DolgellauDolgellau is a picturesque little town in Gwynedd, North Wales. It is located within the Snowdonia National Park and is an important centre for Welsh traditional music.
Dolgellau is served by the Traws Cambria bus network from all across Wales.
The nearest station is at Barmouth on the Cambrian Coast line. Traws Cambria and Bws Gwynedd services connect the towns. Machynlleth station is not much further away and is better connected to the main population centres in the English Midlands.
Dolgellau is on National Cycle Network route 8.
Dolgellau is on the main A470 Trunk road which connects north and south Wales. The A494 comes from the north-east and the A458 comes from the east, joining the A470 at nearby Dinas Mawddwy.
Yacht moorings are available at Barmouth harbour.
address: The Old Furnace, Smithfield Street
Cymer Abbey12th Century ruined Cistercian abbey
phone: +44 1341 421800address: Neuadd Idris, Eldon SquareThis lovely old building in the centre of Dolgellau had fallen into disuse after variously being used as a town hall, assembly room, cinema, dancehall and grain store since being built in around 1870. It has been fully refurbished and re-opened as Ty Siamas in June 2007. The centre has an interactive exhibition on Welsh traditional music, as well as a shop and cafe. There is also an auditorium which hosts regular concerts - check websites or local advertising for details. It is named after Elis Siamas, from the nearby village of Llanfachreth. He lived in the late 17th and early 18th Centuries and is credited with the development of the triple harp which is synonymous with Welsh harp music. It is said that he was court harpist for Queen Anne (reigned 1702-1714).
Cadair IdrisWalk to the summit. Parts of the route are very steep, but once on the shoulder of the mountain, the going is easier. There are several routes, but the closest to Dolgellau takes the so-called Pony Path, and takes about two and a half to three hours to reach the summit.
Pan for goldDolgellau was at the centre of a "gold rush" in the 19th Century and its mines at Clogau and Gwynfynydd were worked on and off right up until the 21st Century. You're extremely unlikely to strike it rich but it can be fun trying.
Mawddach TrailWalk or cycle along the 9 mile stretch of former railway line, that runs along the scenic estuary of the Mawddach river, through Penmaenpool and on to the sea at Morfa Mawddach. From here you can cross the toll bridge to Barmouth.
Mawddach WayWalk the 49 km long distance circular footpath walk around the Mawddach Estuary.
Coed y Brenin ForestFollow one of the 6 Mountain Bike Trails in the forest. This was the first UK forest to be developed for mountain biking, and there are a range of tracks to suit everyone from families to expert mountain-bikers.
Rotary Club Bookshopaddress: Smithfield Street, DolgellauCharity bookshop run by the local Rotary Club. Higgledy-piggledy displays well worth searching through as there are bargains galore to be found.
Guinevereaddress: Eldon Square, DolgellauGift shop with a good line in local artworks.
phone: +44 1341 423174address: Queens SquareHome cooked local food, pleasant staff. Situated in former courthouse and gaol.
Cosy Takeawayphone: +44 1341 422221address: Meyrick StSmall, friendly fish and chip shop with two very small tables if you want to eat in. Excellent Fish and Chips.
Lemon Grassphone: +44 1341 421300address: Cambrian House, Finsbury SquarePopular Bengali/Indian restaurant with all the standard dishes. Also have a lot of special chef dishes. Great value. Real quality, cheap & will make you want to return very often. Licensed.
phone: +44 1341 422209address: Llys Owain, LL40 1ARA pub and hotel just off the square in the centre of Dolgellau.
phone: +44 1341 422488address: Islawr-drefExcellent small county hotel and pub. Great food. Perfect for the hiker who like comfort in the evening.
Bed and Breakfast
address: Coed Y Fronallt10 minutes walk from the quaint market town of Dolgellau.
phone: +44 1341 430628address: TaicynhaeafAA 4 Star Bed and Breakfast.
address: Cader Road, IslawrdrefAward-winning B&B in an 18th Century stone farmhouse on the slopes of Cadair Idris.
Continuing westwards from Penmaenpool, the main road turns to the south at Fairbourne. From here it twists and turns along the cliff tops through the pretty village of Llwyngwril to Rhoslefain. Just a few miles to the south lies the town of Tywyn, with miles of sandy beach. Tywyn is also home to the famous Talyllyn Railway.
If you fancy a day at the seaside, then Barmouth is easily reached by local buses or by walking or cycling along the Mawddach Trail.