Holiday In Powys Guide.

For planning your holiday in Powys in Wales.

Mostly mountainous, the county of Powys covers the historic counties of Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire, a small part of Denbighshire and most of Brecknockshire, in total covering an area of over 5,000km², making it by land area the largest county in Wales.

Powys having the lowest population density of all the principal areas of Wales was awarded Fairtrade County status by the Fairtrade Foundation in December 2007. The majority of the population is made up of small towns and villages, the largest of these towns being Brecon, Newtown, Ystradgynlais and Welshpool.

Among the many attractions are The Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains, Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, Battle of Bryn Glas site, the Y Gaer, Brecon Roman fort, the Radnor Forest and the Welsh National Cycle Route.

Walks: There are many including The Wye Valley Walk from Chepstow to Rhayader, the Taff Trail, Glyndŵr's Way, Offa's Dyke Path, The Sarn Sabrina circular walk and the Severn Way.

Castles to explore while on holiday in Powys

Dolforwyn Castle – which is close to the village of Abermule. Overlooking the Severn Valley being positioned on a wooded ridge, this site commands excellent views..

Montgomery Castle - looking over the town of Montgomery is a stone masonry castle and is one of the many Norman castles on the border between Wales and England.

Powys Castle - a medieval castle, fortress and grand country mansion which is located near the town of Welshpool. Known for its extensive and attractive terraces, formal gardens, deer park, parkland and landscaped estate. The property is under the care of the National Trust

Tretower Castle - is located in the village of Tretower, originally triangular in plan, with the mote and keep occupying the western corner of the site.

Aberedw Castle - The remains of Aberedw Castle can be located at the small village of Aberedw. It was originally a rectangular stone castle with circular towers and being surrounded by a moat approximately 20 meters wide.

Castell Du - located approximately eight miles west of Brecon but remains to be excavated. The remains of a D-shaped tower are still visible as well as two other towers which lie under pill-boxes which were erected during the Second World War.

Reservoirs, lakes and waterfalls visit The Elan Valley Reservoirs, Llyn Clywedog, Lake Vyrnwy, Llangorse Lake, Pistyll Rhaeadr, one of the highest waterfalls in Wales Pistyll y Llyn and Water-breaks it-neck - waterfall in Radnorshire.

Cave systems are located in the county: Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, Ogof Agen Allwedd, Ogof y Daren Cilau and Ogof Craig a Ffynnon to visit while on holiday in Powys.

Museums and exhibitions: The Old Bell Museum, Montgomery, The Rhayader Museum & Gallery, Rhayader, Powys, Llandrindod Wells Museum, Newtown Textile Museum, Llanidloes Museum, Brecknock Museum Brecon, Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth, The Judges Lodgings, Presteigne, Powysland Museum Welshpool and The Robert Owen Museum in Newtown.



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