Escape to Glyn-yr-aur this spring

There's certainly never been a better time to dig deep at the back of your wardrobe and re-introduce yourself to your walking or cycling kit, and start to make firm plans for some adventures in the great outdoors.

The Snowdonia National Park, where we're based is perhaps among the most popular holiday destinations in the whole of the UK, and is readily accessible from most parts of the country.

We fervently believe it offers people the ultimate in outdoors adventures, where people need never go to the same river, lake, beach, mountain or trackway twice, because there's just so many to enjoy.

Whatever your experience, there's tracks, trails and activities to suit all ages, and abilities here. We've listed several walks close to our cottage Glyn-yr-aur in our Walks section, and would encourage people to go on our recently listed Precipice Walk that's suitable for most people to try.

Forest Garden Falls at Pandy

Or indeed for the more adventurous, there is our Rhaeadr Ddu walk, that people can start from our doorstep, which lasts about 5 hours, but gives people an excellent tour of the surrounding Coed-y-Brenin, and takes in three of the area's most striking waterfalls - the Rhaeadr Mawddach, Pystyll Cain and Rhaeadr Ddu.

Mountain-bikers are also spoilt for choice with the myriad of all weather courses that criss-cross our neck of the woods. The Coed-y-Brenin was in fact one of the first areas in the UK, to be designated as a mountain-biking haven, and a new visitors centre opened here in 2006 to foster the sport.

Photographers, painters and writers should also find themselves at home here, as there's just so much scope for the imagination, and stunning imagery to capture and immortalise on canvas or in print.

And those who want to get closer to nature and reconnect with their wilder side, have ample opportunity to go on a voyage of self-discovery in this vast, wide-open expanse.

So what is there to do after walking or biking or taking in the local sights and historic attractions? Plenty - would be the more than appropriate response. Dolgellau is perhaps lucky to have a fair share of pubs, cafes and restaurants for a town of its relatively small size.

The nearest haunt for people staying at Glyn-yr-aur is the Tyn-y-Groes, a 16th century coaching inn; it offers a warm and friendly welcome to all-comers and serves bar and restaurant food and a selection of real ales.

George III

Slightly further afield is the George III hotel at Penmaenpool, which has fantastic views of the Mawddach Estuary. Food quality is superb but avoid busy periods as you could be in for a long wait.

Newcomer to the area is the recently refurbished and opened Cross Foxes at Brithdir on the A470 south of Dolgellau At £2.33 a pint for my all time favourite beer it gets my vote.
Please check out our food and drink section for more ideas and fuller details.

But when the weather is fine, the riverside, mountainside or a spot by the beach make for the perfect pitch for al fresco eating, be it a picnic or slightly more adventurous barbecue. So why not live for the great outdoors, and leave your cares and worries behind for a while?

To find out more, please call Bob or Jane Chilton on 01341 660411 or e-mail We hope we can look forward to hearing from you soon.