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Neighbourhoods
Enjoy all Snowdonia/Eryri National Park has to offer! We are within 10 minutes of the southern gateway.
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Snowdonia National Park
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Enjoy all Snowdonia/Eryri National Park has to offer! We are within 10 minutes of the southern gateway.
Find out all about the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere Reserve here: https://www.dyfibiosphere.wales/
Dyfi Eco Park
Find out all about the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere Reserve here: https://www.dyfibiosphere.wales/
City/town information
Welshpool has the nearest big supermarket - a Tesco. You will also find the nearest minor injuries (not 24 hours, the nearest A and E is in Shrewsbury), nearest chemist and nearest vet (Camlas Petcare Vets). Welshpool has a great range of takeaways and restaurants - our favourites are The Corn Store restaurant, The Oak Hotel and Fabrizzio's Italian. Welshpool has a growing range of independent gift and clothes shops. Powys Castle (pictured above) and the Montgomery Canal are within walking distance of the town centre.
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Welshpool
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Welshpool has the nearest big supermarket - a Tesco. You will also find the nearest minor injuries (not 24 hours, the nearest A and E is in Shrewsbury), nearest chemist and nearest vet (Camlas Petcare Vets). Welshpool has a great range of takeaways and restaurants - our favourites are The Corn Store restaurant, The Oak Hotel and Fabrizzio's Italian. Welshpool has a growing range of independent gift and clothes shops. Powys Castle (pictured above) and the Montgomery Canal are within walking distance of the town centre.
Machynlleth is a rural market town with a quirky vibe and has a large Co-Op, a great wholefood shop and a wealth of independent shops. Visit the Owain Glyndwr Centre or MOMA Machynlleth gallery, or enjoy the Machynlleth Comedy Festival usually held in May.
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Machynlleth
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Machynlleth is a rural market town with a quirky vibe and has a large Co-Op, a great wholefood shop and a wealth of independent shops. Visit the Owain Glyndwr Centre or MOMA Machynlleth gallery, or enjoy the Machynlleth Comedy Festival usually held in May.
Dolgellau is a picturesque Snowdonia town at the foot of Cader Idris, where a number of pubs and cafes can be found. The Eurospar just out of town has a great range of local produce and wholefoods. Head out of Dolgellau on the flat Mawddach trail along the estuary (suitable for walkers and cyclists) to Barmouth, or visit Cymer Abbey, a Cadw (Welsh National Trust) property.
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Dolgellau
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Dolgellau is a picturesque Snowdonia town at the foot of Cader Idris, where a number of pubs and cafes can be found. The Eurospar just out of town has a great range of local produce and wholefoods. Head out of Dolgellau on the flat Mawddach trail along the estuary (suitable for walkers and cyclists) to Barmouth, or visit Cymer Abbey, a Cadw (Welsh National Trust) property.
Food scene
Here are a selection of our local favourites; - Cafe - Cwpan Pinc - 5 minutes drive east - Pub - Cann Office - 5 minutes drive east - Gastropub - The Brigand's Inn - 10 minutes drive west - Restaurant - Lake Vyrnwy Hotel - 15 minutes drive north - Fine Dining/Michelin Star - Ynyshir restaurant - 1 hour west - Fish and Chips - Andrew's Fish Bar, Welshpool (30 mins away) - Chinese Takeaway - Golden Bamboo, Welshpool - Indian Restaurant/Takeaway - Spice UK Welshpool - Italian/Pizza - Fabrizzio's Welshpool
Our village pub, the Cann Office Hotel is within a 5 minutes drive. Alternatively, you can take a 1hr walk along country lanes and footpaths down into the village. Cann Office provide local ales and good pub grub - our favourite is the steak and ale pie. They also offer home cooked food to takeaway back to your accomodation. Pre-booking is essential. - head out of our gate to the right up the steep hill. - follow the lane out past Belan Bach lodges and turn right along the verge of the larger single-track road - near the top of the hill, you will see a footpath signposted down the fields to the right - follow this down into the village and take the pavement to the left to Cann Office.
Cann Office Hotel
Our village pub, the Cann Office Hotel is within a 5 minutes drive. Alternatively, you can take a 1hr walk along country lanes and footpaths down into the village. Cann Office provide local ales and good pub grub - our favourite is the steak and ale pie. They also offer home cooked food to takeaway back to your accomodation. Pre-booking is essential. - head out of our gate to the right up the steep hill. - follow the lane out past Belan Bach lodges and turn right along the verge of the larger single-track road - near the top of the hill, you will see a footpath signposted down the fields to the right - follow this down into the village and take the pavement to the left to Cann Office.
A 10 minute drive to the west, the Brigands Inn is what we would class as a gastropub, serving locals, travellers and the local shoot. They are very dog friendly. Head there in the morning for their Award Winning Breakfast which includes the chef's own dry cure bacon, sourdough, cider rarebit sauce, avocado, eggs, black pudding and chorizo - mmm!
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The Brigands Inn
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A 10 minute drive to the west, the Brigands Inn is what we would class as a gastropub, serving locals, travellers and the local shoot. They are very dog friendly. Head there in the morning for their Award Winning Breakfast which includes the chef's own dry cure bacon, sourdough, cider rarebit sauce, avocado, eggs, black pudding and chorizo - mmm!
Cwpan Pinc is the local cafe and village shop/Post Office 'Shop y Pentre', which is full of fresh and local produce. We highly recommend their speciality coffees, and keep an eye out on their Facebook page for their occasional Saturday Night Takeaways,
Cwpan Pinc
Cwpan Pinc is the local cafe and village shop/Post Office 'Shop y Pentre', which is full of fresh and local produce. We highly recommend their speciality coffees, and keep an eye out on their Facebook page for their occasional Saturday Night Takeaways,
Head to the Lake Vyrnwy Restaurant for fine dining, or to the Tavern Brasserie for more relaxed fare. Their pub the Last Grouse is currently closed, but during Covid their helipad was opened up as an outdoor bar!
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Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa
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Head to the Lake Vyrnwy Restaurant for fine dining, or to the Tavern Brasserie for more relaxed fare. Their pub the Last Grouse is currently closed, but during Covid their helipad was opened up as an outdoor bar!
Adventures
A great wet weather option for adults and children - follow your guide deep underground into the slate cabins, where nets handing from the walls have been set up as trampolines! Great fun for all the family, and room for spectators too.
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Zip World Bounce Below
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A great wet weather option for adults and children - follow your guide deep underground into the slate cabins, where nets handing from the walls have been set up as trampolines! Great fun for all the family, and room for spectators too.
Head to Coed y Brenin Forest for a great cafe, childrens playpark and miles of walking, running, cycling and mountain bike routes - there really is something for all abilities! There is a mountain bike shop on site which offers mountain bike hire.
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Coed y Brenin Forest Park
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Head to Coed y Brenin Forest for a great cafe, childrens playpark and miles of walking, running, cycling and mountain bike routes - there really is something for all abilities! There is a mountain bike shop on site which offers mountain bike hire.
Based in Fairbourne, Bwlchgwyn Pony Trekking offer beach and estuary rides - a great option for a sunny day!
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Bwlchgwyn Farm Pony Trekking
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Based in Fairbourne, Bwlchgwyn Pony Trekking offer beach and estuary rides - a great option for a sunny day!
Let's SUP Paddleboarding in Aberdyfi offer esturary tours and taster sessions. We advise booking plenty in advance as they do tend to book up, especially in the summer holidays.
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Aberdyfi
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Let's SUP Paddleboarding in Aberdyfi offer esturary tours and taster sessions. We advise booking plenty in advance as they do tend to book up, especially in the summer holidays.
