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Southern Snowdonia - Mid Wales

To describe southern Snowdonia as simply an area of outstanding beauty is an understatement. The sheer scale of the scenery; mountains and lakes, the scope of the vistas and the glacial valleys, betray an awe inspiring majesty that speaks of legends and ancient forces. The landscape harbours not only a unique geology, but a rich diversity of wildlife.

SouthernSnowdonia is an eden for outdoor adventure seekers, a haven for those who value clean air in their lungs and the raw earth beneath their feet. Every sort of outdoor pursuit is available and a great starting point can be found at Coed-y-Brenin Visitor Centre.  Towns and villages offer respite and relaxation, history and hospitality.

Harlech, Barmouth and Aberdovey hug the Mid Wales coastline; their picturesque streets open out onto award winning beaches cast in the shadow of the nearby mountains.

Dolgellau, Blaenau Ffestiniog and Bala nestle at the feet of these slopes, their histories woven between livelihood and landscape. No trip to the area would be complete without a visit to the famous Portmeirion Village or Harlech Castle, a World Heritage site.

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‘Men of Harlech on to glory, This will ever be your story, Keep these burning words before ye, Welshmen will not yield’, or so the song goes. The song dates back to a seven year siege of Harlech Castle in the 15th century, but the Castle itself has a much longer history. Whilst its origins are marred in the myth of Princess Branwen and tales of endless feasting, recorded history remembers it as the scene of many a bloody battle. Harlech Castle has witnessed some of the most momentous periods of British History but has remained remarkably well preserved in spite of them. Today it is a designated Unesco World Heritage Site.

Tal-y-llyn Lake

Home to some of the most famous mountain ranges in Britain and the source of inspiration for a nation, Snowdonia National Park acquired its status in 1951 making it the second oldest in Britain. From the windswept peaks of mount Snowdon, to the balmy shores of lake Bala, the Snowdonia National Park is a truly diverse dominion. Aside from the spectacular landscape and all its associated pleasures, the Park also includes the warm hospitality of its inhabitants, their charming towns, ancient cultures and excellent local produce.

Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in 1925, Portmerion Village was built in imitation of a rustic Italian village. Sitting at the feet of Snowdonia it makes for a charming dislocation that is truly unique. Portmeirion’s place in popular culture has been set in stone as a result. The iconic sixties spy drama, The Prisoner, led to an avalanche of programmes using the village of Portmeirion as a setting, and many more as an inspiration (Jools Holland, Noel Coward, Paul McCartney, Steven Fry, Supergrass and Iron Maiden are just a few names on that roll call). Previously the village had entertained Frank Lloyd Wright, Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman, making Portmeirion undoubtedly the jewel in the glittering crown of Snowdonia.

Cysgod Bach

Cysgod Y Coed

Caban y Saer is situated overlooking the river Hafesb. Cysgod Bach has a secluded south facing garden. Both properties are for two people and are equipped with everything you need for your break.

Self-catering with 2 units, £60-£90 pupn sleeps 1-2

Afon Rhaiadr Country House

Afon Rhaiadr Country House

A warm welcome awaits at this Victorian House, set in 3 acres of beautiful gardens. Stylish decor, luxury bathrooms & rain showers, underfloor heating. River & waterfall in the garden. Seating areas to relax.

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £88-£979 prpnb

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Helmau Cottages

Helmau Cottages are situated 2 miles from Dolgellau within the Snowdonia National Park, and just 10 minutes walk direct to the spectacular waterfalls at Torrent Walk and near to Coed Y Brenin mountain-bike centre.

Self-catering with 3 units, £410-£1000 pupw sleeps 2-8

The relaxing garden at Bodiwan B&B, Bala, Gwynedd

Bodiwan

Bodiwan is located in Bala a short walk from local shops, restaurants and the lake. This grade II listed historic building is run by Mark and Sarah as a modern, friendly, family bed and breakfast.

Bed & Breakfast with 5 rooms, £65-£110 prpnb

Hen Dy-Lounge

Vanner Holiday Cottages

Semi-detached cottages, stone built, 17th century listed buildings, situated on the banks of the river Mawddach, within a conservation area which includes 15th century Vanner Farm House & Cymer Abbey.

Self-catering with 2 units, £260-£575 pupw sleeps 1-5

Coach House

Gogarth Hall Farm Holidays

4 Self-catering cottages on a working farm between Machynlleth & Aberdyfi. Gogarth Hall Farm and its tranquillity offers Barn Owls, Bats and Kites a safe haven, thus the farm has won the Countryside Caretakers Award for conservation.

Self-catering with 5 units, £150-£615 pupw sleeps 4-6

Gogarth Hall Farm

Gogarth Hall Farm

Situated within Snowdonia National Park in a peaceful part of Mid Wales, Gogarth Hall Farm offers peace and tranquillity that is rich in wild life and a haven for rare birds.

Farmhouse with 2 rooms, £37 pppnb

Aber Cottage Guest House - Dolgellau

Aber Cottage Guesthouse

Aber Cottage is a 250 year old listed building situated in the picturesque market town of Dolgellau, in the heart of Wales' beautiful Snowdonia National Park. The guest house offers quality en-suite accommodation with private parking.

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £80 prpnb

Y Beudy

Bythynnod Bryn Caled Cottages

Three barn conversions with private hot tubs out side each cottage. Perfect country holiday for families and romantic couples.

Self-catering with 3 units, £525-£1899 pupw sleeps 2-7

House in setting

Glan y Gro

Recently opened by new owners Robert & Ann, Glan Y Gro Bed & Breakfast (4*) is uniquely situated on the shore of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) and offers guests a place to find rest, peace and tranquility in totally beautiful surroundings.

