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A Guide to Mid Wales

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When Wales is written about in holiday brochures and travel guides, there’s often an emphasis on coastal areas such as Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, and the southern cities of Cardiff, Swansea and Newport. While these regions have much to offer tourists in the way of historic buildings, great beaches, fine dining, shopping and family activities, they simple don’t compare to Mid Wales when it comes to greenery.

If you’re considering a holiday to our fair nation, read on for a guide to Mid Wales – by the time you reach the end we’re betting you’ll be ready to make a booking!

The Cambrian Mountains

Slap-bang in the heart of Wales you’ll find the Cambrian Mountains, an area of rolling hills that roughly stretches between Snowdonia in the north and the Brecon Beacons in the south. Because this area is sparsely populated and largely untouched, it is thought of as one of the UK's true regions of wilderness.

If you’re a keen walker, this part of the world should be top of your to-do list. Scenic spots to check out while hiking here include the Teifi Pools, the Devil’s Bridge and Pumlumon Fawr, the region’s highest peak, said to be home to a sleeping giant.

Elan Valley

Within the region encompassed by the Cambrian Mountains you’ll find the Elan Valley. This area is notable for its dams and reservoirs, and is a true haven for wildlife, with a local population that boasts otters, polecats and buzzards.

The region is a privately owned estate, which was set up to provide a clean supply of water and conserve the environment. Recently the area was also classified as an International Dark Sky Park. In official language, that means that Elan Valley possesses "an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment".

If you’re a budding astronomer or simply a fond stargazer, you’ll want to make use of the accommodation on offer and enjoy a few nights in Elan Valley looking up at the spectacular skies.

Walkers Are Welcome Towns

As we’ve already discussed, Mid Wales is the ideal location for keen walkers. This part of the country has its fair share of Walkers Are Welcome towns and villages, including Devil’s Bridge, Tregaron and Llandovery. Plan a trip to one of these towns and you can expect well-maintained trails, clear signposting, and plenty of information on the best routes.

Historic Sites

Wales’ coastal towns don’t have a monopoly on the history! Just outside the village of Pontrhydfendigaid you’ll find the Strata Florida Abbey, which dates from the Middle Ages and is a site of huge religious and cultural significance. Two other must-see sites in the region are Powis Castle, an impressive stately home surrounded by gorgeous gardens, and Montgomery Castle, which was built by the Normans in the 12th century.

Rare Hideaways

Perhaps one of Mid Wales’ key draws is that it's peppered with all kinds of hotels, bed & breakfasts and self-catered houses and flats. If you’re seeking a truly secluded rural break, don’t aim for the coast – head inland and book a few days at a rustic farmhouse or cosy cottage.

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