Abbey Farm, Llangollen –> North Wales

Homeland. Heimat. Whatever you wanna call it – this is it.

One Saturday we packed up the van and headed 6 miles down the road to Llangollen. Most famous as the town *where England meets Wales* it’s essentially very much neglected by yours truly as a popular holiday/weekend destination and so it was about time we found out more about what camping so close to home would be like.

Well. Let me tell y’all – it’s great!

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales

The Horseshoe Pass is one of our favourite dog walking destinations and umpteen times we made a promise to stay over one night and enjoy a few drinks in one of the colourful pubs along the way. At the end of July it finally happened.

Abbey Grange, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

The Abbey Farm campsite is exactly the kind of site we’d normally stay clear off; statics [along the left hand side on the picture above], lodges [at the very back of the site], commercialness & general busyness but I have to say that – as much as I wanted to – I simply couldn’t find fault with it.

The site is based on a working farm and around the actual Abbey in a valley only a short walk away from Llangollen itself. It has outstanding 360 degree views and the camping field is off to the right of the site. I don’t know why it wasn’t busy that weekend but luckily for us we managed to set up the van on a raised area looking straight at the abbey, bonus!

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales

After a quick set-up (i.e. park up, pull out the awning), we stuffed Maisie in her corset and headed off for a little stroll. She chased a little cat up a tree at the back of the site. I don’t know why we assumed it was stuck but Mr. B’s highly developed sense of rescue kicked in and he felt obliged to offer the poor thing a hand.

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales

It ended up rejecting our very generous offer of jumping into Mr. B’s arms and eventually managed to get itself down all by itself [we watched it do it. Maisie meanwhile decided to carry on with her wanders and wasn’t at all concerned. And why should she. She made it perfectly clear that mountains belong to Border Collies, not cats].

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales

Abbey Grange, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Dinas Bran is another great little spot to include in your Llangollen itinerary, it’s an awesome location to take some very dramatic shots but as we ended up walking along the opposite side of the valley, here’s some far away & zoom shots to (hopefully) whet your North Wales appetite.

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

The Pavilion hosts many events throughout the year, the most important one of which is, of course, the annual Eisteddfod. Every July thousands of people flock to Llangollen to sing their little hearts out and the town is buzzing with excitement and visitors from all over the world.

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

We walked along the ridge overlooking our beautiful land for a while then ventured down and headed to the Chainbridge Hotel for a cool beer. The Chainbridge has recently (well, not THAT recently but still recently to me……) changed owners and looks like it’s set to be transformed into a stunning little location that should definitely be on your list should you ever decide to come’n visit. It now features a super sunny & pretty patio overlooking the river Dee and the actual chain bridge which has just been granted some funding and will be accessible to the public from next year. I have no doubt it’ll be absolutely amazing! If you combine horse drawn canal boats with a drink in the Chainbridge Hotel and maybe take a scenic trip on one of these beauties you really can’t go wrong. As for us – we watched some tourists embarrass themselves then carried on walking along the canal through the community of Llantysilio until we hit the Britannia Inn on the Horseshoe Pass.

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

You might remember seeing Maisie in her little ruffwear outfit and how she doesn’t mind getting a little help from Mr. B when it comes to getting over those little ole stiles that are dotted across the whole of the UK [and come in all different shapes’n sizes: if you’re a K9 you can get under some. Over some. Around some. Squeeze through some. Some can require you to be very creative and others – like this one featured here – are pretty much straight forward].

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

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Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

Abbey Grange campsite, Llangollen, North Wales, UK

We thoroughly enjoyed our day in our beautiful homeland and the Abbey Farm campsite is definitely worth a visit. If I remember rightly we parted with £15 (without EHU. We also did not use any of the facilities other than the toilets but if you’re that way inclined there’s a fully functioning and pretty café cum bar cum restaurant on site. Full shower & wash block. Farm shop. Butchers. You can bring your own tent, motor home, caravan, hire a static, a pod or a lodge and get involved as little or as much as suits your personal needs).

