Hafren Forest / Llanidloes /Mid Wales
Hafren Forest / Llanidloes / Mid Wales

 

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.

National Parks, Cambrian Mountains & the MId Wales borderlands

 

Rural Getaways in Mid 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

Llangoed Hall

Brecon

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

Murmur Aeron

Tregaron

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

Luxury Lodges Wales

Caersws

Self-catering with 7 units, £495-£1150 pupw sleeps 2-6

The Coach House

Brecon

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £85-£160 prpnb

Old Radnor Barn Bed & Breakfast

Brecon

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £90-£150 prpnb

Madog's Wells

Welshpool

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

Bryncoch Holidays

Llandrindod Wells

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

Nannerth Country Holidays

Rhayader

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

Cilfach

Llanfyllin

Self-catering with 1 unit, £294-£1157 pupw sleeps 2-6

The Pines Caravan Park

Llandrindod Wells

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

Dolforwyn Hall

Newtown

Bed & Breakfast with 8 rooms, £40 pppnb

Yr Hen Stablau

Devil's Bridge

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

Swn Yr Afon (Cathedral View)

Brecon

Guest Accommodation with 3 rooms, £78-£120 prpnb

The Elephant and Castle Hotel

Newtown

Guest Accommodation with 19 rooms, £60-£140 prpn

Upper Gelli

Welshpool

Self-catering with 2 units, £150-£250 pupn sleeps 2-4

Shepherds Hut @ Upper Gelli Lodge

Welshpool

Glamping with 1 unit, £110 pupn sleeps 1-2

Cyfie Farm

Lake Vyrnwy

Self-catering with 4 units, £260-£790 pupw sleeps 2-4

The Vulcan Lodge

Rhayader

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

Seven Stars Self-Catering

Llandrindod Wells

Self-catering with 1 unit, £90-£150 pupn sleeps 1-4

Penbeili Mawr Farm Holiday Cottages

Llandysul

Self-catering with 3 units, £295-£700 pupw sleeps 1-6

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

ELAN VALLEY RESERVOIRS

The Elan Valley has 5 beautiful reservoirs which can be explored on foot, by bike and by car.

Work began in 1894 and the reservoirs were opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1904, the entire project cost £6 million which is around £240 million in today’s money.

Elan Valley Reservoirs

 

Snowdonia - Cadair Idris

SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK

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

Snowdonia National Park

Brecon Beacons

BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK

Stretching from Hay-on-Wye in the east to Llandeilo in the west and includes four ranges of mountains; the Black Mountains, the Central Beacons, Fforest Fawr and the Black Mountain(Mynydd Du)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pontarfynach | Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge

The village of Devil's Bridge, which translated in Welsh is Pontarfynach, means 'The bridge on the Mynach' is internationally famous for its waterfalls, and the Rheidol narrow gauge Steam Railway.

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.

Ystradgynlais

Ystradgynlais

Ystradgynlais is a small town located south of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It lies on the edge of the coalfield and ironworks were founded here in the early 17th Century.

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.

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.

Talgarth

Brecon

The ancient market Town of Talgarth nestles beneath the Black Mountains which run along the border between Wales and England. Close to Brecon, Crickhowell and Hay-on-Wye, it provides an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore the area.

Llanbedr Pont Steffan | Lampeter

Lampeter

Lampeter is the home of the oldest University College in Wales. In the eighteenth century Lampeter was an important gathering place for drovers.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Llanfair ym Muallt | Builth Wells

Builth Wells

Builth Wells is home to the Royal Welsh Show, red kites and the final resting place of Wales' last prince, Llewelyn the Last.

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