Bala watersports have a wide range of activities on offer, including canoeing/kayaking, climbing/abseiling, windsurfing, sailing, archery, camp craft, raft building, mountain biking, power boating, hill walking, gorge walking, and white water rafting.
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Bala Adventure and Watersports
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Bala watersports have a wide range of activities on offer, including canoeing/kayaking, climbing/abseiling, windsurfing, sailing, archery, camp craft, raft building, mountain biking, power boating, hill walking, gorge walking, and white water rafting.
Based on the shores of the beautiful Lake Vyrnwy, Bethania Adventure offer a range of kayaks and canoes for hire.
Bethania Adventure
Based on the shores of the beautiful Lake Vyrnwy, Bethania Adventure offer a range of kayaks and canoes for hire.
Family-friendly
Head to Corris for the Centre for Alternative Technology park - discover a hidden world, packed full of working examples of renewable energy, with a great play area and cafe. We particularly love that it is accessed via a water-powered funicular railway!
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Centre for Alternative Technology
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Head to Corris for the Centre for Alternative Technology park - discover a hidden world, packed full of working examples of renewable energy, with a great play area and cafe. We particularly love that it is accessed via a water-powered funicular railway!
Travel from Llanfair to Welshpool on the light railway - a great wet-weather activity and firm favourite with our young visitors! In December be sure to book on to the Santa Train!
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Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway
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Travel from Llanfair to Welshpool on the light railway - a great wet-weather activity and firm favourite with our young visitors! In December be sure to book on to the Santa Train!
Howard's cafe at Coed y Dinas has an attached soft play centre as a great option in poor weather (please check availability directly). Browse the garden centre or replace forgotten wellies at the the farm supplier!
Charlies Stores Coed-Y-Dinas
Howard's cafe at Coed y Dinas has an attached soft play centre as a great option in poor weather (please check availability directly). Browse the garden centre or replace forgotten wellies at the the farm supplier!
Sail in an underground boat, through a magical waterfall and into King Arthur's Labyrinth. Explore the Stone Circle Maze or enjoy a bite to eat at the Crochan Cafe. On site is Corris Craft centre where you can try your hand at candle dipping whilst parents and guardians stock up on local gin!
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King Arthurs Labyrinth
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Sail in an underground boat, through a magical waterfall and into King Arthur's Labyrinth. Explore the Stone Circle Maze or enjoy a bite to eat at the Crochan Cafe. On site is Corris Craft centre where you can try your hand at candle dipping whilst parents and guardians stock up on local gin!
Sightseeing
The Mach Loop is set of valleys, situated between Dolgellau in the north, and Machynlleth in the south (and from which the Mach Loop gets its name), which are regularly used for low level flight training, with flying as low as 250 feet (76 metres) from the nearest terrain. You may even see the odd Typhoon heading over Llwydcoed Fach on their way to and from the Mach Loop!
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Mach Loop
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The Mach Loop is set of valleys, situated between Dolgellau in the north, and Machynlleth in the south (and from which the Mach Loop gets its name), which are regularly used for low level flight training, with flying as low as 250 feet (76 metres) from the nearest terrain. You may even see the odd Typhoon heading over Llwydcoed Fach on their way to and from the Mach Loop!
You may recognise the Lake Vyrnwy Dam and Tower from social media and advertising. Have a picnic on shore, hire a boat or hire a bike and cycle the 12 mile perimeter of the lake. At the head of the lake there is also a beautiful waterfall walk.
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Lake Vyrnwy
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You may recognise the Lake Vyrnwy Dam and Tower from social media and advertising. Have a picnic on shore, hire a boat or hire a bike and cycle the 12 mile perimeter of the lake. At the head of the lake there is also a beautiful waterfall walk.
Enjoy the gardens, tour the castle or have a treat at one of the two lovely cafes. Please be aware that at the time of writing, dogs are not permitted into the grounds due to the presence of deer.
