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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.

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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

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-£105 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

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

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

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

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, £80-£120 prpnb

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

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

Spinnaker Luxury Sea View Apartment

Aberdovey Cottages & Sea View Holidays

Self Catering Holiday Cottages and Sea View Holiday Apartments in the picturesque village of Aberdovey/Aberdyfi a haven for sailing and water based activities. Available for Short Breaks or longer with pets welcome in selected properties.

Holiday Letting Agency with 15 units, £255-£860 pupw sleeps 2-8

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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-£800 pupw sleeps 2-8

Aelfor 1 Lounge

Aelfor 1 Seaview Ground Floor Apartment

Ground floor self catering apartment, sea front location, opposite the main sandy beach of Aberdovey with great views. Bed linen and car parking permit provided. Close to all shops and restaurants. Short breaks available. Pets welcome.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £385-£635 pupw sleeps 1-5

Spinnaker Luxury Sea View Apartment

Spinnaker Luxury Sea View Apartment

Visit Wales 4* Fabulous well equipped Luxury Sea Front Apartment in Aberdovey / Aberdyfi in a very central location. Perfect for two but can sleep 4. One Car Parking Permit and Wi-Fi included.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £310-£510 pupw sleeps 2-4

Otago 3 open plan lounge

Otago 3 Sea View Apartment

Second floor self catering sea front holiday apartment in Aberdovey. Overlooking the beach with fab views! Close to all amenities. Bed linen and one car parking permit provided. Short breaks available on request. One pet permitted.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£560 pupw sleeps 1-5

Seascape View Lounge with Stunning Views

Seascape View

A fabulous ground floor apartment with spectacular views overlooking the village of Aberdyfi and Cardigan Bay. One dog is permitted by prior arrangement at £21 per stay / per week. Wi- Fi included as standard.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £435-£860 pupw sleeps 2-6

Sea Views from Min y Mor 4 Bedroom

Min y Mor 4 Sea View Apartment

Second floor self catering sea front holiday apartment in Aberdovey. Overlooking the beach with excellent views! Close to all amenities. Bed linen and one car parking permit provided. Short breaks available upon request. One pet welcome.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £255-£445 pupw sleeps 1-4

Min y Mor 5 Lounge

Min y Mor 5 Sea View Apartment

VW 4* Self Catering Sea Front Holiday Apartment in Aberdovey. Popular with couples, excellent panoramic views! Central Location. Bed linen, Wi-Fi and one car parking permit provided. Short breaks available on request. Sorry no pets

Self-catering with 1 unit, £255-£445 pupw sleeps 1-4

Great Views fro Min y Mor 3 Sea View

Min y Mor 3 Sea View Apartment

Second floor seafront self catering holiday apartment in Aberdovey. Overlooking the beach with excellent views! Close to all amenities. Bed linen and one car parking permit provided and Short breaks available upon request. One pet welcome.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£560 pupw sleeps 1-6

Great Sea Views from Min y Mor 2

Min y Mor 2 Sea View Apartment

First floor seafront self catering holiday apartment in Aberdovey. overlooking the main beach with excellent views! Close to all amenities. Bed linen and one car parking permit provided. Short breaks available upon request. One pet welcome

Self-catering with 1 unit, £275-£470 pupw sleeps 1-4

Min y Mor 1 Sea View Ground Floor Apartment

Min y Mor 1 Ground Floor Apartment

Ground floor Self Catering Apartment, sea front location opposite the main sandy beach at Aberdovey. Bed linen, heating, electricity, complimentary Wi Fi & car parking pass all included in the price

Self-catering with 1 unit, £385-£635 pupw sleeps 1-6

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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

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.

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

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

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