It must be stressed that Dolgoch is very remote (10 miles from nearest shop?) and offers very basic accommodation and facilities - 1 large communal bunkbed dorm + 2 smaller 'family' bunkbed rooms upstairs, one loo, two showers downstairs with an entrance hall and large stone flagged kitchen / common room with one woodburner stove. There is one gas cooker, 3 gas kettle hobs with toast grills underneath, LED lighting where until recently old gaslights were fitted. It is like a Youth Hostel would have been maybe 30+ years ago. So rare - and attractive for some for just these reasons. Ideal for walkers and cyclists really then who only need a crashpad, carbs and somewhere to dry wet / sweaty clothes and muddy boots.
The woodburner is the only source of heat in winter. It needs constant feeding with pine logs (supplied) and poking with a poker to get the best from it. The kitchen is functional at best - 12 visitors in say 3-4 groups who dont know each other would swamp the facilities at mealtimes and in winter it is 'challenging' due to the cold and darkness. No mobile signal, No radio reception. Headtorch advisable. Sleeping bag also. Handtorches and bedding supplied but a good down bag is preferable. Positive mental attitude a must.
Best visited therefore in spring (Easter onwards) and summer when the outside seating and location can be fully appreciated. Ive stayed twice in winter now and think I owe myself a midsummer stay.
The location and surroundings are the USP (unique selling point) - pleasant walking from the doorway to Llyn Brianne reservoir, Soar y Mynydd chapel (1822), the Doethie Valley, part of the Cambrian Way and even Drygarn Fawr - challenging upland walking in any season. Easy-ish car drives to Tregaron (13 miles?) or Llanwrtyd Wells (similar) or Llandovery (20 miles?) - but best to stay close to the hostel for the scenery really - waterfalls, ponies, red kites, buzzards, herons, sheep of course, lots of sheep.
If you love communal living, hearty meals cooked by a few hands and ready teamwork when washing up and cleaning up then way to go! If youre used to b&b's, flicking switches, social media and dont own a compass then best go somewhere else, maybe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Elenydd is an area in the southern Cambrian Mountains of mid-Wales, between Llanwrtyd Wells and Tregaron. It is a wild and beautiful place, with silence broken only by a gurgling stream, the bleating of sheep or the call of a bird. It is a wonderful area for outdoor activities like walking and cycling, an ideal place to escape from the pressures of the modern world.Simple youth hostels have provided accommodation here for many years and have always been popular with walkers and cyclists. They are in isolated and stunning locations and have been run by volunteer wardens for many years.The Youth Hostels Association closed the last three of these hostels in 2006, but we have managed to save two of them - Ty'n Cornel and Dolgoch. They are both converted farmhouses in the hills and are full of character. And you can help to keep them open by visiting them! ... more less
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- Elenydd Wilderness Hostels - Dolgoch Hostel Tregaron, Wales