Out There column

Penmon Point and Puffin Island off Anglesey.
Penmon Point and Puffin Island off Anglesey.

The world of camping has changed a lot since I was a nipper.

All and sundry used to be squeezed onto sites with the most basic of facilities. But more recently many tempting options have opened up for camping enthusiasts.

Caravanning magazines and websites are crammed with ads for all sorts of sites from ‘tranquil parks’ to all-singing all-dancing family sites with live entertainment, swimming pools, gyms and play parks. One site in particular caught my eye. ‘Adults Only’ the advert read.

My initial reaction was to imagine a site full of naturists letting it all hang out as they barbequed their bangers and erected their tents. Oo err missus.

How wrong could I be. In the world of camping ‘Adults Only’ means just that. In other words, no children allowed.

We fancied a tranquil break so we chose an ‘Adults Only’ site overlooking Conwy Bay. The idea of waking up to the sound of birdsong instead of young children fighting over footballs and scooters had a certain appeal.

The site we chose – Tyddyn Du Touring Park - was simply perfect. It was an idyllic spot with definitely no naturists in sight.

From our tiny Rapido caravan we could see the Great Orme at Llandudno, Anglesey (Ynys Mon), Puffin Island (Ynys Seiriol) and hills fringing Snowdonia National Park.

The days were sunny but at night great gales blew in and rocked the diminutive caravan. At one point I thought the caravan was going to get blown down the hill. However, the winds abated and we could hear lambs bleating once again.

If you visit the area it’s well worth buying a Day Rider bus ticket for just £5 as you can hop on and off the bus as many times as you like. We visited Conway, Llandudno and Anglesey and as there was no driving involved we could enjoy various hostelries. In Anglesey poor old Sparky had to endure one of his worst nightmares. I dragged him into a vintage/goth dress shop. He seemed to shrivel into the chair as owner, Susan French, chatted away.

We had four blissful nights at beautiful Tyddyn Du. I can highly recommend North Wales for a holiday – with or without the kids.