#visitnorthwales

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16 thoughts on “Abbey Farm, Llangollen –> North Wales

  1. Some great pics Mrs B. You should try the Caravan Club for access to their Certified Location(CL) network. Each site is restricted to 5 vans/caravans and nothing else…many have even less, rarely do I pay more than £12 PN with EHU. If you don’t want EHU, they can be as cheap as £5. Most of the sites are in farms, isolated locs etc, well worth the £40. The network is huge, literally 1000’s of them, all searchable online.

    • Morning Al :) We are members of the Caravan Club! Been to quite a few of their CL sites (there’s a few write-ups on here, others I haven’t shown. Yet ^_^). I personally have discovered that I am not that much of a *club* person and I don’t think we’ll be rejoining when our subscription runs out, we found that most of the isolated farms/fields without facilities we now favour you can find without having to pay £40/year, ha! Although – not found one for a fiver yet???! Just come from a farm near Builth Wells were we paid £7, thought that was as cheap as it’s gonna get (unless you’re in a tent of course). Where was the £5 one?
      PS: deep down I’m craving wild camping but if I’m honest I don’t really fancy having to schlep all my stuff on my back so the van’s a nice little compromise ;)

      • Easy, 30sec random search on the Caravan CL search engine looking at Pembrokeshire produced this one near Fishguard. Haven’t looked closer to home, but they will be there:

        Contact
        MR R G LEWIS
        Fferm Tresinwen
        Goodwick
        SA64 0JL

  2. Great post Mrs B :-)
    Are you guys doing the Corwen Walking Festival weekend with NEWSAR? – Dani says that we’re ok to put vans on the festival field with the ‘Cotswold Outdoors’ blokes. She also says we aren’t tied to the field for the weekend, and can go out on some of the walks (at least that’s how I read it)

  3. Actually you got me thinking Mrs B, so here’s another closer to home. The only search criteria I used was “Dogs Allowed”

    Contact
    MRS D AND MR B E JONES
    Rhoslydan
    Bryneglwys
    Corwen
    LL21 9NP

  4. I know every time I see one of your posts I feel the need to begin any comments with “beautiful photos”! Ok, so that’s done, now a note about the action sequence with Mr.B, Maisie and the fence… Should we be looking forward to some type of “action cam” video, complete with slow motion replay? Anyway, as always, I’m delighted to travel along with you all. Thanks so much for sharing your adventures with the rest of the world. PS: We (my wife) just bought new dishes for our little van. Special non-skid rings around the bottom form the nautical supply store… We’re planning a family VanSlam meet up with on the Oregon coast (500-600 miles south) with the Dudes, and my niece and who ever else has a VW camper van of some type. Beach, bicycles, ukuleles, campfires, kites, and… non-skid bowls!

    • ….sorry you can’t get through right now but vanplusfour is currently on its way to VanSlam meet on the Oregon coast. we don’t think we will be back for a while as the dudes and other beachy bicycle riding ukulele swinging types are probably burning us Shire people on their massive camp fire while you read this out of blog message….if you’d like to hang around until we get back then please feel free to browse the archive…
      PS: I’m sorry. But how inadequate do I feel right now for not having non-skid bowls!!!

  5. Lucky you having the Llangollen area on your doorstep, great walking and great pubs :)
    Have you done the walk from Worlds End along the limestone edges? One of my favorites that one

    • yes, we’ve done a fair few Andy but I guess there’s still loads left to do. that’s the trouble with the van and walking I guess – there’s never enough time to do it all :(
      Off to the Llandovery area this weekend – your neck of the woods? still looking for somewhere to park the van Sunday night on our way back up – Aberystwyth way would be an option I guess. Any suggestions?

  6. Pingback: Adders at Worlds End | David Mendus Harris

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