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Walking and Rambling around Kings, Dolgellau

Overview

The quieter area of southern Snowdonia, with fewer tourists, is absolutely beautiful and a great place for walking. The hostel is on the slope of Cader Idris, so there's plenty of mountainous terrain to explore! Many circular walks can be accessed direct from the hostel including low level walks like the Mawddach Trail.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking enthusiasts will have heard all about Coed-y-Brenin. Approx 15 minutes from the hostel and run by the Forestry Commission, it's the mountain bike mecca of Wales. Bike hire is available and there's a route for all abilities including low level for families and extreme routes for the mad ones! There are also trails in the Machynlleth including Mach 1, 2, 3 and the Cli-machx. If you want to explore on your own, there are unofficial trails straight from the hostel door.

Cycling

The Mawddach trail between Dolgellau and Barmouth is ideal for families who enjoy gentler cycling. Running alongside the estuary, following the route of the old railway, it is totally flat and offers fantastic views. The hostel is just off national cycle network route 8 and many people cycle this route using YHA Kings as a base.

Climbing

Don't miss the amazing views from the crags on Cader Idris and routes to conquer Snowdon. There's a training area in Barmouth, known as 'The Slabs' offering instructor led courses and equipment hire. The area is suitable for all levels and abilities including the most experienced.

Watersports

The National White Water Centre is at Bala, 20 miles from the hostel, with white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking - you can hire your equipment or get tuition. For something a bit different you can try dinghy sailing on the lake. The Mawddach estuary is great for canoeing/kayaking. There are huge sandy beaches nearby - ideal for surfing and windsurfing, you'll need to bring your own gear or drive to the hire centre 30 minutes away.

What makes it special

  • Great for sports
  • Perfect for families

Hostels nearby

YHA Kings Exterior

YHA Kings

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Walking and Rambling around Kings, Dolgellau

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Map references

OS Grid Ref: SH 72805 17825

Lat/Lng: 52.74304, -3.8856174

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