The Snowdonia Way is a long distant route that takes you the entire length of Snowdonia National Park. It stretches from Machynlleth in the South to Conwy in the North. The Snowdonia Way has a 97 mile low-level main route, with a number of mountain alternatives. Linking all the mountain days up would give a mountain route of 122 miles. There is a great choice of independent hostels of bunkhouses along both routes.
Blue Peris Mountain Centre, Dinorwic, Caernarfon, Gwynedd. LL55 3ET
White Peris Lodge is part of Blue Peris Mountain Centre in the heart of Snowdonia. The Lodge sleeps 13 across 4 rooms. Well equipped, there’s a self catering kitchen, tables & comfy chairs, central heating, lovely hot showers, bike storage, drying rooms, picnic tables & parking. While the Lodge is perfect for families & small groups, the main Centre sleeps 60 & is ideal for large groups & schools. Outdoor activities available.
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.
Lion Street, Dolgellau, LL40 1DG
After a good day's walking, Plas Isa is the place you need for a good night's rest. Whether you choose to follow the mountain trail or the less strenuous but as enjoyable valley trail, Plas Isa is on the route. In the centre of Dolgellau with plenty of shops on our doorstep to replenish your supplies. First leg is from Machynlleth to Dolgellau - book your room with us, and we will make sure you have a good rest, ready for the next leg to Trawsfynydd.
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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.
Railway Terrace, Doll St, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BH
Toad Hall sits beside the River Dovey, close to Snowdonia National Park in the market town of Machynlleth. NCN Cycle Route 8 & Glyndwrs Way pass near by. The accommodation sleeps 9 in a 3-bedroomed self contained unit above the owner’s family home. The small flat garden is ideal for camping and there’s a small workshop for bike repair/storage.
Strata House, Dryll, Caernarfon, LL55 3NF
Ideally situated on the edge of Snowdonia National Park yet just a 15 minute drive to the seaside town of Caernarfon, Lon Dryll is your perfect base for exploring North Wales. Under new ownership & completely refurbished, Lon Dryll offers groups of between 10-29 exclusive use of all its facilities. Guests will enjoy privacy, space and the breath-taking panoramic views. Dogs are welcome.
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 ‘Fifteen 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.
Platts Farm Bunkhouse, Aber Road, Llanfairfechan, Conwy, LL33 0HL
Platt’s Farm Campsite and 3* Bunkhouse is situated in a range of Victorian farm buildings, in the charming village of Llanfairfechan. Close to the A55, the Bunkhouse lies at the start/end of the 14 Welsh 3000 Peaks walks in the Snowdonia National Park, within a 10 min walk of the Wales Coastal Path and on the NCN 5 Cycle Route. Shops, pubs and cafés are within 5 mins’ walk. Just 15 mins from Zipworld, Bethesda & 20 mins from Surf Snowdonia.
2-3 Heol y Bont (Bridge St), Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 1AU
HyB self catering rooms are 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. No stag weekends or 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 .
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, 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.
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.
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.
Lawrence House, Church Street, Tremadog, Nr Porthmadog, Gwynedd, Snowdonia, LL49 9PS
Snowdon Lodge, the birthplace of Lawrence of Arabia, is a sociable place for a get-together with friends and family. A perfect self-catering group base in Snowdonia. Large Victorian property set in 4 acre grounds in a pretty village. Sole use for your group. Pet friendly. Well-equipped kitchen. Spacious dining room.Cosy lounge with log burner. BBQ area. Private parking. Games room lecture/seminar room available for hire.
Dinorwig, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 3EY
On the edge of Snowdonia National Park, Lodge Dinorwig, a former school, has a 14 bed bunkroom. Breakfast is included and evening meals can be booked but there is no self-catering. The main hall has a mixture of sofas, tables and chairs, ideal to relax and plan the next day. Perfectly located for all the high adrenaline activities Snowdonia has to offer and with easy access to attractions such as Zip World as well as Snowdon and Llanberis
Old School, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9TQ
Perfect for schools, education groups, family celebrations and groups of all kinds, Corris hostel is a haven from the stresses of the outside world with its caring staff & cosy wood fires. Enjoy the gardens with BBQ & campfire areas. Situated in Snowdonia National Park close to Cadair Idris, the Centre for Alternative Technology and just 3 miles from the new Dyfi Bike Park, a mecca for trail bikers. A real paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. CAMRA pub close by.
Pont-y-Pant, Dolwyddelan, North Wales, LL25 0DQ
Lledr House nestles in Snowdonia National Park. Once YHA and now newly refurbished, guests delight in the luxury mattresses, modern bathrooms, well equipped kitchen and extended car park. Individuals, groups and families enjoy the clean, comfortable accommodation.
Betws-y-Coed, Llyn Elsi and Zip World high rope course close by.
The Snowdonia Way is a long distant route that takes you the entire length of Snowdonia (Eryri). It stretches from Machynlleth in the South to Conwy in the North. There are two alternative routes. Snowdonia Way’s main route is 97 mile long and is mainly low level. It will take you along valley tracks, hillside paths and through forested slopes. There are some steep ascents and descents but the route avoids the peaks. This means it can be walked by those who want a journey through the landscape, with stunning views of the mountains from the valleys. This is the only low level long distance route through Snowdonia and it allows you to see Snowdonia is all its magnificence.
If you want to climb some mountains on the way, a high level route has been devised. This route intersects with the standard Snowdonia Way route regularly. So you can switch between routes when you feel like it or when the weather dictates. If you opt to walk the whole high-level route from beginning to end, it is a 122 mile journey. You will climb some of the area’s most famous peaks including Snowdon, Cadair Idris, Cnicht and the Glyders. But you will also go up some lesser known peaks, which you may have all to yourself.
All along the route, including the mountain alternatives, there are independent hostels and bunkhouses offering friendly, low cost accommodation to walkers. More information about the route can be found at Snowdonia Way’s own