Worth a Trip: Cambrian Mountains

The Cambrian Mountains are a rather desolate but starkly beautiful area of uplands covering the region roughly between Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons. Largely unpopulated and undeveloped, this wild, empty plateau of high moorland is the source of both the Rivers Severn and Wye. Hidden in the folds of the hills are lakes, waterfalls and deserted valleys as well as hill farms home to thousands of sheep. The region sees relatively few visitors except for around the Elan Valley; if you wish to get away from it all there is no finer place in Wales in which to hike or bike in solitude. Many tracks criss-cross the area, including the 83-mile Cambrian Way; you can find details of routes at www.walkingbritain.co.uk or more information about the region at www.cambrian-mountains.co.uk.