Shell Island, Mid Wales
Shell Island, also known as Mochras, is a peninsula lying west of Llanbedr in Gwynedd, Wales. it was formed after the River Artro was diverted by the Earl of Winchelsey in 1819 from its previous course where it entered the sea to the south of Shell Island.
Shell Island has a popular camp site which offers the opportunity to practise *wild camping* with camp fires being allowed on the beach, and raised contained fires and barbecues across the site. It has stunning views of the unspoilt Welsh countryside – including Cardigan Bay & the Snowdonia National Park – and is one of Europe’s largest camp sites. Don’t let that put you off though, we arrived just before the August bank holiday and were lucky to pitch up in a simply stunning spot right by a cliff with fab views across the beach. Facilities are adequate but, depending on where you have chosen to pitch up, can be a little far to get to [the site has over 450 acres, of which 300 acres are available for camping]. A limited number of pitches is available to book online each day, once these are gone they then work on a first come first served basis and they do not allocate pitches, i.e. you find your own [and leave a 20m gap to your fellow campers]. Caravans are not allowed on site yet motorhomes and vans are. There are no hook-up facilities but if wild camping is your thing then it’s definitely worth a visit.
This was our first trip in the van [and it hadn’t even been converted so all we had was a single mattress on the floor and the awning….]. We paid £7.25 each (the dogs were free) and enjoyed it very much. Would we go back? Absolutely!