A holiday cottage in Dinas Mawddwy is a great choice if you want a peaceful base for exploring Snowdonia. This traditional village is located in the glorious county of Gwynedd, in Wales’ northwest corner. It lies at the convergence of the Cerist and Dovey rivers, in the shadow of two spectacular hills, Foel Benddin and Foel Dinas. In the heart of the village, there’s a scattering of pretty stone cottages, a post office and a café. There’s also a charming pub, the Red Lion, where good food, ales and a chat with the locals can be enjoyed. Meirion Mill is on the outskirts of the village, at the terminus of the old railway, which once transported slate from Minllyn to the main line at Cemmaes Road. Here, you’ll find an excellent café and a shop, selling a variety of locally produced clothing, crafts and gifts.
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There’s no shortage of things to do on self-catering holidays in Dinas Mawddwy, especially if you’re planning on making the most of the great outdoors. The rolling countryside around the village is a paradise for walking, cycling, horse-riding, fishing and golf. A scenic half-hour drive away, the sweeping, sandy bays and rocky coves of the west Wales coast await discovery. A stone’s throw from Dinas Mawddwy holiday cottages, the Dovey Valley is crisscrossed by lovely footpaths, where you can walk for miles with only the sound of the birds in the trees for company. For incredible views of the region, hike to the 893m peak of Cader Idris – one of Wales’ most famous walks. Nearby, the Coed y Brenin and Machynlleth trails are popular among adrenaline-seeking mountain-bikers.
A 15-minute drive westward from Dinas Mawddwy will bring you to the market town of Dolgellau, where distinctive, dark-stoned architecture and a variety of independent shops can be explored. Continue west and you’ll soon reach Barmouth, a laid-back resort with sandy beaches and an array of nostalgic seaside amusements.