About Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys
Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Mid Wales, is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for being the smallest town in Great Britain, with a population of just under 700 people. Its rural setting is splendid, sitting in the Irfon Valley with the magnificent unspoilt scenery of the Cambrian Mountains to the North and the Eppynt range to the South. We are also situated on the picturesque Heart of Wales Line, with 4 trains per day in each direction you can go as far as you like between Swansea and Shrewsbury.
Be at one with nature…
With sheep outside every window it is easy to forget the hustle and bustle of city life! In spring the lambs bleating and prancing will bring a smile to your face and the kids will love it. The River Irfon has recently been re-colonised with otters and there is plenty of opportunity for the fishermen amongst you, a day permit for Trout and Salmon costing as little as £10.
We are also delighted to hear that red squirrels have been seen around Abergwesyn and in Crychan Forest
Bird watchers will be in their element, with the area known for its prolific Red Kite and Buzzard population. Why not visit the Gigrin Farm Red Kite Feeding Station. You will also see many of our native birds that have almost disappeared from the town garden – and you won’t have to leave the house to do it!!But if you want to find out more about Natural Mid Wales check out this amazing website
If its gardens you enjoy – a short drive will take you to The National Botanical Garden of Wales or Aberglasney, “A garden lost in time”. However, a walk in the locality will provide your eyes (and nose) with a wealth of wild flowers, mature trees and scented shrubs.
For Horse Riding and Pony Trekking, there is plenty of opportunity. Why not try Llanwrtyd Wells Riding & Trekking – 2 minutes walk away!
Llanwrtyd Wells is the perfect centre for so many outdoor activities; Mountain Biking, Pony Trekking, Walking, Fishing, Bird Watching, Golf and Painting. Try some of our organised walking events; New Years Walk, Saturnalia Walk (Jan), Lord Crawshaw Walk (early Feb), Drovers Walk (March), Red Kite Mountain Bike Bash (August), Welsh International Four Day Walks (Sept) to name just a few.
The town may be small but we have a big heart! Not to mention, a lot going on. Llanwrtyd Wells is renowned for the high quality of good food to suit all tastes and budgets. The town has several nationally acclaimed award-winning chefs and we would be happy to recommend local restaurants to you. In fact, early April brings with it the Gourmet Food Festival.
But if its drinking that whets the whistle why not join us for the Saturnalia Beer Festival (Jan) Folk ‘n’ Ale Weekend (March), Mid Wales Beer Festival, Real Ale Wobble or Real Ale Ramble (all in Nov).
And for something a little unusual….
How about joining us for the Man v Horse Marathon (June) or The Screaming Lord Sutch monster Raving Loony music Party (also June). And, if you want something unique, you cannot miss the Bog Snorkelling!! With World Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling and Bog Snorkelling Triathlon in July followed by the World Bog Snorkelling Championships (Aug), there is plenty of opportunity. Why not enter!!
The surrounding area
In addition to the wealth of activities mentioned we are only 13 miles away from Builth Wells that is the home to the Royal Welsh Showground. The Eppynt is famous for its National Rally stages.
On the way to Brecon is the Red Kite Conservation Centre and once you get there (25 miles from us) you can enjoy the Brecon Jazz Festival (August) and the Brecon Beacons National Park. Also for those who love literature and Antiques, Hay-on Wye, with the Hay Festival, is not too far away.
There is so much more to see and do, The Sugar Loaf, Devils Staircase, Crychan Forest, Lynn Brianne, Irfon Gorge Elan Valley for walkers and cyclists, Dinefwr Castle and Dolaucothi Gold Mine plus The Victorian Festival (August) and The National Cycle Collection in Llandrindod Wells. I could go on!