Exploring the area
There are many beautiful and distinctive nature trails, ranging from 1km to 15km at Bryn Tail, Clywedog, Source of the Severn, Gilfach Nature Reserve, Hafod, Nant yr Arian and the Elan Valley. All of these walks are well marked and are only a 5 minute drive and no more than 40 minutes from Dan y Coed by car. There are many walks straight from the front door. Lisa can provide transport to drop off walkers to allow A to B walks where possible. Lisa can offer advice on a range of walks to suit all abilities. Walks with waterfalls, mountain tops, coast, forest and farmland are all nearby.
For the adventurous, graded mountain bike trails make a fun challenge and can be found at Nant yr Arian and Hafren Forest. For gentler routes, old railway tracks with stunning scenery can be followed along the Elan Valley and Mawddach Estuary. Road rides from the house can be fun, with local pubs to enjoy on the way! Advice and recommendations again can be discussed and bikes (subject to availability) can be hired by guests and kept at the cottage during the stay.
The nearest coastal town is Aberystwyth. Being a university town it is a vibrant place with it’s arts centre, cinema, shopping, cafes and night life.
Aberdovey has beautiful sandy beaches. There is fun for all the family, this is a great spot for crab fishing, wandering around the fishing boats, choosing a favourite ice cream, views, sunsets and a meal out, make for a perfect day.
If you enjoy bowling, swimming and fair ground fun, Clarach Bay is the place.
These are all within one hour from the cottage.
Grandma’s Garden in Machynllyth is a truly inspiring place. The planting and poetry tell a tale of optimism from the owner and her family. Powis castle gardens are splendid all year round.
Glansevern Gardens are beautiful. Boarders, walled gardens, lakeside and woodland are enchanting. Do check opening days/times before you leave.
Within the town itself are many delights. Antique shops; cafes (take your pick from the upmarket Unicorn, local Traveller’s Rest or the alternative, organic Great Oak cafe); sports centre with yoga; spinning and swimming; museums (timber framed buildings and local history); Great pubs with local ales; blues and folk nights-all welcome; art galleries and the Great Oak Bookshop where you can delve into shelves of new and second hand books. The town has all you need with a supermarket; pharmacy; doctors surgery; outdoor; shop as well as the more leisurely fashion; eco and Welsh themed tourist shops.
The cottage contains a comprehensive information pack for guests.
It lists ideas for when it is sunny, when it is raining, specifically for children and ideas for many local walks.