Southern Snowdonia Guided Walking Holiday
Explore Southern Snowdonia on foot
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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.
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, or explore the area on foot.
Our bedrooms are either located in the main building or the tastefully converted coach house.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
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
|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.
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.
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 up to 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.
Spring & Winter Walks
Available on: 25 Mar 2019, 1 Nov 2019, 4 Nov 2019
Guided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days in Snowdonia - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.
Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.
See our Spring & Winter Walks for further details.
The Precipice Walk & Rhobell Fawr
Available on: 2 Apr 2019, 9 Apr 2019, 16 Apr 2019, 22 Apr 2019, 30 Apr 2019, 14 May 2019, 12 Jun 2019, 26 Jun 2019, 10 Jul 2019, 24 Jul 2019, 31 Jul 2019, 4 Sep 2019, 24 Sep 2019, 1 Oct 2019, 8 Oct 2019, 22 Oct 2019, 29 Oct 2019
Option 1: Precipice Walk
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)
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 it's 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 (14km)
Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)
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: 11 miles (17½km)
Total ascent: 2,300 feet (700m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
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: 3 Apr 2019, 10 Apr 2019, 17 Apr 2019, 24 Apr 2019, 1 May 2019, 15 May 2019, 13 Jun 2019, 27 Jun 2019, 11 Jul 2019, 25 Jul 2019, 1 Aug 2019, 5 Sep 2019, 25 Sep 2019, 2 Oct 2019, 9 Oct 2019, 23 Oct 2019, 30 Oct 2019
Option 1: New Precipice Walk
Distance: 7 miles (12km)
Total ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)
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 (10½km)
Total ascent: 2,900 feet (880m)
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 (13½km)
Total ascent: 3,150 feet (960m)
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: 4 Apr 2019, 11 Apr 2019, 18 Apr 2019, 25 Apr 2019, 2 May 2019, 16 May 2019, 14 Jun 2019, 28 Jun 2019, 12 Jul 2019, 26 Jul 2019, 2 Aug 2019, 6 Sep 2019, 26 Sep 2019, 3 Oct 2019, 10 Oct 2019, 24 Oct 2019, 31 Oct 2019
Option 1: Along the coast to Harlech
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)
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: 8½ miles (13½km)
Total ascent: 1,850 feet (540m)
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: 9 miles (15km)
Total ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)
The walk in a nutshell: Don't be misled by the ascent this is a tough 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: 6 Apr 2019, 20 Apr 2019, 11 May 2019, 9 Jun 2019, 23 Jun 2019, 7 Jul 2019, 21 Jul 2019, 28 Jul 2019, 1 Sep 2019, 28 Sep 2019, 19 Oct 2019, 26 Oct 2019
Option 1: Mawddach Trail
Distance: 9 miles (14km)
Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)
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: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 2,450 feet (740m)
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 Southern Rhinogs
Distance: 11 miles (18km)
Total ascent: 2,850 feet (880m)
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.
Walks above Bala
Available on: 7 Apr 2019, 21 Apr 2019, 12 May 2019, 10 Jun 2019, 24 Jun 2019, 8 Jul 2019, 22 Jul 2019, 29 Jul 2019, 2 Sep 2019, 22 Sep 2019, 29 Sep 2019, 20 Oct 2019, 27 Oct 2019
Option 1: Above Bala
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)
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 (14km)
Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)
The walk in a nutshell: We walk to a remote lake and bothy, then ascend steeply to the majestic summit of Arenig Fawr. We walk down to the west and follow a disused railway line 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 (14½km)
Total ascent: 2,850 feet (880m)
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.
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.
Holidays operate throughout the year - see the dates & prices tab.
Outdoor Escapes offer exhilarating weekends and active breaks; ideal if you want to make the most of your time away from work.
Your break can be as action-packed or relaxed as you choose. There's a choice of three walks each day including challenging mountain walks for those who want to aim high. If you prefer to take things easy, our shorter walks allow plenty of time to see wildlife, stop at the pub, or explore the key sights.
Once the activity is over, relax at our 4-star Country House with a delicious meal and glass of wine with other likeminded outdoor enthusiasts.
Outdoor Escapes at Dolgellau start on Fri 17 May, Sat 14 Sept and Tues 17 Sept 2019
This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of Snowdonia; ideal if you want to take things a little slower. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles.
Gentle Walking at Dolgellau start on Fri Sat 29 June and Tues 2 July 2019
Spring & Winter Walking
Join us on our specially tailored itinerary – complete with a choice of walks specially selected for the season.
We operate these walks between November and Easter - see Spring & Winter Walking at Dolgellau for further details
Other Guided Walking holidays at Dolgellau
Guided Walking for Solos - all our famous guided walks, with like-minded solo company
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
Family Walking Adventure - great fun for adults and children alike
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 route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
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 X27 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 head to Chester then take the M53 and A55 around the south of Chester. Join the A550 then the A5104 for about 20 miles, 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 take the M54 and A5 to Shrewsbury. Follow the A5 around the south of Shrewsbury and join the A458 towards Welshpool. Continue on the A458 through Welshpool and after a further 27 miles turn right at a roundabout onto the A470 towards Dolgellau. As you come down a steep hill beofre Dolgellau, look out for a petrol station on the right hand side. Take the turning on the right immediately before the petrol station. Dolserau Hall is about 1 mile along this country lane on your right. Look for the HF Holidays sign.
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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|25 Mar 2019||DGBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Dolgellau||4||£435.00||£360.00||Book Now|
|1 Apr 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£495.00||£420.00||Book Now|
|5 Apr 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||7||£799.00||£699.00||Book Now|
|5 Apr 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||3||£365.00||£315.00||Book Now|
|8 Apr 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£495.00||£420.00||Book Now|
|19 Apr 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||7||£799.00||£699.00||Book Now|
|19 Apr 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£495.00||£435.00||Book Now|
|23 Apr 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||3||£365.00||£315.00||Book Now|
|29 Apr 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£495.00||£435.00||Book Now|
|10 May 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||7||£879.00||£809.00||Book Now|
|10 May 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||3||£375.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|13 May 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£529.00||£489.00||Book Now|
|8 Jun 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||7||£879.00||£809.00||Book Now|
|8 Jun 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||3||£375.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|11 Jun 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£529.00||£489.00||Book Now|
|22 Jun 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||3||£375.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|22 Jun 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||7||£879.00||£809.00||Book Now|
|25 Jun 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£529.00||£489.00||Book Now|
|6 Jul 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||3||£375.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|6 Jul 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||7||£879.00||£809.00||Book Now|
|9 Jul 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£529.00||£489.00||Book Now|
|20 Jul 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||3||£375.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|20 Jul 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||7||£879.00||£809.00||Book Now|
|23 Jul 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£529.00||£489.00||Book Now|
|27 Jul 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||3||£375.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|27 Jul 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||7||£879.00||£809.00||Book Now|
|30 Jul 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£529.00||£489.00||Book Now|
|31 Aug 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||7||£879.00||£804.00||Book Now|
|31 Aug 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||3||£375.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|3 Sep 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£529.00||£489.00||Book Now|
|27 Sep 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||3||£365.00||£320.00||Book Now|
|27 Sep 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||7||£799.00||£724.00||Book Now|
|30 Sep 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£495.00||£435.00||Book Now|
|7 Oct 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£495.00||£435.00||Book Now|
|21 Oct 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£495.00||£435.00||Book Now|
|28 Oct 2019||DGBOB - Guided Walking - Dolgellau||4||£435.00||£375.00||Book Now|
|4 Nov 2019||DGBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Dolgellau||4||£435.00||£375.00||Book Now|
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