Southern Snowdonia Walking with Sightseeing Holiday
Uncover the delights of Southern Snowdonia
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Take time to discover the landscape and heritage of the Southern Snowdonia with this perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing visits. Walk along the Mawddach Trail to Barmouth, marvel at the iconic Italianate village of Portmeirion, visit the mighty fortress of Harlech Castle, and take the Talyllyn Railway to impressive Dolgoch waterfalls.
Located just a couple of miles away from the attractive market of Dolgellau, this town is a pleasure to explore with fascinating history surrounded in and out of the local area. Enjoy highly scenic journeys on old traditional trains through Snowdonia, or explore the area on foot.
Our bedrooms are either located in the main building or the tastefully converted coach house.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Enjoy walks up to 5½ miles (9km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent; Walking is generally on good paths and tracks, with some steep or rocky sections and some beach walking.
- Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow between £20 and £40 for admissions, less if you bring your English Heritage and National Trust cards
- The seven night holiday has a free day on the Wednesday for you to explore independently
Walk 1: The Mawddach Estuary and Barmouth
The Mawddach trail is the classic easy trail in the area. Following the shores of the spectacular Mawddach estuary, the walk gives us superb estuary views throughout. Our route then takes us across the mile long pedestrian bridge to the Victorian seaside resort of Barmouth, where we've time to explore. There may be the possibility of a boat trip out into the estuary, weather and tide permitting. 5½ miles (9km) with 160 feet (50m) of ascent.
Walk 2: Llyn Tegid, Bala and the White Water Centre
We ascend through woodland for lovely views across Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales, to arrive at the historic town of Bala. After time to look around, there's the chance to visit Mary Jones World before we continue on to the National White Water Centre on the Tryweryn river to see some canoe and rafting in action. 4½ miles (7km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.
Walk 3: The Precipice Walk and Portmeirion
The Precipice Walk is one of the most famous attractions of the Dolgellau area, and treats us to wonderful views down the Mawddach estuary and over to Cadair Idris. After our morning's walk, we head 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. 3½ miles (5½km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
Walk 4: Abergynolwyn, the Talyllyn railway, and Dolgoch Falls
This morning's walk takes us 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. 5 miles (8km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Walk 5: The Ardudwy Coast and Harlech
Today we'll explore the Ardudwy Coast, visiting the Artro estuary and walking on the delightful beach at Llandanwg. On route we'll visit the slate cavern then continue to Harlech with its impressive castle, built by Edward I in 1283 to control the Welsh. 5 miles (8km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.
Short Breaks - 2018
- 3-night holidays feature walks 4 & 5
- 4-night holidays feature walks 1, 2 & 3
Short Breaks - 2019
- 3-night holidays feature walks 1 & 2
- 4-night holidays feature walks 3, 4 & 5
During your stay at Dolserau Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Snowdonia:
This narrow guage railway was the first in the world to be taken over and run by volunteers. The line runs from the coast at Tywyn to the former slate quarries at Nant Gwernol. Historic locomotives and carriages, some dating back to the line's opening in 1864 add to the unique atmosphere. The nearest station is at Abergynolwyn, about 25 minutes' drive from Dolserau Hall. www.talyllyn.co.uk
Great Little Trains of Wales
Snowdonia is noted for its concentration of narrow guage steam railways, all of which offer highly scenic journeys. The Ffestiniog Railway, Vale of Rheidol and the Welshpool & Llanfair railways are all within reach. You may also want to experience the newly rebuilt Welsh Highland Railway which runs from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk
Built by King Edward I after his conquest of Wales, Harlech Castle is one of the most historically important and well preserved fortifications in the principality. Along with neighbouring castles at Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Conwy it now has World Heritage status. Around 45 minutes' drive from Dolserau Hall. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
Centre for Alternative Technology
Situated near Machynlleth, around 20 minutes' from Dolserau Hall, the Centre for Alternative Technology is at the forefront of researching and teaching sustainable living. Displays focus on green technology, energy efficiency and organic farming. www.cat.org.uk
The nearby RSPB reserves at Arthog Bog, Coed Garth Gell and Ynis-hir offer a wide variety of habitats including oak woodland, heathland and salt-marsh that attracts an equally diverse range of birds.
This quaint Italianate village was the brainchild of the architect Clough Williams-Ellis. It is also well-known as the setting for the cult 1960’s TV series The Prisoner. Portmeirion is around 35 minutes' drive from Dolserau Hall. www.portmeirion-village.com
Harlech Castle image © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government
Travel to Dolgellau
Our address is: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2AG
The most convenient railway station is at Machynlleth. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
The 16 mile journey from Machynlleth railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £30 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Dolserau Hall Manager.
From Machynlleth take the X32 bus to Dolgellau. The 2 mile journey to Dolserau Hall from Dolgellau can be completed in a taxi. Alternatively alight at Dolgellau Little Chef, from where it is a 1 mile walk along a quiet country lane to the hotel. For bus times see www.traveline.info
From the north travel via Chester then the A550, A5104, then finally the A494 to Bala. Stay on the A494 heading towards Dolgellau. A mile after the junction for the B4416 to Brithdir, take the next turning on the left, after the campsite. Follow the country lane for ½ mile to Dolserau Hall.
From the south travel via Shrewsbury and the A458 to Welshpool. Continue on the A458 and after a further 27 miles turn right at a roundabout onto the A470 towards Dolgellau. Look out for the garage and Little Chef on the right as you come down the hill before Dolgellau. Turn right immediately before the garage and drive along a country lane for approx 1 mile to Dolserau Hall.
Travelling from overseas
Birmingham Airport has the quickest onward connections to Machynlleth. Direct trains from Birmingham International station take 2 hours 35 minutes. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Manchester Airport has a better range of long-haul flights. Trains from here take around 3½ hours with changes at Crewe and Shrewsbury. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 5½ hours to reach Machynlleth by train. You'll need to head to Euston station in the centre of London. Take a train from here to Birmingham, then change for the onward connection to Machynlleth. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
In each case complete your journey from Machynlleth to Dolgellau by taxi or bus (see above).
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Dates & Prices
|Date||Description||Nights||Brochure price||Buy today for||Book|
|15 Jun 2019||DGWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Dolgellau||3||£375.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|18 Jun 2019||DGWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Dolgellau||4||£529.00||£484.00||Book Now|
|13 Jul 2019||DGWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Dolgellau||3||£375.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|13 Jul 2019||DGWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Dolgellau||7||£879.00||£809.00||Book Now|
|16 Jul 2019||DGWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Dolgellau||4||£529.00||£484.00||Book Now|
|7 Sep 2019||DGWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Dolgellau||3||£375.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|10 Sep 2019||DGWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Dolgellau||4||£529.00||£484.00||Book Now|
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