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.
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

The Mawddach Trail

The Mawddach Trail

The Mawddach Trail follows the nine miles of the old railway line from Dolgellau to Barmouth which was in operation from 1865 until it fell victim to the Beeching cuts exactly a hundred years later in 1965. It is, without doubt, the most popular walk/cycle path in the area, one of the main reasons being that it is FLAT (a rarity in this area). This makes it suitable for all the family, whether on foot on on two wheels (or even a uni-cycle which I saw once). It is also very beautiful with tree-lined sections, river views, mountain views, reed beds, wooden bridges, birds galore, an estuary, sea views and even a pub.

The Mawddach Trail

The Mawddach Trail follows the nine miles of the old railway line from Dolgellau to Barmouth which was in operation from 1865 until it fell victim to the Beeching cuts exactly a hundred years later in 1965. It is, without doubt, the most popular walk/cycle path in the area, one of the main reasons being that it is FLAT (a rarity in this area). This makes it suitable for all the family, whether on foot on on two wheels (or even a uni-cycle which I saw once). It is also very beautiful with tree-lined sections, river views, mountain views, reed beds, wooden bridges, birds galore, an estuary, sea views and even a pub.

New Precipice Walk

New Precipice Walk

New Precipice Walk offers superb views from the Arran Mountains to the East, to Barmouth and beyond to the west and all the while you gaze down on the meandering Mawddach Estuary with a beautiful view of Penmaenpool and it's wooden toll bridge.

New Precipice Walk

New Precipice Walk offers superb views from the Arran Mountains to the East, to Barmouth and beyond to the west and all the while you gaze down on the meandering Mawddach Estuary with a beautiful view of Penmaenpool and it's wooden toll bridge.

Precipice Walk

Precipice Walk

Precipice Walk is one of the most popular walks in southern Snowdonia, situated about three miles north of Dolgellau. The walk varies between 700-850 feet above sea level and offers panoramic views of the Mawddach river below and on towards the northern mountains.

Precipice Walk

Precipice Walk is one of the most popular walks in southern Snowdonia, situated about three miles north of Dolgellau. The walk varies between 700-850 feet above sea level and offers panoramic views of the Mawddach river below and on towards the northern mountains.

Cader Idris (Tyrau Mawr Ridge Walk)

Cader Idris (Tyrau Mawr Ridge Walk)

If you fancy something different, how about walking the ridge along Cader Idris and follow the old Black Road “Ffordd Ddu” back.

Cader Idris (Tyrau Mawr Ridge Walk)

If you fancy something different, how about walking the ridge along Cader Idris and follow the old Black Road “Ffordd Ddu” back.

Local Walks & Places to Go (Click for More)

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Ffynnon
Ffynnon - Five-star luxury service with all the comforts to make your stay complete.
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Bryn Mair
Bryn Mair - This Georgian townhouse was formerly a rectory and is set in an acre of secluded grounds.
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Plas Gwyn
300-year old Plas Gwyn B&B and Holiday Cottage offers free Wi-Fi and free private parking.
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Penmaenuchaf Hall
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

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 dolgellaugolfclub.com
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