Things to do in the Machynlleth area
Machynlleth is a fantastic base for all sorts of things to do.
In the town itself are a variety of really good independent shops, including a bike shop, an ethnic furniture/clothing emporium, art galleries, a good vegetarian cafÃ©, craft shops, a jeweller, several cafes and seven pubs. As well as this there is a large street market on Wednesday.
Also in the town is a leisure centre with a climbing wall, squash courts and a swimming pool. Y Tabernacl (also known as the Museum of Modern Art, Wales) is also in town and has a wonderful permanent art collection, as well as hosting many exhibitions and concerts throughout the year.
Just outside Machynlleth is the Centre for Alternative Technology, a permanent exhibition of wind, sun and waterpower, organic gardening, and all things green. It has a water-powered railway and an excellent cafÃ©.
Not far away is the coast, to the north the attractive village of Abverdovey, with sandy beaches and great fireworks on August Bank Holiday. To the south is Aberystwyth, a busy university town on the coast, and the sandy beaches at Yns Las.
For walkers there are great walks from the house at Talbontdrain, but it isn’t far to southern Snowdonia and Cader Idris. Hilary has lots of ideas for walkers and a drying room should it be wet. Glyndwr’s Way, a varied and wonderful long distance path (a National Trail) passes through the yard of Talbontdrain on its way from the border with England to Machynlleth and back.
Lately mountain biking has really taken off in the area. Right on the doorstep are Mach 1,2 and 3, beautiful and breathtakingly exciting off road rides, one of which goes past our door and all of which start within a few miles of the house. It is only about half an hour’s drive to Coed y Brenin near Dollgellau, which also has exciting off road rides. Sustrans Route 8 passes through Forge at the bottom of our road, and the alternative route even nearer. Talbontdrain has safe storage space for bikes and a drying room.
There are places to visit by car….Castell y Bere which was a stronghold of Welsh princes against the English and Harlech Castle which was built by the English to keep the Welsh subdued, are within reasonable distance of the house.Powis Castle, the home of Clive of India is near Welshpool and has famous gardens, as does Bodnant in North Wales. Portmeirion an Italianate village built by Clough Ellis and used to film the sixties cult TV series ‘The Prisoner’ is reachable for a day trip.
There is more, but why not come and stay and explore for yourselves, you will be assured of a warm welcome.