DOLGELLY - from The Itinerant (Published 1794)

The town of Dolgelly, in Merionethshire, North Wales, is situated in a fertile and beautiful valley of the same name, encircled by lofty mountains, the most conspicuous of which is the famous Cader Idris. The mountain rises immediately from the town, to a pointed summit; and is nearly half a mile in perpendicular height, from the level of the river
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In the neighbourhood of Dolgelly there are three remarkable falls of water, all of which are well worth visiting: they are called Dol y Myllyn, the Spout of Cayne, and the Fall of the River Mothvaye. The first is about five miles from the town, the other two are within five hundred yards of each other, and about two miles beyond the former.

The surrounding country is bold and terrific, and delightfully variegated with wood, rocks, and innumerable cascades. It it a most desirable spot for a painter, as is boasts of every species of scenery necessary to mark the subliment subjects in nature.

Dolgelly, which is two hundred and five miles distant from London, carries on a great trade with Shrewsbury, in webs; and has a famous manufactory for kid-gloves. The inhabitants are well supplied with provisions by a good market on Tuesdays.

On the mountains around Dolgelly there is an abundance of red and black game and the vallies abound with vast numbers of partridges and hares. Nature has certainly been more bountiful to this spot, than is generally the case in North Wales. The combination of plenty and grandeur forms a popular and just characteristic of Dolgelly.
Published on August 1st, 1794 by J. Walker in “The Itinerant: A select collection of interesting and picturesque views, in Great Britain and Ireland”, London, circa 1795. The engraving is by Walker and Storer, from an original drawing by Hafod (also credited as Hassell).
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Photos of the Dolgellau Golf Club
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Dolgellau Golf Club Summer
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Dolgellau Golf Club Winter
Dolgellau Golf Course is a family run club, with friendly staff and a welcoming relaxed atmosphere. Set in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, it makes a ideal day out. Whether you live locally or are just visiting, golfer or non golfer, the course and club house have something to offer everyone. Nine-hole course with alternating tees for the second 9 holes. Visit their webisite at
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.

Dolgellau 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 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.
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Dolgellau Webcam
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.

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
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