Diane’s guidebook

Diane

Diane’s guidebook

Sightseeing and Attractions
The Hafren Forest takes its name from the River Severn, the Afon Hafren in Welsh, which takes its rise about a mile from the western boundary of the forest, high up on the slopes of Pumlumon, the highest mountain in Mid Wales. Now spanning some 40 square kilometres of upland, commercial foresting commenced at Hafren in 1937 with the planting of pine and spruce trees in an area where once there were only sheep and a handful of deserted lead mine workings
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Hafren Forest
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The Hafren Forest takes its name from the River Severn, the Afon Hafren in Welsh, which takes its rise about a mile from the western boundary of the forest, high up on the slopes of Pumlumon, the highest mountain in Mid Wales. Now spanning some 40 square kilometres of upland, commercial foresting commenced at Hafren in 1937 with the planting of pine and spruce trees in an area where once there were only sheep and a handful of deserted lead mine workings
The Llyn Clywedog is a man made reservoir formed by the construction of the Clywedog Dam. The dam was built between 1965-67 to regulate the flow of water in the Severn, both as a protection against flooding of the upper sections of the river during the winter months and also to ensure the maintenance of a minimum flow in the river during the summer. The lake has a surface area of 615 acres (230 football pitches), is 216 ft deep at its maximum depth and stretches in all a distance of some six miles. At its maximum, it is just 500 yards wide. Some 15 miles of new or improved roads were built around the reservoir at time of construction, along with two new bridges. There is a second, much less visible dam at Bwlch-y-gle. This is an earthen structure faced with stone, about 40ft high and 600ft long which prevents the lake spilling over into the neighbouring valleys on either side of Bryn y Fan hill, the highest of the hills surrounding the lake and a commanding feature to be seen from miles around. The lake is owned and operated by Severn Trent Water Limited, the fourth largest water service company in the world. In addition to its practical usages, Llyn Clywedog is also a leisure amenity. Severn Trent have established a number of walks, such as the Clywedog Gorge Trail around the Bryn Tail Mine workings and the Llyn Clywedog Scenic Trail, while there are a number of viewing points arranged along the circular drive around the lake that allow the visitor to make the most of the wonderful panoramic views. The National Trail of Glyndwr's Way also passes beneath the dam before pursuing a course along the southern shore of the lake, making this one of its most picturesque stages. The Clywedog provides a perfect habitat for wildlife. Buzzards and Red Kite are now a common sight, and recently there have even been occasional sightings of Ospreys. Mallard are attracted to the lake, while Tawney Owls, Pied Flycatchers and a whole host of Tits have established themselves in the woods bordering the shore. In season, a great many butterflies can be seen (hedge brown, meadow brown, small copper, small tortoiseshell, common blue) flitting amongst grass that is studded with wild thyme, yellow tormentil, harebells, violets and clumps of heather. Squirrels are a common sight, and there are polecats, foxes, and the much put upon short tailed vole, which has the unhappy distinction of being the primary source of food for the birds of prey and other carnivors that inhabit the lake shore. The lake is amply stocked with brown and rainbow trout, the management of which and the fishing rights are the preserve of the Llanidloes Angling Society. Sailing on the lake is run by the Clywedog Sailing Club. Both organisations hold numerous competitions and regattas throughout the year and visitors are always welcome. At the viewing area situated above the dam, Severn Trent have created the Look Out, an elevated platform sheltered from the elements, from which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding country. Caffi Clywedog (formerly the Red Kite Kiosk) has re-opened and can offer refreshments while you enjoy the view
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Llyn Clywedog
