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
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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Lower House Farm, Pantygelli, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 7HR
Smithy’s Bunkhouse accommodates groups of up to 24 in two dormitories of 12 bunks.Located on a working farm just outside Abergavenny in the Brecon Beacons, there are great walking/running and cycling routes from the doorstep.A range of outdoor activities can be organised if required. There’s a traditional pub serving bar snacks and meals at the end of the drive for the times you don’t want to self-cater.
Brecon Road (A40), Bwlch, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7RQ
Ideal base for exploring Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park. Situated in the village of Bwlch alongside the Beacons Way long distance footpath. Expect a warm and comfortable stay in a dog friendly bunkhouse with spacious bedrooms, lounge/dining areas, full equipped self-catering kitchen, BBQ, hot showers, drying room and off-road parking. Accommodation for up to 20 people over 6 bedrooms. Private bedrooms or sole use for individuals, couples & groups.
Clyngwyn Farm, Ystradfellte Rd, Pontneddfechan, Powys, SA11 5US
Clyngwyn Farm offers exclusive use of the Bunkhouse for group accommodation, sleeping 19. Minutes away from waterfalls & the best walking in the Brecon Beacons. New fully equipped kitchen, big lounge, wifi and central heating provides the perfect year round stay. 3 bedrooms, 14 single beds and two sets of bunks. Outside fire pit & undercover BBQ area. Catering available & organised outdoor activities if required. Camping facilities.
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.
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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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.
Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6NN
Diffwys Outdoor Centre offers Cambrian Way walkers a perfect overnight stop over. With made up beds, duvets to hire, a small shop selling basic non-perishable provisions, a boot and drying room it has been designed with the outdoor enthusiast in mind. In fact it's not just walkers who appreciate the isolation and stunning location of Diffwys Outdoor Centre; cyclists, wild swimmers, fishermen and lovers of nature and the rugged Cambrain mountains all return to the Centre to follow their passion and escape their everyday lives.
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Staylittle, Llanbrynmair, SY19 7DB
Welcome to the edge of Hafren Forest. Choose from catered, self-catered exclusive group accommodation, or B&B with optional dinners.The bedrooms offer simplicity and comfort, for a peaceful sleep. When booking B&B you have exclusive hire of your bedroom.Unwind in the spacious lounge or enjoy breathtaking views in the dining room you won’t be disappointed. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts or for those who just want to sit back and relax.
Gwastad Agnes Off Panorama Road, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1DX
And Bunkorma is the place to stay if you want great value bunkhouse accommodation with a view to die for.
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Islawrdref, Dolgellau, LL40 1TB
Kings Hostel offers groups a uniquely private and affordable place to stay amidst the mountains of Snowdonia. With fabulous walking and cycle routes on the doorstep, a short drive to the coast and all the attractions on the National Park close by, there is something for everyone. Sleeping groups of up to 42 on a sole use basis, this historic hostel is ever popular with schools, clubs and family and friend get-togethers
Lion Street, Dolgellau, LL40 1DG
Enjoy the views from Cader Idris, knowing that after the descent you will have a good night's rest at Plas Isa
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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.
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 Coastal Path passes the end of the lane.
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 is a former golf club recently converted to provide self-catering accommodation for groups. Attractions nearby include Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Bounce Below, Zip World, Antur Stiniog, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Go Below Adventures, Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Centre, Portmeirion Italian Village, White Water Rafting, Harlech Castle and Black Rock Sands.
Park Square, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3AD
After a long day of adventures, why not rest your weary head in a former Edwardian police house, now a delightful self contained hostel?
Conveniently located in the centre of Blaenau Ffestiniog. This self contained unit is perfect for family or friends get togethers. It’s an ideal location for adventures such as Zip World, Go Below, mountain and beach walks or mountain biking. CellB is the perfect place to recover, recuperate, and soak up the vibrant landscape.
The Old School, Rhyd Ddu, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, North Wales LL54 6TL
The Rhyd Ddu Bunkhouse provides group accommodation at the foot of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) & the Nantlle Ridge. Sleeping 30 in 6 bedrooms, it has a fully equipped kitchen & a large communal dining room with a big screen. Glorious views, central heating, fast WiFi, parking, secure bike storage, drying room & garden. Bring your own sleeping bag, pillow case & towel. Pub, café, & steam train station all within 2 minutes’ walk.
Snowdon House, Nant Peris, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4UL
Ideal group accommodation for up to 10 people, Snowdon House Bunkhouse lies in the iconic Llanberis Pass at the foot of Snowdon and now has a brand new 7 person hot tub. Surrounded by stunning Snowdonia landscape, it is the perfect base for walkers, climbers, cyclists & families wanting to explore Snowdonia.With walks, scrambling & climbing on the doorstep & a short drive to beaches, castles, steam trains and the famous Zip Wire, there is something for everybody.
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. Snowdon is a 30 minute drive away. 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.
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 underfloor heating, comfortable beds and a drying room guests invariably return. On Snowdonia Slate Trail & Lon Las Cymru .
Ffordd Gerlan, Gerlan, Bethesda, Bangor, LL57 3ST
Caban Cysgu, run by Gerlan community, offers purpose-built accommodation at the foot of the Carneddau. Perfect for walking in Snowdonia, Tryfan 10 mins away and Wyddfa (Snowdon) 25 mins drive. A great base for the ‘Welsh 3,000’. Convenient for Snowdonia & Cambrian Ways & Slate Trail. Just 5 mins from Zip World; the longest & fastest zip line in Europe. Plenty of mountain bike trails on the doorstep & road cyclists have Sustrans ‘Lôn Las Ogwen’ route a mile away. For climbers, Idwal is nearby, for canoeists Afon Ogwen is popular.
Bron-y-Gader Centre, Llanbedr-y-Cennin, Conwy, LL32 8UT
Perched at 290m (950ft) in the foothills of Snowdonia with direct access to the Carneddau mountains and close to the end of the Welsh 3000s Challenge route, Bron-y-Gader Bunkhouse offers comfortable & great value accommodation for up to 37.Remote and isolated but 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.
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. Bike/canoe storage and tourist information are available. Local activities include fishing, hiking, white water rafting and mountain biking. Surf Snowdonia is within walking distance and Zip World is a short drive.
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.
The Cambrian Way
The Cambrian Way is a walking route over the mountains of Wales. It 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.
Summit of Conwy Mountain near Sychnant Pass
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.
Ffynnon Llugwy Reservoir from Carnedd Llewelyn Hostels and Bunkhouses on the Route.
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. The perfect way to 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 Additional Information
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 produces a useful online guide to the
route, with photographs of the countryside and notification of any changes to the way. Details of the route are also available on the LDWA website.