Towns & Villages
Dolgellau (pronounced Dol-geth-lie) is an attractive market town 5 miles from Graig Wen. Here you’ll find excellent independent shops, a monthly farmer’s market (every 3rd Sunday) plus a range of both traditional and modern cafes, restaurants and pubs. There’s a fantastic restaurant within 15 minutes drive of Graig Wen featured in the 2019 Michelin Guide. Foodies can also buy direct from producers at the farm gate and should make a date with nearby Machynlleth’s Wednesday market and stylish craft shops.
Dolgellau hosts a popular and friendly Park Run every Saturday at 9am – all welcome – just register in advance.
Barmouth has seaside fun in buckets and spades. The huge sandy beach is clean and safe for bathing. There’s plenty of sand and dunes for both families and dog walkers to explore whether the tide is in or out, winter or summer. It’s the place for fish and chips, shopping for beach gear and crabbing off the quay. You can walk across Barmouth’s iconic railway viaduct from our side of the Mawddach Estuary or drive around across the rickety toll bridge in about 20 minutes.
Fairbourne is a small beach village 5 minutes drive from Graig Wen. There’s a good butchers, a deli, corner shops and a nice beach bar. The Fairbourne steam railway runs along the safe beach which is a mixture of sand and shingle. Great for body boarding and dog walking year round.
Llwyngwril is a small village just around the coast from Graig Wen which is becoming well known for the amazing yarn bombing creations which pop up in the village for the season from around May. It’s well worth wandering around the village streets, woodland paths and beach to see these – you can pick up a guide from outside the village shop. You won’t miss Gwril the giant on the bridge!
Aberdyfi is a pretty former fishing village a scenic drive around the coast of about 40 minutes. There’s a sandy beach, boutiques and cafés to enjoy.
Harlech is dominated by the famous castle, a World Heritage Site. There’s interesting antique shops to poke around and some lovely places to eat. Don’t miss the award-winning ice cream shop near the castle – many of the unusual flavours are made with foraged local ingredients. The sandy beach is 4 miles long with spectacular views across Cardigan Bay to the Llŷn Peninsula.
Beddgelert is a picturesque Snowdonia village about 45 minutes drive into the heart of the National Park. Stop off here on the way to Snowdon for a walk along the river to discover the legend of Gelert’s grave.