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Morris Leisure opened their sixth touring site this weekend – this latest addition at Llanberis, North Wales. Faye and I are lucky enough to be among the first visitors and very impressive it is too. 

Not large, just fifty four pitches of which thirty five are hard standing and all of the remainder are hard standing super pitches. As you expect from Morris, everything is to the highest standard with excellent landscaping and maintaining the all important rural feel. There is just one building which accommodates reception, a loo block, a laundry and a washing up area. There is accommodation for two pairs of wardens with a facilities pod for their private use in their own secure compound. A dog walk surrounds the site. WiFi, TV points, CCTV, security barriers, electronic key fob entrance and exit, a motorhome service point and a very friendly welcome complete the package.

This is a walker’s dream site being inside the Snowdonia National Park and is just a five minute stroll from the village itself which is an important consideration to the motorhome fraternity.

The site has an interesting history as round the corner in a former slate quarry is the amazing Dinorwic power station. In essence – over night – water is pumped to the top and during daylight hours when electricity is needed, that same water powers turbines to generate electricity. A secondary use is to help kick start the national grid in the event of a big failure. It took ten years to build, started in 1974, cost about £5oo million and is an amazing civil engineering achievement as it is all inside the mountain (now renamed Electric Mountain) and largely invisible. Technology has in some part subsequently eclipsed the project because with the arrival of renewables, electricity storage is not the hot topic it once was – and indeed a second project on Exmoor never went ahead. Despite this, a secondary and much smaller water storage facility is underway locally.

Why mention all this? For years there has been a construction workers temporary “village” on the edge of Llanberis and this is now the Morris Leisure Llanberis site.

It’s a great site in a super setting. 


Christopher Macgowan