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)
- 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
- 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.
2019 is the Year of Discovery in Wales. So dive in and let your own unique experience of Wales wash over you. Because this is a country overflowing with wonder.
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).
Go high across the Cambrian Mountains and elevated fortresses of Harlech and Carreg Cennen, or low beside the seals and dolphins that pop up for a breather along the coastal cliff walks way out west.
Helping you chart your path through these wonders are three routes: the rugged North Wales Way beginning with the awe-inspiring island of Anglesey, or trek along The Cambrian Way and follow the spine of Wales between Llandudno and Cardiff, or passing near Yr Hen Stablau is the Coastal Way from which offers views that will refresh your soul.
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. Discover your epic here.