Powys City Guide

Powys is the perfect destination for nature lovers, explorers and history aficionados.

The landscape is characterised by mountain ranges, lakes, reservoirs and some of the most impressive waterfalls in the UK. The area also plays host to several ancient castles and important historical landmarks, which provide visitors with a rich, diverse experience.

Famed for its colours, contrasts and opportunities for adventure, Powys offers a warm Welsh welcome to visitors of all ages.

Nature in Powys

Revered as the “heart of Wales”, Powys is the largest county in the country. It is a place of mountain ranges and unspoilt natural beauty, offering countless opportunities to cycle, hike or take part in adventure sports, such as kayaking, white-water rafting and gorging.

The Brecon Beacons, in the south of Powys, are a long-established Mecca for walkers. The mountain range, which has summits reaching 886 metres, forms the central section of Brecon Beacons National Park. There is also ample opportunity to explore the unique landscape of the area, with 11 hiking trails that take you from north to south, covering over 300 miles.

The Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail is one of the most famous walks in the county. The 177-mile path follows the England-Wales border from Sedbury Cliff in the south to the seafront in Prestatyn in the north. Most of the trail follows the great earthwork known as Offa’s Dyke, which is still shrouded in mystery. It is believed the dyke was built in the 8th Century on the orders of Offa, the almighty king of Mercia (which is now the English Midlands).

The Pistyll y Llyn waterfalls are a local must-see. Located to the west of Powys in the Cambrian Mountains, they are only 2.48 miles from Glaspwll town and reached easily by car. The largest in Wales, this horsetail-style set of waterfalls is formed where the River Llyfnant falls from Llyn Penrhaeadr. Pistyll y Llyn is formed of two waterfalls and a series of cascades, the tallest of which is 91 metres.

Explore the surrounding area and you’ll also find hidden caves, waterfall pathways and dramatic cliffs that drop away to luscious green valleys below. There are 141 waterfall routes to explore in Powys, which is one of the most popular walking destinations in Wales. Head to Waterfall County in Brecon Beacons National Park and explore several medium and small waterfalls, which slice through the dense forest.

Restaurants in Powys

Treat yourself to a fabulous meal with views overlooking Llangorse Lake, the largest natural lake in south Wales. Alternatively, dine in a country lodge in the shadow of the Brecon Beacons and experience the delights of hearty Welsh cuisine, which will leave you satisfied regardless of your price range.

Llangammarch Wells, in the west of Powys, is a charming village, famed for its delicious eateries with stunning views of the Irfon river. Here you can find a range of traditional and sophisticated restaurants to suit any budget.

Enjoy Powys

Whether you’re looking for adventure or an opportunity to kick back and relax, Powys is the perfect destination for you. Surrounded by dramatic waterfalls, hiking trails and unspoilt National Parks, the heart of Wales is a fantastic base for a truly unique experience.

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