Snowdonia has it all, mountains, coast, castles, lots of activities and so many beautiful places to visit. We know the area well so if you have a specific interest you are welcome to get in touch to ask for recommendations. Here are just a few tasters of what you can do.
The Dyfi valley is a prime location for mountain biking and there are numerous forest trails within riding distance of the cottage. The Climachx trail is in the forest itself, a 15m round trip on built single tracks and featuring the longest descent in Wales.
The Mach 1-3 trails start from nearby Machynlleth
This is an unspoilt landscape and you will find wildlife at every turn. On your journey in you will need to slow right down in case the Dyfi otters are crossing the road. Pine Martens are a recent introduction to the valley. The cottage garden itself covers around 2/3 acre and is managed for wildlife. It attracts countless species of birds such as long tailed tits, greater spotted woodpeckers and green wagtails. We can't stop the badgers digging up the drive! And you will hear owls at night and cuckoos in the Spring. We also have newts, toads, frogs and countless small furries.
The Osprey Project near Machynlleth is well worth a visit, as is Ynys Hir (RSPB)
The Dyfi forest is a public access landscape which means you can walk in any part of it. It is a huge area with few landmarks so a compass can be a good idea.
From the cottage door you can find a lake, several quarries, a Victorian wheelhouse and cutting shed, clear running streams and of course lots of trees.
Nearby is the Mawddach trail, Glyndwrs Way, Cregennan Lakes and of course you can climb Cadair Idris and Snowdon (and we can put you in touch with a a local mountain guide if youre not confident to tackle those alone)
There is evidence all around the cottage of the areas' Victorian slate mining industry. Including abondoned mine workings, tramway wheelhouses and ruined workers barracks. You can go underground and find out more about slate mining from Corris Mine Explorers
There are many ancient buildings and monuments, Cymer Abbey is beautiful and tranquil while Harlech Castle is grand and imposing. Climb the Roman steps in Machynlleth and see Arthurs' stone in Dinas Mawddwy. The whole area is criss crossed with drovers roads and abandoned farms.
The Centre for Alternative Technology is a one of a kind outing, while King Arthurs Labyrinth and the Corris Craft Centre are great for rainy days, and we're not too far from Zip World.If you're brave enough!
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