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The Llyn Clywedog is a man made reservoir formed by the construction of the Clywedog Dam. The dam was built between 1965-67 to regulate the flow of water in the Severn, both as a protection against flooding of the upper sections of the river during the winter months and also to ensure the maintenance of a minimum flow in the river during the summer. The lake has a surface area of 615 acres (230 football pitches), is 216 ft deep at its maximum depth and stretches in all a distance of some six miles. At its maximum, it is just 500 yards wide. Some 15 miles of new or improved roads were built around the reservoir at time of construction, along with two new bridges. There is a second, much less visible dam at Bwlch-y-gle. This is an earthen structure faced with stone, about 40ft high and 600ft long which prevents the lake spilling over into the neighbouring valleys on either side of Bryn y Fan hill, the highest of the hills surrounding the lake and a commanding feature to be seen from miles around. The lake is owned and operated by Severn Trent Water Limited, the fourth largest water service company in the world. In addition to its practical usages, Llyn Clywedog is also a leisure amenity. Severn Trent have established a number of walks, such as the Clywedog Gorge Trail around the Bryn Tail Mine workings and the Llyn Clywedog Scenic Trail, while there are a number of viewing points arranged along the circular drive around the lake that allow the visitor to make the most of the wonderful panoramic views. The National Trail of Glyndwr's Way also passes beneath the dam before pursuing a course along the southern shore of the lake, making this one of its most picturesque stages. The Clywedog provides a perfect habitat for wildlife. Buzzards and Red Kite are now a common sight, and recently there have even been occasional sightings of Ospreys. Mallard are attracted to the lake, while Tawney Owls, Pied Flycatchers and a whole host of Tits have established themselves in the woods bordering the shore. In season, a great many butterflies can be seen (hedge brown, meadow brown, small copper, small tortoiseshell, common blue) flitting amongst grass that is studded with wild thyme, yellow tormentil, harebells, violets and clumps of heather. Squirrels are a common sight, and there are polecats, foxes, and the much put upon short tailed vole, which has the unhappy distinction of being the primary source of food for the birds of prey and other carnivors that inhabit the lake shore. The lake is amply stocked with brown and rainbow trout, the management of which and the fishing rights are the preserve of the Llanidloes Angling Society. Sailing on the lake is run by the Clywedog Sailing Club. Both organisations hold numerous competitions and regattas throughout the year and visitors are always welcome. At the viewing area situated above the dam, Severn Trent have created the Look Out, an elevated platform sheltered from the elements, from which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding country. Caffi Clywedog (formerly the Red Kite Kiosk) has re-opened and can offer refreshments while you enjoy the view
Yamaha Off Road Experience Profesional Off Road motorcycle schools, coaching and fun days out in the beautiful Mid Wales countryside. We cater for those with their own bikes and equipment but also for beginners or newcomers we are able to supply the bikes and all the necessary kit. The Yamaha Offroad Experience in Wales is based near Llanidloes in Mid Wales. Our base is 5 miles outside of Llanidloes which can be found just off the main A470 road. We have our own 600 acre farm which backs onto the magnificent ten thousand acre Hafren Forest and Sweet Lamb motorsport complex which make up our riding areas. The Yamaha Offroad Experience as it is now known, was formerly known as the Geraint Jones Enduro School. Geraint who is a former multiple British Enduro Champion and legend of the sport started running enduro training schools back in the mid 80’s, and we became known as the Yamaha Offroad Experience in 1994 when Yamaha came on board, and have been involved with us to this day. Our aim is to offer something for everyone, from complete novice who wishes to experience what offroad riding is all about, to top level national enduro riders who want help to improve their skills and take them to the next level. We have a variety of terrain, from farmland and open hill to the Hafren forest where most of the riding takes place. This is enduro heaven and has staged British, European and World Enduro Championship events over the past 10 years. It has everything you would expect from a Welsh forest, from rocky tracks, tricky assents and descents, bogs, ruts and easy gravel paths and fire roads.
