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Also see: Wales on the Web - Gateway to material of Welsh interest on the world wide web. It is an online guide to high quality, validated websites offering dependable information relating to Wales and all aspects of Welsh life.

topAccommodation

local site Lyfidyfi - A site that celebrates the Dyfi valley in photographs and gives access to local attractions and amenities, including accommodation

local site Visit Mid-Wales - Where to stay In Mid Wales

local site Powys Tourism - Search by TOWNS, TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION or STAR RATING or all three to find the perfect base for your break.

local site Adrian Rainsford Centre - self-catering accommodation (catering can be arranged if required) in Corris

local site Braich Goch Bunkhouse and Inn. Corris, near Machynlleth. Self-catering accommodation. Sleeps 26 in 6 rooms. Licensed. Secure bike storage, drying room. Activity packages available.

local site Cader Idris Holidays Holidays are offered on working family farms in self-catering cottages or as bed and breakfast accommodation, in farmhouses with families where the Welsh language and culture are part of everyday life.

local site Cefn Coch Farm self-catering cottages, Glaspwll.

local site Eco Retreats: Life changing eco-experiences in Native American Tipis.

local site The Escape at Pennal Guest House - 5 bedrooms – WTB 4 star recently refurbished guest house in picturesque quiet location with views across open farmland close to both Aberdovey and Machynlleth.

local siteFree Trade Hall, Tre Taliesin, B&B.

local site Garthyfog Farm in Arthog near to Cader Idris.

Gelli-Graean Farmhouse 3 Star WTB Bed and Breakfast in Cwrt, Pennal, Machynlleth. 01654 791219 [no web site].

Graig Farm Cottages Caters for small or large groups of up to 45 people in 11 cottages, plus stables for horses.

local site Group holiday Wales - large country house in Upper Corris for creative breaks.

local site A Holiday In Wales - Cemmaes

Heol Iorwerth. Holiday house in Machynlleth available for July / August. Sleeps 4. Safe bicycle storage. £250 p.w. houseinmach@yahoo.co.uk

local site Lynn and John Williams Self-catering cottage, sleeps 4-5; one mile from CAT; walkers and cyclists welcome.

local site Maenllwyd Guest House, Machynlleth

local site Oliver and Harry Chandler No web site but email oliviaharry@onetel.com. Peaceful, remote, environmentally sensitive small mixed farm, serving wholefood vegetarian meals using our own organic produce.

local site Pabell Lên Powys converted barn providing self-catering accommodation for up to 4 people 8 miles from Machynlleth.

local site Penmaenbach Farm Cottages. Self-catering accommodation on a working family farm between Machynlleth and Aberdyfi.

local site Penmaendyfi Hotel between Machynlleth and Aberdyfi.Green Dragon Award Winner

local site Plas Dolguog Hotel Wales Tourist Board 2 Star Country Hotel in beautiful location just outside Machynlleth.

local site Rectory on the lake - stylish B & B by Tal-y-Llyn, Cader Idris

Green Dragon Award Winnerlocal siteReditreks Bunkhouse Accommodation

Somewhere to go - commercial web site showing some hotels and attractions in Gwynedd and mid-Wales

local siteSeabreeze, Guest house and Tearoom, Aberdyfi

local site Snowdonia Coach House Holidays

local site Talbontdrain Hilary Matthews' guest house

Green Dragon Award Winner local site The Trefeddian Hotel, Aberdyfi

local site Ty'n y Berth Mountain Centres are two Outdoor Education Centres near Corris

local site Ty'r Beudy - Kite Valley Cottage - sleeps five

Green Dragon Award Winnerlocal site Ty Derw, 5 star country house B & B, beautifully situated near Dinas Mawddwy

local site White Lion Hotel, Machynlleth

local site Wynnstay Hotel, Machynlleth

local site Youth Hostel Borth

Green Dragon Award Winner local siteCorris Hostel

local site Yr Hen Stablau - 1840s stables converted into a comfortable self-catering holiday cottage, near Machynlleth and overlooking the Dyfi Valley.Green Dragon Award Winner

local site Old Stables, Plas Panteidal - self-catering accommodation

local site Llety Bodfor - townhouse accommodation in Aberdyfi

local site Dyfiview B and B - Machynlleth

local site Best of Wales Holiday Cottages, Machynlleth - luxury Cottages in the Machynlleth area

