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The Dog Blog- Dolaucothi Parkland Walk

Dolaucothi Goldmines

Dolaucothi Gold mines and woodland is 15 minutes away from the hotel with the main gold mine site which has a coffee shop, toilets, a shop and ample parking with the main car park closing at 5pm. (There are signs to tell you which car park you’re in if you’re not sure and don’t want to be locked in.)

Freya walking in Dolaucothi

Dog Walks

There are several different forest walks around the beautiful Dolaucothi estate, which takes you along the river and along the gardens of the once grand house. I – with my best friend Dozer – took the yellow route which was about 1 mile taking us from the mines following a path (and arrows to help us find our way) over the bridge that was once on the East drive and past the remains of the old grotto which was once a feature within the gardens filled with exotic plants.

Dog walking in Dolaucothi

The routes at the beginning of the walk is one of the few woodlands in Ceredigion where red squirrels can be seen, if you’re lucky enough, just after passing the grotto. But I may have got too excited leaping and rustling around making as much noise as possible, unsurprisingly we didn’t see any.

On the National Trust website you can find directions of the woodlands walk to give you an idea of the route and how long it would take. On one part of the Parkland route there is the chance to find out about the Dolaucothi estate allowing you to imagine the ladies of the house taking a turn around the gardens you’ve just walked passed. I wasn’t really interested so we went back to the route to the car park.

Dog walking in Dolaucothi pumsaint

Something to drink…

When we got back to the main site we went to for a coffee in the main tearooms. The site has an entrance fee, unless you’re a member of the national trust and then it’s included. I managed to get a big bowl of water for Dozer and I and lots of fuss!

A beautiful woodland walk with my favourite – a stop in the river!

Dog river walking Freya signature

Pets Welcome

Suki relaxing at The Falcondale, Lampeter

Dogs stay free in October

Dog friendly place to stay in Mid Wales

Dogs are back on the beaches in October

During the summer months the beaches on Cardigan Bay change their rules about dogs on the beaches. From around May to September they are generally not permitted, but October is nearly upon us! There are fabulous gems awaiting you and your four-legged friend, and you can now bring them to stay with you here at The Falcondale at no charge in the month of October.

Here’s our recommendations…


Aberporth Beach

Aberporth’s picturesque village overlooks two sandy blue-flagged beaches. A perfect opportunity to get in the sea alongside your dog. Rock pools are exposed during low tide, and hill top walks offers great sea views.

It’s village location offers the obligatory shops, ice cream and pub for those all important pit stops. Allowing you to spend the majority of the day in this one location.

Dog friendly beaches


Cwmtydu Beach

A former smuggler’s cove this smaller shingle beach is generally quiet and peaceful. At low tide there will be a ribbon of sand showing.

It has great access to the coastal path.  An option could be that you park your car in New Quay and catch the bus to Cwmtydu – spend some time on the beach – and walk back along the coastline to New Quay.

Remember to watch out for porpoises, seals and dolphins whilst your there.

Cardigan Bay coastline



A jewel in the crown of the National Trust Mwnt’s sandy beach is accessed via steep steps – so be aware. Parking is available at the top of the headland. Green coast access offers clifftop walks to both sides of the car park. Its history includes a fifteenth century church alongside the car park.

A kiosk and facilities are tucked away in the hillside, but you will not see any other development for miles.

Find a dog-friendly hotel with plenty of opportunities for walking, preferably with a dog-friendly beach nearby.


Newport Beach

There is a fabulous option for you and your best friend on Newport Beach (not the one next to Cardiff, but Newport in North Pembrokeshire). North Beach on Newport sands is open all year for Rover to frolic around on. Follow signs for Newport golf club, and you’ll soon come across the car park and toilets.

A mile of sandy beach and surf for you and your pooch, and even access to the Coastal Path should you wish to stretch your legs even further. Only a 10-minute walk from the shops and cafes of Newport village.

Lisa and Mark took Snoopy, Macsen and Milly to test it out on a snowy day in March with great success and very tired dogs at the end of the day. Highly recommended!

Walks in Newport whilst staying at The Falcondale Hotel, Ceredigion


Dogs stay free in October

To celebrate the re-introduction of dogs to Ceredigion beaches in October, there will be no charge for your dog staying with you here at The Falcondale. Take a look at reasons why you should bring your best friend with you…

Pets Welcome at The Falcondale

Pets welcome at The Falcondale

Frolicking in the Cambrian Mountains with your pet

Having written a piece on places to take your dog on the coast, we thought that you should also be aware of the fabulous Cambrian Mountains that is on our doorstep

Cambrian Mountains

Taking your dog for a walk in the countryside at this time of year can be a little risky when there’s lambs and calves around. The mothers can be quite scary when defending their young. It’s important to be respectful and head to somewhere that you can relax and enjoy with your best friend scurrying around beside you.