Yamaha Off Road Experience
Yamaha Off Road Experience Profesional Off Road motorcycle schools, coaching and fun days out in the beautiful Mid Wales countryside. We cater for those with their own bikes and equipment but also for beginners or newcomers we are able to supply the bikes and all the necessary kit. The Yamaha Offroad Experience in Wales is based near Llanidloes in Mid Wales. Our base is 5 miles outside of Llanidloes which can be found just off the main A470 road. We have our own 600 acre farm which backs onto the magnificent ten thousand acre Hafren Forest and Sweet Lamb motorsport complex which make up our riding areas. The Yamaha Offroad Experience as it is now known, was formerly known as the Geraint Jones Enduro School. Geraint who is a former multiple British Enduro Champion and legend of the sport started running enduro training schools back in the mid 80’s, and we became known as the Yamaha Offroad Experience in 1994 when Yamaha came on board, and have been involved with us to this day. Our aim is to offer something for everyone, from complete novice who wishes to experience what offroad riding is all about, to top level national enduro riders who want help to improve their skills and take them to the next level. We have a variety of terrain, from farmland and open hill to the Hafren forest where most of the riding takes place. This is enduro heaven and has staged British, European and World Enduro Championship events over the past 10 years. It has everything you would expect from a Welsh forest, from rocky tracks, tricky assents and descents, bogs, ruts and easy gravel paths and fire roads.
RESERVOIRS AND DAMS The dams, reservoirs and 73 mile aqueduct of the Elan Valley were built a hundred years ago to supply desperately needed clean water to Birmingham. It was an epic feat of civil engineering set within an area of outstanding scenic beauty. Today, the dams and reservoirs provide a lasting amenity in their own right for visitors to enjoy as well as safeguarding the natural habitats of numerous species of flora and fauna.
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Elan Valley Reservoirs
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RESERVOIRS AND DAMS The dams, reservoirs and 73 mile aqueduct of the Elan Valley were built a hundred years ago to supply desperately needed clean water to Birmingham. It was an epic feat of civil engineering set within an area of outstanding scenic beauty. Today, the dams and reservoirs provide a lasting amenity in their own right for visitors to enjoy as well as safeguarding the natural habitats of numerous species of flora and fauna.
We are a 160 acre family-run working farm, now famous for our Red Kite Feeding Centre. Hundreds of Red Kites feed here every day. It is a truly breath-taking spectacle which we hope you will come along and witness for yourself. The Red Kite Centre is located in the most beautiful countryside, in the heart of Mid Wales, overlooking both the Wye and Elan Valleys, and just half a mile from the market town of Rhayader. We have general hides for you to watch from, as well as specialist photographic hides, all of which are just a few metres away from where the Red Kites are fed. There is a coffee shop, gift shop, picnic site, and farm trail on site. Everyone is welcome. We cater for families, specialist photographers, film-makers, schools trips and coaches. Booking is recommended. Telephone: 01597 810 243 Email: chris@gigrin.uk
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Red Kite Feeding Station
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We are a 160 acre family-run working farm, now famous for our Red Kite Feeding Centre. Hundreds of Red Kites feed here every day. It is a truly breath-taking spectacle which we hope you will come along and witness for yourself. The Red Kite Centre is located in the most beautiful countryside, in the heart of Mid Wales, overlooking both the Wye and Elan Valleys, and just half a mile from the market town of Rhayader. We have general hides for you to watch from, as well as specialist photographic hides, all of which are just a few metres away from where the Red Kites are fed. There is a coffee shop, gift shop, picnic site, and farm trail on site. Everyone is welcome. We cater for families, specialist photographers, film-makers, schools trips and coaches. Booking is recommended. Telephone: 01597 810 243 Email: chris@gigrin.uk
St. Idloes Golf Club was founded 1897 on its present site, which was then the local race course and cricket practice ground. The club has always drawn its membership from the local people. Golf may be an elitist sport elsewhere in the country, but in a small country town, where everybody knows one another, nothing could be further from the truth. The club has a wonderful friendly atmosphere, which is extended without reservation to visitors.
St Idloes Golf Club
St. Idloes Golf Club was founded 1897 on its present site, which was then the local race course and cricket practice ground. The club has always drawn its membership from the local people. Golf may be an elitist sport elsewhere in the country, but in a small country town, where everybody knows one another, nothing could be further from the truth. The club has a wonderful friendly atmosphere, which is extended without reservation to visitors.
