Welcome to the Cambrian Mountains Society!

We are a Welsh charity dedicated to promoting Mid Wales’ uplands: the Pumlumon massif, the Elenydd (including the Elan Valley), and Mynydd Mallaen.  This area, one of the most beautiful, colourful, biodiverse and varied, landscapes in southern Britain, is also one of the remotest and least known.  We welcome people of all communities, Welsh- or English-speaking, who share our interest in the heritage, natural history and future of  the region, to join us.

Something for everyone

Every year we run Members’ walks and visits to interesting sites in and around the Cambrians.  We work with the local Wildlife Trusts and others to conserve the plants, birds and aquatic life of the uplands and record how they’re changing over time.  We hold an annual autumn gathering  with speakers on all kinds of topics, from local history and archaeology to natural history.  On the cultural side, we run competitions in poetry, art and photography.  We’re active in responding to any government consultation on policy matters affecting the communities living in the Cambrians.  In 2022 we gained nearly 21,000 signatures on our Petition seeking a Senedd debate on designation of the uplands as a new Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and we continue to work on that project.  In 2024 we’re participating in a project to learn more about what local communities themselves think about the state of the hills and want for the future of their area.

You can read all about the region, the opportunities it offers and the issues it faces here on our site – and, if you agree with us what a unique and special place this really is, then join up and urge your County Councillor and Senedd Member to support the campaign.



CMS Students?

We took our stall to the Aberystwyth University Student Volunteering Fayre last week, hoping to capture some youthful energy and enthusiasm.   It was smaller than the autumn Freshers' Fayre so we were able to have a higher profile among the various stalls and as usual our pictures did attract a lot of attention.  Despite the fact the University…

Poetry and the uplands

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Our 2023 poetry competition concludes with a prize giving, poetry readings and panel discussion with two of the judges on 2 March 2024. You can see the full results here. The judges said "Some strong themes emerged from the poems - love, loss, grief, belonging, language and the passing of time. Some captured the landscape in a general way. Many…

Paving the Monks’ Trod? Surely not!

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Powys Development Plan Survey – have your say

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