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Dolgellau

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Dolgellau [1] is a picturesque little town in Gwynedd, North Wales, UK.

Get in

By Bus

Dolgellau is served by the Traws Cambria[2] bus network from all across Wales.

By Train

The nearest station is at Barmouth on the Cambrian Coast line. Bws Gwynedd[3] services connect the towns. Machynlleth station is not much further away and is better connected to the main population centres in the English Midlands.

By Road

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.

By Water

Yacht moorings are available at Barmouth harbour. Harbourmaster: 01341 280671

Get around

See

Do

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[4] World Music Festival. With 6 stages, there's something for everyone.

Visit the Quaker Interpretive Centre, within the Tourist Information cente on Eldon Square.

Take a short walk out of town to see the ruins of the 12th Century Cymer Abbey

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.

Buy

Eat

  • Y Sospan, Queens Square, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 1AR, Tel: 01341 422269. 8:30am to 9:30pm (Sun 9:00am - 6:30pm). Home cooked local food, pleasant staff. Situated in former courthouse and jail.
  • Cosy Takeaway, Meyrick St, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 1LN, Tel: 01341 422221. Small, friendly fish and chip shop with two very small tables if you want to eat in.
  • Lemon Grass, Cambrian House, Finsbury Square, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 1RE, Tel: 01341 421300. Popular Bengali/Indian restaurant with all the standard dishes. Licensed.

Drink

Sleep

Get out

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.

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