Come and explore The Silver Mountain Experience, a place where history, myth and legend collide in a fantastic day out for the whole family. Embark on an adventure with a choice of guided tours discovering the history of our very own Silver-Lead Mine, or experience Welsh fantasy and myth in one of our actor led shows. So what are you waiting for? Come and explore! Booking is advisable - https://www.silvermountainexperience.co.uk/buy-tickets/
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Silver Mountain Experience
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Come and explore The Silver Mountain Experience, a place where history, myth and legend collide in a fantastic day out for the whole family. Embark on an adventure with a choice of guided tours discovering the history of our very own Silver-Lead Mine, or experience Welsh fantasy and myth in one of our actor led shows. So what are you waiting for? Come and explore! Booking is advisable - https://www.silvermountainexperience.co.uk/buy-tickets/
Breakout rooms are real life games where you and a group of friends or colleagues will be locked in a room and given an hour to escape. Solve the puzzles, find the clues and work out the solutions in your bid for freedom. 4th floor Royal Welsh Warehouse, Newtown, Powys, SY16 1BJ (1 miles, 1 km) www.beyondbreakout.co.uk
Beyond Breakout
Breakout rooms are real life games where you and a group of friends or colleagues will be locked in a room and given an hour to escape. Solve the puzzles, find the clues and work out the solutions in your bid for freedom. 4th floor Royal Welsh Warehouse, Newtown, Powys, SY16 1BJ (1 miles, 1 km) www.beyondbreakout.co.uk
Tasting wines and understanding how they are made is all part of the experience at Kerry Vale Vineyard. Whether you are looking for an interesting place to visit or a gift, our tours are perfect for anyone who enjoys wine Type: Vineyard Tours & Tasting Kerry Vale Vineyard, Churchstoke, Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6HU (9 miles, 15 km) www.kerryvalevineyard.co.uk/tours-tasting
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Kerry Vale Vineyard
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Tasting wines and understanding how they are made is all part of the experience at Kerry Vale Vineyard. Whether you are looking for an interesting place to visit or a gift, our tours are perfect for anyone who enjoys wine Type: Vineyard Tours & Tasting Kerry Vale Vineyard, Churchstoke, Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6HU (9 miles, 15 km) www.kerryvalevineyard.co.uk/tours-tasting
Driver Experience Days are designed to give you the thrill of being at the controls of a powerful narrow gauge steam locomotive, doing the job for which it was designed. Type: Driver Experience Day Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, The Station, Llanfair Caereinion, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 0SF (10 miles, 16 km) www.wllr.org.uk/driver-experience
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Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway
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Driver Experience Days are designed to give you the thrill of being at the controls of a powerful narrow gauge steam locomotive, doing the job for which it was designed. Type: Driver Experience Day Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, The Station, Llanfair Caereinion, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 0SF (10 miles, 16 km) www.wllr.org.uk/driver-experience
More than the sum of its parts. Montgomery is one of those castles that, even in ruin, retain a powerful atmosphere and presence that transcend its state of preservation. Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6HN (8 miles, 13 km)
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Montgomery Castle
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More than the sum of its parts. Montgomery is one of those castles that, even in ruin, retain a powerful atmosphere and presence that transcend its state of preservation. Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6HN (8 miles, 13 km)
Powis Castle, built around 1200 as a medieval fortress, sits high on a rock above its world-famous garden. Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, the garden is overhung with clipped yews and shelters rare and tender plants. It retains original lead statues and features an orangery on the terraces. Remodelled and embellished over more than 400 years, Powis reflects the changing ambitions of the Herbert family, who occupied the Castle from the 1570s. Each generation enlisted artists to grow the family’s collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries on view throughout the house. One of the UK’s most significant collections of Indian objects is displayed in the Clive Museum at Powis Castle. As major figures in Britain’s colonial East India Company, Robert Clive and his son Edward (later 1st Earl of Powis) looted many of these objects during their seizure of power in India and Myanmar and violent subsequent rule in the 18th century. Clive wealth amassed through the East India Company remained at Powis, contributing to later modernisation of the Castle and Gardens that transformed Powis to how it exists today. Telephone 01938551944 Email powiscastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
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National Trust - Powis Castle and Garden
