Family Walking Adventure at Dolgellau
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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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Under 11s GO FREE on all our 2018 UK Family Adventures
Snowdonia has all the ingredients for a great family holiday. Active teenagers will love the high mountains, with opportunities to reach the top of famous peaks such as Cadair Idris. We'll also head to the coast for walks that end on the glorious sandy beach at Barmouth, or the iconic Harlech Castle.
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.
Choose your room
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Lounge bar
• Dining room
• Free WiFi in public rooms
|• Range of board games and books
• Attractive gardens
|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.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Our family holidays offer the choice of up to 3 guided walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next. Our routes range from short coastal strolls that are ideal for little legs, to challenging mountain ascents that will appeal to active teenagers.
Mountains, beaches, forests, waterfalls and goldmines! What more could we pack into a week in wonderful Wales? Explore the myths and legends of this stunning area.
Sunday: Cader Idris and around Abergynolwyn
Time to relax: Explore around the Abergynolwyn area and take a ride on the Talyllyn railway, a historic narrow-gauge steam railway set in the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside.
Burn off some energy: A more challenging walk around the Abergynolwyn area and if time permits we’ll take a ride on the Talyllyn railway too.
You might be tired after this one: Enjoy a fantastic circular walks conquering Cader Idris from Minfordd.
Time to relax: We’ll start the day exploring Llanfair Farm Park before making our way to Harlech to play on the beach.
Burn off some energy: We’ll be walking from Llanbedr on to Llandanwg and then on to Harlech and time on the stunning beach.
You might be tired after this one: Explore the Ardudwy Way. We’ll walk a stretch (if we’re feeling fit maybe half!) of this 24 mile upland pathway. We’ll finish in Harlech for a well deserved ice-cream.
Wednesday: Rhinog Fawr, Ganllwyd and Coed y Brenin
Time to relax: We’ll be walking through the forest of Coed Y Brenin. Exploring the woods keeping our eyes open for gruffalos. We’ll end the day at a play park.
Burn off some energy: Our woodland journey will take us to view waterfalls and a goldmine!
You might be tired after this one: We’ll summit another mountain today. We’ll look down on the world from the top of Rhinog Fawr.
Thursday: Seaside fun at bonny Barmouth and a head of heights on Diffwys
Time to relax: Walk over the River Mauddach estuary on Grade II* listed Barmouth bridge to Fairbourne then take a boat ride back to Barmouth for lots of sand, donkeys, ice cream and fun.
Burn off some energy: The Panorama Walk will give you stunning views of the estuary, Barmouth Bridge and Cader Idris.
You might be tired after this one: From Cwm Mynach we walk over Diffwys and down into bonny Barmouth.
Friday: Arans and Around Dolserau
Time to relax: We’ll walk around the beautiful Llyn Cynwch. Legend has it that there is a marble fairy castle at the bottom of this lovely lake.
Burn off some energy: We tackle the popular Old Precipice walk today. We won’t be as high up as the Arans walk but there’s plenty to see including an Iron Age hill fort.
You might be tired after this one: Our final mountain of the week is Arans and at just over 900m you’ll have your head in the clouds.
Time to relax walks are up to 4 miles
Burn off some energy walks are 5-8 miles
You might be tired after this one walks are up to 12 miles
We can't wait to show you this stunning area of Wales!
Family friendly: KIDS GO FREE if booked by 29 December 2017. After this date children under 11 go FREE and children up to 17 get a 50% discount.
Choice: choose from up to 3 guided walks each walking day
- Expert leaders: our friendly leaders are the cornerstone of these guided holidays and will ensure that families get the most out of the walks
- Peace of mind: only families can book on our dedicated Family holidays - the kids get the run of the Country House in a safe environment
- Free day: on our 7 night holidays, enjoy a day without walks to get out and make the most of the nearby family-friendly attractions
Terrain and transport: Easier Walks are in valleys and woodland with some moorland walking. Medium Walks are in valleys and over high moorland with some steeper and rougher paths. Harder Walks are over mountains and high moorland.
On some days the walks start or finish at Dolserau Hall; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.
Activities at Dolserau Hall: Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an evening activity created specifically for all the family or use the Country House facilities.
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).
Dates & Prices
We're sorry, there are no dates available for this holiday at the moment. Please check out our other tours and breaks or call our team on 0345 470 8558 to be notified of new dates as soon as they become available.
Prices are per person
- All child prices are based on sharing with an adult. Children not sharing an adult's room will be subject to a £50 surcharge per child per stay. A single room charge of £5 per child per night will be made where applicable.
- Non member associate fee: £5 per person