only a few small passing points. When leaving the campsite, driving up hill on the lane and with trailer in tow, we encountered a few cars coming the other way and had to negotiate their backing up 20 yards (when of course a van then turned up as well), as we couldn't easily reverse back down the lane with the trailer. If we had encountered a caravan coming the other way, then it would of taken quite a while leaving the site.
Nantcol Waterfalls Caravan & Camping Park Cefn Uchaf, Llanbedr Gwynedd, Wales LL45 2PL.Show on Google Maps Show on OS Maps
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Average customer rating for Nantcol Waterfalls 4.5 out of 5
Get Out With The Kids rating of 4.25 out of 5
Nantcol Waterfalls has received some great ratings on Trip Advisor (4.5 out of 5 from 22 reviews), with no poor or terrible reviews.
We also found Nantcol great: you have good facilities of many larger ‘manicured’ campsites, yet you have rural but flat pitches with the ability to have a proper campfire. And of course, you can take a walk to see the falls.
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