Our first visit to Ogwen Cottage

By guest blogger Bex Randles, Education Business Development

Ogwen Exterior From RiverDan and I were having a great catch up, as we headed along the A55 towards Ogwen Cottage.  Though on turning inland away from the choppy Irish sea, towards the lush wildness of the Snowdonia National Park, very quickly our chit-chat subsided, as we took in the awe inspiring landscape!

Mountains upon mountains stretching up and across the landscape ahead of us and snaking along the Thomas Telford Road, soon emerged Ogwen Cottage. It stands proudly below towering Tryfan, Glyder Fach and the Fawr mountains. Such a huge and imposing backdrop to the tiny, but bold, Ogwen Cottage.

On entering our new centre, a sense of welcome and warmth hit us straight away, as we meandered through the cosy warren of rooms.  A dining room overlooks Llyn Ogwen and there are three review rooms, a drying room, washing facilities and a light and spacious sitting/games room on the ground floor.  Upstairs, there were six dorms [sleeping between four and eight], three visiting staff rooms, wash rooms – and separate facilities for staff.   

With [at least] two staircases and numerous corridors, every turn was an exploration and held a surprise, and just glancing out of any one of the windows furthered my curiosity for discovery.  The feeling that limitless adventures were accessible just outside these walls.

Outside the cottage, the National Trust’s Ranger Station sat just across the courtyard and the resident rangers had some fascinating tales to tell us, including the legend of “Y Ddraig Goch” [The Red Dragon] and the origin of the Roman bridge that resides just a few metres away from the cottage.  Their knowledge and enthusiasm for the area certainly enhanced the visit.

The possibilities for multi-day expeditions that originated at the centre were enormous, and within a 10 minute drive, you could reach a range of climbing, gorge walking and paddling venues that would satisfy the most intrepid participant.  Next time, I will definitely be bringing my walking boots and backpack, as the short visit I had has certainly awakened my spirit of adventure!

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