Best of Wales Holiday Cottages, Dinas Mawddwy - luxury Cottages in the Dinas Mawddwy area

topActivities

local siteAberystwyth Arts Centre

local site Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre

local site Canoeing: Machynlleth canoeing club

Green Dragon Award Winner local site Carreg Dressage Specialises in classical riding and particularly in the training of Iberian Horses

local siteCommodore Cinema, Aberystwyth

local site Dovey Yacht Club

local site Dyfi Valley Way

local site Fly fishing instruction for trout and salmon - Sewincaster

local site Golf Machynlleth golf club; Aberdyfi golf club; Borth golf club;

local site Gwerin y Coed / Woodcraft Folk English site | Welsh site The Woodcraft Folk is an educational movement for children and young people, designed to develop self confidence and activity in society, with the aim of building a world based on equality, friendship, peace and co-operation. Your local contact is: Janet Davies; phone: 01654 702792.

Green Dragon Award Winnerlocal siteRed Bike Hire, Machynlleth

local site Red Kite Safari through the spectacular countryside of Central Wales.

local siteReditreks Mountain Biking

local siteSailing at Aberdyfi

Water sports general info - places, activities, weather, etc.: Forces of Nature.

topArts and crafts

local site Caecarrog Ceramics studio and artists.

local siteCorris Craft Centre

local site Ian Phillips Local artist.

local site Kate Doubleday - local singer songwriter

local site Kevin Turton Contemporary local artist living in the Snowdonia National Park within the Dyfi Valley - rock, water and everchanging light captured using mixed media: resins and acrylic.

local site Llwyngwril Gallery and tea shop, Llwyngwril (near Tywyn).

local site Museum of Modern Art, Y Tabernacl, Machynlleth Home of the Machynlleth Festival, art galleries and performance space.

local site Roxane Smith Local singer-songwriter

local site Spectrum Gallery Spectrum is a highly individual gallery, housed in an 18th Century listed town house in the Welsh market town of Machynlleth.

local site Sylvantutch - unconventional rustic furniture

topAttractions

local site Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen / Centre for Alternative Technology Europe's leading visitor centre for environmental research and education, a unique day out with something to fascinate everyone!

local siteCorris Craft Centre

Corris railway platformlocal siteCorris railway Ride on a narrow guage railway down an old slate valley track.

local siteDyfi Valley Days -Save money when visiting several attractions in the Dyfi Valley area!

local siteKing Arthur's Labyrinth and Bard's Quest. An underground boat ride into spectacular caverns, telling Welsh tales of Arthur, and an outdoor maze.

local siteMontgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

National Botanic Garden of Wales Inspiring millennium project biome and much more, near Carmarthen.

local siteOwain Glyndwr Centre including the tourist information centre.

The Snowdonia Society a charitable organisation committed to protecting the Snowdonia National Park.

Ynyshir bird reservelocal siteYnys-hir Nature Reserve
An RSPB centre of national importance. See also this site.

topCommunity sites

CAMAD, Community Action Machynlleth and District Local Volunteer Bureau covering Dyfi Valley. CAMAD is the one-stop-shop for potential volunteers, we have something for everyone. Interested in finding out more about volunteering, contact us at: CAMAD Community Action Machynlleth and District / Gweithrediad Cymunedol Machynlleth a'r Dosbarth, Care Centre, Forge Road, Machynlleth, POWYS, SY20 8EQ, Phone 01654 700 071, Fax 01654 703 974.

Christian Aid Wales

Menter Cei Newydd: email: menterceinewydd@freenetname.co.uk Community organisation established to develop and manage projects for the regeneration of New Quay and the local area.

