Christmas & New Year Walking at Dolgellau

Wales

Code: DGXFW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Free WiFi
  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace

Level

  • 2
  • 3
  • 5
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Difficulty indicator

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.

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From £389.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes and carol evenings 
  • Cosy Country House and a special festive cheer

What’s included?

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

In pictures...

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Dolserau Hotel Hall in Southern Snowdonia

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.

Our bedrooms are either located in the main building or the tastefully converted coach house.

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Lounge bar 
• Bistro
• Dining room 
• Free WiFi in public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Attractive gardens

Dining

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.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Dolgellau breakfast meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


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.

Accessibility

More details on Dolgellau accessibility

Itinerary

The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered.

Typically, easier walks are up to up to a maximum of 7 miles (11km), medium walks are up to a maximum of 9 miles (14.5km), while harder walks can be up to up to a maximum of 10 miles (16km). Walks in each grade are generally shorter than this and tailored to finish usually by 3.30pm – 4pm, at a comfortable pace.

We’ll tell you more about each walk (precise distances and ascents) and answer any queries about terrain and conditions underfoot, on the holiday itselg.


Christmas - Festive Guided Walking

23 December 2017

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea.


24 December 2017 - Christmas Eve

The easier walk views the famous trestle bridge over the estuary before picking up the Mawddach Trail, a disused railway line hugging the banks of the Mawddach River with fabulous views east. We meet at the end with the medium and harder walks at the George III inn by another trestle bridge, at Penmaenpool.


25 December 2017 - Christmas Day

Plas Caerynwch, a local mansion, commissioned the Torrent Walk as an extension to its gardens, which were open to the public early in the 19th century. It’s a beautiful woodland walk which follows a tumbling stream down from Brithdir and we all finish this way as we build an appetite for our Christmas dinner. The easier walk heads east from the house through the Dolgwartheg Forest to the village of Brithdir before the return down the Torrent Walk. The medium and harder walks also head east but keep climbing after Brithdir to the super viewpoint of Y Foel before finding the same route back via the Torrent Walk. Afternoon After the walks today there will be a present for each of our guests under the Christmas tree. 


26 December 2016 – Boxing Day

The easier walk will do a scenic loop of the famous Precipice Walk, a circuit just north of Dolgellau, with wonderful views of Coed y Brenin, the Mawddach estuary as well as Cadair Idris. It’s not as precipitous as it sounds and we walk back along quiet lanes all the way to the house. The medium walk starts in Coed y Brenin, walks through a former gold mining area before meeting the Precipice Walk, following the route of the easier walk back to Dolserau Hall. The harder walk tackles the prominent nearby hill of Rhobell Fawr. Descending to the southwest, we follow an old drovers’ road to Llanfachreth village and back to Dolserau Hall through parkland.


Twixmas – Festive Guided Walking

27 December 2017

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea.


28 December 201

Exploring the Ardudwy coast, the easier and medium walks start near Llanbedr, the latter to follow the Afon Artro to its estuary, but both walk along the delightful beach at Llandanwg. We then turn inland to ascend to the historic town of Harlech, with great views of its castle on the final leg. The harder walk heads for the stone circle of Bryn Cader Faner. We then head southwest with lovely coastal views, gradually descending to finish in Harlech town. 


29 December 2017

After visiting the Panorama viewpoint above Barmouth, the easier walk crosses the famous trestle bridge over the estuary before picking up a disused railway line as far as the Penmaenpool bridge. The medium route visits the Barmouth slabs, Raven Rock, and Dinas Oleu – the first piece of land given to the National Trust – before descending gradually to Barmouth itself. The harder ascends from Caerdeon to the Bwlch y Rhiwgyr pass, follows the crest of the ridge and descends gradually to finish along Barmouth’s beautiful sandy beach. Walks & social programme


New Year – Festive Guided Walking

30 December 2017

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea.


31 December 2017 – New Year’s Eve

The easier walk views the famous trestle bridge over the estuary before picking up the Mawddach Trail, a disused railway line hugging the banks of the Mawddach River with fabulous views east. We meet at the end with the medium and harder walks at the George III inn by another trestle bridge, at Penmaenpool.

The hills and paths to the south of the region provide a wonderful introduction to this quiet, varied and spectacular part of Snowdonia. All walks start in or near Abergynolwyn near the end of the famous Talyllyn preserved railway line, originally sed to carry slate down to Tywyn. The easier walk follows a lovely circular route, with Castell y Bere, once the impressive fortress of Llewelyn the Great, as one of the highlights. The medium and harder walks follow a similar route but first take in the most prominent and striking feature in the Dysynni Valley, Bird Rock. The cliffs on its northern slopes are the only inland nesting ground for Cormorants in Europe, and possibly the world, hence its name.

In the evening join us for our celebration dinner – you are invited to ‘dress to impress’. Afterwards enjoy an evening of live music as we start the countdown to 2015.


1 January 2018

Plas Caerynwch, a local mansion, commissioned the Torrent Walk as an extension to its gardens, which were open to the public early in the 19th century. It’s a beautiful woodland walk which follows a tumbling stream down from Brithdir and we all finish this way. The easier walk heads east from the house through the Dolgwartheg Forest to the village of Brithdir before the return down the Torrent Walk. The medium and harder walks also head east but keep climbing after Brithdir to the super viewpoint of Y Foel before finding the same route back via the Torrent Walk. 


2 January 2018

The easier walk will do a scenic loop of the famous Precipice Walk, a circuit just north of Dolgellau, with wonderful views of Coed y Brenin, the Mawddach estuary as well as Cadair Idris. It’s not as precipitous as it sounds and we walk back along quiet lanes all the way to the house. The medium walk starts in Coed y Brenin, walks through a former gold mining area before meeting the Precipice Walk, following the route of the easier walk back to Dolserau Hall. The harder walk tackles the prominent hill of Rhobell Fawr. Descending to the southwest, we follow an old drovers’ road to Llanfachreth village and back to Dolserau Hall through parkland.

Local area

Discover Snowdonia

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:

Talyllyn Railway
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

Red steam locomotive on the Ffestiniog railwayGreat 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

 

Impressive entrance to Harlech CastleHarlech Castle
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

RSPB Reserves
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.

Coloured houses at PortmeironPortmeirion
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

Travel to Dolgellau

Our address is: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd  LL40 2AG

How to get to us by train

By train:

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).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.

Bus

By bus:

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

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 Travel by plane

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 Book
23 Dec 2017 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 4 £695.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2017 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 7 £969.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 3 £389.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 7 £899.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2017 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 4 £645.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

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  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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