River Wye
River Wye Builth Wells

 

INLAND MID WALES

Rural hideaways and a bit of R&R top the list? Clear your diary and your mind with a trip to the Cambrian Mountains.

Dark skies, nature reserves, long walks and time to appreciate the little things – they’re all waiting for you.

River Wye, Builth Wells

Discover Mid Wales Rural Getaways

 

Mid Wales borderlands and rural heart of Wales

Get out and about, discovering a new way of life with unassuming landscapes, wildlife and activities across our National Parks, Cambrian Mountains and Welsh Borderlands.

Uncover places you’ll love. Relax and unwind visiting one of the greatest unspoilt landscapes the UK has to offer between the source of two major rivers – the River Wye and Severn.

Get familiar with the striking market towns of old, or get lost in something new. Choose between forest-bathing walks, waterways kayaking, mountain-biking through fresh terrain, or just do it all.

Celebrate the borderlands of Shopshire-Powys, decorated for their quality of local produce, castles, country houses and gardens – full of undeniable walking and cycling trails.

Inland Places to Stay

Capel Cartref

Ystradgynlais

Self-catering with 1 unit, £850-£1550 pupw sleeps 2-10

The Elephant and Castle Hotel

Newtown

Hotel with 19 rooms, £60-£140 prpn

Madog's Wells

Welshpool

Self-catering with 3 units, £190-£695 pupw sleeps 1-6

Mid Wales Luxury Shepherd's Huts

Machynlleth

Glamping with 3 units, £400-£860 pupw sleeps 1-4

The Coach House

Brecon

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £94-£165 prpnb

Nannerth Country Holidays

Rhayader

Self-catering with 3 units, £373-£1332 pupw sleeps 2-7

Dovey Valley Cottage

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £279-£700 pupw sleeps 1-4

Little Welsh Getaways

Rhayader

Self-catering with 5 units, £355-£1045 pupw sleeps 2-6

Luxury Lodges Wales

Caersws

Self-catering with 7 units, £495-£1250 pupw sleeps 2-6

Llangoed Hall

Brecon

Country House Hotel with 25 rooms, £99-£900 prpn

The Old Vicarage

Machynlleth

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £130-£175 prpnb

Ty Poeth Family Holiday Cottages

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 5 units, £450-£1300 pupw sleeps 1-5

Hafren Forest Bunkhouse

Llanbrynmair

Bed & Breakfast with 4 rooms, £32 pppnb

Bryncoch Holidays

Llandrindod Wells

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

Offa's Dyke Cottage Bed and Breakfast

Montgomery

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £55-£80 prpnb

Yr Hen Stablau

Devil's Bridge

Self-catering with 4 units, £54-£68 pupn sleeps 2-3

Hafren Forest Bunkhouse Exclusive Hire

Llanbrynmair

Self-catering with 1 unit, £272-£352 pupn sleeps 1-16

Gwynfan

Llandrindod Wells

Self-catering with 1 unit, £100-£1220 pupw sleeps 2-6

Gwyndu Cottage

Meifod

Self-catering with 1 unit, £350-£672 pupw sleeps 4

Llanoddian Isaf Holiday Cottages

Welshpool

Self-catering with 2 units, £850-£950 pupw sleeps 2-6

Market towns a plenty, the area shares the likes of Machynlleth, the ancient capital of Wales and locations across the heart of the Dyfi Biosphere; Devil’s Bridge, Ceredeigion, Rhayader The Elan Valley, Llanidloes, Montgomery and Tregaron with visitors far and wide.

National Parks are more your thing? No problem. Snowdonia National Park and The Brecon Beacons National Park are just a stone’s throw away – perfect for stargazing in dark skies, scenic railways, walks and trails or just simply being together,
The Brecon Beacons National Park lies on the border between Mid and South Wales, covering an area of 520 square miles.

It’s home to Fforest Fawr, the UNESCO Global Geopark, international Dark Sky Reserve – and it’s waiting for you.

Elan Valley

MID WALES LAKES & RESERVOIRS

The Elan Valley near Rhayader, Llyn Clywedog near Llanidloes and Lake Vyrnwy in the foothills of the Berwyn Mountains bordering north Wales are vast reservoirs which can be explored on foot, by bike and by car.

Llangorse Lake, the Usk and Crai Reservoirs and Llyn Brianne are all within the Brecon Beacons National Park and Bala Lake in southern Snowdonia is the largest inland lake in Wales.

Mid Wales Lakes & Reservoirs >>

 

Snowdonia - Cadair Idris

SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK

Snowdonia is home to some of the most famous mountain ranges in Britain. The source of inspiration for a nation, Snowdonia acquired its National Park status in 1951 making it the second oldest in Britain.

Southern Snowdonia mountains and coast include the Mawddach Estuary, the legendary Cader Idris mountains, the Rhinogs are reputed to be some of the wildest and remote mountains in Wales, and Bala Lake, the largest natural inland lake in Wales.

Snowdonia National Park

Brecon Beacons

BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK

From Hay-on-Wye on the Powys / Herefordshire border to Llandeilo in west Wales, the National Park includes four ranges of mountains; the Black Mountains, the Central Beacons, Fforest Fawr and the Black Mountain(Mynydd Du).

Achieving Dark Sky Reserve status and host to a UNESCO Geopark, expect to experience the natural world at is unspoilt best.

Brecon Beacons National Park

Dyfi Biosphere

UNESCO DYFI BIOSPHERE

The Dyfi Biosphere is part of a network of UNESCO 'Biosphere Reserves' throughout the world and one of only six in the UK.

