Aberdovey, Snowdonia


Aberdovey / Aberdyfi is on the coast in Snowdonia National Park. Our location means you don’t have to choose between beach based water activities, expeditions in the mountains or sleeping out in a cabin in the forest – they’re all here waiting for you.

The Outward Bound Trust
Aberdovey / Aberdyfi
LL35 0RA
01654 767464

Accommodation at Aberdovey

Participants: Aberdovey is our biggest centre, accommodating 184 young people in dorm rooms that sleep 4-8. It's also the original Outward Bound centre, young people have been coming here since 1941!

Group Leaders: Have their own twin rooms, some with ensuite facilities.

Centre Facilities: Although we're remote, most networks can get 4G and you can access wifi from the social areas. We provide all the specialist kit, waterproofs and boots you'll need. If they get wet just pop them in our big drying room, and you'll be kept warm in the main building with our ground source heat pump heating.

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Getting to Aberdovey
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 below.

From the 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 below.

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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