Parc Pen Y Bryn is a lovely rural campsite in North Wales, not far from the border of the stunning Snowdonia National Park and right next door to one of North Wales’s best kept secrets - the Clocaenog Forest. Pen Y Bryn is Welsh for ‘top of the hill’, and surely Clocaenog is Welsh for ‘magical place’….and if it’s not then it should be. This glorious conifer forest covers an area of 100km2 and is pure Welsh Narnia, with towering trees, heather moorland, winding trails, hidden forest paths, waterfalls and good tracks for family cycling or horse riding. It is also home to one of the last remaining populations of red squirrels in Wales and an important area for the rare black grouse and many birds of prey. Also look out for otters, green finches and woodpeckers. Wildlife enthusiast or not, it’s all quite an incredible experience.
Back to the campsite itself. Well, there are many things to love here, not least the wonderfully welcoming owners, who make it their business to ensure all campers have a fantastic time - and guest reviews very much reflect this. Parc Pen Y Bryn is in a secluded and quiet location, with beautiful views across the surrounding countryside of grassy fields and wind turbines slowly turning in the distance. Bags of space and only a small number of pitches mean that the campsite feels very spacious, with plenty of room for everyone - families, couples, dogs and all - to roam around freely, and the smart hardstanding pitches make it straightforward for all manor of campervans and motorhomes to park up easily.
If you don’t have your own accommodation then never fear, the site also has a handful of very pretty wooden cabins, each with a double bed and a sofa bed, TV, kitchenette (with kettle, toaster, hob, fridge, pans) and an outdoor decking area with chairs and a firepit for al fresco cooking. The modern facilities (a swish shower and toilet block) are very well kept indeed, and a communal kitchen is available to prepare food in and wash up. There is a small wooded area and field to exercise the dog, and dotted around the site are picnic benches to sit and admire the gorgeous views.
Although Parc Pen Y Bryn is rural, you are in a fantastic location to explore North Wales, with Llyn Brenig reservoir just a short drive away offering a whole variety of water based activities such as sailing, SUP hire, kayaking and fishing, as well as mountain biking and excellent walking trails. The pretty village of Betws-y-Coed is less than half an hour away and a great base for visiting Snowdonia National Park and all the many attractions and activities there. Also close by is the charming and lively town of Ruthin, with centuries of history and a veritable bevy of independent shops, fantastic restaurants and a great arts scene, and the town of Corwen, situated in the picturesque Dee Valley and a great place to explore. Locally, you can visit the village of Clawddnewydd which has a shop for any supplies needed, and a great community run pub - The Glan Llyn Inn - with local ales and delicious home cooked food. There is also The Crown Inn, which is just a couple of minutes drive away and a lovely traditional pub that sits just by the River Alwen in the village of Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr. Back at the campsite, light the firepit and relax in tranquil surroundings. This is a truly lovely campsite - wild at heart but comfortably modern - and perfect for exploring this gorgeous part of Wales.
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