Llanwrtyd Wells is the perfect centre for so many outdoor activities; Mountain Biking, Walking, Fishing, Bird Watching, Golf and Painting. Try some of our organised walking events; New Years Walk, Saturnalia Walk (Jan), Lord Crawshaw Walk (early Feb), Drovers Walk (March), Red Kite Mountain Bike Bash (August), Welsh International Four Day Walks (Sept) to name just a few.
Fishing :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.
Wild ponies can be seen everywhere within the Irfon Valley, Abergwesyn Valley, Cambrian Mountains and Brecon Beacons
We are also delighted to hear that red squirrels have been seen around Abergwesyn and in Crychan Forest
Bird watchers will be in their element, with the area known for its prolific Red Kite and Buzzard population. Why not visit the Gigrin Farm Red Kite Feeding Station on the outskirts of Rhayader or Red Kite Centre between Llandovery and Llandeilo. You will also see many of our native birds that have almost disappeared from the town garden – and you won’t have to leave the house to do it!!But if you want to find out more about Natural Mid Wales check out this amazing website
If its gardens you enjoy – a short drive will take you to The National Botanical Garden of Wales or Aberglasney, “A garden lost in time”. then there’s Dinefw park and nature reserve… complete with castle…. However, a walk in the locality will provide your eyes (and nose) with a wealth of wild flowers, mature trees and scented shrubs.
Areas of outstanding beauty
From Cerdyn villa you can easily access huge expanses of unspoilt countryside. We are told it is the largest expanse in the Uk. Obviously there are the Brecon Beacons, they are well advertised in all the tourist literature. Lesser known and highly recommended are the Epynt Range great driving and circular walks;
We would highly recommend the Abergwesyn Pass and Cambrian Mountains There are plenty of walking opportunities and even a circular walk from our doorstep ; but for further exploration there are some amazing drives taking you up the Devil’s Staircase, around Llyn Brianne Reservoir and across the mountains to Tregaron
As you head out on the Abergwesyn Road you will pass The Washpools and Pwll Bo; natural pools formed in the river Irfon (this is where the Drovers sed to wash their cattle) make popular swimming and picnic spots. some lovely short walks here including mobility accessible routes
Also not to be missed is Elan Valley and the dams, an amazing and informative visitor centre is sited at the beginning of the valley which is situated about 3 miles outside of Rhayader. You can drive around these amazing victorian constructs but there are also many events allowing you to enter , explore and fin out more. When the dams were built and the valleys were flooded, a single gauge railway was installed to transport all the rock etc. These old track ways are now fabulous flat walking routes. From the valley you can take the mountain road all the way to Cwmystwyth and the Aberystwyth coast
Nearby Towns and Villages
Drive 13 miles north along the A483 and you will arrive in Builth Wells which houses the Royal Welsh Showground, home to the largest Agricultural Fair in the UK if not Europe. There is a large calendar of events that take place throughout the year. look out for all the dog shows, cob and pony sales, gems festival, food festivals etc as well as the Spring Fair, Winter Fair and two fabulous antique Fairs (May and September) . click here for the full calendar of events
Drive 11 miles south along the A483 and you reach the historic market town of Llandovery with its castle ruins and statue to Prince Llewelyn. Just 3 miles beyond Llandovery is the tiny village of Myddfai, where Prince Charles has a Welsh residence. There is a beautiful visitor centre there with a spectacular stained glass window and lovely community cafe. You are now in the Brecon Beacons so plenty of exploring to do.
You can get to Brecon via scenic drive across the Epynt mountains, which is land owned by the MOD since the beginning of WW2. The route is 22 miles and is spectacular. Although you can also get there via either builth or Llandovery (35 miles each route) There are several public circular walking routes across this land (The Epynt Way).
Brecon is a gorgeous market town with lots of quirky shops as well as a few known high street names
There is so much more to see and do, The Sugar Loaf, Devils Staircase, Crychan Forest, Lynn Brianne, Irfon Gorge Elan Valley for walkers and cyclists, Dinefwr Castle and Dolaucothi Gold Mine plus The Victorian Festival (August) and The National Cycle Collection in Llandrindod Wells. I could go on!