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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.

Places to Stay in Southern Snowdonia

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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.

Penty Buwch at sunset

Beautiful Wales

Set in open countryside of Llanaber, just a mile out of Barmouth. Both barns have sweeping panoramic views of the beach, sea and both penninsulars. Ceilwart Ganol Farm is an equestrian property with free range poultry. Pet friendly

Self-catering with 2 units, £359-£1400 pupw sleeps 1-4

Dolffanog Fach

Dolffanog Fach

Situated at the heart of Snowdonia, Dolffanog Fach nestles by the side of Talyllyn lake and at the foot of the awe inspiring mountain of Cadair Idris. A welcoming and restful retreat, away from the strains of everyday life.

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £80-£120 prpnb

Ty Golchi

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, £600-£1400 pupw sleeps 2-8

Glandwr Mill

Glandwr Mill

Award-winning Glandwr Mill boasts an idyllic location, nestled away in an elevated position beside the Mawddach estuary, less than two miles from Barmouth in Southern Snowdonia

Guest House with 3 rooms, £92-£120 prpnb

Dolffanog Fawr

Dolffanog Fawr

Dolffanog Fawr offers truly luxurious accommodation in the heart of Snowdonia.

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £100-£120 prpnb

New patio for 2014

Penbryn Mynach Holiday Cottage

Spectacular fully renovated Victorian holiday cottage with six double bedrooms sleeping twelve and four bathrooms. Babies and toddlers welcome.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £1100-£1650 pupw sleeps 8-12

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, £575-£1905 pupw sleeps 2-7

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, £100-£120 prpnb

Rm 7 - Einion House Bed and Breakfast

Einion House

Scenic Views to Sea - 4 star Georgian B&B, Southern Snowdonia, nr Dolgellau opposite Barmouth. Beach 5mins walk from B&B. The Mawddach Trail, Wales Coastal Path, Blue Lake, & Sensational sunsets. Great Walks & Cycle trails.

Guest House with 5 rooms, £32-£44 pppnb

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-£55 pppnb

Tyddyn Mawr

Tyddyn Mawr

This carefully restored & extended 18th Century farmhouse lies at the foot of Cader Idris mountain amongst breathtaking scenery. All bedrooms en-suite with superb mountain views.

Farmhouse with 2 rooms, £86 prpnb

Waun Kitchen/Dining

Cae Du Farm Holidays

Cae Du Farm Holidays - Self Catering with 2 units sleeps 6-16 Located in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park the property has spectacular views over the Dysynni Valley and Cardigan coast. Perfect location for a relaxing country holiday

Self-catering with 2 units, £75-£121 pupn sleeps 2-10

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, £65-£90 pupn sleeps 1-2

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, £245-£610 pupw sleeps 4-6

Dolgoch Holiday Homes

Dolgoch Holiday Homes

A group of 4 split-level homes built on the site of an old water mill. Minutes walk from the foot of Dolgoch Falls. Each is individually owned. Ideal location for walking, fishing, birdwatching, golf, steam-railways, water sports & beaches.

Self-catering with 4 units, £245-£775 pupw sleeps 1-8

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

Glandwr Mill Cottage

Glandwr Mill Cottage

An enchanting Mill Cottage (within Snowdonia National Park). Beautiful country house, within 4 acres of beautiful terraced gardens. Through which the Dwynant river flows. Less than 2 miles from Barmouth.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £330-£550 pupw sleeps 2-4

Cynfal Farm Cottages

Cynfal Farm Cottages

A perfect holiday location for couples or families seeking something rather special. Three luxury self catering accommodations.

Self-catering with 3 units, £275-£690 pupw sleeps 2-6

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.

Individual Caravan with 1 unit, £360 pupw sleeps 4

Cartref Guest House

Cartref Guest House

Cartref is a stylish and comfortable guest House in the picturesque sea side village of Aberdovey. Our aim is to provide 4* comforts on a small scale for the visitor who wants restful, contemporary interiors while still enjoying the charm

Guest House with 5 rooms, £45-£115 prpnb

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Walking in Southern Snowdonia

Dinas Oleu Walk Barmouth

Dinas Oleu Walk

Barmouth/Abermaw, Southern Snowdonia, LL42 1NE

The Dinas Oleu Walk takes you from Barmouth town centre through the steep narrow winding streets of the Old Town and up to the top of the gorse-covered hill, known as Dinas Oleu (Citadel of Light).

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

Family walking on the Cefndeuddwr Trail

Cefndeuddwr Trail

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

This is a gently rising walk for all the family and suitable for pushchairs with resting benches at least every 150m. There are no steep steps or stiles. 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

Gain Waterfall

Gain Waterfall Trail

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

The Gain waterfall trail starts from the visitor centre and climbs over the ridge before dropping into the next valley and descending to the confluence of the Afon Gain and Mawddach with their twin waterfalls. OS Grid Reference: SH 725 272

Walkers on the Glasdir Copper Trail

Glasdir Copper Trail

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

The Glasdir Copper Trail starts from the small car park and picnic site in Glasdir between the Afon Wen and Afon Babi. OS Grid Reference: SH 716 277

Walkers on the Volcano Trail Caen y Coed car park

Volcano Trail

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

The Volcano Trail starts from the car park at Pont Cae’n y Coed and visits some of the most remote and highest areas of the Forest Park. OS Grid Reference: SH 733251

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.

Bala & Penllyn Tourism Association

Walking Trails

Bala & Penllyn, Gwynedd, LL23 7AD

A choice of Walking Trails for everyone – including: all ability, children, heritage, scenic and mountain walks. All through stunning mountain and lake scenery of southern Snowdonia, wildlife in abundance and Wildlife Guide available.

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.

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

Llyn Barfog Walk

Llyn Barfog Walk

Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 0DF

Start: Snowdonia National Park Authority car park, Cwm Maethlon/Happy Valley Grid Reference: SN 640 986 Distance: 5 km - 3.1 miles (shortcut 4 km – 2.5 miles) Grade: Moderate Terrain: Open moorland, firm tracks, fields and tarmac road.

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