© Dafydd Wyn Morgan/Cambrian Mountains Initiative
© Dafydd Wyn Morgan/Cambrian Mountains Initiative

Cambrian Mountains

Dark sky stargazing, nature reserves and taking time out to appreciate the little things… From Machynlleth to Llandovery, The Cambrian Mountains are waiting for you.

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© Dafydd Wyn Morgan/Cambrian Mountains Initiative

Dark Skies & The Cambrian Mountains

Dark Skies-Cambrian Mountains

Dark sky stargazing, nature reserves and taking time out to appreciate the little things… From Machynlleth to Llandovery, The Cambrian Mountains are waiting for you.

Less than 10% of the UK population are able to open their curtains and get lost in the true wonders of a dark sky, experiencing thousands of stars and the Milky Way without interruption. So with 467 square miles of the darkest skies in Europe, we’re a pretty big deal.

The Elan Valley Reserve of Mid Wales has been given a Silver tier International Dark Sky Park award for its opportunities to stargaze. With over 9 Discovery sites, it’s real difficult to find anywhere with better clarity in the UK.

Dark Sky status protects our wildlife and plants, aiding everything natural from migration to breeding, but it’s not just the environment that benefits... As well as its appearance, stargazing is perfect for your health and wellbeing.

Exposure to artificial light throws out our natural body clock and can affect sleep, mood and overall health. By spending time in natural darkness we can help ourselves reset this clock and get back into a natural rhythm.

Unforgettable views, authentic wellbeing and body resets. What a dream.

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Cambrian Mountains & Elan Valley Dark Sky Guide

New to stargazing? no problem. The guide plots the best stargazing spots in the Cambrian Mountains and also some handy tips on what to look out for!

 

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Places to Stay In the Cambrian Mountains

Moelfre Cottage

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £220-£320 pupw sleeps 2-4

Station House & Station Cottage

Ystrad Meurig

Self-catering with 2 units, £395-£575 pupw sleeps 1-4

Rhoslwyn

Lampeter

Self-catering with 1 unit, £385-£525 pupw sleeps 1-3

Murmur Aeron

Tregaron

Self-catering with 1 unit, £485-£655 pupw sleeps 1-6

Ty Derw

Dinas-Mawddwy

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £50-£60 pppnb

Welsh Hideaways

Aberystwyth

Self-catering with 2 units, £350-£795 pupw sleeps 1-6

Cwm Irfon Lodge Holiday Cottages

Llanwrtyd Wells

Self-catering with 4 units, £400-£600 pupw sleeps 1-5

Bryncoch Holidays

Llandrindod Wells

Self-catering with 3 units, £120-£200 pupn sleeps 1-7

Granary Cottage

Llandrindod Wells

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£620 pupw sleeps 1-4

The Straw Cottage

Llandrindod Wells

Glamping with 1 unit, £500-£820 pupw sleeps 4

The Vulcan Lodge

Rhayader

Self-catering with 5 units, £339-£932 pupw sleeps 2-6

The Pines Caravan Park

Llandrindod Wells

Holiday Park with 30 units, £525-£600 pupw sleeps 1-8

Nannerth Country Holidays

Rhayader

Self-catering with 3 units, £330-£1332 pupw sleeps 2-7

Wyevale

Builth Wells

Self-catering with 1 unit, £320-£390 pupw sleeps 1-4

Seven Stars Self-Catering

Llandrindod Wells

Self-catering with 1 unit, £90-£160 pupn sleeps 1-4

Red Kite Cottages

Ystrad Meurig

Self-catering with 1 unit, £225-£575 pupw sleeps 1-4

Drovers Retreat

Llandrindod Wells

Self-catering with 1 unit, £94-£117 pupn sleeps 1-6

Woodlands Caravan & Camping Park

Aberystwyth

Touring & Camping Park with 54 pitches, £12-£26 ptpn

Yr Hen Stablau

Devil's Bridge

Self-catering with 4 units, £54-£70 pupn sleeps 2-3

Yr Hen Stablau

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £370-£650 pupw sleeps 1-6

Towns in the Cambrian Mountains

Elan Valley

Rhayader & Elan Valley

Rhayader, the first town on the River Wye, is said to be the oldest in mid Wales. Sitting in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains at the upper end of the Elan Valley, Rhayader has a long history as a market town.

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Devils Bridge

Tregaron & Devils Bridge

Devils Bridge is internationally famous for its waterfalls and narrow gauge Steam Railway. The village is situated at the head of the Rheidol Valley amidst the Pumlumon massif in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains. Nearby Pen Pumlumon Fawr, at 752 metres (2,467ft) is the highest peak in the Cambrian Mountains Range and the area is well-known for its forest and mountain walks.

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Llanidloes

Llanidloes & Clywedog Dam

For such a small town it punches well above its weight, home to the Hafren Forest, Llyn Clywedog and situated in the Cambrian Mountains, Llanidloes has a way of making you feel like you are a million miles from the noisy congested streets of everyday life when you’re only an hour from the Wales/England border.

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What to Do In The Cambrian Mountains

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8PB

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

Minerva Arts Centre

2 High Street, Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6BY

The Welsh Heritage Quilt Collection contains a large number of antique quilts made in Wales during the 19th and 20th Centuries many from the Llanidloes and Mid Wales area.

Devil's Bridge Falls

Devils Bridge, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3JW

Devil's Bridge Falls, 12 miles from Aberystwyth, is a spectacular waterfall attraction and nature trails in the heart of the Mid Wales Cambrian Mountains. It is one of the 'Must See' natural features in Wales.

Hafod Forest (NRW)

Nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3UR

The Hafod Forest occupies some 200 hectares of the Ystwyth valley and surrounding hills.

Rhiannon Centre

Main Square, Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6JL

The Rhiannon Celtic Design Centre is an outstanding showcase of all that is best in Welsh jewellery, arts and crafts. Includes a special jewellery showroom and purpose built display workshops where you can watch our jewellers at work.

Cors Caron Nature Reserve (NRW)

Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6JF

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 6 km in length.

Willow Globe Theatre

Llanwrthwl, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6NN

This unique nature trail brings Shakespeare's words to life as it links his words back to the animals and plants which inspired them; while taking you on a memorable journey along this magical and enchanting trail.

Y Plas Machynlleth

Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8ER

A grade II listed Georgian mansion. Formerly the home of the Marquess of Londonderry, the property was left to the people of Machynlleth in 1948 and eventually aquired by Machynlleth Town Council in 2008.

Rhaeadr Gwy | Rhayader

Powys, LD6 5BU

A busy, historic market town, Rhayader is named after 'Rhayadr Gwy', a Welsh name for a local waterfall on the Wye. The town is situated in the very heart of Mid Wales in the beautiful Upper Wye Valley sheltered by the Cambrian Mountains.

Dyfi Wildlife Centre

Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8SR

The new Dyfi Wildlife Centre in the heart of the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere will re-open in Spring 2021 in a a stunning new building with leading-edge ‘carbon positive’ energy performance.

Ty Gwyn Farm | Meeting Room

Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5NY

The Cruck Barn provides an attractive and atmospheric setting for meeting,courses, events and training sessions. It is equipped with a power point projector, screen and WiFi.

Llandrindod Wells

Powys, LD1 6BL

Llandrindod Wells, or 'Landod' as it is known to locals, is the administrative centre of Powys and one of its largest towns. As the name suggests, it owes its origins to the spring waters that were recognised to have healing properties.

The Metropole Hotel

Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DY

The Metropole can host small meetings for six people as easily as a large conference of 300. There are 14 separate function rooms available and our variety of room size allows almost any configuration of seating.

Rheidol Visitor Centre and Power Station

Rheidol Hydro Power Station, Cwmrheidol, nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3NF

The Rheidol hydropower plant is the largest of its kind in England and Wales. Guided tours of the power station are available by prior booking, visitor centre and interactive display.

Y Crochan Cafe

Corris, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9RF

Our all-day menu features lots of fresh, seasonal and local produce. Call in for morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea whilst enjoying the surrounding 9 Craft Studios and a range of visitor experiences including King Arthur's Labyrinth.

Radnor & Miles Restaurant

Metropole Hotel, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DY

The Metropole’s award-winning Restaurant is without doubt a most superb fine dining establishment. Our Head Chef is dedicated to using the finest local ingredients and has been awarded an AA rosette for his modern British cuisine.

King Arthurs Labyrinth

Corris Craft Centre, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9RF

Sail deep in the mountains of Southern Snowdonia, through a magical waterfall, into a mythical world filled with dragons, giants, fierce battles and the legendary King Arthur. Welsh legends unfold as your Dark Age Boatman guides you.

Mountain Bike Wales

The Lodge, Staylittle, Llanbrynmair, Powys, SY19 7BU

Mountain Bike Wales don't just take you on a day out, they take you on a journey through some of the most beautiful, wild and remote landscapes you can ride in Wales.

Plas Dolguog Hotel

Felingerrig, nr Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8UJ

Plas Dolguog Hotel is licensed as a venue for civil wedding ceremonies; therefore allowing you to take advantage of all that Plas Dolguog has to offer by celebrating your special day in one superb venue.

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

RSPB Ynys-hir Reserve, Eglyws-fach, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8TA

The RSPB Ynys-Hir nature reserve is a wildlife haven in the heart of Mid Wales. You can wonder from oak woodlands to salt marsh with views across the Dyfi estuary. Perfect for nature lovers & families wishing to discover their wild side.

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