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Dolgellau is served by the Traws Cambria bus network from all across Wales.
The nearest station is at Barmouth on the Cambrian Coast line. Traws Cambria and Bws Gwynedd services connect the towns. Machynlleth station is not much further away and is better connected to the main population centres in the English Midlands.
Dolgellau is on National Cycle Network  route 8.
Dolgellau is on the main A470 Trunk road which connects north and south Wales. The A494 comes from the north-east and the A458 comes from the east, joining the A470 at nearby Dinas Mawddwy.
Yacht moorings are available at Barmouth harbour. Harbourmaster: 01341 280671
Visit the Quaker Interpretative Centre, inside the Tourist Information Centre on Eldon Square.
Take a short walk out of town to see the ruins of the 12th Century Cymer Abbey
Walk to the summit of Cadair Idris (2930 feet/893 metres). Parts of the route are very steep, but once on the shoulder of the mountain, the going is easier. There are several routes, but the closest to Dolgellau takes the so-called Pony Path, and takes about two and a half to three hours to reach the summit.
In July, the town plays host to the annual Sesiwn Fawr World Music Festival. With 6 stages, there's something for everyone.
Pan for gold in the river at nearby Bontddu. Dolgellau was at the centre of a "gold rush" in the 19th Century and its mines at Clogau and Gwynfynydd were worked on and off right up until the 21st Century. You're extremely unlikely to strike it rich but it can be fun trying.
Walk or cycle along the Mawddach Trail, a 9 mile stretch of former railway line, that runs along the scenic estuary of the Mawddach river, through Penmaenpool and on to the sea at Morfa Mawddach. From here you can cross the toll bridge to Barmouth.
Follow one of the 6 Mountain Bike Trails in the nearby Coed y Brenin Forest. This was the first UK forest to be developed for mountain biking, and there are a range of tracks to suit everyone from families to expert mountain-bikers.
Bed and Breakfast
Tucked away on the idyllic southern shore of the Mawddach estuary, the village of Penmaenpool is only three miles west of Dolgellau. Penmaenpool can be reached by road (A493) or via the disused railway line footpath and cycle route which starts near the main car park in Dolgellau. The railway path "calls" first at Penmaenpool, but extends another three miles or so to Morfa Mawddach and the Barmouth railway bridge which can be crossed for a modest toll.
Continuing westwards from Penmaenpool, the main road turns to the south at Fairbourne. From here it twists and turns along the cliff tops through the pretty village of Llwyngwril to Rhoslefain. Just a few miles to the south lies the town of Tywyn, with miles of sandy beach. Tywyn is also home to the famous Talyllyn Railway.
If you fancy a day at the seaside, then Barmouth is easily reached by local buses or by walking or cycling along the Mawddach Trail.