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

Nature Escapes

It is no secret that Mid Wales has an abundance of natural environments and some of the rarest species of birds and animals in the UK (including the Dyfi Ospreys - our latest visitors)

Hafren Forest - Llanidloes

Discover Wildlife & Nature In Mid Wales

Enjoy the thrill of a wildlife boat trip in Cardigan Bay and you may be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins or a visit to Bwlch Nant yr Arian and you will be sure to see red kites and buzzards overhead.

Mid Wales is like no other place in the UK and offers some of the best wildlife and birdwatching opportunities and you can even get up close and personal with a Falconry Experience Day

View our accommodation recommendations below and take a look at our wide range of nature reserves and visitor attractions.

Wildlife & Nature

Wildlife Visitor Attractions

Craig Cerrig Gleisiad & Fan Frynych NRW

Brecon Beacons, NP8 1LG

There is plenty else to find on this 1200 acre reserve which takes in the summit of Fan Frynach. Over 500 different plants have been recorded as well as 80 species of birds.

Magic of Life Butterfly House

Cwmrheidol, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3NB

Come and see some of the largest and most colourful butterflies in the world! We exhibit species from all over the tropics. Our wildlife garden has many varieties of plants specifically for butterflies.

Dune Walk

Dyfi National Nature Reserve & Centre, Visitor Centre, Ynyslas, Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5JZ

Experience a rich variety of habitat including sand dunes, seashore, farmland and then saltmarsh, with stunning views of the estuary.

Dyfi National Nature Reserve & Centre

Visitor Centre, Ynyslas, Borth, Ceredigion, SY24 5JZ

The whole Reserve is made up of three parts: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog; Dyfi Estuary, an internationally important feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and the beach and sand dunes of Ynyslas.

Nature Trails

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve, RSPB Ynys-hir Reserve, Eglyws-fach, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8TA

RSPB Ynys-hir Mid Wales, the perfect place on The Coastal Way to unwind amongst stunning wild spaces and spectacular views. For keen wildlife watchers to wild families, amongst the various trails and hides there is something for everyone.

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

RSPB Ynys-hir Reserve, Eglyws-fach, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8TA

The RSPB Ynys-Hir nature reserve is a wildlife haven in the heart of Mid Wales. You can wonder from oak woodlands to salt marsh with views across the Dyfi estuary. Perfect for nature lovers & families wishing to discover their wild side.

RSPB Ynys-hir Visitor Centre

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve, RSPB Ynys-hir Reserve, Eglyws-fach, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8TA

The RSPB Ynys-Hir Visitor Centre is a cosy log cabin with a wood stove to warm yourself up by on colder days. With views over the pools and at least 15 species of birds seen from the windows on the feeders you can easily spend time here.

Wildlife Watching

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve, RSPB Ynys-hir Reserve, Eglyws-fach, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8TA

The RSPB Ynys-Hir nature reserve is wildlife haven in the heart of Mid Wales. Located within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, Ynys-hir has miles of trails, 7 view hides and has been awarded Ramsar, Natura 2000 and SSSI status.

Badger & Birdwatching at Nannerth

Nannerth Country Holidays, Nannerth Fawr, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HA

You are invited for a magical experience in our treehouse hide high in a great oak tree on the old river bank. Beneath is an extensive badger sett which has been colonised over many years.

Nannerth Country Holidays Nature Reserve

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.

Wildlife Spotting

Dolphin Spotting Boat trips, Booking Office, The Pier, New Quay, Ceredigion, SA45 9NW

Exhibiting unique rake marks & nicks, the fin is like a finger print & in Cardigan Bay this form of identification is carried out by the SeaWatch Foundation from our vessels. There are approximately 250 identified dolphins in Cardigan Bay!

Coed Rheidol National Nature Reserve

Coed Rheidol Nature Reserve (NRW), Ceredigion, SY23 3JW

Coed Rheidol is situated about 12 miles east of Aberystwyth. It occupies parts of both banks of the Afon Rheidol, upstream, and the south bank downstream of Devil's Bridge. This is a magnificent stretch of ancient sessile oak woodland,

Dyfi Wildlife Centre

Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8SR

The new Dyfi Wildlife Centre in the heart of the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere will re-open in Spring 2021 in a a stunning new building with leading-edge ‘carbon positive’ energy performance.

Birdwatching

Lake Vyrnwy | Llyn Efyrnwy, Llanwddyn, Powys, SY10 0LY

Heather moorland, woodland, meadows, rocky streams and a large reservoir attract a wide variety of wildlife to this reserve set at the southern end of the Berwyn Mountains.