Oxfam Cymru

PAVO logoPowys Association of Voluntary Organisations An independent agency providing support to the voluntary sector in Powys. Our aim is to strengthen and empower communities in the county.

local site Transition Town Machynlleth - the web site for helping the Dyfii Valley prepare for timnes of high oil prices and scarcity and climate change.

Wales Council for Voluntary Action a wealth of information for and about the voluntary sector in Wales.

topEating

local site Plas Panteidal All dishes are home prepared using organic wholefoods and their own organic produce. Special diets are catered for e.g. vegetarian, gluten-free etc.

Welsh Lamb Direct

local site White Lion Hotel Fine ales, lagers, wines and spirits. Fresh local produce. Comfortable accommodation. Friendly family bar and hotel.

local site Wynnstay Hotel Real food that reflects the excellence of Welsh produce. Salmon and sea trout from the Dovey River, together with fresh local trout, sea food. In the winter local game and beef and lamb from local farms.

local site Y Crochan Restaurant, Corris. Hot and cold refreshments incl. local produce and home-made cakes, at the Corris Craft Centre.

topEducational resources

local site Antur Waunfawr Antur Waunfawr offers training and employment opportunities to people with learning difficulties, and is a key player in the re-generation of the local community.

Cewc Cymru - an educational charity working with young people to promote understanding of the contemporary world.

Coleg Harlech WEA are hoping to offer more locally based courses, day or evening, subject to demand. They aim to offer whatever subjects people ask for - IT, Art/Crafts, History, Creative Writing. If you've got a suggestion give them a call on 01686 610270.

CREST - at Loughborough University: Renewable Energy MSc and distance learning

Energy 21 - a Stroud based educational charity which aims to generate a greater awareness and understanding of renewable energy

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities - information, resources and a gateway to help, for people with learning disabilities in the United Kingdom

The GLOBE Programme - an international environmental education project, that encourages children in schools to explore and measure their local areas, and report their findings over the internet.

The Green Bank Trust, environmental education resources.

Learning Through Landscapes - the school grounds charity

local site Machynlleth Outreach Centre - Coleg Powys For adult education classes.

local site Teleganolfan Machynlleth Telecentre Computing for all, courses, access to the Internet, help with projects, staffed drop-in and photocopying.

Oxfam's Cool Planet for Kids

local site Powys Environment and Development Education Centre, Llanidloes

UN CyberSchoolbus - global teaching and learning project

topEnergy

Information about sustainable energy, including grants:

ARENA Network for businesses in Objective 1 & 2 areas. Ceredigion & Powys 01686 613137 Gwynedd 01970 613238

Centre for Alternative Technology (including courses and publications) Info Desk: 01654 705994

Community Action for Energy (CAfE) A network of people who share a common interest in community energy projects and ideas. Membership of the network is free and by joining you can keep up to date with news on community-based energy initiatives, as well as hearing about funding opportunities, free training sessions and other news from the network 08701 261 444

Community Energy Programme offers funding, information and support to Local Authorities, Registered Social Landlords, Universities, Hospitals and other public service organisations for the refurbishment of existing and installation of new community heating schemes.

The Community Wind Power Network offers FREE ADVICE for those seeking to start community wind power ventures. The network is strictly a non-profit initiative. It is independent of any commercial organisation.

Energy4All deliver community owned renewable energy projects through partnership with communities, project developers, energy agencies and land owners.

Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme - enables businesses to claim 100% first year capital allowances on investments in energy saving equipment.

ManagEnergy - promotes co-operation between local and regional energy actors in Europe through workshops, study tours and online events on energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transport. The site also offers free internet broadcast facilities

The National Energy Foundation is a UK charity providing free advice on energy efficiency and renewable energy in the home 01908-665555

Energy efficiency:

Energy Action Grants Agency addressing fuel poverty

The Energy Saving Trust leads in delivering energy efficiency to domestic, business, local government and trade sectors

Home Energy Check - an online form to find out how much energy you could save and what meaures to take - or telephone freephone 0800 512 012 for free impartial home energy efficiency advice.

