Ogwen Cottage began life as a toll house on the old postal route from London to Holyhead.
Ogwen Cottage resides on a particularly scenic spot of the A5 trunk road. It overlooks Llyn Ogwen and is flanked by the steep banks of Pen Yr Ole Wen and the rugged shadow of Tryfan. It’s actually nestled between two mountain ranges, the vast expanse of the Carneddau to the north-west and the dramatic peaks of the Glyderau to the south-east.
A gateway into north Snowdonia
It’s situated at the starting point to a wide range of hiking and climbing routes in the surrounding area. The most popular being the footpath up to Wales’ very first National Nature Reserve, the stunning - Cwm Idwal, a glaciated lake, with a mountainous backdrop. The walk up to the lake is a relatively low-level hike (about a 100m ascent) enabling thousands of people to feel immersed in the mountains without having to venture too high.
Call in at the Ranger base
We’ve recently converted the old store room (adjacent to the main building) into a ranger base and information point. You’re welcome to call in for the latest updates on weather and wildlife sightings before setting off on your walk. We’re open daily from 10am – 6pm, until the end of October.
A place for you to refuel
Rest your weary legs at our new café in Ogwen Cottage. Tuck into a selection of sandwiches, soups and cakes every weekend and school holiday between April and September.
Given the beautiful surroundings it’s no surprise that Ogwen Cottage has long been associated with mountaineering. Today, we’re working in partnership with The Outward Bound Trust to offer young people from all over the country a memorable outdoor experience.
There’s no National Trust car park on site, but there is limited P&D parking offered by the Snowdonia National Park. During peak times such as bank holidays and weekends this fills up quickly. There are seasonal bus services available.
A toll house
Mountain training school
The cottage was bought by Anthony Mason-Hornby, Ron James and Trefor Jones and run as a mountain training school.
Outdoor activity centre
Birmingham Education Authority bought the cottage and established an outdoor activity centre, introducing generations of inner- city schoolchildren to the beauty of Snowdonia.