Nature Trails

Lake Vyrnwy | Llyn Efyrnwy, Llanwddyn, Powys, SY10 0LY

Rhiwagor Trail (2 miles, 3.2 km); Llechwedd-du Walk (5.5 miles, 9.1 km); Ty Uchaf Walk (5 miles, 7.8 km); Craig Garth Bwlch Trail (3 miles, 4.8 km); Grwn Oer Trail (1-2 miles, 3.2 km)

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve (NRW)

Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2UR

Morfa Harlech is one of two extensive sand dune systems which make up much of the Meirionnydd coastline, extending from the Mawddach estuary in the south to Black Rock Sands in the north west.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian | Red Kite Feeding

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre, Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AB

See Wales' National bird of prey being fed daily at Bwlch Nant yr Arian

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre, Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AB

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre sits at the head of the dramatic Melindwr valley with commanding views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains. It's an established Red Kite feeding site with multiple outdoor trails to suit everyone.

Dyfi Forest

Dyfi Forest (NRW), Gwynedd, SY20 8QJ

The Dyfi Forest is located mainly to the north of the Afon Dyfi between Dolgellau to the north and Machynlleth to the south. Dyfi is a 6000ha forest - a spectacular landscape well worth exploring.

Dyfi Forest | Walking Trails

Dyfi Forest (NRW), Gwynedd, SY20 8QJ

Nant Gwernol, a rocky river gorge & waterfalls, lies above the picturesque Tal-y-llyn valley in the shadow of Cader Idris. The trails follow the riverside and explore the remains of Bryn Eglwys Slate Quarry.

Forests

Explore over 60 nature reserves and forests across Mid Wales wherever you stay you will have the perfect opportunity to learn more about Mid Wales and it's abundance of wildlife

Nature Reserves & Forests

Scenic Places to Visit

Hafod Forest (NRW)

Nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3UR

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

Lake Vyrnwy | Llyn Efyrnwy

Llanwddyn, Powys, SY10 0LY

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.

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.

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Cliff Terrace, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2DN

The Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway is the longest in Britain and the only one in Wales. Its 778 feet undulating track and tilted carriages are the unique work of Victorian engineer G. Croyden Marks.

Ceri Forest (NRW)

Nr Newtown, Ceri, Powys, UK

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

Cwm Elan | Elan Valley

Nr Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HP

The Elan Valley is now open. The Visitor Centre is the perfect place to start a visit to the area, with an exhibition, information desk, shop, cafe, toilets, children's play area, bike hire, picnic area, parking and more.

Radnor Forest (NRW)

Nr Presteigne, Powys, UK

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.

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.

Dyfnant & Vyrnwy Forests (NRW)

Powys, SY21 0QH

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

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.

Dyfi Valley & Coast

Mid Wales, SY20 8SR

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.

Devil's Bridge Falls

Devils Bridge, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3JW

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

Southern Snowdonia | Cadair Idris

Southern Snowdonia, LL39 1AX

Cadair Idris is a spectacular mountain reserve in Southern Snowdonia of over 450 hectares of breathtaking landscape, rugged summits, glacial lakes and a mossy wooded gorge.

Elan Valley Estate

Elan Estate Office, Elan Village, RHAYADER, Powys, LD6 5HP

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.

Hafren Forest (NRW)

Llanidloes, Powys, UK

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.

Talyllyn Railway | Dolgoch Falls Station

Bryncrug, Gwynedd, LL36 9UW

Dolgoch Falls are a series of three waterfalls near Tywyn in Southern Snowdonia, Mid-Wales. The falls are part of the Nant Dol-goch stream and can be reached via a short walk, there are a number of caves on the route. OS Grid Ref: SH 6504

Tal-y-Llyn Lake

Southern Snowdonia, LL36 9A

Tal-y-llyn Lake is a 220 acre ribbon lake located at the foot of Cadair Idris in Southern Snowdonia, a short distance north of Machynlleth and north-east of Tywyn.

North Powys | Cadair Berwyn

Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, North Powys, SY10 0BZ

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

Coed y Bont Community Woodland

Abbey Road, Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion, SY25 6ER

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

Cambrian Mountains | Pumlumon

Cambrian Mountains, Ceredigion, UK

Escape the crowds and treat yourself to a relaxing break in the hills and valleys around Pumlumon. Plynlimon (from Pumlumon in Welsh, meaning "five peaks") is the highest point of the Cambrian Mountains in Wales.

Wildlife & Nature

Places to Visit & Things to Do

Craig Cerrig Gleisiad & Fan Frynych NRW

There is plenty else to find on this 1200 acre reserve which takes in the summit of Fan Frynach. Over 500 different plants have been recorded as well as 80 species of birds.

