The Cambrian Mountains
Your guide to the Cambrian Mountains
The Cambrian Mountains are one of the few remote areas left in Southern Britain boasting wild open moorlands and some of the most picturesque routes in Britain. The vast rolling ridges and sparkling nestled lakes have made it a popular destination for explorers and tranquility seekers alike.
The mountains capture seasonal beauty all-year-round with an earthy green covering in summer, warm golden hues in autumn and often a crisp white cloak in winter. A pocket guide can be downloaded here.
The peaks of the Cambrian Mountains
The Cambrian Mountains have a few distinct peaks, but Pumlumon, the highest of the five summits, provides you with the most spectacular views. Enjoy panoramic views of the mountains of Snowdonia and Llyn Peninsula to the North, and the Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire to the South.
The most secluded part of the mountains is called Elenydd, a thick bogged area that’s popular with merlin, red kite and peregrine falcon, therefore a good area for bird watching.
Bird spotting in the Cambrian Mountains
There are several RSPB Centres where lapwings, little egrets, redshanks and white-fronted geese can be seen. If you pop down to Aberystwyth pier as the sun is setting, you will often catch an amazing sight as you look up and see the murmuration of starlings. There is bird food provided for regular refilling of feeders and, especially in Penroc cottage, the birds seen coming to feed re memorable, as many of our reviews highlight.
Walking in the Cambrian Mountains
The Cambrian Mountains area provides a vast variety of walking trails:
- Gentle woodland walks
- Spectacular tumbling waterfall trails
- Historic routes of medieval monks
- Challenging walks in expansive moorland
- Picturesque upland lake hikes
Dark skies of the Cambrian Mountains
The Cambrian Mountains are home to some of the darkest night skies in Europe making the area a go-to for astrophotography and stargazing enthusiasts. It’s popularity comes from deep dark sky that makes spotting stars and planets in the crisp clear night much easier.
In the heart of the mountains you’ll find the Elan Valley Estate, a 45,000 acres natural site of reservoirs, lakes, woods and moorland. This protected landscape conserves high-quality drinking water as a safe sanctuary for wildlife and birds. Known as an ‘International Dark Sky Park’ Elan Valley Estate is the first estate to achieve such a status. As well as the estate, there are a number of accessible dark discovery sites across the Cambrian Mountains including The Arch, just a few minutes from Welsh Hideaways.
Rivers, lakes and reservoirs
On the beautiful slopes of the Cambrian Mountains you’ll find Britain’s longest river, the Severn and the picturesque Wye rise within less than a mile of each other on the eastern slopes of Pumlumon.
The Cambrian Mountains are known for their reservoirs, from the historic series of lakes in the Claerwen, Elan and Clywedog Valleys in the east, to Nant y Moch and the Rheidol valley in the west.
Adventure seekers this one’s for you. Cambrian Safaris provide excursions at reasonable cost into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains in a Land Rover Discovery. You can enjoy the fantastic views, local history and wildlife. The tours are customised for you, picking you up from Ty Mari or Penroc. Your guide has extensive knowledge both of the area and of wildlife so can provide you with all the information you need.
Stay in the Cambrian Mountains
Our Ty Mari and Penroc holiday cottages are set in a stunning Ceredigion uplands landscape at the interface of wild mountains and wooded valleys where sheep farming, forests and mountain top views make this one of the beautiful hidden secrets of Wales. Step outside the cottages when the sky is clear and you will look up at a spectacular starscape of ‘Milky Way’.
These dog friendly holiday cottages in the Cambrian Mountains are set in the Ceredigion uplands on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains in a breathtakingly beautiful location adjacent to the glorious Hafod Forest, the perfect spot for a luxury relaxing break.
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3 bedroom holiday cottage that sleeps 6 with off-road parking and a detached cosy garden room with valley view, outside picnic table and BBQ.