Welshpool - Where Wales Begins
Welshpool, or in Welsh, Y Trallwng, is a market town situated 4 miles (6 km) from the Wales-England border. The Canal at Welshpool take’s you back to a bygone era and the busy market town of Welshpool is a great place to do that all important shopping.
Things to see in Welshpool and surrounding area, Mid Wales
Powis Castle Gardens – the castle and its world famous Garden is one of the National Trust’s most visited properties.
Llanrhaeadr Waterfall – known as Pistyll Rhaeadr is the UK’s tallest single drop waterfall at 240ft (80m) high.
Lake Vyrnwy - created by a dam built in 1888, is in the beautiful, wild and mostly unpopulated countryside of Montgomeryshire. The land is a nature reserve and a bird watcher's paradise. There is a drive around the entire lake and over the dam. The noise of the water pouring over the dam is both thundering and mesmerizing.
Bell Museum, Montgomery - The county town of Montgomery is an unspoilt architectural gem and a delight to explore with its short cobbled street hugging the hillside. The tiny Bell Museum is full of interesting treasures. Montgomery Castle - above the town, is one of a number built along the line of the English/Welsh border which for many hundreds of years was an area of political conflict and tension.
Dolforwyn Castle - on a hill rising above Abermule (11 miles south of Welshpool), was the final castle built by Llewelyn, the last independent Prince of Wales. It is very different to English castles built at the same time, making it one of Wales’ great historical treasures.
Hen Domen Castle - Built during Henry III's campaign against Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, the Castle succeeded the Motte & Bailey at Hen Domen, one mile to the North West, after 1223. Hen Domen, once a timber castle, is now one of the most extensively excavated timber castles in Britain. It was built in the 1070's (not long after the Norman Conquest) by Roger, Earl of Shrewsbury.
Activities in Welshpool and surrounding area, Mid Wales
Welshpool & Llanfair Steam Railway – weaves its way through the delightful Banwy Valley.
Montgomery Canal – derelict for many years, is now being reborn as a cruise way through the picturesque Welsh Marches.
Walking - Offa’s Dyke long distance footpath continually crosses between England and Wales. The historically significant Glyndwr's Way completes its 132 mile trek in Welshpool. The Ann Griffiths Walk, used together with Glyndwr's Way, makes for an excellent looped walk weaving though the stunning Vyrnwy Valley. Other footpaths include Severn Way and Canal Towpath.
Pony trekking - Mid Wales Off Road
Quad trekking – Commando Paintball & Border Quad Trekking
Water Sports - a range of activities on Lake Vyrnwy
Golf courses – Welshpool Golf Course and Llanmynech Golf Course
Fishing - Montgomery Canal, Moel-y-Garth Carp Pools at Guilsfield, Coed-y-Dinas in Welshpool, Llyndu Pool in the Lower Park of Powis Castle, River Severn at Lower Leighton, River Vyrnwy near Llanymynech, River Banwy in Llanfair and the River Camlad near Forden