Things To Do In Dolgellau
Dolgellau is a beautiful market town based in the south of Snowdonia. Set at the foot of
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CLIMB CADR IDRIS. The Pony Path is the easiest and shortest route up Cadr Idris. It is 9km in distance and will take you approx 5-6 hour up and down. This mountain is steeped in legend and a fab one to climb for a family looking for a ‘challenge’ to do together.
GOLF. This 9 hole golf course is overlooked by
COED-Y-BRENIN. Coed Y Brenin is probably the biggest attraction for the area is this mountain biking haven. The first dedicated trail
KING ARTHUR’S LABYRINTH. 10 miles south is Corris where you’ll find King Arthur’s
FAIRBOURNE RAILWAY. 9 miles along the estuary in the village of Fairborn where there is a 2 miles narrow gauge train that will take you from the beach to the Barmouth ferry. A great way to entertain smaller kids if you are looking for something a little different to do.
BARMOUTH. Barmouth is the nearest beach to Dolgellau (9 miles). The promenade is 2 miles long with a number of
FAIRBOURNE. Fairourne beach is 10 miles west along the estuary. It has good facilities, including a promenade with a cafe and restaurant. There are plenty of water activities on offer and the public toilets
THE FFESTINIOG AND WELSH HIGHLANDS STEAM TRAIN starts in Porthmadog or Caernarfon, taking you through the mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog offering glorious views and giving you an insight into the past.
PORTMEIRION VILLAGE is a little piece of the ‘Italian
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SURF SNOWDONIA is an artificial surf lagoon where they create continuous and perfect waves. Perfect for beginners and those who are looking to improve. No waiting around for the next set of waves. At the
THE NATIONAL WHITEWATER CENTRE on the river Tryweryn in Bala offers one of the best places in the country to white water raft. The water levels are dam-controlled meaning its rapids still thunder down the river during the summer months so you will never be disappointed by the conditions.
The walks in the surrounding area are both incredible and numerous. Mud and Routes is a great resource to use if you are looking for inspiration as to where to go. If you are looking to tackle Snowdon, you might find this blog post useful: Our very own ‘REALLY SIMPLE WALKING GUIDE UP SNOWDON’
GEOCACHING. If you love a treasure hunt, you’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of geocaches hidden around the area. Children love these nd so if you’re having trouble convincing them that a walk is good fun, this could be your answer!
COED-Y-BRENIN Coed Y Brenin is based just north of Dolgellau, this forest (Coed) offers mountain biking heaven. Ranging from routes for beginners to the more advanced, it is fantastic. Free to get in, you can either rent a bike there or take your own. If not all the party are up for cycling, there are also wonderful walks. Take a picnic as there are lots of picnic tables or a cafe that serves both hot and cold food is on site.
MAWDDACH TRAIL This trail follows the old train tracks. If you leave from Barmouth and cycle across the bridge, turn left at the end and follow the trail all the way down to Dolgellau. A good day trip is to cycle to the George III pub and have lunch or a drink and then cycle the 7 miles back – it’s flat all the way and so a good family route as well as for those looking for a leisurely day.
ANTUR STINIOG There are 4 trails, its costs £31.00 for the day as it is an uplift service and more suited to advanced riders. You will need to pre-book a space and you can hire bikes there. Again there is a cafe and other activities on offer.
This recent post we did on mountain biking will give you more information: SNOWDONIA STYLE ADVENTURE | MOUNTAIN BIKING
THE GEORGE III just on the outskirts of Dolgellau offers amazing views
as well as a good pub food – esp on a Sunday with the carver.
THE ROYAL SHIP is an old coaching inn based in the centre
of town and offers good pub food in an environment full of character.
THE STAG INN nestled in the back street of the town is more
traditional pub in terms of its menu and atmosphere.
Y MEIRIONNYDD is based in the old county jail! A lovely atmosphere
and great for local food. Make sure you book as it has limited covers.
Y GADER is a great place for tapas and very popular with locals
THE GATEHOUSE STEAKHOUSE is where you’ll get good burgers and
BWTY MAWDDACH offers a modern menu from locally sourced
produce, with stunning views of the estuary.
T H Roberts is a place to visit if in the area – set in the old ironmongery,
the setting is fabulous as are the cakes. It has a good lunch menu.
Y Sospan offers a traditional cafe menu; both hot and cold and in he
evening turns into a bistro.
CRASDY’R GADER is a traditional sandwich and coffee shop based in
the town centre.
There is a minor injuries based in Dolgellau itself:
Tel: 01341 422479
Many places locally only accept cash and so make sure you have
enough on hand.
Barclays – Queen’s Square, Dolgellau
NATWEST – Bridge St, Dolgellau
HSBC – Eldon Square, Dolgellau
There is no train station in Dolgellau, the nearest stations are located
in Fairborne and Barmouth
- Transport for Wales is the train service provider for North Wales: Transport For Wales Website
There is a bus service that runs from Dolgellau and through the
surrounding villages. The times are not that often so you really need
to plan ahead: ARRIVA BUS
Look for the following routes:
DOLGELLAU TO HARLECH VIA BARMOUTH
DOLGELLAU TO TYWYN
Local taxi firms include:
DEREKS (Dolgellau) – 01341 422409
WEST COAST CARS (Barmouth) – 0752 7111760 / 0770 4492876