At one time, Dinorwic was the second largest quarry in the world and the bustling workplace for over 3000 people. Sadly, the mine now stands closed but the 700 acre site remains a focal point for walkers, historians and adventurers alike. On its edge, lies Lodge Dinorwig; a vibrant cafe and hostel at the heart of Snowdonia.
The cafe is a large open plan space, selling a wide range of drinks and home made food. We arrived at the very end of the day but it gets very busy here.
There is ample space inside the cafe for wheelchairs and prams. However, the carpark lies down quite a steep slope behind the lodge so I’d advise dropping off any wheelchair users or young children needing prams at the front door to avoid the walk and steps.
One of Lodge Dinorwig’s best features is its location. It’s situated up on high ground, providing views over Llyn Padarn, Snowdon and out across to Angelsey. It’s also a perfect location if you want to explore the Quarry as you can walk there straight from the Lodge.
In addition to its cafe, Lodge Dinorwig also provides some of the most reasonable accommodation in Snowdonia. A night costs £25, inclusive of a cooked breakfast which is fantastic value. If you’re a large group, it’s possible to book the entire place for £300 which is ideal if you’re planning on starting or ending a challenge such as the Three Peaks at Snowdon. They can also produce packed lunches and a two course dinner for you if booked in advance.
If you’re looking for a central base to explore Snowdonia then Lodge Dinorwig is a great place to stay. It’s also a brilliant place to refuel after a day exploring and you can even have a shower here before tucking into your coffee and cake. There aren’t many places that can offer that!
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