Things to do - Places to visit in the
area around Blaengader.....................
town of Aberystwyth is the largest town in West Wales. As well as
having a wide variety of shops and a market, 'Aber' hosts the National
Library and the Ceredigion Museum. Also
worth visiting is the cliff railway and the Camera Obscura on
Constitution Hill. Aberystwyth
Castle was built by Edward I in 1277 and is now largely ruined.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre 01970 622884 Penglais Aberystwyth - A full
schedule of events
all through the year. Cinema and Café on site.
The National Library Of Wales 01970
632800 - Set high above the
University Town of Aberystwyth. Open all year round for visitors.
The Rheidol Valley steam railway, Aberystwyth to
- runs tourist trips
from Aberystwyth station for 11¾ miles from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge. The terminus is adjacent to the national network station at Aberystwyth, and on the hour-long journey passengers have spectacular views of the wooded Rheidol Valley - views unseen for decades until the
railway began its renovation programme ten years ago. AT Devil's
Bridge you can view the famous '3 bridges' and take a walk through the
valley to view the falls - see below.
Telephone 01970 625819
Devil's Bridge is named after a local legend from medieval times.
The first bridge was built in the 11th century and the 2 more modern
bridges built above it. There is a pay turnstile to view the bridges
and the river gorge below it, and another on the other side of the
road to walk the trail down the valley and back to view the falls.
The long trail is quite strenuous and not suitable for those who
don't like long steep tracks. The scenery around Devil's Bridge is
quite spectacular and the mountains in this area were the location of
an important lead and silver mining operation in the 18th and 19th
In the seventeenth and
eighteenth centuries, Mining was economically very important in
Cardiganshire. Centered on the Plynlimon Mountains inland from
Aberystwyth, the mines are now all
largely derelict with almost none of the buildings intact.
Anyone interested in mining could spend an interesting half day
wandering about the valley. Alternatively you could visit the
Llywernog mine and Museum which is open to the public and features a
tour of the old mineshaft - see below
Llywernog Silver / Lead mine - Museum and caverns
This is an authentic 18th century silver mine. A visit
to Llywernog offers a fascinating insight into life nearly 200 years
ago, when the mine employed over 60 people. Today, Llywernog is a
fascinating and educational family adventure, and continues to be
developed as a major all-weather attraction. On the A44 - 15 minutes
drive from Aberystwyth . 45 minutes from Aberaeron, Machynlleth &
Tel: 01970 890620
Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre,
Llywernog, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth
Enterprise Wales' Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre will be opening in
time for the Easter holidays following the results of a detailed risk
assessment over foot and mouth. Visitors will be able to enjoy the
spectacle of Red Kite feeding - at 3pm every day - walks in the forest
and snacks in the lakeside visitor centre. Blaenmelindwr trail
5.5 miles approx 2.5 hrs. Start off at the visitor centre and follow
on to enjoy the panoramic views of beautiful Ceredigion. Open daily Easter-end October: 10.00am-5.00pm (longer in summer
months). Walks and picnic sites are open all year. East of Aberystwyth
on the A44 near Llywernog.
Tel: 01970 890694
Llanerchaeron is a small
18th century Welsh gentry estate which has survived virtually
unaltered. The house was built by John Nash in 1795. Consisting of the
house, servant's quarters, stables, farm buildings and walled garden,
Llanerchaeron is a traditional rural estate that has remained in the
same family for ten generations.
The house was commissioned from John Nash in 1789 by
Colonel William Lewis. Nash had been made bankrupt at the age of 31,
however after designing Llanerchaeron and a number of other Welsh
estate houses, he went on to grander things, designing the Brighton
Pavilion and Buckingham Palace.
Black Covert Forest Walk,
Located off the B4340 from Aberystwyth to Trawsgoed. Black Covert
Picnic Site is 1 kilometre south of Abermagwr. Turn right over the
bridge (signed Llanilar B4575) then turn immediately left and left
again into the car park.
