Southern Snowdonia Walking with Sightseeing Tour 2024/2025

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : May and August
Start: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
End: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Southern Snowdonia Walking with Sightseeing Tour: 7 nights based at Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Snowdon, Wales

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

These holidays offer a perfect mix of short, guided walks (3.5-5 miles), combined with time spent sightseeing. Visit a selection of standout highlights in Southern Snowdonia (Eryri) with hassle-free coach travel and the help of an experienced leader.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Admiring the iconic Italianate village of Portmeirion
  • Taking a ride on the Talyllyn steam train
  • Visiting the impressive Dolgoch waterfall
  • The views of Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales
  • A guided tour of Yr Ysgwrn, a traditional 20th century Welsh farmhouse
  • Staying in the comfort of our country house

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
  • Cream tea on arrival day
  • Cooked or continental breakfast daily (B)
  • Daily packed lunches (L)
  • Dinner each night: Three-course plus tea & coffee (D)
  • Guided walks and sightseeing visits with an experienced Leader
  • All transport to and from walks and sites of interest
  • Tickets for the Talyllyn Railway

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 1 tea

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest train station is Machynlleth)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £15 per day, per person 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. 

Walking tours with sightseeing include:

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from cream tea on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Transport between locations
  • Entrance fees are not included – choose locally 

The Walking tour with Sightseeing program is a combination of Guided Walking Tours and Discovery Tours to give you the best of both touring styles. 

Enjoy easier walks (6 – 8 km) that let sightseeing take center stage. We offer carefully-curated itineraries that balance sights, hikes, and activities. Let our experienced Leader introduce you to the heart of a region, highlighting the history, heritage, landmarks, wildlife, and more. 

2024 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards where you’ll have a complimentary cream tea to tuck in to. (D, T)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 2Llyn Tegid, Bala, & The White Water Centre

Distance: 3½ miles (6km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In summary: Ascend through woodland for lovely views across Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales, to arrive at the historic market town of Bala. There will be time to explore before we continue to the National White Water Centre on the Tryweryn river. Here we’ll enjoy a riverside stroll and see some canoeing and rafting in action. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 3Coed y Brenin Forest and Yr Ysgwrn

Distance: 5 miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In Summary: We walk alongside the Mawddach river as it passes through rocky gorges, passing abandoned gold mines and two impressive waterfalls. Climbing up to a ridge we get stunning views through the trees of the Rhinogydd range and Cadair Idris before descending to the Forest Visitor Centre. The walking is mainly on good, gently graded forestry access roads, apart from one short, steep rocky track that takes some care. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Yr Ysgwrn, a traditional 20th century Welsh farmhouse and home to one of Britain’s best-known Welsh-language poets. (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 5The Precipice Walk & Portmeirion

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In summary: The Precipice Walk is one of the most famous attractions of the Dolgellau area, and affords wonderful views down the Mawddach estuary and over to Cadair Idris. After a morning walk, there’s a visit to Portmeirion, the stunning Italianate village set on a peninsula, created by the architect Clough Williams- Ellis. There’s time to explore woodland and coastal walks from the village.  (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 6Abergynolwyn, The Talyllyn Railway, & Dolgoch Falls

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: A morning walk into the Dysynni valley to visit Castell Y Bere and Mary Jones’ chapel. The 13th century Castle Y Bere was the last stronghold of the Welsh princes. From Abergynolwyn village we walk beside nant Gwernol, then board the steam train for a ride on the Talyllyn railway to admire beautiful Dolgoch Falls. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 7The Ardudwy Coast & Harlech Castle

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In summary: Explore the Ardudwy Coast, with a visit to the Artro estuary and a walk on the delightful beach at Llandanwg. En route there’s a visit to the impressive Llanfair slate caverns and in Harlech, we’ll discover the castle. Considered to be one of King Edward I’s most spectacular coastal fortresses. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 8Departure Day

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

2025 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards where you’ll have a complimentary cream tea to tuck in to. (D, T)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 2Llyn Tegid, Bala, & The White Water Centre

Distance: 3½ miles (6km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In summary: Ascend through woodland for lovely views across Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales, to arrive at the historic market town of Bala. There will be time to explore before we continue to the National White Water Centre on the Tryweryn river. Here we’ll enjoy a riverside stroll and see some canoeing and rafting in action. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 3The Ardudwy Coast & Harlech Castle

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In summary: Explore the Ardudwy Coast, with a visit to the Artro estuary and a walk on the delightful beach at Llandanwg. En route there’s a visit to the impressive Llanfair slate caverns and in Harlech, we’ll discover the castle. Considered to be one of King Edward I’s most spectacular coastal fortresses. (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 5The Precipice Walk & Portmeirion

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In summary: The Precipice Walk is one of the most famous attractions of the Dolgellau area, and affords wonderful views down the Mawddach estuary and over to Cadair Idris. After a morning walk, there’s a visit to Portmeirion, the stunning Italianate village set on a peninsula, created by the architect Clough Williams- Ellis. There’s time to explore woodland and coastal walks from the village.  (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 6Abergynolwyn, The Talyllyn Railway, & Dolgoch Falls

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: A morning walk into the Dysynni valley to visit Castell Y Bere and Mary Jones’ chapel. The 13th century Castle Y Bere was the last stronghold of the Welsh princes. From Abergynolwyn village we walk beside nant Gwernol, then board the steam train for a ride on the Talyllyn railway to admire beautiful Dolgoch Falls. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Dolserau Hall

Day 7Coed y Brenin Forest and Yr Ysgwrn

Distance:  5 miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summary: We walk alongside the Mawddach river as it passes through rocky gorges, passing abandoned gold mines and two impressive waterfalls. Climbing up to a ridge we get stunning views through the trees of the Rhinogydd range and Cadair Idris before descending to the Forest Visitor Centre. The walking is mainly on good, gently graded forestry access roads, apart from one short, steep rocky track that takes some care. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Yr Ysgwrn, a traditional 20th century Welsh farmhouse and home to one of Britain’s best-known Welsh-language poets. (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
2024: August 2 $2,830 $3,110
2025: May 30 $2,930 $3,210
2025: August 1 $2,930 $3,210

Pricing

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

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates include room upgrade (premium) and membership fees. 

Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca 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 Walking with Sightseeing 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 £15 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: taxi@machtaxis.com
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 ‘Classic’ and ‘Premium’ 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.

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

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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