Located a short walk from Ynyshir is the one thousand acre Ynyshir RSPB nature reserve – home to numerous birds, animals and plants throughout the year. There are varying habitats to discover with seven hides so walkers can get even closer to the wildlife. Three trails wind through saltmarshes, woodlands, meadows, pools and peat bogs. During the summer months, you can watch woodpeckers, wood warbles, pied flycatchers, lapwings, and even lizards on sunny days. During the cooler Autumn and Winter months observe butterflies, redwings, white fronted and barnacle geese and huge flocks of ducks. The visitor centre provides information and guidance to guests – a small entrance fee is payable.
Artist’s Valley & Furnace
A ten minute walk from Ynyshir is the 18th Century blast furnace and waterfalls in Furnace providing the perfect photo opportunity. Beyond is the Artist’s Valley forestry trail that winds deep into the Cambrian Mountains. It was here that Robert Plant had gained inspiration for the single ‘Stairway to Heaven’ because of the intense beauty and isolation. The views from the top of the hills are breath-taking – one can see towards the Dyfi Estuary and Caridgan Bay from here.
Eight miles from Ynyshir is the beach at Ynyslas – the perfect location to get some sea air and take in the views of Aberdyfi and the Snowdonia National Park. This is the perfect spot to walk a dog too with its sandy dunes and long flat stretches of coastline. A couple of miles down form Ynyslas is the small seaside village of Borth.
Wales Coastal Path
There are numerous walks one can do to take in the Welsh countryside including Furnace to Machynlleth, Furnace to Treddol and Borth to Aberystwyth.
For the more experience walker, Cader Idris provides the perfect opportunity to ascend one of Wales’ more popular summits out side of North Wales – located near the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park. Cader Idris has many glacial features from the past ice age and has three paths leading to its near 1000m summit with spectacular views. Ascent and descent is 5-6 hours and is not for the faint hearted!