Within an Hour

One of the fantastic things about the Cledan Valley is its central location to a wide range of activities and attractions, from the adrenaline surging to the culturally significant. We have picked out a few here…

On site or within the village
> Cledan Valley Walk (from the top of the lane that runs beyond the car park)
> There is a short orienteering course for smaller and older children on site
> Ask to visit our bees (seasonal)
> Fish for trout two miles up the road

> Machinations in Llanbrynmair,  café with small soft play for children, a large collection of Timberkits & Automata plus some very large rabbits to feed
> Hafren Forest, with walks to the sources of the River Severn and River Dee
> Visit the market towns of Llanidloes or Machynlleth *Visit Corris Craft Centre and King Arthur’s Labyrinth and Corris Mine Explorers
> Visit Aberdovey and ride a donkey
> Visit the University town of Aberystwyth with a lovely seafront, shops, cinema and arts centre. A few miles north are the sand dunes and lovely beaches at Ynyslas
> Visit the beautiful Elan Valley, a huge estate with amazing dams and reservoirs of Birmingham’s drinking water
> Visit the Centre for Alternative Technology in Corris
> Take the kids to Park Hall Farm near Oswestry, a great day out with play areas, lots of animal interaction and pig racing (yes, the actual racing of pigs!)
> Visit Shrewsbury for shopping and a bit of culture
> Travel the Llangollen canal and have a cream tea in a quaint tea room
> Visit Powis Castle, a National Trust site in Welshpool
> Walk up Cader Idris, a beautiful mountain with excellent views (you’ll need some experience and decent kit though)
> Watch birds at RSPB Ynyshir or try a posh dinner at Ynyshir Hall
> See Red Kites fed at Nant Yr Arian, Ponterwyd where you can also mountain bike and run or Gigrin Farm, Rhayader
> Mountain bike at Coed Y Brenin
> Treat yourself to a spa at Lion Quays or Lake Vyrnwy Hotel
> Visit New Quay and watch dolphins and seals or try your hand at sailing
> Check out the Osprey project
> Hit (or miss) some clays at either Dyfi Shooting Ground or the Mid Wales Shooting Centre
> Mid Wales off road experience for go karting and digger driving
> Drive with the experts at Higgins Rally School
> Take a flying lesson at Welshpool Airport

One to Two Hours

Travel a little further or plan to stop off on your way to and from Cledan Valley and there is an incredible range of things to see and do. Of course our list includes several National Parks (this is Wales after all…) and all the excitement associated with them. However there is also ample opportunity for shopping, museums and almost countless interactions with wildlife.

> Snowdonia National Park. All of it, everywhere. The main peaks of Snowdon (or Crib Goch for those who want a thrill), jump Adam and Eve on Tryfan, Check out Mountain Biking all over but especially the
> Marin Trail near Penmachno. You can also visit the surreal Portmeirion near Porthmdog.
> You can try paragliding, canoeing and kayaking in the centre of the park. Try climbing. Eat at the famous Pete’s Eats in Llanberis or the popular Stablau in Betws Y Coed.
> Try out trampolines strung out high inside old mines or the big zipwires around Bethesda and Blaennau Ffestiniog.
> Try the surf centre in Conwy *Visit Bala for all sorts of water sports including white water rafting
> Visit the wonderful landscapes of Anglesey and see llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
> A day out in Chester or visit the amazing Chester Zoo
> Visit the National Trust at Erddig, a stately home
> The National Slate Museum
> The British Ironwork Museum

> Brecon Beacons National Park, with walks and waterfalls galore
> Walk Pen y Fan, try gorge walking or visit the Penderyn Whisky Distillery.
> Dan or Ogof Show Caves
> Soak up literary culture (and some great lunches) in the book capital of the World in Hay on Wye
> Try canoeing with a pub lunch on the river wye
> Visit Parva Farm Vineyard
> Watch the World Bog Snorkelling Championships in Llanwrtyd Wells (August) *Go to the National Botanical Gardens

> Shopping in Telford
> Visit Shrewsbury for quaint lunches, good performing arts and boutique shopping
> RAF Cosford Museum
> Battlefield Falconry Centre
> Ludlow Brewery
> Ironbridge Gorge Museums

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