• Dolgellau with Cader Idris Above the Clouds
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  • Penmaenpool
  • Coed y Brenin
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Welcome to Dolgellau.com
Welcome to the original website devoted to the historic Welsh market town of Dolgellau, which I started 14 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 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
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Dyfi Osprey Nest Cam. Live stream. This is one of two local Osprey sites (the other is at Glaslyn near Porthmadog). This one is 20 miles away.
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Roots Sculpture
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Skydiving Appeal
The Girls Skydiving for Prostate Cancer UK - Suzanne Williams, Emma Davies & Bernese Warren.

Please sponsor us. We really wanted to make a difference for the men this year and raise awareness of Prostate Cancer. The symptoms are so often ignored and this really needs to be changed. Very often, as in Suzannes Dad's case, symptoms are ignored for too long and it is too late to help them. And so we thought that to show how serious we are about this, and with your help, raise loads and loads of money (hopefully), we would do something stupid and jump out of a plane.


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Snowdonia Introduction
The 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
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Dolgellau Webcam
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Dolgellau Location

Location of Dolgellau

January 2014

Dr 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.