The Great Outdoors
Its time to strap those boots on and get outdoors, the hills and valleys are awaiting your footsteps as you explore the history and hidden gems that Mid Wales has to offer.
Close your eyes and think …what would you like to do ? Bet we’ve got it covered. Our stunning landscape is crying out to be walked, cycled, ridden, sailed and fished.
We also provide a few slightly more surprising thrills. Caving in stupendous limestone caverns millions of years in the making. Foraging for wild food. Geocaching, gorge walking, falconry.
You name it, we probably do it. And we’ll do it with a bit of twist.
Spending time in the outside also has a positive impact on both your physical and mental wellbeing, we are incredibly lucky in Powys to be surrounded by such wonderful green spaces.
A recent study undertaken by East Anglia University showed that living close to nature reduces the diastolic blood pressure, and exposure to green spaces reduces the levels of salivary cortisol (which is a physiological marker of stress) so like we assumed all along, getting out and about in Mid Wales isn't just fun… its also really good for you.
We don’t like to hand out too much advice here in Mid Wales about how you should spend your days.
But, there are some things you really must do while you’re here and we just can’t resist telling you about them. Because we’d hate for you to miss out.
So whatever you do, make sure you witness the sumptuous rooms and spectacular Baroque gardens of Powis Castle near Welshpool. Explore Britain’s greatest natural wonder at Dan-yr-Ogof National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Follow a hooded boatman into King Arthur’s Labyrinth near Machynlleth and watch up to 600 of our most iconic birds of prey swooping to claim their afternoon snack at the Red Kite Feeding Centre near Rhayader. Help save the planet – and ride one of the steepest cliff railways in the world – at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth.
A visit to Mid Wales is an adventure. But it doesn’t have to be a test of endurance. You don’t have to climb Pen-y-Fan or shoot the rapids of the Wye to feel the magic.
For people with disabilities, parents with pushchairs and those who prefer not to walk too far there are strolls that are flat, well surfaced and without stiles. They include the stunningly pretty Montgomery Canal, Rock Park at Llandrindod Wells and Pwll-y-Wrach at Talgarth with its 500-metre level linear trail lined with rare wild flowers.
You can follow a boardwalk through the wonderfully named Witheybeds and Wentes Meadow Nature Reserve at Presteigne (look out for the birds, dragonflies and yellow-necked mice). You can trace the full length of Pen y Garreg reservoir in the Elan Valley with its breathtaking mountain views (if you want to explore the steeper bits, you can hire a side-by-side tricycle, a hand cycle or an electric cycle from the visitor centre.)
Limited mobility should be no barrier to a great day out. Our list of easy access attractions includes the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, the National Trust’s Powis Castle, the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, Corris Craft Centre, the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh in Brecon and the wildly extravagant Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture in Berriew.
We believe that the outdoors is for everyone and thats just the way we want it to stay here in Mid Wales … so, do it your way and let us know how you get on