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    Bethesda from the air
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    Penrhyn Quarry slab trimmers at work
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    Let's make tracks!
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    by PeterVancouver Updated Apr 19, 2012

    Ogwen Cottage Outdoor Pursuits Centre at Nant Ffrancon in Bethesda, is home for hikers, climbers and walkers in the Snowdonia range. I spent a week absailing down, and climbing up, mountains in the pouring rain on a police course - great fun.
    Their mission statement is as follows:-
    Ogwen is a social outdoor Centre using the mountain and water based environment as a vehicle to promote self-awareness, group co-operation and citizenship through its adventure activities. Ogwen provides a comprehensive programme in the more adventurous and water based pursuits. A certain amount of physical maturity is required to cope with the rigours of a course. It is recommended that students be year 9 upwards as the physical aspects of the programme can be demanding. The facility has 7 dormatories and can take up to 35 people at a time

    Ogwen Cottage in 1975
    Related to:
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Adventure Travel

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    by budapest8 Written Apr 22, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness



    Meirion Parry
    Beth fedraf ddweud. Cofion mor gynnes am Bethesda,
    Tregarth ac Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen. Rwy'n hiraethu pob dydd.
    [I have very warm memories, which fill me with nostalgia, of
    Bethesda, Tregarth and Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen.]
    Davina Evans,Gerlan
    To Rob Jackson, Penybryn Villa is at the lower right portion
    of the image behind the rooftops and next to Penybryn school.

    Robert and Mary Hobson, Cornwall
    Spent Christmas with the family, what a view from
    their kitchen window, its a long way up from the main
    road to Gerlan but WOW! what a view when you arrive.

    Andrew Glasson, Forbes, Australia
    It's night as I look at it now, which doesn't matter as
    I walked the streets at night plenty of times coming
    back from a session with the boys at The Bull or the
    Rugby Club! Awesome scenery during the day.
    G'day to the Roberts, Davies and Bobby Daft.
    Great accommodating town & people.
    Slaaate maaate it's greaaat!

    Mark Walter, London
    Hiraethu'n arw - cynt o Braichmelyn. Bosib ddychwelai
    un diwrnod - pwy a wyr? [Formerly from Braichmelyn -
    deep longings. Perhaps I'll return one day. Who knows?]

    Dylan Parry from Farnham Surrey
    I grew up in bethesda my whole life until I joined the
    Armed forces 8 years ago. Although I do not live there
    today I would recommend visiting purely for the beautiful
    countryside and imposing mountains especialy during
    both summer and deep winter when the true character
    of the "carneddau" sets in.

    Bethesda to Bangor road
    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Road Trip

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    by budapest8 Written Apr 22, 2006


    Mike Graham from Bangor
    Pesda makes Bangor look good. Rude people and nothing
    but scummy chavs! Often visit my mate Bobby Daft there.

    Rob Davies (Cardiff)
    Oh I want to get back to North Wales to play in the snow,
    there's no snow in Cardiff :(

    Gareth Fon and Aaron me me
    Lovely view and we got to miss skool! Pity about the
    temperature, but it's all good...went up Foel Ganol and
    stood in 9 inches of snow WAAAWW! made a 6 ft snowball, so kool - enjoy!

    Mei Pesda-Caerdydd
    Eira mawr 'ogia (Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant 2006) Golwg gret ar y
    Carneddau! D'wrnod slejan ta be!
    [Great snow boys (St David's Day), Carneddau look great, a
    day for sledging or what!]

    Emily Saunders from Braichmelyn
    I wonder if I can see my house...

    Fiona
    Lovely view, looking rather cold x

    Dwynwen Kovacs from London Ontario
    My father, born 1900, grew up in Carneddi.
    My grandfather worked in the slate quarries.
    I would like to find a tent campsite within easy
    walking distance of Bethesda or Llanllechid where
    I think my grandparents are buried. Yes, I am old now,
    but I still love camping and I long to spend a few days in the area.

    Andrew Doyle Manchester
    I think Bethesda is a great place and there are great walks
    and the countryside is just beautiful.
    It is the most relaxing place in Wales.

    Ffion Mai from Bethesda
    It's nice to see Bethesda with all the views, you should
    check out the mountains, they take your breath away!

    Dave Pardoe from Congleton, Cheshire
    Thanks for the webcam. Great memories of living in Bethesda,
    from age 8 to my early teens. My heart is always drawn back there,
    fishing in the Ogwen, playing on Braichmelyn and being surrounded
    by mountains. It's a long time ago but I still want to go back and often
    do when I get the chance. My regards to anyone who might remember
    me at Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen.

    cottage in Bethesda slate quarries bkgnd

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