Carbon Trust provides businesses, industries and public sector organisations with free, practical and impartial help and advice on how to cut their energy costs.

BRE Promoting energy efficiency in buildings on behalf of the UK government.

Act On CO2 - government campaign, includes a Cabon Calculator

local site Lighting calculator This enables you to calculate how much you save by investing in compact fluorescent bulbs - you'll be amazed at the return on your investment.

Renewable energy:

British Wind Energy Association

Buy renewable energy from the grid - It's easy and cheap using USwitch - you can type in your post code and compare the local best deals - make sure you select the green eenrgy option. The Ethical Consumer also has a good guide to the best deals.

CAT Publications information sheets

the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP)

Department of Energy and Climate Change - main page

local site Dulas Ltd Local services for renewable energy, including design and implementation of hydro and solar power systems, environmental assessment and energy policy.

local site Green Dragon Energy Design and supply small to medium-sized customised solar, and wind systems, components and other related products. Also run training courses.

local siteJohn Cantor Heat Pumps - John Cantor (now local) has been working with this intriguing heating method for over 24 years. Presently, a lot of interest is being generated due to government grants assisting the installation of heating systems using this technology.

local siteThe Organic Energy Company - solar and wind systems, wood pellet stoves & boilers, rain water harvesting, low energy lamps, solar accessories, energy consultancy

local site Pantperthog Community Wind Turbine - photo diary of the construction of Wales' first community wind project near Machynlleth.

Renewable Energy Investment Club - Excellent guide to developing community energy projects

Sundance Renewables is a not-for-profit company committed to increasing renewable energy systems in Wales and helping community regeneration through a sustainable approach.

Sustainable Energy Europe 2005-2008 This website contains information about all aspects of the Sustainable Energy Europe 2005-2008 Campaign, in which ecodyfi is a partner.

Solar water heating specifically:

local site Affordable Solar - solar water heating supplier

local site Solar Design Company - solar and heating engineers, including wood pellet boilers and ventilation.

Solar Trade Association - Tel: 01908 442 290

topFood, Farming and Forestry

The Agriculture pages of NetRegs, the UK Environmental Agencies' guidance for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) on environmental legistlation.

Coed Cymru promotes management of broadleaf woodlands and use of locally grown hardwood timber.

Defra - Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs.

Forestry Commission Technical Research and trouble-shooting advice in all forestry related subjects.

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is a charity helping farmers improve their environment and business performance and create a better public understanding of farming through a nationwide network of demonstration farms.

The National Farmers' Union The democratic organisation representing farmers and growers in England and Wales.

local site Organic Centre Wales / Canolfan Organig Cymru Organic Centre Wales is a focal point for the dissemination of information on organic farming in Wales, through a website, helpline (01970 621000), publications, demonstration farm network, courses and advisory service.

Soil Association The UK's leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming.

Sustainweb represents over 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local level.

The Powys Orchard Project Fruit trees for people and biodiversity

Dyfi Land Share Working to match up people who want to grow food with available land.

topHealth

local site Ffagl Gobaith/Beacon Of Hope: No web site. Email: beaconofhope@btconnect.com Information, support and practical help for people with life-limiting illness and their families in Ceredigion.

Click here for more health sites.

topInformation and communications technology

local site Computersurgeon - Supplier of IT services, purchasing, install/update of computers, virus/spyware removal, diagnostics, network (wired/wireless) set up.

local siteGreen Dragon Award Winner Cyberium Friendly local designers of web sites, e-commerce, brochures and leaflets - and training in doing it yourself. IT support. Information and content on sustainable development, inclusive communication and the environment for web sites, education and publications.

local site Deri Jones & Associates - A local engineering design services company specialising in the use of 3D CAD systems to provide a robust and traceable design workflow

local site Girlzfriday - Virtual secretarial services for SMEs who require a temporary cost effective secretary.

local site Pixel Foundry A television production company based in Ceinws near Machynlleth.

local site Roxis Recording studio and web design.

local site Teleganolfan Machynlleth Telecentre Computing for all, courses, access to the Internet, help with projects, staffed drop-in and photocopying.

topMoney and economy

AberLETS mailing list - subscribe to this email list and receive all the latest news and offers in your electronic mailbox!

