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

Mid Wales Inland: Rivers, Lakes, Mountains and Market Towns

The 'Mid Wales Marches' refers to the border between the Mid Wales region and England. This area is 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.

The central Mid Wales uplands - the 'Cambrian Mountains' is one of the great upspoilt landscapes in Britain and the source of two major rivers namely the River Wye and River Severn. 

In the north of the region you will find Lake Vyrnwy and the southern foothills of the Berwyn Mountains. 

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 and the surrounding area that has been extensively featured in the BBC Hinterland series; 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

Featured Towns - Mid Wales Inland

Scenic Places to Visit

Dyfnant & Vyrnwy Forests (NRW)

Lake Vyrnwy

Dyfnant and Vyrnwy Forests are in a part of Mid Wales renowned for its rolling hills, lush green valleys and picturesque farmsteads and villages.

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.

Hafren Forest (NRW)

Llanidloes

The Hafren Forest takes its name from the River Severn, the Afon Hafren in Welsh, which takes its rise about a mile from the western boundary of the forest, high up on the slopes of Pumlumon, the highest mountain in Mid Wales.

Cwm Elan | Elan Valley

Rhayader

** THE VISITOR CENTRE IS NOW CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN LINE WITH UK WIDE EFFORTS TO DELAY THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS **

Radnor Forest (NRW)

Presteigne

With a hidden waterfall and a Royal Pedigree. Radnor forest was once a royal hunting ground which wasn't a 'forest' in the modern sense.

Hafod Forest (NRW)

Devil's Bridge

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

Ystwyth Forest (NRW)

Devil's Bridge

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

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.

Devil's Bridge Waterfalls & Nature Trail

Devil's Bridge

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

Ceri Forest (NRW)

Newtown

Ceri Forest is a coniferous forest which sits astride the Kerry Ridgeway in the uplands of Montgomeryshire.

Elan Valley Estate

Rhayader

The Elan Estate attracts more than 400,000 visitors annually. Many people come to enjoy the peace and quiet, some come for the wildlife and scenery, whilst others take part in more active pursuits.

Dyfi Valley & Coast

Machynlleth

The Dyfi Valley opens wide as it approaches the Cardigan Bay Coast and ends in sandy beaches and dunes. It cradles the westerly spur of Powys, Ceredigion north of Aberystwyth, and the southern rim of Snowdonia National Park.

Lake Vyrnwy | Llyn Efyrnwy

Lake Vyrnwy

Lake Vyrnwy is set amidst the remote and beautiful Berwyn Mountains. With spectacular waterfalls, and unspoilt open countryside, a visit to Lake Vyrnwy is a wonderful day out for all the family.

Abergwesyn Common

Llanwrtyd Wells

Abergwesyn Commons, on the southern edge of the Mid Wales Cambrian Mountains, is a wild and ancient landscape with far-reaching views. The commons stretch for 12 miles between the Nant Irfon valley in the west and Llanwrthwl in the east.

Brechfa Forest (NRW)

Llandovery

In the middle ages the forest was mainly oak and ash and was an important Royal hunting ground, while until the 20th Century wood from the forest was harvested to fuel the industrial needs of South Wales.

Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls

Oswestry

Pistyll Rhaeadr is often referred to as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. The waterfall is formed by the Afon Disgynfa falling in three stages over a 240-foot cliff-face, into the Afon Rhaeadr below.

Coed y Bont Community Woodland

Tregaron

Coed y Bont is a community woodland situated on the edge of the village of Pontrhydfendigaid.

Cwm Rhaeadr (NRW)

Llandovery

Welcome to Cwm Rhaeadr or valley of the waterfall. This beautiful woodland jewel has something for everyone. Having won the Royal Welsh Show gold medal for forestry in 2007 and 2009.

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.

Cadair Berwyn

Oswestry

Cadair Berwyn mountain summit (Y Berwyn or Mynydd y Berwyn) in north-east Wales is the highest point in the Berwyn range at 2723 ft (830 meters).

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