UNESCO Dyfi Biophere

Lake Vyrnwy

LAKE VYRNWY

Lake Vyrnwy Reservoir is home to the RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Reserve.

The RSPB, in partnership with Hafren Dyfrdwy, manages part of the reserve as the largest organic farm in England and Wales. 

Lake Vyrnwy Reservoir

Mid Wales Inland Towns

EXPLORE MID WALES TOWNS

Mid Wales has so much to offer when you're looking for a quiet escape. The largest inland town in Mid Wales is Newtown which boasts a whopping 13,000 people. If you're looking for an unfussy, rural countryside hideaway then Mid Wales is the place for you.

Mid Wales Towns

Featured Towns

newtown, Powys

Newtown

Newtown is the largest town in Powys with a population of just 13,000. The source of the River Severn which is the longest river in the UK, starts just up the road in Llanidloes.

Newtown, Powys

Montgomery, Powys

Montgomery

Although Montgomery has a small population of around 1,300 you won't find a  livelier community; with cafes, inns and restaurants, 2 castles, numerous attractions, and the award-winning Monty's Brewery.

Montgomery, Powys

Welshpool - Powys

Welshpool

Welshpool is close to both Newtown and Montgomery and is only 4 miles from the shropshire border. With a population of just 6,000, it is home to the famous Powis Castle and Gardens.

Welshpool, Powys

INLAND TOWNS

Tregaron

Tregaron

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.

Trefaldwyn | Montgomery

Montgomery

A historic market town, Montgomery is just one mile from Offa's Dyke and the Welsh-Shropshire border. There is much to explore in the area including Montgomery Castle and the town's cobbled streets and Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Y Trallwng | Welshpool

Welshpool

Welshpool is a Mid Wales town which lies only 4 miles from the border with England. Its Welsh name 'Y Trallwng' means 'the marshy or sinking land' referring to the fact that the town is low-lying on the River Severn.

Y Drenewydd | Newtown

Newtown

Newtown, known in Welsh as 'Y Drenewydd', is the largest town in Powys and is situated on the banks of the River Severn. Founded at the end of the 13th century, Newtown boasts a rich industrial heritage, surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Wells

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.

Corris

Machynlleth

Located 5 miles north of Machynlleth, Corris boasts a surprisingly rich vein of local attractions together with thrilling mountain biking in the forest, excellent fishing at Llyn Myngul and challenging walking on Cadair Idris.

Rhaeadr Gwy | Rhayader

Rhayader

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.

Llanandras | Presteigne

Presteigne

Presteigne, (Llanandras in Welsh), was once the county town of Radnorshire and nestles at the heart of the Mid Wales Marches on the border of Wales and England.

Caersws

Caersws

Caersws is a village on the River Severn located six miles to the west of Newtown; it takes its name from a Roman fort.

Guilsfield

Welshpool

Guilsfield is a treasure of a village just three miles north of the market town of Welshpool. It is a great place to base yourself for an exploration of the Mid Wales Marches and an even better place just to relax and indulge yourself.

Llanymddfri | Llandovery

Llandovery

Llandovery is delightful little town at the northern edge of Carmarthenshire. The name Llandovery means 'church amongst the waters', owing to its position in a valley where the rivers Towy, Bran, Gwydderig and Bawddwr coincide.

Aberriw | Berriew

Welshpool

The picturesque village of Berriew (Welsh: Aberriw) is one of the jewels in the Mid-Wales crown, with its black-and- white cottages, majestic church and the river Rhiw flowing through its heart.

Dinas Mawddwy

Dinas-Mawddwy

North-east of Machynlleth and south-east of Dolgellau, the village of Dinas Mawddwy is just to the side of the A470 at the junction with the mountain road to Lake Vyrnwy and Bala.

Llandysul

Llandysul

Llandysul is ideally situated for exploring the varied and beautiful counties of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and the Brecon Beacons and is almost equidistant from the larger towns of Cardigan, Carmarthen and Lampeter.

Aberhonddu | Brecon

Brecon

Brecon is a town where you'll enjoy losing yourself...not only in the narrow streets and passageways lined with Georgian and Jacobean shopfronts, but in the sense of timelessness about the place.

Machynlleth

Machynlleth

The attractive market town of Machynlleth lies in the heart of the UNESCO Dyfi Bioshere. You'll find shops, galleries, cosy cafés and a local market held on Wednesday. Local attractions include the Centre for Alternative Technology

Llanfair Caereinion

Welshpool

Llanfair Caereinion is in the heart of old Montgomeryshire's Banwy valley and is one of the smallest towns in Powys. The quaint and sleepy exterior of the town give it a picture book feel that typifies the traditional Welsh countryside.

Llanbedr Pont Steffan | Lampeter

Lampeter

Lampeter or Llanbedr Pont Steffan or Llambed in Welsh, is the home of the oldest University College in Wales, second oldest to Oxford and Cambridge. In the eighteenth century Lampeter was an important gathering place for drovers.

Tref-y-Clawdd | Knighton

Knighton

Knighton is a Mid Wales Marches town with a remarkable landscape and rich history. Located on the scenic Heart of Wales railway line, it makes a great base to explore the Offa's Dyke Path or Glyndwr's Way National Trails.

Y Gelli Gandryll | Hay-on-Wye

Hay-on-Wye

Hay-on-Wye - in Welsh 'Y Gelli Gandryll' or just 'Y Gelli' is well known as 'the town of books' and is home to the Hay Literature Festival.

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