DolgellauDolgellau 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.
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
SnowdoniaThe Snowdonia National Park ("Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri" in Welsh) covers 823 square miles of North-West Wales. It is the largest and earliest of the three National Parks of Wales, being established in 1951 (the other two being "The Pembrokeshire Coast" and "The Brecon Beacons", both to the south). The half a million acres of the Park is home to over 26,000 people, spread across picturesque towns and villages including Dolgellau, Porthmadog, Betws-y-Coed, Harlech and Beddgelert… READ MORE
January 2014Dr Williams' School Old Girls Association is thrilled to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £51,300 for an eighteen month project called Still “Ardua Semper”- sharing stories of Dr Williams’ School, Dolgellau 1878-1975. Read Their Press Release PDF.