North West Wales is taken up almost entirely by the Snowdonia National Park and by two isolated areas of outstanding natural beauty. All these areas feature the natural beauty of rugged mountains and valleys, dense forests and barren plateaus, stunning coastlines and wide estuaries. Sturdy castles, country mansions with fine interiors, spectacular narrow-gauge railways, mines and craft shops provide necessary variety. Above all, North West Wales is the domain of the active visitor: the mountaineer, walker, horse rider, angler and water-sports enthusiast. The southern coastal reaches of Snowdonia National Park are almost entirely dominated by Cadair Idris (2930ft), a five-peaked massif with views that occasionally stretch as far as Ireland (on a good day!).
TAL Y WAEN
Although seemingly secluded, Tal y Waen is less than two miles from the local town of Dolgellau, which offers a selection of inns, restaurants, cafes, shops, galleries and other cultural activities. For the more active visitor, we are within easy reach of the Mawddach Estuary (walking, bird watching and pony trekking), several sandy beaches, beautiful lakes, waterfalls and rivers; golf courses, places to fish, plus water sports at Bala Lake and biking at Coed y Brenin (national mountain biking centre). The area is also great for climbing. The traditional seaside resort of Barmouth is eight miles away and the historic town of Harlech is just twenty minutes up the coast from there. Aberystwyth, Caernarfon and Llandudno are ideal locations for a day out.
This small market town is located in the heart of southern Snowdonia, between the imposing Cader Idris mountain range and the sea. It’s a superb base for a holiday - perfect for combining the many outdoor pursuits on offer in Snowdonia with relaxing days out on the soft sandy beaches of Barmouth, Fairbourne and Aberdovey. The town itself offers a good selection of shops, pubs and places to eat and there are excellent restaurants in many of the nearby coastal resorts. A location for quiet outdoor recreation with stunning scenery, mountains, forests, waterfalls and beaches all close to hand, but without the crowds.
DIRECTIONS BY ROAD
Click below for directions from the A470 (Welshpool to Barmouth Road):
Beaches: Fairbourne - 8 miles on the south side of the estuary Barmouth - similar distance on the north side of the estuary
Castles: Harlech - on the coast, 10 miles north of Barmouth Caernarfon - approximately 30 miles north of Dolgellau
The following are all located close to the centre of town: