Short breaks, Snowdonia activities, Golf, Zip world, Cycling, Coastal paths and more - Llwyngwril area in Snowdonia, Wales

Dolphins and Porpoises can often be seen playing in the bay, and seals as well, which are often languishing on the rocks by the ancient church of Llangelynnin, which dates from the 12th Century.

Century.) Majestic Red Kites can often be seen soaring above the village and around the area, otters, herons and dippers in the river, and a wide variety of other birds and wildlife.  The beach is shingle and this part of coast is rated as being superb for wind-surfing and on a blustery day they can often be seen riding the breakers, all around the year.  Fishing is also good, and sea bass and mackerel among others can be landed right here on the beach.

The river Gwril cascades down the mountain, and runs through the village.  It feeds a man-made channel of water, which connected and powered the mills in the village at one time, and even powered the village with electricity. This flows finally through Hendre Farm and out onto the beach. The beach is shingle but has sand when the tide is out. Many people take picnics to the beach and have a bonfire and watch the sun go down over the sea, which is often spectacular.

There is Quaker history in the village, with a Quaker Burial Ground , near the beach, and also a house called Llwyn Du (black wood), which dates from 1137, but is best known as the home of Quakers during their persecution in the 1600s, prior to leaving Wales for America. The occupants at this time were Humphrey ap Hugh, and his family, who went off to settle in Pennsylvania with William Penn, at a time when Quakers were being persecuted by the Crown.  More detailed Quaker history can be found in the Tourist Information Centre in Dolgellau, which is in the square.

The village falls within the Snowdonia National Park, which ensures that the essential tranquillity here and beauty is preserved. Many people who visit this village come back repeatedly, because of the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere and the stunning beauty of the surroundings. The Snowdonia National Park would not allow any over commercialisation.  The village has evolved over many centuries with a landscape carved by a reteating glacier; iron age, (the site of an iron age fort lies above the war memorial, - Castell y Gaer - bronze age evidence and Cromlechs and standing stones, and ley lines are all on the mountain above the village and run through the village, which can be detected easily with dowsing rods.

The village has a pub with a restaurant, (Garthangharad -01341 250 484) which it is advisable to ring and book, as it is popular with locals and visitors.  We also have a village shop, which sells almost anything you would need: fresh dairy products, fresh veg/salad/fruit (special orders can be taken, if you are going to be here for a week), and there will be a limited Post Office Service in the village from April/May 2012.

Near to the village are: The Blue Lake at Friog, which is a disused slate quarry, which has filled with water, this is a good spot for a dip on a hot sunny day; Bird Rock at Llanegryn which is a dramatic landmark; and nearby Castell y Bere, The ancient church at Llanegryn, with the most beautiful carved rood screen, which was carried over the mountain from Cymer Abbey by the monks. also the ancient church of Llangelynnin must not be overlooked, whioch is just outside the village, close to the sea.

The Mawddach Trail along the old railway line which ran to Dolgellau at one time, is nearby, and it is ideal for walking or cycling, and there are a number of routes that include all, or part of the Trail.  It is also possible to walk or cycle over Barmouth Bridge from Morfa Mawddach, alongside the railway line, which spans the stunningly beautiful Mawddach Esturary.

Horse-riding is possible from a trekking centre in Arthog, from where you can be taken on mountain or beach rides, both of which are great fun.

We have a book about the village and surrounding area,:' Llwyngwril, An Illustrated Guide'  This has been written by one of the members of the Tourism Association and we are saving to buy some Illustrated Tourist Information Signs for either end of the village and also one in the centre of the village.  The first of which will be erected during 2012.  We feel that the local signposting is not sufficient to inform visitors to the area what we have here, which can be bought in the e-shop on this site.


