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Bryn Adda - Luxury Country House Accommodation in Snowdonia

The Town of Dolgellau

Brynadda is situated just over a mile from Dolgellau and above the Mawddach estuary - one of the most beautiful places in the UK.

Following on from the Celts, Romans and Welsh Chieftains who all played a part in the area’s history, the origins of Dolgellau itself began sometime in the 11th or early 12th Century when it was established as a ‘serf village’. It gained in importance and through the centuries played host to notable persons such as Owain Glyndwr, the last native ‘Prince of Wales’ in 1404 and later the Quaker leader George Fox in 1657.

Dolgellau as seen today is a beautiful stone built town located beneath the majestic mountain of Cader Idris, straddling the river Wnion which flows into the sea a few miles away. Although relatively small, Dolgellau was - and continues to be - an important market town in southern Snowdonia. It has over 200 listed buildings organised into small squares linked by narrow streets. The County Court and the local Magistrates Court still hold regular sessions there. Dolgellau's historic wealth is based on wool and on nearby gold and other metal ore mining and slate quarries. The Rivers Wnion and Mawddach were used to transport wool and other goods to the nearby port of Barmouth. There are remains of woollen mills on the edges of the town and until recently there was a tannery in the centre. Today there is a thriving farming community and regular livestock sales - well worth a visit. You will hear a great deal of ‘Cymraeg’ - Welsh - spoken in the area and the local MP is Plaid Cymru or Welsh Nationalist. If you would like to use some Welsh words the most useful are:

  • Diolch - thank you
  • Bore Da - good morning
  • Nos Da - good evening
  • ‘Brynadda’ means Adam’s Hill (bryn = hill and Adda = Adam)

What to see and do in the town

Ty Siamas, Eldon Square - Originally the site of a market hall and assembly rooms built in 1870, this grand building has been transformed into a National Centre for Welsh folk music. It is named after an eminent local musician, Elis Siôn Siamas, who was employed by Queen Anne and the inventor of the triple harp.

In addition to an exhibition, cafe and shop, a programme of music related events is held during the year.

Restricted opening in the winter, but for further details contact:

Ty Siamas Neuadd Idris, Eldon Square, Dolgellau Gwynedd LL40 1PU
Contact Tel:
+44 (0)1341 421800
Email: idris@tysiamas.com

Tourist Information and Quaker Heritage Centre

An extensive range of information is available of places to visit and accommodation in the area with trained staff on hand to offer additional advice and guidance.

Dolgellau has a history of religious nonconformity, including Quakers who were persecuted for their beliefs, leading them to emigrate to Pennsylvania.

One such Quaker was a local man Rowland Elis, who emigrated from Bryn Mawr on the slopes of Cader Idris , founding the famous women's college of Brynmawr, Pennsylvania.

A small museum and interpretation area forms part of the tourist information centre.

Dolgellau Tourist Information Centre
Ty Meirion, Eldon Square, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 1PU
Contact Tel: +44 (0) 1341 422888

www.visitmidwales.com


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Local Walks

The Quaker Trail (by car and foot)

This route incorporates the previous homes, buildings and remains of properties linked to the pioneering Quakers who settled in Pennsylvania. Many follow the trail today searching out their ancestry.

The Precipice Walk

This is a circular walk over private land belonging to the Nannau estate that dates back to the twelfth century. Visitors are requested to follow the country code, keep to all the indicated routes and accesses indicated and keep dogs on their leads.

Approximately 3 miles, the walk will take approximately 2-3 hours, going through some varied countryside and habitats and taking in views of some noted mountains such as Cader Idris.

Discover Dolgellau is a ‘one stop shop’, for information about Dolgellau and the area.

The Area Around Dolgellau, Mid Wales

Machynlleth and Corris

Under 20 miles and half an hour away from Dolgellau, the area provides enough fun and interest for families and individuals not just for one day but for several - just read on!

King Arthur’s Labyrinth

This underground tour through a series of caverns and tunnels invokes a period in history reaching back to the ‘Dark Ages’ and the times of King Arthur. Stories and Welsh legends are brought to life through animation, sound effects and lights. A good family attraction, suitable for all ages.

Corris Craft Centre, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9RF
Contact Tel: 01654 761584
Email: web@kingarthurslabyrinth.co.uk

With free parking available, visit the Corris Craft Centre with its selection of 9 outlets offering a range of traditional craft products from pottery to leather goods. 'Y Crochan' cafe offers a range of drinks, hot and cold food comprising some locally sourced produce.

The play area outside is suitable for families with small children.

The Bard’s Quest at Corris Craft Centre

Allow approximately 45 minutes, as this particular quest follows specifically designed paths along which visitors can walk whilst stopping to listen and enjoy the stories and legends of Wales that at one time were handed down orally from generation to generation.

The paths are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchair users.

Corris Mine Explorers

Corris Mine

During the 19th and 20th centuries, slate mining was the traditional industry of the area. The Braich Goch mine was abandoned some forty years ago -and this is how it remains. Welsh heritage and history is here and available- take one of the three trips on offer by contacting

Corris Craft Centre, Corris, Machynlleth, SY20 9RF
Email: info@corrismineexplorers.co.uk
Contact Tel: 01654 761244

Corris Railway

Built in 1859 and now operated largely by volunteers, the railway was the first of its kind in Mid Wales. Information on the time table is available on the website. Allow fifty minutes per round trip. Trains cater for wheelchair users, as does the museum.

