From the day we started planning the Big Family Adventure, which saw my parents join us in a Phoenix 640+, the intention was to head off the beaten track a little and, when it comes to Wales, there’s no better place for this than the Cambrian Mountains. Colloquially known as ‘the green desert of Wales’ due to it’s vast open stretches of land, it is often over-looked by virtue of being sandwiched between two of Wales’s three National Parks, Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons. However, don’t let that fool you into thinking it hasn’t got as much to offer, because it most certainly has.
Such is the ruggedness of the land the makes up the region, there’s little infrastructure in the way of main roads, resulting in a true sense of isolation from the rest of the world. Not that this should put you off, far from it, only you will need to base yourself towards the edge of the area, as we did by staying at the wonderful Disserth Caravan and Camping site, and plan your adventures accordingly. For us, as a family who love the outdoors, it made for the perfect destination to spend a week exploring on bike, foot, kayak and paddle board, as well as some spectacular drives.
Here’s some of our favourite places to visit, and activities to do, in the region.