Gweryd Lakes is set in the middle of The Clywdian Hills – an Area of Outstanding Natural, and is perfect for walkers doing Offa’s Dyke (splitting up the section between Bodfari and Llangollen nicely, with easy access via bridleways / footpaths off Offa’s Dyke both from the North and the South).
Clywdian Hills is predominately for fishing, with four lakes filled with carp – however it’s wonderful picturesque and remote location makes it a tranquil stop-off point if you are walking Offa’s Dyke.
When we arrived, I was initially a bit unimpressed with the campsite – it was on a slope (although there were flat areas), the ground was more dirt than grass, and the site seemed fairly untidy with branches and other wood debris strewn everywhere.
My first impressions were a little unfair though – it was early in the season, so I should not really expect there to be much grass. We pitched on a flat bit of ground, and the wood debris were due to the fire pits which were available to hire. There are also trees throughout the camp site, but these were not yet in leaf.
The location is wonderful. The camp site overlooks one of the fishing lakes, and Gweryd Lakes nestles amongst hills that are part of the lovely Clywdian Range. The site is also quite peaceful – it is a few miles away from the local village and there are not any busy roads nearby.
Although it was early in the season (we were the only campers), the site has excellent facilities all year round due to the fishermen. The main building had a shop (although this mainly sold fishing related equipment), a cafe, bed & breakfast rooms, and a toilet and shower (with available plug sockets for phone charging). The rooms with the toilet and shower were heated, but there was also a toilet block (not heated) on the campsite (on the edge of the lake).
The cafe were happy to open early for us, so we could have a cooked breakfast before continuing down Offa’s Dyke – they were also accommodating with the dog, who they allowed in as there were not any other customers. The staff (I think they are all part of the family that’s owns Gweryd Lakes) were very friendly and chatted to us as we had breakfast.
The camp site cost £5 per person.