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7-Night Southern Snowdonia Walking with Sightseeing Holiday

Harlech Castle at sunrise
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade: 2
from £1,165pp £1,095pp

Enjoy a week in Southern Snowdonia for a perfect mix of short, guided walks (3-5 miles) combined with time spent sightseeing. A visit to the historic town of Bala reveals the beauty of Llyn Tegid – the largest natural lake in Wales. At CAT, a World-renowned eco centre, we’ll discover more about the important topic of sustainable development. Explore one of the area’s most famous highlights, the enchanting Italianate village of Portmeirion and visit the mighty Harlech Castle. There’s also a ride on the Talyllyn steam railway and walks along the Ardudwy Coast.

Holiday Highlights

  • Admire the views over Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales
  • Visit CAT, a world-renowned eco centre in the UNESCO Dyfi Biopshere
  • Marvel at the iconic Italianate village of Portmeirion
  • Take a ride on the Talyllyn steam train to the impressive Dolgoch waterfalls

What’s included

  • From 01 January 2022, all admission fees to places of interest (including National Trust and English Heritage sites) are included in the price
  • All transport to and from walks and places of interest
  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The services of an HF Holidays Leader

 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Distance: 3½ miles (6km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: Ascend through woodland for lovely views across Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales, to arrive at the historic market town of Bala. There will be time to explore before we continue to the National White Water Centre on the Tryweryn river. Here we’ll enjoy a riverside stroll and see some canoeing and rafting in action.


Distance: 4 miles (6km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: This walk in the upper Dulas valley starts at the Corris Craft Centre, allowing time to visit local craft workshops before passing through the slate village of Corris.  It continues down the tree lined valley before climbing up to a working wind turbine, offering stunning views of the Dyfi valley, the Tarren hills and Cader Idris.  It then descends to the globally renowned Centre for Alternative Technology, where there will be plenty of time to explore the exhibits, and descend the water balance cliff railway.


Discover more about Dolserau Hall and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.


Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In Summary: The Precipice Walk is one of the most famous attractions of the Dolgellau area, and affords wonderful views down the Mawddach estuary and over to Cadair Idris. After a morning walk, there's a visit to Portmeirion, the stunning Italianate village set on a peninsula, created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis. There's time to explore woodland and coastal walks from the village.


Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: A morning walk into the Dysynni valley to visit Castell Y Bere and Mary Jones' chapel. The 13th century Castle Y Bere was the last stronghold of the Welsh princes. From Abergynolwyn village we walk beside nant Gwernol, then board the steam train for a ride on the Talyllyn railway to admire beautiful Dolgoch Falls.


Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In Summary: Explore the Ardudwy Coast, with a visit to the Artro estuary and a walk on the delightful beach at Llandanwg. En route there's a visit to the impressive Llanfair slate caverns and in Harlech, we’ll discover the castle. Considered to be one of King Edward I’s most spectacular coastal fortresses. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Dolserau Hall

Walkers in the know head to southern Snowdonia to uncover one of Wales’ best-kept secrets. Stood in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, just a couple of miles from the attractive market town of Dolgellau, Dolserau Hall makes a superb base for getting off the beaten path.  The tranquillity of the location wraps around you. A smart country house with breathtaking views from every room, attractive gardens and vistas that stretch across the valley to the summit of Cadair Idris, you’re surrounded by rural inspiration. Depending on what mood strikes, explore the Rhinogs, take on a classic ridge walk with great views, set foot on the Mawddach Trail or follow the coast to Harlech, where the eponymous medieval castle stands on a wonderful position overlooking the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay. Croeso I Cymru, as they say around here.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the handful of bedrooms in the converted coach house close by. With 23 rooms, Dolserau Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic and Premium Rooms to choose from. Enjoy the extra space of Room 1 and soak luxuriously in the tub that comes with the room, or watch the light change outside from the comfort and privacy of the sofa in front of the large picture window in Room 5.

All ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge bar, library and board games to borrow

After a day rambling over the slopes of the Rhinogs or summiting a cracking peak, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Wander through the Coach House garden and admire the far-reaching views. Settle into the lounge bar and sink into the comfy leather sofas here. Grab a book or a board game and make yourself comfortable.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Food at Dolserau Hall is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Dolserau Hall

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Getting to Dolserau Hall

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Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
19 Aug - 26 Aug 2022
7 Sightseeing Walk £1,165 £1,095 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade:
2

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