LETS - Local Economic Trading Schemes home page - local currencies explained.

local siteMachynlleth and District Chamber of Trade

New Economcs Foundation The New Economics Foundation is about practical and enterprising solutions to the social, environmental and economic challenges facing economies.

local sitePowys Credit Unions Join the Credit Union in Machynlleth - it lends money at low interest.

topRural regeneration

Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales

Countryside Council for Wales

Cynnal Ceredigion : Are you thinking about setting up a local initiative or social enterprise in your community? If you’re an organisation or a local group based in Ceredigion, then the Cynnal Ceredigion initiative might be able to help. Cynnal Ceredigion has produced an information pack on the subject of establishing community and social enterprises. The pack also contains case studies on community and social enterprises across Wales. Catrin Miles, Cynnal Ceredigion Project Officer on 01239 621828

Planning Aid Wales : This site provides information about the land use planning system in Wales. It explains how you can get involved in planning and where to find further help.

Sustainable Gwynedd Gynaladwy Promoting the principles of Agenda 21 in Gwynedd.

Ymlaen Ceredigion Coordinates the Local Agenda 21 initiative in Ceredigion.

topShopping

Corris  Craft Centrelocal siteCorris Craft Centre (right) Craft workshops where visitors can see the craftworkers and buy from displays of woodcraft, toy making, pottery, leatherwork, jewellery and candles.

local site The Fabric Shop - sells fair trade and organic cotton as well as other materials and sewing paraphernalia

local siteIan Snow Interiors, Crafts and Clothing.

local site Kelvin Jenkins Designer jewellers - specialists in Welsh Gold since 1985 - working in gold, platinum, silver, diamonds and all gemstones.

local site List of shops in Machynlleth and their phone numbers; also services and accommodation.

local site Organic cotton - sells fair trade organic cotton

The Mid-Wales Web Index Hundreds of local web sites.

The Wales Index Even more web sites sorted by subject and area.

topStatutory bodies

Ceredigion County Council and Tourism Web sites

Direct.gov

Gwynedd Council

Gwynedd Council Agenda21 pages

Local government links - councils, WAG, MEPs, etc. for Wales - all on one page

National Assembly for Wales

Neighbourhood Statistics Use this site to view, compare or download statistics for local areas on a wide range of subjects including population, crime, health and housing.

Powys County Council

Green Dragon Award Winner Welsh Development Agency The Welsh Development Agency is committed to helping existing businesses expand and thrive and to encouraging inward investment, the relocation of industry and the creation of jobs.

topSustainability

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is an independent body established under the Climate Change Act to advise the UK Government on setting carbon budgets, and to report to Parliament on the progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They have published their first report which details how the UK could reduce its carbon emissions by up to 80% by 2050.

Earth Summit 2002 Official site of the Johannesburg September conference.

local site Environmental Sustainability: This Abersystwyth University website offers tips for practising sustainability in the home and business, information on community projects and links to environmental organisations and businesses in Wales. They also offer full time and part time courses in Environmental Sustainability

Environment Agency Wales

The Environment Council - an independent UK charity, brings together people from all sectors of business, non-governmental organisations, government and the community to develop long term solutions to environmental issues.

Environment Wales - aims to contribute to sustainable development by supporting and encouraging voluntary action to protect and improve the Welsh Environment.

European Sustainable Towns and Cities Campaign Supports transfer of knowledge and exchange of experience in the field of urban sustainability and Local Agenda 21 in Europe, thereby helping implement the concept of sustainable development.

Green Dragon Enviromental Standard - Improve your bottom line with a commitment to environmental management.

