Introducing Powys, otherwise known as mid Wales. For those who don’t know it, it provides many a through road to the coast. For those who stop and enjoy Powys’ mountainous beauty, they love it for the cycling, walking, horse riding, golfing, walking and the warm Welsh hospitality, not forgetting its fair share of Welsh lamb.
Mid Wales encompasses the lesser known counties of Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire as well as parts of Brecknockshire and Denbighshire. It’s easier to travel west-east, east-west than north to south. Home to long stretches of the River Severn and River Wye make it popular for boating holidays too. But if you’re holidaying in Powys there’s so much to discover.
In the north, the Dyfi Valley draws the crowds to its raging waterfalls and the Devils Bridge Falls. The power of water in these parts makes the Centre for Alternative Technology the perfect day out – its more fascinating than it sounds. The industry theme continues with the preserved Dyfi Furnace and the Bryntail Lead Mine both worthy of a visit. For the steam engine fanatic in your midst, a ride on the Talyllyn Railway shouldn’t be missed.
The Marches and market towns of central Powys bring together the very best of rural hospitality and tourism. The lush rural beauty of the Elan Valley and its reservoirs make for a pleasant road trip. And the Space Guard Centre’s working observatory will dazzle anyone intrigued by the solar system. Pop into Llandrindod Wells and you’ll have been to Wales’ most central town.
At its most southern reaches, Powys brings us Hay on Wye, famous for its literature festival, and the Brecon Beacons National Park. At 520 square miles, this mountain range won’t disappoint the outdoorsy, stargazing types in your party.
This inland gem puts you at the heart of Welsh communities, industry then and now, and exploration for future generations. The question is where to stay in your Powys holiday cottage…