Attractions in Southern Snowdonia
- Walking – Walk straight from the cottage door into the azalea-filled Dell for the start of the Nature Trail. Follow the trail zig-zagging up the hillside to see wildflowers, trees, shrubs and stunning views of the Dyfi Valley and Pumlumon (five peaks) range. It is about a two mile round trip up to Llyn Ruck (see photo below) and back.
- Long walks further afield: Cadair Idris (8 miles), Darren Hendre and Cwm Maethlon (3 miles) and the Wales Coast path passes 1 mile away.
- Machynlleth (1 mile) unspoilt market town with independent shops, swimming pool, Y Tabernacl arts centre, Owain Glyndwr Centre, pubs and restaurants. From Machynlleth, all types of days out – beach, walking, birdwatching, sightseeing – are possible without the car. Trains run south to Aberystwyth, north to Aberdyfi and beyond, along the spectacular Cambrian Coast to Pwllheli. Transport for Wales is the train company. Buses run from Machynlleth throughout the Valley, see bus guide
- Mountain bike trails from Machynlleth and cycle hire from Dolgellau
- CAT – Centre for Alternative Technology (4 miles) – displays and activities on renewable energy and sustainable living.
- Seaside: Aberdyfi (8 miles) with 5 miles of sandy beach, Yacht Club and water sports, kite surfing locally
- Children’s activities: Talyllyn Steam Railway with Thomas the tank engine, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, pony trekking, Corris Railway
- General Visitor information for the Dyfi Valley
Review April 2019: “Many thanks, we enjoyed the holiday and location immensely. The wildlife is wonderful.’
- Things to do in spring: – see garden rhododendrons in flower and wildflowers on Snowdonia hillsides, nesting birds at RSPB Ynys-hir and the Dyfi Osprey Project.
- Things to do in autumn and winter: watch ducks, geese and wading birds on the river Dyfi, shop at craft fair at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and at local farmers’ markets, Machynlleth lantern festival.
- Birdwatching: Ynys-hir nature reserve (6 miles), Red Kite Safaris (book in advance)
- Golf: Aberdyfi, Harlech (top championship courses in N Wales), Borth, Machynlleth.
- Fishing: book in advance through the New Dyfi Fishing Association
- Machynlleth Music Festival – last week in August with art & music (welsh choral, folk, jazz, classical).
Information on suppliers of local and organic food, and arts and craft venues are available in the cottage. There is a dazzling range of local places to eat out: cafes, pubs and restaurants in Machynlleth and within 15 miles.
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For the thrill seekers there’s coasteering on the Atlantic-battered rocks of Pembrokeshire, or 100 mph madness on the world’s fastest zip line in Bethesda. For the more sedate in mood, there are over 600 castles to explore (a more concentrated collection of turrets, baileys and moats cannot be found anywhere in the world).
Discover Wales through unique outdoor experiences, adventures, events, nature, and attractions. This is the Year of Outdoors. Experience new corners of the country and remember: feeling good has no season.
The Wales Coast Path passes a mile awy from the cottage, at Dyfi Bridge, about halfway on its 870 mile journey. People visit the Wales Coast Path for its fantastic natural scenery, wildlife and great walks – everything from a gentle stroll to a full-on hike. We provide detailed maps of the local sections of the Path, transport timetables and information on places of interest along the way, such as Aberystwyth & New Quay to the south and Aberdyfi, Harlech and the Great Orme to the north.
If you just want to just stop, stand still and soak it all in – there’s no more peaceful place to do it. This is Wales.