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A tiny Welsh village by an enchanting ancient forest

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Llyn y Fan Fach in the Brecon Beacons

Originally the county town of Radnorshire, this tiny Powys village is at the heart of the Welsh countryside. With just over 400 residents, you will be sure of a warm welcome wherever you go.

On the edge of the Radnor Forest, the village was allegedly built to replace Old Radnor; laid out in a typical medieval grid pattern, it was walled and linked to other local settlements such as Builth Wells and Presteigne.

As in many Welsh areas, there is a castle, once an impressive fortress which played a part in many medieval battles. Now only the earthworks remain as with many other castles, they were used for stone by residents to rebuild houses after attack.

Water Break-its-Neck Waterfall

Farming and agriculture play a huge part in the economy of New Radnor with the more recent addition of cider making, picture framing and tourism. The village has a church, a chapel and a village hall and although it doesn’t have many amenities, it very nearly won the award a few years ago for ‘The Best Kept Village in Wales’! The area has a couple of pubs within driving distance as well as tea rooms and bistros in nearby towns and villages.

For some lovely walks, pop along to Warren Wood which has a beautiful waterfall surrounded by enchanting woodland. The Warren Trail is a mile and a half walk, and the shorter Waterfall Walk is better for an easy stroll.

“The Water Break-its-Neck Trail is an interesting walk that you won’t want to miss!”

The rather curiously named Water Break-its-neck Trail which lasts for three quarters of a mile is a very popular walk, despite the name, and brings visitors from all around. The area used to be an ancient hunting forest but in Victorian times, the owners wanted the forest to become more picturesque and planted trees which can now be seen in all their mature glory.

For a day out, take a southerly half hour drive to the gorgeous town of Hay-on-Wye on the tip of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Or head north to the many villages and towns in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, about an hour away from New Radnor. The city of Worcester is just over an hour away to the east or for a day at the beach, head to the west coast where you will find a selection of lovely coastal resorts.

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While you’re there

Radnor Forest

Choose one of the three walks in the ancient forest, one with a beautiful waterfall.

Brecon Beacons National Park

Book a day out and drive to this beautiful area, full of typically Welsh villages and stunning countryside.


Take a trip to the popular festival town right on the northern tip of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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