Guided Walking for Solos 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.
Walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy likeminded company and a great selection of walks in Snowdonia, and nearby coast. Discover magnificent waterfalls, panoramic views and famous summits as you discover this beautiful corner of Wales.
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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• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• 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 with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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.
Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an easier walk one day and switch to a harder walk the next.
Easier Walks Medium Walks Harder Walks
Sunday: The Mawddach Trail or into the Rhinogs
Easier Walk: After visiting the Panorama viewpoint above Barmouth we cross the trestle bridge over the estuary with its salt marsh, tidal flats, bird life and wonderful views. We pick up the Mawddach Trail, which follows the disused railway line beside the estuary, finishing at the Penmaenpool bridge. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: This walk combines spectacular ridge walking with wonderful coastal and estuary views. 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. 7½ miles (12.5km) with 1,700 feet (520m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Heading to the southern end of the magnificent Rhinog mountain ridge we ascend the summit of Diffwys, the second highest of the Rhinog peaks, with its views out into Cardigan Bay and to Cadair Idris. We then follow an old quarry track down to the Cwm Mynach valley, to finish at Penmaenpool. 11 miles (18 km) with 2,850 feet (880m) of ascent.
Group B: Above Bala, Arenig Fawr and the Aran Ridge
Easier Walk: A gradual ascent from south of Bala through woodland and on field paths taking us east of the lake to Craig yr Allor. Enjoy great views before returning to finish in Bala. 6½ miles (10.5km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: To the west of Bala, we walk into a wild valley, then ascend steeply to the majestic summit of Arenig Fawr. The descent is quite dramatic, to arrive at a remote lake and bothy, from where we follow a good track to finish beside Llyn Celyn.
Harder Walk: A big day out starting midway between Dolgellau and Bala, we cross to the Aran Ridge, in part grassy, in part rocky, but with stunning views. We take in the summits of Aran Fawddwy and Benllyn before descending to Pont y Pandy. 9 miles (14km) with 2,800 feet (860m) of ascent.
Group C: The Precipice Walk, Coed y Brenin and Rhobell Fawr
Easier Walk: We follow the scenic loop of the famous Precipice Walk, with wonderful views of Coed y Brenin Forest, the Mawddach Estuary and Cadair Idris. This beautiful walk is not as precipitous as it sounds, and we continue through parkland back to Dolserau Hall. 6 miles (10km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting in Coed y Brenin Forest we visit the Rhaeadr Du waterfall, walking through a former gold mining area to the ruins of the Glasdir Copper mine. We join the Precipice Walk, and follow the route of the Easier Walk back to Dolserau Hall. 9 miles (14km) with 2,100 feet (640m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From the village of Rhydymain we head north through a forestry area before ascending steeply to the 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. 10½ miles (17km) with 2,350 feet (720m) of ascent.
Group D: Cadair Idris and the New Precipice Walk
Easier Walk: Enjoy the New Precipice Walk from the village of Llanelltyd, 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. 6½ miles (10km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We tackle Cadair Idris, arguably the most impressive mountain in Southern Snowdonia. Following the Minffordd path we ascend above the corrie basin of Llyn Cau on a dramatic ridge to reach the Pen y Gadair summit. We then follow the Victorian Pony path to finish at Llyn Gwernan, or possibly walk into Dolgellau.
Harder Walk: Starting on the Minffordd path we follow the same route as the medium group to Pen y Garair summit. Then continuing along this wonderful ridge, taking in two more summits, we descend gradually to finish in Dolgellau.
Group E: Harlech, Bryn Cader Faner or Rhinog Fawr
Easier Walk: Exploring the Ardudwy coast, we start near Llanbedr then follow the Afon Artro to its estuary, and walk along the delightful beach at Llandanwg. We then turn inland to ascend to the historic town of Harlech, with great views of its castle on the final leg. 6½ miles (10.5km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Again in the Ardudwy coast area, we walk from Llandecwyn uphill passing a beautiful lake, continuing on to the stone circle, Bryn Cader Faner. We then head southwest with lovely coastal views, gradually descending to finish in Harlech town. 9 miles (15km) with 1,750 feet (540m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Walking in the wild and rugged Rhinogs, we set off from woodland near Trawsfynydd to walk to the head of the Roman steps, then ascend on rough terrain to Rhinog Fawr. We descend a rough grassy shoulder with coastal views to finish in Llanbedr village. 8½ miles(14km) with 2,250 feet (680m) of ascent.
Terrain and transport: Easier Walks are on good tracks and paths. Medium Walks are on mainly good paths across mountain and moorland. Harder Walks are on a mixture of good and rough paths, and trackless terrain over sometimes marshy moorland.
On some days the walks start or finish at Dolserau Hall; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.
Our guests: The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new guests and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas. On our Guided Walking for Solos holidays, the holiday is especially for single guests.
In the evenings: Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an organised activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar or use the Country House facilities.
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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- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person