Around Rhos y Gallt
Rhos y Gallt provides a good base to explore Mid Wales with the Marches and the coast within an hour's drive.There is plenty to do including a visit to picturesque Pistyll Rhaeadr, Powis Castle, Mongomery canal, Lake Vyrnwy, Center for Alternative technology in Machynlleth, Welshpool and Llanfair Light railway, walking up Cader Idris - the list is endless!
Welshpool and Llanfair light railway
The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway was built in 1903 to link farming communities with the market town of Welshpool and provide them with an outlet for their produce.
The magical 16 miles return journey follows the river Banwy as the train negotiates a viaduct and river bridge, climbs the notoriously steep Golfa Bank and steams serenely through beautiful countryside.
There are cycles rides on quite country road directly from the site, but if you are looking for traffic free routes, then the Raonbow Trails in Dyfnant forest has miles of cycle tracks.
For the more adneturous there is Revolusion Bike Park located 18 miles away in Llangynnog, Coed y Brenin Forest Park 29 miles away by Dolgellau and Bwlch Nant r Arian Forest is 48 miles away.
If you feeling less energetic, there is a 11 mile flat cycle ride on a quiet road around Lake Vyrnwy. Bike hire is also available at Lake Vyrnwy. https://www.visitwales.com/activity/artisans-cycle-hire-916148
Powis Castle, was originally built around 1200 as a medieval fortress, and sits high on a rock above its world-famous garden. The garden is overhung with clipped yews and shelters rare and tender plants. It retains original lead statues and features an orangery on the terraces.
Remodelled and embellished over more than 400 years, Powis reflects the changing ambitions of the Herbert family, who occupied the Castle from the 1570s. Each generation enlisted artists to grow the family’s collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries on view throughout the house.
One of the UK’s most significant collections of Indian objects is displayed in the Clive Museum at Powis Castle. As major figures in Britain’s colonial East India Company, Robert Clive and his son Edward (later 1st Earl of Powis) looted many of these objects during their seizure of power in India and Myanmar and violent subsequent rule in the 18th century.
Lake Vyrnwy (lake-vyrnwy.com) is a 24,000 acre RSPB nature reserve and is situated just 10 miles away from Rhos y Gallt. There are many walking and cycling routes including the 11 mile route around the lake and a walk thru the sculpture park. Bike hire is available there as well as boating and water sports, fishing and bird watching, cafe and spa.