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Severn Valley & UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere - Day 2

A 3 day trip around Mid Wales with places to stay and things to do.
Today you travel through the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere from Machynlleth to Aberystwyth. Public car charging point in Aberystwyth.

 

Morning

After one of Sue's legendary cooked breakfasts, you and your car will be charged up and ready to go!
Heading from Machynlleth to Aberystwyth is bird watching heaven. During Spring & Summer see our local celebrity Ospreys at Cors Dyfi, or stop off at RSPB Ynyshir, home to BBC's Springwatch for the last two years. It's a beautiful walk around the reserve at any time of year and the friendly staff always have time for a chat.
Drinks and light snacks are available from the visitor centre.
Male osprey before return of female

Cors Dyfi is closed whilst we build our new Dyfi Wildlife Centre. The Cors Dyfi reserve is a mixture of bog, swamp, wet woodland and scrub supporting a plethora of animals and plants, including the magnificent Osprey.

Derwenlas, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8SR

 
RSPB Ynys-Hir

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.

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

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Lunch

For a real treat for lunch, try Ynyshir Hall Hotel.
During the Summer why not carry on towards Aberystwyth and a short detour to the Cwm Rheidol Power Station, find out about the electricity that is produced to charge your car. Have a free tour around the Power Station with the knowledgeable Jim! Then the Visitor Centre on 5 minutes away and their display on the history of the site. (Open May - September) The visitor centre also has a lovely cafe for a light lunch!
Wander around the next door Magic of Life Butterfly House, free flying butterflies, a delight for all ages to see.
Ynyshir

At Ynyshir can expect a whole evening experience. Menus are slow food – time and care is taken in ageing, pickling, foraging, salting, preserving and souring. A journey of development, experience, flavour, story, history and locality.

Speciality: Modern British

  • Chef: Gareth Ward
  • Covers: 20

Eglwys Fach, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8TA

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Visitor Centre

The Rheidol hydropower plant is the largest of its kind in England and Wales. Guided tours of the power station are available by prior booking, visitor centre and interactive display.

Rheidol Hydro Power Station, Cwmrheidol, nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3NF

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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.

Cwmrheidol, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3NB

 
 

Afternoon

Carry on into Aberystwyth and there is a car charging point at the Science Park, Aber Instruments allow public access and are only a 10 minute walk away from town.

With time to spare while your car is charging the National Library of Wales have fascinating collections and exhibits to browse through.

Or take a ride on the Vale of Rheidol Railway for a trip up the Rheidol Valley using a steam train! Trains leave from next door to the main railway station in town. Leave yourself time for a visit to the Devils Bridge Waterfalls right beside the Rhediol Railway platform.
National Library of Wales

The National Library is one of the great libraries of the world. Since 1911 it's enjoyed the right to collect, free of charge, a copy of every printed work published in Britain and Ireland. Situated on Penglais Hill overlooking Aberystwyth.

Rhiw Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BU

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Vale of Rheidol Railway

All aboard the Vale of Rheidol by narrow gauge steam train. An unforgettable journey from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge, through the beautiful Rheidol Valley and sit back, relax on a journey through the spectacular Mid Wales countryside.

Rail Route: Aberystwyth - Devil's Bridge

Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG

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Devil's Bridge Waterfalls

A circular walk that takes you deep into the wooded gorge with spectacular views of the 300ft Mynach Waterfalls. A challenging walk that takes at least 45minutes which includes many steep steps.

Devils Bridge, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3JW

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Evening

Aberystwyth has a wide range of places to eat and drink in the town centre, have a walk on the prom to work up an appetite, or maybe see a film or show at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Abersytwyth Arts Centre

The award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and facilities includes the Great Hall, Theatre, Galleries, Cinema, Craftshop, Bookshop, Workshop spaces, Pottery, Restaurant, Cafe and Bars.

Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DE

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Overnight

Finding a place to stay in Aberystwyth couldn't be easier, some of our suggestions in the town centre are Harry's or The Richmond or Gwesty Cymru.
Harry's Hotel, Bar & Bistro

Harry's Hotel and Restaurant is ideally located in the heart of Aberystywth, a busy University Town. Enjoy the delights of Harry's restaurant where Chefs, uses only the finest local ingredients.

In or near Aberystwyth

Hotel with 22 rooms

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Richmond Hotel

The Richmond boasts the prime seafront location on the main Aberystwyth Promenade overlooking Cardigan Bay and is at the heart of town. All room have ensuite facilities. The hotel has its own large private car park.

In or near Aberystwyth

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms

 
Sunset at Gwesty Cymru

Luxury Welsh hotel situated at the centre of Aberystwyth's promenade in Ceredigion. Inviting, fresh and stylish with 8 bedrooms featuring LCD televisions, wifi and Egyptian cotton linen. Seafront terraced restaurant serves local food.

In or near Aberystwyth

Restaurant with Rooms with 8 rooms

 
 
 

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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