Head for Nature
Drive up here (Ynyshir Hall’s chosen hidden spot)…
A fabulous drive along a route once voted as one of the ‘top 10 most scenic in the World’ by the AA.
Take the A487 north to Machynlleth, turning right at the clock tower .Follow the road to the edge of the town, where you turn right towards Forge and Dylife. The narrow unmarked road winds first over the golf course, and through the pretty village of Forge. It then begins a gradual ascent into the Cambrian Mountains. As you climb towards Dylife, there are stunning views in all directions. Towards the summit of the first climb is the Wynford Vaughan Thomas Memorial and viewpoint.
This stunning viewpoint boasts a commanding view of the Dovey valley and the mountains to the north. The spot is marked by a memorial and toposcope dedicated to the great Welshman, writer and broadcaster, Wynford Vaughan Thomas, who said the view towards Snowdonia was the finest in all of Wales.
Once over the summit, drop down to Dyife, where the remnants of the silver and lead mines can still be seen. Through Dylife, you meet the B4518, turn right to Staylittle. From here the road descends alongside the spectacular Llyn Clywedog, a reservoir lake constructed in 1967 to supply Birmingham with water. If you have the time, there is a lovely road which circumnavigates the whole lake. The Hafren Forest adjoins the area, famous with its association with car rallies. The B4518 road drops down into Llanidloes, an historic town full of interesting buildings, and ‘alternative’ shops. Stay a while, then return the way you came—the view is even better on the way back!
Picnic spot (Ynyshir Hall’s chosen hidden spot)…
Can’t beat the beach for a truly British picnic!
Drive from the Hotel , turning right towards Aberystwyth on the A487. Just a couple of miles drive is the first turn right on the B4353 to Borth and Ynyslas. Follow the road until you reach the sea, where the main road takes a sharp left to Borth. Here, turn right and follow the road to the end, where you drive right onto the beach.(For those of you who are ‘Hinterland’ fans, this is the road that Tom runs along!)
Most days –especially in Winter, the beach is deserted. But even when its busy, wandering over the dunes to the main beach , there are many very private spots overlooking the sea. Best to stay for the stunning sunsets –watch the sea and sand turn from gold to burnt orange—amazing!
Pull up to (Ynyshir Hall’s chosen local favourite shop/museum)…
Drive 10 minutes to Machynlleth, left from the Hotel. There are several great antique shops here, the best is the Emporium, several shops under one roof, and lots of quirky bargains to find!
If Antiques aren’t your bag, pop into Moma Wales, the museum of modern art!
Leave the car at the hotel and take a stroll (Ynyshir Hall’s chosen walking spot)…
The magnificent 1000 acres of the Ynyshir RSPB Reserve surround the Hotel. Once the estate for Ynyshir Hall , when it was Queen Victoria’s shooting lodge, now it is the most serene spot to wander. Fabulous views over the lovely Dyfi Estuary and saltmarshes with the backdrop of both the Snowdonia mountain range and the Cambrian mountains. There are several hides where you can just sit and wonder, and a whole range of natural habitats make it one of Britain’s finest bird Reserves- and the home of BBC’s Spring watch for the last three years. If you haven’t the energy for this, just walk around the 14 acres of Ynyshir’s glorious gardens!