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Tyn Cornel Camping and Caravan Site, Bala – Score 3.5/5

Last weekend we spent two nights at Tyn Cornel Camping and Caravan site a couple of miles outside of Bala. The site is located opposite the National White Water Centre on the banks of the River Tryweryn. The site owners have put a lot of time and effort into making the facility top notch, the plots are level, most with hard standing and serviced with EHU. Be aware there’s no freeview signal onsite, neither will you pick up analogue radio, so we used our 3g mifi and streamed radio for the weekend, it worked a treat. The facilities are immaculate, the toilet/shower blocks are kept beautifully clean. Some previous reviewers have complained that the site is a bit regimented, I don’t see that. They only ask that you abide by the site rules in relation to how you conduct yourself, and respect the other guests, i’m very happy to sign up to that.

If your a dog owner, they have an enclosed dog exercise area, our mutt loved it.

Negatives. The pitch layout is a bit sterile, I would like to see some planting between the pitches just to break it up a bit.

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Also the site was well below capacity when we were there, at £20+ odd quid per night, perhaps they should consider a lower price out of season. We stayed for two nights and didn’t really use the onsite camp facilities. A CL would cost me £12 max a night, so pricing is important to the consumer. It means when we are looking to slip a way for a night or two somewhere local, we will go elsewhere because its cheaper. £44 for two nights or £24…do the maths!

We had a restful first night, just the sound of the rain pattering on the van…love it. Next morning we mooched around the van for a bit before hitching up the mutt and took ourselves out of the back of the campsite onto a footpath that takes you along the River Tryweryn.

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Mutts decides he won’t try white water kayaking….today!

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As we walked upstream through the groups of youngsters undergoing training at the White Water Centre, it was fascinating to watch, it looked like hard work, but they were clearly enjoying themselves.

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Canoeing uphill! A thankless task.

Eventually we reached the sluicegates that feed the river. This is directly below the reservoir of Llyn Celyn. A place that kickstarted Welsh Nationalism in the 1950’s/60’s when it was decided to empty the village of Capel Celyn, construct the reservoir and then flood it. Its seems inconceivable now…or is it? The water was destined for Liverpool. In 2005 Liverpool city council issued the following statement:

The Council acknowledges its debt to the many thousands of Welsh people who have made their homes in the City. They have, in so many ways, enriched the life of the City.We know that Liverpool, especially in the fields of medicine and education, has been of real service to the people of Wales.We realise the hurt of forty years ago when the Tryweryn Valley was transformed into a reservoir to help meet the water needs of Liverpool.For any insensitivity by our predecessor Council at that time, we apologise and hope that the historic and sound relationship between Liverpool and Wales can be completely restored.
Llyn Celyn looking towards the peak of Arenig

Llyn Celyn looking towards the peak of Arenig

Getting from the sluice gate to the dam, involved walking back to the main road and then dicing with death for 3/4 mile along the A road, until we reached the reservoir. Its shame there’s no footpaths, it would top off a nice walk along the river……Maybe one day?

So overall we enjoyed our short stay at Tyn Cornel, the owners were welcoming, the site was clean and well equipped and the local area is a place of beauty. If larger campsites are your thing, this site has a lot going for it.

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Upcoming Weekend – Bala

So this weekend, we’re filling the chucklebus with my best one-liners and heading off for a barrel of laughs at a campsite near Bala. Its a site called Tyn Cornel Camping & Caravan Park, it has mixed web reviews, the negatives seem to infer that the site is very regimented and the drainage is bad. The good ones say they love the order and cleanliness!

We had originally booked to stay earlier in the year, but “Snowmaggadon” put paid to that, with the site pipes freezing up etc. The owners phoned to say it was not open and we could return at our leisure later in the year…so here we come!

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Weekend Fun – Snowmageddon

So, what fun the weekend was. It all started off with little bit of snow on Friday, no problem we thought!. Saturday morning 0530, the sound of breaking metal wakes us from our slumber. Looking out of the back bedroom we discovered that a large amount of wet packed snow, about 4ft in height had slid down the house roof onto the conservatory flat roof below. This was pretty serious, as it was very possible the roof would collapse. Going back to bed wasn’t an option, although by god I did consider it. My morale was lower than a low thing. The picture below shows the snow through the bedroom window, gripping stuff eh!

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Anyway, the Motorhomedreamer Emergency Response Team(MERT) swung into action, well she got the shovel, I grabbed the step ladder, and up I went. Took about an hour and a half to clear, time consuming because I was gingerly moving around the outside of the roof (My Ninja days are well behind me). Anyway that task completed, the other half displayed her full Irish roots and shovelled a couple of tons of snow off the decking onto the garden below!Image…Begorrah!

After that a retreat to the kitchen for tea and medals. Then out to the front to clear the path. This was a bloody long job, eventually hitting my side of the sofa at round 3pm. A full day….I hate snow.

This morning (Sun) I was up like a spring gazelle. MERT had several very important tasks. Firstly dig out the car. 2hrs later task 1 completed. Then onto task 2, dig out “Bertha”. We are heading off in the van on Monday for 4 nights away. Firstly off to the seaside, Barmouth to be exact at: http://www.trawsdir.co.uk  The site is located a mile or so west of Barmouth on the Harlech road. Close to the beach, so Muttley will get some exercise and a few dunks in the sea for good measure. Then on Wed, we trundle back towards home, stopping for two nights at Bala on a campsite called: http://www.tyncornel.co.uk

More walking and exploring around Bala lake and of course the obligatory dunk for the mutt, finally returning to home base on Good Friday……..Well thats the plan!

Anyway, task 2 completed. The Van’s ready to roll. Updates to follow.

Finally to finish on a positive note. In the last 48hrs, I’ve spoken to many of my neighbours for the first time in 12 odd years, some I didn’t even know existed. I’ve also discovered my near neighbour is getting married at Gretna Green… Tomorrow! So although I still hate snow, it has its place.

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