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Wild Camping in Snowdonia

Wild camping can be a rewarding experience, bringing people closer to their natural environment. However, wild camping is not permitted anywhere in Snowdonia without prior permission from the landowner or farmer. Camping in car parks or on roadside verges is not allowed at any time.

We highly recommend that people use one of the huge choice of formal campsites in Snowdonia.

You can find more information on campsite in Snowdonia here, or contact our visitor information team on: (01690) 710426

In unfenced isolated upland areas, the access land provisions of the Countryside & Rights Of Way Act (CROW) specifically state (under the list of restrictions in Schedule 2{1} s) that wild camping is not a permitted activity unless granted by permission.

You should also be aware that some areas may have other sensitive designations such as Special Sites of Scientific Interest or Special Areas of Conservation to protect natural features such as its geology and wildlife habitats such as ancient woodlands, nesting birds and a host of other protected species.

If you are planning an expedition or running mountain training activities and would like further advice and guidance, please get in touch with our Access Team:

Peter Rutherford - Access Manager
E-mail - peter.rutherford@snowdonia.gov.wales
Tel - 01766  772 258 / 07900267538

Llyn Gwynant Campsite (© Visit Wales)

Llyn Gwynant Campsite (© Visit Wales)

If you do have permission from the landowner to wild-camp  we ask that any camping should be done responsibly and discretely in the hills and mountains and that you should follow the Snowdonia Wild Camping Code as below:

  • Camp high and off the beaten track on open hills and fells and well away from houses and farms.
  • Pitch your camp later in the day and leave early to minimise your visual presence.
  • Stay for one night only to minimise your impact.
  • Leave no trace that you’ve camped.
  • Don’t light any fires and do not use disposable barbeques.
  • Great care must be taken if using gas or liquid fuel stoves.  Always ensure the cooking area is free from flammable materials including vegetation.
  • Don’t light any fires and use a gas stove for cooking.
  • Toileting should be at least 30 m away from any water source or path, and waste buried at least 15cm deep and covered over. Carry paper and any sanitary items away with you.
  • Leave no litter; take away all rubbish and food scraps with you.
  • Don’t pollute the area with any non-eco-friendly detergents and do not use streams, lakes or rivers for washing with soaps or other washing products. Take a small bowl and dispose of this well away from any water courses.
  • Move on respectively without argument if asked by a landowner to do so.
  • Use unobtrusive coloured tents that blend in with the scenery.
  • Camp with just one or two tents; no groups.
  • Choose your pitch carefully and avoid digging ditches, trampling plants and moving rocks and stones just to accommodate your tent.
  • Be quiet.
  • If you’re in any doubt about whether you can camp, choose another location.

Report a Problem

We are working closely with our colleagues in Gwynedd Council to address damaging fly-camping issues. To report a problem please follow this link.

Other useful links

Wild Camping Code of Conduct (campsites.co.uk)

For further information about wild camping in general visit the very useful Backpack Club website at www.backpackersclub.co.uk

Header image - Morfa Harlech (© Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales)