Visit Dysynni Valley: Places to stay, things to do

Alex Bartlett reveals why an escape to the Dysynni Valley is a perfect retreat for a spot of hiking, mountaineering or just a lazy stroll along the Cambrian coastline

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Go…
The Dysynni Valley situated in the south of Snowdonia National Park is a picturesque haven, spilling onto Cardigan bay it boasts that wonderful sea meets mountain air combination.

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If you’re an avid mountaineer take a day trip up to the rugged peaks of Cader Idris. On the way you can stop off at either of the mountain’s two lakes, Llyn Cader to the north and Llyn Cau to the south for a well deserved picnic break. A bit of scrambling is sometimes necessary to reach the summit, but the view of the valley is breathtakingly worth it.

A little south of the mountain, one can enjoy a short walk up Bird Rock to snatch a glimpse at the sea and maybe even a rare nesting cormorant. Alternatively take a wander to the ruins of the historic Castel-y-Bere or for those who would rather sit back and enjoy the scenery, you can even catch a ride on an old steam train along the Tallylyn railway line; running from Tywyn to Abergynolwn the train also stops of at off at Dolgoch Falls, perfect for a beautiful forest walk, or even an explore into the cave that lies at the foot of the falls.

Along the Dysynni coastline you can enjoy the beautiful nearby seaside town of Aberdovey, take a wander around the local art galleries or even have a go at crabbing off the local pier.

Stay…
If you wish to escape to the heart of the valley the local area hosts many cottages available to rent, or if camping is more up your street take a stay at ynysmaengwyn a caravan and camping park situated a short drive from the seaside towns of Tywyn and Aberdovey. Alternatively stop off at the Talyllyn lakeside hotel of Ty’n Y Cornell for a more relaxing break.

Eat …
Stop off for delicious ice cream at Tywyn’s famous honey ice cream factory, or if you’re in search of a nice evening meal and a seaside view grab a table at the Penhelig arms, munch on some local produce and enjoy the sunset.

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Did you know?
Bird Rock, the rocky hill a short drive from Cader Idris used to be surrounded by sea hundreds of years ago which is why the rare sea cormorants still nest among its craggy peaks despite that the shoreline now rests around 10km away.