A beautiful nine-mile return journey beside Bala Lake.
What About Southern Snowdonia?
I was thinking about having a slogan for this website and “There’s more to Snowdonia than Snowdon” sprang to mind, as this area does seem to get a little forgotten when some people plan their visit to North Wales. I've been running a website for the town of Dolgellau for fifteen years, so know the area reasonably well and thought it was about time the southern area got more attention.
The paths here may be slightly less trodden, but the scenery is just as beautiful as anything the north has to offer. The stunning mountain range of Cader Idris may not have a train (or even a café), but that means it’s not packed with people when you do reach the summit (and the view is just as spectacular). There is also the pretty town of Bala, beside the largest natural lake in Wales.
There is “The Mawddach Trail” which follows the trackbed of the old railway from Dolgellau to Barmouth along the beautiful Mawddach Estuary. Barmouth at the end (or the start) has a lovely sandy beach and walks in the hills with panoramic views over Cambrian Bay.
While this website is designed to promote Southern Snowdonia, I’ve also included some other places 'up north'.
One of the prettiest towns in the area with views of Cader Idris from it's huge sandy beach.
Built originally by Llywelyn the Great, this very Welsh of princes included a very English style of...
Superb views from the Arran Mountains in the East, to Barmouth and Cardigan Bay in the West.