Southern Snowdonia: Great Little Trains of Wales Discovery Tour 2021

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : May, June and August
Start: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
End: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Southern Snowdonia: Great Little Trains of Wales Discovery Tour: 7 nights based at Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Snowdon, Wales

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book.

One week – 11 railways to enjoy! Enjoy Snowdonia’s stunning and varied scenery aboard a variety of trains from full-size steam trains to narrow-gauge and a cliffside funicular. Climb Mt Snowdon the easy way by train!

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Ride on the Talyllyn Railway, the world’s first preserved railway
  • Visit the Vale of Rheidol and Ffestiniog railways, with dramatic scenery
  • Journey on the Welsh Highland Railway, a stunning highlight of the week

Pick Up Location & TIme

Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2AG (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at Dolserau Hall
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach
  • Most admissions to places of interest that form part of your holiday

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest train station is Machynlleth)
  • Admissions to National Trust and English Heritage properties (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Explore places of interest, beauty, heritage and wonder. Enjoy active guided sightseeing on relaxed-pace trips to revel in the history, landscapes, architecture and culture of your chosen destination. Our knowledgeable leaders will provide fascinating detail to bring it all to life. Travel between locations by mini-coach or public transport following a carefully planned itinerary.

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Transport between locations
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. (D)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 2Aberystwyth & the Vale of Rheidol Railway

We go south to Aberystwyth for a visit to the Cliff Railway which should give excellent views if the weather is favourable. Then to the Vale of Rheidol Railway which opened in 1902 for the transportation of lead ore and was operated by British Rail until 1989. We take a trip through beautiful scenery to Devil’s Bridge and return. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 3Fairbourne, Talyllyn & Corris Railway

Today we go down to the coast at Fairbourne to take a ride on the miniature railway to the river mouth and back again. Then on to the Talyllyn Railway which boasts of being one of the longest operating heritage railways and is a delightful experience. Finally, to the relatively short Corris Railway and its museum and engine shed. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 5Llanberis Lake Railway & Snowdon Mountain Railway

We visit the narrow-gauge Llanberis Lake railway along the shores of Llyn Padarn, with the opportunity to visit the National Slate Museum. Then, weather permitting, we will ascend Snowdon on the unique rack railway which hopefully will give stunning views. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 6Welshpool and Llanfair Railway & Bala Lake Railway

We head almost back to England to the charming Welshpool and Llanfair Railway, travelling through delightful pastoral scenery. This line has an eclectic range of rolling stock drawn from around the world. Then it’s on to the Bala Lake Railway – a narrow-gauge line re-opened on the former Great Western main line. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 7Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway

Take a journey on the two lines centred on Porthmadog. First, the Ffestiniog Railway from which includes dramatic scenery and a spiral curve at Dduallt, part of the ‘Deviation’ build by volunteers in the 1960s and 70s. The double-ended Fairlie locomotives are another special feature of this line. Our journey continues aboard the Welsh Highland Railway, which passes this stunning mountain scenery with views of Snowdon (hopefully!) on its way to Caernarfon. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Dates Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: May 28 $2,400 $2,680
2021: June 25 $2,400 $2,680
2021: August 27 $2,400 $2,680

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates are in $ CAD. Rates include room upgrade (better) and membership fees. 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

During your Discovery Tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

Most admissions to places of interest are not included. Please allow up to £10 per day for admissions to all the places of interest we will be visiting. The full adult price is given but there are usually good reductions for parties and seniors. If you are a member of the National Trust, English Heritage or similar, remember to bring your card for free admission to their properties. Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Travel Details:
Address is: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2AG

By Rail:
The most convenient railway station to Dolserau Hall is at Machynlleth.

By Taxi:
The 16-mile journey from Machynlleth railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, Mach Taxis. As a guide price, it cost £30 per 4-seat taxi in 2020. 8- seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. Mach Taxis will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. Please prebook your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

Mach Taxis*
Tel: +44 (0) 1654 702048
Email: [email protected]
The return journey can be arranged on your behalf by the House Manager.
*Mach Taxis is not owned or managed by us.

By Bus:
From Machynlleth take the X27 bus to Dolgellau. The 2 mile journey to Dolserau Hall from Doglellau can we completed by taxi. Alternatively alight at Dolgellau Starbucks, form where it a 1-mile walk along a quiet country lane to the house.

By Car:
Dolserau Hall is approximately 1 1/2 hours’ drive from the M56 at Chester or the M54 at Telford.

From the North head to Chester, then take the M53 and A55 around the south of Chester. Join the A550 then the A5104 for about 20 miles, then finally the A494 signposted to Bala. Stay on the A494 through Bala heading towards Dolgellau. A mile after going poast a junction for the B4416 to Brithdir, take the next turning on the  left, after the campsite. Follow the country lane for 1/2 mile to Dolserau Hall.

the A5104 for about 20 miles, then finally the A494 signposted to Bala. Stay on the A494 through Bala heading towards Dolgellau. A mile after going poast a junction for the B4416 to Brithdir, take the next turning on the left, after the campsite. Follow the country lane for 1/2 mile to Dolserau Hall.

Hotel Descriptions
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Dolserau Hall

Walkers in the know head to southern Snowdonia to uncover one of Wales’ best-kept secrets. Stood in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, just a couple of miles from the attractive market town of Dolgellau, Dolserau Hall makes a superb base for getting off the beaten path.  The tranquillity of the location wraps around you. A smart country house with breathtaking views from every room, attractive gardens and vistas that stretch across the valley to the summit of Cadair Idris, you’re surrounded by rural inspiration. Depending on what mood strikes, explore the Rhinogs, take on a classic ridge walk with great views, set foot on the Mawddach Trail or follow the coast to Harlech, where the eponymous medieval castle stands on a wonderful position overlooking the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay. Croeso I Cymru, as they say around here.

Address: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2AG

Room Amenities: Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the handful of bedrooms in the converted coach house close by. With 23 rooms, Dolserau Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Enjoy the extra space of Room 1 and soak luxuriously in the tub that comes with the room, or watch the light change outside from the comfort and privacy of the sofa in front of the large picture window in Room 5.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers.

Hotel Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge bar, library and board games to borrow

After a day rambling over the slopes of the Rhinogs or summiting a cracking peak, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Wander through the Coach House garden and admire the far-reaching views. Settle into the lounge bar and sink into the comfy leather sofas here. Grab a book or a board game and make yourself comfortable.

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