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Cambrian Mountains | Wales | Walks | Accommodation | Things to Do | Events | Tourism

The rugged peaks and velvet slopes that adorn the central Mid Wales uplands make the Cambrian Mountains one of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain. Running from north to south, the Cambrian Mountains straddle the counties of Powys and Ceredigion and are often described as the backbone of Wales. A paradise for walkers and wildlife watchers alike they are remarkably free of human intervention and afford their visitor some of the most enchanting environments this country has to offer.

Despite enjoying a remarkably low population the Cambrian Mountains are surrounded by several significant market towns; Machynlleth the ancient capital of Wales at the northern edge to the spa town of Llanwrtyd Wells in the south. Rhayader, Llanidloes and Tregaron are also on its fringes whilst Devil’s Bridge shrouds the mountain steppes with mystery. The Cambrian Mountains are also the sources of several rivers including the Wye and Severn which can be easily reached on foot.

Find great accommodation in and around the Cambrian Mountains from self catering holiday cottages to hotels, find pet and family friendly accommodation throughout the area and see for yourself why the Cambrian Mountains gets the royal approval.

Picture of the Elan Valley Dam in Powys, click through for detailed information including nearby accommodation, attractions and events

Elan Valley

The Elan Valley in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains is home to the Elan Valley Reservoirs, examples of incredible engineering complimenting outstanding natural beauty. They were built to provide water for the population of industrialised Birmingham; work was begun in 1894 and opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1904. The worker’s village, designed by Herbert Tudor Buckland is the only purpose built Arts and Crafts model Village in Wales. The nearest towns are Rhayader and Llanidloes.

Dyfi Biosphere, click through for information about the Dyfi Biosphere. Find nearby accommdoation and attractions

The Dyfi Biosphere

The historic town of Machynlleth sits in the Dyfi Valley in an area of outstanding natural beauty and diversity. In order to celebrate and protect this unique environment it is the only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site in Wales. With award-winning beaches and National Nature Reserves, the Dyfi Biosphere sits the edge of both Southern Snowdonia and the Cambrian Mountains - a perfect blend of slope and sand.

The area offers terrific opportunities for walking and cycling including sections of the Wales Coast Path, Glyndwr's Way National Trail and NCN Route 8.

Image of Pumlumon in the Cambrian Mountains


Pumlumon is the name of a massif that contains the highest five peaks in the Cambrian Mountains. Offering a tough challenge to walkers, the peaks of Pen Pumlumon Fawr, Pen Pumlumon Arwystli, Y Garn, Pen Pumlumon Llygad-bychan and Pumlumon Fach offer incredible views to the Mid Wales Marches on one side and to the Cardigan Bay Coast on the other. Pen Pumlumon Fawr is the tallest peak at 2,467 feet.


Picture of a sign for Glyndwrs Way, Wales, click through for stages of the walk and find nearby accommodation and attractions around the areaGlyndwr's Way: The 132 mile National Trail traverses the north of the Cambrian Mountains and is dedicated to the 15th Century Welsh warrior and self-proclaimed 'Prince Owain Glyndwr'. The unique combination of nature and history makes this a truly remarkable journey.
Image of Devils Bridge, click through for more information about the bridge including the ledgend behind this historic site. Find nearby accommodation and attractions and activities to make the most of your holidayDevil's Bridge: The trails that leave from Devil’s Bridge can provide an ambulatory challenge as they delve deep into the gorge that houses a waterfall created by the confluence of the Mynach and Rheidol rivers.
Picture of the Elan Valley Dam, reserve in Mid Wales, Click through for more information about the reservoir including nearby accommodation and attractions around the Elan ValleyElan Valley: The 70 square mile Elan Valley Estate has five reservoirs and is popular with people who come to see the spectacular scenery, which is ideal for walkers, cyclists and bird watchers. A series of dams were constructed at the end of the 19th century to provide water to Birmingham and many parts of mid and south Wales. There is a large Visitor Centre which is a good starting point for your visit.
Picture of a walk to the Source of the Severn, Hafren Forest, Powys, click through for more information, including walks, trails and picnic sites. Find nearby accommodation and eventsSource of the Severn: It is possible to start a trek to the source of the Wye from Chepstow, and the Severn from Bristol, however for those less ambitious the pretty town of Llanidloes provides a more neighbourly departure point.


Cambrain SafarisCambrian Safaris:Spectacular touring around the Cambrian Mountains.Your guide has extensive knowledge of the local area and will try to adjust every tour to your interest; whether that be photography, flora and fauna, local history or maybe you just want to enjoy the fantastic views wherever they may lead you.

All tours provide the opportunity for frequent stops for bird watching or short walks for photography and an informative commentary will provide general insight into the local area.

Picture of Ynyshir Nature Reserve, Near Machynlleth, click through for more information about the reserve including nearby accommodation and events happening around the areaYnys-hir: The Ynys-hir RSPB Nature Reserve near Machynlleth is in the heart of the Dyfi Valley and has a wide range of habitats, from woodlands and peatbogs to saltmarshes and reedbeds, meaning that there are different species to see all year round.
Picture of an Osprey, click the image for more information about this fantastic project including information on visiting the reserve. Find nearby accommodationCors Dyfi: Cors Dyfi (Dyfi bog) is a wonderful little nature reserve that is teaming with wildlife and home to the Dyfi Osprey Project. There is a healthy mixture of bog, swamp, wet woodland and scrub supporting a plethora of animals and plants, including the magnificent Osprey.
Picture of Cors Caron Nature Reserve in Wales, click the image for more information about this fantastic nature reserve including nearby accommodationCors Caron: This peat bog near Tregaron was once a great lake fed by the River Tyfi, today it is a picturesque home to over 170 species of birds, including the rare red kite, buzzards and sparrow hawks.
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