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Really wild!

Map of Glaslyn Nature Reserve

Glaslyn is the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s biggest nature reserve, an integral part of the Cambrian Mountains. The large expanse of heather moorland, with its associated boggy areas, surround an exposed upland lake. Spectacular views can be enjoyed from the viewpoint.

Best time to visit
Glaslyn can be breath-taking at any time of year, but don’t miss July/August, when the reserve turns purple with the flowering heather. Also look out for the lake’s speciality, quillwort, which often washes up on the lake shore after bad weather.

Why not make a day of it and follow the Glaslyn & Bugeilyn audio trail; click here to find out more.

Seasonal checklist

Meadow PipitRed GrouseGolden PloverGoldeneye
SkylarkHen HarrierCommon SandpiperTufted Duck
WhinchatSmall Heath butterflyRed KiteCormorant
Emperor mothcottongrass

Visiting Glaslyn: The reserve is open year round, 24 hours a day and there is no charge for entry.

Paths can be uneven, wet & muddy in places; sorry, the reserve is not accessible to wheelchair users.

Well-behaved dog owners are welcome - remember, you dog doesn't know that it is a nature reserve, so please help us retain this privilege by keeping him on a lead and clearing up any mess.

Directions & transport: Glaslyn is approximately 8 miles southeast of Machynlleth. Take the mountain road signed Llyn Clywedog, Forge, etc. and follow for approximately 7.5 miles. The reserve entrance is at the top of the hill and is signposted. There is minimal parking at the track entrance. There is another car park by lake but due to the roughness of the track it is recommended to be used only by offroad capable vehicles.

The nearest bus stop is at Dylife, approximately 2.5 miles east.
The nearest rail station is in Machynlleth.

Glaslyn - heather

Additional information

Grid reference:SN826941
Postcode:Nearest (Dylife) - SY19 7BW
Size:230 hectares
Designation:Site of Special Scientific Interest
Type:heathland, lake
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