Vast rugged mountains and miles of rolling countryside make Powys a most attractive destination for visitors coming to Mid Wales. Powys is sparsely populated but it has many small attractive towns and villages, some of which can boast their history further back than the Romans. The legendary Brecon Beacons, a national Park covering over 500 square miles, attracts families, walkers, cyclists and campers. With dramatic views and high peaks, this area is perfect for holidaymakers who want to be close to the countryside in its most natural form.
Camping sites and glamping sites are dotted all around the National Park and in addition to fantastic amenities, many offer pet friendly accommodation. The highest point is Pen-y-Fan, a peak which has at its summit a Bronze Age cairn. This area is challenging and is used by the military for training purposes. However, a word of caution is necessary as the peak should not be attempted in poor weather conditions. Always consult the weather forecast and locals to make sure it is safe to ascend.
Situated right at the heart of the Brecon Beacons is Pentre Riding Stables. This is an ideal base for enjoying this area of outstanding natural beauty. Perfect for families, couples and singles, the stables offer riding for all ages and experience. And, you can opt for a couple of hours or go for the full days ride through some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK.
To the West of the Brecon Beacons you can find the Fforet Fawr, a beautiful woodland area often used as a film location. There are two trails that lead to the Castle (Castel Coch) and this is a favourite place for visitors of all ages.
Close to the Shropshire and Herefordshire borders is the Bleddfa Centre, a centre of creativity and inspiration. A wide range of art forms are on offer with painting exhibitions, yoga classes and writing workshops to name but a few. Wellness and enrichment of the soul is at the core of this inspiring centre established in 1970 and situated below the Radnorshire Hills. A visit here will help to nourish your spirit and can be a life enhancing experience.
In addition to enjoying the fabulous countryside, finding things to do in Powys is easy. If you are a cycling enthusiast, you can pay a visit to the National Cycle Museum at Llandrindod Wells. Home to over 260 machines dating back to 1818, both children and adults will be fascinated by these classic cycles. The entrance fee is a modest GBP5 for adults and cheaper for kids, seniors and students.
In the south of Powys you will find waterfall country including the impressive Sgwd-yr-eira (translated as the 'spout of snow') and access to the famous Offa's Dyke trail which runs for 177 miles along the Welsh/English border. Both walkers and cyclists can use the trail and the lesser known Taff Trail which at 55 miles long, follows the path of the River Taff.
The choice of accommodation in the county of Powys is vast with many hotels, self catering establishments and bed and breakfast rooms readily available at good value prices. You can choose a large town like Newtown or a smaller village like Machynlleth which is renowned for its environmentally friendly efforts that have helped to restore the threatened Red Kite, a bird that is now the emblem of Powys.
In addition to all the lovely things to do, Powys offers some fantastic dining experiences. Local pubs and restaurants will almost certainly be offering the famous Welsh Lamb. Eating out can be as diverse as you choose with lots of a la carte restaurants, cafes and simple takeaways all easily available.
There are plenty of things to do in the south of the county as well. The Newtown Textile Museum is situated in an old weaving factory which consists of six back to back cottages dating from the 1830s. Located just north of the River Severn, in the heart of a conserved area of Newtown, the museum recreates life as it was for local weavers in the woollen industry. Admission is free but you can make a donation to help the local volunteers, the museum relies on donations from visitors. This is a fascinating experience especially for children.
In order to see a wider area of Powys, why not take a break from walking or driving and take a trip with TriCounty Tours. Based at the borders, this excellent local business offers five set tours, a mystery tour or you can choose your own itinerary. With plenty of stops for viewing historic sites, taking memorable photographs and of course, eating out, this is an excellent way to see more of the incredible county of Powys.
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