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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.
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.
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.
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.
WALKING IN THE CAMBRIAN MOUNTAINS
WILDLIFE AND NATURE RESERVES IN THE CAMBRIAN MOUNTAINS
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.