Out & About
The Snowdonia National Park and the coast of Wales offer some fantastic opportunities to enjoy your holiday. Whether you’re looking to relax on a beach and build sandcastles, or take advantage of the more active opportunities on offer across the Welsh coast, Crynllwyn Cottages are ideally located. Situated just one mile from Bryncrug, we offer an excellent base for visiting all the great attractions that Wales has to offer. These pages provide you with a glimpse at the wonderful activities this outstanding holiday area has to offer.
- Surfing and Watersports
- Horse Riding/Pony Trekking
- Clay Pigeon Shooting
- Quad Biking
- Outdoor Pursuits
- Visiting Towns & Villages
- Eating Out
- Parks, Lakes & Nature Reserves
- Castles, Houses & Gardens
- Museums & Attractions
Beaches back to top
Aberdovey (Aberdyfi) takes its name from the Dovey (Dyfi) River which sweeps grandly into the estuary. Here fishermen delight in catching delicious sea trout and salmon. The sea is the focus of holiday activities in Aberdovey and visitors enjoy shing and sailing as well as windsurfing and waterskiing for the more adventurous.
Sheltered waters offer a safe haven for fleets of small yachts as they assemble for regattas.
The village is unspoilt with miles of beaches of golden sand and sheltered dunes and there is something to oer all the family, though not funfairs or nightclubs!
You don’t need to travel too far from Aberdyfi to find a different world – that of spectacular mountain and valley scenery. The peaks of the Cader Idris and Aran Fawddwy ranges are within easy reach and are complimented by the charm of the Dovey and Dysynni valleys nearby. An ideal area for walkers, climbers and wildlife watchers.
Borth’s award-winning beach is of a particularly shallow gradient but many are fooled into thinking the steep pebble bank visible at high tide is representative of the ebb-tide scenario. Nothing could be further from the truth! Because of its shallow waters, Borth’s beach is particularly popular with sailboard enthusiasts and families with younger children.
Aberystwyth South Beach
Once one of the busiest in Wales, the harbour is situated at the south end of town and fed by the rivers Ystwyth and Rheidol (which is the steepest river in Britain). A couple of years ago the harbour had a ‘make-over’ and was turned into a marina. The harbour is highly tidal so it’s important to refer to the tide tables if approaching by sea. A popular surfing spot.
Barmouth is one of the most picturesque resorts on the Welsh coast, this busy seaside town is the perfect destination for family, walking & outdoor activity breaks, or fresh air getaways at any time of year.
Surrounded by the Snowdonia National Park, the town boasts a Blue Flag Beach with miles of soft golden sand and a picturesque harbour which is bordered by the magnificent Mawddach Estuary, Barmouth developed as one of the major ship building centres in Wales during the 18th & 19th centuries.
Exploring Barmouth’s harbour area is a must and the local R.N.L.I. Lifeboat Museum is open during daylight hours with free admission. The town is also the home of the famous Three Peaks Yacht Race and holds the annual Barmouth Walking Festival.
Surfing & Watersports back to top
Aberdyfi is an absolute paradise for water sports enthusiasts. The estuary is ideal for sailing, canoeing, sailboarding and water-skiing. The coastline up to Tywyn is popular with surfers and kite-surfers. The coastline in Cardigan Bay has some lovely ports for those into yachting. Aberdovey has good facilities for yachts with moorings and quayside berths.
Conscientious power boat, jet bike and jet ski owners are also welcome and there are launching facilities available through the Harbour Master. The best swimming/sunbathing beaches run from the western tip of Aberdovey up to Tywyn – 4 miles of sand-dune-lined golden shoreline!
Walking back to top
The wonderful coastline provides exhilarating walking with breathtaking and dramatic seascapes. Much of the coastline between Aberystwyth and the Llyn Peninsula is owned by the National Trust. These coastal waters are ideal for observing sea birds and catching a glimpse of the occasional dolphin and this sparsely populated area of Wales provides a haven for wildlife. In addition, we are surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside and more demanding mountain walks including Cadair Idris and Snowdon are very close by. Even more locally you can walk the banks of the Dysynni, Dolgoch Falls, Bird Rock, Talyllyn Lake, Morfa Mawddach (pub at the end), Torrent Walk, and Precipice Walk. You don’t need to travel too far from Aberdyfi to find a different world – that of spectacular mountain and valley scenery. The peaks of the Cader Idris and Aran Fawddwy ranges are within easy reach and are complimented by the charm of the Dovey and Dysynni valleys nearby. An ideal area for walkers, climbers and wildlife watchers.
Snowdon itself, at 3,560 feet (1,085m), is the highest Welsh peak with the most popular routes to the summit being the Llanberis Path, which runs parallel to the Snowdon Mountain Railway and the more strenuous Pyg and Miner’s tracks. You will be spending about 6 hours or more walking up and down Snowdon, and depending on the path you follow, will be covering between 7 and 10 miles. The Watkins path is the hardest, as on this route you will also be ascending 3,300 ft of the total 3,560 ft of the mass of Snowdon – starting only a couple of hundred feet above sea level. The Pyg and Miners tracks for comparison start at 1,170 ft up, so although they are of similar length to the Watkins path, are less strenuous overall (although they also do have very steep parts).
Cadair Idris is probably the most spectacular mountain in Wales outside of the main three mountain massifs in the north. Some say it is the best and we wouldn’t argue. Cadair Idris has its summit at 893m and it is the second highest summit in Wales outside the main Snowdon range. It is a fantastic example of a glacial landscape sculptured by the last Ice Age. This incredible walk takes you round the narrow rim of its most impressive cwm. Cwm Cau is a stunning amphitheatre of huge clis towering and circling the beautiful waters of Llyn Cau. On the first leg of the walk there are ne examples of glacial moraine and boilerplate slabs on the valley en route to Llyn Cau, and a fantastic journey through the woodlands above Minordd at the start of the walk. The summit known as Penygadair has awesome views and a welcoming stone shelter building.
As featured in Countryfile and BBC documentary. A glorious riverside walk along the River Dysynni from Abergynolwyn to the romantic Castell y Bere, a 13th century Welsh stronghold, and then follows in the footsteps of Mary Jones, a fifteen year old girl who, back in the year 1800, walked 26 miles barefoot to buy a Welsh bible.
There is an interesting and varied woodland in the humid gorge facing north-west. The wood has seen little grazing over the years and there is therefore an unusually luxuriant variety of plants to be seen here including honeysuckle, ivy and several fern species. The northern side of the gorge has acid soils and heathery vegetation the higher up one goes. The southern side is the complete opposite and the plants seen here, especially dog’s mercury, primrose and wood avens reflect this. It is also possible to reach the site by using the Talyllyn Railway line.
Horse Riding / Pony Trekking back to top
Bwlchgwyn Farm Pony Trekking Centre is only a short distance away has a good selection of horses and ponies suitable for all ages and abilities. Non riders as well as experienced riders are very welcome as no previous experience is necessary. There is an Estuary Trek and a Beach Trek available.
Fishing back to top
Sea fishing can be enjoyed from the shore or on a fishing boat trip. Catches can be quite varied but mackerel, bream, pollock, skate and even sharks are quite common. The estuary is home to several types of flatfish and also the famous Aberdovey bass – the fighters of the fish world. There is a good choice of game fishing too, from river fishing for sea trout (the Welsh “sewin”) and the occasional salmon, to stocked lakes with brown and rainbow trout. There is also course fishing available at Trawsfynydd.
If you’re interested in sea fishing there is plenty of opportunity to take a day trip on ‘Mikatcha’. A licenced boat for 12 people, fully insured, MCA c.o.p 2 (it can travel up to 60 Miles from any safe haven), on board facilities include hot drinks, tackle and tuition. Specialists in Wrecking in small tides as well as in Tope, Black Bream and Bass. 40 different species of fish have been caught on board!
Tal-y-Llyn lake is at head of Afon Dysynni, a river only 8 miles long and entering the sea at Tywyn. Primarily a river for migrating sea trout and salmon, it is famed for its particularly large sea trout.
Llyn Trawsfynydd is set in beautiful natural surroundings in the heart of Snowdonia lying adjacent to the A470 trunk road between the holiday towns of Porthmadog and Dolgellau.
The lake has a surface area of some 1200 acres and extends for a total length of approximately 5 miles. The lake has a healthy head of natural wild brown trout and is stocked regularly with good quality rainbows. There is also a quantity of coarse fish, the main stock being Perch, with a few Rudd and Pike. For the bird lover there is an abundance of varied water fowl living on the shores and islands of the lake, with occasional visits by ospreys.
Golf back to top
There are a number of courses within close proximity of Crynllwyn Cottages, all offering a slightly different challenge for golfers, which would make for a fantastic weeks golf.
Aberdyfi Golf Club
Former masters champion Ian Woosnam honed his game at this club and it is highly regarded as one of the best championship links courses.
Royal St. Davids Golf Club – Harlech
Nationally and internationally renowned, Royal St David’s is one of Wales’ premier golf courses. It provides a challenging test of golf in a breathtaking setting in the most beautiful and scenic part of the Principality and dominated by the brooding presence of Harlech Castle.
Vale of Llangollen Golf Club
Nestling on the banks of the River Dee and overlooked by the glorious Welsh hills this Championship course with its manicured fairways and superb greens, attracts golfers from far afield. One of only a handful of Welsh courses that holds the HSBC Gold Medal ranking, it is a highly favoured venue for many of the County, Professional and Welsh Amateur events. This Championship course offers a great test of golf amidst a spectacular setting.
