Southern Snowdonia tourist information & travel guide
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Southern Snowdonia tourist guide
Southern Snowdonia offers a greener and less rocky landscape than Snowden, although there are still plenty of mountains. Here, the narrow, mountain roads are quiet, you'll find plenty of narrow-gauge railways to ride and there's great country for walking and biking.
The historic town of Bala, offers a warm welcome with its friendly shops, traditional pubs and inns. Beautifully located on the shored of the largest natural lake in Wales, Llyn Tegid, it has its own narrow-gauge railway running from Bala to Llanuwchllyn. It also has six sign-posted bike routes. The town is home to the famous story of 16-year-old Mary Jones who crossed the mountains to Bala in 1800 to collect a Welsh bible. The Urdd Welsh Language of Youth is based in the town and the Canolfan Cywain Centre helps contemporary artwork meet rural heritage.
Llyn Tegid is home to the Gwyniad, a form of 'land-locked' herring, while there's a great selection of watersports available, with canoeing and white-water rafting available at nearby Treweryn.
Dolgellau is a lovely, dark-stoned market town below the famous Cadair Idris - 'Chair of Idris'. It has wonderful, charismatic narrow streets with an open central square providing a good range of inns and shops. It's a popular base for exploration of the Snowdonia Mountains from their southern aspect and there are many local beauty spots that locals will be more than delighted to direct you to. There is a good selection of cycle routes from the town suitable for both gentle cycles and action-packed mountain biking. Dolgellau is also home to one of the oldest cricket clubs in Wales, dating all the way back to 1869. It's also home to Ty Siamas, the National Centre for Welsh Folk Music.
Corris is a former slate producing village almost on the extreme southern border of Snowdonia. Again, a very beautiful town, located within the Dyfi Forest. It has a craft centre that has gained prominence as a self-contained village offering a host of workshops offering crafts from rustic and traditional to the more contemporary.
Some very popular attractions in the town include the Corris Museum and Railway, underground tours orgainsed by the Corris Mine Explorers, excellent fishing at Tal-y-Llyn and King Arthur's Labyrinth, situated next to the Corris Craft Centre, where visitors travel deep underground and enjoy a wonderful trip based on the legends of King Arthur and his Knights.
However, one of the most striking attractions in Southern Snowdonia is the Centre for Alternative Technology, Britain's green futuristic village, where there are all kinds of energy-saving devices used to reduce consumption and carbon emissions. It's an extremely fascinating and extremely entertaining place to visit, offering a very serious message in an engaging and fun manner.