Camping on the wild side

Beautiful, Secluded Camping on the Wild Side

The Site

The site has an emphasis on quiet, peaceful relaxation. To this end we have decided to take bookings for adults only. We welcome couples / pairs / singles but no groups.

The camping field is extensive and situated in a wild area near the lake with flattened patches for pitching tents. The area has amazing wildlife including orchids, dragon and damsel flies, buzzards, kites, frogs, newts and toads and sometimes even nightjars and glow worms. Once we had even had a visiting otter!

There is no access to the field for cars, they are parked a short walk (minimum of 10 metres) from the field.


There are five pitches, all separated by long wild grassy areas, trees or a  stream which runs through the site. Every pitch has an individual firepit and wood and fire-starting kits can be purchased at the farm. Each of the pitches a unique feel, in it’s own corner of the campsite. You’ll need to book in advance to make sure we have space. The pitches are suitable for tents only – there is no access to cars or campervans.


The site has its own spring water supply and campfires are permitted. Bags of firewood, kindling and firelighters are for sale.

A small spring supplies the water at the campsite but UV filtered and tested water is available available in the next field for filling up water bottles etc.

We have a new, modern urine separating toilet for campers which is always stocked with paper, sawdust (for the toilet!) and hand sanitizer. Showers are available at the farmhouse by advance arrangement (£1).

* Our water is heated by the sun or our woodstove so we sometimes need notice to make sure it’s hot enough for you.

The Lake

You are welcome to swim in the top lake (the bottom lake is reserved for the Cabin guests) but you should understand that wild swimming can be dangerous and we don’t offer any safety equipment or supervision – read about wild swimming safety here.

We’re really sorry but there is no longer access to the canoes for campers (due to insurance reasons) however you are welcome to use the upper lake for swimming and playing.

Camping Virgins?  Fans of Commercial Campsites?

This may not be the best site for you! It really is quite wild up here with limited facilities. The people who love it enjoy the isolation, the dark sky at night, the wildlife, the lack of concrete, the car free camping field. We really don’t want unhappy guests – this site is most suitable for the hardier camper.

Have a look at our “What to Bring” page to make sure you are well equipped enough – this is camping on the WILD SIDE after all!

On arrival

Please book before coming! When you arrive at Gwalia you are welcome to stop by at the house and pay or just go up to the camping field, pitch up and come and find us later. There is usually someone in, but not always. There is a board at the camping field gate which has a map outlining the suitable areas to pitch.  We recommend arriving at least 1 hour before nightfall!  It’s very dark here, the field is not flat, has a big ditch down the middle and there is no artificial lighting. Pitching in the dark is recommended only for fools and experts.

Gwalia Farm Reviews

Gwalia Camping, Machynlleth as created some buzz! Here are some reviews and mentions of us…

The Guardian 
The Independent 
Cath and Math go Camping 

We are also featured in the very first Cool Camping guidebook. They wrote a lovely review  – you can read it here – Gwalia Farm – Cool Camping Review