The Snowdonia Slate Trail is an 83 mile circular walking route which leads you through the awe-inspiring landscape of Snowdonia National Park. The route has a choice of independent hostels and bunkhouses offering great value self catering accommodation that’s just perfect for walkers.
Snowdonia Slate Trail Hostel and Bunkhouse Accommodation
National Trust Ysbyty Estate Office, Dinas, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, LL24 0HF
This converted Grade ll stone farm building is the perfect base for enjoying the Snowdonia National Park. Part of the 8,000 hectare Ysbyty Estate, it offers spacious, well appointed group accommodation.
Local attractions include the Tree Top Adventure Course at Betws-y-Coed, Zip World at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, Zip World and Bounce Below at Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog and the Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre.
Dinorwig, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 3EY
After climbing up from Llanberis the trail passes by the Cafe and Hostel at Dinorwig. This former school now provides meals for walkers on the trail and overnight accommodation in comfy bunks with a cooked breakfast in the morning.
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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.
Deiniolen, Caernarfon LL55 3HH
In the small mountain village of Deiniolen, in the heart of Snowdonia, not far from Llanberis, The Old School Lodge is the perfect base for groups of all kinds wishing to explore the rugged splendour of North Wales. Perfect for groups of walkers or climbers, the Lodge provides high quality accommodation for those looking for a warm comfortable base to return to after a day on the Welsh mountains. Facilities include a well equipped self-catering kitchen, lounge, games room & resources room.
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.
Snowdonia Mountain Hostel, Tai Newyddion, Nant Ffrancon, Bangor LL57 3DQ
What could be better for weary walkers? Snowdonia Mountain Hostel, a newly refurbished, warm and comfortable hostel in the heart of the Ogwen valley offers perfect budget accommodation.
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The Drapers Field Centre, Betws-y-coed, Conwy. LL24 0HB
FSC Rhyd-y-creuau is a Field Studies Council centre set in Snowdonia National Park. The 2.2 hectare estate includes a football pitch, woodland, biodiversity garden, campfire area, teambuilding challenges, stream and ponds. The centre accommodates groups of between 30 and 100 and is ideal for schools, clubs and large gathering of friends and family. Both full board and self catering options are possible. Outdoor activities can be provided and Zip World Fforest is half a mile down the road.
Capel Saron, Tyn Y Maes, Bethesda, Gwynedd LL57 3LX
Ogwen Valley Bunkhouse may offer simple accommodation but according to its guests it’s one of the best! 'Amazing Place to stay’. ‘Awesome base for the mountains'. 'The outdoor space for the kids was perfect'. 'Just back from my fifth trip….already looking forward to next year.'
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Vicarage Road, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, LL24 0AD
This large Victorian property has been specially adapted to provide self-catering accommodation for groups of up to 33. The eight dormitories vary in size from one to ten beds, complete with duvets and linen. The Centre is centrally heated and has a common room, games room, large kitchen, drying room and hot showers. Located in Betws-y-Coed, Woodlands Centre is an ideal base for outdoor activities in Snowdonia.
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!!
Ffordd Gerlan, Gerlan, Bethesda, Bangor, LL57 3ST
Caban Cysgu self catering hostel is ideal for walkers on this popular 83 mile trail around the ruins of the historic slate industry of North Wales. Just 1km from the route and a short walk to the pubs and cafes in Bethesda.
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Rhyd Ddu, Snowdonia, Wales LL54 6TL
The Rhyd Ddu Bunkhouse provides group accommodation on the slate trail at the foot of Snowdon and the Nantlle Ridge. Ideal for groups of 12 to 30. There are 6 bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a large communal dining room. Glorious views, central heating, parking and fast Wifi. Sleeping bags required. Pub and café within 2 minutes’ walk.
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Craiglan, Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0AW
The Vagabond Bunkhouse/Hostel is in the village of Betws-y-Coed, in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. This unique bunkhouse has been specifically designed for individuals, families or groups. Very well appointed, it has ready made up beds, free hot drinks, seriously hot showers, a well equipped kitchen & a bar. Catering is available & there is a Pizza restaurant on site (notice required). Outside there’s a climbing wall, a power wash & heated dog kennels!
Arete Outdoor Education Centre, Llanrug, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 4AP
The Arete Outdoor Centre, in Snowdonia National Park, offers excellent access to the stunning coastline, mountains & lakes of North Wales and Anglesey. With comfortable, affordable, bunkhouse accommodation and large kitchens this is a great base for groups of friends or family. The team can advise on how best to spend your stay and a range of exciting outdoor activities are available through the centre's well qualified staff.
Pentre Bach, Waunfawr, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL54 7AJ
Situated between Waunfawr and Betws Garmon, Pentre Bach Bunkhouse provides dog friendly accommodation, outdoor activities and a campsite. The ground floor of the bunkhouse has a dining/cooking area while upstairs there are alpine sleeping platforms with mattresses for 16. Showers, toilets and washing/drying facilities, shared with the campsite, are just across the yard.
The Snowdonia Slate Trail is an 83 mile circular walking route which leads you through the awe-inspiring landscape of Snowdonia National Park. As the name implies it takes you through a number of Snowdonia’s slate villages and allows you to explore the rich industrial heritage of the area. The trail leads you through some of the less visited parts of Snowdonia and offers you a variety of experiences. Passing though all the main mountains ranges, you will also walk through forests and valleys, past rivers and lakes. En route you pass through tiny slumbering hamlets as well as the bustling towns of Llanberis and Betws Coed. The Slate Trail is a walk of contradictions, with plenty to keep you interested.
Industrial heritage on the Snowdonia Slate Trail
The Snowdonia Slate Trail is also a joy for narrow gauge railway enthusiasts, as it visits the Penrhyn Quarry Railway, Llanberis Lake Railway, Snowdon Mountain Railway, the Welsh Highland Light Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway. What better way to break up your day’s walking with a ride on steam train?
The good news is that there is a great choice of Independent Hostels to stay in when you plan to walk the Slate Trail. See a full list of them below.
The official route starts at Porth Penrhyn near Bangor and ends at Bethesda and takes you through or near the villages of Llanllechid, Bethesda, Dinorwig, Llanberis, Waunfawr, Nantlle, Rhyd Ddu, Beddgelert, Croesor, Ffestiniog and Penmachno. Great for stocking up on provisions and stopping for a well deserved rest, a cup of tea (or something stronger) and a large slice of cake! Covering 83 miles with a total ascent of 4159m it should take between 5 and 13 days. Its well worth visiting
LDWA and the Snowdonia Slate Trail website for a wealth of information. There is also a detailed book and map of the route.