Guided Walking for Solos at Dolgellau



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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace


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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.

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From £319.00 - 3 to 7 nights


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Holiday overview

Country walking is a great way to meet new friends, and the convivial atmosphere of our Country Houses will make sure you have an enjoyable time. 

Dolserau Hall is surrounded by beautiful countryside and the relaxing ambience makes it a particularly attractive place to stay. With numerous attractions, and an excellent variety of walks available, this is a great base from which to enjoy Southern Snowdonia.

Holiday highlights

  • High quality 4-star Country House in the beautiful setting of Snowdonia National Park
  • Walk on the spectacular mountains of Cadair Idris and the Rhinogs
  • Discover the historic town of Harlech and the charming coastal town of Barmouth

Great reasons to join us

  • For Solos: no single room charge and double rooms are available at no extra cost. Twin rooms are also available for sole occupancy at a special reduced price of £10 per night
  • Exclusivity: we welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests 
  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Choice: choose from up to 3 guided walks each walking day, with expert guides 
  • Accommodation: extensive views stretch over the surrounding hills, and a real focus on food
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together

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Dolserau Hall offers an unparalleled level of comfort and quality. The location, a couple of miles from the attractive market town of Dolgellau, is a real delight. Extensive views stretch over the surrounding hills, with the summit of Cadair Idris in the background.



Dolserau Hall has 24 en-suite bedrooms, all of a good size and furnished to a high standard. Rooms are either located in the main building or the tastefully converted coach house.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    


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All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.

The main public space is a large lounge bar, which sits at the heart of the house. This is a very comfortable and flexible space, ideal for relaxing after your walks or activities. Leading from the main lounge is the smaller 'bistro'. This room can also be used for activities in the evening and for leisure activity holidays. The attractive dining room can be divided into three sections, either creating one large space, or smaller and more intimate dining rooms. Free WiFi is available in the public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.

Dolserau Hall sits amidst attractive gardens in a beautiful peaceful location. There are extensive views from the front of the house across the valley, with the summit of Cadair Idris in the background.

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All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full Welsh breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on local history from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Dolserau Hall is a Victorian mansion, 150 years old, built in the grand style with large rooms, large doors and wide corridors which are well lit. The building remains essentially the same layout as when it was built, except that a lift has been installed to the 2nd floor of the main house. The original Coach House was converted several years ago to provide 5 individual bedrooms, each with independent access to the Coach House driveway.

The house is reached via a tarmac road. From this road, the house is approached via a gravel driveway.

Cars can pull up to the front door of the house or to each of the individual access doors in the Coach House to disembark passengers and luggage. There is a single step through the main house front door. A ramp is provided at the front door when required. The main car park, which has 20 parking spaces, is adjacent to, and on the same level as, the house.

The reception area has seating for guests to wait. Assistance with luggage is available on request.

The whole of the ground floor of the main house is accessible to wheelchairs including the restaurant & bar - there are no steps.

The house does not have public toilets fully equipped for wheelchair access.

The main house bedrooms are situated: on the 1st floor, reached by a grand Victorian staircase with a banister; on the 2nd floor which is reached either by a further staircase from the 1st floor or by lift from the main hall. In the Coach House, each bedroom has its own individual access from the yard, 3 of these at ground floor level with parking adjacent to the door, one of which is especially suitable for wheelchair access.

All the bedrooms have en-suite bathroom facilities, seven having a separate walk-in shower, the remainder have a shower over the bath.

Guests who have problems with mobility can be accommodated in a range of different rooms depending on the nature of their special needs. Other disabilities such as hearing or sight problems can generally be accommodated on request.

Although we have tried to be as accurate & include as much detail as possible, we are always willing to give information on any aspect of the house if this statement does not answer your particular query.


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.

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy


Easier Walks

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium


Medium Walks

 HF Holidays walks grade 5 harder

Harder Walks

We’ve a fantastic selection of walks for 2017 - see below.

Group A: 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.

2017 Walking Programmes

7 night holidays: 5 days of walking and a free day on the Wednesday
Walks A-E: Sat 6 May

4 night holidays: 3 days walking
Walks A,B,C: Sat 6 May

3 night holidays: 2 days walking
Walks D,E: Wed 10 May

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.

Local area

Discover Snowdonia

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:

Talyllyn Railway
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.

Red steam locomotive on the Ffestiniog railwayGreat 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.


Impressive entrance to Harlech CastleHarlech Castle
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.


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.

RSPB Reserves
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.

Coloured houses at PortmeironPortmeirion
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.





Harlech Castle image © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government


Travel to Dolgellau

Our address is: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd  LL40 2AG

How to get to us by train

By train:

The most convenient railway station is at Machynlleth. For train times and general rail enquiries visit or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Train heading to Wales 

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.



By bus:

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


Driving to us

By car:

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.



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9 Aug 2016, 9:56 p.m.

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The booking process was easy - my only query ws that it was not clear which walks were on the week I was on holiday.

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This was my first HF holiday. The house was lovely, the food outstanding and the walking great.
9 Aug 2016, 2:22 p.m.

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Could be excellent if you sorted out the website.

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9 Aug 2016, 9:31 a.m.

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Excellent all round, as I expect fromHF Holidays.

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Weather was cooler and wetter than hoped for, so Boot and Drying room was not warm enough to dry boots overnight. bedroom in Coach House was cold and smelled damp until heating was turned on by staff after complaint raised. Everything else was excellent, especially food.
9 Aug 2016, 6:57 a.m.

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My first Solo holiday with HF so no single room supplement and a double room with all modern conveniences. Even the screen of the tv was bigger. Very good food at this house and very good service from management and staff.

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This house was very well positioned for a variety of walks and offered very good views from the house.
5 Aug 2016, 7:20 a.m.

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top class

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A great holiday loved the walsk and the house.
5 May 2016, 1:16 p.m.

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Arrangements worked perfectly, good accurate information provided in advance.

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An excellent range of walks, good company, very helpful guides, good food and very comfortable accommodation. I am new to HF holidays but will certainly use them again.
25 Apr 2016, 7:17 p.m.

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Usual high standard

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As it was a solos holiday, it was good not be penalised as usual with a single supplement
25 Apr 2016, 7:12 p.m.

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Guided walking, a good way to explore the wilder parts of the UK
25 Apr 2016, 9:49 a.m.

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Not the cheapest holiday, but consistently offer good food ,service and
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Excellent food both tasty and beautifully presented.
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old fashioned and not worth the money
23 Apr 2016, 9:59 a.m.

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The staff were excellent and the food wonderful.

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I think when arriving back early at the end of the walk(45 minutes), the leader should offer walkers options rather than unilaterally adding extra walking on to the day.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
6 May 2017 DGBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Dolgellau 4 £499.00 £439.00 Save £60 pp Book Now
6 May 2017 DGBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Dolgellau 7 £819.00 £744.00 Save £75 pp Book Now
10 May 2017 DGBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Dolgellau 3 £359.00 £319.00 Save £40 pp Book Now

Prices are per person


  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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