Guided Walking 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.
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.
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.
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• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• 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
|• 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.
Discover Snowdonia on Foot
Explore the very best of Southern Snowdonia on our guided walks. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this quieter corner of the national park. Beautiful coastal views, green valleys and rugged mountains will all be revealed as you uncover one of Britain's best kep secrets. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning national park to life.
- Our experienced guides offer the choice of three different walks each day
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Dolserau Hall
Selected images © Crown copyright 2016 (Visit Wales)
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
Walks above Bala
Available on: 21 Aug 2017, 28 Aug 2017, 4 Sep 2017, 11 Sep 2017, 18 Sep 2017, 25 Sep 2017, 2 Oct 2017, 8 Oct 2017, 22 Oct 2017, 29 Oct 2017, 25 Mar 2018, 1 Apr 2018, 8 Apr 2018, 15 Apr 2018, 22 Apr 2018, 29 Apr 2018, 6 May 2018, 13 May 2018, 4 Jun 2018, 11 Jun 2018, 18 Jun 2018, 25 Jun 2018, 23 Jul 2018, 6 Aug 2018, 20 Aug 2018, 27 Aug 2018, 3 Sep 2018, 23 Sep 2018, 7 Oct 2018, 14 Oct 2018, 28 Oct 2018
Option 1: Above Bala
Distance: 6½ miles
Total ascent: 1,250 feet
The walk in a nutshell: A gradual ascent from 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.
Don’t miss: Gaze down over Llyn Tegid, or Bala Lake. At 4 miles long its the largest natural lake in Wales.
Option 2: Arenig Fawr
Distance: 8½ miles
Total ascent: 1,950 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Explore a wild valley, then ascend steeply to the majestic summit of Arenig Fawr. The descent is quite dramatic, passing a remote lake and bothy to finish beside Llyn Celyn.
Don’t miss: Arenig Fawr is an imposing summit; one of the best mountains in southern Snowdonia.
Option 3: The Arans
Distance: 9 miles
Total ascent: 2,800 feet
The walk in a nutshell: A big day out traversing the Aran Ridge, in part grassy, in part rocky, but with stunning views. We take in the twin summits of Aran Fawddwy and Benllyn.
Don’t miss: Choose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with a stunning panorama across the Snowdonian mountains.
The Precipice Walk & Rhobell Fawr
Available on: 22 Aug 2017, 29 Aug 2017, 5 Sep 2017, 12 Sep 2017, 19 Sep 2017, 26 Sep 2017, 4 Oct 2017, 10 Oct 2017, 17 Oct 2017, 24 Oct 2017, 31 Oct 2017, 27 Mar 2018, 2 Apr 2018, 10 Apr 2018, 17 Apr 2018, 24 Apr 2018, 1 May 2018, 8 May 2018, 15 May 2018, 22 May 2018, 6 Jun 2018, 13 Jun 2018, 20 Jun 2018, 27 Jun 2018, 25 Jul 2018, 8 Aug 2018, 22 Aug 2018, 29 Aug 2018, 5 Sep 2018, 25 Sep 2018, 2 Oct 2018, 9 Oct 2018, 16 Oct 2018, 23 Oct 2018, 30 Oct 2018
Option 1: Precipice Walk
Distance: 6 miles
Total ascent: 850 feet
The walk in a nutshell: The Precipice Walk is a real classic - a contouring path with amazing views over the Mawddach Estuary and the surrounding mountains (and its nothing like as scary as the name suggests!).
Don’t miss: This panoramic trail enjoys wonderful views of Coed y Brenin Forest, the Mawddach Estuary and Cadair Idris.
Option 2: Coed y Brenin
Distance: 9 miles
Total ascent: 2,100 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.
Don’t miss: The 60 foot cascade of Rhaeadr Du (Black Waterfall), is one of the most spectacular in Snowdonia.
Option 3: Rhobell Fawr
Distance: 10½ miles
Total ascent: 2,350 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Ascend steeply to the local summit of Rhobell Fawr. Descending to the southwest, we follow an old drovers’ road to Llanfachreth village and back to Dolserau Hall through park land.
