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‘Winter is better in Mid-Wales’

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Good to read James Stewart’s article on Machynlleth under ‘Great British Breaks’ in the Sunday Times. He starts by saying this is a good time to visit Mid-Wales:

Why?
‘Because winter is better in mid-Wales. After a ripe autumn as the playground for hikers and beachgoers, the gorgeous hills and coast around Machynlleth are quieter. Come for morning mist in the valleys, interesting shopping, waterbirds arrowing across marshes and pints by the fire’.

He highlights the great places to visit including the local nature reserves along with where to eat and stay. Of course we would say that when staying at Welsh Hideaways, Machynlleth is a fun day out and can be combined with visiting the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Astronomy Tourism Trail

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Ty Mari and the night sky. Down the road is an international dark sky park site at The Arch.

A new ‘astro-tourism’ trail has been created in the Cambrian Mountains linking six new locations awarded a ‘dark sky’ status, including The Arch, close to Welsh Hideaways between Devil’s Bridge and Cwmystwyth.

Ystwyth cycle trail listed in 10 best cycle paths.

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The Guardian writes: In the 1860s, the dream of the owners of the Manchester and Milford Railway was to link the cotton mills of Lancashire with the port of Milford Haven. Their ambitious plans were knocked off course by the mighty Cors Caron peat bog and the Cambrian mountains beyond. In the end, they succeeded merely in connecting Milford with Aberystwyth. The Ystwyth Trail follows the northern end of this sidetracked venture, which eventually closed in 1965. The creators of the cycle path have similarly been derailed at the southern end, where the trail is pushed off the track bed and on to roads from time to time. However, it still makes for a cracking ride: leaving the coastal resort of Aberystwyth, the path follows the banks of the Afon Ystwyth before dropping south along the Teifi to Tregaron.

Green Ceredigion!

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Yes, besides the great recycling achievement, the Council aims for Ceredigion to be a net zero carbon local authority by 2030. Their exciting plan also targets reducing carbon emissions by a further 15% by 2023.

Keeping Ceredigion beautiful!

Welsh Hideaways fully supports these plans and over the next few years, will be taking further steps in support of this. At present all the electricity used by our cottages comes from 100% renewable sources. Thank you Ceredigion Herald for keeping us well informed.

Worried sheep!

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There has been a significant increase in dog worrying this year, especially around Elan. In 2018 there were lambs killed by spaniels, terriers and a Labrador. It is so important that dogs are kept on a lead when they could access fields or hillside with sheep or cattle grazing.
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