GUIDE TO MID WALES

Don’t forget your walking boots, because Mid Wales is bursting with natural scenery waiting to be discovered.

A 7 day itinerary for Mid Wales

From coast to countryside, Mid Wales is packed with plenty to do. Get inspired by our seven day itinerary.

Brecon Beacons National Park

Help yourself to a hearty breakfast before you set out this morning, as you’re going to need a lot of energy for the day’s activities! The wide open spaces of the Brecon Beacons are just waiting to be explored and with routes suitable for all abilities, there’s something to suit everyone. Spend your day hiking to spectacular waterfalls through magical wooded gorges, or climb to the summit of Pen Y Fan to take in the glorious views. Wherever you choose, make sure you’ve packed a picnic to eat al fresco. For your evening meal, try out The Felin Fach Griffin, a cosy gastro pub serving local produce. Head back into the park in the evening for a spot of stargazing – it is the only Dark Sky Reserve in Wales, with special events throughout the year.

Blaenavon World Heritage Site

In the 19th century, the area around Blaenavon played a big role in the world’s iron and coal industry, and the best way to learn about it today is to visit the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. A good place to start is the Big Pit National Coal Museum where you can descend into the colliery with a former miner to experience life below ground for yourself. Above ground, the Blaenavon Heritage Railway will take you on a voyage of discovery on board a steam or diesel locomotive, with a calendar of events throughout the year. Enjoy Lunch in Blaenavon town and pick up a few essentials for your holiday, including cheese from the Blaenafon Cheddar Company. If you need something to wash it all down, pay a visit to the Rhymney Brewery and try some of their ales.

Top 5 for families

Dan Yr Ogof caves

The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Dan Yr Ogof, provides a fantastic day out, and as much of it is underground, it’s a great rainy day activity. The spectacular caves include Dan Yr Ogof itself, the incredible Cathedral Cave, and Bone Cave where the remains of 42 human skeletons have been found dating back to the Bronze Age. If you’re a real fan of the prehistoric, you can also visit Dinosaur Park which is home to over 220 life-size models!

Top 5 historic attractions

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Begin your day by grabbing breakfast and a packed lunch from one of the characterful towns dotted along the Brecon Canal including Abergavenny, Crickhowell or Brecon itself. Then select your mode of transport and set off to explore! Brecon, Talybont and Goytre Wharf offer canoe hire, or if you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, hire a bike and enjoy a serene cycle along one of the many cycle routes, some of which form part of the National Cycle Network. Keep your eyes peeled for the giant Redwood tree near bridge 113 at Llangattock. At the end of the day, wherever you end up, you’re sure to find a pub offering a hearty meal. The Star Inn at Talybont does a hearty Canalman’s lunch!

Elan Valley

Elan Valley is part of the Cambrian Mountains, a beautiful landscape encompassing reservoirs, dams, wildlife and over 4,000 years of history. One of the best ways to explore is on foot, with over 80 miles of designated rights of way, including long and short walks, and nature trails. The Elan Valley Trail is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, while the seven-hour ‘Reservoir Challenge’ will lead you through all terrains, past every dam, following rivers, reservoirs, woodland and hills. If you have enough energy, stick around in the evening to find out why Elan Valley has been awarded International Dark Sky Reserve status – with a number of special events throughout the year.

Top 5 unique experiences

A day at the seaside

Aberystwyth makes for a pleasant day out with the family or as a couple. Get up leisurely and enjoy a breakfast at one of the many cafés in the seaside town – Sophie’s comes highly recommended on Trip Advisor. During the day, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in this lovely town. Take a trip on board the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway up Constitution Hill and admire the view from the top. Back on the seafront again, wander along the promenade to admire the Victorian and Georgian buildings which face out over the Irish Sea. If the weather is fine, pay a visit to the ruins of Aberystwyth Castle where there’s a children’s playground and picnic areas. If you’re sticking around in the evening, the small but cosy Gwesty Cymru receives great reviews.

Top 5 railways

Abbey-Cwm-Hir and Red Kites

If you’re a fan of historic houses, pay a visit to The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir, a neo-Elizabethan country house with extensive grounds. Open to the public between April and October, the house boasts 52 rooms and is full of original features, spectacular décor and impressive furnishings. After a morning at the Abbey, head off to nearby Gigrin Farm Red Kite feeding centre ready for the 2 or 3pm feed (depending on the time of year). Watch as the kites soar in for their lunch – with 300 to 600 at a time, it is quite a spectacle! Make sure you check opening times and directions before you go, as it can be tricky to find.

Walking in Mid Wales

Mid Wales is fantastic for walkers, we’ve picked out some of the top routes to try here.

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