PREPARE FOR ANOTHER WORLDZip World Caverns is a remarkable, uniquely exhilarating and atmospheric underground adventure that has been inaccessible for nearly 200 years.  
Take a journey through the underground caverns on zip lines, rope bridges, via ferrata and tunnels.  It is the ultimate all weather adventure.
After being kitted up, you need to complete a training course using the specialised lanyard safety system before setting off on the main course.
Our Team is always on hand to assist any nervous adventurers.
Additional Information
Children under the age of 18 years will not be allowed to take part in the adventure unless accompanied by a participating adult.
Maximum participant weight of 120kgs.
Minimum participant weight of 30kgs.
Minimum participant height of 1.2 meters.
Must be able to reach 1.8 meters while standing.
Minimum age of 10 years.
Children under the age of 18 years will not be permitted to take part unless accompanied by a participating adult at all times. 

Participants will be supplied with a safety helmet and protective gloves.  

THE NEAREST THING TO FLYINGZip World Velocity, Bethesda, is the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe.  This adventure takes you on the Little Zipper to build your confidence before you journey up the quarry on our famous red trucks where you are told about the history of Penrhyn Quarry.  Take in the stunning views from the Big Top of Velocity, out towards Anglesey with views of the Isle of Man on a clear day!  You will then descend down the Big Zipper over the quarry lake often reaching speeds well in excess of 100mph.

BOUNCE BELOW from 14th May 2016
The all new Bounce Below will be BIGGER, BETTER and BOUNCIER!

After almost two incredible years of bouncing below, we’ve decided it’s time to go bigger, faster and bouncier.

Bounce Below has temporarily closed and an exciting new series of nets and slides is under way!

We’re building bigger slides made of metal which will be double the fun and triple the speed.  We are expanding into previously untouched sections of the caverns and adding new and bouncier nets.

PREPARE FOR ANOTHER WORLDZip World Caverns is a remarkable, uniquely exhilarating and atmospheric underground adventure that has been inaccessible for nearly 200 years.  
Take a journey through the underground caverns on zip lines, rope bridges, via ferrata and tunnels.  It is the ultimate all weather adventure.
After being kitted up, you need to complete a training course using the specialised lanyard safety system before setting off on the main course.

We know that the old Bounce Below was ridiculously good fun, but the new Bounce Below is going to be AMAZING! 
The kids are free to run, climb and slide in an adventure that is exclusive to them, making it a safe and enjoyable way to burn off some energy.
The best thing is, as it’s underground there’s no need to ever let the kids down, this activity is open whatever the weather, so whether you are holidaying in North Wales or looking for something to do with the little ones near your Welsh home, no need to look any further.

Bounce Below activity lasts 1 hour, customers should arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled booking time for registration.




If you have a special occasion during your holiday when you want to have a special meal out, the ones with the names in blue are my favourites.  They are more expensive than pub food but worth it for a special occasion. 


However if you want to self cater, you can get some lovely local foods from:

Eurospar, Dolgellau who specialise in food which has travelled very little in distances (food-miles) 

Seabreeze (at the restaurant) at Aberdyfi sells excellent local fish and seafood. 

Fairbourne Butcher, with local meats.

There is a Deli 'Bwtri Bach' next to the Post Office/general Store and Newsagent, in Fairbourne, which sells espresso coffees and local Delicatessen goods.  

Ynysgyfflog Pig Farm in Arthog, just down Station Road toward Morfa Mawddach Station.  This farm is on the left shortly after turning down.  They all  the top pork, bacon, sausages, eggs

Local eggs, honey  often found on the road outside people's houses with honesty boxes, for payment

There is a Thursday Market in The Royal Ship Hotel in Dolgellau, which has lots of food products and a Farmers Market is once a month on the third Sunday 10am - 2pm

Our village shop has fresh bread, milk and general grocery, newspapers, wines, beers, dairy products (delicious Welsh yoghurts).  They will order you a loaf (or will save you a particular newspaper or anything) for each day if you ask them (01341 250660, for newspapers good to order well in advance, with specific dates).  So picnics can be prepared before going out.  We also have a Post Office Service on Tuesdays from 8.30am -10am, and on Wednesdays from 11am - 12.30pm  


Ice Creams are best from Halo Factory Shop in Tywyn where the Honey bears can be seen quite often, during school holidays and it is the best honey ice-cream ever.  Also Aberdyfi has a shop with home-made ice cream which is also superb AND they make Doggy Yoggis, a lactose-free frozen ice for your dog, in Chicki-Licky, Peanut or Cheese flavours.  All highly recommended by my own dogs!



