Aberdyfi / Aberdovey Dog-Friendly Attractions

Our recommended Aberdyfi / Aberdovey Dog-Friendly Attractions for dog and pet-friendly holidays so that every member of your family will have a wonderful break.

The attractions are often in stunning locations and close to some of the most scenic walks with plenty of places for treating your best friend. Find your perfect dog and pet-friendly attractions today. 

Tal y Llyn Railway

Talyllyn Railway

The Talyllyn Railway is the first preserved railway in the World, known affectionately as ‘The Railway with a Heart of Gold’. It was over 150 years ago, in 1865, that the line opened and in 1951 the Preservation Society was born to take over the Railway after the death of the owner Sir Haydn Jones. The heritage steam engines transport passengers from Tywyn, the coastal town on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, to Nant Gwernol buried deep in the mountains above Abergynolwyn.

The journey itself crosses more than seven miles of spectacular scenery within sight of one of Britain’s highest mountains, Cadair Idris. The journey takes 55 minutes up the line from Tywyn through the ancient woodlands and meadows of the Fathew Valley. En route keep your eyes peeled for Red Kites, Cormorants, Barn Owl, Redstart, Peregrine Falcons, Wheatear, Linnet and Little Owl. The cosy covered and open carriages provide the best of comfort and views as you travel up the line.

On arrival at Abergynolwyn, Quarryman’s Caban serves lovely homemade treats, drinks and snacks and there are plenty of trails and walks to explore in this beautiful corner of the Snowdonia National Park.

Dogs are welcome in both 1st and 3rd Class carriages onboard our trains for a small charge of £4.00.

Paws for a while in our Dog-Friendly Cafés inside and out with lots of great walkies from our stations and halts.  Click here to find out more about our Cafés and click here to find out more about walks.

Guide/Assistance dogs travel free of charge and are welcome in all our station buildings and carriages


Dolgorch Upper Falls

Dolgoch Falls

Dolgoch Falls, three sets of magnificent waterfalls in a beautiful wooded ravine, are served by Dolgoch station and many passengers alight here before rejoining the train later in the day (train service permitting).

The Dolgoch estate was presented to the people of Tywyn and access is free (with donation boxes). There are various walks around the falls including a circular tour taking in all three levels of the falls. The falls are attractive at any time of year offering restful serenity beneath the trees. If the weather is wet, then the falls are even more stunning as the water thunders down. Please note that for all but the lower falls the paths are steep with a lot of steps. Please take care. 

Birds Rock Sunset

Bird Rock

Bird Rock 'Craig yr Aderyn' is renowned for its bird population and is believed to support the only regular inland breeding colony of Cormorant in Wales. Over 60 pairs of Cormorant nest on the crags, which represents around 1% of Britain’s breeding population.

However, it is the Chough, an increasingly rare bird in Britain, which elevates Craig yr Aderyn to a site of international importance and affirms its designation as a Special Protection Area. As well as being an important breeding location, it is also a roosting site for chough throughout the year. Non-breeders roost during the summer and traditionally high numbers are observed outside the breeding season. Birds using this site largely originate from Ceredigion and Montgomeryshire. A variety of other breeding bird species frequent the rock face, including Barn Owl, Redstart, Peregrine Falcon, Wheatear, Linnet and Little Owl.

 Cader Idris

Cader Idris

Cader (or Cadair) Idris is one of Wales’s most iconic mountains.  It is about 893m in height, standing at the southern gate of Snowdonia, overlooking Dolgellau. 

The three peaks are Pen y Gadair (Head of the Chair), Cyfrwy (the Saddle) and Mynydd Moel (the Bare Mountain).  In the cwm halfway down the mountain is Llyn Cau, supposedly a bottomless lake. There are numerous stories and legends associated with this mountain and Idris, the giant who’s seat it supposedly is. 

A few of the nearby lakes – such as Llyn Mwyngul (commonly known as Tal-y-Llyn lake) are reputed to be bottomless, and those who venture up the mountain at night should take heed before sleeping on its slopes.  It is said that those who sleep on the mountain will awaken either as a madman, a poet or indeed never wake again.

 Tal y Llyn Lake Autumn Sunset

Tal-y-Llyn Lake

The Tal-y-llyn Lake is located on a major fault line in Wales known as the Bala Fault, which extends from the Cheshire border to Tywyn on the Cardigan Bay coast. 

The depression caused by this was likely carved out and deepened during subsequent glaciation periods. Until 1962, Tal-y-Llyn Lake was regarded as the most southerly example of a lake formed in a rock basin, with a terminal moraine on top of the bedrock through which the river had carved a channel. 

It is now understood that what appeared to be bedrock is, in fact, massive blocks of debris left by a large landslide.  An enormous scar on the valley side to the left of the foot of the lake shows the source of the landslide, and another landslide a few miles downstream caused the River Dysynni to divert into the adjoining valley to the north.

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