The Grade I listing of Ty-Mawr, Castle Caereinion, is a significant survival of a medieval hall house. Recognised as highly significant by Peter Smith in 1971, and restored in 1998, it is reconstructed to its probable appearance when built in 1460. Subsequent later additions include the insertion of a smoke hood above the fire in 1630 - 31 which accompanied the creation of an upper floor in what was originally the hall.
The house stands on level ground created by cutting into the hillside to the northeast with the spoil used to create a platform to the southwest. The structure itself is of mixed aisled and base-cruck form and includes a central hall with a cross-passage between two entrances to the south-east and north-west. For further information check out Ty Mawr website.
Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway
Castle Caereinion has a station on this line and, in the summer months, the whistles from the steam locomotives are heard echoing along the valley. The railway takes a long, steep climb up the Golfa bank out of Welshpool, then trundles peacefully through the heart of our area, finally chuffing cheerfully alongside the River Banwy to its terminus at Llanfair Caereinion.
In December, they run Santa Specials between the two Caereinions, Llanfair and Castle.
Check out the timetable on the WLLR website.
Powis Castle & Garden
A few miles from our village, just south of Welshpool, is one of the gems of the National Trust. Built of local red sandstone, and standing on a prominent hillside, it commands views over the Severn Valley.
Its formal and informal gardens are truly spectacular, and show interest at any time of year. There are also plenty of events during the course of the season, and several 'behind-the-scenes' tours to give you a feel for how this property is managed.
You can find out more detail on the Powis Castle page of the National Trust website.
Out beyond the small town of Llanfyllin, the beautiful Lake Vyrnwy is a reservoir built by the City of Liverpool in the 19th Century. In the process, they rebuilt the village of Llanwddyn on another site, but when the water level is really low, you can see the remains of the old village.
The Lake has a visitor centre, some shops and arts/crafts facilities, an RSPB shop and bicycle hire. There are miles of walks, bike rides and drives around the area. When the Lake is overfull, the outflow over the dam is something to see!
There is a website which you can access by clicking here
Our nearest town - it doesn't look quite like this now!
Standing just above the floodplain of the River Severn and on the Montgomery Canal, Welshpool is an old market town of great character which can still boast real, individual, local shops as well as a few common high street stores and supermarkets. Although many visitors to Wales just drive through on their way to and from the coast, it is a place well worth exploring.
Have a look at the Welshpool Partnership's guide at welshpool.org
Newtown really was a new town - in 1279! It sits by the River Severn (Welsh: Afon Hafren) in a gap in the hills. Being bigger than Welshpool, it has more shops, larger facilities, and more traffic! Nevertheless, it has a very interesting history and good riverside walks. As you approach from the north on the A483 road, you'll see it is also in a beautiful setting.
The Town Council has established an informative website which it is worth checking out.
A historic town established around its 13th Century Castle. It used to have great strategic importance when the Welsh were fighting the English but today it is a quiet and beautiful place with many interesting buildings, including the Town Hall, pictured. The Castle ruins provide magnificent views over the countryside.
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