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Old July 15th 04, 09:31 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
Fran
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Default Site review - Dolgam

Dolgam campsite is on the A5 between Betws y Coed and Capel Curig
in Snowdonia. The ground is flat and grassy, and beautifully
lacking in stones, so tent pegs go in and come out easily and
what's more - straight. A ditch runs across the site, which
apparently is capable of flooding; however it was pretty dry last
weekend. The single(?) drinking tap is hard to spot unless you
actually know where it is; I didn't bother to look because I had
a full jerrycan with me. The ablutions block is an old stone
building with ladies' and gents' toilets (poorly labelled) and
unisex washrooms and showers. All the washbasins and the two
showers have lockable door; the showers are arranged so that
clothes can be hung up inside the cubicle and still stay dry. On
the outside of the ablutions block is one sink for dishes,
equipped with a hot tap and a plug. The hot water is a good
temperature, and doesn't seem to be affected by what else might
be being used at the time. Mine host comes round in the evening
to collect the 3/head fee; there are no reductions offered for
children or pensioners etc but I wasn't charged for the youngest
of the 4 children I had with me. All things considered I'd say
this site is a good, quiet one; it's definitely one I'd use
again.
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Old July 16th 04, 09:35 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
Mark[_2_]
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Default Site review - Dolgam

For a couple of quid more, I'd recommend the camping site at Bedgellert,
owned and operated by the Forestry Commission. It's difficult to fault this
site or its location. 10mins drive to the base of the Watkin path. The
site has a spotless loo block, shop, laundry. 15 mins walk into the town
with pubs, restaurants and the best ice cream outlet for miles around. The
guy that owns this has certificates and awards coming out of his ears. Very
good Gelert camp shop as well.


"Fran" wrote in message
t...
Dolgam campsite is on the A5 between Betws y Coed and Capel Curig
in Snowdonia. The ground is flat and grassy, and beautifully
lacking in stones, so tent pegs go in and come out easily and
what's more - straight. A ditch runs across the site, which
apparently is capable of flooding; however it was pretty dry last
weekend. The single(?) drinking tap is hard to spot unless you
actually know where it is; I didn't bother to look because I had
a full jerrycan with me. The ablutions block is an old stone
building with ladies' and gents' toilets (poorly labelled) and
unisex washrooms and showers. All the washbasins and the two
showers have lockable door; the showers are arranged so that
clothes can be hung up inside the cubicle and still stay dry. On
the outside of the ablutions block is one sink for dishes,
equipped with a hot tap and a plug. The hot water is a good
temperature, and doesn't seem to be affected by what else might
be being used at the time. Mine host comes round in the evening
to collect the 3/head fee; there are no reductions offered for
children or pensioners etc but I wasn't charged for the youngest
of the 4 children I had with me. All things considered I'd say
this site is a good, quiet one; it's definitely one I'd use
again.
--
Fran
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Old July 16th 04, 10:29 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
Phil Cook[_3_]
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Default Site review - Dolgam

On Fri, 16 Jul 2004 21:35:44 GMT, Mark wrote:

Top posting corrected.

"Fran" wrote in message
et...
Dolgam campsite is on the A5 between Betws y Coed and Capel Curig
in Snowdonia. The ground is flat and grassy, and beautifully
lacking in stones, so tent pegs go in and come out easily and
what's more - straight. A ditch runs across the site, which
apparently is capable of flooding; however it was pretty dry last
weekend.


Capel is reputedly the wettest place in Wales rainfallwise. I've seen
that river that runs by the site pretty high. I've seen it rise
eighteen or so inches overnight as well.

The single(?) drinking tap is hard to spot unless you
actually know where it is; I didn't bother to look because I had
a full jerrycan with me. The ablutions block is an old stone
building with ladies' and gents' toilets (poorly labelled) and
unisex washrooms and showers.


You need a torch to see in that building as there isn't any lighting
on the site, another plus point IMO. Streetlighting keeps me awake in
my tent.

Mine host comes round in the evening


Or in the morning.

to collect the 3/head fee; there are no reductions offered for
children or pensioners etc but I wasn't charged for the youngest
of the 4 children I had with me. All things considered I'd say
this site is a good, quiet one


Not always quiet. It can be a b bit noisy on busy weekends, especially
at about 11.20pm.

it's definitely one I'd use
again.


I've used it many times. Once I arrived there and all the cars were
parked on the tarmac track rather than by the tents. I discovered the
field was pretty much waterlogged just walking over the same patch of
ground twice turned it to mud.

