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10 Things To Do Within 10 Miles
(1) THE MAWDDACH TRAIL - Walk or cycle all (or some) of the way to Barmouth along the old railway line.

(2) PRECIPICE WALK - Stunning views south to north, looking down on the Mawddach river valley. Also the beautiful Llyn Cynwch lake.

(3) CADER IDRIS - Even if you don’t get to the top, The Pony Path from Ty Nant has some excellent views. You could even do the ridge walk.

(4) CREGENNEN LAKES - Take a drive up to these stunning lakes from Dolgellau (up Cader Road) or Arthog.

(5) CYMER ABBEY - Visit historic Cymer Abbey & Llanelltyd Bridge over the Mawddach. There is also a lovely riverside walk.

(6) PENMAENPOOL - Part of The Mawddach Trail, but worth spending a while to walk over the old toll bridge and visit the George III pub.

(7) TORRENT WALK - A popular walk since Victorian times. A great thing to do after heavy rain (not that it rains much here).

(8) NEW PRECIPICE WALK - Stunning views, from the Aran mountains in the east to Cardigan Bay in the west.

(9) BARMOUTH - Have a stroll on the lovely sandy beach and walk along the half-a-mile long bridge.

(10) COED Y BRENIN - Even if you don’t have a bike, there are plenty of lovely forest walks, rivers, mines and waterfalls.
Welcome to the original website devoted to the historic Welsh market town of Dolgellau, which I started fifteen years ago in May 2000. It contains general information, businesses, events, walks, accommodation and modern/historic photographs of the town and surrounding area. The town is set in the southern part of The Snowdonia National Park, at the foot of the Cader Idris (Cadair Idris) mountain range with three main routes to the summit. View the Webcam of Dolgellau and Cader Idris.

The town is a great base for touring Snowdonia with many popular walks only two or three miles from the town centre. These include Torrent Walk and Precipice Walks (old and new).

Another very popular walk bike ride starts from the town car park and runs nine miles along the old railway line to Barmouth on the coast. This is The Mawddach Trail (or "Llwybr Mawddach" in Welsh). This walk was featured on Julia Bradbury's "Railway Walks" series on the BBC a couple of years ago. There is also a very nice pub (the George III) after three miles at Penmaenpool.

The area boasts abundant wildlife, including two Osprey nest sites about an hours drive away (one to the north at Glaslyn and another one to the south by the river Dyfi). There is a great deal of bird life around the Mawddach Estuary and the woods and countryside.

Dolgellau is steeped in history and was formerly the county town of Merionethshire (now Gwynedd). The remains of historic Cymer Abbey (founded in 1198) can also be seen in the nearby village of Llanelltyd. This is again within walking distance of the town (being around a mile and a half away). The route also passes through the Dolgellau (nine-hole) Golf Course, which also serves tea.… READ MORE

Local Walks & Places to Go (See Our Walks & Routes Page for More)

Tan y Fedw & Gwernan Lake
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Gwernan Lake
A walk which takes you up into the foothills of Cadair Idris. The walk provides wonderful views over Dolgellau and skirts Gwernan Lake.
The Mawddach Trail
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The Mawddach Trail runs nine miles along the old Dolgellau to Barmouth railway. It’s also the most popular walk/cycle path in the area.
Mynydd Pencoed & Lake
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Mynydd Pencoed & Tal-y-Llyn Lake
A circular walk to Llyn Cau, the Summit of Mynydd Pencoed & Tal-y-Llyn Lake. With an optional two-mile circuit of the lake at the end.
New Precipice Walk
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New Precipice Walk
New Precipice Walk offers views of the Arrans in the East, to Barmouth in the west, all the while gazing down on the meandering Mawddach.

Penycoed Hall, Dolgellau

Dolgellau & Cader Idris Webcam