Harriet’s guidebook

Harriet
Harriet’s guidebook

Places to visit in Welshpool

Powys Castle and gardens are interesting to see any time of year and just 20 minutes’ walk from the Stable. It’s a National Trust property and has two cafes. You can drive there but we enjoy the walk and sometimes extend it with a walk to Belan Locks and back along the Montgomery Canal
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National Trust - Powis Castle and Garden
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Powys Castle and gardens are interesting to see any time of year and just 20 minutes’ walk from the Stable. It’s a National Trust property and has two cafes. You can drive there but we enjoy the walk and sometimes extend it with a walk to Belan Locks and back along the Montgomery Canal
Coed Y Dinas country store and garden centre is just down the A483. You can buy anything from pig pens to kitchen clocks. Good for a mooch on a wet day, they also have a café. Pop in to the bird hide next door managed by the Montgomery Wildlife Trust for some bird spotting.
Coed-y-Dinas
Coed Y Dinas country store and garden centre is just down the A483. You can buy anything from pig pens to kitchen clocks. Good for a mooch on a wet day, they also have a café. Pop in to the bird hide next door managed by the Montgomery Wildlife Trust for some bird spotting.
You can catch a ride on a stream hauled train from Raven Square on the Welshpool and Llanfair light steam railway. Check out for their Fish and Chip, Afternoon tea specials www.wllr.org.uk/
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Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway
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You can catch a ride on a stream hauled train from Raven Square on the Welshpool and Llanfair light steam railway. Check out for their Fish and Chip, Afternoon tea specials www.wllr.org.uk/
Glansevern Gardens, a short drive south on the A483, is a lovely tranquil garden with gift shop and café. You could also pop into the pretty village of Berriew nearby for a walk and pub lunch at the Red Lion.
Glansevern Hall
Glansevern Gardens, a short drive south on the A483, is a lovely tranquil garden with gift shop and café. You could also pop into the pretty village of Berriew nearby for a walk and pub lunch at the Red Lion.
If you fancy something a bit different and you’re here on a Monday, the Welshpool Livestock Market is an interesting place to go. (north end of the by-pass)
Welshpool Livestock Sales
If you fancy something a bit different and you’re here on a Monday, the Welshpool Livestock Market is an interesting place to go. (north end of the by-pass)
The Great Escape Spa and Fitness centre is in the old cinema on Berriew Street for a bit of pampering or exercise. There’s also a gym at the Armory Sports Centre on Brook Street
Great Escape Spa & Beauty
The Great Escape Spa and Fitness centre is in the old cinema on Berriew Street for a bit of pampering or exercise. There’s also a gym at the Armory Sports Centre on Brook Street

Places to spot wildlife

Coed y Dinas Bird hide is within walking distance of the Stable (20 mins) along the canal and A483. We’ve seen kingfishers and grebes there. You can pop into Charlies (Coed y Dinas) for a cup of tea afterwards.
Llyn Coed y Dinas
Coed y Dinas Bird hide is within walking distance of the Stable (20 mins) along the canal and A483. We’ve seen kingfishers and grebes there. You can pop into Charlies (Coed y Dinas) for a cup of tea afterwards.
Llanymynech/Llyncllys nature reserve is 15-minute drive north of Welshpool and an excellent site for limestone loving plants including orchids. May/June is the best time to go but there is always something interesting to see any time of year. Great for spotting buzzards circling on the thermals
Llynclys Common Nature Reserve
Llanymynech/Llyncllys nature reserve is 15-minute drive north of Welshpool and an excellent site for limestone loving plants including orchids. May/June is the best time to go but there is always something interesting to see any time of year. Great for spotting buzzards circling on the thermals
Red Kite feeding station, Gigrin farm, Rhayader is just under an hours drive from Welshpool and is a great place to see the Red Kites. We do occasionally get the odd red kite over Welshpool. www.gigrin.co.uk
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Red Kite Feeding Station
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Red Kite feeding station, Gigrin farm, Rhayader is just under an hours drive from Welshpool and is a great place to see the Red Kites. We do occasionally get the odd red kite over Welshpool. www.gigrin.co.uk
Dyfi Osprey Project Machynlleth has been featured on Spring Watch. They have observatories to watch the nesting Ospreys but there are lots of other birds to see there. The reserve is about an hours drive from Welshpool.
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Dyfi Osprey Project
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Dyfi Osprey Project Machynlleth has been featured on Spring Watch. They have observatories to watch the nesting Ospreys but there are lots of other birds to see there. The reserve is about an hours drive from Welshpool.
Lake Vyrnwy has lots of waymarked walks near and around the reservoir and is about half an hour’s drive from Welshpool. Spot the birds on the feeding station or try one of the guided tours. https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/lake-vyrnwy/ You can also hire bikes from the centre across the damn. When you’ve had your walk reward yourself with a nice cup of tea and cake at the café or splash out on afternoon tea at the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel.
RSPB Lake Vyrnwy
Lake Vyrnwy has lots of waymarked walks near and around the reservoir and is about half an hour’s drive from Welshpool. Spot the birds on the feeding station or try one of the guided tours. https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/lake-vyrnwy/ You can also hire bikes from the centre across the damn. When you’ve had your walk reward yourself with a nice cup of tea and cake at the café or splash out on afternoon tea at the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel.

