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Wild Camping in Snowdonia

Update August 2020: In recent weeks we have witnessed many instances of illegal and kerbside parking and camping, sometimes called fly-camping or anti-social camping. This has caused major issues regarding littering, defecation and pollution to water supplies. These are problems for our local communities, landowners and other recreational users.

We ask that people desist from this activity.

Please respect our National Park.

Wild camping can be a rewarding experience, bringing people closer to their natural environment.

Nevertheless, most land within Snowdonia National Park is privately owned and has specific land uses, such as farming (mostly for sheep and cattle) or forestry and wild camping is not allowed, unless permission is specifically granted by the respective landowner or farmer, otherwise you are committing a trespass.

This is also the case in any 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.

However, in the case where landowners have given their permission, we suggest that any camping should be done responsibly and discretely in the hills and mountains and that you should follow the 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 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 and 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.

Original Source: Ordnance Survey website April 2014

In terms of official `camping` a list of smaller formal licensed campsites is available from the Snowdonia National Park Authority, Conwy and Gwynedd Tourist Information Centres and Visit Wales websites.

For further information about wild camping in general visit the very useful Backpack Club website at

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