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
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Wern Watkin Bunkhouse
Wern Watkin Bunkhouse (also known as YHA Llangattock) sits high up on Mynnedd Llangattock in the Brecon Beacons National Park. There is direct access on foot to the mountainside and a flat mountain road to a National Cycle Route. The Llangattock Cave complex is within easy walking distance and the scenic Wye and Usk river valleys are just a short drive away. Instruction in a range of outdoor activities can be arranged.More details
Hafren Forest Bunkhouse
This former weather station has been converted into a comfortable bunkhouse located on the edge of the Hafren Forest. It is close to Plumlimon, in a quiet rural location between Llanidloes and Machynlleth in the Cambrian Mountains. A great base for walking, running, cycling (both on and off road), kayaking, wildlife watching, fly fishing, family groups and parties. Fully central heated the bunkhouse has a large dining room, well equipped kitchen and comfortable lounge with TV, DVD and playstation.More details
Conwy Valley Backpackers Barn
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.More details
River House Hostel
This family run 4* hostel in the heart of Cardiff was voted number 1 in Hostelworld's list of best hostels. Opened in 2007 to rave reviews, the brother and sister team have made sure this will be the best hostel experience you will come across on your travels. With fabulous views of the world famous Millennium Stadium and River Taff and the central train and bus stations just 5 mins' walk away. What's stopping you?More details
Middle Ninfa Bunkhouse
Middle Ninfa Farm, on the edge of the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site in the Brecon Beacons, offers bunkhouse/cottage accommodation, camping and hands-on training in coracle making and willow sculpture. 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. BYO food, sleeping bags, & pillowcases.More details
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.More details
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.More details
Hyb Bunkhouse Dolgellau
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 panelling and offers a good night's sleep.More details
Treks 4* Bunkhouse perches in the mountains on the outskirts of the village of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Ideal for those who enjoy the rugged beauty of Snowdonia, it is a former golf club recently converted to provide self-catering accommodation for individuals and groups. There are many attractions nearby including, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Bounce Below, Zip World Titan, Antur Stiniog, Ffestiniog Railway, Go Below Adventures, Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Centre, Portmeirion Italian Village, Bala White Water Rafting and Harlech Castle.More details
Tyn Y Berth Mountain Centre
Ty'n y Berth sits at the foot of Cadair Idris on the southern edge of the Snowdonia National Park. Surrounded by mountains, valleys and crystal clear rivers, yet only 12 miles from the coast, it's a great location for outdoor activities and family holidays. The spacious accommodation sleeps up to 43 including a separate unit for 8 which can also be hired on its own. Corris is within walking distance and has a CAMRA pub. Courses are available in a wide range of outdoor activities.More details
Llandudno Hostel is a Victorian 4* boutique hostel where individuals, families and 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 the many local attractions, including blue flag beaches, dry slope skiing, ten pin bowling, bronze age copper mine, traditional pier, museums and fishing trips.More details
Dan y Gyrn Bunkhouse
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 from which to explore this National Park. This comfortable, modern bunkhouse with amazing views is close to the main access route to Pen Y Fan so great for walking groups. The bunkhouse is also a hit with families with a large garden for children to play in. Sleeping 15 in 3 rooms and very well equipped for self-catering this bunkhouse is perfect accommodation for groups.More details
Tyncornel Hostel previously YHA Tyncornel Bunkhouse
Tyncornel is a former farmhouse set in stunning Cambrian mountain scenery at the head of the beautiful Doethie Valley. It is one of the most remote hostels in Wales, favoured by walkers, cyclists, and bird watchers. It is on the Cambrian Way long distance footpath. The hostel has 16 places. There is a cosy common room with wood-burning stove, two dormitories with built-in bunk beds and a self-catering kitchen.More details
Craig Y Nos Castle
Craig Y Nos Castle sits in the Brecon Beacons. The Nurses Block can be booked on a daily or a room basis, and also 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. See website for best rates and deals.More details
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 storage. Need a break from cooking? There's a restaurant upstairs, or just enjoy a cheeky drink in the bar. What's more there's a cinema too! CellB is the perfect place to recover, recuperate, and soak up the vibrant landscape.More details
Maentwrog bunkhouse is a newly 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 several beautiful beaches are within 15-20 mins' drive. The Welsh costal path passes the end of the lane.More details
The Cambrian Way
The Cambrian Way is a walking route over the mountains of Wales. It is is 291 miles (485km) in length and was the idea of the late Tony Drake, a long time member of the Ramblers. Tony Drake was active in the setting up of the Cotswold Way, the Offa’s Dyke route and the Youth Hostel Association. In the 1970’s he worked towards the establishment of the long distance path and devised a wild walking route from the South of Wales to the North of Wales taking in the many mountain ranges along the way.
The Cambrian Way starts at Cardiff Castle and includes most of the best mountain scenery in Wales. It passes through the Brecon Beacons, the Carmarthen Fans, the Cambrian Mountains, the Rhinogs, the Moelwyns, the Glyders and the Carneddau. Walking the route you will pass over Cadair Idris, Snowden and Plynlimon.
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.
Ty’n y Berth Mountain Centre is 3 miles from where the Cambrian Way crosses the A487 on the Talyllyn Pass. If booked in advance (subject to availability) the centre can provide transport to and from The Way or Machynlleth Station. Ty’n y Berth provides ideal accommodation for groups of walkers with drying facilities for wet weather gear and laundry hire. Evening meal, cooked breakfast and packed lunch can be provided if pre-booked and there is a self catering kitchen.
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.
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.