Places to visit from Dolgoch and Ty’n Cornel Hostels in the Cambrian Mountains, Wales, UK

For somewhat less energetic pursuits there are many interesting places to visit within driving distance of Dolgoch and Ty’n Cornel travelling through the wide open vistas of the Cambrian Mountains; most of these are suitable for families with small children and perfect for family breaks.

A variety of beaches are within easy reach along Cardigan Bay e.g. at Aberaeron (Dolgoch 26 miles, Ty’n Cornel 30 miles), Aberporth, Newquay, Penbryn and Tresaith.

Visit the Red Kite museum in Tregaron (Dolgoch 9miles; Ty’n Cornel 10 miles) to see an exhibition of the history of the woollen hosiery industry, which was so important in this area of the Cambrian Mountains in the 19th century when knitting stockings was a thriving cottage industry. Sample tea and home made Welsh cakes in the museum at the same time! This museum is open every day except Sunday from April to September; only open at weekends in the winter

Cors Caron Nature Reserve (from Dolgoch 11.6 miles; Ty’n Cornel 12.4 miles). (main car park and entrance is 3 kms north of Tregaron on B4343.)

This wonderful nature reserve, between Tregaron and Pontrhydfendigaid covers an area of some 2,000 acres. The site comprises 3 raised bogs built up from deep layers of peat that have taken about 12,000 years to form. It is a wild landscape made accessible by a network of boardwalks that enable visitors to get right into the heart of varied habitats and to enjoy seeing the wildlife at close quarters.

The fully accessible 3 km circular boardwalk route runs over the S.East bog and is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

Access to the boardwalk is 450 m from the main car park along a fully accessible path

The walk along the Old Railway provides a good surface for walkers, cyclists, buggies and wheelchair users, return route taking about 2 hours.


To follow the Riverside Walk, taking up to 4 hours, you need a permit from the warden.Tel: 01970 633555 for more information

Aberystwyth (approx. 28 miles from each hostel) is a historic market town and holiday resort and home to the National Library of Wales. It has an excellent arts centre. It boasts a cliff railway and the remains of a castle founded in 1277 by Edward 1; its promenades and pebbly beaches are a great place to enjoy the fresh air.

The Vale of Rheidol railway begins here; this is a narrow gauge line and is now one of Wales most picturesque vintage railways. It takes an hour to travel the 12 miles to Devil s Bridge with its series of waterfalls, while you enjoy wonderful scenery on the way.

19 miles from Aberystwyth is Llanerchaeron House designed by John Nash in the 1790’s and now owned by the National Trust.

Bwlch yr Arian Visitor Centre to be found 9 miles east of Aberyswyth on A44 (29 miles from each hostel) sits at the heart of a dramatic valley and has commanding views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains. The visitor centre is the starting point for a range of way marked trails for walkers, mountain bikers, runners and horse riders. It is well known for its long established tradition of daily feeding of the red kites, Wales’ national bird of prey (2pm in winter; 3pm in summer).

Red Kites are also fed at Gigrin Farm near Rhayader (Dolgoch 29 miles; Ty’n Cornel 50 miles)

At Cardigan (Dolgoch:49 miles; Ty’n Cornel: 46 miles) is Cardigan Castle, home to the first recorded National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1176. It has been restored and is open to the public; it has an excellent restaurant. Winner of the 2017 Restoration of the Year.

Take the children to pan for gold in the Dolaucothi Gold Mines (Dolgoch 25 miles; Ty’n Cornel 25 miles)- ancient Roman surface and underground mines located near Pumpsaint.

The remote Strata Florida Abbey, (Dolgoch 16miles; Ty’n Cornel 17 miles) sheltered in the lee of the Cambrian Mountains, was an established centre for Medieval culture. The silent ruins date back to 1164 when it was built by Cistercian monks near an even earlier monastic settlement.

National Wool Museum at Drefach Felindre (Dolgoch 37 miles; Ty’n Cornel 34 miles) demonstrates the transformation of a fleece into a garment.

Fishing on the River Teifi; day tickets available

Boat trips from Newquay and Cardigan.

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