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One can really work up a thirst when walking the dogs up and down the peaks of the dramatic and beautiful Snowdonia National Park. It is enough to make you desperate for a pint of real ale! Fortunately for you, there is a place you can do just that – and the dogs are welcome, too.

The Cross Foxes Inn is a traditional, 19th century village inn, found in the little village of Garndolbenmaen, in Gwynedd (about four miles to the north west of Porthmadog). The inn is still family-run, and offers a wide range of local Welsh ales, as well as a good selection of beers, wines and spirits.

And that’s not even mentioning the food menu! On offer is a vast array of hearty, home-cooked meals, with their homemade pies being the speciality. Dogs are allowed in both the bar area and the garden, provided they are kept on their leads.

Come for a nice lunch to keep you full up and well fuelled, then set out onto the mountain path. This will lead you right the way to the top of Craig-y-garn, where you can take in the spectacular views over Snowdonia and Cardigan Bay.

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A beautiful restaurant, located in the heart of Snowdonia in Dolgellau. The restaurant offers parking outside. 

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