Plas Dolau is the ideally situated to use as a base for exploring the Cambrian Mountains, the Ceredigion Coast or the many walks within the Rheidol Valley leading up to Devil’s Bridge and beyond.
The Cambrian Mountains offers some of the best unspoiled wilderness in Wales, and is a fantastic place to explore on foot, offering well marked routes and for the experienced walker lots of open landscape to explore.
Stretching from the mouth of the Dyfi to the Tefi estuary it follows 60 miles of coastline and cliffs. With unparalleled views of Cardigan bay and many sandy beaches to explore. There is a wealth of wildlife living among the cliffs and seashore awaiting the walker, with the rich history of the coast very much in evidence.
Plas Dolau is situated within the beautiful valley of the river Rheidol that runs from Pumlumon in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains to the sea at Aberystwyth. The valley has a wide range of scenery from moor to woodland and gentle riverside walks. There are two Wildlife trust nature reserves in the valley and opportunities to visit the visitor centre of the hydroelectric scheme
The Forestry Commission provide lots of opportunities to explore both ancient and coniferous woodland in the area. From the old Hafod estate and ‘The Arch’ in the uplands down through the valleys of the Rheidol and Ystwyth.
The picturesque landscape of the Hafod estate was designed in the late eighteenth century by Thomas Johnes. You can still largely enjoy the walks that he laid out from the gentle Lady’s Walk to the more difficult Genteman’s walk, through the ever changing woodland landscape. Maps produced by the Forestry Commission and the Hafod estate are available.