Wales is the perfect holiday destination for walkers. With over 33,000 km outstanding tracks and walking trails,
it has been estimated if all were walked, the distance between Cardiff (Capital of Wales) to Brisbane (Australia)
and back, would be covered.|
Snowdonia, the Principality's first ever national park (designated in 1951), contains a considerable number of these trails - some 2740 km worth in fact. And this, in no uncertain terms, means ramblers need never cover the same one twice - during a single visit or during a lifetime of visits to Wales.
Ty Nant could really be said to be in the thick of Snowdonian walking country, and there are outstanding trails to be found in and around the Mawddach Estuary (near Barmouth), and the near 3000 ft peak of Cader Idris.
What's more keen fell-walkers and ramblers have easy access to a whole host of mountains, hills, valleys, waterfalls and streams within a short trek or drive of Ty Nant, our recently refurbished longhouse.
The nearest mountain to our holiday let is Foel Yspri, (accessible by gate from the grounds of Ty Nant) forming an integral part of Dolgellau's gold belt. From here, people can follow the New Precipice Walk, with its broad-sweeping views of the River Mawddach flood plain and beyond.
Another excellent stomping ground is the Coed-y-Brenin or Forest of the King, that was dedicated to King George V in the 1920s, and it contains a myriad of footpaths, bridleways and forestry trails that criss-cross the local mountains
Walkers should also make a point of visiting some of the impressive waterfalls such as the Pystyll Cain Rhaeadr Mawddach and the Rhaeadr Ddu all within the Coed-y-Brenin and close to the village of Ganllwyd.
The historic market town of Dolgellau is just a stone's throw away from Ty Nant, and its grey Dolerite buildings include among other things a museum (Ty Merion in Eldon Square), which has been dedicated to the quaker movement that was once very prevalent here. There's also the recently built Ty Siamas. Named after a local harpist, Elis Sion Siamas, who was once a personal musician of Queen Anne, this popular folk music centre features up and coming artists from all over the world, and also houses a contemporary cafe that's just the ticket for walkers looking for a refreshing tea or coffee, and a bite to eat.
With battlements to wander around at Harlech, Caernarfon and Criccieth, and miles of coastline to explore, people will certainly never be short of things to see or do in Snowdonia. For walkers of all ages and abilities, this part of Wales really does have it all. Please scan through the walks listed below for ideas of where to walk. Or go to Bing Maps, and type in Dolgellau and explore the Ordnance Survey maps on there which highlight many more places to walk and discover. Or alternatively, walkers can go to the Ordnance Survey's getamap webpage and plot their own routes on their very detailed maps instead. See link here