There are several low key walks around Dinas Mawddwy, but if you travel a little further afield there are some which are more challenging. Walking here varies from the gentle amble along an almost level path to the very nearly vertical climb. Only 20 minutes away by car is Cadair Idris, at 2930 feet, the most popular mountain in Wales. But you don’t even need to travel that far, Dinas Mawddwy and the Dyfi Valley are surrounded by the mighty Aran Ridge rising to 2970 feet, a touch higher than Cader Idris.
From Dinas Mawddwy village, past the Llew Coch turning right, wander along the old drovers’ trail towards Llanymawddwy and onwards up the Dyfi Valley takes you to either Bala or Lake Vyrnwy. Stop where the road forks and look back, the entire Dyfi Valley is stretched out before you, a magnificent sight to behold. For those less able this is just as accessible by car.
Of course for a more challenging day have a go at Cadair Idris for climbing or try Foel Dinas for a more strenuous walk on our doorstep. Up through the forestry path, past the disused slate quarry and head for the top, over and down towards Aberangell and the back road home to the Buckley Arms. This walk can be as long as you would like, but the shortest distance you might cover would be around 6 miles