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Dolgellau

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Dolgellau is a market town in Gwynedd, north-west Wales, lying on the River Wnion, a tributary of the River Mawddach. It is traditionally the county town of the historic county of Merionethshire, which lost its administrative status when Gwynedd was created in 1974. Dolgellau is the main base for climbers of Cader Idris.History and economyThe site of Dolgellau was, in the pre-Roman Celtic period, part of the tribal lands of the Ordovices, who were conquered by the Romans in AD 77–78. Although a few Roman coins from the reigns of Emperors Hadrian and Trajan have been found near Dolgellau, the area is marshy and there is no evidence that it was settled during the Roman period. There are, however, three hill forts in the vicinity of Dolgellau, of uncertain origin.After the Romans left, the area came under the control of a series of Welsh chieftains, although Dolgellau was probably not inhabited until the late 11th or 12th century, when it was established as a "serf village" (or maerdref), possibly by Cadwgan ap Bleddyn — it remained a serf village until the reign of Henry Tudor (1485–1509).
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Hidden gems in Dolgellau

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Mountain
Cader Idris
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
The Mawddach Trail
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
Saint Marks's Brithdir Brithdir
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Scenic Walking Area
New Precipice Walk
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Dolgellau

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Mountain
Snowdon Snowdonia National Park
4.8
Duration: 6 hours
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Zipline
Zipline Blaenau Ffestiniog
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Historic Site
Portmeirion Village Portmeirion
3.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
World heritage site
Caernarfon Castle Caernarfon
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Popular things to do in Dolgellau

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Walking tour
Walking tours
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Bridge
Penmaenpool Toll Bridge Penmaenpool
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
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Historic Walking Area
Cymer Abbey
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Theme Park
Go Ape at Coed y Brenin
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Dolgellau

Garden
Dolfrwynog Tea Gardens
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

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