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Hostels & Bunkhouses near the Cambrian Way (North)

With links for further information on the Internet (Arranged from Cardiff to Conwy)

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Southern Section - Cardiff to Llandovery All Entries Hotels & B&Bs Hostels & Bunkhouses Camping & Bothies Food & Shops
Central Section - Llandovery to Dinas Mawddwy All Entries Hotels & B&Bs Hostels & Bunkhouses Camping & Bothies Food & Shops
Northern Section - Dinas Mawddwy to Conwy All Entries Hotels & B&Bs Hostels & Bunkhouses Camping & Bothies Food & Shops
Name Address Telephone Website Grid Ref (approx)
  DOLGELLAU, Gwynedd
  Hyb Bunkhouse 2-3 Heol y Bont (Bridge St.) Dolgellau, LL40 1AU CALL 01341 421755 http://independenthostels.co.uk/members/hybbunkhousedolgellau/ SH728179
16 Beds (4x4) £20 limited bedding sets available £5 - 2.7 miles from King's Hostel Variant Route (Bottom of Pony Path) - Meals & Bar - Phone or email during office hours 10am to 4.30pm - (Email via form on website).
  ISLAW'R DREF, Dolgellau, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  YHA Kings Penmaenpool, Dolgellau, LL40 1TB CALL 0345 371 9327 http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/kings/ SH683160
56 Beds - On Hostel Variant Route - Online Booking Available - Meals & Bar - See website for full facilities - Email: kings@yha.org.uk
  BARMOUTH, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
This a very popular holiday resort having a lot of accommodation, particularly along Marine Parade. However, it can get fully booked, particularly at weekends and main holiday periods, so it may be necessary to try several places. Also, many places have restrictions on single night bookings or charge supplements at these times. As well as the establishments listed here the Barmouth website lists several others.
  Bunkorama Bunkhouse & Camping Gwastad Agnes, Off Panorama Road, Barmouth, LL42 1DX CALL 01341 281132 www.bunkorama.co.uk/ SH622165
8 Beds in 2 Rooms - £15 per Bed, Duvet & Cover £5 per stay, Towels £2 per stay - Free Wi-Fi - Camping £12 per Tent (up to 2 people) £6 per additional person - Directly on route, 0.9 miles from Barmouth centre - Online Booking Available - See website for full facilities - Email: thebunkorama@gmail.com - Mobile: CALL 07738 467196

Accommodation Options for the Rhinogs

The section over the Rhinog Mountains is too much for the majority of walkers to undertake in one day. Barmouth to Maentwrog is 24 miles with 8785 ft of ascent and progress is slow in many places. The following are a few options for accommodation:

Camping: The Nantcol Falls Campsite is 4.4 miles to the west of the route at Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy and there is a basic Camp Site at Cwm Bychan, directly on the route.

Taxi Assisted Option 1: The option suggested by Tony Drake was to stay for two nights at Barmouth. On the first day take a taxi to Maes-y-garnedd (SH642269) 1.5 miles from the route at Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy, then walk the route in reverse back to Barmouth. On the second day take a taxi to the same place and continue the route from there.

One local taxi firm is A to B Taxis -  CALL 07860 739073 who charged £25 per trip in 2016.

Taxi Assisted Option 2: There are a few places where roads come within reasonable distance of the route where taxis could pick up. The problem with making these arrangements is that the timing may be uncertain. Mobile phone reception is very limited, but there may be places, particularly on mountain tops, where it may be possible to phone. There is a phone box in Cwm Nantcol at SH623263, 2.75 miles from the route, but remote phone boxes are under threat and may well be out of order or removed. This phone box is currently working (July 2017) but takes Phone Cards or Credit/Debit Cards only and has a sign dated 2016 proposing closure subject to public consultation. Arranging a time in advance is more reliable, but there may be problems of either not arriving on time or arriving early and having to wait.

