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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 NEW!
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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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Penmaenpool
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 & Tal-y-Llyn 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.
Ty Seren
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Ty Seren
This 210-year old building was a former woollen mill, now offering three en-suite rooms.
Bryn Mair House
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Bryn Mair
This Georgian townhouse was formerly a rectory and is set in an acre of secluded grounds.
Plas Gwyn B&B
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Plas Gwyn Bed and Breakfast
300-year old Plas Gwyn & Holiday Cottage offers free Wi-Fi & free private parking.
Penmaenuchaf Hall
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Penmaenuchaf Hall
In 21 acres of gardens and woodland, this country house hotel also has a fine restaurant.

Latest Photos of the Area from my Flickr Site at Wales.Photos


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Dolgellau & Cader Idris Webcam

Ffynnon - 5 star luxury service with all the comforts to make your stay complete.
Afon Rhaiadr Country House - Enjoy meals in the candle-lit dining room and relax in the elegant drawing room, conservatory & garden.