We would recommend the Hafod Estate!

Hafod Estate Hafod Estate

Hafod Estate

From the Falcondale head north to Tregaron and through Pontrhydfendigaid on the B4343, which is not far from Strata Florida (with its Cistercian monastery). Take your time heading northwards on this winding road with spectacular view points, through Pont-rhyd-y-groes and turn right onto the B4574, signposted to the Hafod Estate. It will take approx. 50 minutes to drive to the estate from The Falcondale.

The estate covers around 200 hectares of the Ystwyth valley, including rushing streams, a chain suspension bridge, rocky gorges, gentle open parkland and narrow wooden valleys. We would recommend that you make full use of the maps found in the car park (2 x £1 coins required). They will direct you through 5 different way-marked walks of varying length and difficulty.

The predicament is knowing which to do…

Hafod estate guide book

Coed Hafod walk

We would recommend the Coed Hafod walk as it’s a circular route, taking approx. 1 hour to complete. Spring is the absolute best time as the wildlife will be particularly colourful. We are certain that both you and your pooch will be thrilled with its wooded areas and views to the distant hills.

We suggest that you take a packed lunch with you should you wish to stay all day, and after a bite to eat try out the Lady’s walk.

Lady’s walk

On hot days, if you (or fido) would like a little dip to cool off the Lady’s walk will take you alongside the stream that runs through the estate. A perfect opportunity to also see the spectacular Peiran’s falls.

Pets welcome at The Falcondale

The best news of all is that, during National Pet Month, pets can stay for free!

All other times it’s just £10 per night for your dog to stay with you.

Come and experience our dog friendly hotel and the Cambrian Mountains today. Find out more about our selection of rooms or book a room now.

*Free stay for dogs only during National Pet Month


The little things that can make a big difference when you are looking for a dog-friendly hotel.

5 Tips for a Fantastic Dog Friendly Hotel Stay in Mid-Wales

At The Falcondale, we’ve got history when it comes to hounds in our country house hotel in Lampeter. In fact, we were listed as one of the Daily Mail’s top 6 dog friendly hotels in 2016.

And more recently, we were very proud to be the Editor’s choice in the Top 10 dog friendly hotels in the Good Hotel Guide 2018. We’ve also been featured in The Evening Standard and The Independent.

So we thought we’d share some of our thoughts on the little things that can make a big difference when you are looking for a dog friendly hotel to properly pamper your pooch.

Plenty of treats

A good dog friendly hotel should offer pampered pooches some tasty treats when they arrive.

You’ll want your four-legged travelling companion to be looked after as well as you.

Find out what doggy treats are on offer to canine guests and make sure the hotel can help you with the basics.

At The Falcondale, we present every dog with a cosy blanket, water bowl and tasty treat – everything you’d expect at a truly dog friendly hotel. If you should forget something, there’s everything from poo bags and spare leads, to towels and dog food on offer.


Find a dog friendly hotel with plenty of opportunities for walking, preferably with a dog friendly beach nearby.

Find a hotel with expansive grounds and surrounding countryside and do a bit of research beforehand to find nearby walks for adventurous pups.

With 14 acres of land right on our doorstep, as well as circular walks, the coastal footpath, wooded and forestry walks, hilltop walks and dog friendly beaches, there’s plenty to keep you and your dog busy!

We’ll even give you a torch for late-night or early-morning strolls.

Doggy delicacies

A dog friendly hotel will have designated areas where dogs and their owners can sit together and eat.

While the majority of hotels won’t allow dogs into their restaurants (ourselves included), many will have designated areas where dogs are welcome and owners can sit down for food.

Find out where these are so that you can plan your mealtimes in advance.

At The Falcondale, we have our own canine menu and they can eat beside you in the conservatory before napping in front of the fire in the lounge.

Most hotels should be able to store fresh meat or titbits in their freezer or refrigerator. We can offer this, so long as the food is suitably packaged.

Furry friends

The Falcondale's resident dog, Snoopy, loves to greet our four-legged guests.

You’d expect any dog friendly hotel to at least have their own resident pooch.

Our Cocker Spaniel, Snoopy, loves to welcome any four-legged guests!

The local residents of the surrounding area also like to walk their dogs on the hotel drive, so there should be plenty of friendly furry faces to “sniff out”.

Your pooch stays free at our dog friendly hotel!*

Your furry friends will always be welcome when they check in at our dog friendly hotel.

The best news of all is that, during National Pet Month, pets can stay for free!

All other times it’s just £10 per night for your dog to stay with you.

Come and experience our dog friendly hotel today. Find out more about our selection of rooms or book a room now.

*Free stay for dogs only during National Pet Month