The Plas Farm Trail is a circular walk for guests staying at Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages. It meanders from the doorstep of the farm’s holiday cottages towards the summit of Mynydd Marchywel and back. En route, mountain streams are followed, stiles negotiated, bluebell woodlands explored and lazy green fields traversed.
What you see and what you hear will depend on the season but the panoramic views will always be there – the Swansea Valley, Swansea Bay, the Bristol Channel and England beyond, Brecon Beacons National Park and on a clear day, Narnia.
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Farm Stay Wales
Our holiday cottages are situated on opposite sides of the farm courtyard. The courtyard is bounded on one side by the upper reaches of the picturesque River Clydach and on the other side by green parkland pastures that are grazed by sheep and cows. High hills of blue pennant sandstone provide the background to an idyllic and tranquil scene that retains much of its original remote and wild character.
Holidaymakers are free to roam 120 acres of beautiful Welsh countryside in total, including an award winning bluebell woodland. During World War II, the woodland was used as a hideout for the Elite Home Guard (forerunners of the SAS). Can you find their woodland shelter amongst the bluebells?
There are oak benches to sit on and plenty of nest boxes for bird watchers to find. The farm is ideal for those on a bird watching holiday as it has contains a wide variety of different habitats. For more information on bird watching please click here.
The region consists of a sandy coastal strip giving way rapidly to forested valleys surrounded by high moorland. Mynnydd Marchywel (Hywel’s Stallion Mountain), is a broad sandstone ridge some 1371 feet high (see left). There is a prehistoric stone circle at the summit, which may be reached in under an hour on foot, although most walkers take a lot longer as the views are so good.
The cottages are located on the edge of a forested valley some 8 miles from the coast. A walk to the high moorlands behind the cottage gives wonderful views of Swansea Bay (see below) and on a clear day, you can make out the Devon coastline. The chimneys are those of Port Talbot steel works.
If you are holidaying in the UK this year then why not visit the beautiful countryside of South Wales and stay in our luxury Swansea Valley holiday cottages?