The Wardens’ Blog – Teifi Pools

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The Wardens’ Blog – Teifi Pools

To carry on the theme from our last blog, here’s more lakes in the mountains 🙂

The Teifi Pools are not that far away from Woodlands and pretty easy to find. Just make sure you’ve got a full tank of petrol before you head out there (we may have run out the first time we tried to visit, oops!)

Hidden up in the hills to the east of Ffair Rhos, this magical set of lakes are so peaceful you feel that you’re in a different world up there. There are some walking routes (Google is your friend here), and some angling spots too apparently. But we just like to drive up to a quiet spot and sit, breathe and relax.

So a short, sweet blog post this time, but that is all the pools need. Simple.


The Wardens’ Blog – Lake Brian

The Wardens’ Blog is back! We’ve been requested to get blogging again! We are rather happy to hear that we’ve inspired folk to seek out new places and that we’ve managed to surprise those of you who have been coming to the Woodlands for years yet not heard of some of the places we discovered so far. So the challenge is on – to find even more unusual locations and discoveries to share with you all.

We’ve not had much time to go exploring so far this season, with various errands and work on our van needed to be done. So this week marked one of our first trips worth writing about…. and it started with wanting to go the cinema. We decided to venture further and go to the multi-screen in Carmathen so we had more choice of films and timings. And then we decided to go the “long way” to the cinema 🙂

Upon arriving in Tregaron, we took the small road headed east into the southern end of the Cambrian mountains. The road is a little steep at times and a single track for most of it, but well worth the adventure with its stunning views of the hills and trees and valleys. We then just kept following our noses along the road through the forest until we reached the incredible sight of Llyn Brianne, or as we like to call it “Lake Brian” (thank Meryl for that one!).

Llyn Brianne is HUGE and absolutely breaktaking. The circular route around the mountain tops looking down is incredible, a little scary at times, and takes a good amount of time to drive around. There are plenty of places to stop to admire the view, and picnic spots dotted around with paths that lead you down to the lake edge. Peaceful and rather epic looking, this was a great way to drive to the cinema but also well worth a visit in itself 😉

For more information check out Trip Advisor and the route here on Google maps, or there are some good tips on the doggy friendly website Dog Days Out which are useful even if you’ve not got four legs.



The Wardens’ Blog – End of Season List of Adventures

We’ve neglected our blog lately, sorry! It’s been busy busy busy on site with no rest as the park gets quieter as there’s lots to do to prepare for winter.

We still have places to tell you about, and plenty of places we want to visit. We’ve also had some lovely invites from places to go, and we’ve not had the time to accept all of them this year but we will be back in 2018 and will do our best to include every one of them. Its been lovely to hear from so many of you that you have enjoyed reading about our trips and that we’ve managed to find a few spots that you hadn’t heard of! We will continue to seek out new finds and adventures. Feel free to drop by reception and ask us more details about any of the destinations.

Recently any days off we’ve had have been spent prepping for our departure and working on our van conversion. But over the year we’ve visited a few more places than we’ve had time to write about. So just to spread the word and give you a taster, here is a list of the other places not yet mentioned on our blog.

  • Strata Florida – beautiful ruins full of fascinating history and stunning surroundings
  • Pistyll Rhaeydr – huge magical waterfall entwined in myth and legend
  • Lake Efrnwy – wonderful huge lake with activites, walks, boats and wild camping
  • Dolfornwyn Castle – hidden ruined castle, the last frontier of Wales, worth seeking out
  • Coed Y Brenin – ideal for mountain biking but great walks too
  • Newcastle Emlyn Castle – another ruined castle tucked behind the town
  • Castell y Bere – our favourite ruin so far, hidden in the most incredible scenery
  • Tregaron Bog – a lovely boardwalk filled with nature and wildlife
  • Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn Church – a sweet little village church not far from Woodlands
  • Teifi Pools – another world up in the mountains, definitely worth a visit
  • Nant Y Moch Reservoir – super close to Woodlands and stunning walks and scenery
  • Snowdonia – we had a quick day trip to see Snowdon, but will return to explore more and climb Snowdon!

We’re sure there’s more but we can’t remember! What we have done is made sure to always take the small roads, the little white roads on the map, to explore as much as possible even if we’re just going to town for the supermarket. That way we’ve stumbled across little villages, quaint little pubs and rounded the corner to unexpected jaw dropping views. We highly recommend the method (depending on the size of your vehicle of course!) Every turn is a picture postcard and we feel very lucky to have landed in such a beautiful part of the world.

So as we pack up for the end of the season and head off on to adventures further afield (we’re taking the van to France) we wish you a happy healthy winter, may you enjoy the festive season and we shall see you early next year!



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