Stay in Elan Valley and Brecon Beacons cottages and discover the Heart of Wales
Published: Monday 3rd Jun 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Explore the Heart of Wales around Llandrindod Wells and Rhayader and south through Builth Wells to the popular Brecon Beacons National Park. Builth Wells, on the River Wye, grew as a traditional Welsh market town and is best known for the Showground which hosts the biggest agricultural show in Europe - The Royal Welsh Show - in July. Other events include the International Antiques & Collectors Fair of Wales, the Royal Welsh Spring Festival and the Winter Fair.
Llanwrtyd Wells claims to be the smallest town in Britain with a population of just over 600. An C18th spa town, now famous for original events such as the World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Man versus Horse Marathon and Real Ale Ramble! Brecon is an important centre and market town. The Romans were stationed in the area and today the Beacons are important for military training. Visit the South Wales Borderers Museum, Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery, Theatr Brycheiniog, Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal and Brecon Mountain Railway. Renowned for its waterfalls and caves, Brecon Beacons National Park covers 519 sq miles from Hay-on-Wye and Black Mountains in the east to Llandeilo and Black Mountain in the west; Pen-y-Fan is the highest point and the Visitor Centre is near Libanus.
An historic market town on the River Wye, Rhayader is gateway to the spectacular Elan Valley, home to some of Britain's rarest wildlife and plants; make sure you get to the Visitor Centre. Enjoy wild red kite feeding at Gigrin Farm, the mountain road drive to Devil’s Bridge, Cole Woodturners and Abbey-Cwm-Hir. Llandrindod Wells was a C19th spa town, now the county town of Powys and hosting one of the UK’s leading Victorian Festivals. International outdoor bowling greens, indoor bowling, 18-hole golf and the National Cycle Collection at the art deco Automobile Palace. Knighton straddles the Wales/England border and is on both Glyndwr's Way and Offa's Dyke. At Presteigne visit the Judge's Lodgings and explore the 'upstairs, downstairs' Victorian life of Judges, servants and prisoners.