Snowdonia Hideaway has 4 acres of wild land and walks to hills and summits from the doorstep.
It is also an excellent base to take advantage of all the opportunities for adventure in Snowdonia National Park. Already renowned for its walking, trail running and mountain biking, this area of Wales is fast becoming well known as one of the adventure capitals of Europe, a day trip away from Europe’s longest zip line and the first inland surf lagoon in the UK.
A walker’s paradise with walks that start and end at the front door. Walk the summit of Cadair Idris, stop for lunch at Tal y Llyn, or have a pint. Or head up to the Mawddach trail, a 15km flat walk along an estuary. There’s also Cregannen Lakes, Dolgoch Falls and The Precipice walk, one of our favourite spots for a family ramble, with epic views over the estuary and mountains. For Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), we are 1.5hrs by car- use Walk up Snowdon Homepage | Walk up Snowdon to plan your route. Maps and walking guide books are available to borrow, and you can plan your adventures beforehand using Mud and Routes. The Snowdonia walking guide is also very useful. Our self catering accommodation is within easy reach of some spectacular Snowdonia National Park walks, including Aran Fawddwy. We also enjoy walking from Tywyn to Aberdyfi and catching the bus or train back, and walks in the sheltered woodlands and along the river from the village of Bryn Crug to Ynysmaengwyn which has a kids playpark and walled garden perfect for football and picnics.
Cycle and Mountain Bike in South Snowdonia
For mountain bikers, there are trails at Coed-Y-Brenin, a 45 minute drive from here, and also the ClimachX — Beicio Mynydd Dyfi Mountain Biking in the Dyfi Valley, a 30 minute drive from here. For the more advanced, you can also book a slot with Dan Atherton at Dyfi Bike Park Uplift Pass : DYFI Bike Park and there are good guides in the area, try Dave at Bike Corris. For the slicker tyres, there are numerous routes from the property, with Tywyn a 20 minute cycle ride along a cycle path, the bird rock loop- a nice one hour easy ride and the Broadwater loop which we do with the kids. The Mawwdach Trail is within easy reach and offers a 15km ride from Barmouth Bridge to Dolgellau- a beautiful old Welsh town with cafes and pubs galore. We offer secure storage for bikes and a hose to get the mud off your precious kit post ride!
You’ll find plenty to explore in the way of ancient Celtic stone circles and historic castles with Castell Y Bere nearby, and Harlech Castle | Cadw (gov.wales) an easy and very beautiful train ride away. You can also visit the ancient capital of Wales, Machynlleth which also has some good independent shops and a market on a Wednesday with local produce.
Snowdonia for Children
There is plenty to do for kids nearby if you like walking, biking and beaches. In addition there’s Home – Centre for Alternative Technology (cat.org.uk) which is a fun day out, Bendigedig soft play centre in Barmouth, King Arthur’s Labrinth where you can find out more about slate mining in the area. There is also a pottery at Corris Craft Centre for kids who want to practice their artistic skills while on holiday.
Snowdonia has some excellent trail running opportunities. Use Snowdonia Hideaway as accommodation and a base to run from and you can also head to Coed Yr Brenin, a bespoke trail running centre and follow marked courses. On return, take an ‘ice bath’ in the river or a relaxing dip in the hot tub if you’ve booked Encil cottage to help your weary legs recover. There’s also the option of booking a massage with Katy your host.
Wild Swim/ SUP Snowdonia
If you manage the cold, discover waterfalls and hidden lakes for impromptu dips and swims on your walk or head to Tywyn, Aberdyfi or Tonfannau at the coast for some open water. If you’d like to stay more on the water, Letssup – Paddle Boarding, Aberdovey offers stand up paddle boarding lessons and expeditions, give it a go! We have, it was awesome.
Always wanted to ride a pony at sunset on the beach? Well, now you can! With Bwlch Gwyn Pony Trekking Centre in Arthog nearby, book a hack out. 01341 250107
The beaches around Snowdonia Hideaway offer some great surfing at Tywyn and Llwyngwril according to Magic Seaweed and The Storm Rider Guide. Kite surfers flock to Aberdyfi when the mistrals blow in and there’s Surf Snowdonia a day trip away- the UK’s first wave garden with year round waves.
Take Europe’s longest zip line or speed underground at Zip World Snowdonia. For those who want less speed but more bounce, visit Bounce Below, where for anyone aged 3 and over you can bounce from trampoline to trampoline in a cavern. I f you have a head for heights then Tree Top Adventures provides an opportunity to get back to nature in amongst the tress, whilst safely guarded.
Our accommodation is near to the world famous Golf course at Aberdyfi, so if you enjoy a round on the green, we are ideally located. There is mini golf and pitch and put down the road in Tywyn, a five minute drive.