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About Dolgellau

A handsome historic market town set amongst wild surroundings, Dolgellau makes a welcoming base for an active break in the south of Snowdonia. Particularly popular with climbers, the town is overlooked by the mighty Cadair Idris, the second highest mountain in the national park.

The mountain is not just a draw for climbers, but also for those with an interest in myths and legends. Wrapped up in local folklore, associated with the giant Idris, the peak is supposedly home to bottomless lakes and legend has it that if you sleep alone on the slopes, you will awaken as either a madman or a poet. Nearby, a field in Dinas Mawddwy, claimed as the site of King Arthur’s last battle, is also a popular attraction with tourists.

If you’re a keen cyclist then Dolgellau is the place to be. The mountain bike trails nearby are world class, especially those found at Coed Y Brennin forest. And if you’re with the kids, then why not go on a family adventure on one of the scenic walking trails? The Mawddach trail, popular with both cyclists and walkers, takes in a number of beauty spots along the waterside on the way to Barmouth.

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