The Cambrian Way is a mountain walking route from Cardiff on the south coast of Wales to Conwy on the North Coast. The route is 291miles (485km) in length. It starts at Cardiff Castle and travels over some of the best mountain scenery in Wales including the Brecon Beacons, the Carmarthen Fans, the Cambrian Mountains, Cadair Idris, the Rhinogs, the Moelwyns, Snowdon, the Glyders and the Carneddau. Bunkhouses and hostels along the route provide ideal accommodation for walkers with drying rooms and a warm welcome at the end of the day.
Accommodation on the Cambrian Way
Llyndy Isaf - National Trust, Llyndy, Nantgwynant LL55 4NH
Owned by the Llyndy Isaf National Trust Estate, Llyndy Bothy is a simple stone tent providing rustic accommodation.
It is just 15 minutes’ walk from the famous Watkin path leading up to the top of Snowdon and 4 miles from Beddgelert.
The bothy has a cold-water tap, sleeping platforms for 6 and an outside toilet. Bring your own camping kit for an off-grid adventure.
Park Square, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3AD
After a long day of adventures, why not rest your weary head in an Edwardian police house hostel?
Conveniently located in the centre of Blaenau Ffestiniog. There is a self-catering kitchen, a drying room and secure bike / climbing gear storage.
CellB is the perfect place to recover, recuperate, and soak up the vibrant landscape.
Dolgoch, Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6NR
Experience the peace of the remote Tywi valley in an era before electricity at this 17th century farmhouse. Dolgoch is a traditional simple hostel owned by the Elenydd Wilderness Trust. It has hot showers, log burner, self-catering kitchen, dormitories & private rooms. The Lôn Las Cymru and the Cambrian Way pass nearby and there are many mountain tracks to explore. Ideal for bird-watchers and lovers of the solitude of the scenic Cambrian Mountains.
Blaenglyn Farm, Libanus, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8NF
Dan y Gyrn bunkhouse is the perfect base for walkers, cyclists, families or groups. Located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons it provides the ideal base to explore this National Park.
This comfortable, modern bunkhouse with amazing views is close to Pont ar Daf, the main access route to climb Pen Y Fan, so is great for walking groups. Ideal for families with a large garden for children to explore. Sleeping 15 in 2 rooms this well equipped bunkhouse is perfect for groups.
Llwyn Celyn, Cwmyoy, Monmouthshire NP7 7NE
This beautifully restored 12 bed bunkhouse owned by the Landmark Trust sits in the Black Mountains. There are two dorm rooms one sleeping 9 and the other 3. Facilities also include two showers and loos, a well equipped kitchen/common room and an outdoor eating area. BYO sleeping bags and pillows. The location is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts with the Brecon Beacons on the doorstep, it is also a short walk to the Beacons Way, Offa's Dyke path and the Cambrian Way.
Ffridd Llwyn Gwerfyl, Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2TW
Remote & peaceful, surrounded by the rugged splendour of Snowdonia, Ffridd Bunkhouse offers budget accommodation. Harlech with its beach, pubs, cafes & castle is just 2.5 miles away. This basic accommodation is in 2 units, one sleeps 12 & the other 4/5. Both have kitchen/dining areas & some heating. Each has a separate outside WC, but the shower is shared.
Walkers, climbers & mountain bikers alike return annually to this hidden gem of a bunkhouse. BYO bedding.
Middle Ninfa Farm, Llanellen, Abergavenny, NP7 9LE
Middle Ninfa Bunkhouse and campsite is less than a mile from the Cambrian Way and provides ideal walkers accommodation. Sympathetically renovated to retain the rustic charm with fine views over the Usk Valley, the bunkhouse provides comfortable self-catering accommodation for up to 6 people.
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Snowdonia Mountain Hostel, Tai Newyddion, Nant Ffrancon, Bangor LL57 3DQ
In the heart of the Ogwen Valley and surrounded by the Welsh 3000s, this hostel is the perfect base for walkers, climbers and cyclists with the best routes straight from the door. For adventure seekers Zip World is within walking distance and the Anglesey Beaches are a short drive. Newly refurbished, Snowdonia Mountain Hostel has comfy beds with linen & a superb kitchen diner.