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Powis Castle, built around 1200 as a medieval fortress, sits high on a rock above its world-famous garden. Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, the garden is overhung with clipped yews and shelters rare and tender plants. It retains original lead statues and features an orangery on the terraces. Remodelled and embellished over more than 400 years, Powis reflects the changing ambitions of the Herbert family, who occupied the Castle from the 1570s. Each generation enlisted artists to grow the family’s collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries on view throughout the house. One of the UK’s most significant collections of Indian objects is displayed in the Clive Museum at Powis Castle. As major figures in Britain’s colonial East India Company, Robert Clive and his son Edward (later 1st Earl of Powis) looted many of these objects during their seizure of power in India and Myanmar and violent subsequent rule in the 18th century. Clive wealth amassed through the East India Company remained at Powis, contributing to later modernisation of the Castle and Gardens that transformed Powis to how it exists today. Telephone 01938551944 Email powiscastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
New Quay is situated at the heart of Cardigan Bay where hundreds of bottlenose dolphins are resident in the waters along the Ceredigion Marine Heritage Coast between April and October and to a lesser degree all year round. Our dolphin spotting boat trips are the best way to optimise your chances of a close encounter with these wild dolphins, in their natural environment and our skippers respect the conservation code so your enjoyment won't be at the expense of the dolphins'. During our one and two hour trips you will also learn about the lives of the bottlenose dolphins and why they choose to reside in Cardigan Bay and all the other marine wildlife which thrive within the Special Area of Conservation. Your guide and/or skipper will talk to you in person while you travel down the coast to Cwmtydu (on the one hour trip), passing seal haul-out areas, an auk colony, and historic sites. The two hour cruise you will take you further down the coast to the peninsular of Ynys Lochtyn, a distance of almost five miles near to the village of Llangrannog, the tip of Lochtyn island is a natural feeding area for the dolphins and one of the best places to look when they are not spotted in and around New Quay bay, they are not always there but it is a stunning place to visit and the journey has amazing views It will take you approx. 1 hour 30 mins to drive to New Quay, well worth a visit.
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Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips
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New Quay is situated at the heart of Cardigan Bay where hundreds of bottlenose dolphins are resident in the waters along the Ceredigion Marine Heritage Coast between April and October and to a lesser degree all year round. Our dolphin spotting boat trips are the best way to optimise your chances of a close encounter with these wild dolphins, in their natural environment and our skippers respect the conservation code so your enjoyment won't be at the expense of the dolphins'. During our one and two hour trips you will also learn about the lives of the bottlenose dolphins and why they choose to reside in Cardigan Bay and all the other marine wildlife which thrive within the Special Area of Conservation. Your guide and/or skipper will talk to you in person while you travel down the coast to Cwmtydu (on the one hour trip), passing seal haul-out areas, an auk colony, and historic sites. The two hour cruise you will take you further down the coast to the peninsular of Ynys Lochtyn, a distance of almost five miles near to the village of Llangrannog, the tip of Lochtyn island is a natural feeding area for the dolphins and one of the best places to look when they are not spotted in and around New Quay bay, they are not always there but it is a stunning place to visit and the journey has amazing views It will take you approx. 1 hour 30 mins to drive to New Quay, well worth a visit.
In a stunning woodland setting nestled in the North Wales Conwy Valley, close to the iconic Snowdonia village of Betws y Coed, a host of forest adventures and foodie delights await. With adventures to keep the whole family busy all day, choose from the Fforest Coaster, the UK’s only alpine coaster of its kind, bouncing fun on Treetop Nets or zip line and adventure courses high in the trees on Tree Hoppers or Zip Safari – plus you could try Europe’s highest giant swing, Skyride, if you dare! Approximately 1.5 hours away from us https://www.zipworld.co.uk/adventures
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Zip World Fforest
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In a stunning woodland setting nestled in the North Wales Conwy Valley, close to the iconic Snowdonia village of Betws y Coed, a host of forest adventures and foodie delights await. With adventures to keep the whole family busy all day, choose from the Fforest Coaster, the UK’s only alpine coaster of its kind, bouncing fun on Treetop Nets or zip line and adventure courses high in the trees on Tree Hoppers or Zip Safari – plus you could try Europe’s highest giant swing, Skyride, if you dare! Approximately 1.5 hours away from us https://www.zipworld.co.uk/adventures
Llanidloes
Llanidloes is at the heart of the ancient medieval kingdom of Arwystli; the first town on the River Severn and the gateway to the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales. Llanidloes has a reputation as a very "quirky" town, known for its liberal, counterculture atmosphere. It has numerous independent shops, cafe's and pubs to relax in and take in the atmosphere. The Old Market hall is in the centre of the historical market town of Llanidloes, Mid Wales. It is the only surviving wooden framed market hall in Wales having been built in the 17th century. Llanidloes is approximately 10 mins away by car.