Black Covert is an attractive forest plantation by
the river Ystwyth, and its picnic site marks the halfway point of our
route. The first half of the walk follows the Ystwyth valley
downstream, with some sections by the river, and others higher up the
south slope above it. It then passes Trawsgoed mansion, and through
well-tended farmland overlooking the broad lower valley, before
returning through the village of Llanafan, and along the valley path
back to Blaen-y-ddôl.
Borth Animalarium Borth Tel: 01970 871224
One of the top attractions of mid Wales with a Wales Tourist Board
seal of approval. Here you will experience a unique and close encounter
with the Animal Kingdom.
You will see the antics of the colony of Capuchin monkeys and the
lemurs. In the paddock, you will find wallabies, capybaras etc. Inside
the buildings you will find reptiles, insects, bird aviaries, plus the
usual children's favourites. We have an educational room, play area,
picnic area, souvenir shop and cafe serving light refreshments. Daily; Easter-September: 10.00am-6.00pm; October: 11.00am-4.30pm.
Fantasy Farm Park, Llanrhystud 01974 272 285.
A great day out for the whole family situated approx 4 miles away.
Aberaeron - just a few miles north of New Quay is an attractive Georgian town planned by Alban Thomas Jones
Gwynne by Act of Parliament in 1807
During the ensuing decades, the town as we know it today took shape around the harbour and what was once a small fishing village gradually grew into one of the major trading ports along the Cardigan Bay coast.
The structure of the town, earned the town the reputation of being "one of the best examples of a planned township of small scale in Wales". Many of the houses surrounding the harbour were owned by the local sea-captains and many are
named after those far flung destinations.
||Rheidol Riding Centre
Caters for children and adults from novice to the most experienced.
Enjoy the views of the beautiful Rheidol valley whilst if required you
can be accompanied on your pony trekking experience.
Also In the Rheidol valley you will find The Magic Of Life Butterfly
House. A fantastic opportunity to experience and observe free flying
tropical butterflies and also view some exotic and unusual plants fram
the hotter countries.
New Quay - 'Cei Newydd'
- with Its picturesque houses, pubs and restaurants clings to the sides of the hills rising above the blue waters of Cardigan Bay on the coast of West Wales. The town has narrow streets rising in terraces - between several of which were 'ropewalks' for twisting rope in New Quay's heyday as a shipbuilding centre (see: New Quay's history). The sheltered harbour and safe beaches - the focus of activity in the summer when New Quay becomes a bustling and vibrant holiday resort where sailing, fishing, watersports and relaxation, are among the main attractions.
Click on the graphic for more photos of New Quay.
Cors Caron (Tregaron Bog)
Cors Caron is a nature reserve run by
the Countryside Council for Wales. There
are boardwalks across the bog.
12,000 years ago mid-Wales was in the grip of the
last Ice Age. As the climate warmed, the glaciers receded and a large
shallow lake occupied this valley. A huge reed bed and woodland
developed, but the climate became cooler and wetter, allowing the
sphagnum mosses to invade and begin the process of building three
Tregaron - The traditional market town of Tregaron
offers a great variety of excellent walks around for you to enjoy the
fantastic sceneries of Ceredigion. In Tregaron you will find:
Rhiannon Welsh Gold Centre in the main square. They have a
great selection of Welsh and Celtic
products made out of Welsh Gold Tel No 01974 298415
Ceredigion has numerous beaches and the two nearest to us are only
4 miles away at Llanrhystud and Aberystwyth respectively.
Other beaches within easy driving distance include Borth, Clarach, New
Quay and Llangrannog. Mwnt Beach near Cardigan is shown in the photo.
||Golf Courses within a 10 mile radius.
Capel Bangor 9 hole golf and country club (photo on left)
Penlanlas golf club 4 miles south of Aberystwyth 9 hole golf course.
Borth and Ynyslas Golf club 18 holes championship link course.
Aberystwyth Golf Club 18 holes enjoy the Panoramic views of Ceredigion
from this fantastic course.