Sorry no stag or hen parties.
Llanddewi Brefi, Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6PH
Ty’n Cornel Hostel is right on the route of the Cambrian Way a welcoming warm hostel isolated in the wilderness of the Elenydd uplands in the Cambrian Mountains. This traditional hostel is an old stone farmhouse with a cosy sitting room and open fire, beds are available in small dorms or private rooms.
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Capel Saron, Tyn Y Maes, Bethesda, Gwynedd LL57 3LX
In Snowdonia National Park, just over a mile from the small town of Bethesda, Ogwen Valley Bunkhouse provides spacious, eco friendly accommodation for individuals, couples, families and groups. The large open plan communal area has a well equipped kitchen, a large dining table and plenty of comfy chairs. With a log burning stove, underfloor heating, comfortable beds and a drying room guests invariably return. It is on the Snowdonia Slate Trail and the Lon Las Cymru cycling route.
Craig Y Nos Castle, Brecon Road, Penycae, Powys, SA9 1GL
Craig Y Nos Castle sits in the Brecon Beacons. The Nurses Block can be booked on a daily or a room basis. It can also be booked sole use as group accommodation. Offering B&B or self-catering, the choice is yours. The castle provides hearty meals, cosy evenings by the wood burning stoves and a free history tour. Superior B&B rooms are available in the castle.
Staylittle, nr Llanidloes, Powys, SY19 7DB
This former weather station has been converted into a comfortable bunkhouse on the edge of the Hafren Forest. It is close to Plumlimon, in a quiet rural location between Llanidloes & Machynlleth in the Cambrian Mountains. A great base for Glyndwrs Way, The Sustrans 8, Trans Cambrian Way, kayaking, mountain biking, fly fishing, family groups & parties. Fully central heated with a large dining room, well equipped kitchen & comfortable lounge. Private bedrooms. Breakfast & evening meal available if pre booked.
Pyllau Gloewon Farm, Tal-y-Bont, Conwy, Gwynedd, LL32 8YX
Conwy Valley Backpackers is situated on a peaceful organic farm in the heart of the beautiful Conwy Valley, with excellent access to Snowdonia. Centrally heated with a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, log fires and hot showers. Secure bike/canoe storage. Grazing for horses and tourist information are available. Local activities range from fishing and hiking to white water rafting and mountain biking. Surf Snowdonia is within walking distance and Zip World is a short drive away.
Felen Rhyd Fach, Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 4HY
Maentwrog bunkhouse is a newly converted cowshed on a working farm. It has a fully equipped kitchen, underfloor heating, TV/DVD, BBQ area, laundry facilities, power washer and bike lockup. Local activities include hill walking (Moelwyn and Cnicht 10 mins away), white water rafting, Coed y Brenin cycling centre, Blaenau Ffestiniog down hill cycle track, RopeWorks & canyoning. Ffestiniog railway and beautiful beaches are within 15-20 mins’ drive. The Welsh costal path passes the end of the lane.
14 Charlton Street, Llandudno, LL30 2AA
Llandudno Hostel is a Victorian 4* boutique, award-winning hostel where individuals, families & groups (including schools) are welcome all year. Set in the heart of the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno, it’s your perfect base for shopping & exploring many local attractions, including blue flag beaches, dry slope skiing, Zip World, Surf Snowdonia, bronze age copper mine, traditional pier, museums & fishing trips.
Ffordd Gerlan, Gerlan, Bethesda, Bangor, LL57 3ST
Caban Cysgu, run by the community of Gerlan, offers purpose-built accommodation at the foot of the Carneddau. Perfect for walking in Snowdonia, it’s a great base for the ‘Fourteen 3000ft Peaks’ long-distance challenge & The Slate Trail. Just 5 mins from Zip World; the longest and fastest zip line in Europe. There are also plenty of mountain bike trails on the doorstep while road cyclists have the Sustrans route ‘Lôn Las Ogwen’ just a mile away. For climbers, Idwal is close by, while Afon Ogwen is popular with canoeists.
