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This is a small site in its own wooded valley (part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest), on the bottom slopes of the Cader Idris mountain, about four miles from the town of Dolgellau. It is in a lovely location and has views of mountains all around. The Afon Gwynant river runs along the edge of the site and there is plenty of car parking right next to the campsite.
Once checked in, you have 24-hour access to the hostel facilites - hot showers, toilets, a fully-equipped self-catering guest kitchen (the downstairs loos and the kitchen having been refurbished in 2015), lounge, dining room, drying room, books and games, and a fully-licensed bar. Our bar proudly serves a very reasonably priced range of beers, including local ales, and wines. As well as full hot breakfasts - including a delicious full Welsh brekkie - we also offer fresh, home-cooked evening meals, desserts, light lunches, special kids' meals and even picnics to take away for when you're out and about during the day. Just check out our menu board at reception.
There is no mobile phone signal at all on any network but there is a payphone. Please note, that with the exception of registered assisted guide dogs, unfortunately we cannot accept dogs on the site at all.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Lake and/or mountain
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
Dog walk nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
- Coach stations
— 16.0 miles
16.0 miles Tesco — 16.0 miles
16.0 miles Market Square — 16.8 miles
- Train stations
Morfa Mawddach Rail Station
— 3.6 miles
3.6 miles Barmouth Rail Station — 4.4 miles
4.4 miles Fairbourne Rail Station — 4.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing
— 4.2 miles
4.2 miles Barmouth Ferry Landing — 4.3 miles
— 43.9 miles
From the A470, turn on to the A493 (just north of Dolgellau), signposted for Tywyn. About one mile west of the village of Penmaenpool, at bottom of a slope, just before the bridge over the river, take the turning on the left with a big brown sign saying 'Youth Hostel 1 mile'. Follow the tarmac road up to the youth hostel and park in the car park.
Walking for all levels and abilities straight from the site - take a hike up Cadair Idris mountain, a more gentle stroll across to the Cregennan Lakes, or just wander off into the stunning landscape all around the site here in the quieter southern end of Snowdonia National Park.
For bikers, there is the mountain bike mecca of Coed Y Brenin about 20 minutes away, or the trails at Machynnleth and Bewts y Coed. For those looking for something a bit less strenuous there is the Mawddach trail - a nine-mile-long old railway line that hugs the shoreline of the the Mawddach estuary between Dolgellau and Barmouth. There's also the Centre for Alternative Technology, King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris Craft Centre, Harlech Castle, Llanfair Slate Caverns, Tal y Llyn Railway , and loads more attractions. Alternatively you also have huge uncrowded sandy beaches at Fairbourne and Barmouth.
- MOMA Wales - Y Tabernacl (10.1 miles)
- CADW - Harlech Castle (11.3 miles)
- Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway (11.5 miles)
- Ty^ Mawr Wybrnant (23.1 miles)
- Plas yn Rhiw (28.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Does Kings Youth Hostel have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Kings Youth Hostel dog friendly? No View all features
- What attractions are near Kings Youth Hostel? Walking for all levels and abilities straight from the site - take a hike up Cadair Idris mountain, a more gentle stroll across to the Cregennan Lakes, or just wander off into … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Kings Youth Hostel?
Camping and touring Arrive: 12 p.m. – Anytime Depart by: 10:30 a.m. On-site accommodation Arrive: 4 p.m. – Anytime Depart by: 10 a.m.
Reception open 8am to 10am and 5pm to 10pm. Late arrivals must notify us as soon as possible. Please vacate site by 10.30am on day of departure.Read more