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Places to visit and things to do

There are plenty of place for guests to visit, all within easy reach of the cottages. Here are just a few ideas. We have a resource centre situated adjacent to the cottages with maps and information of the surrounding area.

Cycling and Walking:

Download walking maps here: Leaping Stiles

The Llanidloes area is seamed with paths and trails of all descriptions, and finding your way around them has never been easier. Access to European Funding through the Powys County Council administered Community Tourism Capital Grant Scheme has enabled over thirty separate circular and linear routes to benefit from new way-marking, fingerposts, gates and stiles. Linking Llanidloes with the surrounding villages of Llangurig, Llandinam and Trefeglwys, and creating routes ranging from just a few miles to a good day's walk, the network is the ideal way to discover the full glory of the stunning Llanidloes countryside.

Lake Clywedog
Lake Clywedog is one of the most beautiful lakes in Wales, offering stunning scenery and wonderful fishing. Lake Clywedog provides a perfect habitat for wildlife. Buzzards and Red Kite are now a common sight, and recently there have even been occasional sightings of Ospreys. Mallard are attracted to the lake, while Tawney Owls, Pied Flycatchers and a whole host of Tits have established themselves in the woods bordering the shore. In season, a great many butterflies can be seen (hedge brown, meadow brown, small copper, small tortoiseshell, common blue) flitting amongst grass that is studded with wild thyme, yellow tormentil, harebells, violets and clumps of heather. Squirrels are a common sight, and there are polecats, foxes, and the much put upon short tailed vole, which has the unhappy distinction of being the primary source of food for the birds of prey and other carnivors that inhabit the lake shore.

The lake is amply stocked with brown and rainbow trout, the management of which and the fishing rights are the preserve of the Llanidloes Angling Society. Sailing on lake is run by the Clywedog Sailing Club. Both organisations hold numerous competitions and regattas throughout the year and visitors are always welcome.

The Lake is owned and operated by Severn Trent Water Limited, who have established a number of walks, such as the Clywedog Gorge Trail around the Bryn Tail Mine workings and the Llyn Clywedog Scenic Trail, while there are a number of viewing points arranged along the circular drive around the lake that allow the visitor to make the most of the wonderful panoramic views. The National Trail of Glyndwr's Way also passes beneath the dam before pursuing a course along the southern shore of the lake, making this one of its most picturesque stages.

At the viewing area situated above the dam, Severn Trent has created the Look Out, an elevated platform sheltered from the elements, from which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding country. At the Look Out you will also find the Red Kite Kiosk, where (weather permitting) a welcoming cup of tea and a snack is available on Wednesday through to Sunday from May to to September.

Glyndwrs Way
The 135 m/217km Trail is a long distance walk which can be enjoyed as a continuous journey, typically taking around nine days, or over a series of weekend or day trips.  It begins at Knighton on the English border and meanders through the open moorland, rolling farmland, woodland and forest of Mid Wales, through the town of Machynlleth. Along the Trail are some of the finest landscape features in Wales including the tranquil Radnorshire Hills, the shores of the Clywedog Reservoir and heather clad Plynlimon.

There are spectacular views over Cadair Idris, Lake Vyrnwy, the Cambrian Mountains and Y Golfa.  The route reaches its highest point at Foel Fadian (1530ft/510m) from which on a clear day views stretch out along the majestic Dulas valley to Machynlleth and the sea.

Blaentrinant to Llanidloes – 8.5 m / 13.5km
From Blaentrinant to Llanidloes the Trail zigzags through some of the most picturesque countryside on the route.

Llanidloes to Afon Biga – 9m / 14.5km
This trail starts at the Market Hall in Llanidloes, crosses the River Severn, then follows the path in the shadows of the Clywedog Dam wall, where you will arrive on the shores of the Clywedog reservoir. Make sure you keep your eyes open for Red Kite! You will eventually arrive at the Afon Biga picnic site.

Hafren Forest
The Forest takes its name from Afon Hafren (River Severn) which rises in a deep, blanket-peat bog, 800m outside its boundary, high above, on the slopes of Plynlimon. Almost immediately it begins its long journey to the Bristol Channel, passing first through woodlands of pine and spruce.

It is possible to walk to the Source of the Severn from Hafren Forest. The Severn Way, Britain's longest riverside walk, begins at the Source. Llanidloes acts as a base for Hafren Forest, Llyn Clywedog and many other visitor attractions.

There are numerous walking and cycling routes to be found in Hafren Forest. Please visit their page on the Forestry Commission web site for more information and maps.

Coed Trallwm
The Coed Trallwm Mountain Biking Centre has plenty of trails for you to try out and a log cabin visitor centre with the Forest Cafe to keep you refreshed.

Walking and Cycling links:

Forestry Commission
Wye Valley Way
Cambrian Way
Glyndwrs Way
Mountain Biking Wales

Pony Trekking:

Aberhafesp
The Mill Pony Trekking Centre Tel 01686 688440

Golf:

St Idloes Golf Club - Llanidloes Tel 01686 412559
St Giles Golf Club - Newtown Tel 01686 625844
Welshpool Golf Club - Welshpool Tel 01938 850249

Fishing and Sailing:

Llanidloes & District Angling Association - Tel 01686 412329
Clywedog Sailing Club - Keith Rollinson, tel 01686 640305

Other Places of Interest:

Llanidloes
Just three miles from Barn View Cottages, nestling amidst the eastern slopes of the Cambrian Mountains, Llanidloes is one of the great little market towns of Mid Wales. The first town on the River Severn, and easily one of the prettiest.

Red Kite Feeding Centre
Mid Wales has the greatest density and diversity of birds of prey in Southern Britain and was home to the last remaining Native Kites. Now due to the hard work of the conservation bodies here in Wales, Red Kites are once again on the increase. Why not visit the Red Kite Feeding Centre at Gigrin Farm, Rhayadar. Feeding takes place each day at 2pm in winter (from 29th October) and at 3pm in summer.

Powis Castle
Powis Castle survives as a captivating example of a military stronghold which was preserved and renewed by continual occupation for centuries. Rich in history, its fabric contains architecture of many different periods, beginning with a medieval square keep and stone hall.

Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth is the principal holiday resort of the west coast of Wales. The town is nestled between three hills and two beaches, and hosts some castle ruins, a pier and a harbour. The surrounding hills hold the visible remains of a iron age fort and also a monument to Wellington and once climbed offer stunning views of Cardigan Bay.

Borth
The old fishing hamlet of borth features golden sandy beaches. While you're there, don't forget to visit the Animalarium, a showcase of unusual and interesting animals.