Bed & Breakfast with 7 rooms, £65-£100 prpnb

Ty Derw

Ty Derw

Ty Derw is a charming Victorian stone built house in a picturesque setting in the Dovey Valley about 12 miles from Machynlleth and Dolgellau. The four guest rooms have been refurbished to a very high standard. Ample parking.

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £45-£65 pppnb

Bryniau Golau

Bryniau Golau

Bryniau Golau is set on a tranquil hillside in the Snowdonia National Park, overlooking Bala Lake, with beautiful views of the Arenig Mountains and sunsets. It affords the perfect venue for a restful break, or as a base from which to enjoy

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £110-£120 prpnb

Beautiful Room with Panoramic sea views

Gwesty Ael y Bryn Hotel

A beautiful small Hotel with a fine dining and standard restaurant snug, bar and conservatory. There are 7 en-suite rooms, 4 with front sea views..

Guest House with 8 rooms, £90 prpn, £55-£110 prpnb

The Old Rectory on the Lake

The Old Rectory on the Lake

The Old Rectory stands on the edge of Lake Talyllyn and enjoys spectacular views. Luxurious B&B accomodation. Standing in the foothills of Cader Idris, The Old Rectory attracts walkers, fishermen, mountain bikers & all outdoor enthusiasts.

Bed & Breakfast with 4 rooms, £90-£120 prpnb

Trefeddian Hotel

Trefeddian Hotel

Located half a mile from the picturesque harbour village of Aberdovey, with panoramic views of Cardigan Bay. Relax in comfort and enjoy fine food complimented by friendly service. Lift & indoor swimming pool. Families of all ages welcome.

Country House Hotel with 59 rooms, £82-£140 pppn

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Tyddyn Rhys commands a privileged position half a mile above the village of Aberdovey with a panoramic view overlooking the Dovey Estuary and Cardigan Bay. The Welsh speaking family offer a warm Welsh welcome amidst some of Wales' most beau

Farmhouse with 2 rooms, £70 prpnb

Torrent Walk Cottages - Plas Hen

Torrent Walk Cottages

Comfortable holiday properties in peaceful surroundings with lovely mountain views of Cader Idris.

Self-catering with 2 units, £310-£690 pupw sleeps 2-5

Dolgun Uchaf

Dolgun Uchaf

All luxury en-suite rooms with free car parking.

Guest House with 4 rooms, £50-£60 pppn, £72-£110 prpnb

Bryn Elltyd-Snow Scenery

Bryn Elltyd

ECO....Bryn Elltyd is carbon neutral. All energy inputs from renewables, located in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park at the foot of the Moelwyn mountains, this is an ideal location to explore North Wales.

Guest House with 6 rooms, £45-£90 prpnb

Spinnaker Luxury Sea View Apartment

Aberdovey Cottages & Sea View Holidays

Our Sea View Properties are centrally located, overlooking the golden sandy beach of Aberdovey, sitting on the shore of the stunning Dyfi Estuary, with views of the Cambrian Mountains in the backdrop, what better place to relax and unwind?

Holiday Letting Agency with 15 units, £255-£860 pupw sleeps 2-6

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Walking in Southern Snowdonia

Family by the Afon Eden River

Afon Eden Trail

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW), Ganllwyd, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2HZ

Take this gentle route suitable for all from the visitor centre down through scent-filled woodlands to the riverside picnic site. OS Grid Reference: SH 725 268

Coed y Brenin autumn colours in the Forest Garden

Forest Garden Discovery Trail

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW), Ganllwyd, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2HZ

The Forest Garden Discovery Trail starts from a blue badge only Pandy car park by the side of the Afon Babi. OS Grid Reference: SH 744225

The Mawddach Trail

The Mawddach Trail

Mawddach Estuary, Southern Snowdonia, LL40 2TA

The walk along the estuary from Barmouth to Dolgellau is 9.6 miles (15km). This easy leisure walk is suitable for all the family and involves no climbing. A section of the trail has been adapted for people with disabilities.

Mynydd Gorddu Walk

Mynydd Gorddu Walk

Talybont, Ceredigion, Ceredigion, SY24 5HE

Start: Tal-y-bont village green Grid Reference: SN654 891 Distance: Walk A: 10.5 km – 6.5 miles Walk B: 9.8 km – 6.1 miles Grade: Moderate Terrain: Tarmac road, firm tracks, fields and woodland. Can be muddy in places

Tal-y-bont Walk

Tal-y-Bont Walk

Talybont, Ceredigion, Ceredigion, SY24 5HE

Start: Tal-y-bont village green Grid Reference: SN 654 891 Distance: 3.1 km – 1.9 miles Grade: Easy/moderate Terrain: Tarmac road and grassy tracks. Can be muddy Maps: OS Explorer – 213

Dinas Mawddwy Walk

Dinas Mawddwy Walk

Dinas Mawddwy, Gwynedd, LL49 9LP

Start: Dinas Mawddwy village car park Grid Reference: SH 858 150 Distance: 3.4 km - 2.1 miles Grade: Easy Terrain: Riverside walk along grassy paths and firm tracks Maps: OS Explorer - OL 23

Bont Goch Circular Walk

Bont Goch Circular Walk

Talybont, Ceredigion, Ceredigion, SY24 5HE

Part of 'Spirit of the Miners' Trails - Bont Goch Circular Walk Start/Finish: SN684863 - Bontgoch, nr river bridge Suitable for: Moderately fit walkers Grade: Moderate Distance: 11k/7M Time: 3hrs

Mary Jones Walk

Mary Jones Walk

Bala & Penllyn, Gwynedd, LL23 7AD

By following this linear route, you will walk 28 miles through the spectacular countryside of the old county of Meirionnydd, from an enchanting valley at the foot of Cadair Idris to the shores of Llyn Tegid.

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