Possible pickup points are Maes-y-garnedd (1.5 miles from route at SH642269) and Cwm Bychan (On Route at SH646315) from the West, and near Graigddu-isaf from the East (2 miles from the Route at SH684302).

On Foot - Option 1: From Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy head west past Maes-y-garnedd and along the road towards Llanbedr. Gwynfryn Farm is 5.1 miles from the route with a further 0.6 miles for an evening meal at Victoria Inn (which also has accommodation). There are a number of footpaths to avoid some of the road walking. Returning to the route it is possible to take a more direct and gentler route to Rhinog Fawr over Mynydd Llanbedr and Foel Ddu (access land beyond the right of way). It is 5.2 miles from Llanbedr to Rhinog Fawr summit.

On Foot - Option 2: From the top of the Pass of Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy SH664282 continue eastward to Grugle and Graigddu-isaf to join a minor road by the car park at SH684302. This road leads to the A470, which is 4.3 miles from the route. From there, you can turn right to Cae Gwyn Farm for B&B (also Camping and Camping Barn), or turn left to reach The Rhiw Goch Inn (Pub with Meals and Bunkhouse) after turning right up the hill through the holiday village. The O.S. map shows several footpaths with right of way in this area, but this is a Site of Special Scientific Interest so grazing has been severely restricted or completely stopped over most of the land in order to revert it back to its natural state, which is long reeds and bog. Hence, many footpaths are badly overgrown and / or boggy. It is, therefore, safer to stick to the roads unless there there is good indication that a path is well trodden. There is some Mobile Phone reception in places on the way.

