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Welsh Youth Hostel Appeal

Last year the YHA indicated it proposed to close a number of small youth hostels - three of these are the Elenydd youth hostels set in the Cambrian mountains of mid Wales. These are popular with walkers and cyclists who value their isolation and unique character. The ELENYDD WILDERNESS HOSTELS TRUST has been set up to save these special hostels for future generations.

The Elenydd is an area in the southern Cambrian Mountains in mid-Wales between Llanwrtyd Wells and Tregaron. It is a wild and beautiful place, the silence broken only by the bleating of sheep or the occasional call of a bird. It is a wonderful area for outdoor activities - walking, cycling, horse-riding - and an ideal place to escape from the pressures of the modern world.

The three simple hostels, Blaencaron, Dolgoch and Ty'n Cornel, have been providing accommodation for visitors to the area for many years. Two are converted farmhouses high in the mountains and the other is a converted school on the outskirts of the small town of Tregaron. They are full of character, in stunning locations and have been run by volunteer wardens for many years.

There is only 5-weeks left to save Dolgoch - a further 70,000 is urgently needed for the Elenydd Wilderness Trust to buy it. You can help by joining the trust or making a donation: please see the website for full information.

Ty'n Cornel hostel