Things to do near Penuwch Fach and Yr Hen Beudy

Activities and the Area

Aberystwyth has a wide variety of shops and is home to the National Library, the Cliff Railway and the Camera Obscura on Constitution Hill.  The Rheidol Valley steam railway runs trips from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge.  On the hour-long journey you can enjoy the spectacular views of the wooded Rheidol Valley and at Devil's Bridge you can view the famous '3 bridges' and take a walk through the valley to view the famous Devil's Bridge falls.

A half an hour journey South down the coast road will bring you to the Georgian harbour town of Aberaeron and the picturesque seaside resort of New Quay. Whilst a short drive inland will lead to the traditional market town of Tregaron which boast the Cors Caron nature reserve with its boardwalks across a 12,000 year old bog.

There are numerous activities and attractions to suit everyone’s taste, from walking, fishing, wildlife/nature reserves, cycling, paint balling, and quad bike treks to golf courses, there will be something for you to enjoy nearby.

Within 2 miles of Penuwch Fach and Yr Hen Beudy you will find both the welcoming New Cross pub, and the more secluded Farmers Arms. The town of Aberystwyth is approximately 10 minutes drive away and can provide all your shopping needs.

 

Places to Visit

Below is a list of attractions within the local area. Click the titles for more details.

The Rheidol Valley Steam Railway, Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge

The Rheidol Valley steam railway offers a truly delightful experience. The seasonal narrow gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway climbs over 600 feet on its journey of almost twelve miles from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge. The one hour journey traverses spectacular scenery. On arrival at either Devil's Bridge or Aberystwyth - depending upon your start point - you can simply catch the return train or do some sight-seeing or waking and wait for the next train back.


From the comfort of your carriage watch the scenery passing by. See the countryside change as you travel through wide open fields, woodland and rugged mountain scenery, the line twisting and turning as it clings to the hillside. Listen to the sound of a powerful narrow gauge steam locomotive working hard to climb 700ft (200m) in the 11 ¾ miles from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge.

Telephone: 01970 625819

Website: www.rheidolrailway.co.uk

 

 

Devil’s Bridge

This is a famous tourist attraction a short drive from Aberystwyth, where you can take one of two trails to view the spectacular water falls, 3 bridges and Rheidol Gorge.

Devil's Bridge's most famous feature is probably the unique arrangement of its three bridges - which are built one on top of the other. The original bridge was believed to have been built either by the Cistercian monks of Strata Florida abbey or by Knights Templar. The latest bridge was built by the County Council during this century.

There are paths, accessed via coin-operated turnstiles, that lead down to either side of the bridges. As with all paths, stout footwear and appropriate dress is recommended. The longest - and steepest - path leads all the way down to the valley floor affording wonderful views of the cascading falls, crossing the raging torrent and climbing all the way up again. The climb back up to Devil's Bridge is something that not all those who venture down realise lies before them. This path is definitely not for the elderly or for persons not enjoying full mobility.

The second path, leading to the east of the three bridges, although also requiring care and attention, does not involve such a climb. It affords magnificent views of the chasms hewn by the raging torrent from the rock and also allows a close view of the three bridges

 

 

Llywernog Silver/Lead mine - Museum and Caverns

Llywernog 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 unique and educational family adventure, and continues to be developed as a major all-weather attraction.

FRIENDLY and knowledgeable guides, who are always on hand to answer your questions and identify your geological finds, make Llywernog an ideal venue for schools and group visits. IT'S COOL in the mine even on the hottest day so warm clothing and stout footwear is a good idea!

Website: www.silverminetours.co.uk

 

 

Pentir Pumlumon

An excellent site providing information regarding sights and activities within the area. Pumlumon is the highest summit in the Cambrian Mountains of Mid-Wales, and dominates the countryside of north Ceredigion. Three rivers, the Severn, the Rheidol and the Wye, descend from these mountains through dramatic and varied scenery to the coast at Aberystwyth, while a fourth, the Teifi, heads south towards Cardigan (Aberteifi).

Website: www.pumlumon.org.uk

 

 

Red Kite Centre, Tregaron

A Victorian school room has been re-created in one of the former class rooms in Yr Hen Ysgol, now the Red Kite Centre and Museum, Tregaron.

The school room contains:

  • Old school desks of different types and age
  • Church pews (Tregaron and other churches were sometimes used for lessons)
  • These desks and seats are sufficient for about 25 children
  • Teacher's desk
  • Blackboard (chalk available)
  • Abacus
  • Modulator (with doh, ray, mi etc)
  • Cupboards from the original school containing various objects such as ink bottles, old writing slates
  • Modern writing slates and slate pencils for children to use
  • Some pupils' costumes
  • Mounted (stuffed) animals of the type formerly common in many schools
  • Videos (and equipment) on local Natural History
  • Bilingual information sheets

    The rest of the museum contains:

  • Displays on the Natural History of Tregaron Bog, peat cutting and transport
  • Displays on the Red Kite
  • Displays on Victorian costume including a Welsh woman's costume, wedding dress and girls dress (all from the Tregaron area)
  • Time line for the Tregaron Area with photographs
  • Information on the railway in the Tregaron area
  • Models of various birds made by pupils of Tregaron Secondary School
  • Art works of natural materials created by local junior school pupils

    The Centre also has:

  • Parking for small coaches in the former playground (large coaches will have to park elsewhere in Tregaron)
  • Toilets
  • Shop (with 'pocket-money' items)
  • Refreshments (tea, coffee, Welsh cakes, fruit juice)
  • Access for wheelchair users travelling independently

    Opening times:

  • April-September: Monday-Saturday, 10.30am-4.30pm
  • Open most weekends during winter from 12:00 pm - 4.00 pm

Length of a visit: this will depend on how long you want to use the Victorian class room. We would expect this to last at least half-an-hour. A similar time could be spent in the display area using the work sheets provided. The total length of a visit could be between one and two hours.

Location: 200 yds from Tregaron Square, on road to Llanddewi Brefi. Follow the signs to the Kite Centre.

Admission: Free (donations gratefully accepted)

Phone: 01974 298977

 

 

Bwlch Nant yr Arian, Ponterwyd

Located conveniently just off the A44 in a wonderful lakeside setting. Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian is an outstanding forest recreation centre in the heart of Mid Wales, and is owned and managed by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

An award winning attraction, the Visitor Centre has been completely re-developed as an ecologically-friendly building with excellent restaurant facilities, a gift shop and superb views.

Nant-yr-Arian is famous for the daily Red Kite feeding, which can be seen from the Visitor Centre or from many places around the lake. There is a video system with a number of cameras around the lake, giving you a close-up view of the birds.

Phone: 01970 890453

Website: Bwlch Nant yr Arian

 

 

Aberaeron

A quaint Georgian town situated 15 miles south of Aberystwyth. The town originally a small fishing village grew into one of the major trading ports on the Cardigan Bay Coast. Aberaeron became a bustling centre for many a successful industry, ship building and the famous Aberaeron shovel, but sadly with the introduction of the Railway in 1911 this lead to the end of the seafaring traditions.

Website: www.aberaeron.info

 

New Quay

A picturesque seaside town with, pubs and restaurants clings to the sides of the hills rising above the blue waters of Cardigan Bay on the coast of West Wales. Narrow streets rising in terraces - between several of which were 'ropewalks' for twisting rope in New Quay's heyday as a shipbuilding centre. 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, water sports and relaxation, are among the main attractions.  

 

Tregaron

18 miles east of Aberystwyth is the traditional market town of Tregaron. On the main square stands a statue of - Henry Richard. Once a Member for Parliament representing Merthyr Tydfil, Henry Richard was a founder and first secretary of the League of Nations, fore-runner to the modern United Nations. Another of Tregaron's famous sons was honoured in 2010 , in commemoration of the four hundredth anniversary of the death of Twm Sion Cati - the "Robin Hood of Wales".

