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
Sources of Information
Cambrian Mountains Initiative http://cambrianmountains.co.uk/
Cambrian Society http://www.cambrian-mountains.co.uk/landscape-index.php
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