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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.

Southern Snowdonia 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

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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, £549-£1400 pupw sleeps 1-4

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.

Guest Accommodation 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, £575-£1905 pupw sleeps 2-7

Trefeddian Hotel

Trefeddian Hotel

Located half a mile from the picturesque harbour village of Aberdyfi, 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-£200 pppn, £100-£125 pppnb

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, £33-£43 pppnb

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

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

Llwyndu Farmhouse

Llwyndu Farmhouse

Llwyndu Farmhouse stands at the base of the Rhinog Mountains overlooking Cardigan Bay with stunning views over the Lleyn Peninsula and just a couple of miles north of Barmouth on the coast of Snowdonia. 2 Family, 4 Doubles, 1 Twin.

Guest Accommodation with 7 rooms, £110-£156 prpnb

Tyddyn Mawr

Tyddyn Mawr

This carefully restored & extended 18th Century farmhouse lies at the foot of Cader Idris mountain in Southern Snowdonia. Breathtaking scenery and superb mountain views.

Farmhouse with 2 rooms, £86 prpnb

Dolgun Uchaf Cottages

Cader View & Arran Cottage

Ideal base for biking, walking, climbing and exploring Snowdonia National Park with plenty others activities nearby such as world famous underground trampoline and zip wire any many other activities suitable for families, couples etc.

Self-catering with 2 units, £110-£140 pupn sleeps 1-4

Torrent Walk Caravan & Camping

Torrent Walk Campsite and Bunkhouse

Torrent Walk Campsite sits on the outskirts of Dolgellau, Snowdonia and enjoys views of Cadair Idris. We allow campfires and prices start at £9.50 per adult and £4.50 for children. Electric hook-up NOT included in price when booking.

Touring & Camping Park with 101 pitches, £19 ptpn

Bryn Elltyd

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, £50-£92 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-£55 pppnb

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-£110 prpnb

Dolgun Uchaf

Dolgun Uchaf

All luxury en-suite rooms with free car parking and fast fre Wi-Fi

Guest House with 4 rooms, £57-£67 pppn, £74-£121 prpnb

Hendy Farm Cottages

Hendy Farm Cottages

A warm welcome awaits you at Hendy, situated in the Snowdonia National Park. Enjoy Self Catering accommodation on a working farm with the privilege of its own halt on the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway.

Self-catering with 5 units, £210-£795 pupw sleeps 1-6

Gogarth Hall Farm Holidays

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-£610 pupw sleeps 4-6

Ynysymaengwyn Caravan Park

Ynysymaengwyn Caravan Park

Local authority owned site situated in the grounds of an old manor house and woodlands, offers excellent facilities. Ideal base for walkers, cyclists, climbers, fishing and water sports. Open April - October.

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 86 pitches, £15-£28 ptpn

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

Plas y Nant

Plas Y Nant

Converted from farm buildings, these four cottages surround a courtyard with marvellous sunsets. A Welsh speaking, farming family offering a warm welcome to guests. 10 minutes walk to beach through farm land. Sorry, we do not accept pets.

Self-catering with 2 units, £300-£550 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

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

Dinas Oleu Walk

Dinas Oleu Walk

Abermaw | Barmouth, 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).

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.

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.

Aberdyfi | Aberdovey

Aberdyfi Panorama

Aberdyfi | Aberdovey, Gwynedd, LL35 0ED

This gentle four mile walk soon gets you up above Aberdyfi, enjoying fine views over the mouth of the Dyfi estuary and south towards Borth and Aberystwyth. Starting place: Tourist Information Centre Starting ref: SN 614959

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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