{"LocationDetails":{"Id":828,"Name":"Powys","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Powys holidays\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;ve been dreaming of wide open spaces, the kind of views you won\u0026rsquo;t find anywhere else and the feeling of being in \u0026lsquo;real Wales\u0026rsquo;, then a Powys holiday\u0026rsquo;s probably the place to start. Home to the infamous beauty of the Brecon Beacons, Offas Dyke and the Berwyn Mountains, this gorgeous region in Mid Wales pretty much has it all. The perfect adventure playground for a family escape, Powys is all about getting outdoors and remembering just how good it feels to discover a whole new world right on your doorstep.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhether you\u0026rsquo;re happy to just get walking and see where your feet take you, or you\u0026rsquo;ve got your eye on something a little more exciting, the lovely thing about the region is that there\u0026rsquo;s an attraction and activity to suit every kind of break.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll have your pick of scenic railways, so if you\u0026rsquo;re keen to take in the scenery without getting blisters then you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to enjoy the golden age of steam and some of the finest views in Wales. If you fancy a glimpse into the region\u0026rsquo;s history, Powis Castle dates back to medieval times, and it\u0026rsquo;s one of those days out that captures your imagination at any time of year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003ePlaces to visit in Powys\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eOk, so Powys isn\u0026rsquo;t only the largest county in Wales, you could say it\u0026rsquo;s also the most diverse. Part of the fun of discovering your way in Wales is creating your own adventure, seeing where your feet take you and learning new ways to spend your time in an ancient kingdom. But that said, there are some places to visit in Powys that we really think you need to add to your list.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou won\u0026rsquo;t be able to help but notice that the terrain in Mid Wales is, shall we say, rugged in places. And those dramatic peaks that make the area so unique are known as the Cambrian Mountains. The mountains actually straddle Powys and neighbouring Ceredigion, and they\u0026rsquo;re perfect for those long exhilarating walks. Part of their charm is that they\u0026rsquo;re virtually untouched, so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to enjoy unspoilt views and the feel of being a world away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;ve yet to visit the Brecon Beacons then we\u0026rsquo;re sure you\u0026rsquo;ll have\u0026nbsp;heard of them, and we have to admit this is one of our favourite places to visit in Powys. So colourful you won\u0026rsquo;t need a filter on your photos, this landscape\u0026rsquo;s got it all. The Elan Valley\u0026rsquo;s home to a series of striking reservoirs and dams that together power the electricity for Birmingham, and it\u0026rsquo;s one of those areas that makes you feel small in comparison to the landscape.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eThings to do in Powys\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAaaaaaah the things to do in Powys. Where do we start? Offa\u0026rsquo;s Dyke follows the English / Welsh border for 177 picturesque miles, and it dates all the way back to the 8\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century. The Offa\u0026rsquo;s Dyke Path is a National Trail, and if you get the chance to wander your way along a section of it, it\u0026rsquo;s a lovely way to take in the diverse landscape.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAnd then there are the various steam railways that chug their merry way through the region\u0026rsquo;s countryside. There\u0026rsquo;s the Brecon Mountain Railway, the Cambrian Railway and the Heart of Wales Railway, so no matter which part of the region you find yourself in you\u0026rsquo;ll have a journey to the golden age of steam within easy reach. \u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Hay Festival attracts literary lovers from all over the world every year, and it tends to take place from the last week of May until the first week of June. The festival sees some of the biggest names in the literary world head to the pretty little market town to share their stories with readers, and the programme\u0026rsquo;s always packed with events.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"powys","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/waterfall.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Offa’s Dyke National Trail","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOffa\u0026rsquo;s Dyke National Trail follows the border between England and Wales for 177 miles of varied and beautiful landscape, and if you walk it during spring or early summer you\u0026rsquo;ll find the route in full bloom with wild flora. An exhilerating way to take in the border that sits between England and Wales, this is one of our favourite walks in Wales.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor the most part, the trail follows the stunning Dyke built by King Offa during the 8\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century. The dyke was probably designed to divide Offa\u0026rsquo;s kingdom from rival ones in what we now know and love as Wales, but as things are far more friendly between England and Wales than those kingdoms of old the trail now weaves its way across the border at various points along the route.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are some easy circular walks that take walkers from Knighton to experience a section of the national trail, and most of them include views of the dyke and and right across the rolling hills of Powys. There are information packs available from the Offa\u0026rsquo;s Dyke Centre which include maps and point by point instructions to ensure walkers who don\u0026rsquo;t know the area can navigate the trail easily.