Mountain and Lakes in Mid Wales
The 'Mid Wales Marches' refers to the border between the Mid Wales region and England. This area is famed for the quality of its local produce, castles, country houses and garden attractions, attractive market towns and excellant walking and cycling routes; not to be missed.
The central Mid Wales uplands - the 'Cambrian Mountains' is one of the great upspoilt landscapes in Britain and the source of two major rivers - the River Wye and Rivern Severn. From north to south, the Cambrian Mountains straddle the counties of Powys and Ceredigion and are a paradise for outdoor adventurers, walkers, cyclists and wildlife watchers.
The area has a number of significant market towns; Machynlleth the ancient capital of Wales; Devil’s Bridge and the surrounding area that has been extensively featured in the BBC Hinterland series; Rhayader & the Elan Valley, Llanidloes, Montgomery and Tregaron are popular market towns.
Towns & Villages ...
Newtown known in Welsh as 'Y Drenewydd' is the largest town in Powys and is situated on the banks of the River Severn. Foundedat the end of the 13th century, Newtown boasts a rich industrial heritage, surounded by beautiful countryside.
Hay-on-Wye - in Welsh 'Y Gelli Gandryll' or just 'Y Gelli' is well known as 'the town of books' and is home to the Hay Literature Festival.
Presteigne, (Llanandras in Welsh), was once the county town of Radnorshire and nestles at the heart of the Mid Wales Marches on the border of Wales and England.
Lampeter is the home of the oldest University College in Wales. In the eighteenth century Lampeter was an important gathering place for drovers.
The ancient market Town of Talgarth nestles beneath the Black Mountains which run along the border between Wales and England. Close to Brecon, Crickhowell and Hay-on-Wye it provides an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore the area.
A historic market town, Montgomery is just one mile from Offa's Dyke and the Welsh-Shropshire border. There is much to explore in the area including Montgomery Castle and the town's, cobbled streets and Georgian and Victorian architecture.
Llandysul is ideally situated for exploring the varied and beautiful counties of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and the Brecon Beacons and is almost equidistant from the larger towns of Cardigan, Carmarthen and Lampeter.
Llangammarch Wells lies south-west of Builth Wells and east of Llanwrtyd Wells and is the smallest of the four spa towns/villages of Mid Wales.
Rhayader is a busy, historic market town, named after 'Rhayadr Gwy' a Welsh name for a local waterfall on the Wye.
The picturesque village of Berriew (Welsh: Aberriw) is one of the jewels in the Mid-Wales crown, with its black-and- white cottages, majestic church and the river Rhiw flowing through its heart.
Guilsfield is a treasure of a village just three miles north of the market town of Welshpool. It is a great place to base yourself for an exploration of the Mid Wales Marches and an even better place just to relax and indulge yourself.
Llandrindod Wells, or 'Landod' as it is known to locals, is the administrative centre of Powys and one of its largest towns. As the name suggests, it owes its origins to the spring waters that were recognised to have healing properties.
Llanwrtyd Wells is the smallest town in Britain. It is also one of the friendliest, having a long history of catering for the many visitors who, today, come to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding Cambrian Mountains.
The village of Devil's Bridge or Pontarfynach recently featured in the detective series 'Hinterland / Y Gwyll'. The village is situated at the head of the Rheidol Valley in the Plynlimon hill range in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains.
Builth Wells is home to the Royal Welsh Show, red kites and the final resting place of Wales' last prince, Llewelyn the Last.
This is a town where you'll enjoy losing yourself...not only in the narrow streets and passageways lined with Georgian and Jacobean shopfronts, but in the sense of timelessness about the place.
Llanidloes is a small historic market town in Mid Wales; it is the first town along the River Severn.
Llandovery is delightful little town at the northern edge of Carmarthenshire. The name Llandovery means 'church amongst the waters', owing to its position in a valley where the rivers Towy, Bran, Gwydderig and Bawddwr coincide.
Tregaron nestles in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains near the source of the river Teifi. In the 19th Century, it was a thriving market town and an important stop for drovers on their routes through Wales to English markets.