Things to do

Based in the pretty little town of Dolgellau we are ideally located for a huge variety of activities which include cycling, walking, horse riding, fishing, boating, climbing, and lots more.

We are moments away from some of the best sandy beaches Wales has to offer making them perfect for making sandcastles!

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A huge range of cycling routes and trails are in the area.

The beautiful Mawddach Trail runs along a disused railway for 10 miles through stunning scenery along the Mawddach estuary to the coast at Barmouth

For the more adventurous, Coed y Brenin is Wales’ mountain bike Mecca and has flowing single track and rocky technical trails catering for all riders from novice to expert.

Useful Cycling Links



Nestling in the foothills of Cader Idris, the hills around the town are criss-crossed with paths and trails through woods, open moorland, along trumbing streams and past panoramic lakes.

From the gentle and level Mawddach trail that runs for 10 miles following the Mawddach estuary to the coast at Barmouth to the climb to the summit of Cadder Idris, a spectacular mountain with both challenging routes and paths for the less experienced.

Links to popular walks and trails


Abergwynant Farm Pony Trekkiing above Dolgellau Activities & Sports

Riding and trecking centres offer one hour to full day rides. Hack along the beautiful Mawddach estuary, ride Fairborne’s sandy beach and  trek up to the panoramic Cregennan lakes in the foothills of Cader Idris.

Horse Riding Links



Fantastic fishing is available in the lakes and rivers in the area. The rivers Mawddach and Winnion benefit from over 13 miles of prime sea trout and salmon pools within recent seasons having some of the best best fish returns for the whole of Wales.

Llyn Cynwch and Cregennan Lakes offer fly, spin and worm fishing for brown, blue and rainbow trout in stunning scenery.

Useful Fishing Links



With the Mawddach estuary, the sea at Barmouth, Bala lake and the National White Water Centre all within a short drive, the area offers fantastic locations for sailing, canoeing and kayaking and for the more adventurous, white water rafting and kite surfing.

A range of centres offer trips, equipment hire and training courses.

Links to boating and water sport activities


There are a number of climbing routes on the hills and mountains surrounding Dolgellau, offering a wide range levels of difficulty to climbers from beginner to advanced experience.


Further information about climbing in the Dolgellau area can be found here:


Dolgellau, the Mawddach estuary and the surrounding lakes, beaches and mountains of Snowdonia National Park. Enjoy a slower pace of life, take in the stunning scenery or pit yourself against the rugged environment.

Explore the town with over 200 listed buildings and hill-tops scored with paths and scattered with the remains of earlier settlement.

Explore valleys, forests and shorelines dotted by nature reserves and home to extraordinary wildlife. Otters, peregrine falcons and dolphins can be spotted if you know where to look – and are lucky!

The local area offers a wide range of other activities and attractions ranging from beautiful historic buildings to the adrenalin rush of the world’s fastest zip wire. A few local attractions to tempt you :-

Ty Siamas – the new national centre for Welsh folk music with a great café and shop

Portmeirion – Clough Williams-Ellis’ Italianate folly village and setting for cult sixties TV show “The Prisoner”

Blue Flag sandy beaches – at Fairbourne and Barmouth

Bounce Below – huge trampoline like nets hung at varying levels within two vast disused slate caverns, the chambers lit with technicoloured lights with vibrant colours.

Zip World  – the longest sip line in Europe and the fastest zip line in the world!


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