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Dolgoch hostel

... Come and enjoy 'off-grid' living!

Come and experience the peace of this quiet location in the remote Tywi valley. Dolgoch is a traditional Welsh farmhouse, recently renovated to provide the comfortable accommodation expected by today's hostellers.

The new facilities include a modern woodburning stove, new washrooms and showers and disabled facilities. State-of-the-art solar collectors are being installed to provide hot water and solar panels power the LED lighting. Not forgetting the new, all-weather track, of course!

Please note that no dogs other than service dogs are allowed either in the hostel or on hostel grounds.

Hostel Dolgoch

... Dewch I fwynhau byw yn rhydd!

Dewch i fwynhau tawelwch y llecyn tawel, diarffordd hwn yn Nyffryn Tywi. Mae Dolgoch yn hen ffermdy sy'n dal a goleuadau nwy ond wedi ei adnewyddu yn ddiweddar er mwyn cyrraedd safonnau heddiw.

Mae yno stof newydd aml-danwydd, stafelloedd ymolchi/cawodydd newydd, adnoddau ar gyfer pobl ag anabledd. Daw dwr poeth o'[ paneli solar a thrydan ar gyfer y lloft tra bod goleuadau nwy lawr llawr. Hefyd mae trac newydd!

Noder: Dim cwn yn yr Hostel neu'r ardd ar wahan I gwn tywys, ogydda.

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(cliciwch ar y lluniau i'w gwneud yn fwy)

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Hello, just wanted to say we all had a really good time at dolgoch over the weekend. Thanks to the wardens for putting up with our large group. The place is fantastic and the wardens really friendly. I know it must be daunting for them, especially forJanet on Saturday night with such a large group of men. Will definitely stay again in the future.
- Mike, Hosteller

Lôn Las Cymru, the Welsh National Cycle Route, and the Cambrian Way long distance path pass nearby. There are many other mountain tracks and the area is a paradise for bird watchers.

Mae Lôn Las Cymru, y Llwybr Beicio Cenedlaethol a Ffordd Cambrian i gerddwyr gerllaw a nifer o draciau mynydd eraill sy'n berffaith i wylwyr adar.

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How to book your stay

Please see the Booking page.

Sut i archebu'ch lle

Gweler ein Tudalen fwcio.


Hostel details

address: Dolgoch Bunkhouse
Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6NR
phones: 01974 298 680  (hostel)
0800 019 1700  (bookings)
01440 730 226  (bookings)
email: dolgoch@elenydd-hostels.co.uk


cyfeiriad: Ty Bync Dolgoch
Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6NR
ffônau: 01974 298 680  (hostel)
0800 019 1700  (trefniadau)
01440 730 226  (trefniadau)
ebost: dolgoch@elenydd-hostels.co.uk

( This Map is Interactive: Zoom-in, Zoom-out, Click & Drag.. e.t.c )

Dolgoch is a simple hostel offering 20 beds in 3 bedrooms, ensuite disabled facilities and a well-equipped, self-catering kitchen / common room. It is open throughout the year.

All bedding is provided (so there's no need to bring a sleeping bag) and there's plenty of wood for the wood-burning stove that keeps the hostel nice and warm. But for the time being, it's recommended that you boil your drinking water.

Please note that at present there is no fridge at Dolgoch.

Dolgoch is 1 km (¾ mile) to the south of the Tregaron to Abergwesyn mountain road. The track to the hostel is between the 'Ceredigion' and 'Powys' county roadsigns, right next to the bridge over the river Tywi.

Hostel syml yw Dolgoch yn cynnig 20 gwely mewn tair ystafell wely, a chegin hunan-arlwyo/ystafell gyffredin. Mae ar ogor drwy gydol y flwyddyn.

Darperir lliain gwely (does dim angen dod a sach gysgu) ac mae digon o bren ar gyfer y stof i gadw'r hostel yn gynnes braf. Ond, mae angen berwi dwr i'w yfed am y tro.

Noder: Ar hyn o bryd, nid oes rhewgell yn Dolgoch.

Lleoliad Dolgoch - 1 km (¾ milltir) i'r de o'r ffordd fynydd Tregaron/Abergwesyn. Mae'r lôn i'r hostel rhwng yr arwyddion 'Ceredgion' a 'Powys' nesaf i'r bont dros yr afon Tywi.


1:50000 OS map:
1:25000 OS map:
grid reference:

Landranger 147
Explorer 187
SN 806 562

map OS 1:50000:
map OS 1:25000:
cyfeiriad grid:

Landranger 147
Explorer 187
SN 806 562


Camping at Dolgoch

We have excellent camping facilities at Dolgoch, comprising a flat area close to the hostel which has space for at least 6 medium tents and further pitches in the 'paddock' (pictured). There are some wilder pitches up the hill above the car park with fantastic views.

Whilst camping at Dolgoch you may hear the family of woodpeckers or see the red kites whirring overhead. A midge net is recommended or some 'Avon Skin So Soft' just in case on a still summer night you may find some midges sharing your tent! Campers can use the hostel facilities including toilets, showers and cooking facilities if needed.

Prices are 8 per person per night with special rates for DofE campers. We were very grateful to LV Insurance Company for sponsoring the purchase of soil for the main camp site which was established in 2013.

Gwersylla yn Dolgoch

Yn agos at yr hostel mae llain gwastad gyda digon o le ar gyfer tua 6 phabell canol maint, a mwy o ofod mewn cae cyfagos (gweler y llun) ac i fyny'r bryn uwchben y maes parcio lle mae'r golygfeydd yn wych.

