Walking and Cadair Idris
Snowdonia national park is a spectacular area of mountains, beaches, forests, and lakes and attracts visitors throughout the year with its various attractions. The region is a haven for walkers, with both Cadair Idris and the more isolated Rhinog mountains offering a good base for walks up to the summits. Unlike 15 other peaks in Wales, Cadair Idris doesn't make the 3,000 ft mark but comes a close second to Snowdon in popularity. Cross Foxes sits in the shadow of Cadair Idris and offers an excellent base to explore this mountain.
Explore Mawddach Estuary
Connecting Dolgellau and Barmouth is the beautiful Mawddach estuary, which has a 15km walking trail leading through the estuary's stunning surroundings and is excellent for bird watching, boating and fishing.
As well as walking, mountain biking is extremely popular in Dolgellau. Just north of the town is Coed y Brenin forest, which is one of the top mountain biking venues in Wales, with over 100km of tracks through the forest's river valleys and hills. Cycling
The area also appeals to golf enthusiasts. 30 minutes drive from the Cross Foxes is the Aberdovey golf course, which boasts an international championship 18 hole golf course. A further 40-minute drive north takes you to the Royal St David’s Golf Club, Harlech, which is a nationally and internationally renowned golf course and is the home of one of the finest traditional championship links courses in the world. It has been established for over 100 years and is steeped in history. It is set in the most beautiful and scenic part of Wales and has frequently hosted and continues to host world-class amateur and professional events. More local golf courses to the Cross Foxes also include Dolgellau and Machynlleth.
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The Cross Foxes is a 30 minute drive to Bala town which is a great place for watersports. The area has won world-wide acclaim as a centre for water sports, especially canoeing and rafting. Many visitors like to challenge the white water on the river Tryweryn or enjoy sailing or windsurfing on Llyn Tegid. The town also has a range of interesting shops, inns, restaurants and a historical Town Walk.
The Cross Foxes is located within the southern part of the Snowdonia National Park and is 4 miles from the small town of Dolgellau. The town is a true Welsh market town that owes much of its handsome looks to the wealth generated by the wool industry in the 19th century. It has over 200 listed buildings, which is the highest concentration in Wales. The town has plenty of charm with its narrow streets linking together the various town squares
A 40 minute drive takes you to Harlech, where the spectacular World Heritage Site of Harlech Castle is situated.
A 30 minute drive takes you to Tywyn, which is the start of the Talyllyn Railway, which runs seven miles through lovely rural surroundings. http://www.talyllyn.co.uk/
Nine miles further south of the Cross Foxes is the market town of Machynlleth which is proud to be known as the ancient capital of Wales, home to Owain Glyndwr’s rebel Welsh parliament in 1404 and the place of the very first national Eisteddfod - Welsh cultural festival. The wide main street of Machynlleth enhances the varied local architecture, which includes the medieval Royal House and many Victorian buildings. The site of Owain Glyndwr's Welsh Parliament is open from March through the summer season. The Wednesday street market attracts many people from afar with its great variety of traders and craftsmen. There is also an annual Carnival in July and the Owain Glyndwr festival in September. Nearby attractions also include the Centre for Alternative technology offering a demonstration of green technologies and the Dyfi furnace which is one of Britain’s best-preserved charcoal-burning blast furnaces with a waterwheel.
A 40 minute drive takes you to the small peaceful seaside village of Aberdovey, nestling on the north side of the Dyfi estuary. A popular resort for many years it has a thriving little harbour where the river Dyfi meets the blue waters of Cardigan Bay. Aberdovey is a haven for those wanting to spend an energetic holiday. It has watersports galore, including sailing, sailboarding, fishing, boat trips and the summer regatta.
A 15 minute drive north of the Cross Foxes is the town of Barmouth. Lying between a mountain range and the sea on the mouth of the river Mawddach, Barmouth is arguably one of the most beautiful locations in Wales. It is steeped in a history rich with connections to the shipping and slate industries.
The old town is well worth a visit with its steep steps and slate-roofed cottages on the side of a mountain. The harbour is beautiful and you can walk across the spectacular Barmouth Bridge spanning the river which can be an ideal activity for an evening stroll.
The beach is large and perfect for sunbathing and games and surfers can often be seen depending on the swells and time of year. Children love the beach yet its size means those wanting to get away and relax in peace and quite can do so easily. It also has a large range of shops, pubs, hotels and a funfair from March to October and amusement arcades.
Barmouth is the starting point for the Barmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Race and involves sailing from Wales, via England, to Scotland (389 miles) then climbing the three highest mountains in the UK - Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis : a total of 11,000 ft of Climbing and 72 miles running.
Other Things To see and Do
The Snowdonia area also promotes the Ffestiniog narrow-gauge steam railway, which runs from the mountains around Blaenau Ffestiniog down to Porthmadog on the coast, which is near the Italianate village of Portmeirion. Also nearby is the Tal-y-LLyn Railway (http://www.talyllyn.co.uk/) .
The Cross Foxes is a convenient 10 minute drive to the Corris Craft Centre. This comprises of ten individual and very different Craft workshops each housing talented Crafters producing a range of hand-crafted and unique products. Products range from traditional, rustic and contemporary. Visitors to the Craft Centre will see the Crafters at work and can buy directly from them. The centre also includes the King Arthur’s Labyrinth where visitors can take a subterranean boat ride sailing deep into the Welsh rock caverns enduring tales of King Arthur and other ancient Welsh legends