Once the principal farm house of Powis Castle.
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A Perfect Setting
Welshpool nestles into the upper reaches of the picturesque Severn Valley near the border between Wales and England. The bustling Market Town is surrounded by the rolling hills of Montgomeryshire and the glorious unspoilt countryside in Mid Wales.
Traditionally an agricultural service centre, Welshpool possesses the largest sheep market in Europe and the feeling of a traditional hard working market town still remains today. The town is an ideal central base from which to explore the surrounding countryside. The Welsh Marches are steeped in history and all along the border castles and fortifications stand imposingly overlooking the surroundings.
You will never be short of things to do with so many activities and attractions in and around the town. Visit Powys Castle, ride a working steam train, cruise along the tranquil Montgomery Canal and recapture the past through looking at the interesting collections of the local museum. The scenic countryside offers many rural pursuits including walking, gold, fishing, cycling, horse riding, quad trekking, canoeing and fascinating wildlife.
Welshpool has a long and colourful past and many features and buildings of historical value remain. A unique blend of shops offers the shopper the opportunity to pick up items difficult to find elsewhere; from arts & crafts to fashion & leisure, fresh food & wine and lots more. Quality local produce is on display in shops, reflecting Welshpool's role as the centre of an agricultural community, promoting local crafts and items of a welsh flavour.
Welshpool Montgomery Canal - Mid Wales, Powys Castle, Newly restored section
If peace and quiet are your pleasures, visit our welsh pool base where you are almost guaranteed to have the canal to yourself. The Montgomery Canal is ideal for novices - giving ample time to master the skills of narrow boating - and equally, for those experienced boaters, Just imagine - no queue for locks, lift bridges - bliss!
The Montgomery Canal has been declared a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' for more than half it's length. The aquatic vegetation is the habitat of many species of dragonfly and damselfly, with heron, and the rarely seen brilliant flash of the kingfisher are all to be enjoyed.
For the angler, the canal is teeming with shoals of fish such as bream, roach, pike and fishing permits are available locally.
At the southern end of the navigation lies the scenic village of Berriew Winner of the "Best Kept village in Wales Award" it is home to the Andrew Logan Museum of sculpture - a glittering fantasy wonderland - the only museum in the country dedicated to a living artist. The River Rhlw babbles and winds it's way through the village where two welcoming pubs await you.
The imposing Powys Castle overlooks the canal - once the home of Clive of India and the world famous terraced gardens. This is an attraction that should definitely not be missed.
Close by are Glansevern Hall Gardens noted for exotic and rare trees and its stunning lake and water garden.
For the walker, Welshpool has many pleasurable walks such as Offa's Dykes and Glyndwr's Way. For the steam train enthusiast, you also have the Welshpool and Llanfair light railway on your doorstep. These glorious trains battle up the notoriously steep Golfa Bank, And from the unique open air carriages you can sample the full wonder of the stunning countryside, where you may well see, deer, hawks and even otters!
For the more active there is quad trekking, horse ridding, shooting, fishing, walking, canoeing, biking and lots and lots of Excellent walking. The Offas Dyke path comes to the door.
No doubt about it your short break on the Montgomery canal will be a memorable experience. Henia and Mick look forward to meeting you.
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