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.

Coed-y-Brenin

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.

Travel offers; book through Rough Guides

Wales features

The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.

The best places to go in spring

The best places to go in spring

Springtime is beautiful, with its big blue skies and flowers in bloom, so there may be no better time to travel. If you're thinking about getting away, here are…

14 Feb 2017 • Rough Guides Editors camera_alt Gallery
The most romantic places in the UK

The most romantic places in the UK

Whether your idea of romance is a stroll in the countryside or a sunset cocktail over one of the world's greatest cities, the United Kingdom isn't short of roma…

24 Jan 2017 • Phoebe Lowndes camera_alt Gallery
8 alternative UK winter breaks

8 alternative UK winter breaks

The UK gets pretty grim during the winter, with its dark, early nights and splutteringly cold weather. But if you can’t wait until spring to start having fun …

07 Nov 2016 • Greg Dickinson insert_drive_file Article
View more featureschevron_right

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month