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
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.]
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.
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!
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...
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.