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Llanidloes
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Llanidloes is at the heart of the ancient medieval kingdom of Arwystli; the first town on the River Severn and the gateway to the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales. Llanidloes has a reputation as a very "quirky" town, known for its liberal, counterculture atmosphere. It has numerous independent shops, cafe's and pubs to relax in and take in the atmosphere. The Old Market hall is in the centre of the historical market town of Llanidloes, Mid Wales. It is the only surviving wooden framed market hall in Wales having been built in the 17th century. Llanidloes is approximately 10 mins away by car.
Other Local towns
Newtown, known in Welsh as 'Y Drenewydd', is the largest town in Powys (pop.13,000) and is situated on the banks of the River Severn. The town grew in the 18th and 19th centuries around the textile and flannel industry, stimulated by completion of the Montgomeryshire Canal. In 1838, the town saw Wales's first Chartist demonstration. The Cambrian Mills, opened in 1856, were the first steam-driven mills in Newtown. Newtown is approximately 15 mins drive away.
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Newtown
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Newtown, known in Welsh as 'Y Drenewydd', is the largest town in Powys (pop.13,000) and is situated on the banks of the River Severn. The town grew in the 18th and 19th centuries around the textile and flannel industry, stimulated by completion of the Montgomeryshire Canal. In 1838, the town saw Wales's first Chartist demonstration. The Cambrian Mills, opened in 1856, were the first steam-driven mills in Newtown. Newtown is approximately 15 mins drive away.
Rhayader is a busy, historic market town, named after 'Rhayadr Gwy' a Welsh name for a local waterfall on the Wye. It is actually the very first town on the banks of the beautiful River Wye and has long been an important centre for the surrounding farming community with its flourishing livestock market. Rhayader is said to be the oldest town in mid Wales. Sitting in the shadow of the Cambrian Mountains at the upper end of the Elan Valley, Rhayader has a long history as a market town. Because of its location at a natural crossroads between east, west, north and south, Rhayader has welcomed travellers for centuries. In days gone by it was a very important staging post, especially for the London to Aberystwyth route. The mountain road from Rhayader to Cymystwyth is described by the AA as being one of the top 10 most scenic in the world. This lively market town is a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside and the town boasts lovely riverside walks, cycle routes and is the home to Welsh Royal Crystal. Water has always played an important role in the town and today visitors flock to the nearby Elan Valley where Victorian engineers created a series of magnificent dams and reservoirs as a water supply for the City of Birmingham some 70 miles away. Gigrin Farm, just outside the town, is a designated Red Kite feeding area, and visitors can watch the breathtaking aerial feats of these beautiful birds who have returned from the point of extinction in Wales.
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Rhayader
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Rhayader is a busy, historic market town, named after 'Rhayadr Gwy' a Welsh name for a local waterfall on the Wye. It is actually the very first town on the banks of the beautiful River Wye and has long been an important centre for the surrounding farming community with its flourishing livestock market. Rhayader is said to be the oldest town in mid Wales. Sitting in the shadow of the Cambrian Mountains at the upper end of the Elan Valley, Rhayader has a long history as a market town. Because of its location at a natural crossroads between east, west, north and south, Rhayader has welcomed travellers for centuries. In days gone by it was a very important staging post, especially for the London to Aberystwyth route. The mountain road from Rhayader to Cymystwyth is described by the AA as being one of the top 10 most scenic in the world. This lively market town is a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside and the town boasts lovely riverside walks, cycle routes and is the home to Welsh Royal Crystal. Water has always played an important role in the town and today visitors flock to the nearby Elan Valley where Victorian engineers created a series of magnificent dams and reservoirs as a water supply for the City of Birmingham some 70 miles away. Gigrin Farm, just outside the town, is a designated Red Kite feeding area, and visitors can watch the breathtaking aerial feats of these beautiful birds who have returned from the point of extinction in Wales.
