There’s certainly not a shortage of campsites that promise pitches with a view on their glossy website blurbs. While some do, indeed, deliver on this promise, others often fall short. Nant y Big campsite, however, falls into a very special category: it promises outstanding views and still leaves you awe-struck when you arrive. Seriously, it’s that good!
Nant y Big campsite is located on the Llyn Peninsula, just a couple of miles from Abersoch. While the entire Llyn Peninsula is noted for its wild and breath-taking scenery, this amazing little spot, adjacent to Porth Ceiriad beach, is surely one of the jewels in this coastal crown.
This large and elevated site offers campers three options in terms of where to pitch your tent or park your campervan. The field nearest to the office and facilities doesn’t offer any views to write home about. That said, if you prefer a virtually non-existent walk to the showers (firstly, you may be reading the wrong website haha!) then this will suit you. The other reason for choosing this field is, if you rock up and the wild winds that can wreak havoc along this coast from time-to-time have decided to rear their ugly head and take aim at your tent, then you can shelter down there out of the way.
The second field at Nant y Big campsite, and our personal favourite, is the Panoramic Field. As the name would suggest, this is where your jaw is free to drop and your eyes are free to widen and readjust themselves. You may even want to rub them occasionally, just to check that you haven’t slipped off into a cosy camping slumber dreaming of a site with the perfect views. No need to dream at Nant y Big campsite. Those idealistic views you once thought were a camping unicorn are, in fact, a reality. Breathe them in and enjoy it.
Your final option is to camp in the field adjacent to the beach. This may be a particularly good option if you’re carrying any kayaks, paddleboards or the like, as you’ll simply have less distance to carry them and you’ll be able to avoid the steep(ish) bank up to the other fields.
If water-based activities aren’t your thing, then the Wales Coastal Path runs right along the edges of the campsite. With great walks in both directions you’re spoilt for choice. Furthermore, as the coastal path is relatively flat, apart from the occasional undulation, it’s also a great trail for young kids,as we found out on our recent visit. Another great thing is that you can walk from Nant y Big campsite straight into the nearby town of Abersoch by following the coastal path.
Being so close to Abersoch, Nant y Big campsite offers adventurous families buckets full of options away from the immediate vicinity of the campsite too. The renowned Hell’s Mouth is just a short drive away if surfing is your thing, for example. What’s more, there’s a great surf school close by that I myself have had the pleasure of enjoying, if you need to brush up on a few skills. Abersoch is also renowned for its sailing and other paddlesports, so you really won’t have to look far for adventure.
However, when your body is tired but very, very content, from all of these outdoor activities, Abersoch offers a great variety of food and drink outlets. From laidback eateries overlooking the sea, to more grown up dining in and around town; you won’t be short of options.
Facilities at Nant y Big campsite are simple but clean. In fact, if you’re anything like us and choose sites for the views, natural environment and the ease and proximity of the available outdoor activities, then they are perfect. The campsite has no luxurious shower block, no swimming pool, no club house with entertainment, and no children’s play park. What it does have are clean and simple showers that provide hot water, enough toilets for us to have never experienced a queue, and lovely friendly owners who are more than happy to recommend local places and who post regular weather updates in the office so you can keep an eye out for any significant change.
All in all, Nant y Big campsite is one of our very favourite places to pitch up a tent and enjoy a few nights of family time. We’ll be back there at some point in the near future, and I’d urge any other adventurous families to book in too. Just pack your beach gear and a sense of adventure.
What it’ll set you back:
Adults – £9 per night
Children (aged 3 – 15) – £3 per night
Under 3s – free.