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6 reasons to go on a campervan Winter Tour

view of Snowdon with Nell our campervan


Winter camping, with the right gear and a cosy campervan is a lot of fun. Ok, it’s not the same as parking your campervan in a warm and sunny meadow with mountain views in the middle of summer but done right it can be an amazing experience and reward you with a totally new outlook on life. Imagine waking up to twinkling frosts, snowy mountains, or a cool, calm day by the coast. There is nothing like it.

Here are 6 reasons why you should go for it and start planning your winter adventure.

1. Experience a different landscape

On a winter road trip, the whole landscape looks totally different. You can enjoy the snow, ice, and even frozen waterfalls. You can still go hiking, but the views are even better as the winter air is clearer so that you can enjoy the stunning scenery of Snowdonia’s mountains and coast even more.

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2. Get away from the crowds

During the summer months the roads are busy, there are traffic jams, and car parks are often full. In the winter, there are fewer people; you will have more space no matter where you go. You can immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the solitude and serenity of the winter landscape, the sunsets are every bit as beautiful, and the campfires are even more comforting.

This is the best time to summit Snowdon, where in the summer visitors have been known to queue to reach the top!

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Queuing on the summit of Snowdon

3. Enjoy different activities

Just because it’s winter and colder doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of this special season and enjoy the great Welsh outdoors. This is the season when Snowdonia National Park is at its most spectacular. Take your four-legged friend and enjoy winter walking where epic scenery is guaranteed whatever the weather. For some wintery fun ideas why not try white water rafting, adventure and surf at an inland lagoon, or cycling through frost-bitten forests.

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Night time stand-up paddleboard adventure on Llyn Padarn

4. It’s Cheaper

Making a road trip during the winter means you’re saving a lot of money. Our hire prices are much lower, and campsites are way cheaper than in the summer so you can stay on the road even longer.

5. It’s Cosy

When you’ve been out walking or on an adventure activity, there’s nothing more comforting than drawing your campervans curtains on a cold night and snuggling up in a warm fleece blanket with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate or something a little stronger!

Essentials to keep cosy when camping in winter are lots of layers, warm bedding, a fleece blanket or two, and a hot water bottle to keep you toasty. If you can find a campsite with an electric pitch all the better as you can use a heater to chase away the cold, but nothing warms the soul in winter quite like staring into a log campfire.

Enjoy visiting pubs, Christmas markets, and food festivals, or just relax with a glass of mulled wine and a good book.

6. It’s a unique experience

Going on a road trip during the winter is a unique experience. Enjoy the delights of a hot drink in your cosy sleeping bag on crisp mornings, the fresh crunch of leaves underfoot and breath in the amazing fresh air. Get to know the locals better when visiting pubs or campsites with fewer tourist they have a little more time to say, ‘bora da’.

Where to stay

Not all campgrounds will be open all year round but check out the map for a few that are.

Activities to try

  • Hike to the top of Wales' highest peak Snowdon, for more information on the highest peak in Wales visit our webpage on Snowdon
  • Walking, be inspired by some of our favourite walks and visit our webpage on Local Walks
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View of the Ardudwy Coast from Panorama Walk

  • Discover the Dark Sky, Snowdonia National Park is a designated International Dark Sky Reserve, find out more by visiting our webpage Dark Sky Adventures
  • A cosy, dog-friendly pub, visit Bryntirion Inn, near Bala voted the best dog-friendly pub in Wales for the 2nd year running and enjoy a well deserved drink by a roaring fire after a day in the hills.
  • Stand-up paddleboarding, if you like an adventure, why not go stargazing at one of the world’s best spots on a lake in Snowdonia National Park, on a paddleboard, in the dark with Sian Sykes who runs Psyched Paddleboarding.
  • Mountain biking, explore the one of the best mountain bike trails in the UK at Coed y Brenin, near Dolgellau, with its trails for all abilities. Not got a bike don’t worry you can hire one from Beics Brenin.
  • White water rafting, experience fantastic white-water adventures on natural rapids on the River Tryweryn, in Snowdonia National Park at The National White Water Centre, near Bala.

Getting over the cold

The cold is likely to be the main deterrent for most winter travellers. It’s not fun if you’re cold so to help you to keep cosy and comfortable in your camper, in winter we include the following:

  • thermal window blinds to help keep heat in for longer and cold out
  • an electric fan heater
  • a couple of cosy fleece blankets, perfect for lounging around a campfire or snuggling up with a good book
  • hot water bottles for all
  • a thermos flask
  • hot chocolate, tea and coffee

  • You don’t want to be just warm enough when you camp in the winter, you want to be relaxed and toasty. Our advice would be:

    Don’t stint on packing warm clothes

    As well as your outdoor gear, your keep-warm kit should include lots and lots of warm layers, thick socks, hats and scarves. A warm but lightweight jacket for inside is a good idea too and if you have them some insulated slippers. Convertible fingerless gloves are the final essential in our keep-warm kit.

    Keep your hat on!

    Keep your hat on if you get really cold, and warm socks plus a good pair of insulated slippers make all the difference.

    Cook inside

    Cooking inside (with ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning!) adds extra warmth.

    Top tip: fill-up a thermos flask with hot water whenever you can to reduce the time needed to boil a kettle for tea or fill a hot water bottle.

    Heating the camper

    If you’re camping with an electric hook-up, our fan-heater will provide instant warmth but for your safety don’t leave it on over-night.

    No hook-up, and you don’t have heating in your camping set-up? Then it’s time to get clever with hot water bottles. Every time you boil a kettle, put leftover water into a thermos flask and use this to help fill your hot water bottles. It saves gas and time.

    Finally, and the fun bit, snuggle up like penguins!

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