Llandrindod Wells is the quintessential 19th-century Welsh spa town and the administrative centre for the county of Powys. The town owes its existence to the discovery of mineral-rich springs here in the 18th century.
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Llandrindod Wells
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Llandrindod Wells is the quintessential 19th-century Welsh spa town and the administrative centre for the county of Powys. The town owes its existence to the discovery of mineral-rich springs here in the 18th century.
It's one of the biggest towns in Mid Wales and home to the University of Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Bronglais Hospital, helping make this coastal town a diverse and vibrant place to live, work and visit. Aberystwyth town centre is spread around variety of interesting roads - the street names and architecture reflect the history and growth of the town since the Middle Ages. You can expect to hear plenty of people using Welsh as they go about their daily lives. Most of the town centre is easy to get to from the railway station and car parks by the retail centres. Shopping There’s lots of lovely independent shops in Aberystwyth, so if you are stocking up on holiday gifts, bring an empty case. Polly boutique is a favourite for ladies contemporary fashions and accessories, Coastal Vintage does what it says on the tin and Ystwyth Books is a small charming second hand bookshop where it’s easy to get lost in the racks for a few hours. Siop y Pethe is such a beautifully named shop, meaning the ‘shop of cultural things’, but it sounds so much nicer in Welsh. As the title suggests, it sells a little bit of everything. Local artist Lizzie Spikes has a delightful shop called Driftwood Designs, she is also responsible for the window designs of menswear shop Cactws, and if the men in your life like quirky socks, make a whistle stop here too. Aberystwyth is a foodie heaven, with an abundance of options for all tastes and budgets. Two must-visits are Lord Sugar’s Apprentice 2016 winner, Alana Spencer’s Ridiculously Rich by Alana dessert bar, housed in a renovated toilet block overlooking the harbour on South Beach, and Ultracomida, a remarkable Spanish / Welsh deli and tapas bar, that has warmth and atmosphere in spades. The award winning Aberystwyth Farmers' Market take place on the first and third Saturday of the Month throughout the year. t is held on Aberystwyth's North Parade, and has about 30 regular stalls.
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Aberystwyth
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It's one of the biggest towns in Mid Wales and home to the University of Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Bronglais Hospital, helping make this coastal town a diverse and vibrant place to live, work and visit. Aberystwyth town centre is spread around variety of interesting roads - the street names and architecture reflect the history and growth of the town since the Middle Ages. You can expect to hear plenty of people using Welsh as they go about their daily lives. Most of the town centre is easy to get to from the railway station and car parks by the retail centres. Shopping There’s lots of lovely independent shops in Aberystwyth, so if you are stocking up on holiday gifts, bring an empty case. Polly boutique is a favourite for ladies contemporary fashions and accessories, Coastal Vintage does what it says on the tin and Ystwyth Books is a small charming second hand bookshop where it’s easy to get lost in the racks for a few hours. Siop y Pethe is such a beautifully named shop, meaning the ‘shop of cultural things’, but it sounds so much nicer in Welsh. As the title suggests, it sells a little bit of everything. Local artist Lizzie Spikes has a delightful shop called Driftwood Designs, she is also responsible for the window designs of menswear shop Cactws, and if the men in your life like quirky socks, make a whistle stop here too. Aberystwyth is a foodie heaven, with an abundance of options for all tastes and budgets. Two must-visits are Lord Sugar’s Apprentice 2016 winner, Alana Spencer’s Ridiculously Rich by Alana dessert bar, housed in a renovated toilet block overlooking the harbour on South Beach, and Ultracomida, a remarkable Spanish / Welsh deli and tapas bar, that has warmth and atmosphere in spades. The award winning Aberystwyth Farmers' Market take place on the first and third Saturday of the Month throughout the year. t is held on Aberystwyth's North Parade, and has about 30 regular stalls.
