Explore Southern Snowdonia

what to do

...Dolgellau, the Mawddach estuary, and the surrounding lakes, beaches and mountains of Snowdonia National Park.

Explore a slower pace of life, or pit yourself against the rugged environment.

Explore a town with over 200 listed buildings and hill-tops scored with paths and scattered with the remains of earlier settlements. You are as likely to come across a standing stone or slate quarry as a sheep fold.

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!

Explore from Dolgellau...

Attractions in or near Dolgellau include:

  • Cader Idris – a spectacular mountain with both challenging routes and paths for the less experienced
  • Coed-y-Brenin - one of the leading mountain biking centres in Europe
  • The Mawddach Trail – a family friendly ten mile cycle route along a disused railway line from Dolgellau and across Barmouth’s iconic bridge
  • Tŷ 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"
  • Harlech Castle – Edward I’s atmospheric castle and world heritage site
  • The Centre for Alternative Technology – Europe’s leading eco centre
  • The famous Ffestiniog Railway and other steam railways at Tal-y-Llyn, Fairbourne, Llyn Tegid at Bala and Corris
  • King Arthur’s Labyrinth – travel by boat into the vast underground caverns and enjoy tales of King Arthur and other ancient Welsh legends
  • Corris Craft Centre – 9 Craft Workshops packed with hand crafted items for your home, garden and gifts for others
  • Corris Mine Explorers – a rare opportunity to explore an abandoned Welsh Slate Mine with one of Wales' most experienced Mine Explorers
  • Blue Flag sandy beaches - at Fairbourne and Barmouth


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SnowBikers Coed Cae Taicynhaeaf Dolgellau LL40 2TU 52.754071 -3.941963 30 Do
Mawddach Trail Guide Coed Cae Taicynhaeaf Dolgellau LL40 2TU 52.74458 -3.886565 50 Do
The Mawddach Way Coed Cae Taicynhaeaf Dolgellau LL40 2TU 52.757555 -3.944438 51 Do
King Arthur's Labyrinth Corris Craft Centre Corris Machynlleth SY20 9RF 52.654165 -3.849572 70 Go
Corris Mine Explorers Corris Craft Centre Corris Machynlleth SY20 9RF 52.654468 -3.850838 71 Go
The Mawddach Big-8 Coed Cae Taicynhaeaf Dolgellau LL40 2TU 52.777016 -3.885255 88 Do
Mawddach Big Adventure Coed Cae Taicynhaeaf Dolgellau LL40 2TU 52.743125 -3.885044 96 Do
Adaptive Active Coed Cae Taicynhaeaf Dolgellau LL40 2TU 52.754487 -3.941872 102 Do
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