Southern Snowdonia Self-Guided Walking Tour 2021

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4, 5 or 8 Days / 3, 4 or 7 Nights
Availability : March to October
Start: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
End: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Southern Snowdonia Self-Guided Walking Tour: 3, 4 or 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.

Enjoy a break in Snowdonia, Wales with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect Self-Guided Walking Holiday. Our Victorian 4-star Country House, Dolserau Hall, idyllically situated in peaceful rolling countryside, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, detailed route notes and an inspirational location from which to explore Snowdonia.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Head out on any of our walks to discover the varied beauty of Snowdonia on foot
  • Admire panoramic valley, lake and river views from slopes and peaks
  • Use our Discovery Point, stocked with maps and walks directions for exploring the local area
  • Enjoy magnificent Snowdonia mountainscape scenery
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about Welsh history
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable house
  • Discover what makes the Snowdonia so special from the sweeping valleys to the rocky peaks
  • Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

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)
  • Use of Discovery Point Library at the country house - stocked with maps, walks and local area information
  • Free time to explore the area

Meals

All meals from dinner on arrival day, to breakfast on departure day
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch
  • Daily dinner
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest railway stations is Machynlleth)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Local expenses such as transportation
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Go where you want, when you want. Take a relaxing stroll or try something more challenging. All our country houses have a Discovery Point with maps, guidebooks and local walks directions to help you tailor your stay.

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
Southern Snowdonia Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Walking Grades Explained:

  • Grades 1 & 2 – Leisurely walking grades
  • Grades 3 & 4 – Moderate walking grades
  • Grades 5 & 6 – Challenging walking grades
What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
Itinerary

Arrival Day

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

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall (D)

Free Days

Check out the Discovery Point Library at the country house – stocked with maps, walks and local area information. 

For stays of 3 nights, you will have 2 days at your choice.

For stays of 4 nights, you will have 3 days at your choice.

For stays of 7 nights, you will have 6 days at your choice.

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall (B, L, D)

Departure Day

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

Local Area

Southern SnowdoniaDolserau 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.

Welsh Highland Railway & Ffstiniog Railway

Take a steam train ride on these two heritage railway routes to enjoy Snowdonia’s spectacular scenery from the comfort of a railway carriage. The Ffstiniog Railway runs from Porthmadog to Tan y Bwlch while the Welsh Highland Railway runs from Caernarvon to Beddgelert. The station at Porthmadog is about a 40-minute drive from Dolserau Hall while Caernarvon station is just over an hour away.

Great Little Trains of Wales

Snowdonia is noted for its concentration of narrow gauge steam railways, all of which offer highly scenic journeys – there are 11 to choose from. For a truly unique day out you can take the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the summit of Snowdon (best to book in advance as tickets can sell out quickly on busy days). The railway runs from Llanberis – about 1 hour 20 minutes from Dolserau Hall.

National Slate Museum

Located at Llanberis, the excellent (and free!) National Slate Museum tells the story of this once extensive industry. You can see slate being cut by hand, the huge waterwheel that powers the machinery and the fascinating quarrymen’s houses which show their development over the centuries. Llanberis is around 1 hour 20 minutes’ drive from Dolgellau.

Caernarfon Castle

Built by King Edward I after his conquest of Wales, Caernarfon Castle is one of the most impressive and well preserved fortifications in the principality. Along with neighbouring castles at Harlech, Beaumaris and Conwy, it now has World Heritage status. Caernarfon is around 1 hour 10 minutes’ drive from Dolgellau.

Criccieth

The seaside town of Criccieth is around 50 minutes’ drive from Dolgellau and full of Victorian character. You could visit the ruins of Criccieth Castle, relax on the beach, or sample the excellent ice cream at Cadwaladers parlour – open since 1927! 

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle occupies a superb vantage point overlooking the coast and the mountains of Snowdonia. Built by Edward I, its imposing walls were built by 1,000 skilled craftsmen between 1283 and 1295. The castle is about 45 minutes from Dolgellau.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Located near Bleanau Ffestiniog, about 40 minutes’ drive from Dlogellau, the Llechwedd Slate Caverns are one of the area’s most popular attractions. Take the underground railway deep into the mountain where a knowledgeable guide will tell you how slate was hewn by hand. 

Bodnant Gardens

Situated in the Conwy Valley, about 50 minutes’ drive from Beddgelert, the National Trust’s Bodnant Gardens have impressive collections of colour and views of the Snowdonian mountains. 

Plas Newydd

The grand house at Plas Newydd enjoys glorious views overlooking the Menai Straits. Built for the 1st Marquess of Anglesey, the house itself is impressive, as are the extensive gardens. Now managed by the National Trust. Around 1 hour 20 minutes’ drive from Dolgellau.

Portmeirion

This quaint and fascinating Italianate village was the brainchild of the architect Clough Williams-Ellis. It is also well-known as the setting for the cult 1960’s TV series The Prisoner. Portmeirion village is around an hour’s drive from Dolgellau.

Dates and Prices
3 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: April 2, 9, 16 $800 $920
2021: April 30 $840 $960
2021: May 7, 14, 21, 28 $840 $960
2021: June 4, 11, 18, 25 $840 $960
2021: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 $840 $960
2021: August 6, 13, 17, 20, 27 $840 $960
2021: September 3, 10, 17 $840 $960
2021: September 24 $800 $920
2021: October 1, 8, 15, 22 $800 $920
4 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: March 29 $1,060 $1,220
2021: April 5, 12, 19, 26 $1,060 $1,220
2021: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 $1,150 $1,310
2021: June 7, 14, 28 $1,150 $1,310
2021: July 5, 12, 16, 26 $1,150 $1,310
2021: August 2, 9, 13, 16, 23, 30 $1,150 $1,310
2021: September 6, 13, 20 $1,150 $1,310
2021: September 27 $1,060 $1,220
2021: October 4, 11, 18, 25 $1,060 $1,220
7 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: April 2, 9, 16 $1,770 $2,050
2021: April 30 $1,930 $2,210
2021: May 7, 14, 21, 28 $1,930 $2,210
2021: June 4, 11, 18, 25 $1,930 $2,210
2021: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 $1,930 $2,210
2021: August 6, 13, 20, 27 $1,930 $2,210
2021: September 3, 10, 17 $1,930 $2,210
2021: September 24 $1,770 $2,050
2021: October 1, 8, 15, 22 $1,770 $2,050

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.

This tour is also available in 5 night duration.

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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