Dolawen OAA Centre
Dolawen is situated on a working farm in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. There are stunning views from the front door of the surrounding mountains and the Nant Ffrancon Valley. The centre is self catering and can sleep 24 students easily.
Being in the heart of the mountains it is the ideal base for outdoor activities. Mountain Walking, Abseiling, Canoeing, Orienteering, Sea Cliff Traversing, Climbing, Gorge Walking are just a few of the activities that students can enjoy. All activities are run by fully qualified instructors. These are usually local people who have a detailed knowledge of the area.
We run numerous school trips to Dolawen. Each trip includes a wide range of activities including: Canoeing, Climbing, Wide Games, Gorge Walking, Problem Solving and Dry slope skiing. The school provides all specialist equipment, all you need to provide are a sleeping bag and some very old clothes which will all get wet and dirty! Fully qualified and experienced staff and instructors will lead all activities.
Getting to Dolawen
Dolawen is just on the border of the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. To view it on a map click here Dolawen Map
From the North: Follow the A55 towards Bangor. At the junction with the A5 turn left towards Betws-Y-Coed. Follow this road through Bethesda for approximately 4 miles. Dolawen is on the right, approximately 200m after the Ogwen Bank Caravan Park. Follow the small lane, take the left fork and cross the bridge.
From the South: Follow the A5 towards Bangor. Approximately 8 miles after Capel Curig turn left into a small lane. Follow the small lane, take the left fork and cross the bridge.
If you reach the Ogwen Bank Caravan Park you have gone too far. Turn around and Dolawen is now on the right, approximately 200m after the Ogwen Bank Caravan Park. Follow the small lane, take the left fork and cross the bridge.
The centre is self catering and has two dormitories. There is a large communal area for eating and a drying room. Each dorm has separate washing and toilet facilities. There is a purpose built kitchen.
The main centre has two dormitories which can sleep 24 easily, slightly more at a push! Each dorm has its own showers and toilet facilities. There is a drying room and a specially designed kitchen adjacent to the main communal area.
Cameras are in communal areas, and Images are monitored and recorded for the purposes of crime prevention and public safety. This scheme is controlled by The Stringer trust
Dolawen has a separate cottage that can be booked independently, or with the main centre. This has two bedrooms and can sleep 7, a living room, kitchen and bathroom. The living room has a couple of sofa beds if required, increasing the maximum number of beds.