Cwt yn y Clawdd guidebook

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Cwt yn y Clawdd guidebook

Walking routes

Walkers come from all over the world to enjoy the 177 mile national trail. You can enjoy the dyke straight from your garden gate or venture further afield to see different stretches of this wonderful footpath.
Offa's Dyke Path
Walkers come from all over the world to enjoy the 177 mile national trail. You can enjoy the dyke straight from your garden gate or venture further afield to see different stretches of this wonderful footpath.
This ancient drovers' route is 15 miles (24 km) long, running from Cider House Farm, near the village of Kerry, to Bishops Castle . It route follows a ridgetop overlooking Wales on the one side and England on the other. It never dips below 1000 ft (300 m)above sea level, with remarkable views in all directions
Kerry Ridgeway
This ancient drovers' route is 15 miles (24 km) long, running from Cider House Farm, near the village of Kerry, to Bishops Castle . It route follows a ridgetop overlooking Wales on the one side and England on the other. It never dips below 1000 ft (300 m)above sea level, with remarkable views in all directions
The Glyndwr Way is another lovely National Trail with a varied route through the open moorland, rolling farmland, woodland and forest of mid-Wales. The Trail starts at Knighton and ends at Welshpool. At the Welshpool end the trail starts close to the Raven Inn and the Light Railway Station at Welshpool Ravel Square but soon leaves the town behind as you walk through the rather grand parkland of Llanerchydol Hall. We like this walk so much we arranged a charity walk for Hector's Greyhound Rescue along the stretch closest to Welshpool. And of course stopped at the Raven Inn afterwards for refreshments. Near Llanidloes the trail passes through the Bryntail Lead Mine and close to the Llyn Clwydog Dam (see separate entries)
Glyndwr's Way
The Glyndwr Way is another lovely National Trail with a varied route through the open moorland, rolling farmland, woodland and forest of mid-Wales. The Trail starts at Knighton and ends at Welshpool. At the Welshpool end the trail starts close to the Raven Inn and the Light Railway Station at Welshpool Ravel Square but soon leaves the town behind as you walk through the rather grand parkland of Llanerchydol Hall. We like this walk so much we arranged a charity walk for Hector's Greyhound Rescue along the stretch closest to Welshpool. And of course stopped at the Raven Inn afterwards for refreshments. Near Llanidloes the trail passes through the Bryntail Lead Mine and close to the Llyn Clwydog Dam (see separate entries)

