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Pant Yr Onnen campsite at Bala Lake a beautiful location to camp

Pant Yr Onnen campsite was our next stop. It’s a picturesque lakeside campsite nestled on the Southern shores of Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid), near to the town of Bala, Wales.

About the Site

This site is accessed by very narrow roads and you cross a small narrow bridge as you enter the campsite. Take your time and you should be fine. The site is situated within the Snowdonia National Park and apparently is an International Dark Sky Reserve, so star gazers should enjoy this area.

This is the largest natural lake in Wales and sits at the southern end of the historic town of Bala, at the centre of Wales’ own lake district. The great thing about this site is it is literally on the shores of Lake Bala, offering direct access to the lake for sailing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and open water swimming.

The site has the capacity to take touring Caravans, tents and motorhomes. On our arrival we were greeted by the reception staff as we drove in and parked up.  We hadn’t booked (nothing new there) but there was plenty of space and the friendly staff happily arranged for us to have a pitch overlooking the lake.

Pant-Yr-Onnen Lake Bala
Lake Bala, a tranquil setting for having fun on the water

The pitches were grass and were of a good size. We chose a pitch that had access to electric hook up although pitches without hookup were also available.  The pitches were level and I had a great view overlooking the lake.

Pant-Yr-Onnen Lake Bala
Lakeside pitches with splendid views

The toilets and showers were clean and tidy. You did have to put 50p in the shower though which provided enough time to have a shower. I don’t really like the pay for time showers though because there’s always the fear of the time running out whilst you’re still covered in soap suds. It didn’t happen so all was good. A chemical toilet emptying point was also available.

Dish washing facilities were adequate although there were only two sinks so I can imagine when the site is full that could get a little busy.

The main point of this site is the lake shore access. I’m sure that the water sport enthusiasts would love this site.  A really nice touch is you can have a lakeside campfire if you wish, an excellent idea for those social evenings.

Pant-Yr-Onnen Lake Bala
There’s always time for a morning cup of tea

The lake shore access to launch your water craft, the splendid views, an evening camp fire on the shore, this is camping at its best.

Motorhome Monkey

The cost for the pitch and electric hook up was £23.50 (£19.50 without). Taking into account the access to the lake this offers reasonable value for the money.

Pant-Yr-Onnen Lake Bala
Motorhome Monkey thoughts

We enjoyed this site. We had a barbecue overlooking the shore and it’s somewhere I’d return especially if I had a kayak. My electric kept tripping without even drawing significant power, so I could have saved a few pound and have chosen the cheaper tariff. I think I was just unlucky with the electric as none of the others had any problems. I will definitely return here again though at some point.

Find out more about Pant-Yr-Onnen campsite on their website

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