7-Night Southern Snowdonia Gentle Guided Walking Holiday

Duration: 7 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £915pp £815pp

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of Southern Snowdonia. The choice of three guided walks includes a very short walk of 3 or 4 miles. Steeped in history, the landscapes of southern Snowdonia unfold to reveal one of Wales’ best-kept secrets. Tucked away from the honeypot hotspots to the north of the National Park, the solitude and stunning scenery await discovery.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on gentle day walks to discover the varied beauty of Snowdonia on foot
  • Admire panoramic valley, lake and river views from slopes and peaks
  • Let a local leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Enjoy magnificent Snowdonia mountainscape scenery
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about Welsh history
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of Britain’s most beautiful walking areas
  • Discover what makes the Snowdonia so special from the sweeping valleys to the rocky peaks
  • Evenings in our country house where you share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 5 days guided walking; 1 free day
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

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On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.

Option 1 - Llyn Cynwch

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Total ascent: 330 feet (100m) 

In SummaryA circular walk around the beautiful Llyn Cynwch, which is just a couple of miles from Dolserau Hall. Our route is partially along the famous Precipice Walk, then we’ll take our time and walk back to the house, past the deer park at the foot of Foel Offrwm. 

HighlightLegend has it that there is a marble fairy castle at the bottom of this lovely lake. The lake is an absolute must-see and Nannau Deer Park has some really fascinating history. 


Option 2 - Precipice Walk

 Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m) 

In SummaryThe Precipice Walk is a real classic - a contouring path with amazing views over the Mawddach Estuary and the surrounding mountains (and it’s nowhere near as scary as the name suggests!). 

HighlightThis panoramic trail enjoys wonderful views of Coed-y-Brenin Forest, the Mawddach Estuary and Cadair Idris. 


Option 3 - Coed-y-Brenin

Distance: 9 miles (14km) 

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m) 

In SummaryWalk from the Coed-y-Brenin Forest to Dolserau Hall, passing the Rhaeadr Du waterfall, ruins of the Glasdir Copper mine, and following the famous Precipice Walk. 

HighlightThe 60-foot cascade of Rhaeadr Du (Black Waterfall), is one of the most spectacular in Snowdonia. 


Option 1 - The Ardudwy Coast & Harlech

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m) 

In SummaryToday we’ll explore the Ardudwy Coast, visiting the Artro estuary and walking on the delightful beach at Llandanwg. En route we might visit a slate cavern and then continue to Harlech with its impressive castle, built by Edward I in 1283 to control the Welsh. 

Highlight: Harlech's impressive castle, built by Edward I. 


Option 2 - Along the coast to Harlech

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) 

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m) 

In SummaryFollow the coast from Llanbedr to Harlech. Our walk takes in the delightful beach at Llandanwg, and the rolling hills above the coast. 

Highlight: Visit Harlech Castle which commands a wonderful position overlooking the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay with the mountains of Snowdonia behind. 


Option 3 - Over the hills to Harlech

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (540m) 

In SummaryWalk on the lower slopes of the Rhinogs above the Ardudwy coast. Our walk passes a beautiful lake, and an ancient stone circle before we descend gradually to Harlech. 

HighlightThere are great views along the coast, and of Harlech castle on the final leg. 


Option 1 - Castell-y-Bere & Abergynolwyn

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km) 

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In SummaryToday’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. 

Highlight: Incredible views in the Dysynni valley and from the castle


Option 2 - Abergynolwyn Loop

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m) 

In SummaryStarting our walk at Abergynolwyn, near the end of the preserved Talyllyn railway line, we take a lovely circular route via Castell-y-Bere, Mary Jones’ Chapel and the waterfalls of Nant yr Eira. 

HighlightCastell-y-Bere was once the impressive fortress of Llewelyn the Great. 


Option 3 - Bird Rock

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m) 

In SummaryStarting near Abergynolwyn we ascend Bird Rock, the most inland nesting site for sea birds. We then follow the beautiful Dysynni valley, visiting Mary Jones’ chapel and Castell-y-Bere, returning beside the river to Abergynolwyn. 

HighlightBird Rock is a stunning viewpoint. 


Option 1 - Llyn Tegid and Bala

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km) 

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In SummaryWe ascend through woodland for lovely views across Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales. We’ll descend with the same, stunning views of the lake, to arrive at the historic town of Bala. 

HighlightThere’s a chance to see some extreme sports in action at the water sports centre in Bala. If you’ve still got some energy walk a little further to discover Mary Jones’ World. 


Option 2 - Above Bala

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In SummaryA gradual ascent from the south of Bala through woodland and on field paths taking us onto the hillsides above Llyn Tegid. Enjoy great views before returning to finish in Bala. 

HighlightGaze down over Llyn Tegid, or Bala Lake. At 4 miles long it's the largest natural lake in Wales. 


Option 3 - Moel Emoel

Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Total ascent: 1,470 feet (450m) 

In SummaryWe ascend using various tracks and footpaths to Moel Emoel, a scenic hill to the North of Bala town, visiting Llyn Maen Bras. We’ll get some spectacular views of Llyn Tegid. 

Don’t miss: This little known hill is a delightful spot. 


Option 1 - Mawddach Estuary & Barmouth

Distance: 5½ miles (9km) 

Total ascent: 200 feet (60m) 

In SummaryThe Mawddach trail is the classic easy trail in the area – so while the distance is a little longer than average for our easier walks this is more than made up for by the minimal ascent and smooth walking. 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. 

Don’t miss: Stunning views of the estuary throughout our walk and a chance to look around the lovely seaside town of Barmouth. 


Option 2 - The Hills Above Barmouth

Distance: 5½ miles (9km) 

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m) 

In SummaryStarting near Barmouth we visit the delightful Panorama viewpoint, the Barmouth slabs, Raven Rock, and Dinas Oleu – the first piece of land given to the National Trust. The views are amazing throughout and we descend gradually to finish in Barmouth itself. 

Don’t miss: Superb views of the estuary from the Panorama Walk viewpoint. Views of the Irish sea and Barmouth’s beautiful, sandy beaches. 


Option 3 - Bwlch-y-Rhiwgyr to Barmouth

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Total ascent: 2,400 feet (720m) 

In SummaryThis walk combines spectacular ridge walking with wonderful coastal and estuary views. Ascending from Caerdeon to the Bwlch-y-Rhiwgyr pass, we follow the crest of the ridge and descend gradually to visit Dinas Oleu and Raven Rock, and on to finish along Barmouth’s beautiful sandy beach. 

Don’t miss: Impressive views of Barmouth estuary as well as the beaches on descent. 


Enjoy a final 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.



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 Good and Better 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 ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.


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. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Dolserau Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a six-course feast of regional flavours. Look out for highlights including Cawl Cennin, a leek and potato broth, smoked haddock with Welsh rarebit and lava bread and Welsh lamb Wellington. If you’ve space, tuck into a slice of Monmouth Pudding, a great old-fashioned desert of breadcrumbs, fruit, cream and meringue


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person. Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
08 Aug - 15 Aug
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7 nights
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

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