We are very fortunate to be positioned at the southern tip of The Snowdonia National Park. Within easy reach of a range of activities to suit all ages and abilities to include stunning beaches, caving, slate mines, clay pigeon shooting, historic castles and gardens. Snowdonia also boasts the fastest zip line in the world and the worlds first artificial surfing lake.
The Snowdonia National Park is the perfect location for walks and climbs to suit all abilities. The old railway line from Dolgellau along the Mawddach Estuary is truly stunning. For those a little more adventurous the peak of Cader Idris provides an excellent climb. Gill and Jason are very happy to share their knowledge of walks in the local area.
We are in easy reach of some breathtaking coastline featuring some of the best beaches in wales.The Lleyn Peninsula from running from Barmouth at the mouth of the Mawddach estuary has miles of long sandy beaches.Further south lies the picturesque seaside village of Aberdovey.
Ty Derw is close to Coed y Brenin mountain biking centre, which was the first and still the largest dedicated trail centre in the UK. Dinas Mawddwy is home to the world-famous Red Bull downhill hardline challenge, held annually attracting the worlds top downhill riders. More sedate cycling can be enjoyed along the Mawddach Trail which follows the old railway line from Dolgellau over the bridge into Barmouth. We offer a bike lock up and cleaning facility on site.
There are lots of options close by including paddle boarding at Barmouth, surfing alongside some of our wonderful long sandy beaches, white water kayaking in clean mountain rivers and boating and canoeing in Bala Lake. Alternatively, Wales also boasts the world’s first artificial surfing lake.
Bird Watching and Wildlife
The Dyfi Valley is home to the returning osprey, the red kite and many other birds of prey. There are also rumours of the golden eagle and white tailed sea eagle being reintroduced to Snowdonia. You may be lucky enough to spot an otter along the river or red deer in Coed-y-Brenin. There are several RSPB reserves nearby, including Ynys Hir which has hosted BBC Springwatch.
Our own bird feeders are visited by greater spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, coal tits, long tailed tits and siskin among others.
The area features a number of historical steam railways offering a wonderful opportunity to experience the landscape from a unique vantage point. Tal y llyn Railway, Corris Railway and Fairbourne Miniature Railway are all witin easy reach of Ty Derw. There is also a steam train that runs up Mount Snowdon in the summer months but be sure to book in advance for this.
The coast is home to some magnificent castles and ruins, Harlech Castle in particular is a stunning Edwardian medieval fortress dating back to the 13th century. More sites can be found at Aberdyfi and Criccieth.