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Llwyngwern Quarry, Pantperthog, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ, Tel: 01654 705950, Email, visit.cat.org.uk

The trail explores the wildlife and biodiversity of the old slate quarry on which CAT is built and looks at the history of changing land-use and industry in the area.

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  • Rail station: Machynlleth (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
RSPB - Ynyshir Nature Reserve
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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
 
 
 
The Mawddach Trail

Southern Snowdonia, LL40 2TA, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/mawddach-coedgarthgell/

RSPB Mawddach Valley takes in two very different habitats around the Mawddach estuary which are open to the public - the woodland of Coed Garth Gell and the wetland of Arthog Bog.

 
 
 
Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve

Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UR, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email, www.naturalresources.wales/morfaharlech

Morfa Harlech is one of two extensive sand dune systems which make up much of the Meirionnydd coastline, extending form the Mawddach estuary in the south to Black Rock Sands in the north west.

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  • Rail station: Harlech (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Dyfi Biosphere

Mid Wales, SY20 8SR, Tel: 01654 703 965, Email, www.dyfibiosphere.org.uk

The Dyfi Biosphere is part of a network of sites throughout the world where information and experiences can be shared and new ideas explored.

 
 
 
Borth Animalarium
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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
 
 
 
Aber Corris Nature Reserve

Nr Machynlleth, Southern Snowdonia, SY20 9SP, Tel: 01248 351541

This is one of very few areas of ancient broadleaved woodland left in the Corris valley.

 
 
Lake Vyrnwy

Llanwddyn, Powys, SY10 0LY, Tel: 01691 870278, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/lakevyrnwy/about.aspx

Rhiwagor Trail (2 miles, 3.2 km); Llechwedd-du Walk (5.5 miles, 9.1 km); Ty Uchaf Walk (5 miles, 7.8 km); Craig Garth Bwlch Trail (3 miles, 4.8 km); Grwn Oer Trail (1-2 miles, 3.2 km)

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  • Rail station: Welshpool (20 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
Craig Cerrig Gleisiaid a Fan Frynych

Brecon Beacons, NP8 1LG, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email

There is plenty else to find on this 1200 acre reserve which takes in the summit of Fan Frynach. Over 500 different plants have been recorded as well as 80 species of birds.

 
 
 
Ynyslas Nature Reserve
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Visitor Centre, Ynyslas, Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5JZ, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email, www.naturalresources.wales/dyfiynyslas

The whole Reserve is made up of three parts: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog; Dyfi Estuary, an internationally important feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and the beach and sand dunes of Ynyslas.

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  • Rail station: Borth (2 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Denmark Farm Conservation Centre
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Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8PB, Tel: 01570 4933358, Email, www.denmarkfarm.org.uk

The Denmark Farm Conservation Trust is a unique conservation project pioneering the restoration of biodiversity to Britain's farmed countryside.

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  • Rail station: Carmarthen (25 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve

Nr Conwy, Gwynedd, LL33 0LP, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email, www.naturalresources.wales/coedyddaber

The main attraction for visitors to Coedydd Aber has long been the reserve’s spectacular waterfall, but the valley is home to a diverse range of habitats, from mixed woodland to grassland.

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  • Rail station: Llanfairfechan (3 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 
Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve

Nr Conwy, Gwynedd, LL33 0LP, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email, www.naturalresources.wales/coedyddaber

The main path from the entrance by the bridge at Bont Newydd to the foot of the Rhaeadr Fawr waterfall is approx. 1¼ miles (2 km). A network of footpaths extends through the reserve, some of which are designated public rights of way.

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  • Rail station: Llanfairfechan (3 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Devils Bridge Waterfall

Devils Bridge, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3JW, Tel: 01970 890233, Email, www.devilsbridgefalls.co.uk

Devils Bridge Falls is a world famous tourist attraction.Take a walk along the Nature trail and see the spectacular 300ft waterfalls and the view of the 3 bridges, built one on top of the other, which span the breathtaking woodland gorge.

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  • Rail station: Aberystwyth (12 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Three Bridges

Devils Bridge, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3JW, Tel: 01970 890233, Email, www.devilsbridgefalls.co.uk

This 10 minute walk enables you to see the unique three bridges built one on top of another. The lower bridge was supposedly built in the 11th Centuary but legend has it that it was built by the Devil.

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  • Rail station: Aberystwyth (12 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Cors Caron

Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6JF, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email, www.naturalresources.wales/corscaron

Cors Caron is one of the two remaining large remnants of active raised bog in Wales and is an important refuge for plants, insects, birds and mammals. The bog covers a huge area of around 816 acres and is 6km in length.

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  • Rail station: Aberystwyth (14 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Dyfi Forest

Gwynedd, SY20 8QJ, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email, www.naturalresources.wales/dyfiforest

Walk Route: Cascade Trail and Nant Gwernol Trail

Nant Gwernol, a rocky river gorge & waterfalls, lies above the picturesque Tal-y-llyn valley in the shadow of Cader Idris. The trails follow the riverside and explore the remains of Bryn Eglwys Slate Quarry. Grid Reference: SH681067

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  • Rail station: Machynlleth (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
 
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