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National Trust - Powis Castle and Garden
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Enjoy the gardens, tour the castle or have a treat at one of the two lovely cafes. Please be aware that at the time of writing, dogs are not permitted into the grounds due to the presence of deer.
The Dyfi Wildlife Centre is the home of the Dyfi Osprey Project at the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve. Visit the 360 Observatory where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Dyfi Valley and UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere.
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Dyfi Osprey Project
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The Dyfi Wildlife Centre is the home of the Dyfi Osprey Project at the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve. Visit the 360 Observatory where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Dyfi Valley and UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere.
Head to Bwlch Nant yr Arian for 3pm in the summer or 2pm in the winter to watch the Red Kites being fed over the lake - it is quite the sight!
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Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre
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Head to Bwlch Nant yr Arian for 3pm in the summer or 2pm in the winter to watch the Red Kites being fed over the lake - it is quite the sight!
Walks
We can recommend walks for all abilities! From our doorstep you can access the Dyfnant Forest Rainbow Trails and Glyndwr's Way National Trail. Further into Snowdonia the Mawddach Way provides easy, flat walking from Dolgellau to Barmouth. The Precipice Walk from Dolgellau is more moderate. For experienced and well-equipped walkers our favourite off-the-beaten path Snowdonia peaks are Cader Idris and Aran Fawddwy. If you're pushed for time but keen for a challenge there is a scenic but very steep walk from the car park at the top of Bwlch yr Oerddrws on the the way to Dolgellau.
The Dyfnant Forest is just a five minute walk from our doorstep and boasts the Rainbow Trails - miles upon miles of walking routes, bridleways and carriageways. Just be sure to keep dogs under close control.
Dyfnant Forest
The Dyfnant Forest is just a five minute walk from our doorstep and boasts the Rainbow Trails - miles upon miles of walking routes, bridleways and carriageways. Just be sure to keep dogs under close control.
Also accessible from our doorstep via the Dyfnant Forest, the Glyndwr's Way National Trail runs from Knighton to Welshpool via Machynlleth, named after Owain Glyndŵr’, Prince of Wales and Medieval Welsh nationalist leader who organised a rebellion against the English king, Henry IV in 1400.
Glyndwr's Way
Also accessible from our doorstep via the Dyfnant Forest, the Glyndwr's Way National Trail runs from Knighton to Welshpool via Machynlleth, named after Owain Glyndŵr’, Prince of Wales and Medieval Welsh nationalist leader who organised a rebellion against the English king, Henry IV in 1400.
A great flat estuary trail out to Barmouth beach, suitable for walkers and cyclists. You can shorten the trail by hopping on at Poole Quay or beyond rather than starting at Dolgellau.
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The Mawddach Trail
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A great flat estuary trail out to Barmouth beach, suitable for walkers and cyclists. You can shorten the trail by hopping on at Poole Quay or beyond rather than starting at Dolgellau.
A scenic circular walk around the Nannau estate near Dolgellau, suitable for the whole family.
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Precipice Walk
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A scenic circular walk around the Nannau estate near Dolgellau, suitable for the whole family.
A serious mountain peak for experienced and well-equipped walkers, the peak takes in views out to sea and up into Snowdonia/Eryri. There are three route options - we prefer the Pony Path from the Dolgellau side of the mountain as having the fewest steps!
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Cadair Idris - Penygadair
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A serious mountain peak for experienced and well-equipped walkers, the peak takes in views out to sea and up into Snowdonia/Eryri. There are three route options - we prefer the Pony Path from the Dolgellau side of the mountain as having the fewest steps!
A serious mountain peak for experienced and well-equipped walkers, Aran Fawddwy peak will often be empty while Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa will have a queue up to the summit! A circular walk option is available or extend your day by taking in more of the Aran Range.
Aran Fawddwy
A serious mountain peak for experienced and well-equipped walkers, Aran Fawddwy peak will often be empty while Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa will have a queue up to the summit! A circular walk option is available or extend your day by taking in more of the Aran Range.