Dyfi Mountain Biking
Dyfi maintains three waymarked mountain-bike routes from Machynlleth, the Mach 1 (10 miles), 2 (14 miles) and 3 (19 miles), each more...
Owain Glyndŵr Centre
Housed in a rare example of a late-medieval Welsh town house, the Owain Glyndŵr Centre has somewhat dry displays but nevertheless tells...
Hires mountain bikes (per day £25), performs repairs, offers bunkhouse accommodation and is a mine of information on the local trails.
Has been held for over seven centuries and remains a lively affair.
Lonely Planet review
Founded in 1974, CAT is a virtually self-sufficient workers' cooperative which acts as an ecologically driven laboratory and information source for alternative technologies. There are more than 3 hectares of displays dealing with topics such as composting, organic gardening, environmentally friendly construction, renewable energy sources, sewage treatment and recycling. It has about 130 on-site workers and 15 full-time residents. To explore the whole site takes about two hours – take rainwear as it's primarily outdoors. Kids love the interactive displays and adventure playground.
There are workshops and games for children during the main school holidays and an extensive program of residential courses for adults throughout the year (day courses start from around £45). Volunteer helpers willing to commit to a six-month stint are welcome, but you'll need to apply.
To get to the CAT from Machynlleth you can take the 32, X32 or 34 bus (six minutes). Arriving by bus or bicycle gets you a discount of £1.