4 Hours 0 Mins from our holiday cottages
120 Miles from our holiday cottages
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“ This is a very full day so pick out the bits that suit you, If you have time and Rhayader is not too far off your route from/to home you could do this on your way to or from Stallion Valley. Sat nav will not take you on this route, the post code is provided only to help you locate Rhayader on the map. The roads are narrow, steep and single track in places. ”Stallion Valley Holiday Cottages Advice
Cambrian Mountains Ystwyth & Elan Valleys to Rhayader
About 4 hours driving 120 miles of wonderful mountain scenery, rivers, forests, reservoirs and towns.
Sat nav will not take you on this route, the post code is provided only to help you locate Rhayader on the map. The roads are narrow, steep and single track in places.
From Stallion Valley holiday cottage head north on the A475, through Lampeter (10 miles) and Tregaron (20 miles), your route follows The Teifi River upstream.
From Tregaron take the B4343 to Pontrhydfendegaid on to Ysbwty Ystwyth (32 miles). Here you might like to stop off to admire the water wheel.
About a mile further on you will cross The Ystwyth River, the rivers flows from its source in The Cambrian Mountains into Cardigan Bay at Aberyswyth). Less than a mile further along the road is sharp bend where you turn right sign posted to Hafod & Cwm Ystwyth. Hafod Estate has some wonderful walks and a picturesque church.
Initially the road passes through woodlands but the views open up to show Cwm Ystwyth below and the river flowing through the sparse mountain scenery. As you drive up into the Cambrian Mountains you will see the remains of lead and silver mines.
Carry on over the pass and descend into the Elan Valley heading for the market town of Rhayader (60 miles furthest point from your holiday cottage), here you might want to stop for refreshments or perhaps to visit Gilgrin Farm where they feed the red kites at 2pm GMT and 3pm BST, this is spectacular.
To start your return from Rhayader take the B4518 south west to Elan village & The Elan Valley Reservoirs. Elan Village has little of interest but a stop at The Elan Valley visitor centre is handy for refreshments and to explain the dams and the reservoirs.
Leaving the visitor centre turn left to view Caban Coch reservoir.
At the junction you can choose to turn left to view The Clarwen Dam and reservoir, a detour as this is a dead end, or you can turn right and follow the road past the spectacular dams and reservoirs, Garreg Ddu, Penygarreg and Craig Goch back to the Elan Valley road.
At the T junction turn left back to Cwm Ystwyth and return along your outward route turning left at junctions to Tregaron.
At Tregaron you can head home back on your original route back to Lampeter and Stallion Valley or take a short detour via Llanddewi Brefi.
Llanddewi Brefi was made famous by the BBC television series Little Britain where the character Daffyd Thomas (the only gay in the village played by Matt Lucas) lived. Visitors often like to be photographed by the village sign. Sadly the original sign was stolen and has been replaced by a modern less scenic one.
This road follows the Teifi River (the opposite bank to the outward journey) to the A482 at Cwmann, turn right for Lampeter. If thirsty stop for refreshments at The Cwmann Tafarn.
If you can resist the temptation, carry on through Lampeter along the A475 back to Prengwyn and you holiday cottage.
The Mill holiday cottage is a luxury barn conversion.
The Byre holiday cottage is a single storey barn conversion.
Stallion Valley has been designed to be properly dog friendly, and has a wide range of dog friendly facilties.
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