Aberdovey, Snowdonia


Our Aberdovey outdoor education centre has spectacular views over the Dyfi estuary. Water activities are based at our specialist wharf facility, while expeditions and rock climbing take place in quiet, remote mountains and sea cliffs close to the centre. Forest cabins are available for overnight expeditions.

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For an insight in to centre life and to help answer questions regarding bedrooms, food and what to do around the centre, view the video below.

Watch this video of our Aberdovey centre for a flavour of what to expect when you come to Outward Bound. Facilities will vary across our centres.


Participants: Accommodates 184 people in bunk rooms of 4-6 people. Toilets and showers are adjacent to rooms.

Group Leaders: Separate accommodation in twin rooms, some with en-suite facilities

Centre Facilities: 4 log cabins, dining room, seminar rooms, common rooms, shop, telephones & vending machines.

Getting There

From the North
From the M6 junction 20A, take the M56 West and follow the signs to the M53, which then becomes the A55 towards Chester. From the A55 take the A483 past Wrexham, turn right onto the A5 towards Llangollen and then onto Corwen. Two miles after Corwen, turn left onto the A494 towards Bala and then onto Dolgellau. At Dolgellau turn left onto the A470 and after three miles turn right onto the A487 towards Machynlleth. After 14 miles turn right onto the A493 to Aberdovey. Follow paragraph 'From Machynlleth' as opposite.

From South West
From the M4 junction 24, follow the A449 and then the A40 towards Abergavenny and onto Crickhowell. One and a half miles past Crickhowell turn right onto the A479 towards Talgarth and follow the signs to Builth Wells. On approaching Builth Wells, remain on the A470 and follow the signs to Rhayader, then onto Llangurig, then Caersws and finally Machynlleth. At a roundabout in Cemmaes Road, turn left onto the A489 towards Machynlleth. Follow paragraph ‘From Machynlleth’ as below.

From the South East and Midlands
Take the M54, which becomes the A5, heading towards Shrewsbury. Leave the A5 to the west of Shrewsbury on the A458 towards Welshpool and then onto Dolgellau. Once you reach a roundabout in Mallwyd, (the Brigands Inn will be on your left), turn left onto the A470 towards Machynlleth. Follow the A470 for 6 miles, at a roundabout in Cemmaes Road turn right onto the A489 towards Machynlleth. Follow paragraph 'From Machynlleth' as opposite.

From Machynlleth
On approaching the clock tower in Machynlleth turn right towards Aberdovey. After half a mile turn left, (immediately after crossing river bridge), onto the A493 to Aberdovey. Follow the A493 for
approximately 9 miles. The entrance to the centre is on the right immediately after the 40 MPH speed restriction signs. CAUTION, the entrance is difficult to negotiate and large vehicles should only attempt to arrive from or depart towards Machynlleth.

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