Cemmaes is a village in the valley of the Dovey River that straddles the A470 in northern Powys, Wales. The village has a pub and restaurant, the Penrhos Arms, an attractive Methodist chapel and the parish church, St Tydecho. Good walking, pretty coastal scenery and activities such as rock climbing, golf and horse riding are all available within a short distance.
There was once a train station in the village which connected the Mawddwy Railway to the main Cambrian Line, however, although the Cambrian line is still running it misses the village by a few miles.
Sitting among the Cambrian Mountain Range the landscape around Cemmaes is criss-crossed by a myriad of trails. There are miles and miles of footpaths to be walked, and the Glyndwr Trail passes close to the village.
The 135 mile / 217km Glyndwr Trail is a long distance circular walk which can be enjoyed as a continuous journey, typically taking around nine days, or over a series of weekend or day trips. It begins at Knighton on the English border and meanders through the open moorland, rolling farmland, woodland and forestry of Mid Wales, and on toward Machynlleth, which was the capital of Wales in 1404, finishing by the Montgomeryshire Canal in Welshpool.
Mountain bikers will appreciate the Coed y Brenin Forest Trails or the Machynlleth Trails. Just a short drive away, there are trails to suit both families and more serious mountain bikers.
Following all that exercise a pint and a bite to eat might be favourite, and the Penrhos Arms in the centre of the village takes great pride in using the best local and seasonal produce to create a mix of contemporary and classic Welsh cuisine. The menus follow the seasons of the year offering an excellent selection of fish, meat, game and vegetarian dishes.