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.
Towns and Villages ...
Penrhyndeudraeth is a village located near the coast east of Porthmadog and north-east of Harlech; it has a population of 2,150.
Newtown known in Welsh as 'Y Drenewydd' is the largest town in Powys and is situated on the banks of the River Severn. Foundedat the end of the 13th century, Newtown boasts a rich industrial heritage, surounded by beautiful countryside.
Tywyn is a seaside town on the north coast of Cardigan Bay. The name Tywyn comes from the Welsh word for beach or sand dunes.
Hay-on-Wye - in Welsh 'Y Gelli Gandryll' or just 'Y Gelli' is well known as 'the town of books' and is home to the Hay Literature Festival.
Presteigne, (Llanandras in Welsh), was once the county town of Radnorshire and nestles at the heart of the Mid Wales Marches on the border of Wales and England.
Viewed by many as the culture capital of Wales, it is home to the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth University and the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Lampeter is the home of the oldest University College in Wales. In the eighteenth century Lampeter was an important gathering place for drovers.
The ancient market Town of Talgarth nestles beneath the Black Mountains which run along the border between Wales and England. Close to Brecon, Crickhowell and Hay-on-Wye it provides an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore the area.
Capel Curig (Curig's Chapel) is a village in the heart of Snowdonia, on the River Llugwy. It is at the junction of the A5 road from Betws-y-Coed to Bangor and the A498 from Beddgelert.
Dolwyddelan is a village with a population of just under 500 situated on the A470 road between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Betws-y-Coed; its name refers to the 5th or 6th century Saint Gwyddelan.
A historic market town, Montgomery is just one mile from Offa's Dyke and the Welsh-Shropshire border. There is much to explore in the area including Montgomery Castle and the town's, cobbled streets and Georgian and Victorian architecture.
The Italianate village of Portmeirion is located just south-west of Penrhyndeudraeth and was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976.
Llandysul is ideally situated for exploring the varied and beautiful counties of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and the Brecon Beacons and is almost equidistant from the larger towns of Cardigan, Carmarthen and Lampeter.
Llangammarch Wells lies south-west of Builth Wells and east of Llanwrtyd Wells and is the smallest of the four spa towns/villages of Mid Wales.
Monmouth is in the heart of the Wye Valley, and, as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is surrounded by magnificent countryside.
Rhayader is a busy, historic market town, named after 'Rhayadr Gwy' a Welsh name for a local waterfall on the Wye.
Arthog is a village and community on the A493 near Fairbourne, 7 miles south-west of Dolgellau; it has a population of just over 1,000.
The picturesque village of Berriew (Welsh: Aberriw) is one of the jewels in the Mid-Wales crown, with its black-and- white cottages, majestic church and the river Rhiw flowing through its heart.
Aberaeron offers everything one might expect from a seaside holiday destination with shops, beaches and a picturesque harbour. The pastel coloured Regency houses help to make it one of the prettiest towns in Wales.