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VisitWales5 active adventures in Mid Wales

May 2015

There’s far too much of Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons for one holiday. So, here are five great activities to make the most of your precious free days in our largest region. Return visits are definitely recommended.

Horse riding in the Brecon Beacons

Horse riding in Begwn, Mid Wales

If riding is about the freedom of the open trail and gorgeous scenery, the Brecon Beacons National Park wins the gold rosette in Europe. With an accredited stable you will canter on ridges of the Black Mountains with only buzzards for company or track the River Wye before a pub lunch. With your own horse you can follow circuit trails before stopping in a stables a horse friendly B&B. It’s exhilarating, wild, authentic. Couldn’t be more Welsh.


Walking Glyndŵrs Way

Dyfi Valley, Mid Wales

Anchored at Knighton, Machynlleth and Welshpool, Glyndŵrs Way arcs through an unspoilt tract of Wales. Its low mountains and soft hills are barely visited compared to the neighbours in Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons yet its valleys are spellbinding. For many walkers the scenery either side of Machnylleth is the best of the entire 135 miles. So cheat – come for a weekend escape. No-one said you had to walk the lot.

Sail and Windsurf, Cardigan Bay

Sailing off the Aberaeron coast, Cardigan Bay

Take a postcard-perfect fishing resort like New Quay. Add a scenic coastline, calm seas, weak tides, stable winds and space to make mistakes. The result is sailing perfection for beginners. Old salts can hire a dinghy or small keelboat to slip beyond the shelter of a headland. Whatever your ability, there’s a chance you will see the resident bottlenose dolphins whilst sailing this beautiful coastline.

Game fishing on the River Usk

Salmon fishing in the River Usk by Uskgrub

We call the Usk the Afon Wysg, which roughly means “river full of fish” but that’s only half the story. The Usk trickles down from the Black Mountain to the low-lying freestone runs where wild brown trout run. From spring to late summer, beats between Sennybridge to Abergavenny provide some of the finest game fishing in Britain. Fish after fish rises suddenly and bites. Fortunately a passport system limits numbers on the bank.

Nature walks in Gwenffrwd Dinas

Tywi Valley in early morning mist

They say Merlin came from the Tywi Valley, Mid Wales’s loveliest valley, and it’s not hard to believe in the RSPB’s Dinas Nature Reserve near Rhandirmyn. You’re here for red kites, dippers and woodpeckers; for butterflies and wildflowers, ancient oaks, craggy bluffs and two rushing rivers, all discovered on a semi-boardwalked trail. You’re also here for utter tranquility year-round and the sense of entering a land of lost myth. Magic.

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