Camping in North Wales
Snowdonia evokes images of camping for thousands of people who first came on a trip with their school or scout group, and for most it will have been their first taste of real wilderness.
Other areas of North Wales - such as the coastlines of Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula, the rolling countryside of Conwy and the Vale of Clwyd, and the wooded areas around Betws-y-Coed and Capel Curig - all make excellent camping destinations.
There are a variety of campsites, from ones that are little more than a field with a tap to others which include caravan lettings, wooden chalets, and all the amenities you need to feel right at home.
It all depends on what kind of experience you want from your camping trip.Campsites near Abersoch and Pwllheli are great places to take the whole family because there are great beaches, plenty of shops, and all sorts of other outdoor activities right on your doorstep.
Or perhaps right near your field, I should say.
Campsites near Snowdon, Tryfan, and the other big boy mountains tend to be subject to more temperamental weather. And if it does rain then you will likely need a hardy spirit and more resilient camping gear.
However, in my view, a little grittiness can make a camping trip all the more memorable and younger ones will have something to talk about for years to come.
If you do need to stock up on good quality camping gear then North Wales outdoor shops are the best place to go.
Shops, such as Joe Brown's in Llanberis and Capel Curing, provide tents, sleeping bags, stoves, walking boots, and all the other outdoor equipment you might need.
Outdoor shops will also be able to advise you on what equipment is best suited to your particular needs.
You might even be enticed into trying out some of North Wales more adventurous activities, such as climbing, rafting, paragliding, surfing, mountain biking...and the list goes on.
Most people, however, will be content enjoying a BBQ, having a beer, and watching the sun go down on one of the world's most beautiful holiday destinations.