Discover the history of the Welsh Border

Montgomery Castle (free Cadw site) and town date back to the Edward 1 and history oozes out of every building. There’s a small but interesting museum and you must check out Bunners hardware store – be warned you’ll be in there for hours! You can do some nice walks connecting to Offa’s Dyke from Montgomery.
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Montgomery Castle
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Montgomery Castle (free Cadw site) and town date back to the Edward 1 and history oozes out of every building. There’s a small but interesting museum and you must check out Bunners hardware store – be warned you’ll be in there for hours! You can do some nice walks connecting to Offa’s Dyke from Montgomery.
Dolforwyn Castle (free Cadw site) is a Welsh castle built to fend off those pesky English folks and about a 10 minute drive down the A483.
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Dolforwyn Castle
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Dolforwyn Castle (free Cadw site) is a Welsh castle built to fend off those pesky English folks and about a 10 minute drive down the A483.
Llynmynech Iron Works is interesting to walk around with paths up to the quarry and along the Montgomery canal. It includes the remains of a very large chimney and Hoffman Kiln (one of only three remaining in the country) Boat rides along the Montgomery Canal are available on some weekends.
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Llanymynech Heritage Area
7 North Rd
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Llynmynech Iron Works is interesting to walk around with paths up to the quarry and along the Montgomery canal. It includes the remains of a very large chimney and Hoffman Kiln (one of only three remaining in the country) Boat rides along the Montgomery Canal are available on some weekends.
Chirk Castle and Gardens (National Trust) Substantial castle and gardens with great views across to England (about half an hour from Welshpool north on A483/A5)
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National Trust - Chirk Castle
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Chirk Castle and Gardens (National Trust) Substantial castle and gardens with great views across to England (about half an hour from Welshpool north on A483/A5)
Work House Llanfyllin, built in 1837 this impressive building is being restored by a community project. They often have events and activities at the site. The workhouse is about a 20-minute drive from Welshpool www.the-workhouse.org.uk/
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Llanfyllin Workhouse
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Work House Llanfyllin, built in 1837 this impressive building is being restored by a community project. They often have events and activities at the site. The workhouse is about a 20-minute drive from Welshpool www.the-workhouse.org.uk/
Attingham park, Shrewsbury National Trust is an18 century mansion and estate is about a 40-minute journey from Welshpool.
Attingham Park
Attingham park, Shrewsbury National Trust is an18 century mansion and estate is about a 40-minute journey from Welshpool.
Wroxeter Roman City is an English Heritage site. Discover urban-living 2,000 years ago once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. Wander the remains of the bathhouse and explore a reconstructed town house from a city which was almost as large as Pompeii.
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Wroxeter Roman City
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Wroxeter Roman City is an English Heritage site. Discover urban-living 2,000 years ago once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. Wander the remains of the bathhouse and explore a reconstructed town house from a city which was almost as large as Pompeii.

Places to eat in Welshpool

A good variety of food at reasonable prices. You guaranteed a big plate of lovely food when you come here.
The Corn Store
4 Church St
A good variety of food at reasonable prices. You guaranteed a big plate of lovely food when you come here.
A quirky and fun place to eat. From afternoon tea to evening meal you're in for a treat
The Bay Tree Vintage Tea Room
A quirky and fun place to eat. From afternoon tea to evening meal you're in for a treat
This award winning fish bar provides and excellent portion of fish and chips
Andrew's Fish Bar
32 High St
This award winning fish bar provides and excellent portion of fish and chips
We enjoy coffee and cake at Coco's.
Coco Coffee House
34 Broad St
We enjoy coffee and cake at Coco's.

