Crashpad Lodge is a unique off-grid bunkhouse situated in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park making it a perfect base for your getaway in North Wales. The original Welsh name for the bunkhouse is Yr Helfa.

Located on the wild slopes of Snowdon you are close to the amenities of Llanberis yet still very much in a mountain environment.

The traditional farmhouse has been carefully restored to its former state and will sleep up to 18 guests in three bedrooms comfortably. Most of the interior items such as the soft and hard furnishings have been hand made by the owner and friends.

The mountainous location of the bunkhouse means that it is completely off gird and self sustained. This does mean that there will be a little bit of maintenance and up-keep on your stay but nothing that we feel would be too inconvenient.      






Due to the remote location of the Bunkhouse, trying to find its location can be tricky so we suggest the following directions listed below to find its whereabouts in the vast Welsh mountains.

 Putting the Address of the Bunkhouse into a SatNav WILL NOT work.

  • Head for Llanberis and stick to the A4086. You are looking for the mini roundabout next to the Royal Victoria Hotel. Look for the exit onto Victoria terrace.

  • Continue all the way down to the end of Victoria Terrace where you will come to a cattle grid taking you up the start of the Llanberis path.

  • Follow this steep road up past the Snowdon Cafe on your left hand side.

  • Continue up the winding road, passing a large barn on your right. Continue up the road and under the large brick work bridge which the Snowdon Mountain Railway passes over.  

  • The entrance to track of the Bunkhouse is approximately 150m after the brick bridge on the right where you will see a large cattle barn.

  • It will feel like you have gone completely the wrong way but as you pass the cattle barn look down into the valley straight head of you and there you will see the Bunkhouse at the foot hill of Moel Cynghorion mountain.  

Please note There is ONLY parking for 3 none 4x4 vehicles within a quarter of a mile of the Bunkhouse.  Vehicles must never be parked around or in front of the cattle barn at the top of the track to the Bunkhouse. The Livestock will scratch and damage your vehicle. This will also upset our local farmer who needs access to this barn and the land around the barn at all time.


Address for Yr Helfa Bunkhouse

Yr Helfa, Llanberis 

Caernarfon, Gwynedd 

LL55 4UW

Grid reference on a OS 1:25 - 584,574 (building name Helfa Fawr)

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Avid sports enthusiast, Specialising in Climbing, Skiing, Kayaking and Mountaineering.

Josh Feilden graduated with a BSc in Outdoor Education & Environmental Education from JMU Liverpool in 2011. 

Since Graduating he spend most of his time working in the Outdoor sector as an instructor around the Lake District North Wales and other locations around Europe. 

After a very severe back injury that he gained in 2012 which stopped him being able to instruct, Josh decided not to give up on the Outdoor life style which he enjoyed so much but improve it for others. 

At the end of 2014 Josh had his business plan approved to set up a truly amazing and unique Bunkhouse in the heart of the Snowdonia National park. 


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