Make the most of the weather in Mid Wales!
Published: Friday 13th May 2016
Written by: Ginnie James
What is the activity most likely to get you out of the house and into the great outdoors? Now the weather is finally being kind to us and this seems to me a great time to get out and about and enjoy feeling the warmth of the sun as you discover, or re-discover, the joy of working those muscles in beautiful surroundings and where better than Mid Wales?! Ok, so I’m slightly biased having lived in Mid Wales for most of my adult life but it really is easy to get out into the countryside. For a wonderful choice of properties in Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons take a look here.
For me, the activity of choice is walking. As a teenager I would walk everywhere and it never seemed to be a chore and a lot of family traditions revolved around rambles around country parks and on the South Downs. Moving to Mid Wales, it was a real delight to find walks right on the doorstep and having the dog was a great motivator to keep me getting out there. Our favourite was the path along the Montgomery Canal which runs from the Frankton Junction of the Llangollen Canal through Llanymynech and Welshpool down to Newtown. It’s a great mix of open pathways and tree lined routes, the scenery can vary greatly just by turning a corner or going under a bridge and there are plenty of options on where to join the canal path. The path was properly surfaced so it could act as a cycle route a few years ago, and just in time for us when we needed pushchair friendly walks. It is a popular walk but I certainly never have any problems with crowds! We haven’t yet got round to creating a page with all the paths in Wales but you can read about our National Walking Trails.
My little one is a budding cyclist. She can spend hours on her bike and there are plenty of mainly flat cycle routes to hone her skills. Lake Vyrnwy, to the north of Powys, has an 11 mile road around the lake just perfect for family bike rides and for those wanting a more gentle biking experience. For more of a challenge there are also mountain bike trails which take you into the hills and to waterfalls. To the south of the county is the Elan Valley Estate, a series of reservoirs in simply stunning mountainous landscapes. Here again is a great choice of cycle routes for beginners and right up to those with Tour aspirations! Cycle hire is available in both locations if you don’t fancy bringing your own bike. Mid Wales, and the country as a whole is a great destination for mountain bikers as well and you can read brief details of the top mountain bike spots here.
These are just the two activities impacting on my life at the moment but I love seeing all my friends’ pictures on Facebook of their exploits with kayaking, horse riding, mountain climbing and paragliding to name just a few! If there is an activity you have always fancied having a go at but you are not sure of the best place to go then give us a ring on 01686 628200 or send us an email. If it's an unusal pursuit and we don’t know straight away we will know the right people to ask!