Berwyn Mountains, Mid Wales


A comparatively unpopulated part of Wales, Mongomeryshire lies south of the Berwyn Mountains,and west of the Eglish border with its classical half timbered houses.

That great fighter for Welsh Independence, Owen Glendower, held a Welsh parliament in Machynlleth. Today the area supplies much water to the English midland cities.

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A gazetteer with descriptions of the towns in the area follows

Cemmaes On the River Dyfi or Dovey, this quiet village is a good centre for salmon fishing or walking.

A path from the village pub leads to Mynydd y Cemais, at 1487 feet, the highest point on the plateau. Naturally there are fine views, either over the Dyfi valley to the west, or over the narrow gorge of the River Twmmyn to the east

The hills have an interesting variety of bird life

Kerry An English name for a village near the English border. A variety of easy walks fan out from the village
Llanfair Caereinion Once the site of a Roman fort, the town is largely 18th century. It is a ggod centre for exploring the remote ara of North Powys.

The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway runs nearly six miles from the town towards Welshpool

Llanfyllin A pleasant town of Georgian and Regency roots, once known for its multitude of pubs - now alas only two pubs survive.

9 miles to the west is Lake Vyrnwy - a large man made lake that supplies Liverpool with water. A road runs right round Vyrnwy which is known in these parts for its fishing

Llanidloes A centre for walking the Plynlimon Hills which rise up behind the town. You can also walk to the sources of both the River Wye and River Severn from here

The town centre clusters round a 1609 half timbered market house.

6 miles to the west is another of those big reservoirs, Lake Clywedog, 6 miles long and completed in 1967

Machynlleth Rich in history, man has lived here since the Iron Age. Owen Glendower was proclaimed king here by his parliament in 1404.

Today the town is still beautifully situated on the River Dyfi, the number of  pubs has dropped from 24 at its zenith to 4, there is an Owen Glendower institute, the clock tower, and houses from 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Many visitors come to fish the Dyfi

Montgomery A village with fine Georgian and half timbered buildings. The ruins of Montgomery Castle look down on the town - the castle was owned by the ubiquitous Herbert family
Newtown A town on the River Severn with hills all around

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A busy market town with many Georgian buildings. The best known attraction in the area is Powis Castle
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Land of  legends and mountains - Berwyn Mountains in Mid Wales