Surrounded by some of the highest mountains in Snowdonia National Park, Yr-Hafod is the ideal base to explore this stunning area of North Wales. Our indoor hostel is a beautiful stone building which stands at the head of the Nant Ffrancon Valley, and the centre offers stunning views of the mountains.
Sleeping up to 32 people across four rooms, the hostel also features a carpeted lounge area to relax in after a busy day trekking in the mountains. The hostel contains two washroom areas with toilets and showers, a large kitchen and dining room. The hostel also features central heating, a drying room for wet clothes, a secure covered foyer with hooks for hanging wet waterproofs and racks for boots. There is also a pay phone.
Yr-Hafod has good road access and parking for up to 10 vehicles.
Camping is not available at this centre.
For availability at Yr-Hafod, please check our calendar.
Yr-Hafod’s Explorer Mountaineering weekend is Ideal for those Scouts interested in mountaineering. This is run in a similar format to our Yr-Hafod training courses, but tailored towards the needs and requirements of the Explorer Scout section.
We can customise the content dependent on the aims and skill levels of your group. It can also be an excellent introduction to serious mountaineering or used as training for parts of the Scout Training Scheme and Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
Please remember that your party must include a leader who is responsible for the young people throughout the weekend.
For prices and dates please see our Prices and Dates page
The training courses at Yr Hafod are for adult Scout leaders wishing to obtain either national governing body awards such as the Mountain Leader Award, Walking Group Leader or Single Pitch Award and the Scout Associations Hillwalking and Climbing adventurous activity permits. The courses on offer are designed to give Scout leaders the appropriate level of training or assessment, enabling them to take Scouts into the hills of the UK.
Our friendly and experienced staff are adept at working with a wide range of groups across different ages and abilities. The team hold all relevant qualifications for training and assessing and the centre is recognised by Mountain Training Cymru. There is also the opportunity for Explorer and Network members to undertake the Open Gold Expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Yr Hafod.
Dave Jones, long time Chairman at Yr Hafod has decided to step down from his role so ScoutsWales are seeking a replacement. This is an exciting and challenging role that not only involves overseeing the day to day running of Yr Hafod, a National Activity Centre, but also acting as a trustee of ScoutsWales.
The successful candidate will, as Chair, lead the Yr Hafod Scout Mountain Training Centre Committee and Yr Hafod Scout Active Support Unit. You will ensure continuing delivery of high quality mountain training and activities to members of the Scout Association at the centre in North Wales. As a member of the ScoutsWales Board you will contribute to the long term strategy for ScoutsWales.