5 Quick Tips for Visiting Mid Wales with Kids
Heading for Mid Wales with your family soon? It’s been a firm family favourite of ours for over 35 years so you might just love these ‘Top 5 Quick Tips for visiting Mid Wales with Kids‘
The boulder strewn River Elan cuts its merry way through the Cambrian Mountains until it reaches the mosaic of heather and grassland that is the ‘Elan Valley. A true mecca for mountain bike riders, the Elan Valley Trail offers much more for young families too.
But if you’re looking for the best route to include a variety of the above, then we’d reccomend heading for the Elan Valley and head clockwise around the dams. There’s plenty of family friendly parts, and others that will be enjoyed by either road cyclists or MTB enthusiasts. And for those who enjoy a more leisurely pace… then you can always hop onto one of the Elan Valley’s electrically assisted three wheel trikes for a fun yet challenging ride!!
Ask any hiker who is familiar with this area and then mention the likes of the ‘Black Covert‘, ‘Maenarthur Trail‘ or the ‘Plynlimon Mountain Trail’. These range from the 1.5mile (Black Covert) to the 2.5mile (Maenarthur) or the 2468′ up the Plynlimon (best accessed from the Nant-y-moch reservoir)…. but our kids always seem to vote for Haford Lodge. And here’s why….
Accessed by the fantastically named ‘ Pontrhydygroes’… the Haford car park is free and there are over 9 miles of paths to choose from…. all with steep sided, tree lined slopes that inevitably take you down towards the beautiful series of thunderous waterfalls… But for those with small children, just make sure you pack your swimming wear as the natural swimming pool at the bottom of the trails is a place to easily spend a ‘free afternoon’ of family fun… After heading past the cascades and crags, picturesque buildings and bridges… you’ll keep catching glimpses of the river bathed in sunshine, with it’s crystal clear water teeming with fish and ‘dam building’ opportunities…. and there’s even picnic benches nearby for a hearty Welsh Cream Tea afterwards!
It’s a place to lose yourself for hours in the most enchanting of wild Welsh Forests and in a nutshell it conjures up everything we love about this area… plenty of opportunities for family fun, at a low cost and with a degree of getting active to all of them…. It’s easily accessible by motorhomes with plenty of campsites scattered across the area (click here) and most of all…. It’s relatively undiscovered even in the height of the summer holidays!!!