All of these restaurants offer Vegetarian Options, although as you know, the choices are generally not as wide as the meaty/fishy options


The Cross Foxes, Dolgellau,, at Brithdir, 4 miles from Dolgellau town.  It is a lovely place which was re-opened a few years ago, after being closed for 8 years.  It had hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on it and it is very impressive. Open all day for coffees teas cakes etc as well as for meals.  Dogs are welcome here. 


Dylanwad Wineshop, and  café , Dolgellau town  (in town)

Dylan sells wines by the bottle and case as off-sales.  Locally produced gin on sale here, as well as the superb Welsh Single malt whisky, which is highly recommended!   He has exclusive imports from vineyards he visits and selects personally.  Highly recommended, and is open Thursday to Sunday.  Café and Tapas


Bwyty Mawddach Llanelltyd, Dolgellau This is a lovely restaurant and It is owned by the chef, so the food is consistently superb.  The views from the restaurant are amazing, as looks across the Mawddach at Cader Idris. You will never be disappointed with the food here.


The Meirionnydd Hotel, Dolgellau  Restaurant open to non –residents also serves lovely food.


George 3rd Hotel at Penmaenpool, Dolgellau   This is in a lovely location.  Mixed reports with food, but when it is good it is good.  Worth a visit even just for drinks, or afternoon tea, as the location is special.


The Royal Ship, Dolgellau  main square in town. Recently totally refurbished and upgraded.  Good food.  Good quality food available here.  .

The Cross Foxes on A470 just outside of Dolgellau, is a lovely place, good food and dogs are welcome here!


Y Tafarn Y Gader

Absolutely lovely food here at the Spanish Tapas Bar, on the one way route around the town, using local produce in dishes cooked to authentic recipes from the family kitchens of the chef!  Well worth going, but would recommend booking in advance, to be sure that you aren't disappointed.  01341 421227





Trefdeddian Hotel, Aberdyfi  Lovely family run hotel with superb food. Always worth a visit for  afternoon tea, lunch or dinner.  Fantastic sea-view over the dunes and Golf Course from an elevated position just outside Aberdyfi.


Seabreeze, Aberdyfi Nice restaurant good service, good food.. Easily possible to go on the train, if you book for 6pm.  train there  at 5.10 and return trip last train 9. 39pm


Pharoah’s Cellar, Aberdyfi  No website, I don’t think, 01654 767250.  Excellent food  Open in evenings. Is up for sale, so not sure if open now season is over.


Penhelig  Aberdyfi  Not eaten here since it changed hands, but it still has a good reputation.  Christmas Dinners bookable.  (Costa coffee)


Medina,  lovely lunches, teas, coffees and early evening meals, Dogs are welcome outside, and are nearly always given a biscuit by the owner! Sheltered courtyard and hook to fasten the dog up if you want to dine inside, with him in full view.  Good place to go after walking along the beach in Aberdyfi a pretty village with quite a lot of individual shops.


Bwyty Blasus, Aberdyfi  Great Deli and café lovely food for lunches, teas, coffeesHowever it is quite small, so not always a table when you want one, but if they do, it is great.  Dogs are not able to go in.  Lovely range of high quality Deli goods on sale.  Coffee is good, and the deli sells nice local cheeses etc.


Britannia Pub, Aberdyfi

Really good food here, it is a pub with rooms.  There is a good menu good quality food.  Booking is advisable.





