Cliff Camping on the North Wales Coast

Wild camp on a portaledge on a cliff face suspended above the sea. 1 night. 0 days off work.

Spend the night sleeping on a portable ledge suspended in mid-air on the rugged cliff face at Rhoscolyn. Watch the sunset over the sea and sleep beneath an open sky above crashing waves.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 1-night wild camping on a portaledge
  • Local, certified guide
  • All technical equipment (helmet, rope, harness, etc.)
  • Dinner, snacks and breakfast

Perfect for:
Anyone looking for an outdoor experience that is truly unique. You’ll create memories that will last a lifetime in one short weekend getaway.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Transport to and from the cliff

This trip will run with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 3.

No climbing experience is needed but you need to have a good head for heights.

These cliff camping adventures only run during the Spring and Summer to maximise the chances of a stunning sunset and clear skies. In bad weather, we may have to change the location.

For dinner expect spinach and ricotta ravioli and tomato sauce, with cheese, crackers and a mini bottle of red wine/port for dessert.

Alternatively, you can order food in the local bistro pub. It’s a more luxury culinary option but does change the wilderness experience.

For breakfast expect bacon sandwiches, muffins, and fruit, with tea and coffee.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

  • All safety equipment; helmet, harness, rope, etc.
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Head-torch with working batteries.
  • Waterproof bivi bag (if you have one).
  • Toothbrush and an absolute minimum of toiletries.
  • Warm outdoor wear which is comfortable to climb in e.g. walking trousers (not jeans), a warm inner layer, jumper, fleeces which are comfortable to climb in.
  • Warm hat, gloves.
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers.
  • Trainers or walking boots/shoes.
  • Day rucksack (approx. 40-50 Litres).
  • Small personal first aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • 1 litre of water
  • Snacks

Other recommendations are: - Rock boots - Chalk bag - Your own climbing harness - Your own helmet - Belay device - Climbing rack - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

There is an opportunity to use the local pub’s toilet prior to settling down for the night. However, if you need the toilet in the night there’s no need to stress, simply pull on a rope that is connected to a bell. This bell will ring next to where your instructor is sleeping at the top of the cliff. Your instructor will assist you in the short climb back up to the top where you can enjoy a wild wee. Your host will explain this all to you prior to your cliff camp.

Anyone over the age of 10 with an adventurous spirit is welcome on this adventure. Children must be accompanies by an adult.

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North Wales is full of magical hidden gems and Rhoscolyn’s rugged sea cliffs are one of them. The cliffs look West towards Ireland and to the North. At night, you’ll see the light from North Stack lighthouse sweeping across the ocean.

Holyhead is the largest town on the Isle of Anglesey and is home to a very busy ferry port. The town centre is steeped in history with sites such as the 550AD St Cybi’s Church which stands on a Roman fort and still stands surrounded by the original fort walls. There are excellent coastal walks and some popular bird watching centres.

Start point?
You’ll need to be at the meeting point at 16:30. This is a car park just a 15-minute walk from the cliff.

Finish point?
You’ll return to the car park at around 10:00.

Getting there and away?
The meeting point is a car park which is handy if you arrive by road. If you prefer to travel by train, your host suggests the 12:10 from London Euston, arriving at Holyhead Train Station at 16:15.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: Rock climbing and cliff camping

You’ll meet close to the cliff camping spot at around 16:30 and be briefed on what to expect. Before heading down to the ridge, you’ll spend some time rock climbing; get to know each other and gain trust with your rope.

You’ll have the ledge set up and dinner will be ready in time to enjoy the sunset. Of course, the aim here isn’t a rejuvenating sleep; as you lay on your portaledge the open sky will be above you and the crashing sea, below. You’ll see shooting stars and the moon will light the waters.

There is a pub with a bathroom you can visit before heading down to the ledge but if you should need it again after that, it’s just a short climb to the top of the cliff.

Day 2: Breakfast on the cliff and return home

Waking on the cliff face is just as much an experience as sleeping on it and you’ll have front row seats as the day dawns.

After breakfast, you’ll be ready to pack up and make your way back to the starting point of the trip.

The day is then yours to explore Anglesey on your own before you head back home.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


You’ll sleep on a simple and secure head to toe portaledge, sleeping two people. The ledges are best enjoyed open to the stars but there are covers in case you have bad weather.

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