Gwastad Agnes Off Panorama Road, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1DX
Whether you’re a lone cyclist or a group of walkers you will love discovering this cosy, clean and comfortable accommodation with breathtaking views of Cader Idris and Cardigan Bay.
Handy for Cycle Route 8, the Cambrian Way & Mawddach Trail and at only £15 per night Bunkorama is an ideal place to make a stopover or spend a few days exploring the mountains, rivers and beaches of the Cambrian Coast.
Lion Street, Dolgellau, LL40 1DG
In the centre of Dolgellau, Plas Isa welcomes independent travellers to this historic Welsh town. The communal lounge and dining room are great for socialising with your group or other guests. It is the perfect base for active holidays in Snowdonia for walkers (Cader Idris, Snowdonia Way), mountain bikers (Coed y Brenin) and cyclists (Mawddach Trail, Lon Las Cymru).
Bron-y-Gader Outdoor Centre, Llanbedr-y-Cennin, Conwy, LL32 8UT
Perched at 290m (950ft) in the foothills of Snowdonia with direct access to the Carneddau mountains, Bron-y-Gader Bunkhouse offers comfortable & great value accommodation for up to 37.
Although remote and isolated it is just 8 miles to Conwy and 2 miles to the nearest pub. The many attractions and high adrenaline activities in Snowdonia are just a short drive away.
Y Cefn, Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 4PS
Treks 4* Bunkhouse is in the mountains on the edge of the village of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Ideal for enjoying the rugged beauty of Snowdonia, it’s a former golf club recently converted to provide self-catering accommodation for individuals & groups. Numerous attractions nearby include, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Bounce Below, Zip World Titan, Antur Stiniog, Ffestiniog Railway, Welsh Highland Railway, Go Below Adventures, Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Centre, Portmeirion Italian Village, Bala White Water Rafting, Harlech Castle, Black Rock Sands. And many more!!
2-3 Heol y Bont (Bridge St), Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 1AU
HyB Bunkhouse is in Dolgellau (Lon Las, Sustrans 82), Mid Wales, at the foot of Cader Idris. Centrally located above Medi Gifts, with free parking at rear for up to four cars, there are shops, pubs and restaurants on the doorstep. HyB backs onto the Mawddach trail near the river Wnion and it is 10 minutes’ drive to Coed y Brenin mountain biking centre. This quirky listed building has original features such as oak floors, beams and paneling and offers a good night’s sleep. No stag weekends or parties in this quiet bunkhouse.
Hostels and Bunkhouses on the Cambrian Way.
Independent Hostels provide ideal accommodation for walkers, with drying rooms and a warm welcome at the end of the day. There are many independent hostels in the areas crossed by the route of the Cambrian Way and the map above shows all of these which are within 5km of the walk.
The Cambrian Way passes right by the door of Ty’n Cornel Hostel (photo at top of page), a welcoming warm hostel isolated in the wilderness of the Elenydd uplands in the Cambrian Mountains. This is one of two self catering hostels run by the Elenydd
Wilderness Trust. The other hostel is Dolgoch Hostel, which is just over 4km from the Cambrian Way. Guest are welcome to stop off en route to find peace and quiet at these hostels and appreciate the Welsh Cambrian Mountains’ wilderness and wildlife. Bring your binoculars to appreciate the birdlife and the sky at night, both hostels are Dark Sky sites. Look here for full details of Dolgoch and Ty’n Cornel hostels. Booking is advisable, especially in winter.
Rhymney Valley Ridgeway near Thornhill
In addition to the independent hostels listed above, the Cambrian Way also passes close to some Youth Hostels including Llanddeusant Youth Hostel, Pen-y-Pass Youth Hostel, Idwall Cottage Youth Hostel and Bryn Gwynant Youth Hostel and Conway Youth Hostel. Details of these can be found on the YHA website.
The Cambrian Way society produce a useful online guide to the
route, with photographs of the countryside and notification of any changes to the way. A printed guide called “The Cambrian Way- The mountain Connoisseur’s Walk” can also be purchased from the Cambrian Way Society here. Details of the route are also available on the LDWA website.