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Powis Castle

Powys was formerly three counties before 1974 and it covers a vast area of Mid and South Wales incorporating the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. Powys is the largest county in Wales and lies at the very heart of the country, overflowing with magnificent natural beauty. From the open spaces of the lowlands, and the forests of the Powys high grounds pouring to the towering Black Mountains, to the wide-open views over Cardigan Bay or the rugged Brecon Beacons, you will be assured of a wonderful time.

Powys is a walker’s and climber’s heaven with an unrivalled landscape, the rolling territory joining the Clawdd Offa, or Offa’s Dyke, trail along the Welsh border. Named after an ancient Welsh kingdom, this modern entity was formed in 1974 from the historic counties of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Brecknockshire.

Powys is home to the Llanddeusant Red Kite Feeding Centre– one of Wales and England’s success stories is the repopulation of the bird to our skies after they almost became extinct here. This is a great visitor attraction for bird lovers and twitchers. Arrive in time for the feeding frenzy and you can see over 50 birds or some gathering in the sky above the centre, before they swoop in to eat. The local raven and buzzard population get in on the act too. Nowadays, the red kite is emblematic of the county of Powys and its environmental priorities.

"Powys is a walker's and climber's heaven..."

The Table Mountain of Powys may not be on the same scale as Cape Town’s colossal rock outcrop, but a climb up to the former's plateaued summit is still worth the climb. It boasts some of the grandest views of the Black Mountains and an eastern swathe of the Brecon Beacons. Nearby, Crickhowell is home to some very pleasant eateries to relax in after your trek to the top. If you are into extreme sports why not go for a flight in a glider? On the outskirts of Talgarth in the Black Mountains is the BM Gliding Club; a really special way to see the spectacular Powys scenery from above is in a glider plane, an advanced plane without a engine that glides in the thermals. The experience is weather reliant, but just in case there’s a ‘hold’ in progress, stop off at the café for a cup of coffee and a light snack.

Take a stroll or a boat along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, which makes up part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most popular stretch is the seven miles between Brecon and Talybont, where you can see canal barges operate the Cross Oak Drawbridge. There are several nice pubs along the walk, the best known is the Traveller’s Rest Inn which serves up a good roast lamb. You can hire a cruiser from Dragonfly to see the canals and waterways at their best.

The main towns in Powys for evening entertainment, restaurants, pubs, theatres, cinemas and larger supermarkets are: Newtown, Ystradgynlais, Brecon and Welshpool.

Our Powys cottages are ideally placed in the most picturesque places around this beautiful county.

While you’re there

Glansevern Hall Gardens

Take a walk in the beautiful gardens, dogs welcome too!

Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway

During the 16 mile round trip along the narrow gauge you will get to see some of the most beautiful countryside in Mid Wales.

Powis Castle and Garden

A dramatic medieval castle with world-famous gardens and a rich history.

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