Barmouth. Once a small fishing village at the mouth of the Mawddach river, became a major tourist location when the Cambrian Railway company made it accessible by train. The magnificent bridge is almost 1km long (0.5 miles) and the arched section can swing open to allow tall boats through although it has not been used for many years. Barmouth has a 2Km (1.6 mile) long sandy beach and the town itself has an amusement park and other family attactions.
Fairbourne. With a name like that you probably guessed it isn't an ancient Welsh village. Fairbourne was built from scratch in the late 1800's by Victorian entrepreneurs who saw it as an attractive location to build a family resort. The new Cambrian rail lines made it an ideal seaside location for families traveling from inland cities. There is still a strong tourism trade here although much of the village is now residential. The sandy beach runs from "The Point" facing Barmouth across the Mawddach river to cliffs at the southern end of the village. Very popular are the steam railway which runs on it's own lines behind the beach, the golf course and Friog recreation area which is on reclaimed land beside the river.
Aberdyfi (anglicised as Aberdovey) is an old boat building and fishing village. Many of the buildings, dating back to the 1700's are still in use today. Boat building died out over a century ago and was replaced by copper mining and exporting although this was never a major industry. If you want to see the history of Aberdyfi in pictures, visit the Literary Institute at the east end of the village where hundreds of drawings and photographs are on display. Today, the village still has a small fishing business but tourism is the main industry. The sandy beach runs from the village all the way to Tywyn, a distance of about 5km, flanked by waves on one side and the mountains of Snowdonia on the othe
Tucked away, almost out of sight between the villages of Bryncrug and Abergynolwyn is Dol Goch Falls. These are spectacular waterfalls originating in the hills above Happy Valley that alternate between rocky white water and rushing sudden drops. Follow the path from the car park along the riverside to the bottom falls where there is an observation area. If you are able bodied, don't stop there though, follow the winding paths along the river, passing several old mine workings to see all the other waterfalls further up the hill. The river eventiually flows out in to Tal-Y-llyn, a beautiful lake overlooked by Cadiar Idris, one of the highest mountians in Wales.
Whether you just want to chill out, put your feet up and listen to the birds singing or want a base to explore from, our chalets are in an ideal location. They are well away from traffic yet not too isolated that you can't pop out for a morning newspaper. The nearest village is beautiful Aberdyfi where there are shops and an information office. The chalets are within easy reach of national cycle routes and the Wales Coastal Footpath. There's lot to do, come and join us...
For more information about local places, please visit www.dyfi.com