Picture of a horse and rider looking over Cadair Idris in Wales, near Dolgellau

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Dolgellau is a very picturesque and historic town located at the southern edge of the Snowdonia National Park. It attracts a substantial amount of visitors who use it as a base to explore Snowdonia, in particular Cadair Idris. Cadair Idris translates as Chair of Idris, Idris being a giant from Welsh mythology, and it is one of the most popular mountains for walkers and hikers in Wales.

The history of Dolgellau is rich and varied, it has played its part in the history of Owen Glyndwr and the Quakers whilst it is also remembered for Dolgellau’s ‘Red Bandits’ and a minor gold rush enjoyed in the 19th century. An old wool town, and more recently famous for its tanning trade, Dolgellau is home to 200 listed buildings which is more than any other town in Wales, providing not only a testament to posterity but a gift to today’s visitors.

Not far from Dolgellau lies the field of Camlan in nearby Dinas Mawddwy which is believed to be the setting for the last battle of King Arthur, whilst Cymer Abbey, built in the 12th century is one of the oldest in the country.

Today Dolgellau is not only a haven for hikers and historians, it also hosts an award winning farmers market, whilst the world famous Sesiwn Fawr (Big Session) Festival has recently re-launched and boasts household names from all over the world.


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