Activities & Local Attractions

From solitary sketching to shared exertion, all manner of activities lie within a 25 mile radius of Brynygwin.  Dog-walkers, bird-watchers, rock-climbers, mountain-bikers, country-side cyclists, orienteerers, golfers, narrow-gauge railway-riders, serious summit-seekers or just happily wandering/wondering walkers, beach-goers, deep-down slate cavern bouncers, high-up slate quarry zip-liners, romantic couples, re-union groups/families, singles, kayakers. canoeists, whitewater rafters, nature-lovers, fell- or flat-runners, marathon competitors, pony-trekkers, anglers, sketchers, photographers, castle viewers – all these come to us and, finding their interests well catered for close-by if not right here, many return again and again, the current record being 20 years without a break, 3 weeks each time, in one and another of all our 4 places – honest!

Please note that locations and distances may be approximated. 


bryn-marker Brynygwin Country House & Cottages

See how small a number of miles we are from how great a number of pastimes (under 25 miles, arranged alphabetically):

cathedral Abbey Ruins – Cymer Abbey (12th century) 1.

museum_industry Alternative Technology Centre – near Machynlleth 15.

museum_art Art Gallery – Machynlleth 17.

beach Beeches – Fairbourne 8, Barmouth 9, Talybont 12, Aberdovey 23.

mountainbiking-3 Bikes – Mawddach Trail 1, Coed y Brenin forest 7. Climax 13, Mach trails 17

birds-2 Birdwatching – Brynygwin 0, Garth Gell Reserve 1½, Lake Vyrnwy 18, Ynys Hir 22.

citysquare Bounce Below giant trampolining – Blaenau Ffestiniog 22.

convent-2 Castles – Castel y Bere 15, Harlech 18.

church-2 Churches with architectural and historic interest – 1, 1½, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 14½, 17, 18.

fishing Fishing –          Rivers:          Wnion 0, Mawddach 1, Eden 5, Dovey 11, Dysynni 13, Dee 20.

fishing Fishing –          Lakes:            Tan-y-graig 2, Gwernan 2.5, Cynwch 4, Cregennen 6(images 78, 79), Talyllyn 10(image 80), Trawsfynydd 12, Bala 18, Vyrnwy 20, Tanygrisiau 21, Celyn 23.

forest2 Forests – arboretum 4, Coed y Brenin trails 7, Visitor Centre 7½.

golfing Golf – Dolgellau (9 holes) 1½, Harlech 18, Aberdovey 23.

ruins-2 Hill Forts – predating the Romans: 8 within 8 miles.

fishing Lakes – see Fishing.

market Markets – sheep and cattle every Friday morning 1, street weekly Machynlleth 18.

windmill-2 Mills – woollen 10, flour 19.

mine Mines – copper 5, gold 4½, 5, 8, slate 18,22.

mountains Mountains – Cadair Idris 3, Diffwys 8, Arans 17, Moelwyns 20, Rhinogs 21, Arenigs 23,

glacier-2 Mount Snowdon 30.

harbor Museums – maritime Aberdovey 24

steamtrain Museums – Narrow gauge Railway, Corris 12, Tywyn 18

museum_crafts Museums – Pottery 25.

hiking Nature trails – Llanbedr 16, Harlech 18, Vyrnwy 20.

summercamp Portmeirion – village of exotic buildings 22

museum_science Power station – Hydro pumped station Blaenau Ffestiniog 20.

steamtrain Railways –        narrow gauge: Fairbourne 8, Bala 15, Ffestiniog 17, Talyllyn 18, West Highland 23
main line: Barmouth 9, Machynlleth 17.

horseriding Riding – Fairbourne 7.

walkingtour Walks – of varying character and length from 3 to 16 miles, direct from doorstep or from car nearby.  Some arrive by car never to use it till they leave, such a hub of walks in all directions is Brynygwin which supplies clear detailed mapped guidesheets to help guests make the most of its brilliant position.

Then there are the justly named and famed walks (distances away, not length!): Mawddach Trail ½, Precipice 3, Torrent 4, New Precipice 5, Arthog Falls 6, Blue Lake (Fairbourne) 7, Panorama (Barmouth) 9½, Dolgoch Falls (Tywyn) 21.

It is because he is such a keen walker that Ian King was able to make this vimeo: http://vimeo.com/117719645 which is so well worth its 3 minute playtime.  Tip: keep the sound off – no sound can do justice to these sights which can only inspire you to come and see them for yourself!

waterfall-2 Waterfalls – Arthog 6, Ganllywd 7, Coed y Brenin Forest 8, Dolgoch 21.

kayak1 Whitewater Rafting – Treweryn (near Bala) 25.

surfacelift Zip Wiring – Blaenau Ffestiniog 22.