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THE WONDERS OF MID WALES: STUNNING SCENERY, MOUNTAINS, LAKES, CASTLES , WALKING AND SO MANY THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Whether you’re a culture and history buff, an adventure and thrill seeker, or simply want to relax in the peace of the natural world, we reckon Mid Wales has it all. We’re looking forward to introducing you to some things that even frequent visitors may not have experienced yet.

Here we’ll give you a taste of what we love and our guests tell us they do too. Then we provide some useful links to other sites that can give you additional info’ on the things that particularly interest you.

When you arrive at Tyddyn Retreat, you will have a feast of maps and books about the area – taking in all the interests above. You might also enjoy historical accounts of the area and fun ways to explore the Welsh language.

While we wait to fill this page with glorious pictures.... you might like to enjoy this video by Mid Wales My Way - a great overview of why we love living here, and we trust you will enjoy visiting... again... and again.... https://vimeo.com/121883093

A Mid-Wales base

To those that know it, Mid Wales offers the best of all worlds: perhaps some of the notes below give you a sense of why?

At Tyddyn Retreat we are 30 mins from Snowdonia, 45 mins from the stunning coastline at Aberdovey, and just over an hour to the Brecon Beacons. Around 30 to 40 mins away you will find: Lake Vrynwy, the ancient town of Dolgellau in the lee of the magical Cadair Idris mountain, Clywedog Dam and lake, the Elan Valley, and the Hafren Forest – source of the rivers Severn and Wye.

Historically, we have the truly impressive Powis Castle and gardens, Machynlleth the ancient capital of Wales, Roman forts in Carno and Caersws, and dozens of places associated with the stories of King Arthur - http://www.visitwales.com/explore/traditions-history/king-arthur-myth-history-locations. If it's history and culture you're after, have a look at just a sprinkling of what's on offer here...

For a sense of what greets you when you come to Mid Wales, have a peep at http://tourism.powys.gov.uk or www.visitmidwales.co.uk or http://www.showmewales.co.uk/travel/Rails-Trails.aspx 

For an up to date view of What's On in the area around Tyddyn Retreat, here is a summary:

The Cambrian Mountains

Tyddyn Retreat is tucked away outside the village of Carno in Powys, Mid Wales, at the northern edge of the Cambrian Mountains. This region, while less famous than neighbouring Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons, is a quiet, unspoilt gem of stunning, rich landscapes. It’s hard not to feel revived and uplifted as you breathe in the freshest of air and take in the timeless views of the surrounding velvety hills.

For those wanting to feel refreshed by being in nature, we think you have found your place! The Cambrian Mountains have no less than fifty Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and six European Special Areas of Conservation. 10 rivers including the Severn and the Wye all have their sources here. The landscape takes on many different shapes - the openness of the hills and heather moors, to small lakes and waterfalls and oak and willow woodlands. This area is overflowing with rare and wonderful flora and fauna, including red squirrels, beautiful mosses, wild flowers and curious-looking fungi.

For some ideas of where to go and what to see in this wonderful area, have a look at www.visitmidwales.co.uk/destination/Cambrian-Mountains-Tourism-Information.aspx 

Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons

As Tyddyn Retreat is located between these two spectacular mountain ranges, very many of our guests love to explore them, again and again. There are naturally numerous sources of information on Snowdonia (Eryri) and the Brecon Beacons, and we have plenty of maps and books for you to enjoy while at Tyddyn Retreat. Here is one online source to get you started in exploring and imagining your time:

See www.visitmidwales.co.uk/destination/Snowdonia.aspx to touch base with stunning landscapes, heritage railways, and activities.

Berwyn Mountains, Lake Vrynwy & Pistyll Rhaedr

The Berwyns are rugged moorland mountains, with a true sense of wilderness, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, and home to the original Arthurian Legends. The magical Lake Vrywy is perfect for restful water and wildlife watching, or walking, horse riding, boating fishing and much more. www.lake-vyrnwy.com Pistyll Rhaeadr, the highest waterfall in Wales, at 240 feet, is worth a visit just to see the magnificence of this natural wonder. After admiring the falls, have a cuppa or take one of the spectacular walks. www.pistyllrhaeadr.co.uk

Sun, Sea and Sand

After enjoying the mountains, how about heading to the sea side? You can't beat Aberdovey/Aberdyfi - take a taste here...

The Dyfi Biosphere 

This truly unique area, recognised internationally by UNESCO for it's environmental and cultural importance, is right on our doorstep. Valuing the huge importance of this precious area, we are members of the Dyfi Biosphere Tourism Association. Have a look at the extraordinary place that the Dyfi Valley and the Dyfi Biosphere are ....

Culture and History

There is so much to share - from Roman forts, to ancient Drover's Roads, to contemporary arts. Here are just a few of the treasures that our guests find so tempting... Click culture for some temptation...

Walking and Cycling

These are the two activities that are the biggest draw to this area for thousands of visitors each year. If you're a keen walker and/or cyclist you will no doubt be well versed in the options there are. We will give you just a brief taster of what awaits you, whether you're looking for a gentle day walk, or a real workout...

Adventure sports

For those seeking an adrenalin rush, a challenge, thrills, or simply something active, there are dozens of activities to choose from, within 5 minutes to an hour of Tyddyn Retreat. Here is a sense of some of them...

Local and regional events

Here in Mid Wales we are blessed by the most extraordinary range of events - some with an international flavour, some especially Welsh, and some local. There is a range of website links for you to find out what might interest you most, and here we mention a few events that we are especially fond of...

Carno Village – fame and infamy

The quiet village of Carno is probably best known for being the home of Laura Ashley, whose iconic textile company was based in Carno from the 1960s until recent years. She and her husband Bernard are buried in the churchyard here. Almost everyone in the village worked for ‘Ashleys’ or has a memory of connection to the company, and Laura Ashley’s legacy lives on in the many talented needleworkers who still live in the area – including a thriving patchwork quilting group.

Carno has two other more infamous claims to fame. The father of Al Capone’s deputy, “Murry the Humph” (Morris Llewelyn Humphreys) was born in Castell, Carno in the early 1890s. In 1977 the largest haul of LSD in the world was found at Plas Llysun in Carno, which became the centre of “Operation Julie”, the biggest anti-drugs operation of its day.

Back in ancient times, Carno was the site of a Roman fort, on the banks of the river Carno from which the village takes its name. Alongside the churchyard you can still find the fort remains.