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Severn Valley & UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere - Day 2

A 3 day trip around Mid Wales with places to stay and things to do.
Today you travel through the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere from Machynlleth to Aberystwyth. Public car charging point in Aberystwyth.


After one of Sue's legendary cooked breakfasts, you and your car will be charged up and ready to go!
Heading from Machynlleth to Aberystwyth is bird watching heaven. During Spring & Summer see our local celebrity Ospreys at Cors Dyfi, or stop off at RSPB Ynyshir, home to BBC's Springwatch for the last two years. It's a beautiful walk around the reserve at any time of year and the friendly staff always have time for a chat.
Drinks and light snacks are available from the visitor centre.
Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve

Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve

The Cors Dyfi reserve is a mixture of bog, swamp, wet woodland and scrub supporting a plethora of animals and plants, including the magnificent Osprey, which bred on the reserve, for the first time, in 2011.
RSPB - Ynyshir Nature Reserve

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

The RSPB Ynys-Hir nature reserve is wildlife haven in the heart of Mid Wales. Located within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, Ynys-hir has miles of trails, 7 view hides and has been awarded Ramsar, Natura 2000 and SSSI status.


For a real treat for lunch, try Ynyshir Hall Hotel.
During the Summer why not carry on towards Aberystwyth and a short detour to the Cwm Rheidol Power Station, find out about the electricity that is produced to charge your car. Have a free tour around the Power Station with the knowledgeable Jim! Then the Visitor Centre on 5 minutes away and their display on the history of the site. (Open May - September) The visitor centre also has a lovely cafe for a light lunch!
Wander around the next door Magic of Life Butterfly House, free flying butterflies, a delight for all ages to see.

Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms

At Ynyshir can expect a whole evening experience. Menus are slow food – time and care is taken in ageing, pickling, foraging, salting, preserving and souring. A journey of development, experience, flavour, story, history and locality.
Rheidol Power Station

Rheidol Visitor Centre and Power Station

The Rheidol hydropower plant is the largest of its kind in England and Wales. Guided tours of the power station at set times, visitor centre and interactive display.
Magic of Life Butterfly Farm

Magic of Life Butterfly House

Come and see some of the largest and most colourful butterflies in the world! We exhibit species from all over the tropics. Our wildlife garden has many varieties of plants specifically for butterflies.


Carry on into Aberystwyth and there is a car charging point at the Science Park, Aber Instruments allow public access and are only a 10 minute walk away from town.

With time to spare while your car is charging the National Library of Wales have fascinating collections and exhibits to browse through.

Or take a ride on the Vale of Rheidol Railway for a trip up the Rheidol Valley using a steam train! Trains leave from next door to the main railway station in town. Leave yourself time for a visit to the Devils Bridge Waterfalls right beside the Rhediol Railway platform.
National Library of Wales

National Library of Wales

The National Library is one of the great libraries of the world. Since 1911 it has enjoyed the right to collect, free of charge, a copy of every printed work published in Britain and Ireland
Vale of Rheidol Railway

Vale of Rheidol Railway

All aboard the Vale of Rheidol for an unforgettable journey through the beautiful Rheidol Valley by narrow gauge steam train. Sit back, relax and let us take you on a nostalgic journey through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery.
Devil's Bridge Waterfalls

Devil's Bridge Waterfalls & Nature Trail

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.


Aberystwyth has a wide range of places to eat and drink in the town centre, have a walk on the prom to work up an appetite, or maybe see a film or show at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Aberystwyth Art

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

The award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and facilities includes the Great Hall, Theatre, Galleries, Cinema, Craftshop, Bookshop, Workshop spaces, Pottery, Restaurant, Cafe and Bars.


Finding a place to stay in Aberystwyth couldn't be easier, some of our suggestions in the town centre are Harry's or The Richmond or Gwesty Cymru.
Harry's Irish Bar & Bistro with rooms

Harry's Hotel, Bar & Bistro

Harry's Hotel and Restaurant is ideally located in the heart of Aberystywth, a busy University Town. Enjoy the delights of Harry's restaurant where Chefs, uses only the finest local ingredients.
Richmond Hotel

The Richmond

The Richmond boasts the prime seafront location on the main Aberystwyth Promenade overlooking Cardigan Bay and is at the heart of town. All room have ensuite facilities. The hotel has its own large private car park.
Gwesty Cymru

Gwesty Cymru

Luxury Welsh hotel situated at the centre of Aberystwyth's promenade in Ceredigion. Inviting, fresh and stylish with 8 bedrooms featuring LCD televisions, wifi and Egyptian cotton linen. Seafront terraced restaurant serves local food.

Details of Cors Dyfi Nature ReserveCors Dyfi Nature Reserve

Cors Dyfi is a wonderful little nature reserve that is teaming with wildlife. Over the last few hundred years it has seen many changes, from estuarine salt marsh to reclaimed grazing, then to conifer plantation and more recently into a wildlife rich wetland reserve.

The reserve is a healthy mixture of bog, swamp, wet woodland and scrub supporting a plethora of animals and plants. Including the magnificent Osprey, which bred on the reserve for the first time in 2011. If you are lucky you may also spot an otter or dormouse.

Our new Dyfi Osprey Project website is packed with information on the ospreys and the nature reserve they call home:

Best time to visit - The Ospreys are typically here from April to September. Spring and Summer are also the best times to see Common Lizards, Nightjars, Grasshopper, Reed & Sedge Warblers, Yellow Flag Iris and Four-spotted Chasers. The Trust’s Water Buffalo graze the reserve during the Summer. The winter brings a host of small birds to the feeders as well as Barnacle Geese and Hen Harriers to the wider reserve. During the winter you may even glimpse the elusive Bittern in the reed beds. Year round we regularly see Otters and Red Kites on the reserve.

With the exception of the elevated bird hide, the site is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Facilities include visitor centre with a small shop & basic refreshments; there is a disabled toilet. Assistance dogs only.

View key to symbolskeyAccepts groups Disabled toilets Education/study area Facilities for educational visits Wheelchairs available Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed


Tel: 01654 781414

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Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve

Derwenlas, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8SR


Map reference: SN 701985
     Lat: 52.56876  Long: -3.91803
By Bus:The nearest bus stop (Llyfnant Valley Bridge) is approximately 500m south of the reserve entrance.

By Rail: The nearest rail station is Machynlleth. Visitors are asked not to use Dyfi Junction station as there is no access to the reserve from here.

By Car: Cors Dyfi is 3.5 miles south west of Machynlleth on the A487 Aberystwyth road just south of Morben Isaf caravan park.

Parking : free

Public Transport : 3 miles from Machynlleth station

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