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Ladies!

If you’re not a motorcyclist, why not book a day at the Forest Experience Rally School?

The women drivers do very well at the rally school, because they pay attention and learn, whereas the men think they know it all already! In the timed session at the end of the day, women are never last, and one always receives the "most improved driver" award. Have fun!

The Raptor Experience

The Raptor Experience Wales have a wide variety of birds of prey, including owls, falcons, hawks, old and new world vultures and an Indian Tawny Eagle. They say you can experience their world in a relaxed, non commercial setting. Discover to your delight the individual personalities of each bird, and learn about each species, their habitat and survival strategies in the wild, through to specialized techniques in training raptors. Only a few miles from Machynlleth or Staylittle, the scenery is spectacular, with stunning views of the Cambrian Mountains and the Dyfi Valley. This allows the birds to demonstrate their natural behavior providing an impressive insight in to the world of birds of prey. Pre-booking is essential, providing you with attention on a one-to-one basis. We look forward to you joining us on your chosen Raptor Experience.

Mountain Biking and White Water Rafting

The area at Nant-yr-Arian on the A44 just north of Devils Bridge provides a good day’s mountain biking,  and also has red kite feeding every day (early afternoon).

Useful websites:   Mountain Biking in Wales   Forest Enterprise

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Clive Powell runs his mountain biking from the Cwmdauddwr Arms, Rhayader, 01597 811343. He says "My guides and I will take you on routes suitable to your ability, and give advice and tuition if you want it. We also act as mechanics for you on the trail. A support vehicle usually meets us at midday, bringing us food and drink, spares and tools, and carrying your clothing, cameras etc. The Clive Powell Mountain Bike Centre has a good stock of accessories, clothing and parts. Good quality mountain bikes are available for hire and we carry out repairs and servicing of bikes."
Clive Powell's website

Canolfan Tryweryn is the National White Water Centre, based near Bala, North Wales. "We developed the first commercial white water rafting operation in the UK in 1986, and since then we have grown to become the largest and most well-respected rafting organisation in the UK. The Tryweryn is a dam released river so water is often flowing when other British rivers are dry, thus producing a unique year round white water venue."

History and Horses

If you are interested in history, the The Silver Mountain Experience at Ponterwyd is well worth a visit (and is managed by our daughter Lucie!)

The nearest centre for pony trekking or horse riding is the Rheidol Riding Centre at Capel Bangor. Their phone number is 01970 880863.

If you like horses, you may be able to visit a Welsh trotting race meeting. In fact, these horses are "pacers" and go incredibly fast! There are races nearly every Saturday and some mid-week.

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Countryside, Forest Walks and Nature Reserves

If you prefer the countryside, there are plenty of places to walk and visit. The historic ruins of Strata Florida Abbey are near Pontrhydfendigaid, and at Devils Bridge there are scenic waterfalls (small admission fee).

Ynys-Hir on the A487 near Aberystwyth is a nature reserve and bird sanctuary by the Dovey estuary. There are plenty of forests with walking and picnic areas both to the south and north. There is a nature reserve just off the A470 (A44) between Rhayader and Llangurig, where, if you are lucky, you can see otters in the stream.

West Wales, Visit Wales, Ceredigion and Powys may give you some ideas. If you don"t want to make specific plans, the seaside towns of Aberystwyth and Aberaeron are well worth a visit. Other nearby towns are Machynlleth which has a market on Wednesdays, Llanidloes   market Saturday.

West Wales, Visit Wales, Ceredigion and Powys may give you some ideas. If you don"t want to make specific plans, the seaside towns of Aberystwyth and Aberaeron are well worth a visit. Other nearby towns are Machynlleth which has a market on Wednesdays,

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Places to Go With The Children

Children aged 7 to 12 will enjoy a visit to King Arthurs Labyrinth at Corris, near Machynlleth, and for adults and children, there is the Centre for Alternative Technology just outside Machynlleth.

In Borth, on the coast north of Aberystwyth, there is the Animalarium with lots of ’hands–on’' action. Maybe a little more than an hour away, but very interesting, are dolphin and porpoise boats trips in Cardigan bay.

I Know Wales website resource.


© Colin and Marianne Walford