The Elan Valley in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains is home to the Elan Valley Reservoirs, examples of incredible engineering complimenting outstanding natural beauty. They were built to provide water for the population of industrialised Birmingham; work was begun in 1894 and opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1904. The worker’s village, designed by Herbert Tudor Buckland is the only purpose built Arts and Crafts model Village in Wales. The nearest towns are Rhayader and Llanidloes.
The Dyfi Biosphere
The historic town of Machynlleth sits in the Dyfi Valley in an area of outstanding natural beauty and diversity. In order to celebrate and protect this unique environment it is the only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site in Wales. With award-winning beaches and National Nature Reserves, the Dyfi Biosphere sits the edge of both Southern Snowdonia and the Cambrian Mountains - a perfect blend of slope and sand.
The area offers terrific opportunities for walking and cycling including sections of the Wales Coast Path, Glyndwr's Way National Trail and NCN Route 8.
Pumlumon is the name of a massif that contains the highest five peaks in the Cambrian Mountains. Offering a tough challenge to walkers, the peaks of Pen Pumlumon Fawr, Pen Pumlumon Arwystli, Y Garn, Pen Pumlumon Llygad-bychan and Pumlumon Fach offer incredible views to the Mid Wales Marches on one side and to the Cardigan Bay Coast on the other. Pen Pumlumon Fawr is the tallest peak at 2, 467 feet.