The handsome former county town of DOLGELLAU still maintains an air of unhurried importance, never more so than when all the area’s farmers pile into town for market. With the lofty crags of Cadair Idris framing the grey squares and streets, Dolgellau feels as Welsh as it is possible to be.
For years, mountain bikers from around Britain and beyond have been flocking to Coed-y-Brenin for some of Wales’s finest mountain biking. With the addition of dedicated forest running and walking trails, a high ropes adventure, orienteering and Geocaching courses and a kids’ play area, it has developed into one of the most popular spots in southern Snowdonia. At the visitor centre you can rent bikes, buy a pack of trail maps, take a shower and recover in the good café.