© 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

Discover the 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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Places to Stay In the Cambrian Mountains

The Vulcan Lodge

Rhayader

Self-catering with 5 units, £339-£924 pupw sleeps 2-6

Cwm Irfon Lodge Holiday Cottages

Llanwrtyd Wells

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

Kilsby House

Llanwrtyd Wells

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £72-£80 prpnb

Mid Wales Breaks & Cwmllechwedd Fawr B&B

Llandrindod Wells

Guest Accommodation with 3 rooms, £90-£160 prpnb

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

Acorn Court Country House

Llandrindod Wells

Guest Accommodation with 3 rooms, £73-£120 prpn, £70-£86 prpnb

Yr Hen Stablau

Devil's Bridge

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

Gwerniago Campsite

Machynlleth

Touring & Camping Park with 33 pitches, £16-£22 ptpn

Seven Stars Self-Catering

Llandrindod Wells

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

Plas Bwlch

Llanidloes

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £65 prpnb

The Bell Country Inn

Llandrindod Wells

Inn with 9 rooms, £95-£115 prpnb

Bryncoch Holidays

Llandrindod Wells

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

Welsh Hideaways

Aberystwyth

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

The Straw Cottage

Llandrindod Wells

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

Granary Cottage

Llandrindod Wells

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£550 pupw sleeps 1-4

Ty Derw

Dinas-Mawddwy

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

Woodlands Caravan & Camping Park

Aberystwyth

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

Hendreron & Llwyn-y-Gronfa

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 2 units, £380-£800 pupw sleeps 2-5

Aberhiriaeth

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £400-£900 pupw sleeps 2-6

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

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.

Royal Welsh Showground

Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY

Location of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society at Llanelwedd and the venue for a number of events throughout the year, including the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show.

Cilgwyn Golf Club

Llangybi, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8NN

This nine-hole course sits in a secluded valley and is very picturesque. It's a flat parkland lay-out but the trees, ponds and streams give you plenty to think about as you try and plot your way around the course.

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.

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.

Tregaron

Ceredigion, SY25 6JL

Tregaron nestles in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains near the source of the river Teifi. In the 19th Century, it was a thriving market town and an important stop for drovers on their routes through Wales to English markets.

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.

Quackers Indoor Play Centre

Newmead Farm, Newbridge-on-Wye, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6HR

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

Yamaha Off Road Experience

Glynhafren, Old Hall, Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6PS

Yamaha Off Road Experience in Mid Wales offer something for everyone - off road tryout for a complete novice to top level national enduro riders who want help to improve their skills and take them to the next level.

Fantasy Farm Park

Hafod Peris, Llanrhystud, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 5DA

Fantasy Farm Park is situated in the heart of the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. It has all the fun of the farm, plus a Petting area, an outdoor Play Area, pedal boats, tractor rides and lots more.

Nannerth Country Holidays

Nannerth Fawr, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HA

We have a small private nature reserve on our 200 acre organic farm adjoining the Elan Valley and next to the River Wye. Many birds breed here including redstart, pied flycatcher, barn owl and dipper. Mammals include watervole and badgers.

Cwm Elan/Elan Valley & Visitor Centre

Nr Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HP

The Elan Valley Estate in Powys, Mid Wales is truly epic and sprawls over 72 square miles, making up 1% of the whole of Wales! The area is designated as an International Dark Sky Park.

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.

Salop Leisure - Machynlleth

Treowain Enterprise Park, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8EG

Salop Leisure Ltd is a leading supplier of static, touring and motor homes - all of which have evolved from basic units to the luxury models of today.

Parc Penrhos

Llanrhystud, nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 5AY

Parc Penrhos is a family owned leisure & holiday complex with hotel & holiday park accommodation, restaurant & golf club with immaculate 18 hole course & 9 hole academy course situated between Aberystwyth & Aberaeron.

Caer Beris Manor Hotel

Garth Road, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3NP

Caer Beris Manor Hotel is the perfect venue for your wedding reception or ceremony with four rooms licensed for ceremonies.

Fishing @ Elan Valley Reservoir & Rivers

Nr Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HP

Elan Valley Reservoirs and Dams are situated in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains, 3 miles west of Rhayader. Each of these reservoirs support an abundance of wild brown trout and are also stocked. Fly fishing only.

Silver Mountain Experience

Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AB

The Silver Mountain Experience is a visitor attraction encompassing a 250 year old Victorian mine, exciting Escape Rooms and much more. With a Gift Shop, the on site Miner's Rest Cafe and beautiful hillside views - well worth the visit!

Ystwyth Forest (NRW)

Nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, UK

Experience the spectacular landscapes and walking trails of the forests of Ceredigion, bordered by the Mid Wales coast to the west, and sheltered to the east by the Cambrian Mountains.

Crychan Forest (NRW)

Llangammarch Wells, Powys, UK

The Crychan & Halfway Forest is set in beautiful countryside nestling between the Brecon Beacons & the Cambrian Mountains. Miles of waymarked trails take you through tranquil gorges, along old drover's routes & past cascading waterfalls.

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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