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.



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.

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


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 Reserve, Eglyws-fach, Machynlleth, POwys, SY20 8TA

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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.

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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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

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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.

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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All aboard for an unforgettable 12 mile journey from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge travelling up 700ft through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery on a historic narrow-gauge steam railway.

Rail Route: Aberystwyth - Devil's Bridge

Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG

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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.

Devils Bridge, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3JW

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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.

Award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a 'national flagship for the arts'. It has a wide-ranging programme across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts film & new media.

Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DE

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

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Hotel with 22 rooms

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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


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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