Garthangharad, Llwyngwril Is typical pub grub, and it is always best to book with them if you intend to eat there, as they can cater for you if they know you are going.  Quiz night on Tuesdays at 8.30pm in the back room- Always good fun with the locals!  Have had good reports of food here, recently.  Not gourmet food, pre-prepared food and large portions.  Sunday lunches are home cooked, usually. 




There is a lovely Cafe on Maengwyn Street, which is the main road up from the Clock.  They serve lovely vegetarian wholefoods, all made on the premises.  This is the Quarry Cafe.  It is linked with the Centre for alternative Technology, an attraction at Panthperthog, near Mach.    (which also has lovely veggie food). 

both of these places are only open in the day time (last orders are around 4ish!).


Brigands Inn, Mallwyd,  SY20 9HJ  01650 511 99  Good food, Booking is necessary for busy times, but you can stop on spec too.  If you want to be sure, always book.  Head chef takes great pride in using the best local and seasonal produce to create a mix of contemporary and classic Welsh cuisine; the menus follow the seasons of the year offering an excellent selection of fish, meat, game and vegetarian dishes.


Wynnstay Hotel  Has great Pizzeria at the back  Pizzas can be a veggie as you want- make your own recipe up!  Food in the hotel is also very good, and does have veggie options.(sample menu on website)



There are lots of cafes in Tywyn, the best one in my opinion is Dolly's.


Tal y Llyn Railway has KINGS Cafe Bistro- worth looking at the menu, open in the evenings.  All home cooked meals.


Salt Marsh Kitchen – This restaurant is very popular with locals and visitors alike.  The cuisine is fresh local produce creatively prepared and presented.  Prices are reasonable. It is on Tripadvisor so you can see the reviews.  there is also a website, with sample menus.  You do need to book, particularly at main holiday times. It s also on facebook:  They have an early evening sitting so you can eat before going to the cinema!

I recommend this restaurant for a special meal. 


The Proper Gander a restaurant, which serves excellent food at good prices.  Locally produced foods of excellent quality.

01654 712169

Would definitely recommend.  You will need to book, during main holiday times, as with most  good places to eat in this area.


The Ty’n y Cornel Hotel, at Talyllyn Lake. 01654  782282   see website for sample menus.  Looks great, but not been myself yet!    Excellent reviews. 




 (best approached on the train- only 10 mins away this way, (and you see the coast, and the estuary from a great perspective!)but a return trip of 40+ miles if you go by road. If you plan your visit public transport works really well.  If you go further up the coast to Harlech, and show your train ticket, you get a discount into the castle (and many other attractions around here).

You can also park at Morfa Mawddach and walk across Barmouth Bridge, there is a pedestrian and cycle path alongside the train track (separately), and views up the Mawddach are stunning.  You will see lots of wildlife, Cader Idris and the estuary.  Wrap up warm out of season as it is windy usually out there, but so worth it!


Last Inn quite expensive but good quality food, but nothing outstanding.  Open all the time. 



A number of places in the Harbour, all kinds of things available here - Davey Jones Locker is usually good- nice coffees.  (Costa)  Good service and food. 


Bermo Bistro  Excellent food, small and booking is definitely necessary.  Seafood, but veggie option would need to be advised when booking.


Min Y Mor Hotel,  LL42 1HW.Tel: 01341 280555

at the end of the Promenade, towards Harlech (5 mins from station)

This offers a great and varied menu, and on a friday evening it is curry night.  Good quality food made with real spices.  curry and a pint or a glass of wine fixed price.  The main menu is good too, with veggie options for everything.  Reasonable prices 


Ebeneezer Chapel

Open day and evening.  Evenings they now offer Thai meals, which I can vouch for are really nice.  Veggie options very reasonable prices. 

Good selections of coffee blends.


The Tilman

This pub with rooms, used to be the Crown Hotel, and has been completely refurbished.  The food here is excellent, and is a ‘Tapas’ menu,   At busy times, it would be worth booking, but it is possible to just call in and order at quieter times.  01341 281888   Details of menus are online at:  


There are more but these are the nearest and the ones I recommend.

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