There are limitless possibilities for walking. There are glorious walks, some along by the river with spectacular waterfalls in wetter weather. The river is just three minutes walk away and is often clearly audible from outside the cottages themselves. Natural Resources Wales manages the woodland around Cwmystwyth. Do read their Countryside code. The forest tracks provide a variety of walks and are particularly appreciated by dog owners as they are free of sheep. The Wales Coastal Path provides great views. Take a look at this site too for great day out walking: Elan Valley Walks. Many of the walks in the area are way-marked, but there are Ordnance Survey maps in each cottage and some suggested walks are available below to download. Remember that mobile reception in the area is not great, so these are best saved on your mobile device or printed off. There should be laminated versions available in the cottages. Meanwhile CLICK on the maps below to view these amazing walks…you will want to get walking!
For a great walk that four year olds upwards can enjoy, go to the Forestry Centre nearby: Bwlch Nant Yr Arian. Here, besides wonderful views and a good walk, you can round off watching the kites and having a cup of hot chocolate! Just down the road is the Hafod estate with clearly marked walks from half an hour to a couple of hours….great for children too. Don’t miss this short video on Hafod.
There is a shallow river to play in, waterfalls to gaze at and stunning scenery. It is in this forest that you will find the Robbers Cave, often called Cascade Cavern (see Photo Gallery).
The BBC series ‘Weatherman Walking’ covered a lovely walk around Devil’s Bridge that you might want to print off here. There is also the Cambrian Mountain Walks Group that often meets at Devil’s Bridge.