Dolgellau made its wealth during the 19th century wool trade, which provided most of its impressive buildings. More than 200 are listed for preservation – the highest of any other town in Wales. Today the town is a major center of outdoor activities. One of Snowdonia’s premier peaks, Cader Idris, lies to the south, while the nearby Coed-y-Brnin Forest offers amazing mountain biking trails that go for 70 miles. You can rent mountain bikes at Dolgellau Cycles. The Mawddach Trail is a converted railway line that goes for 7.5 miles along the south of town that is great for walking. Ty Siamas is the first National Center for Welsh Folk Music in Wales, and celebrates the fact that Dolgellau hosted the first Welsh folk festival in 1952. Idris Hall hosts weekly performances and exhibitions.