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Water-balanced Cliff Railway

Water-balanced Cliff Railway

Water-balanced Cliff Railway

Walking Route, free entry

Llwyngwern Quarry,
SY20 9AZ



Start: Centre for Alternative Technology
(C.A.T) car park
Grid Reference: SH 754 044
Distance: 7.1 km – 4.4 miles
Grade: Moderate (some steep sections)
Terrain: Firm tracks, roads and open grassland
Maps: OS Explorer OL23 or 215
Refreshments: Café at C.A.T, Dwynant pub - Ceinws

1. Walk back to the car park entrance A and turn R up the road to reach a sign for Llwyngwern Farm, then turn R to follow the drive up around the back of the house. Follow track uphill through G, then a second G on your L before walking through 4 consecutive Gs next to a sheep enclosure.

2 Just beyond where the RH fence ends, bear L to follow a faint path uphill. As the path peters out continue to climb upwards veering slightly L around the dome of the hill. When you see the turbine to the R head for it over the brow of the hill. 100 m before you reach a G below the turbine B turn R. Go through a G above a bog on the R, then gradually close with the forestry to reach the LH corner of the field.

3. Turn L through G and follow the fence through another G, keeping L until you reach the top of the bank. As you start to drop down walk past a pond C on your L to reach a sheep enclosure and another marshy pond.

4. Go through Gs to the L of the enclosure, then half L to walk down and through a dip in the hill to reach a G on the woodland boundary. Through G and follow track on round a sharp bend. As the track starts to bear L, turn R next to a waymarked post down the bank to reach a S. Go over it and keep parallel with the LH fence to go through a G on L, then turn sharp
L to walk up through the trees to reach a forestry track junction.

5 Walk directly across the junction and up the track to reach a waymarked post. Turn L to follow a shale path before re-joining the forestry track higher up. Turn L then continue along the track, before turning R at the next junction. When you reach a waymarked post, turn L then R where the path splits to go through a G below a turbine.

6. Retrace your outward steps over the brow of the hill and down heading for the track and fence corner below at 2. Go through a G on L, then walk diagonally downhill to reach a G on the woodland boundary.

7. Go through the G and follow the path down through the woodland (keep away from the quarry D edge to the L) to reach the car park.

Walk Route: Moderate

Miles: 5

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsPushchairs availableRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Welcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitalityElectric car charging point

Children welcomeDogs accepted


Free entry


Natural Resources Wales


Llwyngwern Quarry,
SY20 9AZ

Location and nearby places


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Map reference: SH 755044  Lat: 52.62305 Long: -3.84062


CAT is currently open for pre-booked tickets only. To book, please visit www.cat.org.uk/book

The Centre for Alternative technology is ideally situated right in the heart of Mid Wales, just two hours by train from Birmingham International Airport and Train Station.

CAT is located three miles north of Machynlleth on the A487, look out for the brown signs.

By Public Transport
Travel Planner - https://www.traveline.cymru/

Bus services run from Machynlleth and other major towns. The T2 runs regular routes from Aberystwyth to Bangor. The T2 also passes the centre as well. It's worth looking online if you're planning to travel by bus and ask the driver about the best place to alight for the centre.

National Cycle Network Route 8 passes via CAT's entrance and the road from Mach to CAT is quiet and safe (see map above).

Trains are frequent and it doesn't take long to get from the Midlands to Machynlleth

By Car:
Free car parking at Visitor Centre.
EV Car Charging point: Free to Cat Visitors - notify reception on arrival and they will assist you with the charging facilities.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Machynlleth station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Electric car charging pointElectric car charging point
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 30
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu


There is disabled parking at the top of both driveways. Please don't hesitate to call us on 01654 705989 for more information.

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