Located within Gwynedd of North West Wales, Dolgellau is a fascinating market town lying on the River Wnion.
The surrounding area of the town is well-known for its wild, stunning countryside, where you can enjoy walking, hiking, horse riding, rafting and climbing pursuits, in fact Dolgellau is the main base of climbers of the Cadair Idris mountain.
Railway enthusiasts enjoy the Great Western Railway line, running from Dolgellau to Morfa Mawddach railway station near Fairbourne’s coast. Maintained by Snowdonia National Park, this is a popular line for walkers and cyclists. Historical attractions include the 12th Century Cymer Abbey and a Quaker graveyard within the town.
A field just outside of the town, known as Camlan, has been claimed at the last battleground of King Arthur and is easily accessed from the town. Dolgellau is a good centre for visiting a number of nearby narrow-gauge heritage railways, including the Corris Railway, the Fairbourne Railway and the Talyllyn Railway.
RNLI Boathouse, The Promenade, Barmouth LL42 1NF (01341) 280274
Located seven miles from Dolgellau, the RNLI Visitor Centre at Barmouth Lifeboat Station contains a history of the lifeboat service in the area.
The visitor centre displays pictures as well as artefacts, plus it allows the opportunity to view the station’s Mersey class lifeboat.