Interesting shops to visit

This is a treasure trove of bits and pieces you never knew you needed. Be warned, once entered you may be there for hours!
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Bunners - R H Bunner & Son Ltd
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This is a treasure trove of bits and pieces you never knew you needed. Be warned, once entered you may be there for hours!
Coed Y Dinas country store and garden centre is just down the A483. You can buy anything from pig pens to kitchen clocks. Good for a mooch on a wet day, they also have a café. Pop in to the bird hide next door managed by the Montgomery Wildlife Trust for some bird spotting
Coed-y-Dinas
Coed Y Dinas country store and garden centre is just down the A483. You can buy anything from pig pens to kitchen clocks. Good for a mooch on a wet day, they also have a café. Pop in to the bird hide next door managed by the Montgomery Wildlife Trust for some bird spotting
Good range of wholefoods and herbal subliments
Cracked Wheat Organics
Good range of wholefoods and herbal subliments
Rikki Lloyd has to sell the best sausages ever! All meat is sourced locally and he can tell you which farm his meat came from. He may even be able to tell you their names!
Rikki Lloyd
39 High St
Rikki Lloyd has to sell the best sausages ever! All meat is sourced locally and he can tell you which farm his meat came from. He may even be able to tell you their names!
Everything you need for your bike and bike trip. Small shop but really helpful. One of our guests bought a bike from here!
Brooks Cycles
9 Severn St
Everything you need for your bike and bike trip. Small shop but really helpful. One of our guests bought a bike from here!
Great little shop selling everything Kitchen ware, gardening tools, hardware items and outdoor clothing
Alexanders of Welshpool (W. Alexander LTD)
29 Broad St
Great little shop selling everything Kitchen ware, gardening tools, hardware items and outdoor clothing
A good place to get welsh souvenirs and gifst
Celtic Company - Gift, Card & Jewellery Shop
18 Broad St
A good place to get welsh souvenirs and gifst
This is really Welsh, get your welsh language gifts here. They sell a good range of welsh rugby gnomes.
Pethe Powys
8 Severn St
This is really Welsh, get your welsh language gifts here. They sell a good range of welsh rugby gnomes.
Lots of useful stuff for visitors including walking and cycling guides. They also sell train tickets ( there is not ticket office at the station)
Welshpool Tourist Information Centre
Lots of useful stuff for visitors including walking and cycling guides. They also sell train tickets ( there is not ticket office at the station)
Huge independent food store with all kinds of unexpected items. On the way to Church Stretton and the Long Mynd
Churchstoke Shopping Centre (Formerly Harry Tuffins)
Huge independent food store with all kinds of unexpected items. On the way to Church Stretton and the Long Mynd

Places to walk

Lots of great walks around the Long Mynd and of course plenty of tea shops in Church Stretton
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Long Mynd
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Lots of great walks around the Long Mynd and of course plenty of tea shops in Church Stretton
A good place to stride out along the Stiperstones ridge and experience some ancient craggy geology
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Stiperstones National Nature Reserve
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A good place to stride out along the Stiperstones ridge and experience some ancient craggy geology
You can walk here from Welshpool and follow the Offas Dyke to Buttington. On top is the ancient hill fort.
Long Mountain
You can walk here from Welshpool and follow the Offas Dyke to Buttington. On top is the ancient hill fort.
The Montgomery canal goes right through Welshpool to Newtown and Llanymynech. You can use public transport to drop you off so you can walk back to Welshpool
Montgomery Canal Towpath
The Montgomery canal goes right through Welshpool to Newtown and Llanymynech. You can use public transport to drop you off so you can walk back to Welshpool
A great walk up a proper mountain ( just over 2000ft) and Tan y pistall waterfall is spectacular especially after rain. Nice tea shop at the bottom
Cadair Berwyn
A great walk up a proper mountain ( just over 2000ft) and Tan y pistall waterfall is spectacular especially after rain. Nice tea shop at the bottom

Towns to visit from Welshpool

Llangollen is a lively Victorian holiday town. Take a ride on the steam railway to Corwen, walk up to the Castell Dinas Bran, visit the ruins of Valle Cruces (Cadw), stroll along the canal to the horseshoe falls or take a horse drawn boat ride and enjoy the many places to eat and drink. We enjoy eating an ice cream on the bridge looking over the Dee and watching the canoeist hurl themselves down the rapids.
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Llangollen
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Llangollen is a lively Victorian holiday town. Take a ride on the steam railway to Corwen, walk up to the Castell Dinas Bran, visit the ruins of Valle Cruces (Cadw), stroll along the canal to the horseshoe falls or take a horse drawn boat ride and enjoy the many places to eat and drink. We enjoy eating an ice cream on the bridge looking over the Dee and watching the canoeist hurl themselves down the rapids.
Shrewsbury is 20 miles from Welshpool, and you can get their by train or drive. A lovely old market town with a castle and river walks along the Severn. There are lots of eating and drinking places too. The Flower Show in Augusts is a popular event.
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Shrewsbury
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Shrewsbury is 20 miles from Welshpool, and you can get their by train or drive. A lovely old market town with a castle and river walks along the Severn. There are lots of eating and drinking places too. The Flower Show in Augusts is a popular event.
Oswestry is an interesting little market town just in England. It has a street market ( Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) some interesting independent shops including Honeysuckle Wholefoods (they sell excellent bread and organic veg as well) and Textile express. Up on the hill is the old Racecourse with excellent views across England and Wales and further north is the old iron age hill fort (English Heritage Site).
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Oswestry
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Oswestry is an interesting little market town just in England. It has a street market ( Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) some interesting independent shops including Honeysuckle Wholefoods (they sell excellent bread and organic veg as well) and Textile express. Up on the hill is the old Racecourse with excellent views across England and Wales and further north is the old iron age hill fort (English Heritage Site).