You’ll also find two bunk rooms at Bryn Dinas – the legendary sounding Dragon’s Den and Dragon’s Lair. The Den has a double bed and two bunks, so families with small children can settle in there, while the Lair has two sets of bunks for teens or grown-ups. The cosy bunk rooms are heated and have tea and coffee making facilities, so come rain or shine, they’ll be a snug spot to relax in after a day of exploring. Charge up your devices in the electoral points – you never know when that map app might come in handy.
Those seeking a real home-away-from-home feel can go for Maple Lodge cabin – it’s set within the verdant woodland of the Nantgwynant valley, and sleeps four. The open-plan timber cabin is decorated with soft touches like silky throws and plump duvets. Optional travel cots, bedding and non-feather duvets and pillows mean you – and the little ones – will be well-stocked for a comfy night’s sleep. Bringing all the family along? Climb up the Maple Lodge’s ladder into the pint-sized loft space, which has room for a further two single mattresses. The cabin also has a handy kitchenette so you can put together your own campfire feast, whether it’s veggie burgers or a warming chicken curry on the menu. Wash off the barbecue smoke at the end of the night in the shower in your own private bathroom. If you’ve been out hiking all day, pop your clothes in the on-site, coin-operated washing machines and tumble driers for a crisp and clean outfit for the next day’s adventures. The handy washer/dryer room is also the place to let your boots and (potentially) wet clothes dry off.
Enclosed within enchanting woodland, the eight camping pods at Bryn Dinas are close to the river Glaslyn and situated between the two lakes of Llyn Gwynant and Llyn Dinas, famed for its salmon and trout fishing. They’re also just a couple of minutes from the Watkin Path to Mount Snowdon, one of the most thrilling and challenging routes to the summit. The mountain village of Beddgelert is a 4km walk away. Beddgelert translates as ‘the grave of Gelert’ after the famous story of Prince Llewelyn ap Lowerth and his beloved dog, Gelert, whose grave is in the village.