The Low-Impact Living Initiative Workshops, presentations and manuals.

UNESCO Sustainable Development policy [pdf]

WWF Cymru

topTourism

local site Lyfidyfi - A site that celebrates the Dyfi valley in photographs and gives access to local attractions and amenities, including accommodation

Festival of the Countryside - now known as Countrywise

Gwynedd's tourism pages

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

Mid Wales Tourism MWT provide regional marketing opportunities, specialist tourism related business advice, membership services and trade representation to tourism businesses in Mid Wales.

Tourist information centres in Powys. Other TICs: (all seasonal April- Sept.) Borth:Tel. (+44) (0)1970 871174; Email: BorthTIC@ceredigion.gov.uk Aberdyfi: Wharf Gardens, Aberdyfi LL35 0ED; Tel. (+44) (0)1654 767321

Green Dragon Award Winner Wales Tourist Board / Bwrdd Croeso Cymru: www.visitwales.com - visitors site; www.wtbonline.gov.uk - industry site. WTB seeks to optimise tourism's economic and social contribution to the people of Wales.

Weather in the area Webcam and metereological details at the Weather Station at Foel Friog, in the village of Aberllefenni, on the southern edge of Snowdonia National Park. Information is updated 6 times daily.

topTransport

The Association of Community-Rail Partnerships is a UK-wide federation of rail promotion groups which provide a bridge between the railways and local communities

Davmor Garage Tal-y-bont

Mid-Wales Car Share -Your 'one-stop shop' for all your travelling information needs in the mid Wales region and beyond, including a car-sharing database.

Highways Agency

local site Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passengers Association (SARPA) Local rail users group campaigning for enhanced and improved rail services in Mid Wales that are relevant to all existing and potential users.

Sustrans The sustainable transport charity developing the National Cycle Network, Safe Routes to Schools and other projects to encourage walking and cycling.

topTravel information

Travel - bus and train - times, tickets and info

The Cambrian Train Line

Environment Agency's flooding current situation page. Is the Dyfi bridge down?

Virgin Trains For train information nationally and making bookings.

Arriva Trains Wales For train information locally and nationally and making bookings.

Waste management

local site Antur Waunfawr Antur Waunfawr offers training and employment opportunities to people with learning difficulties, and is a key player in the re-generation of the local community.

Biffaward Multi-million pound environmental grant-giving fund utilising the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.

The Community Recycling Network (CRN) The Community Recycling Network (CRN) exists to promote community waste management in the UK - both as an effective way of tackling Britain's growing waste problem and as a way to build the social economy.

CRAFT - Ceredigion Recycling And Furniture Team, The station, Aberystwyth

Cylch - a membership network that aims to promote sustainable waste management in Wales through education and practical action.

Envirowise Home of the helpline - 0800 585 794 - which helps UK business save more than £100 million through waste minimisation.

The Furniture Recycling Network The Furniture Recycling Network The FRN is the only umbrella organisation for around 300 furniture recycling projects throughout the UK. Unwanted furniture is donated by the general public, collected free of charge by local projects and sold on to people on low-incomes.

Logical Reclaim Ltd. Specialists in de-manufacturing, recycling and resale brokerage of computer, network, electronic and telecommunication products.

Mailing Preference Service - End junk mail! Register here to stop receiving it.

Reuze.co.uk - information about recycling a wide variety of products from batteries and computers to televisions and cds - including the Furniture Recycling Network.

Waste Exchange An alternative to landfilling waste. Puts producers of waste in contact with companies who can use those materials FREE.

Wastepoint - comprehensive reference for recycling points throughout the country, by material.

Waste Watch A charity promoting action on waste reduction, reuse and recycling.

topWildlife and biodiversity

Japanese Knotweed Control Forum - a Cornish site, but has all the information you need to eradicate this pest. It is illegal to spread it.

National Biodiversity Network

local site Red Kite Safari through the spectacular countryside of Central Wales.

UK Biospheres Reserves

UNESCO report on the biosphere reserve

 

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