"Dolgellau and surrounding areas of Mid Wales" Top 5 Page for this destination Gwynedd by MikeBird

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A place to return to - Dolgellau

Each year, for the last 6 years, my family have holidayed in the same house with the same group of friends at the same time of year. That might sound boring and unadventurous but actually it's been great. It's purely relaxing because we know what to expect, where everything is and we have a great time catching up on the news from each family. The 7 kids from the 3 families have grown up with each other and now they're like cousins.
The house we stay in has helped hugely as it's a big old house with 6 bedrooms. The house has large grounds on the side of the valley and at the bottom is the Mawddach river which flows down to the beautiful estuary with Barmouth at its mouth. The location, the great value for money and the lack of hassle make our week's holiday always a highlight of the year.
The house isn't really smart but it's warm and comfortable. It's very popular with mountain bikers because the Coed-y-Brenin mountain biking trails are only just up the road. Watch out when you are out walking in the forest though as you could get mown down by the bikers.
We always expect at least one day of rain even though we visit in early June - that's mid Wales for you.

There are lots of places to visit in the area but we think its strengths are as a great base for walking and enjoying the fresh air and countryside.
If you're interested in the Welsh language it's perfect. You'll hear a lot of Welsh spoken in Dolgellau town.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fantastic scenery and relaxed pace of life
  • Cons:Expect rain - if it doesn't that's a bonus
  • In a nutshell:Very Welsh
  • Last visit to Gwynedd: May 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Fabulous page with outstanding photos of this lovely area in Wales.

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Great opening photo! Dolgellau is now listed on VT - come join us there with your tips! Gillybob greetings

  • suvanki's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Great tips! Trying to get Dolgellau on VT map- the ball's in their court now!

  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Great tips on Dolgellau, we have a VT camping meet there this weekend. It's a shame this great place is not on the VT map in its' own right.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    Beautiful scenic photos from a lovely part of the world. Excellent tips.

  • Balam's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    great looking tips will be back to see more soon

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2009 at 2:27 AM

    Just the sort of pic that I loved driving around Wales, Scotland and Ireland for!!Beautiful!


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