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3-Night Southern Snowdonia Guided Walking Holiday

Aran mountains from Bwlch-y-groes
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 5
from £389pp £359pp

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 on our Guided Walking holidays.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on full day walks to discover the varied beauty of Snowdonia on foot
  • Admire panoramic valley, lake and river views from slopes and peaks
  • Let an HF 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 at our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • Two full days of guided walking
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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. Some of our breaks have more than one itinerary. To check which itinerary is running on your holiday date please refer to the Dates, Prices & Trip Notes tab.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Wnion Valley & Roman Road

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)  

Total ascent: 900 feet (260m)

In Summary: Our walk climbs the lower slopes of the Wnion valley through farmland to the track of a Roman road with extensive views of the mountains of southern Snowdonia. Crossing two ancient bridges, believed to be Roman, we reach the hamlet of Brithdir. Leaving Brithdir, we visit the Art Nouveau church of St. Marks and then descend the iconic Torrent Walk to return to the house.

Highlight: Nearly 3km of the walk is easy going on the track of a Roman road, with stunning views of the Cadair Idris and Rhinogydd ranges.

Option 2 - Rhobell Fawr Foothills

Distance: 9 miles (14 km)

Ascent: 1400 feet (430m)

In Summary: This is a varied route in the remoter parts of southern Snowdonia.  We ascend through farmland then a forest to the slopes of Rhobell Fawr.  We then follow a track through rugged, rocky terrain, with streams and sometime waterfalls, visiting a disused slate quarry.  There are far reaching views throughout.  The descent is gradual, eventually walking beside the Wnion river to return to the House.

Highlight: Wild and rugged scenery, with stunning views, away from the crowds, and always reasonable gradients.

Option 3 - Rhobell Fawr

Distance: 10.5 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (700m)

In Summary: Ascend steeply to the local summit of Rhobell Fawr. Descending to the southwest, with great views of Coed y Brenin forest, we follow an old drovers’ road then walk back through park land to Dolserau Hall.

Highlight: Rhobell Fawr is another outstanding viewpoint, with a sweeping panorama across all the peaks of north Wales.


Option 1 - New Precipice Walk

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

In Summary: Enjoy the New Precipice Walk with its spectacular views of the Mawddach Estuary. We take this classic trail to Penmaenpool, returning on the Mawddach Trail to the lovely market town of Dolgellau.

Highlight: Another classic trail that contours around the hillside; the view down the Mawddach Estuary is stunning.

Option 2 - Cader Idris

Distance: 5½miles (9km)

Total ascent: 2,750 feet (850m)

In Summary: Follow the Minffordd path up Cader Idris, passing an impressive corrie lake and dramatic ridge. We descend along the Victorian pony track, taking in superb views on our way. Please note that due to operational reasons this walk is limited to 15 guests.

Highlight: Cader Idris is the most impressive mountain in Southern Snowdonia; a favourite with many walkers.

Option 3 - Cader Idris Ridge

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 3,150 feet (960m)

In Summary: Ascend to the top of Cader Idris via the Minffordd path. This outstanding mountain walk continues along this wonderful ridge, taking in two more summits, before descending gradually to Dolgellau.

Highlight: A fabulous ridge walk atop one of Britain's most loved mountains, with great views down the Mawddach Estuary to the sea.


Enjoy a leisurely 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.

 

Rooms

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 Classic and Premium 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 ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

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. Food at Dolserau Hall is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Dolserau Hall

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Getting to Dolserau Hall

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Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

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Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

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