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Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

Corris Craft Centre, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9RF, Tel: 01654 761244, Email,

Delve around the secret underground world of a Welsh slate mine, with one of Wales' top Mine Explorers; abandoned and forgotten yet full of relics, stories & adventure. Get kitted up with helmet,lamp & safety clips for something different..

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  • Rail station: Machynlleth (5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
Corris Village Walk

Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9SS, Tel: 0300 065 3000

Walk Route: Moderate

Start: Corris Craft Centre car park
Grid Reference: SH 750 078
Distance: 5 km . 3.1 miles
Shorter option: 2.3 km . 1.4 miles
Grade: Moderate (some steep sections)
Terrain: Tarmac road and firm tracks
Maps: OS Explorer - OL 23

Cader Idris / Cadair Idris

Southern Snowdonia, LL39 1AX, Tel: 0300 065 3000, Email,

Dôl Idris nature trail is located in the parkland on the foothills of Cadair Idris in the south of the Snowdonia National Park. Dol idris has around ¾ miles of accessible paths to take you around the parkland.

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  • Rail station: Tywyn (10 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
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Llwyngwern Quarry, Pantperthog, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ

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
Sustrans Route 8: Dolgellau

Dolgellau Town Centre, LL40 1SR, Tel: 01179268893, Email

Cycle Route: Sustrans Route 8

The cycle route heads inland from the town of Dolgellau across the Cambrian Mountains and heads South East towards Builth Wells and Llanelwedd.


Southern Snowdonia, LL40 1PS

The Precipice Walk is one of the famous attractions of Dolgellau. It passes through an interesting variety of habitats which include deciduous woodland, a conifer plantation, meadows, lakeside and sheep-walk.

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  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Miles: 3
  • Rail station: Barmouth (8 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
The Mawddach Trail

Southern Snowdonia, LL40 2TA, Tel: 01341 422888,

The walk along the estuary from Barmouth to Dolgellau is 9.6 miles (15km). This easy leisure walk is suitable for all the family and involves no climbing. A section of the trail has been adapted for people with disabilities.

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  • Rail station: Barmouth (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
Cycling Newport Pembs

MWT Cymru, The Station, Machynlleth, SY20 8TG

We're so proud of what we have to offer visitors in Wales that we've developed Wales Trails to inspire you to park the car and explore our fantastic country by train, cycle or on foot.

Lon Cambria

Mid Wales, SY20 8TG

Lôn Cambria crosses the heart of Mid Wales between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury

NCN Lon Teifi

Mid Wales, SY20 8TG

Lôn Teifi is part of National Route 82 between Aberystwyth and Fishguard. The route takes the same course as the Lôn Cambria route along the Ystwyth valley to Pont-rhyd-y-groes before turning southwest.

Wales Coast Path - North Wales

MId & North Wales, SY20 8TG

Our Wales Coast Path North Wales trail integrates with the Llyn Coastal Path

Wales Coat Path South East

South Wales Coast, SY20 8TG

Starting in Chepstow, one of the oldest towns in Wales, the South East Wales section of the Wales Coast Path takes in the South Wales cities of Newport, Cardiff and Swansea.

Plas Talgarth Holiday Resort

Pennal, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9JY, Tel: 01654 791631, Email,

The Leisure Club includes an indoor pool, steam room, sunbed, whirlpool, squash, snooker and much more. There are plenty of outdoor facilities to enjoy including tennis, pitch and putt, children’s play area and heated outdoor pool

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  • Rail station: Machynlleth (4 miles)
  • Parking: free
Sustrans Route 82: Machynlleth - Fishguard

Machynlleth Town Centre, SY20 8AB, Tel: 01179268893

Cycle Route: Sustrans Route 82

This section of route 82 heads South towards Aberystwyth but the route is still under construction. Beyond Aberystwyth the route heads along the old railway line towards Tregaron and Lampeter. The route finishes in Fishguard.

Ceinws to Llanwrin Walk

Powys, SY20 8BL

Walk Route: Strenuous

Start: Ceinws village
Grid Reference: SH760 059
Distance: 11.3 km – 7 miles (additional 0.7km - 0.4 miles to Llanwrin)
Grade: Moderate / Strenuous
Terrain: Firm tracks, open fields
Maps: OS Explorer 215

Dyfi Forest

Powys, SY20 8AE, Email

Cycle Route: ClimachX

The Climach-X trail resides in the southern section of the Dyfi forest, 4.6 miles north of Machynlleth near the village of Ceinws on the A487.

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  • Access: Ceinws
  • Miles: 9
  • Rail station: Machynlleth (0 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
Glyndwrs Way

Mid Wales, SY20 8EE, Tel: 01597 827562, Email

The 135 m/217km Trail is a long distance walk which can be enjoyed as a continuous journey, typically taking around nine days, or over a series of weekend or day trips.
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Dovey Valley Activity Centre

Brynmelin, Llanwrin, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8DJ, Tel: 01650 511252, Email,

Dovey Valley Shooting Ground is set in its own wooded valley near the coast in Central Wales, it features a large sporting layout with over 100 different variations offering targets to suit everyone from a complete beginner to the most expe

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