Magic of Life Butterfly House

Come and see some of the largest and most colourful butterflies in the world! We exhibit species from all over the tropics. Our wildlife garden has many varieties of plants specifically for butterflies.

Dyfi National Nature Reserve & Centre

The whole Reserve is made up of three parts: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog; Dyfi Estuary, an internationally important feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and the beach and sand dunes of Ynyslas.

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

The RSPB Ynys-Hir nature reserve is a wildlife haven in the heart of Mid Wales. You can wonder from oak woodlands to salt marsh with views across the Dyfi estuary. Perfect for nature lovers & families wishing to discover their wild side.

Nannerth Country Holidays

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.

Dolphin Spotting Boat trips

One and two hour 'Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips' from New Quay within the Special Area of Conservation, enjoying breathtaking views of the welsh coast. Hopefully to encounter dolphins, porpoise and seals on our large stable boats. Book online

Coed Rheidol Nature Reserve (NRW)

Coed Rheidol is situated about 12 miles east of Aberystwyth. It occupies parts of both banks of the Afon Rheidol, upstream, and the south bank downstream of Devil's Bridge. This is a magnificent stretch of ancient sessile oak woodland,

Dyfi Wildlife Centre

The new Dyfi Wildlife Centre in the heart of the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere will re-open in Spring 2021 in a a stunning new building with leading-edge ‘carbon positive’ energy performance.

Lake Vyrnwy | Llyn Efyrnwy

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.

Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve (NRW)

Morfa Harlech is one of two extensive sand dune systems which make up much of the Meirionnydd coastline, extending from the Mawddach estuary in the south to Black Rock Sands in the north west.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre sits at the head of the dramatic Melindwr valley with commanding views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains. It's an established Red Kite feeding site with multiple outdoor trails to suit everyone.

Dyfi Forest (NRW)

The Dyfi Forest is located mainly to the north of the Afon Dyfi between Dolgellau to the north and Machynlleth to the south. Dyfi is a 6000ha forest - a spectacular landscape well worth exploring.

Coed y Brenin Forest Park (NRW)

Ty'n y Groes car park and riverside picnic area is the gateway to three forest walks, from an all ability trail with the tallest trees in Coed y Brenin (and downloadable Ty'n y Groes MP3 audio trail) OS Grid Reference: SH 730 233

Craig y Cilau National Nature Reserve

Craig y Cilau is of interest to the industrial archaeologist and landscape historian as much as to the naturalist.

Falconry Experience Wales

Falconry Experience Wales offers an insight into the world of Birds of Prey. Fly and handle Lakota the Bald Eagle or Moggie the White Faced Owl. Outdoor Venue of the Year - Welsh Hospitality Awards

Fantasy Farm Park

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.

Dyfi Valley & Coast

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.

Cefn Coch Farm | Nature Tours

Enjoy a guided Ecology Tour by PhD Ecologist, Joe; discover rewilding with an introduction to Cambrian Wildwoods, or develop an insight into Farming & Conservation Practices at this upland farm in the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere.

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre

The Denmark Farm Conservation Trust near Lampeter is a unique conservation centre pioneering the restoration of biodiversity to Britain's farmed countryside.

Devil's Bridge Falls

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

Wildlife Friendly Accommodation

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Brynarth Country Guest House

In or near Aberystwyth

17th Century 8 acre property in the foothills of Cambrian Mountains, south of Aberystwyth, near the coast, The Ystwyth & Elan Valleys. Great birdwatching, walking, stunning scenery. Licensed Snug Bar.

Guest House with 8 rooms, £52-£165 prpnb

Nannerth Country Holidays

In or near Rhayader

Choose from 3 quality self catering cottages near Rhayader & The Elan Valley. Set on our 200 acre farm, Nannerth is set in astonishingly beautiful countryside. Relax under the stars in your own private hot tub.

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

Station House & Station Cottage

In or near Ystrad Meurig

Station House & Station Cottage were originally part of Strata Florida Railway Station and now located by Cors Caron National Nature Reserve and Cambrian Mountains and the Ystwyth cycle trail ideal for bird watchers, cyclists and walkers.

Self-catering with 2 units, £395-£575 pupw sleeps 1-4

Rhoslwyn

In or near Lampeter

Rhoslwyn is a charming detached stone Welsh cottage with garden set in rural surroundings 10 miles from Lampeter. Rhoslwyn sleeps 3 in two bedrooms, dogs welcome. Home cinema. Superfast Fibre WiFi

Self-catering with 1 unit, £385-£525 pupw sleeps 1-3

Lane Farm Bed & Breakfast

In or near Welshpool

Lane Farm is a traditional 400 acre family organic working beef and sheep farm set beneath the Breidden Hills. Ideally situated to explore The Marches, Shropshire Hills and Mid Wales. Within easy reach of the mountains, lakes & coast.

