The forest is 7 miles west of Llanidloes at the edge of the Cambrian Mountains, the 15 square miles was originally used for the mining of lead & tin before pine & spruce trees were planted in 1937.
Today the forest is home to lots of plants and wildlife and is a great place for people to explore, there are short walks within the forest or if your feeling more adventurous why not try out the 7-mile long Source of the Severn trail. Walk Wales from this perfect spot.
The dam was built between 1965-67 to help regulate the flow of water in the River Severn.
Today the area around the 6-mile lake boasts many walks including the Clywedog Gorge Trail around the Bryn Tail Mine workings and the Llyn Clywedog Scenic Trail. Fishing & Sailing are also pastimes that can be enjoyed on the lake.
The Cambrian Mountains are divided by the A44 – the only main road which crosses them. To the north is Plynlimon, which includes the highest point in the Cambrians. Plynlimon is a massif, rather than a single hilltop. The rivers Severn and Wye start on its slopes, and from its high ground there are views of the whole of upland Wales; hidden within its folds are lakes and true mountain scenery, waterfalls & deserted valleys.