Dolgellau is set in the southern part of The Snowdonia National Park, at the foot of the Cader Idris (Cadair Idris) mountain range with three main routes to the summit.
The town is a great base for touring Snowdonia with many popular walks only two or three miles from the town centre. These include Torrent Walk and Precipice Walks (old and new). Another very popular walk/cycle ride starts from the town car park and runs nine miles along the old railway line to Barmouth on the coast. This is the Mawddach Trail (or “Llwybr Mawddach” in Welsh). This walk was featured on Julia Bradbury’s “Railway Walks” series on the BBC a couple of years ago. There is also a very nice pub (the George III) after three miles.
Remnants of the ‘gold rush’ of the nineteenth century can still be seen and some of the gold mines can still be found, as well as a Copper Mine at Glasdir (a pleasant three mile walk/cycle ride on a nice quiet road). The town and local area was also the main focal point for the development of the Quakers who were established here after a visit by George Fox in 1657.
Other local attractions a car drive away include many of the Great Little Trains of Wales.