For a couple of quid more, I'd recommend the camping site at Bedgellert,
owned and operated by the Forestry Commission. It's difficult to fault this
site or its location. 10mins drive to the base of the Watkin path. The
site has a spotless loo block, shop, laundry. 15 mins walk into the town
with pubs, restaurants and the best ice cream outlet for miles around. The
guy that owns this has certificates and awards coming out of his ears. Very
good Gelert camp shop as well.


Apples and oranges.

When your tribe is as big as Fran's you will see that a couple of quid
more can easily turn into a small fortune.

The midges are less of a problem at Dolgam IME
--
Phil Cook looking north over the park to the "Westminster Gasworks"


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Old July 17th 04, 12:02 AM posted to uk.rec.camping
Fran
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Default Site review - Dolgam

said...
For a couple of quid more, I'd recommend the camping site at Bedgellert,
owned and operated by the Forestry Commission. It's difficult to fault this
site or its location. 10mins drive to the base of the Watkin path.


Which is fine if you want Yr Wyddfa. My party and I (coo, don't
that sound grand!) wanted the Carneddau.

The
site has a spotless loo block, shop, laundry.


*Shop*? *Laundry*?? What on earth? Sorry, but you've just put
me right off the place. I fear I can't be doing with the idea of
a campsite with a shop and laundry - it sounds too much like a
shudder holiday camp.

15 mins walk into the town
with pubs, restaurants and the best ice cream outlet for miles around. The
guy that owns this has certificates and awards coming out of his ears. Very
good Gelert camp shop as well.


Hmm. I expect you're right, but somehow none of that commends
itself to me. I have stayed at a site where there was a washing
machine, but thankfully no one suggested I use it. One more
thing - Beddgelert may well have the best ice cream outlet for
miles around, but I've been spoilt. My 'local' is none other
than Mr Creemy himself, supplier of ice cream to Westminster.
And very yummy it is too. Especially the peanut butter one.
--
Fran
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Old July 17th 04, 12:13 AM posted to uk.rec.camping
Fran
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Default Site review - Dolgam

said...
On Fri, 16 Jul 2004 21:35:44 GMT, Mark wrote:

Top posting corrected.


Well done Phil. I'm never sure whether it's good manners to or
not, but I've come to hate top posting because it confuses
everything so.

"Fran" wrote in message
et...
Dolgam campsite is on the A5 between Betws y Coed and Capel Curig
in Snowdonia. The ground is flat and grassy, and beautifully
lacking in stones, so tent pegs go in and come out easily and
what's more - straight. A ditch runs across the site, which
apparently is capable of flooding; however it was pretty dry last
weekend.


Capel is reputedly the wettest place in Wales rainfallwise. I've seen
that river that runs by the site pretty high. I've seen it rise
eighteen or so inches overnight as well.


"_!?!_" *How* much? Mind, it's very narrow, so it's not as
dramatic as it might sound. Even so...

The single(?) drinking tap is hard to spot unless you
actually know where it is; I didn't bother to look because I had
a full jerrycan with me. The ablutions block is an old stone
building with ladies' and gents' toilets (poorly labelled) and
unisex washrooms and showers.


You need a torch to see in that building as there isn't any lighting
on the site, another plus point IMO. Streetlighting keeps me awake in
my tent.


A torch? Hmm. Must admit, when I got up in the night and
wandered over - barefoot - to the WC, I didn't find the darkness
at all difficult to deal with. Find the loos, find an open door,
go in, sit down, reverse the procedure. The only thing I found
was that once off the grass or decent tarmac the path to the loo
door were'n 'arf painful on the tootsies.

Mine host comes round in the evening


Or in the morning.


Not too early, I trust?

to collect the 3/head fee; there are no reductions offered for
children or pensioners etc but I wasn't charged for the youngest
of the 4 children I had with me. All things considered I'd say
this site is a good, quiet one


Not always quiet. It can be a b bit noisy on busy weekends, especially
at about 11.20pm.


It was lovely this last weekend though, you have to admit.

it's definitely one I'd use
again.


I've used it many times. Once I arrived there and all the cars were
parked on the tarmac track rather than by the tents. I discovered the
field was pretty much waterlogged just walking over the same patch of
ground twice turned it to mud.


Ick. Mind, I always try to park on something vaguely hard,
simply because trying to push the bus out of a swampy bit of
ground is my idea of a nightmare. I'd need to borrow mine host's
tractor, for a start.

For a couple of quid more, I'd recommend the camping site at Bedgellert,


When your tribe is as big as Fran's you will see that a couple of quid
more can easily turn into a small fortune.


Aye, happen. Even a quid extra per night is an extra 7 that
could be found much better (edible) uses for.

