Nearby Thing's to See and Do
The Elan Valley Reservoirs are a chain of man-made lakes created from damming the Elan and Claerwen rivers within the Elan Valley in Mid Wales. The reservoirs, which were built by the Birmingham Corporation Water Department, provide clean drinking water for Birmingham in the West Midlands of England. The five lakes are known as the Claerwen, Craig-goch, Pen-y-garreg, Garreg-ddu, and Caban-coch
Red Kite feeding Station – Gigrin Farm
Spotting kites in Mid Wales is easy enough, but there’s still nothing like the sight of whole squadrons of them en masse at Gigrin Farm, where up to 600 kites arrive each afternoon to feast on carrion, along with a supporting cast of buzzards and corvids. There are five hides from which to view the action at close quarters, including one that has easy wheelchair access.
The Spaceguard Centre & Observatory
The Spaceguard Centre is the only organisation in the UK addressing the hazard of Near Earth Objects. NEOs are asteroids and comets that come close to, and sometimes collide with the Earth.Such impacts can have devastating effects – they have in the past and will in the future unless we use available technologies to prevent them.The aim of Spaceguard UK is to develop and maintaina world class facility for astronomical research and science education,with a specific emphasis on the Spaceguard project. We want to bring the wonders of the universe to everyone in a fun and understandable way.Spaceguard UK operates the Spaceguard Centre located in Knighton, Powys, UK from where we provide timely information to the public, press, media and education about the threat of asteroid and comet impacts, and the ways in which we can predict and deal with them.
The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir
The Hall is a 52 roomed, Grade 11* Gothic Revival mansion, standing in 12 acres of gardens near Llandrindod Wells in Mid Wales. The Hall offers tours to the public. The tours combine outstanding architecture, stunning interiors, thousands of collectable items and beautiful grounds. The gardens include a walled garden, woodland walks, a lake and waterfall, lawns, terraces and courtyards. From 1st November each year, all 52 rooms are decorated to individual themes for Christmas.
Llandrindod’s history as an opulent Victorian spa town lives on its elegant architecture, old-fashioned shops and renowned festival, when visitors are transported back to the 19th century.
Llandrindod Wells is an attractive town in the mid-Welsh county of Powys. It was developed as a spa town in the 19th century, when it was believed that the local spring water had healing properties. It was during this era that some of the town’s most beautiful architecture was created, including elegant rows of hotels, shops and houses. Many of the shops still have colourful Victorian fronts, just as they would have done in the town’s heyday.
Knighton in Powys, a small market town sitting astride the border between Wales and England. A historic town set in the lush rolling country of the Marches.
The Welsh name for the town is “Tref-y-Clawdd”, the town on the Dyke. Knighton is the only town to lie on the line of Offa’s Dyke, and is the home to the Offa’s Dyke Centre and the mid point of the Offa’s Dyke National Trail.
Exploring this remarkable landscape and its rich history is what attracts most people to the Knighton area. Knighton itself is part in Shropshire in England and part in Powys in Wales, and therefore an ideal base for exploring the Marches both sides of the border. “Marches” means border or disputed country; this part of the country certainly had a turbulent past and was governed by the Council of Marcher Lords who met at Ludlow Castle. For many years Knighton was controlled by the powerful Mortimer family from their mighty castle at nearby Wigmore.
Rhayader lies in the very heart of Wales, situated some 700ft above sea level in the beautiful Upper Wye Valley, it is sheltered by the Cambrian Mountains and cupped by hills rising to over 1500 feet. Rhayader is the first town on the River Wye, lying just 20 miles from its source on the Plynlimon range to the north (Welsh spelling – Pumlumon). The town’s Welsh name – Rhaeadr Gwy – means the “Cataract on the Wye”. Until its destruction, during the building of the first stone bridge over the River Wye in 1780, there was a magnificent waterfall whose roar could be heard all over Rhayader, and which was described by one traveller as “a miniature Niagara Falls”.
Builth Wells is an ancient market town, found at the confluence of the Rivers Wye and Irfon, which is at the heart of Welsh agricultural life. Once a popular tourist spot for its natural springs, today it continues to draw tourists in as a lively base in the heart of the Welsh countryside.
Every July, Builth Wells is put under the national spotlight as it plays host to the Royal Welsh Show, one of the largest events on the agricultural calendar. It’s sure to entertain people of all ages with its four days of livestock competitions, displays, entertainment and shopping.
One of the town’s stand-out features is the Builth Bridge. A bridge has stood on the site for many centuries, though the bridge that stands today was built in 1779 and widened in the 1920s. Spanning the River Wye, it’s one of the prettiest spots along the river, and is also popular with canoeists and kayakers
Activity and Interests
Orchard Barn is well placed for local walking/cycling holidays. In opposite directions are Llandrindod Wells (Victorian Spa town), and the market town of Knighton to access Banks, Tesco and Aldi supermarkets etc. Within 3 to 5 miles Crossgates has a garage with shop and cafe, whilst a choice of restaurant / pubs are available including those at Bleddfa and Pen-y-Bont.
Nearest Barpub: Pen-y-bont at 4 Miles
Nearest Golf: Llandrindod Wells or Knighton at 10 Miles
Nearest Train: Dolau Station. Picturesque small station. at 2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant: Bleddfa at 4 Miles
Distances to nearby towns:
Knighton - 11 miles
Llandrindod Wells - 10 Miles
Builth Wells - 17 Miles
Rhayader - 14.9 miles
- Horse riding is available locally.
- Offa's Dyke and it's Visitor Centre in Knighton.
- Clun and Montgomery.
- Rhayader- the gateway to the scenic Elan Valley, Lakes and Dams
- South Shropshire Hills incl Long Myndd, Church Stretton, Acton Scott Farm Museum, Cleobury Mortimer and Clee Hill.
- Ancient towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow.
- Aberwystwyth is 48 miles distant