Southern Snowdonia Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

Celebrate Christmas and New Year in Snowdonia

Code: DGXFW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Free WiFi
  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace

Level

  • 2
  • 3
  • 5
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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.

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From £399.00 - 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

Price Includes

  • 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

Dolgellau 4 stars country house

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.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

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

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

Dining

An example of Dolgellau breakfast mealAll 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

Your evenings

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

Festive Walking at Dolgellau

Our House Manager and leaders are busy putting together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday. 

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 (11½km), medium walks are up to a maximum of 9 miles (15½m), while harder walks can be up to up to a maximum of 11 miles (17½km). Walks in each grade are generally shorter than this and tailored to finish usually by 3.30pm – 4pm, at a comfortable pace.

The Mawddach Trail & Cregennen Lakes - Monday 24 December

Barmouth and the Mawddach estuaryThe easier walk starts at the southern end of 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. Our walk ends beside another trestle bridge at Penmaenpool, where we meet the medium and harder walkers at the George III Inn.

The medium walk starts in Arthog village and ascends beside lovely waterfalls to an ancient clapper bridge. We visit a stone circle, an iron mine and the Cregennen Lakes before descending through the Abergwynant valley for a short stretch on the Mawddach trail to Penmaenpool. The harder walk follows the same route as the medium walk, then ascends the Dragon’s back, a delightful rugged area in the foothills of Cadair Idris to finish at the George III Inn with the other groups.

The Torrent Walk & Y Foel - Tuesday 25 December

Walk through snowy treesPlas Caerynwch, a local mansion, commissioned the Torrent Walk as an extension to its gardens, which were opened to the public early in the 19th century. It’s a beautiful woodland walk which follows a tumbling stream down from Brithdir; 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.

Cadair Idris & the Old Precipice Walk - Wednesday 26 December

View from the top of Cadair IdrisThe easier walk will do a scenic loop of the famous Old Precipice Walk, a circuit just north of Dolgellau with wonderful views of Coed y Brenin and the Mawddach estuary as well as Cadair Idris. It’s not as precipitous as it sounds and after walking beside a lake, we continue through parkland all the way to the house. The medium walk starts in Coed y Brenin forest, walking through a former gold mining area and visiting a copper mine, before meeting the Old Precipice Walk and following the route of the easier walk back to Dolserau Hall.

 Starting on the Minffordd path, the harder walk tackles mighty Cadair Idris via a delightful ridge circling Llyn Cau. We then descend to the north on the Pony Path finishing at Gwernan Lake.

Around Harlech - Friday 28 December

Harlech Castle with the mountains of Snowdonia behindExploring the Ardudwy coast, the easier walk starts at Pensarn to follow the Afon Artro to its estuary, then we stroll on the delightful pebbly beach at Llandanwg. We then turn inland to Llanfair for great views, before enjoying the perfect golden sands of Harlech beach. There’s a short ascent to finish in the historic town and a a chance to visit the castle.

 The medium walk starts near Llanbedr village, following much of the same route, but ascending a little higher above Harlech for great views of its castle on the final leg. The harder walk explores the wild area to the north of Harlech, ascending to the stone circle of Bryn Cader Faner. We then head southwest with lovely coastal views, gradually descending to finish in Harlech town.

Panorama Viewpoint & Rhwigyr Pass - Saturday 29 December

View from the New Precipice WalkStarting just outside Barmouth, the easier walk ascends gradually to the Panorama viewpoint above the town, arguably one of the best in Wales. We then descend beside a stream to the estuary and can walk out onto the famous trestle bridge for some sea air and wildlife spotting, before finishing our walk in Barmouth town. The medium route also visits the Panorama viewpoint as well as 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 route ascends from Caerdeon to the Bwlch y Rhiwgyr pass, then follows the crest of a wide grassy ridge, with wonderful estuary and coastal views, descending gradually to finish along the beach to Barmouth.

The Mawddach Trail & Cregennen Lakes - Monday 31 December

Barmouth and the Mawddach estuaryThe easier walk starts at the southern end of 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. Our walk ends beside another trestle bridge at Penmaenpool, where we meet the medium and harder walkers at the George III Inn. The medium walk starts in Arthog village and ascends beside lovely waterfalls to an ancient clapper bridge. We visit a stone circle, an iron mine and the Cregennen Lakes before descending through the Abergwynant valley for a short stretch on the Mawddach trail to Penmaenpool. The harder walk follows the same route as the medium walk, then ascends the Dragon’s back, a delightful rugged area in the foothills of Cadair Idris, to finish at the George III Inn with the other groups.

The Torrent Walk & Y Foel - Tuesday 1 January

Robin in the snowPlas Caerynwch, a local mansion, commissioned the Torrent Walk as an extension to its gardens, which were opened to the public early in the 19th century. It’s a beautiful woodland walk which follows a tumbling stream down from Brithdir. 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.

The Old Precipice Walk & Cadair Idris - Wednesday 2 January

Mountain lake on Cadair IdrisThe easier walk will do a scenic loop of the famous Old Precipice Walk, a circuit just north of Dolgellau with wonderful views of Coed y Brenin and the Mawddach estuary as well as Cadair Idris. It’s not as precipitous as it sounds and after walking beside a lake, we continue through parkland all the way to the house. The medium walk starts in Coed y Brenin forest, walking through a former gold mining area and visiting a copper mine, before meeting the Old Precipice Walk and following the route of the easier walk back to Dolserau Hall.

Starting on the Minffordd path, the harder walk tackles mighty Cadair Idris via a delightful ridge circling Llyn Cau. We then descend to the north on the Pony Path finishing at Gwernan Lake.

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 Buy today for Book
23 Dec 2018 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 4 £715.00 £715.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2018 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 7 £989.00 £989.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 3 £399.00 £399.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 7 £919.00 £919.00 Book Now
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30 Dec 2019 DGXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Dolgellau 4 £685.00 £685.00 Book Now

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