The midges are less of a problem at Dolgam IME


They weren't a problem at all last weekend. I remember camping
by Llyn Cwellyn one balmy summer's evening... UGH! The pesky
blighters certainly enjoyed their supper than night.
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Fran
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Old July 17th 04, 12:32 AM posted to uk.rec.camping
Gilbert[_2_]
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"Fran" wrote in message
t...
...Beddgelert may well have the best ice cream outlet for
miles around, but I've been spoilt. My 'local' is none other
than Mr Creemy himself, supplier of ice cream to Westminster.
And very yummy it is too. Especially the peanut butter one.


Ooh, you big tease -
all I could find in the fridge was a gooseberry yoghurt...
:O)


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Old July 17th 04, 09:24 AM posted to uk.rec.camping
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"martin" wrote in message
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On Sat, 17 Jul 2004 01:32:18 +0100, "Gilbert" wrote:


all I could find in the fridge was a gooseberry yoghurt...


Is that gooseberry flavour or gooseberry flavoured?


.... I don't really remember - it was late - I was drunk -
it was all over in a moment - the empty carton just tossed aside
:O)


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Old July 17th 04, 12:03 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
Phil Cook[_3_]
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On Sat, 17 Jul 2004 01:13:54 +0100, Fran wrote:

said...
On Fri, 16 Jul 2004 21:35:44 GMT, Mark wrote:


"Fran" wrote in message
et...
Dolgam campsite is on the A5 between Betws y Coed and Capel Curig
in Snowdonia. The ground is flat and grassy, and beautifully
lacking in stones, so tent pegs go in and come out easily and
what's more - straight. A ditch runs across the site, which
apparently is capable of flooding; however it was pretty dry last
weekend.


Capel is reputedly the wettest place in Wales rainfallwise. I've seen
that river that runs by the site pretty high. I've seen it rise
eighteen or so inches overnight as well.


"_!?!_" *How* much? Mind, it's very narrow, so it's not as
dramatic as it might sound. Even so...


Not that ditch the great big river on the side away from the road. It
drains 65 sq km upstream of the campsite as far as Pen y Pass and
nearly Llyn Ogwen. If a heavy storm dumps an inch or so of rain on
that area it has to go somewhere and that river is it. There is a sign
saying "Please do not dam or put stepping stones across this river." I
once almost lost a bottle of milk I had hidden in the river to keep
cool whilst I was away during the day our farmer friend got his mate's
JCB in to dredge it out. I wondered what had happened to the prominent
stone I used as a marker. I found my bottle amongst the debris,
luckily it was on top and not burried.

You need a torch to see in that building as there isn't any lighting
on the site, another plus point IMO. Streetlighting keeps me awake in
my tent.


A torch? Hmm. Must admit, when I got up in the night and
wandered over - barefoot - to the WC, I didn't find the darkness
at all difficult to deal with. Find the loos, find an open door,
go in, sit down, reverse the procedure.


It's a gender thing. Making use of that cunning device the maker
provided men with requires being able to see where you are aiming it.
:-)

Mine host comes round in the evening


Or in the morning.


Not too early, I trust?


He makes a note of when you emerge whilst he is doing his rounds.

I've used it many times. Once I arrived there and all the cars were
parked on the tarmac track rather than by the tents. I discovered the
field was pretty much waterlogged just walking over the same patch of
ground twice turned it to mud.


Ick.


Well it was January. Could have done with a good hard frost to firm
things up.
--
Phil Cook looking north over the park to the "Westminster Gasworks"
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Old July 17th 04, 01:22 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
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Default Site review - Dolgam

"Mark" wrote:

|Bedgellert,
|owned and operated by the Forestry Commission.

It did look very good -- we went to camping shop from our last trip to Shell
Island, and passed the site turning round.

Another real plus point is that it's far enough inland, and in a sheltered
valley, that the high winds that knackered our frame tent [1] on Shell
Island were reduced to absolutely nothing in Beddgelert.

I think it was Beddgelert with two d's -- Gelert's Grave was something
signposted from the town centre. Is Bedd pronounced Beth?

n

[1] Bloody glad I insisted on taking my tiny spare tent on the grounds that
it took up hardly any space in the car, and could well save our holiday. It
did!

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Old July 17th 04, 01:24 PM posted to uk.rec.camping
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"martin" wrote in message
news
gooseberry flavoured - yoghurt was in the same factory as a gooseberry
gooseberry flavour - yoghurt has never been anywhere near a
gooseberry.

Have you only just found this out?
Or do you represent gooseberries in some way?
:O)


 


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