Things to Do in the Lledr Valley and North Wales
Walking – Fishing – Mountain Biking – Bird Watching – Day Trips – White Water Rafting
The cottage is a favourite for those who love walking, with many interesting trails starting at the cottage gate. Indeed, the ancient track known as the Sarn Helen (a Roman road running from Caerhun in the Conwy Valley to Carmarthen in the south) cuts directly past the cottage.
- Head south, up through “muddy field” and follow the forest trails through to Ty Mawr, an historic house in the Wybrnant Valley, just a few miles from Dolmurgoch.
- Head west along the riverbank, on the Sarn Helen, and choose either the secret valley of Cwm Penamnem, or push on through the village to the beautiful valley of Blaenau Dolwyddelan, returning via Dolwyddelan Castle, a Welsh stronghold that fell to the English King Edward 1 in the 13th Century Anglo/ Welsh wars.
- Alternatively, you could cross the river at Pont y Pant, follow the Sarn Helen track north for a few miles in the direction of Betws-y-coed, and enjoy the walk around the beautiful lake of Llyn Elsi.
The above are just a few suggestions for short walks (4-6 miles) which start from the cottage gate.
Mountain Walking :
For mountain walkers there are several of Wales’s highest peaks within a few miles, as the crow flies, with the lower slopes of Moel Siabod (872 m, 2,861 ft) being just a few hundred yards north of Dolmurgoch.
Anglers have access from the lower field to the river bank and the deep pool below the weir, where, if you are patient, you might see the salmon leaping out of the water. (Fishing licences are available from Dolwyddelan village).
Mountain Biking :
Mountain Biking in the Snowdonia National Park is becoming ever more popular and Dolmurgoch is ideally placed for enthusiasts being slap bang in the middle of the North Wales MB Triangle.
- The Penmachno Mountain Bike Trails – 30km of single-track and scenic forest trail – Located a 3 to 4 mile forest trail bike ride to the south of the cottage.
- The Gwydir Forest Mountain Bike Trails – the Marin Mountain Bike Trail covers a distance of 25km, with a climb of 450m. Located a 3 to 4 mile bike ride away along the Sarn Helen to the north of the cottage.
- The Antur Stiniog – Blaenau Ffestiniog Mountain Bike Trails – a new mountain bike centre in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Located a 6 mile ride away through the demanding Crimea Pass to the west of the cottage – which wont leave you with much puff but at least you will be close to the start of the downhill!
Bird Watching :
Dolmurgoch is a bird watchers paradise – the Afon Lledr flows alongside the lower field and is home to many species of birds including king-fishers, herons, wagtails, dippers and indeed the cottage itself is ideal for bird spotting with buzzards and crows battling it out in the skies, and swifts and swallows nesting in the eves.
Day Trips to the Seaside :
Leave the car behind and let the train take the strain. Enjoy great days out in the Conwy Valley and on the north Wales coast at Llandudno.
- The Conwy Valley Railway train stops at several stations alongside the Conwy Valley Line – Blaenau Ffestiniog, Dolwyddelan, Betws-y-coed, Llanrwst, Glan Conwy, Llandudno Junction and last but not least Llandudno. Llandudno has Punch and Judy, donkey rides and two great beaches – with all you expect from a traditional seaside resort.
- Head West and its just a 30 minute drive to the Cardigan Bay coastline with a choice of some of Wales’ best beaches at Porthmadog, Criccieth, Harlech and (further afield) at Barmouth and the beautiful Mawddach estuary.
- Alternatively you can leave the car at the cottage and again take the train. This time the Ffestiniog Railway, one of the Great Little Trains of Wales, which runs from Blaenau Ffestiniog, just 6 miles from the cottage, down to Porthmadog on the west coast of Wales.
White Water Rafting :
We are 23 miles (13 miles as the crow flies) from the UK’s premier white water rafting centre at Bala, where you can raft the steep chutes and boulder strewn rapids of the river Tryweryn with its continuous fast flowing white water. Set in the unspoilt natural environment of the Snowdonia National Park, the centre will take your breath away.
Zip World Titan Zip Wire in Blaenau Ffestiniog :
As of 2014 adrenaline junkies staying at the cottage don’t have far to go to get their fix, as they can take a short trip (6 miles) over the hill to Blaenau Ffestiniog where they will find the largest zip zone in the world, with over 8km of zip lines.
Zip World Titan, is situated near the historic slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, at the world famous underground Slate Caverns.
Families, adventure seekers and everyone in between, can experience the “mother” of all adventures at Zip World Titan.
Zip World Titan will have riders flying high over Moor, Mountain and Mine whilst flying down miles of wire, reaching up to 60mph speed.
Riders will be taken along the uplift to the start of the first zip line, the first zip line being the longest of the three. After the first flight there will be a short walk to the start of the second zip line, this having an exhilarating surprise. Then once back on firm ground again, another short walk will lead riders to the third zip line, where they will come into land over the Llechwedd slate cavern site.
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