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Surrounded by wonderful scenery from high mountains to deep valleys, glacial lakes to man-made reservoirs, the beauty of Mid Wales is truely one of Britain's best kept secrets. Look no further if you are in search of green hills and mountains, fresh air and relaxation. The surroundings in the central heartlands of Wales are a revelation. The scenery here is something special - rolling countryside all the way from the wide, open spaces of the Brecon Beacons National Park in the south to the wild beauty of the Berwyn Mountains in the north.

Between those two mountain ranges there's much to discover - the lakes of the Elan Valley Llyn Clywedog and Lake Vyrnwy, the rolling, timeless landscapes along the border, the many rivers and mountain streams, the characterful country towns and villages, and a rich history which embraces everything from mysterious prehistoric monuments to Victorian spa towns.

This landscape provides a backcloth for all kinds of activities. Walkers sing the praises of Mid Wales' exhilarating high country and cool, green forests. But that's by no means all. Golf, fishing, watersports, pony trekking, birdwatching, canal cruising, cycling, mountain biking, hand glidingyou name it, you'll find it in the Great Outdoors of Mid Wales.
Mid Wales is always in the mood to welcome you, whatever time of year you choose to come. The countryside changes character with the seasons, inviting exploration 365 days of the year. In spring and early summer you can escape to fresh, green landscapes and feast you eyes on dazzling displays of bluebells - in the woods flanking the Irfon Valley above Llanwrtyd Wells, for example. High summer is the time to enjoy the airy views from the high country which fills much of central Wales - the panorama from Pen-y-fan, the summit of the Brecon Beacons, seems to go on forever. Autumn invites brisk activity - walk, perhaps, or cycle ride around mountain-ringed Lake Vyrnwy. At the end of the year, crisp days in the country followed by cosy nights are the perfect antidote to winter gloom.

* The Brecon Beacons National Park

One thing doesn't change with the seasons - Mid Wales' scenic beauty. The distinctive, flat-topped summits of the Beacons are equally impressive in their summer greenery and their mantle of winter snow. These peaks are the focal point for a magnificent National Park which fills the southern reaches of Mid Wales, covering hundreds of square miles and climbing almost to 3,000 feet. A succession of smooth, open mountain ranges rise and dip across the landscape like a giant roller-coaster ride, from the borderland Black Mountains through the central Beacons and across the moors of Fforest Fawr. Along the Beacons' southern rim there's 'Waterfall Country', a craggy landscape of wooded gorges and cascading rivers.

The Brecon Beacons contains some of the most spectacular and distinctive upland formations in southern Britain and covers an area of 520 square miles (1347 sq. km). It is a place steeped in history, magnificent in its natural beauty and with so many things to see and do, you'll never be bored.

The World Heritage Site at Blaenavon is developing fast with many landmarks of the Industrial Revolution now accessible. At Big Pit, you can actually go down a coal mine guided by men who until recently earned their living literally at the coalface.

Fabulous castles, deep showcaves and fascinating museums will enthral young and old alike. Discover history in ancient hill-forts and burial sites, Roman Roads and heritage centres. An ideal place for walking, riding, mountainbiking and enjoying the wide open spaces. Come along and meet the locals!

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