This market town in Powys has some lovely trails to try through the Dovey and Lllyfnant Valleys. This walk takes you through the latter valley with riverside paths, woodland trails and a visit to the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve near Derwenlas. Machynlleth is significant as the ancient capital and parliamentary seat of wales, home to Laura Ashley and lying within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere reserve.
The walk starts just to the west of the town at the visitor centre. From here you can pick up country lanes heading south to Wylfa. Woodland trails then continue south taking you into the Lllyfnant Valley where you can enjoy riverside footpaths. The trails then bend round to the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve in Derwenlas. The site includes habitats such as open water, swamp, bog, wet woodland, scrub and gorse. Boardwalks will take you to viewing platforms where you can look out for wildlife including Ospreys, otters, red kites, peregrines and hen harriers.
Part of this route makes use of the Dyfi Valley Way. This waymarked, long distance trail is a great way of further exploring the area around the town. You could continue south west along it to Furnace and visit the Ynys Hir Nature Reserve where there are more good wildlife spotting opportunites.
The epic Glyndwr's Way also passes through the town. You could follow the trail east to Abercegir.
Machynlleth is located on the southern edge of the Snowdonia National Park where there's hundreds of great walks to try. Head north from the train station and you can cross the River Dovey and explore the forest around Foel Goch in the park. The wonderful Cambrian Mountains spread out to the south as well.
Machynlleth Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Machynlleth Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Machynlleth OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Machynlleth Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Red Lion in the town is a nice place to go for some refreshments after your walk. The cosy pub has a good menu and is also dog friendly. Outside you can relax in the beer garden on warmer days. Inside there's interesting heavy rock memorabilia on the walls and a cosy atmosphere. You can find the pub at 11 Heol Maengwyn with a postcode of SY20 8AA for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
If you head north along the Dyfi Valley Way you could visit the interesting town of Dinas Mawddwy. The town sits in a nice spot at the confluence of three rivers in the lovely Dyfi Valley. There's some nice river trails, an interesting old mill and a large local forest for walkers to explore. The expansive Dyfi Forest is also located near here and has miles of walking and cycling trails to try.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Snowdonia Walks and the Cambrian Mountains Walks pages.