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

 

INLAND MID WALES

Looking for a rural hideway for a bit of R & R?

Clear your diary and head to the Cambrian Mountains for adventure, dark skies and long walks

Or choose one of the many market towns on the upper reaches of the Rivers Severn & Wye as they meander southwards. 

National Parks, Cambrian Mountains & the MId Wales borderlands

 

Rural Getaways in Mid Wales

 

Be outside more and discover incredible landscapes, wildlife, lifestyles and adventures in our two National Parks, Cambrian Mountains and Welsh borderlands

Visiting the central uplands of Mid Wales - the 'Cambrian Mountains' you'll find one of the great upspoilt landscapes in the UK.  The source of two major rivers -  River Wye and River Severn - are to be found here.

Try forest-bathing walks in the mighty Mid Wales forests, kayaking in the inland waterways, reservoirs and canals or mountain-biking through unspoilt landscapes.

The quiet Shropshire-Powys borderlands are famed for the quality of its local produce, castles, country houses and garden attractions, attractive market towns and excellent walking and cycling routes; not to be missed.

Inland Places to Stay

Ty Poeth Family Holiday Cottages

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 5 units, £360-£485 pupw sleeps 1-5

Gwynfan

Llandrindod Wells

Self-catering with 1 unit, £100-£1500 pupw sleeps 2-6

The Coach House

Brecon

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

Yr Hen Stablau

Devil's Bridge

Self-catering with 4 units, £55-£72 pupn sleeps 2-3

Granary Cottage

Llandrindod Wells

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

The Old Vicarage, Corris

Machynlleth

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £130-£170 prpnb

Cilfach

Llanfyllin

Self-catering with 1 unit, £294-£890 pupw sleeps 2-6

Nannerth Country Holidays

Rhayader

Self-catering with 3 units, £325-£1025 pupw sleeps 2-7

The Vulcan Lodge

Rhayader

Self-catering with 5 units, £316-£932 pupw sleeps 2-6

Luxury Lodges Wales

Caersws

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

Llangoed Hall

Brecon

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

Bryncoch Holidays

Llandrindod Wells

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

Cwm Edw

Llandrindod Wells

Self-catering with 1 unit, £160-£650 pupw sleeps 1-4

Brandy House Cottages

Knighton

Self-catering with 2 units, £336-£786 pupw sleeps 4-5

Tan y Graig

Welshpool

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £40-£43 pppnb

Plas Bwlch

Llanidloes

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £65 prpnb

Cyfie Farm

Lake Vyrnwy

Self-catering with 4 units, £240-£750 pupw sleeps 2-4

Dyfiview B&B

Machynlleth

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £66-£80 prpnb

Capel Cartref

Ystradgynlais

Self-catering with 1 unit, £900-£1480 pupw sleeps 2-10

Madog's Wells

Welshpool

Self-catering with 3 units, £185-£695 pupw sleeps 1-6

The area has a number of significant market towns; Machynlleth the ancient capital of Wales and the heart of the Dyfi Biosphere; Devil’s Bridge & Tregaron in Ceredigion, Rhayader & the Elan Valley, Llanidloes, Montgomery and Tregaron are popular market towns.

The region also boasts two National Parks; Snowdonia National Park and the Brecon Beacons National Park. 

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 1300 you won't find a more livelier community; with cafes, inns and restaurants, 2 castles, numerous attractions, and the award-wining 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 6000 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Llanfyllin

Llanfyllin

Llanfyllin is thriving market town on the upper reaches of the Cain valley in north Powys, and is an ideal centre to explore the area including nearby Lake Vyrnwy and Welshpool.

Llangammarch Wells

Llangammarch Wells

Llangammarch Wells lies south-west of Builth Wells and east of Llanwrtyd Wells and is the smallest of the four spa towns/villages of Mid Wales.

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.

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.

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