Farmhouse with 4 rooms, £70 prpn

The Straw Cottage

In or near Llandrindod Wells

The Straw Cottage. The romance of a bygone era with modern comfort, no modern gadgets or electricity, lovely comfy beds, H & C shower, woodburning stove and nature on the doorstep. Great for kids. Wonderful walking. Short breaks available.

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

Granary Cottage

In or near Llandrindod Wells

The perfect place to relax and unwind, Granary Cottage is cosy and well-equipped with panoramic views. The converted granary retains its character whilst providing modern facilities. Peaceful and quiet, surrounded by our own land.

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

Coedmor Self Catering Holiday Cottages

In or near Barmouth

Four charming units nestled between the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and Cader Idris mountain range. Minutes away from Barmouth and Dolgellau the cottages are ideally situated for walking, fishing, bird watching or just relaxing.

Self-catering with 4 units, £230-£500 pupw sleeps 1-3

Madog's Wells

In or near Welshpool

Madog's Wells is situated in eight acres of beautiful countryside with woodland walks all around, plenty of wildlife and is ideal for bird-watching, walking or touring Mid Wales. Three wheelchair accessible cottages sleeping 3-6.

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

Helmau Cottages

In or near Dolgellau

Helmau Cottages are situated 2 miles from Dolgellau within the Snowdonia National Park, and just 10 minutes walk direct to the spectacular waterfalls at Torrent Walk and near to Coed Y Brenin mountain-bike centre.

Self-catering with 3 units, £700-£15000 pupw sleeps 2-8

Denmark Farm Eco Lodge

In or near Lampeter

The self-catering Eco Lodge at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre provides sustainability and comfort for holidays immersed in Nature.

Alternative Accommodation with 3 units, £495-£785 pupw sleeps 2-6

Bryn Elltyd

In or near Blaenau Ffestiniog

ECO....Bryn Elltyd is award-winning carbon neutral accommodation in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park near Blaenau Ffestiniog. It is an ideal location to explore North Wales and has achieved the Green Tourism Gold Award.

Guest House with 6 rooms, £70 prpn, £40-£97 prpnb

Over the Rainbow Vegetarian Retreat

In or near Cardigan

Over the Rainbow - relaxed, informal eco-friendly vegetarian/vegan country retreat, with quality b&b accommodation in a restored Georgian mansion, totally off the beaten track secluded in acres of woodland/gardens. Green Tourism Gold award.

Guest House with 5 rooms, £50-£175 prpnb

Tanyresgair Cottages

In or near Aberystwyth

Two self-catering holiday cottages in a recent barn conversion, set in a stunning location in mid Wales, on the farm Tanyresgair.

Self-catering with 2 units, £72-£150 pupn sleeps 2

Caer Beris Manor Hotel

In or near Builth Wells

Listed, Grade II historic manor house, set in 27 acres of parkland overlooking the River Irfon.

Hotel with 22 rooms, £54-£80 pppnb, £99-£160 prpn

Nyth Robin Glamping & Touring Park

In or near Aberdovey

Small, friendly, eco touring site, just outside the pretty seaside village of Aberdovey in mid-Wales, and within the Snowdonia National Park. Secluded site set in 7 ½ acres of private woodland with short walks

Touring Park with 20 pitches, £0-£36 ptpn

Highgate Cottages

In or near Newtown

Set within the extensive grounds of Highgate House. Highgate offers 2 self catering holiday cottages. Dog & Child Friendly. Private trout pond for guests use. Quarry Cottage Sleeps 12 - Orchard Cottage Sleeps 7 - Free Wifi

Self-catering with 2 units, £520-£720 pupw sleeps 6-8

Cefn Coch Farm

In or near Machynlleth

Cefn Coch Farm is a small upland farm in a secluded valley of the Cambrian Mountains. Stay in comfortable, modern yet cosy self-catering accommodation. Llechwedd cottage sleeps 4 and Einion barn sleeps 4-6.

Self-catering with 2 units, £90-£180 pupn sleeps 1-6

Lon Lodges

In or near Rhayader

Lon Lodges are Award Winning 5-star self-catering lodges, offering a special holiday experience with private spa hot tub in the heart of Mid Wales and the Cambrian Mountains.

Self-catering with 2 units, £730 pupw sleeps 1-6

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