Aberdyfi is the Welsh (and generally accepted) spelling and Aberdovey is the olde English version. (Both 'Aberdyfi' and 'Aberdovey' are recognised by most map and routefinder sites these days). This small seaside village nestles on the north side of the Dyfi / Dovey estuary and is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. The locals quite like it too! Aberdyfi is a thriving little harbour resort set within the Snowdonia National Park, where the river Dyfi meets the blue waters of Cardigan Bay. Aberdyfi has watersports galore - sailing, sailboarding, rowing, canoeing, fishing and boat trips. In the summer, there are yachting regattas, sailboarding competitions, rowing regattas and other watersports events along with family entertainment on its award-winning beaches. Aberdyfi boasts some of the finest beaches in Britain with four miles of golden sand-dune backed shoreline running north to Tywyn. The championship links golf course lies to the landward side of the dunes. The beaches are popular with sunbathers, swimmers, surfers and fishermen while the estuary attracts a wide range of watersports enthusiasts. Aberdyfi is approximately one hour drive away from us.
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Aberdyfi
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Aberdyfi is the Welsh (and generally accepted) spelling and Aberdovey is the olde English version. (Both 'Aberdyfi' and 'Aberdovey' are recognised by most map and routefinder sites these days). This small seaside village nestles on the north side of the Dyfi / Dovey estuary and is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. The locals quite like it too! Aberdyfi is a thriving little harbour resort set within the Snowdonia National Park, where the river Dyfi meets the blue waters of Cardigan Bay. Aberdyfi has watersports galore - sailing, sailboarding, rowing, canoeing, fishing and boat trips. In the summer, there are yachting regattas, sailboarding competitions, rowing regattas and other watersports events along with family entertainment on its award-winning beaches. Aberdyfi boasts some of the finest beaches in Britain with four miles of golden sand-dune backed shoreline running north to Tywyn. The championship links golf course lies to the landward side of the dunes. The beaches are popular with sunbathers, swimmers, surfers and fishermen while the estuary attracts a wide range of watersports enthusiasts. Aberdyfi is approximately one hour drive away from us.
Machynlleth is a popular market town at the head of the beautiful Dyfi estuary in Mid Wales and has a population of around 2,000. It has an eclectic mix of facilities for visitors, including arts and crafts, a centre for of renewable energy, mountain bike trails, wonderful scenery, plenty of Welsh history and more Considering its size, the town of Machynlleth has a lot of history. It is here that Owain Glyndŵr was crowned Prince of Wales in 1404 in the presence of leaders from Scotland, Spain and France and he established his parliament in the town. The Glyndŵr Festival, celebrating the life of one of Wales' most famous sons, is held during the first week in September each year to commemorate the start of his rebellion in 1400. Machynlleth is approx. 30 mins by car from us
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Machynlleth
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Machynlleth is a popular market town at the head of the beautiful Dyfi estuary in Mid Wales and has a population of around 2,000. It has an eclectic mix of facilities for visitors, including arts and crafts, a centre for of renewable energy, mountain bike trails, wonderful scenery, plenty of Welsh history and more Considering its size, the town of Machynlleth has a lot of history. It is here that Owain Glyndŵr was crowned Prince of Wales in 1404 in the presence of leaders from Scotland, Spain and France and he established his parliament in the town. The Glyndŵr Festival, celebrating the life of one of Wales' most famous sons, is held during the first week in September each year to commemorate the start of his rebellion in 1400. Machynlleth is approx. 30 mins by car from us
Food Scene & Places to Eat
Lovely food, fresh local ingredients, menu changes every two weeks, great atmosphere based in Llanidloes - recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. 01686 411188 www.unicornllanidloes.co.uk
The Unicorn Hotel
4-5 Long Bridge Street
Lovely food, fresh local ingredients, menu changes every two weeks, great atmosphere based in Llanidloes - recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. 01686 411188 www.unicornllanidloes.co.uk
Good local food and only 2 miles away in Caersws
The Unicorn Hotel
Good local food and only 2 miles away in Caersws