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National Parks and Reserves in Mid Wales

Mid Wales has 2 National Parks; Brecon Beacons in the South and Snowdonia in the North. 

Brecon Beacons National Park covers around 520 square miles of Mid and South Wales and is excellent walking country. The highest point is Pen y Fan, the highest peak in southern Britain. As well as mountains, you can explore moorland, castles, waterfalls and lively market towns and villages. The Brecon Beacons is an International Dark Sky Reserve and on a clear night in the Brecon Beacons, you can see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers.

Snowdonia National Park is home to the biggest mountain in Wales and England, Snowdon at 3,560ft, which you can visit by foot or train aboard Snowdon Mountain Railway. Snowdonia might start in the far north around Snowdon but it also extends eastwards and southwards, across to Bala and almost all the way down to Machynlleth.

We also have an internationally recognised UNESCO Biosphere. The Dyfi Biosphere in Mid Wales is the only UNESCO Biosphere in the whole of Wales. It's recognised for the diversity of its natural beauty, heritage and wildlife.

Scenic Places to Visit

Crychan Forest

Crychan Forest (NRW)

Llangammarch Wells

The Crychan & Halfway Forest is set in beautiful countryside nestling between the Brecon Beacons & the Cambrian Mountains. Miles of waymarked trails take you through tranquil gorges, along old drover's routes & past cascading waterfalls.

Hafren Forest

Hafren Forest (NRW)

Llanidloes

The Hafren Forest takes its name from the River Severn, the Afon Hafren in Welsh, which takes its rise about a mile from the western boundary of the forest, high up on the slopes of Pumlumon, the highest mountain in Mid Wales.

Visitor Centre

Elan Valley

Rhayader

The Elan Valley Visitor Centre has information about the area, an exhibition, cafe, audio-visual show, play area and toilets.

Elan Valley

Elan Valley Estate

Rhayader

The Elan Estate attracts more than 400,000 visitors annually. Many people come to enjoy the peace and quiet, some come for the wildlife and scenery, whilst others take part in more active pursuits.

Radnor Forest

Radnor Forest (NRW)

Presteigne

With a hidden waterfall and a Royal Pedigree. Radnor forest was once a royal hunting ground which wasn't a 'forest' in the modern sense.

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Aberystwyth

The Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway is the longest in Britain and the only one in Wales. Its 778 feet undulating track and tilted carriages are the unique work of Victorian engineer G. Croyden Marks.

Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Wells, or 'Landod' as it is known to locals, is the administrative centre of Powys and one of its largest towns. As the name suggests, it owes its origins to the spring waters that were recognised to have healing properties.

Ceri Forest

Ceri Forest (NRW)

Newtown

Ceri Forest is a coniferous forest which sits astride the Kerry Ridgeway in the uplands of Montgomeryshire.

Ystwyth Forest

Ystwyth Forest (NRW)

Devil's Bridge

Experience the spectacular landscapes of the forests of Ceredigion The beautiful county of Ceredigion is bordered by the Irish Sea to the west and sheltered to the east by the Cambrian Mountains.

Cadair Idris

Cadair Idris (NRW)

Dolgellau

Cader/Cadair Idris meaning 'Chair of Idris' from the giant warrior poet of Welsh legend. Rugged summits, glacial lakes and a mossy wooded gorge cover over 450 hectares of breathtaking landscape.

Dyfi Biosphere

Dyfi Valley & Coast

Machynlleth

The Dyfi Valley opens wide as it approaches the Cardigan Bay Coast and ends in sandy beaches and dunes. It cradles the westerly spur of Powys, Ceredigion north of Aberystwyth, and the southern rim of Snowdonia National Park.

Bedford Monument Hafod Forest

Hafod Forest (NRW)

Devil's Bridge

The Hafod Forest occupies some 200 hectares of the Ystwyth valley and surrounding hills.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre

Bwlch Nant Yr Arian Visitor Centre (NRW)

Devil's Bridge

Enjoy the red kites and views in our most popular woodland in mid Wales with a range of walking and mountain biking trails, visitor centre and cafe.

Dyfi Forest

Dyfi Forest (NRW)

Machynlleth

The Dyfi Forest is located mainly to the north of the Afon Dyfi between Dolgellau to the north and Machynlleth to the south. Dyfi is a 6000ha forest - a spectacular landscape well worth exploring.

Devil's Bridge Waterfalls

Devil's Bridge Waterfalls & Nature Trail

Devil's Bridge

A circular walk that takes you deep into the wooded gorge with spectacular views of the 300ft Mynach Waterfalls. A challenging walk that takes at least 45minutes which includes many steep steps.

Dyfnant & Vyrnwy Forests

Dyfnant & Vyrnwy Forests (NRW)

Lake Vyrnwy

Dyfnant and Vyrnwy Forests are in a part of Mid Wales renowned for its rolling hills, lush green valleys and picturesque farmsteads and villages.

Lake Vyrnwy

Lake Vyrnwy / Llyn Efyrnwy

Lake Vyrnwy

Lake Vyrnwy is set amidst the remote and beautiful Berwyn Mountains. With spectacular waterfalls, and unspoilt open countryside, a visit to Lake Vyrnwy is a wonderful day out for all the family.

Rheidol Valley

Rheidol Valley/Cwm Rheidol

Aberystwyth

The River Rheidol rises in Plynlimon near Nant y Moch reservoir. Cwm Rheidol covers approx. 73 square miles reaching the sea at Aberystwyth. Attractions include Devil's Bridge Falls, Rheidol Railway and Hydro Electric Visitor Centre.

Black Mountains

Black Mountains

Crickhowell

The Black Mountains are a group of hills spread across parts of Powys and Monmouthshire in southeast Wales, and extending across the national border into Herefordshire, England.

Tal-y-llyn Lake

Tal-y-Llyn Lake

Tal-y-llyn

Tal-y-llyn Lake is a 220 acre ribbon lake located at the foot of Cadair Idris in Southern Snowdonia, a short distance north of Machynlleth and north-east of Tywyn.

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