A great base to explore the wonders of Wales and make memories!
Dramatic mountains, tranquil lakes, and beautiful beaches provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing holiday experience. For those interested in adventure, the Dyfi Valley, with UNESCO biosphere status, has a range of activities to suit all needs, experience and lifestyle.
The ancient market town Machynlleth is less than 2 miles from the park and has a good range of shops and facilities including, shops, restaurants, take-aways, museums, Inns, leisure centre, and exhibitions. With a footpath and cyclepath from Penegoes to Machynlleth, you can even leave the car behind and walk or cycle to town on the footpath from Penegoes.
The seaside University town of Aberystwyth is 30mins drive/bus/train journey and has larger shops and supermarkets, cinemas, theatres, harbour, arts centre and the National library of Wales. A range of beaches are within a short drive, as are local facilities for horse riding, quad biking, fishing, sculpture, wood carving, painting, bird spotting, mountain biking, climbing, sailing, golf, bowling, archery and shooting.
Spend the day in Machynlleth, shopping in a unique town with an eclectic mix of shops, and a bustling Wednesday Market, plenty to discover from handmade jewellery, and crafts to locally reared meat and produce, The Museum of Modern Art also has courses on offer, and the Owain Glyndwr Centre is a museum dedicated to one of Wales’ greatest heroes. visit Number Twenty-One bistro for a delicious lunch, or visit the delicatessen at Royal House; one of the oldest shops in the country and serves unique local produce and lunches.
Put on your boots and waterproofs and go for a walk. A wet day is sometimes the best way to see a magnificent welsh waterfall in full flow or a verdant green misty ancient welsh woodland. Maybe even take up canoeing? Take care on wet paths and rocks!
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, at the university, is brilliant! With free galleries (art, ceramics and photography) lovely cafe and shops, and some amazing shows, music and comedy in the theatres as well as my favourite cinema! They have a Christmas craft fair in the winter, and there are courses for all ages all year round! Learn to play an instrument or to speak Welsh??!
Go for a swim, if you are going to get wet anyway! If our outdoor pool at Warren Parc doesn’t appeal in the rain then the leisure centre in Machynlleth offers shelter and activities including the gym and climbing wall, and various clubs and activities from canoeing to fitness. Alternatively lounge in the hot tub and sauna at Warren Parc.
The National Library in Aberystwyth is a fascinating resource, with easy parking, shop, cafe galleries, exhibitions and special public tours.
The Silver Mountain experience, at Ponterwyd hosts The Black Chasm a scary and dramatic interactive journey underground where Orcs may take you prisoner!
A Train ride, whether it’s one of the great little steam trains of Wales, most with their own museums, or the mainline journey along a stormy cost, you will stay dry and have moving scenery brought to you! You can get off when the rain stops or explore somewhere further afield.
Take a brolly and visit a deserted beach, admire wet shiny pebbles and explore rockpools, watch dolphins and seals or hunt for beautiful driftwood, often best after a storm. Or maybe try Surfing at Borth for the more adventurous.
Fishing, either river or sea, the rain will surely guarantee a good catch! Don’t forget your permit.
Shop for a new caravan!! If you are visiting prospective parks then it’s good to see them on wet days too; they will never look as pretty or appealing in the rain but you will see them at their worst. Park owners or managers may have plenty of time to offer advice and support when the weather is poor, and you can get a warm cuppa in a dry holiday home while you dream about all the sunny holidays you could enjoy in the future too!