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Greentraveller Guide to Mid Wales

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Posted by John Sannaee at 11:02 on Tuesday 25 June 2013

As part of our celebration of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the UK, we've published a Greentraveller Guide to Mid Wales.

This guide is the latest of our online destination platforms for specific protected areas in the UK, including other National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) that are proving popular with holidaymakers looking for that special local touch.

Walkers soak up the view. Crown copyright (2013) Visit WalesWalkers soak up the view. Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

We sent our team of dedicated sustainable travel writers and video production team out to the hills, vales, forests and mountains of this diverse, deeply rural part of the country. We sampled the local delicacies, walked mountain ridges, and visited some of the accommodation and activity providers, as well as places to eat and drink, that are really making a difference to the environment and the local economy in the region. We've reviewed everything from isolated eco-retreats to bustling information centres, and our video production team has created a series of short videos showcasing the people behind these fantastic businesses.

Here's an exampe of a video of one of the region's top green places to stay, Brynich Farm Cottages:

And here's an example of a video of one of the leading cycling and walking operators in Mid Wales, Drover Holidays:

Laura Thomas, Tourism Support Officer North, Powys County Council Tourism Services, said: 
"We are thrilled with the work Greentraveller have done so far for us. The videos are fantastic; each illustrates various reasons why visitors come to Mid Wales. Sustainable Tourism Powys wanted to give green tourism businesses in Powys the opportunity to showcase all the good work they are doing in becoming a GTBS [Green Tourism Business Scheme] member and what visitors can expect when they come to stay."

We have now produced over 45 videos of green tourism businesses throughout Mid Wales, including accommodation, activity providers, restaurants, pubs and tourist information centres:
>>
See the playlist of all our Videos of green tourism businesses in Mid Wales

In our Greentraveller Guide, we have scoured the valleys and peaks of the Powys landscape, from the Cambrian mountains in the north to the Brecon Beacons in the south, to pick out the loveliest places to stay, the freshest local produce to whet your appetite, the best walking and cycling routes and providers, plus a whole host of other attractions, from Hay-on-Wye literature festival to castles, abbeys, and even horse-riding...

Here's a taster of what you'll find in our latest Greentraveller Guide to Mid Wales:

Eco Retreats tipi. Photo: Eco RetreatsEco Retreats tipi. Photo: Eco RetreatsPlaces to stay

Camp out in a tipi or yurt at Eco Retreats. Here you really get away from it all - with no electricity, and no on-site restaurant, you can bed down in organic linen with sheepskin rugs. This is as green as it gets, but that doesn't mean basic: with a fresh spring water shower and wood burning 'chimenea', this is a really romantic escape amidst the wonderful Mid Wales scenery. >> Check out more camping, cabins and eco-pods in Mid Wales

Escape to the mountains at Hall Farm Barn. Perched high above the Usk Valley on the slopes of Sugar Loaf Mountain, the former barn has been lovingly restored into a spacious yet cosy self-catering pad, perfect for walkers or those just wanting to enjoy the views and fresh country air. >> Have a look at more self-catering accommodation in Mid Wales

Places to eatFresh and delicious Mid Wales food. Photo: Florence FortnamFresh and delicious Mid Wales food. Photo: Florence Fortnam

Find out about the local area whilst enjoying a local cake or some delicious dairy ice cream at Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre (CRiC). A wealth of local knowledge and help is available here, as well as a fantastic art gallery upstairs. The café serves a range of drinks as well as home- and locally-made snacks and baked goods. >> See more cafés and tearooms in Mid Wales

A cosy pub and a roaring fire creates the perfect ambience in which to enjoy some of Mid Wales' hearty and delicious fare. The Horseshoe Guest house in Rhayader is one of many examples of a traditional country restaurant serving up the finest locally sourced fare – including fresh salmon from the rivers of Powys. >> Browse other pubs and inns serving locally sourced food in Mid Wales

Places to visit

Watch one of the world's weirdest sports: bogsnorkelling. At Green Events, you can have the opportunity to witness for yourself this bizarre local speciality. Participants don snorkels and cycle along six-foot deep tracks through the region's bogs; this is complemented by Man Vs Horse racing, stone skimming, and more. There is a huge range of other festivals and events in Mid Wales to get involved in, if bogsnorkelling doesn't sound up your street.

Investigate Wales' celebrated mining heritage on an epic adventure underground at Corris Mine explorers. The whole place is preserved practically as it was the day the last miners left in the 1970s – right down to the litter they threw. There are a whole host of other historic attractions in Mid Wales for history buffs and the plain curious alike.

A competing bogsnorkler takes on the muddy waters. Photo © Crown copyright (2013) Visit WalesA competing bogsnorkler takes on the muddy waters. Photo © Crown copyright (2013) Visit WalesThings to do

Cycle through the green heart of Wales: Mid Wales is a land of vast open spaces, criss-crossed by networks of cycling trails for all abilities. From amazing off-road opportunities in the mountains to flat tow-paths and quiet country roads, what better way to breathe in the fresh country air and see the verdant scenery than by bike? >> Find out more about cycling in Mid Wales

 A festival of walking: Not only is the rugged Powys scenery just begging to be explored on foot, for those who seek a little company and inspiration the region is home to not one but several walking festivals, including the large Crickhowell Walking Festival in the Brecon Beacons in March. >> Get more inspiration for walking festivals and routes in Mid Wales

>> For more ideas for things to see and do, see our Greentraveller Guide to Mid Wales

>> See all our Greentraveller Guides to National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Cycling over the Gospel Pass. Photo © Crown copyright (2013) Visit WalesCycling over the Gospel Pass. Photo © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

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