12 Apr 2011

No more lamb shanks for us!

We stayed at the C&CC site in Bala a couple of years ago and quite liked it, although not enough to return until now


There’s nothing much wrong with it.  It’s quite small, quiet, good toilets and showers (during the day, at least…more about this later!).  The major downside for us is that there is no pub within walking distance.

A good weather forecast and everywhere else fully booked, we thought we would give it another go.

Day 1

Lots of traffic meant the journey took longer than it should have and we arrived about 2.30pm.  Very friendly wardens who directed us to drive over the grass and straight into our pitch…no reversing needed, hurrah.

The awning took much less time to put up this time, and fits this caravan much better than the old one.


4pm.  Normally we would be heading for the nearest pub now!  Instead, a much healthier stroll down the lane and into some fields to look at the sheep.


Eat this?  No thanks, no more lamb for us!

Back at the site, our first BBQ of the year.  Pretty successful, although we started a bit late and ended up in a race against time with the light fading fast.

Day 2

Up early(ish) and off to Bala for a gentle walk up a hill to the north of Llyn Tegid, aka Bala lake.  A chance for D to break in his new boots.  First though, a trip into the town to buy sun tan lotion – a very hot day forecasted


Top of Moel y Garnedd, 360 mtrs

Got back to the caravan early in the afternoon and lounged around, reading, drinking, dozing.  J listened to the Grand National on the internet and won £95!

Another BBQ tonight, but no meat this time.  Just salmon accompanied by new potatoes and salad.  According to D the best BBQ ever.

And so to the rather unsavoury discovery about the toilets!  Nothing to do with cleanliness or having to wait.  The otherwise excellent toilet block has velux windows in the roof, but if you look up at night expecting to see stars you will be in for a shock.  Instead all you can see is a very clear reflection of the next toilet.  Unoccupied, fortunately!  So be warned, pick your cubicle carefully.

Day 3

A smell of gas in the awning in the morning, and a quick look inside the gas locker revealed a perished hose.  Something else to fix.  Oh well, at least no water leaks this time.

Lots of traffic on the way home, too.

Bala C&CC site


  • Quiet
  • Friendly wardens
  • Good toilets and showers (during the daytime, at least)


  • Some road noise from A494 (lots of motorbikes racing up and down all day)
  • No pub within walking distance

Coming soon

Windermere C&CC site next, then a break of a couple of weeks over Easter…left it too late to book so full up.


Caravanning Couple said...

You have come to exactly the same conclusion on downsides of this site as we did when we stayed last year. What does that say about we tuggers.

Our Caravan Blog said...

yes, the lack of pub was more of a downside than the noise, shame there were no jets this time!

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