Mid Wales is one of the most sparsely populated areas in the UK, but dotted around the countryside are some fabulous local towns which offer a glimpse into life in the Welsh hills. We have great local communities and all of the local towns have their own character.
Fforest Fields is situated 4 miles from the old market town of Builth Wells, where you’ll find all the conveniences of a local town including butchers, bakers, groceries and cafes. The Victorian Spa town of Llandrindod Wells has a large supermarket and lots of small independent shops for your browsing pleasure.
Builth Wells is a charming old market town, with a lively high street boasting a number of independent shops. The town grew up around a Norman castle and you can walk up the mound. There is a Co-Op Supermarket in Builth as well as great butchers, or take a walk alongside the River Wye and admire the bridge which has been a vital crossing point for centuries.
Llandrindod Wells owes its modern origins to the railway line and the spring waters, which were recognised to have healing properties. A beautiful and fashionable Victorian getaway, the town hosts some fantastic examples of Victorian architecture, parks and grottos. There are some great independent shops in the town and with the largest supermarket in the region it is a good place to visit for those holiday essentials.
The world-famous town of books, a bibliophile’s dream, the winding streets of Hay on Wye are home to a wide range of second-hand book shops and vintage finds. The town also plays host to the Hay Festival and surrounding fringe events every year and is a favourite for book and arts lovers from across the country. For those staying at Fforest Fields it offers a fabulous day out, with a great selection of places to eat as well as some interesting events and even a tiny arts cinema showing leftfield documentaries and artistic films.
Llanwrtyd has been described as a town with a ‘marvellous sense of humour and an ingratiating eccentricity’. This small and friendly town plays host to the World Alternative Games and the World Bog Snorkelling Championships, as well as Man Vs. Horse, a race like no other!
Brecon was first established as a community by the Romans, who instated a barracks there for the conquest of Wales. The Normans also saw the defensive and strategic importance of Brecon and established a castle and worked on the cathedral. Brecon sits in the Brecon Beacons National Park and the peaks can be seen from the town, it also has a great entertainment calendar including the Brecon Jazz Festival, Green Man Festival as well as a range of treats at Theatr Brechiniog.
This charming border town has picturesque narrow streets and black and white timber framed houses. Famed locally for its independent shops, cafes and inns as well as the Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts, which showcases some of the world’s top composers as well as progressive new talent.
In the heart of the Welsh Marches, Knighton is a lovely border town that acts as a gateway to the Offa’s Dyke Trail and Glyndwr’s Way National Trail. The town has great pubs and a lively atmosphere. For those looking to explore further, it is also a great access point for the southern Shropshire hills, which offer some exceptional views and Olde pubs serving fabulous Sunday lunches!
Rhayader is the first town on the River Wye after it has wound down from its source in the Cambrian Mountains. Acting as a gateway to the stunning Elan Valley, Rhayader is a beautiful, small but perfectly formed market town which acts as a crossroad between east, west, north and south meaning that the town has welcomed travellers for centuries.
Llanidloes has been described as one of the ‘prettiest towns in mid-Wales’, it offers a range of fabulous cafes and antique shops as well as book shops offering a plethora of material for the alternative thinker. There are a number of great nights put on by local pubs and has become known more recently for its comedy scene, welcoming some top talent to this beautiful town. Llanidloes is surrounded by mountain scenery, a trip to Clywedog Reservoir and Dam nearby will treat you to some utterly breathtaking scenery.