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The activities listed here are mostly within about a half hour drive of Cadair View Lodge

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Activity Days
bulletAs a family choose 1 or 2 activities that you can all take part in.  Climbing/abseiling, canoeing, canyoning, underground experience.  Great bonding experience!  See details and price list for Adventure Activities Snowdonia
bullet Seren Ventures will take family groups including children as young as 5
bulletSee our page on local beaches,
Bird Watching

See the Ospreys near Porthmadog.  RSPB viewing point and webcam so the you can see into the nest.  See our What's On page for more information and directions


Visit the RSPB centre at Penmaenpool to watch the wildlife on the Afon Mawddach.  Although the manned visitor centre is now closed there is still a viewpoint which is a great place to watch the wildlife on the estuary.


See what's been spotted recently in Gwynedd by looking at this site.


Sit on the veranda at your cabin and watch the birds.  We try to keep the bird feeders full - but at times it hard work.  In the summer listen for the cuckoos in the woods, watch for buzzards soaring in the late afternoon and all year round there are lots of owls at night.  Recent visitors have seen our nuthatches at the feeders too.

bullet See our page on local castles and ancient monuments
bullet Harlech Pool now has a state of the art climbing wall
Cookery Classes
bulletEnjoy your own private cookery coaching session during your stay at Cadair View Lodge.  More details
Craft Activities
bulletVisit Corris Craft Centre  where several of the workshops encourage guests to make their own items to take home.  This currently includes pottery painting, card making and toiletry making
bulletWe are on Sustrans National Cycle Route 8
bulletWe recommend Beics Brenin at the Coed y Brenin visitor centre for bike hire.
bulletSpoke'n'History rides down the Mawddach Trail.  Gentle ride with frequent stops so don't worry if you think you may not be fit enough.  En-route you'll hear snippets of info about the local environs that you maybe didn't know - or maybe you can fill your guide in on something that they're missing!  Scheduled for Wednesdays and Saturdays phone for more information or to ask about other days  01341 430628
bullet Here's a list of events that are planned locally which may make you want to visit us.
Film + TV Locations

With so many things being filmed in Snowdonia why not visit our film and TV locations page?

Folk Music
bullet Ty Siamas - The National Centre for Welsh Folk Music is now open in Dolgellau.  Includes multi media presentation on folk music, auditorium featuring live music and lectures, workshops, shop, cafe and recording facilities.  The Centre's interactive exhibition will introduce children and young people to music.
Food Safaris
bullet Snowdonia Safaris arrange themed days out to various food and drink producers across Snowdonia and Anglesey.  They include a chance to meet the producer, find out the back story and sample the products too.
Fun and free (or almost)
bullet Click here for a list of suggestions of things to amuse children (and adults!) for next to nothing.
Gardens To Visit
bullet See our page on local gardens to visit
Ghost Hunting
bullet With so many allegedly haunted sites locally you're sure to experience something!  Visit Maes Artro at Llanbedr as visited by Most Haunted (unfortunately the museum has now closed), our own Rhiw Goch Inn (old assizes house - alleged scene of hangings), the Roman sites, the gold mines and Maes Y Neuadd Hotel near Harlech
bullet Some little historical snippets to make your visit more enjoyable.
bulletVisit Llys Ednowian Heritage Centre in Trawsfynydd.  Interactive displays and information on the history and heritage of the Trawsfynydd area. 
bulletHave a day out on Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island).  For centuries the home of monks, pirates, farmers and fishermen.  Reputedly the final resting place of 20,000 saints!  Day trips available from Porth Meudwy and Pwllheli.  More information
bulletWalk the local part of the Cistercian Way
Horse riding/Pony Trekking

Porthmadog Activity Centre provide treks and riding lessons across their own farmland.  BHS qualified.  Suitable for everyone aged over 4 years and weighing up to 14 stone.  Operates throughout the year


Bwlchgwyn Farm Pony Trekking Centre near Fairbourne - Estuary and beach rides available for both novice and experienced riders.


Pwllheli (nb. this is around an hours drive from the cabins) - Pen-Llyn Lusilano Stud + Riding Centre

Leisure Centres + swimming pools
bulletSee our page on leisure centres + swimming pools
Llama Treking
bulletEnjoy an hour and a half trek with a llama, through lovely scenery and along the coast.  See their website Now also available at Coed y Brenin on selected dates - pre-bookable
Local Towns + Village
bulletSee details of towns and villages to visit which are within around 30 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge
Mountain Biking

For guided rides and mountain bike training (at all levels) see Snow Bikers website

