Machynlleth - Ancient Capital of Wales
A historic town, home to Owain Glyndwr’s Parliament House, a prominent town clock and host to a Market every Wednesday. It has a reputation for its small, unique shops and also has a range of cafes, pubs and a supermarket. Machynlleth is also brilliantly located for touring the splendours of Snowdonia to the north, the nearby Cader Idris range and the coastline to the west.
Great sandy beaches run alongside both sides of the river Dyfi’s estuary, just 11 miles from Machynlleth, from Aberdyfi to Tywyn on the northern side and from Ynys-las to Borth on the south.
Things to see in Machynlleth and Dyfi Valley, Mid Wales
Centre for Alternative Technology has built an international reputation over the last 25 years, attracting people and students interested in aspects of sustainable living as well as those just looking for an interesting day out.
King Arthur’s Labyrinth offers underground caverns and a maze, with dramatic settings telling tales of King Arthur and other legends
Corris Craft Centre has a range of high quality craft units and Corris Tourist Information Centre.
Y Tabernacle (also known as Museum of Modern Art, Wales).
Activities in Machynlleth and Dyfi Valley, Mid Wales
Walking – ‘Glyndŵr’s Way’ National Trail offers some of Mid-Wales` finest scenery, ranging from rolling hills, woodland and country lanes to open hill and mountain.
Also, Cadair Idris and Aran Fawddwy, offer great challenges for the more ambitious amongst you...
Cycling - Dyfi Valley offers the perfect cycling destination for people of all ages and abilities, including the three cross country routes (Mach 1, 2 and 3) and the Cli-Mach X trail in the Dyfi Forest north of the town. Bring your own bike or hire one from The Holey Trail in Machynlleth.
Horse Riding - National Bridleway Route, Prince Llywelyn Way and numerous other bridleways.
Water Sports - Sailing, sail boarding, rowing, canoeing, fishing and boat trips based in Aberdyfi. Sailing also at Clywedog Reservoir.
Golf at Machynlleth, Borth and Aberdyfi.
Fishing (sea and river) including salmon and sea trout fishing on the renowned River Dyfi. Clywedog Reservoir is also popular for fishing.
Clay-shooting Dyfi Valley Activity Centre is one of the most extensive clay pigeon shooting grounds in Britain and provides equipment and tuition.
Aberdyfi Outward Bound - a wide range of activities including sailing, canoeing, improvised rafting, rock climbing, gorge walking, mountain expeditions and orienteering.
Bird-watching, especially on the estuary, with Red Kites on the moors and mountains.
Local History & Culture
Recently voted 23rd in the BBC’s unprecedented public search for the greatest Briton of all time, Owain Glyndwr is a highly iconic figure in Welsh history. Described in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I as "not in the roll of common men", he assembled a national parliament at Machynlleth in 1404, drawing up mutual recognition treaties with France and Spain. At Machynlleth, he was also crowned king of a free Wales. The parliament still stands proud in the middle of town.
Today, the Welsh language and culture remains central to life in the Dyfi Valley and offers that ‘something extra’ to your visit. With over two thirds of the population totally bilingual (Welsh and English), it’s very possible that you will also pick up some of the language during your stay.
A summary of up and coming events, places of interest etc in the area can be found on www.dyfidiary.co.uk.