Corris Railway, Station Yard, Machynlleth, Mid Wales SY20 9SH
Email: enquiries@corris.co.uk

Centre for Alternative Technology - CAT, Machynlleth

Centre for Alternative Technology

Set up 35 years ago, CAT is now a respected education and visitor centre promoting and demonstrating all aspects of sustainable living through practical solutions. Visitors are welcome to the seven acres of displays and gardens and can often participate in events and workshops. There is a shop and cafe on site the latter offering a wide selection of food made from Fair Trade, organic and local produce.

Centre for Alternative Technology, Macynlleth SY20 9AZ
Email: info@cat.org.uk
Contact Tel: +44(0)1654 705950

Machynlleth Street Market

The Royal Charter of 1271 records the right to hold a weekly market in Machynlleth and two fairs per year. Granted by Edward I, the tradition is ongoing today, Wednesday being market day.

MoMA (Museum of Modern Art,)Wales/Cymru, Machynlleth

The former Wesleyan chapel provides a home as a centre for performing arts, whilst alongside, MoMA Wales provides six exhibition spaces for the Tabernacle Collection and works of modern Welsh artists.

MoMA Wales (Museum Of Modern Art, Wales) and The Tabernacle are run by The Machynlleth Tabernacle Trust

Y Tabernacl, Heol Penrallt, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 8AJ
Contact Tel: (+44) 01654 703355
Fax: (+44) 01654 702160
Email: info@momawales.org.uk

Refreshments and freshly made cakes are available on site at Cafe Glas

Contact Tel: 01654 761244
Email: visit.cat.org.uk/cat.org.uk/

RSPB - Yynys Hir Reserve, near Machynlleth

Just over thirty minutes and twenty two miles away from Dolgellau this reserve comprises a mix of Welsh oak woodland, salt marshes and wet grasslands -attracting and supporting a wide variety of wild life. Seven hides provide an ideal spot for bird watching whilst events and activities make Ynys Hir a family friendly location.

SY20 8TA
Contact Tel: 01654 700222
Email: Ynys-hir@rspb.org.uk

The Wider Area

The Area Around Dolgellau, Mid Wales covering Harlech, Talylln and Aberdyfi

Much of the area is within the Snowdonia National Park or is an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’

Harlech

Distance from Dolgellau - 20 miles and 42 minutes away

Proudly, the words ‘world’, ‘Royal’ and ‘Britain’s finest’ are attached to this small town on Tremadog Bay along the Gwynedd coastline.

Edward 1st’s castle

The most famous landmark is Edward 1st’s castle, a noted World Heritage Site. Walk miles along the flat, sandy beach, flanked by sand dunes - a designated area of ‘outstanding natural beauty’ or play the Royal St. David’s golf course, known as one of ‘Britain’s finest’.

Coastline

The visitor is well catered for with shops, tea rooms and places to eat.

Hop on the train, the coastal journey on the Cambrian line serving the town 'en route' will not fail to impress.

Talylln

Talyllyn Railway/Rheilffordd Talyllyn

Talyllyn Railway

Located just over 20 miles and forty five minutes away from Dolgellau.

From toddler to enthusiast, this famous railway spans the generations and provides interest for all.

Originally built to transport slate and is also noted as being the first preserved railway of its kind in the world- yes the world!

The journey of over seven miles down the Fathew Valley has added value - drop off and enjoy the views; the magnificent Dolgoch falls or enjoy a circular walk taking two further waterfalls before getting back on the train.

Beloved by The Rev. Wilbert Awdry, author of the ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ books, he based many of his legendary stories on this railway.

Many varied events take place throughout the year including the ‘Santa Specials’ at Christmas.

Talyllyn Railway Company
Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9EY
Contact Tel: 01654 710 472/+44 1654 710472

Email: enquiries@talyllyn.co.uk

The beach at Tywyn stretches South to Aberdyfi and is perfect for family picnics and beach games. Described by the Daily Telegraph as a 'magnificent golden strand, stretching five miles' - bring a bucket and spade and build your own castle!

Beach

Aberdyfi

On the mouth of the River Dyfi, this small village, with its past rooted in the fishing and ship building industries is now popular for water sports and sailing and has a thriving yacht club.

In the ‘nooks and crannies’ of the narrow streets, browse and buy in small select shops, lunch in one of the pubs or cafes or take back some home smoked fish from the 'True Taste' award winning ‘Gill’s Plaice’.

Play away with a backdrop of Cardigan Bay! Well reviewed by golf professionals, the Championship 18 hole links golf course welcomes many returning visitors.

Barmouth

A magnet for families, this traditional seaside resort with promenade and sandy beach is also known as Abermaw or Y Bermo in Welsh.

Barmouth

Interesting buildings such as the Sailor’s Institute, Ty Gwyn and the Lifeboat Museum provide an insight into the town’s historical and maritime connections whilst nearby Dinas Oleu is the reputed birthplace of the National Trust.

Walk the bridge spanning the Mawddach to obtain a whole new perspective on the surrounding views of the sea and mountains, fantastic by any standard.

Fairbourne

Founded specifically as a seaside resort by Arthur McDougall (of flour making fame) and lying on Barmouth Bay, this village is noted for its three mile stretch of beach that is accessible to prams and wheelchairs.

The Fairbourne Railway or in Welsh Rheilffordd y Friog (half scale narrow gauge), has carried visitors to the area for over a hundred years. Some famous passengers have included Charles Darwin, William Wordsworth and William Gladstone!

Location: half way between Tywyn and Dolgellau, just off the A493. It is served by both the Cambrian Coast railway, operated by Arriva and Lloyd’s Coaches No X29 bus service. From Barmouth quayside, it is possible to catch the pedestrian ferry and connect with the train at Barmouth Ferry station.

Fairbourne Railway
Beach Road, Fairbourne LL38 2EX
Contact Tel: 01341 250 362