Mountain Boarding
bulletGrass boarding / mountain boarding can be provided at Porthmadog Activity Centre for participants 8 years old and above.  They have fully qualified ATBA qualified instructors, junior and senior boards, safety equipment and a slalom course.  Available March - October.  Phone 01766 512468
bulletVisit Dolgellau Music Club - visit their site to see what's up and coming
Mystery Tours
bulletCOMING SOON - Why not follow one of these new routes.  Buy a list of directions and a sealed route map.  Follow the directions one by one, see some beautiful scenery, stop at the suggested picnic spots but you'll have to guess where you're going to end up.
Nature Based Interests
bulletSpecial Area of Conservation (SAC) Read about what's special at this site Afon Eden Cors Goch Trawsfynydd
Nordic Walking
bulletWhat is Nordic Walking?  Contact the local walk leader and qualified instructor, Catrin Roberts (01766 830568 / 07900615380) for details of the next local walk.

Speak to Snowdonia Adventures or see leaflet at Cadair View Lodge


New orienteering trail in Coed y Brenin.  Watch this space for more information.


Would you like to learn or improve your painting skills?  Local water colour and abstract artists are willing to offer workshops  Contact us for more information


"Hands-on" digital photography workshops and an introduction to Adobe Photoshop/Elements can be provided by  These residential courses are based at our lodges.

bullet Always dreamed of throwing a pot?  There are local craftsperson willing to offer workshops  Contact us for more information
Quad Bikes
bullet Porthmadog Activity Centre - Junior quad bikes.  Supervised rides and lessons.  All clothing and equipment can be provided.  Various length sessions.  Operates 1st March - 31st October.
Rainy Day Things
bullet Things to Do On A Wet Day
Rope Courses and Trapeze
bulletThere are other ropes courses in Snowdonia but GoApe is just 5 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge.  Get our exclusive discount voucher code when you stay with us in October
bullet We all need a little "retail therapy" at times.  Here are some suggestions of places to visit.
bullet Buy locally produced food
bullet Mermaid Spa, Portmeirion  Booking a treatment gives FREE entry into Portmeirion
bullet Vibrant Space Spa
Steam Trains
bulletOne of the thing that Snowdonia is known for is it's wealth of steam railways.  See details of railways local to Cadair View Lodge

Sit back and let somebody else take the wheel, whilst you admire the scenery.  Bluestone Cars offer a variety of tours in North Wales. 


COMING SOON - If you like to drive yourself but don't know the area follow one of these circular tours and have facts and places pointed out to you which you may otherwise drive past

Treasure Hunts
bulletCOMING SOON - Are you a quiz fanatic?  Do you like doing a crossword?  Do you or your children need a reason to go for a walk?  These treasure hunts are around local towns.  Sight-see, visit local shops or just go for a walk - you're sure to see things that are off the beaten track or not immediately obvious.
Underground Activities
bulletSee our page on local underground adventures.  Something for all of the family and all ability / fitness levels.
Visitor Attractions
bullet See our list of power stations open to the public and other places of interest.
Welsh Culture
bulletA new heritage centre has recently opened in the former Ystradgwyn Chapel in Talyllyn.  It is open Tuesday and Thursday throughout the Summer and includes a live programme of interpretation of Welsh culture through history, legend and song.  This is delivered in English but using Welsh material.  Free entry but a donation to charity is appreciated.  Located on B4405, 300m from A487 junction.  Call Marian Rees on 01654 761312 or email marianrees@tiscali
Welsh Rural Life
bullet Canolfan Cywain Rural Life Centre opening Spring 2008 just outside of Bala.  Demonstrations of skills such as sheep sheering, bread making.  Also art exhibitions and venue for hire.

What better way of seeing Snowdonia than on foot.  There are endless foot paths to try, to suit all fitness and experience levels, full day or an hour long, well known or off the beaten track.  Ask us for suggestions or to borrow local maps and guides books.  Also see Walking in our area for walks to download before you arrive


Walk2Unwind is a new innovative guided walking business led by Gail Edgley.  Walks are tailored to the individual and are designed to relax, restore and recharge you.  Women only walks arranged.


Walk the local part of The Cistercian Way


If you'd rather have a knowledgeable guide with you on the mountains try Stone Adventures who have fully qualified and insured guides.  They can also offer instruction in navigation, GPS use, etc.


Heng Genting Mountain Adventures - Climbing, Navigation and Walking


Wild Wales Walks - regular, scheduled walks, wildlife walks, bespoke guiding and hill skills

Zip World
bulletRide the longest zip line in Europe at ZipWorld at Bethesda.  A 2 - 3 hour adventure including tour.  See their website for height and age restrictions (9 years old and over I believe)
For other activities try
bullet an independent Welsh based search engine for Welsh based web sites. Local links for local people.

Last Minute Wales also have links to various activities

Thank you to all of the leaflet writers whose information I have borrowed to promote their ventures.

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