An old market town with grey-walled, slate-roofed houses. Owain Glyndwr held a parliament here in 1404, and it was here that he signed an alliance with Charles VI of France. The seven-arched bridge was built in 1638.
As well as the Cistercian Way, Dolgellau has some delightful short walks. The Torrent Walk goes up the Clywedog to the east of the town past some splendid waterfalls and rapids. To the west, the coast walk to Barmouth was described by George Borrow as the second finest walk in Wales - the finest being Barmouth to Dolgellau. To the north, the Precipice Walk takes you through hills and woods east of Cymmer Abbey. You can then rejoin the main Cistercian Way to Trawsfynydd.