Don’t miss: Rhobell Fawr is another outstanding viewpoint, with a sweeping panorama across all the peaks of north Wales.
Cadair Idris and the New Precipice Walk
Available on: 24 Aug 2017, 31 Aug 2017, 7 Sep 2017, 14 Sep 2017, 21 Sep 2017, 28 Sep 2017, 5 Oct 2017, 11 Oct 2017, 18 Oct 2017, 25 Oct 2017, 1 Nov 2017, 28 Mar 2018, 4 Apr 2018, 11 Apr 2018, 18 Apr 2018, 25 Apr 2018, 2 May 2018, 9 May 2018, 16 May 2018, 23 May 2018, 7 Jun 2018, 14 Jun 2018, 21 Jun 2018, 28 Jun 2018, 26 Jul 2018, 9 Aug 2018, 23 Aug 2018, 30 Aug 2018, 6 Sep 2018, 26 Sep 2018, 3 Oct 2018, 10 Oct 2018, 17 Oct 2018, 24 Oct 2018, 31 Oct 2018
Option 1: New Precipice Walk
Distance: 6½ miles
Total ascent: 1,100 feet
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Another classic trail that contours around the hillside; the view down the Mawddach Estuary is stunning.
Option 2: Cadair Idris
Distance: 6½ miles
Total ascent: 2,900 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the Minffordd path up Cadair Idris, passing an impressive corrie lake and dramatic ridge. We descend along the Victorian pony track.
Don’t miss: Cadair Idris is the most impressive mountain in Southern Snowdonia; a favourite with many walkers.
Option 3: Cadair Idris ridge
Distance: 8½ miles
Total ascent: 3,150 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Ascend to the top of Cadair Idris via the Minffordd path. This outstanding mountain walk continues along this wonderful ridge, taking in two more summits, before descending gradually to Dolgellau.
Don’t miss: A fabulous ridge walk atop one of Britain's most loved mountains, with great views down the Mawddach Estuary to the sea.
Harlech & the Rhinogs
Available on: 25 Aug 2017, 1 Sep 2017, 8 Sep 2017, 15 Sep 2017, 22 Sep 2017, 29 Sep 2017, 12 Oct 2017, 19 Oct 2017, 26 Oct 2017, 2 Nov 2017, 29 Mar 2018, 5 Apr 2018, 12 Apr 2018, 19 Apr 2018, 26 Apr 2018, 3 May 2018, 10 May 2018, 17 May 2018, 24 May 2018, 8 Jun 2018, 15 Jun 2018, 22 Jun 2018, 29 Jun 2018, 27 Jul 2018, 10 Aug 2018, 24 Aug 2018, 31 Aug 2018, 7 Sep 2018, 27 Sep 2018, 4 Oct 2018, 11 Oct 2018, 18 Oct 2018, 25 Oct 2018, 1 Nov 2018
Option 1: Along the coast to Harlech
Distance: 6½ miles
Total ascent: 850 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the coast from Llanbedr to Harlech. Our walk takes in the delightful beach at Llandanwg, and the rolling hills above the coast.
Don’t miss: Visit Harlech Castle which commands a wonderful position overlooking the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay with the mountains of Snowdonia behind.
Option 2: Over the hills to Harlech
Distance: 9 miles
Total ascent: 1,750 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.
Don’t miss: There are great views along the coast, and of Harlech castle on the final leg.
Option 3: Rhinog Fawr
Distance: 8½ miles
Total ascent: 2,250 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Walk in the wild and rugged Rhinog mountains. We ascend over rough terrain to Rhinog Fawr then continue along a grassy ridge with great coastal views ahead.
Don’t miss: The Rhinogs are one of Snowdonia's lesser-known gems, with rugged shapely peaks and fabulous sea views.