  BRONABER, Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  The Rhiw Goch Inn and Bunkhouse Bronaber, Trawsfynydd. LL41 4UY CALL 01766 540374 www.therhiwgoch.co.uk/ SH693306
5.3 miles from route at Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy - Pub with Bar Meals & Restaurant plus Bunkhouse - No B&B Accommodation but breakfasts served. Note: The public right of way show from the A470 to The Rhiw Goch is badly overgrown and can be very boggy, so it is best to keep to the roads (the A470 is very busy with high speed traffic but it does have grassy verges).
  TRAWSFYNYDD, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Hostel Llys Ednowain Trawsfynydd, LL41 4UB CALL 01766 770324 //trawsfynydd.com/ SH708357
20 Beds in 4 Rooms - £19 per bed - Self Catering - Directly on Trawsfynydd Variant Route - At quiet times the warden may not be on site - Mobile: CALL 07717 597747 - Nearby are Village Shop and Cross Foxes pub Tel. 01766 540204 (Do not confuse this with the Cross Foxes in Dolgellau as Google Maps has an incorrect link to their website) - Check availability of bar meals when booking - Email: llysednowain@btconnect.com
  MAENTWROG, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Maentwrog Bunkhouse Felen Rhyd Fach, Maentwrog, LL41 4HY CALL 01766 590231 http://independenthostels.co.uk/members/maentwrogbunkhouse/ SH657393
4 Beds in 1 Room - £18 per bed, hire of bed linen £5 (2018) - Booking Essential - Self Catering - 1.3 miles from route at SH676393 - Contact Mrs Eurliw M Jones by phone or message via website.
  LLAN FFESTINIOG, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Treks Bunkhouse Y Cefn, LLan Ffestiniog, LL41 4PS CALL 07796 172318 www.treksbunkhouse.co.uk/ SH714421
16 Beds (1x6, 1x4, 1x3, 1x2, 1x1) - £20 per bed (2018) Bedding for Hire - Online Booking Available - Check In 14:00 to 20:00 - Self Catering - 3 miles from route - Email: treksbunkhouse@gmail.com.
  BLAENAU FFESTINIOG, TANYGRISIAU, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Cell B Hostel Park Square, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3AD CALL 01766 832001 https://independenthostels.co.uk/members/cellb/website SH703459
11 Beds (1x6, 1x3, 1x2) - From £20 per bed (2018) Online Booking Available - Self Catering Kitchen - Cinema, Restaurant & Bar - 2.7 miles from route at Bwlch Cwmorthin, 3.1 miles from route at S end of Tanygrisiau Reservoir - Email: prisoner@cellb.org.
  NANT GWYNANT, Caernarfon, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant Nantgwynant, LL55 4NP CALL 0345 371 9108 www.yha.org.uk/hostel/snowdon-bryn-gwynant SH641513
72 Beds - Directly on Hostel Variant Route, 1.1 miles from start of Watkin Path to Snowdon - Online Booking Available - Meals - See website for full facilities - Email: bryngwynant@yha.org.uk Note: The guidebook shows a route to approach the hostel via a footpath from the SE. This used to have a sign pointing the way to the hostel from the main right of way, but it is now (July 2017) very little used and is not too easy to find due to the area being churned up by heavy vehicles. Also, on the way there is a fallen tree blocking the route with only about two foot of clearance underneath and muddy ground. It is probably easier and quicker to continue along the minor road at SH637494 heading for the A498 and approach the hostel from the main driveway at SH640514.
  Bryn Dinas Camping Pods Nantgwynant, Gwynedd. LL55 4NQ CALL 01766 890351 www.bryndinascampingpods.co.uk/ SH625502
Owned by Red Dragon Holidays - 5 Heated Camping Pods from £37 to £45 for 2 people (twin beds) - 4 Berth Bunk from £65 to £110 - Online Booking not yet Operational - 0.3 miles from Watkin Path to Snowdon, 2.8 miles from Beddgelert - Email: bryndinascampingpods@yahoo.co.uk or via Website Form.
  PEN-Y-PASS & PEN-Y-GWRYD, Nant Gwynant, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass Pen-y-Pass, Nantgwynant, LL55 4NY CALL 0345 371 9534 www.yha.org.uk/hostel/snowdon-pen-y-pass SH647556
16 en-suite Rooms - Recent £1.3 million investment - Directly on Route - Online Booking Available - Meals, Café - See website for full facilities - Email: penypass@yha.org.uk
  LLANBERIS, Caernarfon, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Llanberis is about five and a half miles from the Route at Pen-y-Pass but can be accessed by the Sherpa Bus S1 or S2 from Pen-y-Pass - See Timetables. On foot, one option is to descend Snowdon by the Llanberis Path for an overnight stay, then rejoin the route by the path up Cwm Cneifio to Glyder Fawr. This could be extended to take in Elidir Fawr and Y Garn (both over 3,000 ft) by taking the path up Cwm Dudodyn. Note: It is not advisable to walk down the busy A4086 road to Llanberis.
