Glanllyn Caravan and Camping Park

Glanllyn Caravan and Camping Park

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Glanllyn is a large campsite on the shores of Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala), the largest natural lake in Wales.

Our Review

Bala, or Llyn Tegid in Welsh, is a lake very familiar to us. There are many campsites in this area, and we’ve stayed at many of them. Lake Bala is also an excellent place for a day camp, picnic, and BBQ. Plus, there are watersports on the lake.

We even completed GoCanoeing’s lake challenge here in inflatable canoes!

Glenllyn is a campsite on the shores of Lake Bala, complete with a gravel beach and access to the lake.

It is quite a large and popular campsite, that can get very busy at weekends during peak season, so make sure you ring ahead and book.

The campsite is mainly grass pitches, with EHU available on most of the camping field. There are a few hardstanding pitches.

Campfires on the ground are not allowed, but small fires are permitted raised off the ground in firepits or BBQs.

There are plenty of showers and toilets, and other facilities like washup, though some pitches are quite a distance from the facilities. We saw many campers bring a portable toilet.

Glenllyn does have a play park and a dog walking area, but both are near the main road, past the reception.

Canoeing from Glanllyn

We decided to take our inflatable canoe with us to the campsite.

Inflating the Canoe

Launching from Gllanllyn is quite easy due to the large shallow and sheltered bay.

Launching the Canoe

Launching our canoe from the campsite

Just to the right of the bay is the river that flows into the lake. This was quiet and sheltered when we visited, and a good place to explore.

Exploring the river

Exploring the River

On the opposite bank, you can find beaches you can pull in at. This was a good place for a picnic for us.

Picnic Spot on the shore of Lake Bala

Our picnic spot on the other shore

Skimming Stones

Paddled over to a remote beach for lunch. Top did a spot of stone skimming

If you do venture out across Lake Bala, then keep an eye on the wind. The lake can get very windy and can be difficult to cross at times. If you are in an inflatable canoe, avoid the waves ‘beam on’, that is parallel to your canoe.

It can be easier to paddle upwind staying closer to the shore where it is more sheltered, then cross with the wind behind you.

Our canoe back at Glanllyn campsite

Back at the Glanllyn campsite beach

Verdict

We give Glenllyn the Thumbs Up, and we plan to return. The real winning factor for us is easy access to the lake.

If you don’t have a canoe, Green Dragon Activities, based on the lakeshore, has canoe and SUP hire and also provides SUP lessons.

Planning your visit
Campsite Details
Tents
Caravans
Motorhomes
Grass
Grass with Electric
Hardstanding with Electric
Showers
Wash-up
Campfires Allowed
Electric Hook-up
Chemical Disposal
Shop
Cottages
General Facilities
Parking
Toilets
Pushchair Friendly
Dogs Welcome
Play Park
WiFi
Shower Details

Showers are free.

Campfire Details

Campfires are allowed but off the ground.
Some logs and firelighters are usually available in the shop.

Check-in From
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Check Out By
12:00 pm
How to get here
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