All the drama and majesty of Southern Snowdonia’s peaks combined with three or more nights in the historic town of Dolgellau. The Snowdonia National Park echoes the beauty and wilderness of the Scottish highlands, but offers a gentler landscape of trickling brooks, gushing waterfalls, craggy peaks, bleating sheep and hardy mountain goats.
Less visited than ‘Northern Snowdonia’, the trails are quieter and the villages better preserved, none more so than Dolgellau itself. Inhabited since the 11th century, the town has particular associations with Quakerism – the Pennsylvanian town and college of Bryn Mawr were named after the Dolgellau home of a 17th Century Quaker emigrant to the USA. Formerly known for its woollen, tanning and printing industries as well as mining (the Clogau mine has supplied gold for several royal wedding rings), it’s now a friendly market town serving the agricultural community and the summer visitors.
After a night’s rest in an elegant townhouse hotel or luxury B&B, choose from one of our carefully designed walking options, offering a variety of grades from an easy ramble exploring the history of the Dolgellau Quakers to the medium/hard ascent of Cadair Idris. All of our routes avoid extreme hill-walking; we want you to be able to experience the glory of the scenery at your pace. Take a picnic, bring a book and bask in the beauty of the mountains.