Local Area

Getting Active

There are an enormous selection of activities going on in the surrounding towns, villages and countryside. The house is situated in the Snowdonia National Park, an area of out standing natural beauty and a real jewel in Wales’ crown. There is outstanding mountain biking right from the door, or if you are looking for something more structured, Climachx
and Mach I, II, and III are a short drive away and Coed-y-Brenin is an hour and a half to drive and apparently very worth the journey!

If the sea is more your thing, there is a big water sports community in Aberdyfi, where kite surfing, wind surfing, sailing and fishing are all popular pastimes. The beach is truly stunning and stretches on for miles. It is possible to walk to Tywyn along it, and even back if you are feeling energetic, you have also got the possiblity of spotting dolphins and seals frolicking in the waters.
Maybe you are a really keen walker and would like more then a sandy stroll, if so, you really are blessed in this beautiful spot. There are some brilliant walks from the front door, Bearded Lake is a favourite of mine, especially when the water lillies are out. If you would like a bit more of a challenge, 20 minutes drive away is Cader Idris, Chair of the giant, Idris, who, legend has it, sat down to remove a stone from his shoe. This is a lovely mountain and the climb is high but the resulting views take your breath away. At the foot of the mountain is the Tal-y-llyn lake and as you ascend the steep mountain pass you may be lucky enough to be treated to a fly over!

Aberdyfi also boasts an amazing golf course that people travel from far and wide to play on.

Eating and Drinking

There are so many lovely places to eat and drink in Aberdyfi and the surrounding area and it’s also always changing, so do get in touch if you find a gem we haven’t mentioned!

  • The Britannia Inn do lovely food and have roaring log fires in winter and a balcony with fantastic views for the summer times.
  • Definitely worth the short drive is Glan-Y-Afon in Pennal, amazing food, bustling atmosphere and a very friendly service.
  • The Sea Breeze is another gem, delicious food, renowned for it’s inventive fish dishes.
  • The Sunflower Cafe, Medinas and Bwytry Blasus are all lovely cafes with scrummy food and most importantly, amazing cakes!
  • Anna’s Cafe is a must for fish and chips, they are legendary.
  • Another must is an amazing homemade icecream from The Sweet Shop. They are heavenly and can be eaten any time of year in any weather in our opinion!
  • The Dovey Inn is a nice place to sit outside and while away the afternoon watching village life go. Probably the biggest pub in the village with a lot of seating.
  • The Penhelig Arms is a short walk from the centre crackling fires, a cosy atmosphere and an area for sitting outside and watching the boats. I’ve not actually eaten in either pub since they were taken over by Brains so I can’t tell you about the food but there are reviews for everywhere available for all the places mentioned on Trip Advisor.

Keep The Kids Busy

You may find that a bucket and spade and a crabbing line, (it’s a real thing honest! All the shops sell bait and competition between kids, and dads, can be fierce!), is all your children need to keep them amused whilst on holiday in this gorgeous place but if you are looking for a bit more to do, there is a lot going on in for littlies too.

  • The Talyllyn steam train is always a huge hit with young and old, the route is lovely and there are plenty of photo opportunities to show friends. There are also walks from the last station before it returns, the breath taking Dolgoch Falls to explore and a fantastic museum to learn more about the marvellous age of steam.
  • Another popular train related activity is the Cambrian Coast rail service, a ticket to Morfa Mawddach and then a walk over the bridge to Barmouth is always fun, or from the same station is a lovely cycle ride along the, (thankfully!), flat old railway line to The George Hotel.
  • King Arthur’s Labyrinth at the Corris Craft Centre is a great way to while away a rainy day as it is all deep underground, lots of wonderful mythology brought to life, followed by a stroll round the huts with their gorgeous local crafts and a cup of tea outside the cafe by the play ground. You could also pick up some delicious local produce for dinner in the delicatessen there.
  • On a beach day, Dyfi Donkeys are a must to visit, standing happily by the playground, they are wonderfully cared for and it’s possible to visit them and all their many friends at their sanctuary too.
  • There are leisure centre’s in both Tywyn and Machynlleth with swimming pools, (Mach has a slide), and various activities on.
  • Plas Talgarth has an indoor and outdoor pool and gym, beauty treatmants, sauna etc.

Woof Woof!

  • For our furry, four legged friends, there are more walks then you can shake a stick at, mountainous, flat, sandy, long, short, river, sea. Their choice is limitless and I don’t think I’ve ever seen an unhappy looking dog in Aberdyfi!! Find a few of the walks you can do in a handy pdf download here Dog Walking Info + map.


The Tourist Information Centre in the heart of the village is a mine of friendly, local information.