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red kite statue in Llanwrtyd Wells Town Square

Llanwrtyd Wells is unique as a destination in its location, attraction and personality.

there are a wealth of activities available on a day to day basis; and with such spectacular landscape it is easy to fill your day with activities that are free such as walking, cycling and wild swimming.  Just 3 miles along the valley there are natural pools in the river Irfon (The Washpools and Pwll Bo), ideal for a swim on a warm summers day (or any day if you are hardy!).  The local children regularly cycle there to enjoy the pools after a hard day in education, or camp out there during the summer holidays

picturesque landscape of the Cambrian mountainsSnuggled at the heart of The Heart of Wales

it is a gateway to the largest area of unspoilt countryside in the whole of the UK, including the magnificent Cambrian Region, Abergwesyn Valley, Epynt Mountains, Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons.  Its position, nestling in the Irfon Valley, offers a diverse landscape expanding out in every direction; forestry, mountain ranges, glacial valley, waterfalls, winding roads, bridal paths.

It is the perfect base for touring the whole of Wales. It’s the perfect base for exploring and discovering hidden gems. It’s the perfect base to find yourself at one and alone with nature; to find peace and tranquillity; flora and fauna; wildlife and birdlife.

It was from Llanwrtyd that mountain biking and long distance walking began in the UK.  These activities continue today with tourists coming here to explore our stunning and challenging landscape. It also continues here alongside our penchant for the eccentric, with Llanwrtyd Wells being the birthplace of quirky events such as The Real Ale Wobble; Man verses Horse (originally also verses bike); Bog Snorkelling and, more recently, Mountain Bike Chariot Racing and the bi-annual World Alternative Games.

We have several circular walks, drives and cycle routes we can recommend and have a good selection of maps and guides you are welcome to borrow.

As a town, we are recognised as the smallest in the UK, with around 800 residents, we are smaller than most villages!  Our heart is huge.  Accommodation providers offer amazing value and exceptional service relying heavily on recommendation and repeat business (a great plus for the traveller that we are not on the tourist trail).  Despite our size we have 3 pubs and 4 award winning restaurants.

wild poies 'kissing' in the abergwesyn valleyThe inspirational landscape

With its wild ponies, sheep, red kites and diverse bird life draws artists and artisans to its heart ,it’s a great location to visit amazing artists; discover hidden artisans and off the beaten track art havens.
Whatever your reason for travel, there is something for you a spectacular landscape away. But if you want to park the car and explore on foot, bike or train we have enough at hand to keep you entertained.

Be at one with nature….

local farmer and sheep dog herding sheep in fields outside Cerdyn VillaWith sheep outside every window it is easy to forget the hustle and bustle of city life! In spring the lambs bleating and prancing will bring a smile to your face and the kids will love it. The River Irfon has recently been re-colonised with otters and there is plenty of opportunity for the fishermen amongst you, a day permit for Trout and Salmon costing as little as £10.
We are also delighted to hear that red squirrels have been seen around Abergwesyn and in Crychan Forest