Llanidloes is certainly one of the prettiest towns in Mid Wales and these days it revels in a slightly slower pace of life.
Surrounded by soft mountain scenery the area is very popular with wildlife enthusiasts and hikers. It is the closest town, and within walking distance, to the source of the River Severn, whilst Glyndrw's Way National Trail and the Clywedog Reservoir and Dam are also nearby.
The history of Llanidloes is marked by its consistent resistance to the norm. In the 18th century the Methodist preacher John Wesley could be heard sermonising from the town square and in the 1830s it played host to a famous Chartist revolt.
More recently it is renowned for being the first town to open a Laura Ashley store. Today Llanidloes combines a respect for its heritage, in the form of the Minerva Quilt Centre for example - or the many fairs and carnivals that light up the town, with a typically alternative focus on whole-foods and fair trade, making it one of the most interesting places to shop or eat in the region.
There is plenty to do for those looking for adventure, from outdoor pursuits, shooting and equestrianism. A local fact that might be of some interest is that Llanidloes has one of the highest pub-to-population ratios in the country.
The nearby village of Llandinam however is principally remembered as the home of David Davies, the 19th century industrialist and coal magnate. The home of David Davies at Plas Dinam is open to the public for self-catering and provides a fascinating insight into one of the men who 'made' modern Wales. Llandinam also boasts the newly opened and award winning Lion Restaurant.