Dolgellau is very much a central hub in the southern part of Snowdonia National Park. When travelling around this area you’re likely to end up in the town at some point. Situated at the foot of Cadair Idris, Dolgellau is a pretty market town dating back to the 12th Century and is a well equipped base for exploring the surrounding Snowdonia scenery including Coed y Brenin Forest. Home to a great choice of pubs, cafes and independent shops, the town also offers scenic walks along the River Dolgellau including the pretty Torrent Falls and the longer Precipice Walk. For a family day at the beach, head west to the nearby town of Barmouth which overlooks Cardigan Bay.
Stay in a romantic Dolgellau holiday lodge with hot tub and beautiful views for a romantic break or if you would rather be closer to the town’s amenities, there are a choice of guest houses, hotels and traditional inns with rooms in the town centre. Families are also well catered for with a good range of log cabins and holiday cottages available in the nearby countryside with gardens and modern facilities. If you are planning on taking the family dog on your walks, there is also an excellent range of pet friendly accommodation near Dolgellau including holiday cottages with enclosed gardens.
Walks Around Dolgellau
There are some good walks along the river at Dolgellau. The most popular are Torrent Falls and Precipice Walk that can be completed singly or as a pair. The Torrent Walk takes you along the River Clywedog and is about two miles long and takes around an hour. This walk was actually laid out by Thomas Payne, a surveyor and engineer, during a ten year period from 1799.
Originally the walk’s return route was on the river’s right bank, but this path has long since been swallowed up by farmland. The start of the walk is signed off the B4416, Brithdir road, which is just off the A470. This is a picturesque wooded walk alongside the tumbling falls over the rocky Clywedog riverbed.
The Precipice Walk is longer at around 3-4 miles and takes about two hours. This walk is believed to have been started by sheep trundling around the twin peaks of Foel Cynwch and Foel Faner. This is not a public right of way but a permissive path. The precipice is on the western section of the walk where it opens out to excellent views to Snowdon, the Moelwyns, the Rhinogs, Arans and Arenigs, over Coed y Brenin and the Mawddach estuary – obviously on a clear day!
Start at the National Park car park to the left of the road to Llanfachreth reached from the A494 Dolgellau-Bala road. It s not as precipitous as the name might suggest and is fairly easy going.