When visiting Aberdovey Hillside Village, a lot of guests use the opportunity to escape to the hills for a while – it’s always worth grabbing the opportunity to be out in nature! 

South Snowdonia is the perfect place for it. The most popular walk for a great view may be from the mountain Cadair Idris, but there are certainly more options than this (although it is a great one)! Each of the neighbouring ranges have their own character and stunning views to explore. 

We have some walks for you to consider (please note, these walks may vary in difficulty) to see it all in South Snowdonia:

The Mawddach Trail

The Mawddach Trail is both a cycle path and footpath which is 15km long. It follows a disused railway track on the south of the Mawddach Estuary.

The walk starts in Dolgellau and ends crossing the bridge into Barmouth. The route is fairly flat and wide, so it is suitable for the whole family! You can join and leave at any point.

Throughout the trail you’ll be treated with scenic views up the estuary and to the surrounded ranges, including the Rhinogs and the Arans. The area is rich in wildlife, and a great spot for birdwatchers. On top of this, there is a whole host of historical sites to stop at.


Cadair Idris 

It had to be included on the list! Cadair Idris has 3 recommended routes which are all labelled as hard/strenuous, so prepare for a big day out. You’ll need about 5 or 6 hours to complete the walk there and back. 

Legend has it that Cadair Idris is named after a giant called Idris. Cadair is the welsh for chair, and due to the distinctive shape, it has been said that this is where the giant once sat. 

From the top, you can look over Llyn Cau across Snowdonia. 


Mach Loop

The Mach Loop is a collection of Valleys in Machynlleth, and is the training ground for the British Air Force. So, if you’re into your aircraft, this is the ideal spot to spend a day watching. 

The Mach Loop is one of the only places in the world where you can take pictures of aircraft sitting lower than you! You’ll need to remember to pack your camera and binoculars. 

You can view all the actions from different points around the valleys. The most popular points being Cad East and Cad West.