Sightseeing

Historic Montgomery Castle, dating back to the 13th Century stands in a commanding position above the town with far reaching views. It fell to the Parliamentarians during the Civil War following the bloodiest battle of that conflict which took place on the fields between the castle and out hut. It has remained as ruins since 1649. There is a car park close to the castle allowing reasonably level access (but no other facilities). The more adventurous may chose to park in the town (which is worth a visit in its own right) and climb the steep hill to the castle. The castle is free to visit and is open: 1 April - 30 September Daily 10.00am - 6.00pm. 1 October - 31 March Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm Unfortunately dogs are not permitted.
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Montgomery Castle
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Historic Montgomery Castle, dating back to the 13th Century stands in a commanding position above the town with far reaching views. It fell to the Parliamentarians during the Civil War following the bloodiest battle of that conflict which took place on the fields between the castle and out hut. It has remained as ruins since 1649. There is a car park close to the castle allowing reasonably level access (but no other facilities). The more adventurous may chose to park in the town (which is worth a visit in its own right) and climb the steep hill to the castle. The castle is free to visit and is open: 1 April - 30 September Daily 10.00am - 6.00pm. 1 October - 31 March Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm Unfortunately dogs are not permitted.
Viriconium ( now Wroxeter) - was once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. The remains are extensive and include the bathhouse from a city which was almost as large as Pompei. there us also a reconstructed town house built as part of a Channel 4 documentary. We like to combine coming to Wroxeter with a visit to nearby Haughmond Abbey
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Wroxeter Roman City
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Viriconium ( now Wroxeter) - was once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. The remains are extensive and include the bathhouse from a city which was almost as large as Pompei. there us also a reconstructed town house built as part of a Channel 4 documentary. We like to combine coming to Wroxeter with a visit to nearby Haughmond Abbey
Although a tiny town by today's standards, Montgomery was the county town of Montgomeryshire before changes to local government created the much larger county of Powys. There are lots of historic buildings, including a Georgian square (where limited parking is available) set off by the Town Hall. The town is overlooked by the ruined castle (see separate entry), has a lovely church but one of the popular attractions is a hardware store called Bunners - locally famous as a veritable Aladdin's cave of stock from garden and kitchenware to nuts and bolts . There is further parking just to the south of the town - this car park also leads to Whitegate Pool and picnic area. There is a lovely circular walk from here which lasts about an hour and takes in a stretch of Offa's Dyke.
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Montgomery
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Although a tiny town by today's standards, Montgomery was the county town of Montgomeryshire before changes to local government created the much larger county of Powys. There are lots of historic buildings, including a Georgian square (where limited parking is available) set off by the Town Hall. The town is overlooked by the ruined castle (see separate entry), has a lovely church but one of the popular attractions is a hardware store called Bunners - locally famous as a veritable Aladdin's cave of stock from garden and kitchenware to nuts and bolts . There is further parking just to the south of the town - this car park also leads to Whitegate Pool and picnic area. There is a lovely circular walk from here which lasts about an hour and takes in a stretch of Offa's Dyke.
Most of my guidebook entries mention amazing views but the views here are simply breath-taking. There is a small car park at the end of a very uneven unmade track - those driving cars with low suspension may prefer to park at the top of the track and walk down.
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Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle
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Most of my guidebook entries mention amazing views but the views here are simply breath-taking. There is a small car park at the end of a very uneven unmade track - those driving cars with low suspension may prefer to park at the top of the track and walk down.
The highest waterfall in Wales and at 240ft (80m) high it is Britain's tallest single-drop waterfall. The tricky access (4 miles along a single track road) is well worth the effort. Parking at the waterfall is camera controlled and costs £5 on weekdays and £10 at weekends. Parking is possible at some points on the approach road. There is a tearoom and toilets at the waterfall. The waterfall is best viewed at ground level. There is a lovely walk up to the top where there are good views of the scenery - but not of the waterfall
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Pistyll Rhaeadr(Waterfall)
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The highest waterfall in Wales and at 240ft (80m) high it is Britain's tallest single-drop waterfall. The tricky access (4 miles along a single track road) is well worth the effort. Parking at the waterfall is camera controlled and costs £5 on weekdays and £10 at weekends. Parking is possible at some points on the approach road. There is a tearoom and toilets at the waterfall. The waterfall is best viewed at ground level. There is a lovely walk up to the top where there are good views of the scenery - but not of the waterfall
This 13th century castle has a great hall unchanged for 700 years and a 17th century gatehouse with carved timbers. There is a walled garden, a moat walk, tea room and shop
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Stokesay Castle
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This 13th century castle has a great hall unchanged for 700 years and a 17th century gatehouse with carved timbers. There is a walled garden, a moat walk, tea room and shop
This is not so much a local favourite as a hidden gem. The church is a beautiful timber and white building in a field surrounded by beautiful countryside and, or course, wonderful views. The church is open to visitors most days between 10am and 4pm and is regularly used for Sunday services. Just a magical setting
St Mary's Church
This is not so much a local favourite as a hidden gem. The church is a beautiful timber and white building in a field surrounded by beautiful countryside and, or course, wonderful views. The church is open to visitors most days between 10am and 4pm and is regularly used for Sunday services. Just a magical setting
To get the full benefit of the falls at Devil's Bridge (or Pontarfynach) you need to do the full woodland walk - they advise you allow a minimum of 45 minutes - we probably allow twice that to take it all in. The waterfalls are amazing. There are some steep slippery or uneven steps so not advised if you have mobility issues. The shorter walk (advertised as 10 to 20 minutes but really much shorter) gives an impressive view of the "punchbowls" but these can also be seen from the road bridge. Fans of BBC's Hinterland will recognise the bridge, and the hotel opposite the exit from the woodland walk, from the series. A visit here, combined with nearby Bwlch Nant Yr Arian, is my favourite day out.
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Pontarfynach
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To get the full benefit of the falls at Devil's Bridge (or Pontarfynach) you need to do the full woodland walk - they advise you allow a minimum of 45 minutes - we probably allow twice that to take it all in. The waterfalls are amazing. There are some steep slippery or uneven steps so not advised if you have mobility issues. The shorter walk (advertised as 10 to 20 minutes but really much shorter) gives an impressive view of the "punchbowls" but these can also be seen from the road bridge. Fans of BBC's Hinterland will recognise the bridge, and the hotel opposite the exit from the woodland walk, from the series. A visit here, combined with nearby Bwlch Nant Yr Arian, is my favourite day out.
Bwlch Nant yr Arian is a great place for walking, mountain biking and horse riding but for me it's all about the red kites. They are fed daily by the lake at 2pm in winter (GMT) and at 3pm in summer (BST). Follow the accessible Barcud Trail to the viewing area or further around the lake to the large bird hide. On most days over 100 birds will visit. My favourite day out is a trip to nearby Devil's Bridge falls (Pontarfynach) in the morning, then lunch here before seeing the kite feeding.
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Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre
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Bwlch Nant yr Arian is a great place for walking, mountain biking and horse riding but for me it's all about the red kites. They are fed daily by the lake at 2pm in winter (GMT) and at 3pm in summer (BST). Follow the accessible Barcud Trail to the viewing area or further around the lake to the large bird hide. On most days over 100 birds will visit. My favourite day out is a trip to nearby Devil's Bridge falls (Pontarfynach) in the morning, then lunch here before seeing the kite feeding.
An unusual complex of ruined buildings, these are all that remains of an eighteenth century lead mines. Sitting at the base of the Llyn Clwydog dam, a visit to the lead mine fits well with a visit to the stunning Llyn Clywdog reservoir (see separate entry). Parking at the Lead Mine is limited so best to visit at a quiet time if possible.
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Bryntail Lead Mine Buildings
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An unusual complex of ruined buildings, these are all that remains of an eighteenth century lead mines. Sitting at the base of the Llyn Clwydog dam, a visit to the lead mine fits well with a visit to the stunning Llyn Clywdog reservoir (see separate entry). Parking at the Lead Mine is limited so best to visit at a quiet time if possible.
The dam is a wonderful place to visit, to admire the engineering of the structure and to take a stroll along the reservoir. There is good parking and a café with toilets. There are several picnic tables spaced along the one way route into the parking area and back out again. A trip to the mine combines well with a visit to the nearby Bryntail Lead Mine (see separate entry).
Llyn Clywedog Dam
The dam is a wonderful place to visit, to admire the engineering of the structure and to take a stroll along the reservoir. There is good parking and a café with toilets. There are several picnic tables spaced along the one way route into the parking area and back out again. A trip to the mine combines well with a visit to the nearby Bryntail Lead Mine (see separate entry).