A guide to the Cambrian Mountains

Guide: Cambrian Mountains


The Cambrian Mountains or Mynyddoedd Cambria are a series of mountain ranges in Wales.

Originally the term "Cambrian Mountains" was applied in a general sense to most of upland Wales. Since the 1950s, its application has become increasingly localised to the geographically homogeneous Mid Wales uplands, known in Welsh as the Elenydd, which extend from Pumlumon to Mynydd Mallaen. This barren and sparsely populated 'wilderness' is often referred to as the Desert of Wales. The area includes the sources of the River Severn and River Wye, and was unsuccessfully proposed as a National Park in the 1960s and 1970s. The highest point of the range is Pumlumon (or Plynlimon), at 2,467 feet (752 m).

Scenery not to Miss

The natural beauty of the plateaux, valleys and gorges of the Cambrian Mountains is equal to and often greater than that of some British national parks. Although politically distributed among three counties - Powys, Ceredigion & Carmarthenshire - the Cambrian Mountains are geographically one area, and form the main watershed of Wales. The rivers Severn, Wye, Elan, Irfon, Tywi, Cothi, Teifi, Ystwyth, Rheidol, and Twymyn all have their sources here.

The Cambrian Mountains are one of the few remote areas left in Southern Britain, have the least light pollution, and are one of the few places where one can escape from the sound of traffic. The A44 is the only main road crossing the area, much of which is inaccessible by vehicle, and thinly populated.

From the high ground in the Cambrian Mountains can be seen apparently endless vistas across the plateaux, which are jewelled with small lakes, such as the Llynnoedd Cerrigllwydion, Llyn Carw, Llyn Gynon, Llyn Gwyngu, Llynnoedd Fyrddon and Llyn Du. It is these extensive plateau views which are the hallmark of the Cambrian Mountains landscape.

Some Summit Facts

Area: 714 km²

Places To Stay

These are the Welsh Rarebits hotels located within easy distance of the Cambrian Mountains :

Places To Visit


Food Producers

Sources of Information

Cambrian Mountains Initiative http://cambrianmountains.co.uk/

Cambrian Society http://www.cambrian-mountains.co.uk/landscape-index.php

Visit Mid Wales http://www.visitmidwales.co.uk/destination/Cambrian-Mountains-Tourism-Information.aspx



Photos & Videos

Flickr : Cambrian Mountains

YouTube : Cambrian Mountains http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cambrian%20mountains&sm=3


Met Office : Llandrindod Wells  http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/llandrindod-wells-powys#?tab=fiveDay&fcTime=1386806400

BBC Weather : Llanidloes  http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2643990/extended