Local area

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There is plenty to do and see locally.  The following gives just a taste of what is on offer:

Walking

Bron y Llys is set in some of the best walking country in Britain.  The long distance footpath, Glyndwr’s Way, is just 300 metres from the property. There are numerous excellent walks from the house, including to the source of the River Severn and the summit of Plynlymon, the third highest mountain in Wales.  The higher mountains of Snowdonia, including Cadair Idris, and the coast path are both within easy reach by car.  We have OS maps and favourite walks we can share with you.

Biking

You can cycle from the train station in Machynlleth to Bron y Llys in an hour and the Sustrans National Cycle Route 8 passes Bron Y Llys. It is a seriously mountainous stretch of the cycle route but there are plenty of other more gentle rides all around.There are a number of excellent mountain biking trails close by, with waymarked routes of varying lengths and difficulty, including the Raw Dyfi Enduro, a 15 km round trip with the longest descent in Wales.

www.dyfimountainbiking.org.uk

Llanidloes

A pretty little market town, with timbered buildings, cafes, an excellent bookshop, antique shops and an art gallery.  There are peaceful walks along the Severn from the centre of town.

Machynlleth

Just within the Snowdonia National Park, Machynlleth was the seat of Owain Glyndwr’s Welsh Parliament in 1404 and is known as the ancient capital of Wales. There are cafes, antiques and craft shops and a thriving weekly market which has been held for over 700 years. The Museum of Modern Art holds regular exhibitions and the adjoining Tabernacle, a restored chapel, is a performing arts centre. Each year in May there is a superb Comedy Festival (the Guardian commends its “top quality line up that’s beyond many of its rivals”). In late August the Machynlleth Festival takes place: a week of splendid music making by eminent performers.

The Centre for Alternative Technology

This pioneering centre has been championing sustainability and innovative approaches to the challenges of climate change long before “green” was fashionable.  You reach it via a funicular railway and, with over 7 acres of displays, gardens and hands-on indoor and outdoor activities, it is a great day out for all ages.

www.cat.org.uk

Llyn Clywedog

A very natural looking tranquil reservoir which snakes through the hills with wonderful panoramic views.  There is a scenic drive around the lake and you can visit the 72 metre high dam, the tallest “mass concrete” dam in Britain.  There excellent walks around the reservoir, including out along the promontory into the middle of the lake.  The lake is some 6 miles long and is open to all types of non powered watercraft from canoes and sailboards to dinghies, cruisers and keelboats.  Llyn Clywedog Sailing Club is open from March to October and hires out a variety of dinghies.   Staylittle Outdoor Centre is just 3 miles from Bron y Llys and offers a range of 2-day RYA registered courses throughout the season for sailing and powerboat qualifications. You can also buy day permits to fish for trout in the lake.

www.clywedogsailing.org.uk

Hafren Forest

Just 3 miles from Bron y Llys and covering 40 square kilometres, Hafren Forest is an ideal place for picnics, biking, horse riding and walking.  You can follow the Severn Way and the Wye Valley walk through the forest.  There are also numerous paths and broadwalks by waterfalls, cascades and tumbling streams, including the wonderfully named Break Its Neck Trail!

Aberdyfi (Aberdovey)

A lovely old fashioned seaside village, with an award winning long sandy beach and lots of interesting little shops and cafes.  It offers a range of watersports, including sailing and sandboarding, and has an 18 hole championship golf course.  In summer there are regattas, art exhibitions and the annual Dovey festival.

Talyllyn Railway

A narrow gauge steam railway and the inspiration behind Rev Awdry’s Thomas the Tank Engine books.  You can take the steam train up into the foothills of Snowdonia and stop off along the way to see spectacular waterfalls or to walk into the mountains.

www.talyllyn.co.uk

Aberystwyth

A university town surrounded by hills with two beaches, a pier and a ruined castle.  The promenade is a great place to view the spectacular starling murmuration at sunset in winter. Aberystwyth also has a camera obscura reached by the longest cliff railway in Britain. From Aberystwyth, you can ride on the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge steam railway to the dramatic Devil’s Bridge gorge and waterfalls. The nearby seaside resort of Borth has a sandy beach, rock pools and Ynyslas Nature Reserve, with its vast sand dunes reaching out into the Dyfi Estuary.  There are rare orchids, nesting birds and the remains of a prehistoric forest.

www.rheidolrailway.co.uk