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Holidays in Dolgellau

A beautiful festival town in the heart of Snowdonia

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Dolgellau High Street

Situated on the north-west coast of Wales and in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, the market town of Dolgellau is a perfect base to explore this region. With an important history in the woollen, tanning and gold rush trade, its economy now heavily relies on tourism and agriculture.

Popular with walkers and hikers who love the beautiful wild landscape, it is also great for horse riding and for the more adventurous, white-water rafting on the nearby Lake Bala. It is a popular base for climbers hoping to scale Cadair Idris and for aircraft lovers to visit the low-flying jets in the valleys of the Mach Loop.

If you prefer something a little more sedate, hop aboard the Mawddach Trail, a railway line that runs for eight miles from Dolgellau to Morfa Mawddach, near Fairbourne on the coast. Or follow the same trail by mountain bike to the lovely little seaside town of Barmouth.

Lake Bala

There are also some narrow-gauge heritage railways in the area such as the Talyllyn Railway and the Corris Railway for dedicated trainspotters.

For a bit of history, take a short walk out of the town to the ruins of the 12th century Cymer Abbey in the nearby village of Llanelltyd; you can stop off on the way for a coffee at the Dolgellau Golf Course. Then head on to Dinas Mawddwy which was allegedly the site of the last battle of King Arthur, steeped in myth and legend.

There are also other lovely walks in the district, such as Torrent Walk and New Precipice Walk which has amazing views of the Mawddach Estuary way below, some say the best in the area.

A walk around the town gives you an insight to its history, with grand old houses, winch-hoods on the buildings of the town and old Pandy mills dotted on the Afon Aran.

"Walk to the legendary Dinas Mawddwy, allegedly the site of the last battle of King Arthur..."

Wander amongst the narrow streets of this town to find somewhere to have a bite to eat. There are bistros, pubs, cafes and bars in beautiful old stone buildings dotted in and around the town, as well as a selection of little shops, perfect for a spot of souvenir shopping.

There is also a farmers market on the third Sunday of every month which has a selection of sumptuous local produce.

Dolgellau is home to the annual world music festival, Sesiwn Fawr, which started as a free street festival but now attracts such names as Bob Geldof and Cerys Matthews. In the summer, it also hosts the Festival of the Countryside which is a charitable fete and country show.

Whatever time of year you choose to visit, you will always find something to do near our Dolgellau cottages.

While you’re there

Cadair Idris

A quieter mountain than Snowdon, legend says that if you spend a night here you will awake either as a poet or a madman!

The New Precipice Walk

Possibly the best views in the area, make sure you don’t miss this walk.

The Mawddach Trail

Follow this eight mile trail to the coast by train or by mountain bike.

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