Tregaron is also the home of Rhiannon Welsh Gold Centre located in the main square. They have a great selection of Welsh and Celtic products made out of Welsh Gold (01974 298415)

 

 

Rheidol Riding Centre

Rheidol Riding centre is approx. 10 minute drive from Penuwch Fach.

All types of leisure riding are offered from 1/2 hour lead rein for small children (minimum of 4 years old) on quiet ponies, through to the more exciting one and two & half hour hacks for competent riders.  We can take these lead rein sessions through Welsh if you would prefer - please state this when making your booking.

All-day rides are arranged for experienced riders and also pub rides during the holiday season.
Two-day rides are arranged occasionally, these take the riders over the hills and end on the beach for a canter.  Obviously riders must be fully competent.  Safety helmets are provided free of charge, body protectors may be hired.

Phone: 01970 880863

Website: www.rheidol-riding-centre.co.uk

 

 

The Magic of Life Butterfly House, Cwm Rheidol

Come and see some of the largest and most colourful butterflies in the world! Walk among them and watch them feeding, courting and laying eggs.

Website: http://www.magicoflife.org/

 

 

Animalarium, Borth

Experience an 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 favorites. We have an educational room, play area, picnic area, souvenir shop and cafe serving light refreshments. Check the website for opening times.

Phone: 01970 871224

Website: www.animalarium.co.uk

 

 

Fantasy Farm, Llanrhystud

Offering something for all the family, from friendly animals to exciting adventure or just relaxing in the splendor of Fantasy Farm Park.  Activities include go-carts, soft play area, animals, rodeo and a restaurant.

Phone: 01974 272285

Website: www.fantasyfarmpark.co.uk

 

 

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

Learn from the experienced staff and volunteers how to spot the stunning Cardigan Bay wildlife, including; dolphins, porpoise, Atlantic grey seals and even on occasion the more unusual sunfish.

You can also join them as they survey the Bottlenose Dolphins of Cardigan Bay. Enjoy the seals, birds, dolphins and porpoise in their natural environment along the beautiful Coastline of West Wales.

Phone: 01545 560224

Website: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

 

 

Cors Caron National Nature Reserve, Tregaron

Cors Caron is one of the finest raised bog systems in Britain. A number of plants that are adapted to the acidic conditions of raised bogs can be found, such as sun-dews, bog rosemary and cotton grasses, whilst the red kite is also often seen hovering above the reserve.  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 raised bogs. For centuries, the peat was cut by local people and burnt as fuel.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has provided  paths and visitors are welcome to wander freely. Where possible, NRW also provide facilities to add to visitors' enjoyment of reserves such as bird hides, information points, guided walks and displays, and facilities for the disabled. Signs at entrances welcome visitors the reserve and provide basic information.

Website: Cors Caron National Nature Reserve

 

 

Leisure Centres & Swimming Pools

Plascrug Leisure Centre & Swimming Pool

Llanbadarn Fawr
ABERYSTWYTH
Ceredigion
SY23 1HL

Phone: 01970 624579

Plascrug Leisure Centre, Aberystwyth

Ceredigion Walking and Cycling

 

Beaches

Ceredigion has numerous beaches and the nearest to us are only 5 miles away at Aberystwyth.  Other beaches within easy driving distance include Borth, Ynyslas sand dunes, Clarach, New Quay, Llangrannog, and Mwnt Beach near Cardigan.

 

Places to Eat

Below is a list of local places to eat categorised by the area they can be found in.

Llanfihangel y Creuddyn - Farmers Arms / Y Ffarmers (1.5 miles from Penuwch Fach/Yr Hen Beudy)

Newcross - Tafarn y Gors (1.5 miles from Penuwch Fach/Yr Hen Beudy) ( 01974 261526)

Pisgah - Half Way Inn (01970 880631)

Capel Bangor - Ty’n Llidiart Arms

Goginan - Druid Inn (01970 880650)

Devil's Bridge - Hafod Hotel

Tre'r ddol (A487) - Cletwr Cafe (01970 832113) 

 Town centre - The Glengower ~ Scholars ~ Caesar's Cafe (07989 246553) ~ Baravin ~ Pysgoty

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