We intended to stop at another campsite in the area but found that it was closed-Riverside was recommended to us by locals. We arrived late and the onsite cafe staff were very kind and efficient in sorting out our predicament and ensuring that we got booked onto site. There are many lovely pitches on grass, some with electric hook up and some without, and there are also pitches with hard standing. Site rules state that campervans must be on the latter so we were sited immediately adjacent to the Mill Café. We were the first campers of the low season so we had the site to ourselves, which is why it looks empty in the accompanying photographs! The setting is absolutely beautiful next to a river, and birdlovers would find the site an attraction in itself.
Amenities on site include:-
Very pleasant café, open until 5.00pm, serving breakfasts and lunches-I understand it also may open in the evenings on Friday and Saturdays.
Adjacent garden centre
Childrens play area, volleyball and Boules areas
Freezer for icepack storage
Dog walks and woodland walks
Large reception including a shop
Hire of games equipment and free Wi-Fi.
Washing facilities and wcs are located in 2 areas-one close to the tent pitches and one underneath the café. The former was closed so I can't comment on it but the latter was spotless. The facilities in the block that we used are shared by men and women-there is 1 wc for men and 1 for women, 2 wash cubicles, and 4 showers. Dishwashing stations are only in the block by the tents.
My only reservation is that if the site was fully occupied, people might find that they had to wait to use the essential facilities.
The campsite has a huge car park, and in bad weather, campers may be asked to park cars here rather than on the grass. The main road doesn't have paths and in high season it is probably busy as it links Caernafon and LLanberis, 2 popular tourist areas, but to be honest everything worth seeing is a short drive away rather than a walk. My advice is if you fancy a drink, take it with you as it's not worth the risk and effort of walking to the nearest pub.
How can you occupy yourself in this neck of the woods? So many ways is the answer! Caernarfon is 2 miles away to the left, offering castles, coasts, shops (big Morrisons on outskirts to stock up at). Closer to home still on the left, there is a go karting track and a climbing centre.
Head to the right, 1/4 mile up the road is the Sopna Tandoori restaurant-excellent food if you don't fancy cooking! Drive for 5.2 miles to the right and you'll come to beautiful LLanberis. There you can occupy yourself all day- steam train to Snowden, boat ride round the lake, train ride alongside the lake, Electric Mountain tour, Nation Slate Museum, Deep diving centre...etc etc..!!!
Finally, the cost of stopping at the campsite. It was more expensive than several we have stayed at-£23 for one night in a campervan with electric hook up, but as stated, you are in a perfect location if you want to sight see. This pitch was one of the most expensive one on the site.
Overall, a very good experience.
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