Outdoor Pursuits back to top
Clay Pigeon Shooting/Quad Biking
Dovey Valley Shooting Ground is set in its own wooded valley near the coast in Central Wales, it features a large sporting layout with over 100 different variations offering targets to suit everyone from a complete beginner to the most experienced shooter.
The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity and the UK’s leading provider of bursary-assisted outdoor learning. They are located in Aberdovey and the water activities they provide are based at the specialist wharf facility. The expeditions and rock climbing are in quiet, remote mountains and sea cliffs close to the centre.
Visiting Towns & Villages back to top
Portmeirion is one of Wales’ premier visitor attractions, welcoming 250,000 visitors every year. With free parking, complimentary guided tours and an audio visual show, six cafes and restaurants, half a dozen shops, gardens and beaches it is the perfect day out for all the family. Surrounding the village are 70 acres of exotic woodlands with easy to follow woodland trails and coastal walks.
Eating Out back to top
Brittania Inn, Aberdovey
The restaurant is open to residents and non-residents, and has stunning views of the estuary and a balcony – great for a summer lunch or afternoon tea! Read what Michael Winner wrote in The Times about his meal at the Britannia Inn.
Bistro Glan yr Afon (The Riverside), Pennal
The Glan Yr Afon/Riverside is a family run country pub serving excellent traditional food.
Combining stunning traditional and contemporary design with unparalleled panoramic views over Mawddach estuary and Cader Idris mountain range, Mawddach Restaurant offers an exceptional dining experience.
Offers freshly prepared, locally sourced gastro food.
Sea Breeze, Aberdyfi
The restaurant offers a feast of local produce. Soak up a relaxed atmosphere whilst enjoying a seasonal selection of Welsh food and drink.
The Dining Room boasts an impressive 5 course Table D’Hote menu using fresh local produce whenever possible and is complimented by a fine selection of wines and friendly service. The hotel overlooks Aberdyfi golf course and the coastline.
The George III Hotel, which is set on the banks of the magnicent Mawddach Estuary on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, provides guests with the perfect viewpoint from which to enjoy drinks, lunch or dinner.
Halo Honey Ice Cream
The Halo Foods Factory Shop is the only place where you can buy the famous Honey Ice Cream. Freshly made each day, this delicious ice cream is made to a secret recipe using real honey. At the Factory Shop you’ll also find the Welsh Pantry stocking ranges of traditional food gifts – perfect for giving or as a treat. The honey bear also loves to be photographed with children!
Parks, Lakes & Nature Reserves back to top
Ynys Hir Nature Reserve
Ynys-Hir nature reserve was the base for the recent “Springwatch” series and Ospreys have nested at a site very near, the first time in a few hundred years. Indeed the marshland at Crynllwyn is a Canada Geese Flight Path, has nesting buzzards and Barn Owls at very common. Cormorants nest at nearby Bird Rock, the only inland location where cormorants nest due to the recession of the sea some centuries ago. The marshes attached to Crynllwyn are an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).
A small Zoo in mid-Wales, who like to offer a home to unwanted Zoo animals and exotic pets. Even their African Leopard was an unwanted pet!
Castles, Houses & Gardens back to top
Spectacularly sited Harlech Castle seems to grow naturally from the rock on which it is perched. Like an all seeing sentinel, it gazes out across land and sea, keeping a watchful eye over Snowdonia.
Caernarfon Castle is the most impressive of all the castles built by Edward I and is one of the world’s great medieval fortresses. Set on the banks of the Menai Strait and at the heart of North Wales, Caernarfon became the English administrative centre.
Museums & Attractions back to top
Centre For Alternative Technology
CAT is an education and visitor centre which demonstrates practical solutions for sustainability. We cover all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy eciency and organic growing.
Corris Craft Centre
Corris Craft Centre, near Machynlleth in Mid Wales, has nine Craft workshops packed with unique hand crafted items for your home, garden and gifts for others. Talented craftspeople can be seen producing a range of quality items ranging from traditional, rustic and contemporary. Visitors to the Craft Centre will see the Craftspeople at work and can buy directly from them.
King Arthur’s Labyrinth
King Arthur’s Labyrinth is hidden deep beneath the mountains of Southern Snowdonia in the village of Corris in Mid Wales; an area steeped in myths and legends… At this mysterious visitor attraction you join a Dark Age boatman, sail through a waterfall and across a thousand years. Having sailed back to the time of King Arthur, and as you explore the dramatic underground caverns of the Labyrinth, enjoy tales of King Arthur and other ancient Welsh legends.
Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway
The Talyllyn Railway is a historic narrow-gauge steam railway, set in the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol.