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Led by an experienced and qualified guide (Mountain Leader (MLTB Summer) Penllys Bach is well located for hill walking in the Berwyn mountains which are much less frequented than those of Snowdonia to the north. Cadair Berwyn; Cardair Bronwyn and Post Gwyn may all be reached from the beautiful waterfalls of Pistyll Rhaeader. The western Berwyns and Aran mountains may also be accessed by means of a reasonably short drive.  Some of these mountains are best accessed by parking at one end of their ridge and having additional transport, or a pick-up, at the other. This can be provided if required. If there is a walk you would like to try, just let us know the details.

Red kites painted by Jonathan Wright

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​Watercolours for beginners led by Jonathan Wright (he painted the  pictures on this site!).

Gourmet stays

Every stay can be a Gourmet Stay at Penllys Bach. We offer the followings, or you can tell us the sort of food you would like.

Our current menus are:



Middle Eastern


​British Classics

£25 for 2 courses

Hill walking

We offer a number of themed weekends, outlined below. All our themed weekends begin on Friday night.  A good breakfast on the Saturday morning followed by a full day of activities. Don't worry if you cannot make Friday night, we will adapt the weekend for you. 

For each weekend you will have your own personal guide/teacher who will discuss and agree your requirements prior to booking. All themed stays required a 50% deposit on booking. The additional cost for a guide/teacher for the themed stays is £125. 

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Bird watching

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​We offer bird watching days out, for the beginner and those who want to see local birds.

In spring and early summer the woodlands in the area are particularly good for breeding redstart, curlew, pied flycatcher, wood warbler and siskin, as well as a good range of other woodland species including nuthatch and woodpeckers. The moors locally hold red grouse and short-eared owl, and peregrine falcons; ravens, dippers, buzzards and red kite are all to be found locally.  This may be done in the company of an experienced birder who can help visitors to locate the birds and identify their songs and calls.