Dolgellau, Snowdonia, North Wales

This quaint, dark-stoned market town in southern Snowdonia sits on the banks of the River (Afon) Wnion, a tributary of the Mawddach which flows out to the sea at nearby Barmouth. The town is centred around its market square surrounded by lovely independent shops, cafes and bakeries.

Dolgellau lies at the end of the Mawddach Trail - a beautiful (and flat!) walk or cycle route along the estuary ending in Barmouth, just over 9 miles away. For something more challenging on two wheels, Coed y Brenin Forest Park, the mountain bike centre is just a few minutes drive away with trails for all abilities with bike hire available too. Even if you don’t have a bike it is worth visiting for its walking routes and cafe.

For walkers, there are plenty of other routes to choose from. Both the Torrent and Precipice walks reward you with fantastic views, or for the fitter among us, tackle one of the routes up to the summit of Cadair Idris.

The remains of the historic Cymer Abbey are a short walk from the town, passing the nine-hole Dolgellau golf course en-route. A visit in July might coincide with Sesiwn Fawr (Big Session) - a family-friendly music festival that takes over much of the town. This celebration of folk and Celtic music has been taking place in Dolgellau for more than quarter of a century.

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