Spring Has Sprung

Published on 2022-03-20 / By Hammy @Trefeddian

The clocks are going forward, the daffodils are in full bloom and the lambs are playing in the fields. With spring, comes sunshine - time for adventures and making memories with those that matter the most.

The Trefeddian is the ideal base for exploring and discovering the wonders of Mid Wales and all it has to offer. From magnificent mountains, to wonderful waterfalls, divine drives to relaxed rambles, there is something for everyone.

Here are our favourite things to do when spring has sprung.

March up a magnificent mountain

On a beautiful day, the more energetic of us will don our walking boots and take a stomp up Cader Idris. This is a tough walk and one which requires lots of yummy snacks, water and good navigation skills.

For grandeur and rugged beauty, few locations equal Cader Idris - a spectacular chain of peaks in the south of Snowdonia National Park. The highest peak, and one of Wales’ highest mountains, is Penygadair and the views from the summit overlook most of Wales, from the Llŷn Peninsula in the north-west to the Brecon Beacons in the south-east.

The rocky peaks of Cader Idris were formed by volcanic processes and later sculpted over many ice ages by glaciers as they thawed and shattered the rocks. The remarkable geology supports a wealth of wildlife and special plants, and a large part of the mountain has been designated as a national nature reserve.

Wander over to a wonderful waterfall

A short drive from Aberystwyth, or a journey on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, and you will find Devil’s Bridge Falls in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains. The waterfalls are set deep within an ancient wooded gorge and are home to three bridges built one on top of the other. There are lots of myths and legends surrounding the bridges which can be discovered when you visit.

A series of nature trails will take you deep into the wooded gorge with spectacular views of the 300ft Mynach waterfalls. Follow in the footsteps of monks of past times, watch the red kites soar by and descend Jacob's Ladder, before a well-deserved cuppa at the tearooms.

Discover a divine drive

One of our favourite drives is from Machynlleth to Llanidloes. A beautiful drive through the Plumlimon hills through the small hamlet of Dyliffe is one of the most stunning scenic drives in Wales. The winding road passes Llyn Clywedog, the tallest concrete dam in Britain to Llanidloes - the first town on the River Severn.  

A relaxing ramble

For a steady ramble through beautiful scenery, we like to head over to Dolgellau and trek along the Precipice Walk.

This circular walk does not follow a public footpath but a private walk over a particularly beautiful part of the Nannau Estate, which dates back to the twelfth century. The public have been invited to use this walk by the estate since 1890, on the understanding that they observe the country code, follow the route indicated and use proper access, while keeping dogs on leads at all times. The Precipice Walk is one the famous attractions of Dolgellau - it passes through an interesting variety of habitats which include deciduous woodland, a conifer planting, meadows, lakeside and sheep walk. But the main attraction is the incomparable views down the Mawddach Estuary and of the principal mountain ranges of Snowdonia.