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Visit Wales VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Llwyngwern Quarry, Pantperthog, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ, Tel: 0300 065 3000, www.naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Walk Route: Moderate

Start: Centre for Alternative Technology
(C.A.T) car park
Grid Reference: SH 754 044
Distance: 7.1 km – 4.4 miles
Grade: Moderate (some steep sections)
Terrain: Firm tracks, roads and open grassland
Maps: OS Explorer OL23 or 215

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  • Miles: 5
  • Rail station: Machynlleth (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Welsh Wildlife Centre
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales, Cilgerran, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, SA43 2TB, Tel: 01239 621600, Email, www.welshwildlife.org

Visitor centre situated on Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve containing Glasshouse Cafe, Welsh Wildlife Centre Gift Shop, Wildlife Trust information. Discover nature through play, adventure, creativity & reflection. Several walks.


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  • Rail station: Carmarthen (27 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Bala Adventure & Watersports
Adventure Activities Licensing AuthorityRoyal Yachting AssociationVisit Wales Activity Tourism AccreditationSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Bala Lake Foreshore, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7SR, Tel: 01678 521059, Email, www.balawatersports.com

Bala Adventure and Watersports is one of the UK’s top specialists in outdoor activity, on water and land. Windsurfing, Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Rock Climbing & Abseiling, Archery, Orienteering, Raft Building, and White Water Rafting.

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  • Rail station: Wrexham (30 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Cardigan Bay Active
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The Scout Hall Boat House , The Strand, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1EX, Tel: 01239 612133, Email, www.cardiganbayactive.co.uk

We are currently able to offer activities on the land, on the sea and on the river which include: Bushcraft, Coasteering, River & Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing & Abseiling and even White Water Tubing!

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  • Rail station: Fishguard (21 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Fantasy Farm Park

Hafod Peris, Llanrhystud, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 5DA, Tel: 01974 272285, Email, www.fantasyfarmpark.co.uk

Fantasy Farm Park is situated in the heart of the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside.

 
 
 
Silver Mountain Experience

Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AB, Tel: 01970 890620, Email, www.silvermountainexperience.co.uk

A family attraction with actor led shows in one of Wales’ scariest underground experiences. Above ground a 7 acre fantasy realm with water play, caters for younger children, whilst the Miners Trail & exhibition offers a glimpse of the past.

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  • Rail station: Aberystwyth (12 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway
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Gorsaf Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9EY, Tel: 01654 710472, Email, www.talyllyn.co.uk

Rail Route: Tywyn - Abergynolwyn

Historic narrow-gauge steam railway set in beautiful, unspoilt Snowdonia. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol.

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  • Rail station: Tywyn (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Magic of Life Butterfly Farm

Cwmrheidol, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3NB, Tel: 01970 880928, Email, www.magicoflife.org

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.

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  • Rail station: Aberystwyth (10 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre
Visit Wales VAQAS

Ganllwyd, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2HZ, Tel: 01341 440747, Email, www.naturalresources.wales/coedybrenin

Coed y Brenin visitor centre is the gateway to Coed y Brenin Forest Park. Try world-class mountain bike trails, family walks, café, cycle shop, all-ability play area and an easy access trail.

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  • Rail station: Barmouth (15 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Vale of Rheidol Railway
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Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG, Tel: 01970 625819, Email, www.rheidolrailway.co.uk

Rail Route: Aberystwyth - Devil's Bridge

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.

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  • Rail station: Aberystwyth (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Llangorse Multi Activity Centre
Adventure Activities Licensing AuthorityBritish Horse SocietyWales Trekking and Riding AssociationVisit Wales Activity Tourism Accreditation

The Gilfach, Llangorse, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7UH, Tel: 0333 600 20 20, Email, www.activityuk.com

Llangorse Multi Activity Centre is the home of the largest indoor Climbing and Riding Centre in Wales. Activities include Sky Trek with 2km of zip lines high above the ground and an indoor climbing centre.

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  • Rail station: Abergavenny (15 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
RSPB - Ynyshir Nature Reserve
Visit Wales VAQAS

Eglwysfach, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8TA, Tel: 01654 700222, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/find-a-reserve/reserves-a-z/reserves-by-name/y/ynys-hir/index.aspx

A beautiful location for a relaxing walk overlooking the Dyfi estuary. Ynys-hir mixes Welsh oak woodland, saltmarshes and wet grassland. We have miles of trails and 7 viewing hides.

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  • Rail station: Dovey Junction (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Borth Animalarium
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Borth Zoo, Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5NA, Tel: 01970 871224, Email, www.animalarium.co.uk

The Animalarium Borth Zoo is a collection of exotic, unusual and interesting animals to amuse and delight you.

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  • Rail station: Borth (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
King Arthur's Labyrinth
Visit Wales VAQAS

Corris Craft Centre, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9RF, Tel: 01654 761584, Email, www.kingarthurslabyrinth.co.uk

Set sail through the cascading veil of an underground waterfall and discover a magical place where tales from the mists of time are retold. Tales of Dragons, Giants and the Legendary King Arthur. New for 2017 - Dragon River.

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  • Rail station: Machynlleth (6 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Tregoyd Mountain Riders
Adventure Activities Licensing AuthorityBritish Horse SocietyWales Trekking and Riding AssociationVisit Wales Activity Tourism Accreditation

Lower Cwmcadarn, Three Cocks, Brecon, Powys, LD3 0TB, Tel: 01497 847351, Email, www.tregoydriding.co.uk

Tregoyd Mountain Riders offer horse riding, pony trekking, hacking, riding holidays, riding lessons, bed & breakfast for horses and riders and livery in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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  • Rail station: Hereford (30 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Machinations
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

The Old Village Hall, Llanbrynmair, Powys, SY19 7AA, Tel: 01650 521738, Email, www.machinationswales.co.uk

Machinations has something for everyone, a play barn to bounce off energy, a rabbit village where you can feed and stroke the animals and the model museum where you can turn handles, push buttons and watch everything work.

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  • Rail station: Caersws (12 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Dyfnant & Vyrnwy Forests

Powys, SY21 0QH, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email, www.naturalresources.wales/dyfnant

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

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  • Rail station: Welshpool (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Quackers
Visit Wales VAQAS

Newmead Farm, Newbridge-on-Wye, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6HR, Tel: 01597 860111, Email, www.quackersnow.com

Quackers is a childrens play centre and facilities include a cafeteria, themed party rooms, an astro slide s, a tube slide, a maze, roller racers, a rope bridge, ball pool and many other exciting features.

 
 
 
 
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