"A place to rest and get away from it all!" Powys by Jenniflower

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We arrived expectant, as the long narrow hedged, winding roads took us further into rural Wales.

The aim of this holiday in mid-northern Wales was not to sightsee or learn. Our aim was to REST, REST and then REST some more. London has been especially stressful of late, and this came at a perfect time for us.

We achieved our aim :)

Llanfyllin village

It's claim to fame is Y Dolydd Workhouse in Llanfyllin being one of 3 Welsh buildings featured in the BBC 2 series 'Restoration' in the summer of 2004. It was a temporary home for hundreds of local paupers in the 1800s. Interesting stuff!

I photographed an interesting bit of rock on the wall of the carpark no less, that had the word 'PRISON' inscribed on it. The stone had once formed part of the prison cell under the old Town Hall until about 1830! I LOVE that type of find.

What a lovely bit of history :) What made them make it part of a carpark wall I don't know though...

Lake Vyrnwy

This gorgeous lake is a 10-15 minute drive from Llanfyllin. It has the most impressive sluice system!

Lake Vyrnwy is man-made, and was finally completed in 1888. Llanwddyn village was submerged by the lake then, and when the weather is really hot, there's little rain, and the water level drops, the ruins of the old village reappear! Wow, I would LOVE to see that! Not too sure how often this happens though.

A drive around it, going at an average speed of 40 m/p/hr... would take you around 30 mins to do. We stopped and started along the way, so that is a bit of a thumb suck... lol... but it really is a super lake, where people kayak and do other water sports, have picnics and there's a lovely array of birdlife here too. You can do clay shooting, hiking, cycling and fly fishing in the area too. (Fly fishing is BIG in the area, much to my husband's delight!). I happened upon a lovely shop with beads and crafty bits and pieces, so was in my element :)

Please note: All tips for the Powys area are on my Llanfyllin page

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Peace and quiet...
  • Cons:Nothing actually...
  • In a nutshell:A little Welsh gem :)
  • Last visit to Powys: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated Feb 19, 2007
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Comments (3)

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Hi and thanks for the hi Jen, been very busy but Im okay thanks, would be nice to be back driving around lovely Wales though!nice pics and write up as usual

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2007 at 5:58 AM

    Beautiful scenary Jen :-)

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    Your stay in the old mill was so unique!! No wonder you had so much to say about it--it looked delightful and comfy cozy!! Regards from Texas...


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