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  Walking and rambling along the many trails and footpaths of North Wales.

Things to Do in and Around Penmaenpool & Dolgellau

You will find a host of places to visit and things to do in the area.

New and Exciting Attractions in Snowdonia

Set against the backdrop of outstanding natural beauty, Snowdonia is bursting with exciting and unique attractions ready for you to explore all year round.

Why not try out the new and surreal experience of Bounce Below, an all weather subterranean adventure set within a disused slate cavern. Massive bouncy nets, walkways and slides - it's an awesome excursion for everyone.

At the same location you can join Zip World, an amazing activity, soaring across a Welsh slate quarry on the worlds largest zip zone - if you dare to open your eyes the landscape is incredible!

Still on site, so not far to travel, for the keen mountain bikers the MTB Trails at Antur Stiniog are astounding. Trails graded from blue 'Jympar' to 'Y Du', a highly technical black graded downhill trail of national standard (not for the faint hearted). The trails come complete with up lift transport, a great saving on the legs!

For those who enjoy a more sedate style of life there are plenty of all year round things to enjoy too - museums and galleries, gardens and grounds, heritage and culture, truly something for everyone.

Mountain Biking and Off-roading

For the mountain bike enthusiast we have some of the best rides in Wales!

The mountain bike Mecca of Coed-y-Brenin forest, just a few miles from the hotel, is home to an ever-increasing network of fantastic hand-built all weather single tracks and even a dual slalom course. The technical roller coaster riding will have you grinning like a fool, with stunning mountain views of surrounding Snowdonia and the coast that'll take your breath away.

There is a range of trails to suit different mountain biking skills and fitness levels. Each trail carries a difficulty grade ranging from easy to severe.

Trail nameLengthAbility Level
Yr Afon10.8kmEasy
Cyflym Coch10.8kmDifficult
Dragons Back31.1kmSevere
Beast of Brenin38.2kmSevere

Latest details about the Coed-y-Brenin mountain bike trails can be found on the
Coed-y-Brenin mountain bike website.

Cycling and Cycle Touring

If mountain biking is a bit too energetic for you, there are lots of quiet country lanes to explore in the area.

There is a circular ride from the hotel which takes in many panoramic views. The clockwise route proceeds up the Cader Road, around Cregennan Lakes, descends down a gated 'B' road and then back along the Mawddach railway trail to Penmaenpool. The hotel owners are keen cyclists and will be happy to provide recommended bike rides to places of interest.

Mawddach Trail
(Llwybr Mawddach) Railway Walk (as seen on the BBC)

The hotel is within easy reach of some of the best walks in Snowdonia. One such walk is the Morfa Mawddach Trail which runs from Dolgellau to Morfa Mawddach and thence to Barmouth across the impressive Barmouth Bridge.

The walk will fascinate historians and railway enthusiasts as the walk follows the old Barmouth branch line of the Great Western Railway which fell under the "Beeching Axe" in 1964.

The walk is about 9 miles from Dolgellau to Barmouth but it is possible to join the trail at Penmaenpool by the wooden toll bridge. Being flat almost throughout, it is suitable for the occasional walker, children and cyclists. Excellent views of the Mawddach Estuary are afforded along the way and from the Barmouth Bridge. A "must" for any visitor to Penmaenuchaf.

Steam Trains and Narrow Gauge Railways

Steam aficionados will know that North Wales has an unusual abundance of preserved narrow gauge steam railways.

Many are a legacy of Wales' mining and quarrying past. Others like Snowdon were built with tourism in mind. Either way, the many steam railways that can readily be reached by road or mainline rail, are well worth visiting.

A guest receives a beauty treatment at the hotel. Photo: Apple's Eyes Studio
Download details of treatments and holistic therapies. (PDF file)

Enjoy a relaxing beauty treatment at the hotel

Beauty Treatments and Holistic Therapies

We are pleased to offer hotel guests a wide range of Health and Beauty treatments in the privacy of your own room. Whatever age, whether a newcomer to such treatments or already familiar with their benefits, they all encourage relaxation after the stresses and pace of modern day life.

Beauty treatments include massage and alternative therapies, facials, manicures and pedicures, make-up, eye treatments and waxing.

For details of holistic treatments and price list please click on the leaflet or ask our hotel reception staff who will be pleased to help you.

Bushcraft Courses & Nature Awareness

Have you ever fancied having a go at outdoor survival, animal tracking or food foraging?

The hotel has teamed up with an experienced bushcraft and nature teacher who can share some of his knowledge with guests who want to try something different. The twenty acres of woodland that surround the hotel provide an excellent venue for students of woodlore and survival skills. (Advance notice required.)

History of Penmaenuchaf Estate

Visitors interested in the history of estates and formal gardens will be fascinated to tour the grounds at Penmaenuchaf Hall. CADW, which lists heritage sites in Wales, has written a detailed report on the development of Penmaenuchaf's grounds and estate from the late 1800s. With CADW's kind permission a copy of the report is available to download and print off. We thoroughly recommend a good walk around the gardens with this as a guide to provide an insight into the history of Penmaenuchaf.

» History of the hall's gardens
  (PDF format, Adobe Reader required.)

Dolgellau Town Trail.

Dolgellau Town Trail

The Dolgellau Civic Society have produced a carefully researched and beautifully illustrated guide for visitors to the town.
A copy of the Dolgellau trail guide can be bought at the hotel or downloaded here with their kind permission.

» Dolgellau Town Trail Guide
  (PDF format, Adobe Reader required.)

A buzzard, just one of the many birdwatching treats to be seen around Penmaenpool, Snowdonia (Photo by Andreas Trepte www.photo-natur.de, use granted under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 License.)

Bird Watching at Penmaenuchaf and Penmaenpool

Have you had a magical moment with nature? It could be a sunset that just takes your breath away, or a robin strutting along your clothes line. We can guarantee such moments at Penmaenuchaf Hall. One lucky guest spied 56 different varieties of bird life flying over or land on the hotels grounds during the month of June.

We have an RSPB bird observatory box on our doorstep and RSPB walks abound. Just a short drive away you can find the only pair of breeding ospreys in Wales. Through telescopes at the viewpoint enjoy watching the ospreys as they carry food to their developing chicks. You may even be lucky enough to catch the youngster's first flights.
Glaslyn osprey project nr. Porthmadog

Hotel guests can use complimentary fishing permits arranged with the Dolgellau Angling Association.

Local Fishing

Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel is privileged to have complimentary fishing permits with the Dolgellau Angling Association.

Please refer to the page dedicated to fishing holidays for full details and additional fishing information.

Royal Saint David's Golf Course at Harlech, North Wales

Golf Courses

Nearby golf courses include Dolgellau Golf Club, Royal St. David's Golf Club , Aberdovey links course and Fairbourne par three course.

Please refer to the page dedicated to golfing breaks for full details and local golf course information.

The place for mountain biking: Snowdonia - MTB Mecca. (Photo: Visit Wales)


 AA Hotel of the Year Wales

AA Restaurant Guide Two Rosettes

Condé Nast Johansens Most Excellent Country House Hotel 2011



Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel
North Wales
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t: 01341 422129
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