  YHA Snowdon Llanberis Llwyn Celyn, Llanberis, LL55 4SR CALL 0345 371 9645 www.yha.org.uk/hostel/snowdon-llanberis SH574596
50 Beds - 0.4 miles from Llanberis (Use Sherpa Bus from Pen-y-Pass to Llanberis) - Online Booking Available - Meals - See website for full facilities - Email: llanberis@yha.org.uk Note: The paths shown on the map leading across to the hostel are blocked and overgrown, so use the road through the village.
  OGWEN, Bethesda, Gwynedd Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Ogwen is about half way between Capel Curig and Bethesda. There is a limited Bus Service (6B) running on weekends and public holidays between Bethesda and Capel Curig, stopping at Ogwen - See Timetables. There is a footpath running parallel with the main road to Capel Curig (4.3 miles from Checkpoint 36) and a quiet minor road, then track to Bethesda (5 miles from Ogwen) for those seeking alternative accommodation on foot.
  YHA Idwal Bethesda, Bangor, LL57 3LZ CALL 0345 371 9744 www.yha.org.uk/hostel/idwal/ SH649604
36 Beds - Directly on Route - Online Booking Available - Self Catering Only - Shop and Drinks Available - See website for full facilities - Email: idwal@yha.org.uk - Shop Generally stocks pasta ready meals plus a limited selection of other items such as porridge oats and beans. However stocks may run out at busy times, so check before arriving empty handed. Nearest Meals about 5 miles in either direction, with very limited Sherpa Bus Service - Camping
  Gwern Gof Uchaf Camping & Bunkhouse Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed. LL24 0EU CALL 01690 720294 www.tryfanwales.co.uk/ SH673603
Camping Pitches £5 (2016) per person (no booking required for small groups) - Bunkhouse Bed £12 per person (book ahead) - 0.6 miles from Route - New Shower Block at no extra charge.
  CAPEL CURIG, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy Telephone Website Grid Ref
  There is a limited Bus Service (6B) running on weekends and public holidays between Bethesda and Capel Curig, stopping at Ogwen - See Timetables. There is a footpath running parallel to the main road most of the way to Capel Curig (4.1 miles from Checkpoint 36 - SH66608) for those seeking alternative accommodation on foot. It is also possible to reach Capel Curig for accommodation and food by leaving the route at Bwlch Caseg Fraith (SH667582) after descending from Gylder Fach, without going to Ogwen. Continue along the ridge eastwards over Y Foel Goch then fork right before Gallt yr Ogaf to reach Capel Curig at the junction of the A5 and A4086 (4.1 miles). Next day, return to the route at Checkpoint 36 either by bus or via the footpath.
  The Rocks Hostel Capel Curig, LL24 0EL CALL 01690 720225 www.therockshostel.com/ SH726579
36 Dormitory Beds from £20, Private Rooms from £50 (Double/Twin) - Self-Catering - Online Booking Available - 4.5 miles from Route (Checkpoint 36) - Online Booking Available - See website for full facilities - Meals at Bryn Tyrch Inn 0.15 miles - Email: info@therockshostel.com
  Bryn Tyrch Inn Capel Curig. LL24 0EL CALL 01690 720223 www.bryntyrchinn.co.uk/ SH724579
11 Rooms - Double/Twin from £97 B&B 2 Sharing (Some off-peak special offers available) - Bunk Room Sleeps 4, £35 per person including Breakfast (min 3 people) - Online Booking Available - 4.4 miles from Route (Checkpoint 36) - Restaurant and Bar Meals - Email: info@bryntyrchinn.co.uk
  TAL-Y-BONT, ROWEN, Conwy Telephone Website Grid Ref
  Conwy Valley Backpacker's Barn Pyllau Gloewon Farm, Tal-y-Bont, LL32 8YX CALL 01492 660504 or CALL 07956 851425 www.conwyvalleybarn.com/ SH769697
20 Beds (1x4, 1x6, 1x10) £20 (2018), Hire of Bed Linen £3 - 4.4 miles from route at Bwlch y Ddeufaen - Self Catering Kitchen - Packed Lunch & Breakfast by prior arrangement - Pubs 1/4 mile and 1 mile - Camping with Shower Block £8 per person - Email: info@conwyvalleybarn.com
  YHA Rowen Rhiw Farm, Rowen, LL32 8YW CALL 0345 371 9038 www.yha.org.uk/hostel/rowen SH747721
20 Beds - 1.3 miles from route (After Tal-y Fan), 1.6 miles from route (Before Tal-y Fan) - Online Booking Available - No Meals, Self Catering Only, Meals at Ty Gwyn Hotel (0.9 miles and 600ft below) - Shop 1.5 miles and 700ft below - See website for full facilities - Shop shown on website but check what stock is held when booking - Email: conwy@yha.org.uk (Enquiries Handled by YHA Conwy)
  CONWY Telephone Website Grid Ref
  YHA Conwy Larkhill, Sychnant Pass Road, Conwy, LL32 8AJ CALL 0345 371 9732 www.yha.org.uk/hostel/conwy/ SH775773
80 Beds - 0.6 miles from Conwy Castle - Online Booking Available - Meals - See website for full facilities - Email: conwy@yha.org.uk


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