The Mawddach Trail or into the Rhinogs
Available on: 27 Aug 2017, 3 Sep 2017, 10 Sep 2017, 17 Sep 2017, 24 Sep 2017, 1 Oct 2017, 7 Oct 2017, 21 Oct 2017, 28 Oct 2017, 24 Mar 2018, 31 Mar 2018, 7 Apr 2018, 11 Apr 2018, 14 Apr 2018, 21 Apr 2018, 28 Apr 2018, 5 May 2018, 11 May 2018, 12 May 2018, 18 May 2018, 3 Jun 2018, 10 Jun 2018, 17 Jun 2018, 24 Jun 2018, 22 Jul 2018, 5 Aug 2018, 19 Aug 2018, 26 Aug 2018, 2 Sep 2018, 22 Sep 2018, 6 Oct 2018, 13 Oct 2018, 27 Oct 2018
Option 1: Mawddach Trail
Distance: 9 miles
Total ascent: 1,300 feet
The walk in a nutshell: After visiting the Panorama viewpoint above Barmouth we cross the trestle bridge over the estuary. We pick up the Mawddach Trail, which follows the disused railway line beside the estuary, finishing at the Penmaenpool bridge.
Don’t miss: Crossing the Barmouth Bridge you'll appreciate the rich bird life of the salt marsh and tidal flats.
Option 2: Above the Mawddach
Distance: 7½ miles
Total ascent: 1,700 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Starting near Barmouth we ascend steeply to follow the crest of the ridge then visit gold-mines on the way down to our finish at Penmaenpool.
Don’t miss: This walk combines spectacular ridge walking with wonderful views of the coast and estuary, and beyond to the Snowdonian mountains.
Option 3: The Rhinogs
Distance: 11 miles
Total ascent: 2,850 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Heading to the southern end of the magnificent Rhinog mountain ridge we ascend the summit of Diffwys. We then follow an old quarry track down to the Cwm Mynach Valley, to finish at Penmaenpool.
Don’t miss: Diffwys, the second highest of the Rhinog peaks, commands a wonderful view out into Cardigan Bay and to Cadair Idris.
Which break for me
Our best-selling Guided Walking holidays run throughout the year - with their daily choice of up to 3 walks, these breaks are ideal for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside on foot. Perhaps choose an Easier walk, then build up to something more challenging as your holiday progresses.
We also offer the following themed breaks that enable likeminded guests to holiday together:
Guided Walking - Classic Breaks
Our Classic Breaks are rich with the traditions of HF Holidays, making them particularly suited to our long-standing guests
During the day enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. In the evening relax with likeminded guests during your evening meal, then enjoy a classic mix of evening activities arranged by your leaders. We'll include a great mix of quizzes, games and dancing, rounded off with a traditional party night on the final evening.
Classic Breaks at Dolgellau start on Fri 6 and Mon 9 October 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab
See our full list of Classic Breaks
Guided Walking for Solos
We welcome many solo guests on our holidays; however you may prefer our dedicated holidays for solos only. As well as likeminded company, there's no extra charges for our premium single, and standard twin and double rooms.
See Guided Walking for Solos at Dolgellau for further details
Other Guided Walking holidays at Dolgellau
Walking with Sightseeing - the perfect combination of guided walks, plus sightseeing visits
Christmas & New Year Walking - enjoy guided walks, fabulous food and a great atmosphere on these special festive breaks
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).
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Dates & Prices
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|23 Sep 2017||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£499.00||£484.00||Book Now|
|23 Sep 2017||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||7||£819.00||£789.00||Book Now|
|27 Sep 2017||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||3||£359.00||£339.00||Book Now|
|30 Sep 2017||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||6||£659.00||£629.00||Book Now|
|30 Sep 2017||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||3||£339.00||£309.00||Book Now|
|3 Oct 2017||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||3||£339.00||£324.00||Book Now|
|9 Oct 2017||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Classic Breaks - Dolgellau||4||£459.00||£229.50||Book Now|
|23 Oct 2017||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£459.00||£434.00||Book Now|
|27 Oct 2017||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||7||£649.00||£619.00||Book Now|
|27 Oct 2017||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||3||£299.00||£274.00||Book Now|
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- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person