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Ty Bro Dyfi

Y Plas,
Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8ER, UK.
phone: 01654 703965

Become a member of ecodyfi We want everybody in the Valley to join, so it only costs £1. Drop into Ty Bro Dyfi or send some stamps.

The information centre is open Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 3.00. You might even like to get involved in staffing it or in helping to run a project. Please come and see us!

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Map of the area

The Dyfi valley includes the westerly spur of Powys, Ceredigion north of Aberystwyth, south Gwynedd and the southern rim of Snowdonia National Park. Sometimes the river is spelt Dovey. The valley contains a wealth of natural attractions:

  • The long Tarren escarpment gives a marvellous view of sea and hills from the north side of the estuary

  • The beautiful Aran mountains at the head of the valley are accessible from Dinas Mawddwy

  • Snowdonia offers some of Britain's most breathtaking scenery, with Cadair Idris easily accessible from the valley

  • The estuary area, including its human and built elements, has been designated as Wales's first biosphere reserve by UNESCO

  • Ynyslas dunes and Cors Fochno National Nature Reserve are situated to the south of the mouth of the Dyfi, next to Borth

  • Some of the most beautiful, award-winning beaches run along either edge of the estuary, from Aberdyfi to Tywyn in the north and from Ynyslas to Borth in the south

  • The Pennant valley, with its steep wooded slopes above Llanbrynmair, is a striking example of a captured river.

Machynlleth from the south.Much of the rest of the valley is a fascinating range of peat bog, moorland and deciduous and coniferous forestry, where many outdoor activities are available:

  • Bird watching, especially on the estuary, with Red Kites on the moors and mountains

  • Clay pigeon shooting at one of the 5 largest grounds in Britain

  • Cycling, with the north-south national cycle Route 8 passing through the area, and with a developing range of mountain bike and leisure cycle ways, including the recently launched Mach 1, 2 and 3 routes. Cycle hire is available through Greenstiles, red bike hire and Einion cycle hire

  • Dinghy sailing and yachting based in Aberdyfi

  • Golf at Aberdyfi, Borth and Machynlleth

  • Outward Bound centre for groups in Aberdyfi

  • Quad biking for all ages and abilities at Madian Quads

  • Sea and river angling, including salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Dyfi

  • Walking, using the network of footpaths and forest walks, including the Glyndwr's Way National Trail.

Dick William's amateur site has much information and many photographs and maps of the area.

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