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Nature Reserve:Glaslyn Nature Reserve

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SY20 8RE



Glaslyn is 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.

Glaslyn can be breathtaking at any time of year, but don’t miss June to August, when the reserve turns white with cottongrass, followed by 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.

Please note that the landowner, in agreement with the Local Authority and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, has revoked public vehicular access along the track that leads to Glaslyn Nature Reserve, due to persistent illegal activity in the area. As a result the gate at the entrance, off the road, has been locked with a combination lock. MWT members remain able to gain vehicular access through the gate to the reserve car park but will need to contact the office for the code before visiting the site (Please note that this code will be changed periodically).

Alternatively, limited car parking space is available in the layby by the gate. Please do not park in front of the gate as access is required at all times for landowner and emergency vehicle access.

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SY20 8RE


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Map reference: SN 826941  Lat: 52.53254 Long: -3.73142

This reserve is truly out in the wilds, but can be reached from several directions depending on your starting point. It is approached down a track, south off the minor road that runs steeply over the hills between the B4518 (Llanidloes to Llanbrynmair) and the A489 north of Machynlleth. Go down the track for about a mile off the minor road; limited parking at layby by gate. 4x4 vehicular access to the reserve car park by the lake is available to Trust members; contact the office for the padlock code.

Glaslyn is found at grid reference SN826941.

Accessible by Public Transport: 10 miles from Machynlleth station