Our central location means that you are spoilt for choice for days out walking. Mid Wales offers quiet, secluded walks along mountain paths, wooded valleys, stunning lakes, and meandering, babbling rivers – or dramatic mountain views.
We are bordered by ancient woodland and hedgerows, with some wonderful views across our valley to view grazing sheep and some Welsh hills beyond. We also have a lovely woodland walk full of wild flowers, located within our own land, with the chance to enjoy nature trails, rope swings and den building!! Just outside the campsite, there are quiet country lanes, ideal for walking or cycling, or take on the challenge of walking to the top of Moel Drehaearn hill (245ft) – just 10minutes walking away, or Mol Bentyrch (335ft) – a short 10minute drive to the base. Both climbs then offer awesome views across the wider area. You can also utilise other local public footpaths and bridleways that criss-cross the surrounding farmland so long as you adhere to the Countryside Code and keep dogs & kids under control.
For longer walks you can follow the marked Trails of Glyndŵr’s Way Trail and Ann Griffiths Walk to enjoy a choice of low level riverside/woodland walks – going Eastwards to Pont Robert and Meifod, where you can buy refreshments at the shop/pub, or going West to Pont Llogel, with its small post office/shop, and where you can enjoy a packed lunch in the dedicated picnic area next to the River Vyrnwy. Or if you are feeling energetic take on steep climbs like the fern covered Alt Dolanog (280ft), or really stride out on a longer 7mile walk to Lake Vyrnwy with its many different activities and attractions (including water sports and birdwatching). You can join up with all these marked walks just a mile away from us at Dolanog where you can also paddle in the river or just view the 30ft waterfall over Dolanog Weir. With a little prior planning you can organise circular walks directly from the Campsite (we can help with this), or if we aren’t too busy we might be able to drop off/pick up at the end of a linear walk (just ask when you get here).
We have OS maps which you can use to plan your day out, and we can offer packed lunches too, making a truly wonderful day out.
Further afield, the wild, open expanses of the Cambrian or Berwyn Mountains also have their own character and appeal; both are littered with the remains of ancient forts or mining settlements, and offer ever changing views of harsh and stunning beauty.
The coasts bring another kind of experience. To the west is Cardigan Bay, which is open to the Irish Sea, and has a slightly wilder coastline and sometimes big surf. To the north, being a little more sheltered perhaps, can be more genteel, but is no less ruggedly beautiful. Both are dotted with fishing villages and connected by the Wales Coastal Path.
We have a comprehensive range of ordnance survey maps and local guides that you are welcome to borrow, and are happy to advise on walking routes, depending on your interests and capabilities.We also have some routes from Gwaenynog that we have done ourselves.
A luggage transfer service is available to those wishing to enjoy a car free holiday.
Welsh national routes information:
The Ann Griffiths Walk is close by (she was a Welsh 18th Century Hymn-writer, who lived locally and is buried in Llanfihangel). Her huge social contribution to the local area is commemorated by a marked 7 mile walk which goes through Dolanog.
The longer 135mile Glyndŵr’s Way Trail also crosses through Dolanog (just 1 mile away). The Trail is named after Owain Glyndŵr’, Prince of Wales and Medieval Welsh nationalist leader who organised a rebellion against the English king, Henry IV in 1400. For those walking the whole trail we’re also happy to pick-up/drop-off at various local points on Glyndŵr’s Way – which I know helps some people who don’t like to carry their luggage, or just means you can stop in one place for longer. Please just give us lots of notice – or when you book.
Don’t forget that after a long day hiking we have our own drying room )if needed), and you won’t need to hunt around for somewhere decent to eat. Two/three course evening meals are available, and we have a licensed bar too.