Where to go in Dolgellau

Dolgellau is in the southern section of the Snowdonia National Park, nestled beneath the breathtaking Cader Idris mountain range and near the confluence of the Rivers Wnion and Mawddach.

Dolgellau is a great place for cycling and walking.  Our rooms are close to the Mawdach Trail and many local pathways.

Dolgellau’s distinctive stone built houses and winding streets centre around Eldon Square, the perfect starting point for local walking, cycling and bus trips. Many popular walks are only 2 or 3 miles from the town centre, offering unlimited access to striking scenery and beautiful wildlife. Snowdonia is one of the best areas in the UK for cycling and mountain biking, with every level covered. The Mawddach Trail, which is suitable for novices or young families, follows the nine mile route of the old railway from Dolgellau to Barmouth.

If you are more advanced then there are wonderful forest tracks in Coed y Brenin. Dolgellau is on the Sustrans NCN Route 8 if you want to Challenge the Dragon. At Dolronwy we have ample bike storage and can direct you to local shops to buy fresh food. As a centre for touring, Dolgellau’s magnificent location is unbeatable, with many of Snowdonia’s main attractions just a short drive, or bus journey, away.

In Dolgellau

  • T. H. Roberts Coffee Shop. Unique atmosphere. Wi-Fi available. Delicious cakes.
  • The Gatehouse Restaurant. Very relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Fantastic steaks.
  • Y Sospan Restaurant. The old Town Hall and jail. Quaint and charming.
  • Tafern y Gader Bistro and Bar. Award winning Welsh food in a Spanish style.
  • Mawddach Trail. Starts from the main car park in Dolgellau.
  • Many local walks, including paths through Coed Aberneint and to Penmaenpool.
  • Good bus service from the main square.

Near Dolgellau

  • Torrent Walk. Follows the river Clywedog through its striking gorge.
  • Precipice Walk. Incomparable views down the Mawddach Estuary and of the principal mountain ranges of Snowdonia.
  • New Precipice Walk. Stunning views down the Mawddach estuary as far as Barmouth viaduct and across to Dolgellau and the Arans.
  • Bwyty Mawddach. The views are fantastic and the food is superb. Book in advance.
  • Cader Idris. There are 4 main routes up this sublime mountain; all start close to Dolgellau.
  • Llyn Gwernan. Easy leisure walk, excellent fishing and a hotel offering food and drinks.

A little further afield

  • Coed y Brenin. World-class mountain bike trails, family walks, café, cycle shop, all-ability play area and an easy access trail. Go Ape treetop adventure.
  • Corris village. Narrow gauge steam railway. Craft Centre. King Arthur’s Labyrinth.
  • Fairbourne. Sandy beach with rock pools. Narrow gauge steam railway.
  • Indiana Cuisine, Fairbourne, for sit in or take away authentic Indian food. Superb food and faultless service.
  • Bala and Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales. Famous for its watersports facilities.
  • The Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn. A beautiful Victorian picturehouse, with a cool bar, plus new-release movies every night.
  • Barmouth. The beach is large and perfect for sunbathing and games. Best fish and chips in Wales can be found at The Mermaid Fish Shop!
  • Harlech Castle. Built by Edward I during his invasion of Wales (1282-1289), but falling to Owain Glyndwr in 1404.
  • Harlch climbing wall, plus bouldering wall. Within the swimming pool complex. Perfect on wet days.
  • Oriel Seren Art Gallery, Machynlleth. Locally made art and craft for sale.

Other Sources of Information

Snowdonia National Park
Situated on the west coast of Britain covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is a living working area, home to over 26,000 people.


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