If you love outdoor activities, we can safely say this area of Wales will be your cup of tea! At Noddfa, Snowdonia National Park and the Cambrian Mountains are right on our doorstep. The area has everything from mountains for hiking and biking, and golden beaches with awesome surfing (dude), to scenic river valleys for white water rafting. So, why not come and explore Mid Wales?
There’s a walk for everyone in Mid and North Wales – from gentle strolls to vigorous hikes. Being up here in the hills, we’ve got plenty of scenic walks you can access straight from the farm. Or you can travel a bit further afield to explore the wooded valleys, coastal paths or loftier peaks. Popular walks near Noddfa include:
Wales is one of the best places in the UK for mountain biking. That’s why we provide mountain bikes for you to use when you stay with us! There are loads of trails near Noddfa and you can find more routes on the Mountain Bike Wales website. For local experts, check out Dyfi Bike Park near Machynlleth who offer trail riding and coaching for beginners.
Beaches and watersports
There are also activity providers around the coast if you fancy a fishing trip, dolphin watching or watersports lessons.
If chucking yourself down Cambrian Mountain trails and falling off surfboards isn’t your idea of fun, you can explore Mid Wales at a more sedate pace. These are some of our favourite local activities and attractions:
Mid Wales’ market towns: Towns like Machynlleth, Dolgellau, Aberdyfi and Aberystwyth, have galleries, museums, craft shops, farmers markets and plenty of cafes, delis, pubs and restaurants serving great local produce. Always worth stopping off and looking around if you’re out on a day trip.
Dyfi Osprey Project: As featured on Springwatch, the project is based at the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve. Lovely walks here and the opportunity to spot wildlife as well as follow the progress of nesting Ospreys.
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Machynlleth: With seven galleries and a concert hall, there’s usually lots to see and a pretty busy events schedule.
Centre For Alternative Technology: If you’re interested in renewable energy and sustainability, the exhibitions, woodlands and organic gardens are worth a visit.
Dovey Valley Shooting Ground: A good day out, whether you’re an experienced shot or want to try clay pigeon shooting for the first time.
Stargazing: We popped a telescope in the geodome because the skies here are so dark and free of light pollution, it’s a great place for stargazing. Just look at Snowdonia International Dark Sky Reserve or some of the other Dark Sky sites in in North and Mid Wales.
Machynlleth Comedy Festival: A popular event every May that attracts newbies and experienced comics. If you’ll be staying with us when it’s on, we highly recommend it (although you’ll need to book early if you want to bag a ticket).
If you feel like eating out, Y LLew Coch/The Red Lion, Machynlleth are known for their good pub grub and live music.
Or if a very special treat’s in order, there’s even a Michelin star restaurant at Ynys Hir Hall, just 10 mins from Machynlleth.
The Wynnstay, Machynlleth:
The Wynnstay, is a traditional coaching inn, hotel and eatery in the heart of historic Machynlleth in mid Wales serving delicious and freshly prepared pub lunches as well as restaurant meals.
The Black Lion:
A 16th Century Inn and Grade II listed building, the Black Lion offers a warm and friendly welcome to all its customers. Serving freshly prepared and delicious food, this pub is rated amongst the highest in the area by locals….and they should know.
Penhelig Arms, Aberdyfi: where you can be assured of a warm welcome, genuine hospitality, great real ale, fine wines and excellent quality food .
For good pub grub and a wide choice of meals. All food is freshly prepared on the premises by their team of chefs who only use the best quality meat, fish and vegetables sourced locally.
A few minutes walk from the train station at Fairbourne, Indiana Cuisine is renowned in the local area for it’s delicious food, delicately spiced and fragrant. Booking is highly recommended.
Cross Foxes, Dolgellau: Nestled at the foot of Cadair Idris mountain and only 4 miles from the spectacular Mawddach Estuary and the historic town of Dolgellau, South Snowdonia. Passionate about preparing creative, fresh produce and their desserts are a particular favourite.
The Birgands Inn, Mallwyd
A 16th Century coaching Inn the Brigands is renowned for its excellent lunch, evening and Sunday menu.
Salt Marsh Kitchen:
Serving the best quality food, made from wonderful produce grown locally and meat that has been born, bred and butchered just 3 miles from the restaurant, and fish caught in Cardigan Bay.