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":52.3463,"LocationLongitude":-3.05173,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/offas dyke.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"wales/rhayader/offa’s-dyke-national-trail","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/offas dyke.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The National Cycle Collection","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re a keen cyclist you\u0026rsquo;d probably already worked out that the wide open countryside of Wales is perfect for life on two wheels \u0026ndash; but did you know that it\u0026rsquo;s also home to The National Cycle Collection? Top off a cycling holiday by immersing yourself in this museum dedicated to everything to do with cycling for an hour or two and discover the history of bikes.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHave you ever wondered how big the wheel of a penny farthing really is, or just how painful the first bikes were to ride? Well, this is the place where you can find the answers to all your cycling questions, The National Cycling Collection is even home to a mock historic street (complete with a country garage) so visitors can wander along it and feel just how rural life was all those years ago.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe museum is home to some of the earliest bikes such as Penny Farthings and Boneshakers (the name says it all doesn\u0026rsquo;t it...) as well as modern models. There\u0026rsquo;s an exhibition hall packed with displays on bike racing and the stars of the cycling world, so this attraction is a must for anyone with a love of life in the seat.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":52.2388,"LocationLongitude":-3.37753,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/cycling-bike.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"wales/rhayader/the-national-cycle-collection","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/cycling-bike.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Powis Castle and Gardens","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWhere do we start with Powis Castle and Gardens? This National Trust attraction is a foreboding medieval castle and former family seat \u0026ndash; and it looms proudly over the famous historic gardens below. Carefully-tended yews hang protectively over the garden\u0026rsquo;s rare plants and the rather grand layout reflects the styles of Italy and France. Original lead statues dot the landscape, and this all sits in the shadow of the circa 1200 castle that started out as a fortress.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe castle is by no means untouched having been tweaked and altered for more than four centuries, but that only adds to its charm and this is one of the most intriguing family attractions in Knighton. The castle was once owned privately by the Herbert family, and their extensive collections throughout include works of art, tapestries and sculptures \u0026ndash; and the best part is that every piece gives a tantalising glimpse into the lives of the people who once called this grand castle home.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eBoth inside and out, Powis Castle is a fascinating place to spend time and it\u0026rsquo;s also home to the Clive Museum, a deer park with a history dating back to medieval times and it hosts regular events throughout the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":52.6504,"LocationLongitude":-3.1607,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/blue flowers.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"wales/rhayader/powis-castle-and-gardens","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/blue flowers.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Elan Valley","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAs family attractions go, Elan Valley really is one of a kind. This 72 mile landscape of wide open space is broken up by gushing, roaring dams that can be seen for miles and look spectacular. The dams and reservoirs are a stunning feat of Victorian engineering and they only make wandering the countryside that surrounds them more exhilarating.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe valley is just under an hour\u0026rsquo;s drive from Knighton, but with its dramatic landscape and stunning views you\u0026rsquo;ll be glad you made the journey. Take a picnic and wander beside one of the vast reservoirs or venture off the beaten track for awhile and walk some of the surrounding woods with their sleepy waterfalls and historic landmarks. Some choose to take the opportunity to fish, and others take to their bikes and enjoy the views on two wheels \u0026ndash; anything goes in Elan Valley and however you enjoy it you\u0026rsquo;ll be compelled to see more.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe dams that make this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so unique provide Birmingham with clean water, just as they\u0026rsquo;ve done for more than a century. 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Beautiful, peaceful, and one of the best spots in the region for experiencing wildlife, this one\u0026rsquo;s perfect for a wander and some time out. It\u0026rsquo;s not unusual to see Red Kites feeding, and if you head to the waterfall look out for salmon leaping in and out of the water.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhen the gorse and heather are in flower, the whole reserve comes to life with splashes of colour, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find picnic tables for those family feasts before you set about wandering the reserve. There\u0026rsquo;s an information centre too, complete with toilets and a kettle for those of you with a hankering for a hot drink, and there\u0026rsquo;s something tranquil about Gilfach that makes it a truly relaxing place to spend an hour or two.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find a selection of waymarked walks, so if you fancy taking in the scenery on foot you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to pick the route that\u0026rsquo;s best for you. 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