The wild heart of Wales, Mid Wales is a force of nature. Blue skies meet crashing coastlines, and rocky harbors span dramatic green hills dotted with bustling towns.

A wealth of outdoor diversions are at the ready in Mid Wales. Within the Cambrian Mountains, find a playground of bright ridges and meandering rivers. This expansive mountain range is home to the sources of the Wye and Severn rivers, with the Elan Valley reservoirs being the most visited. These man-made lakes are not just some of Wales’ most picturesque locations, but they also tackle the hefty task of providing drinking water to Birmingham. The Elan Valley is also one of the three International Dark Sky Reserves throughout Wales, perfect for stargazing.

Nearby, Brecon Beacons National Park is home to two National Trails, perfect for leisurely strolls with impeccable views. Another International Dark Sky Reserve, Brecon Beacons truly comes alive at night. On the northern tip of the park, the literary haven of Hay-on-Wye is ideal for those who love treasure hunting in second-hand bookshops. Visit during the month of May to catch the Hay Festival, a celebration of literature that brings together the world’s great writers, poets, philosophers, historians, scientists, comedians, and musicians.

Traveling west, the Mid Wales coastline comes into view. The coastal region of Ceredigion and Cardigan Bay is a great combination of beach and countryside. Cardigan Bay is full of Blue Flag beaches, indicative of their pristine environment and sustainable boating experiences. Take a dolphin-spotting boat trip or walk part of the Wales Coast Path that wraps around the country for 870 miles of nautical beauty.

Additional treasures in Mid Wales include Teifi Valley, lauded for its award-winning cheeses fit for any foodie to sample, and Aberystwyth, home to the National Library of Wales, which houses a copy of every printed work published in Britain and Ireland since 1911 as well as the smallest book in the world. Contact your Ker & Downey designer to customize your own journey in Mid Wales.