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Pant-yr-Onnen campsite, Bala

PostPosted: 28 Aug 2012, 11:20
by cloudcuckoo
Just a quick campsite review of where we stayed in Bala last week. The site is right on the shores of lake Bala (N.Wales, if you are scratching your heads), and is fairly level. Boat launching is de rigueur, and the campsite shares access with the Bala Catamaran club, which is a visit/camp/sail type of set up for multihull dinghy sailors. There is also an outdoor activity company on the site who run sailing/ kayaking/ mine visits/ walking sessions for campers during the school holidays. Pitches are fairly freestyle, and it's easy for groups to pitch together. Fires are allowed, and are great on the shoreline/ beach area. There's a small steam railway runs past the site, and it's a ten minute walk along the beach to a station. Loads of space for football, frisby, bikes with a metalled road along the length which is good for scooters and new cyclists, and some of the kids spent a lot of time playing in the shallow streams that feed the lake, moving stones about. Beautiful scenery too. The town of Bala is not a hive of activity but has a supermarket and a playground which met our needs, but we haven't yet found a decent meal in a cafe there. There's a leisure centre with a very family friendly pool and an excellent cafe though which was handy on a particularly rainy day.