Cambrian Mountains Circular Tour

A circular tour around the Cambrian Mountains visiting Llanwrtyd Wells - Rhayader - Elan Valley - Devil's Bridge - Strata Florida - Llanwrtyd Wells



Start the morning in the smallest town in Britain! Llanwrtyd Wells has a reputation as one of the friendliest and most eccentric towns in Wales! Come and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the Cambrian Mountains and take a drive across to the beautiful Elan Valley passing the Wye River and the market town of Rhayader.

If you're feeling particually active you can park in Rhayader and take the Elan Valley Trail which climbs past three reservoirs and follows the old Birmingham Corporation Railway - Walk approx 3-4 hours (9 miles moderate pace)

For the less active amongst us you can drive towards the Elan Valley on the B4518 approx 4 miles from Rhayader

Llanwrtyd Wells is the smallest town in Britain. It is also one of the friendliest, having a long history of catering for the many visitors who, today, come to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding Cambrian Mountains.

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Before heading over to Elan Valley if you fancy a bite to eat then the Gold Award Winning Drovers Rest Restaurant is not to be missed!

Available for breakfast, lunch, evening meal or maybe just afternoon tea. The Drovers Rest is set in a stunning location overlooking the River Irfon in the centre of Llanwrtyd Wells.

Peter James, Head Chef and owner of The Drovers has won many awards in the UK as well as being featured in several magazines from around the world.

Lunch options include the Elan Valley Visitor Centre or a local pub or cafe in nearby Rhayader.


From the Elan Valley you can turn left onto the B4574 towards Devil's Bridge. Legend has it that the bridge was constructed by the Devil himself in exchange for an old lady's soul. Find out more about the legend and take the famous Punchbowl & Three Bridges walk.

From Devil's Bridge you can take the B4343 across Abbey Rd to get to one of site of the the 12th century Cistercian Abbey - Strata Florida just north of Tregaron

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.

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Grand medieval abbey where generations of Welsh princes are buried.

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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.

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From Tregaron take the B4343 scenic drive on the Abergwesyn Pass returning to Llanwrtyd Wells where you can enjoy dinner in one most highly acclaimed restaurants in the area.


A selection of places to stay in the Cambrian Mountains can be found on

Other Itineraries

> Explore Mid Wales Days Out

> Heritage Railways

> Scenic Railway Day Trips

> Short Breaks by Train

> Short Breaks in Mid Wales

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