Weithiau fe glywch gnocell y coed cyfagos; dro arall fe welwch farcud uwchben ond cofiwch ddod a rhwyd cysgu, neu hylif gwarchod croen ee Avon 'Skin so Soft' ar gyfer nosweithiau llonydd, cynnes rhag ofn. Mae croeso I wersyllwyr ddefnyddio cyfleusterau'r hostel: y tai bach, cawodydd, a'r gegin.

Prisiau: 8 y noson/person; llai ar gyfer myfyrwyr Cynllun Tywysog Phillip. Diolch yn fawr I gwmni yswiriant LV am noddi'r pridd ar gyfer y llain gwersylla a grewyd yn 2013.

Dolgoch Hostel Campsite

Disabled facilities

Dolgoch has a modern, self-contained annexe for disabled visitors. This was funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Click here for our access statement.

Cyfleusterau ar gyfer pobl ag anabledd

Mae ystafell priodol , annibynnol ar eich cyfer-diolch I Lywodraeth Cymru a Chronfa Ewropeaidd Datblygu Cymru Gwledig. Cliciwch yma fwy o fanylion.

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I have just spent 3 nights at the Dolgoch Hostel and as a wheelchair user I did have some reservations about access and whether I would be able to explore the surrounding countryside. I need not have worried as the annex has been designed to meet those with special needs with a large bathroom containing a roll in shower. The main living and dining area is easily accessed by a short concrete path and there is adequate parking outside the annex.

A visit to the nearby Cors Caron Nature Reserve was a real treat with its mile and a half board walk allowing easy wheelchair access. The scenery in the Tywi Valley is breathtaking and the peace and quiet in this remote location is a rare pleasure.

John Gilgar, Facebook


Nearest shops and public transport

The nearest shops are about 15 km (9 miles) away, over the hills in Tregaron or along the winding mountain road in Llanwrtyd Wells. The distance to Ty'n Cornel hostel is 8 km (5 miles) by footpath or 31 km (19 miles) by road.

The nearest buses are in Llanwrtyd Wells, Rhandirmwyn and Tregaron, and the nearest train station is in Llanwrtyd Wells. Detailed public transport information can be obtained from Traveline (0871 200 2233).

Siopau agosaf a thrafnidiaeth cyhoeddus

Mae'r siop agosaf tua 15 km (9 milltir) bant, dros y bryniau yn Nhregaron neu ar hyd ffordd fynydd droelliog yn Llanwrtyd. Mae'r pellter i hostel Ty'n Cornel yn 8 km (5 milltir) ar lwybr neu 31 km (19 milltir) ar yr ffordd.

Tregaron, Rhandirmwyn neu Llanwrtyd yw lleoliad y bysys agosaf ac yn y dref olaf yma y mae gorsaf drenau. Manylion am drafnidiaeth cyhoeddus i'w cael oddiwrth Traveline (0871 200 2233).


Walks from Dolgoch

Martin Hanks has produced a series of beautifully illustrated maps showing walks in the hills around the Elenydd hostels. See our Walking and Cycling page.

Troion o Dolgoch

Mae Martin Hanks wedi cynhyrchu cyfres o fapiau darluniedig yn dangos troion yn y bryniau a gwmpas hosteli Elenydd. Gweler ein tudalen Cerdded a beicio.


YHA 'The Wanderer' March 2014

Read the Dolgoch feature in this Cycling Edition of the YHA's online magazine.

YHA 'The Wanderer' Mawrth 2014

Darllenwch yr erthygl am Dolgoch yn Argraffiad Beicio diweddaraf cylchgrawn YHA ar-lein


YHA stamp YHA stamp

Dolgoch memories

Atgofion Dolgoch

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A German visitor in the 1970's
Sylwadau ymwelydd o'r Almaenwr

My appreciation for Wales and especially Dolgoch began in the late 1970s when some friends of mine (inspired by a school trip to London) suggested we spend the holidays in England and I joined them. After some uneasy experiences with large hostels we started looking for the smallest ones and ended up in the Cambrian Mountains where we met George who was wardening at Dolgoch at that time. From then on we came back quite regularly, went to several parts of the country from Cornwall to Scotland over the years, but we never had a holiday without seeing Dolgoch, where we sometimes did voluntary work on the water supply or the building itself.

Martin Rusch

Cyclists in 2006
Seiclwyr yn 2006

We stayed at Dolgoch in July 2006 whilst on a cycle tour through Wales, during the heatwave with the tar melting on the roads. My teenage son was riding his road bike carrying heavy panniers (he did not listen to Dad's advice on packing!). He managed to ride 3/4 of the way up the Devil's Staircase before walking the last bit - further than his dad did! He was intrigued by the gas lights and shower at Dolgoch.

Earlier that day he had broken a spoke - rear wheel, cassette side. On arrival at Dolgoch we met a group of 'Roughstuff' riders. My son thought it was strange to be riding off-road on touring bikes, especially when he saw the condition of one of the bikes. Anyway we had a great discussion whilst cooking and eating dinner. One 'mature' Roughstuff rider could not understand why you would want more than a 5 speed cassette whilst many of the others were amused at my son's high gearing (52/39 chainring and 12/25 9 speed cassette), then impressed when he told them how far he had ridden up the Devil's Staircase. The Roughstuff guys looked for a spare spoke to repair his wheel but did not have the right size, but one of them did a great job of truing his wheel to allow him to ride to the bike shop in Aberystwyth. We enjoyed our night at Dolgoch and it was good to see and hear the banter between teenager and the older crowd.

Richard Wrigley

Night sky at Dolgoch
Awyr y nos yn Nolgoch
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