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The Hughes family extend a warm welcome to Dolswydd Caravan and camping park, which is an ideal touring base for the picturesque surrounding countryside and local attractions or for a one night stop en route to the coast, only one hour away.
Dolswydd is situated on the edge of a traditional working farm and common land. The park is peaceful and tranquil, with fine views of the welsh hills and has an abundance of local wildlife including Swans who visit daily, Red Kites, Buzzards, Otters, Ducks, Woodpeckers, Curlews, Hare and Mink.
It has modern facilities and 25 good spacious pitches mainly on hard standings, all with electric connections (16A). The park is within walking distance of the local pub which offers good home cooked food.
Thomas Shop, Penybont – Situated in the village – http://www.thomas-shop.com/museum.php -Historic shop museum, cafe and wool emporium
Radnorshire Museum – Llandrindod Wells - http://www.powys.gov.uk/index.php?id=2118&L=0- - The Radnorshire Museum, part of Powys County Council Museum Service, can be found in the centre of Llandrindod Wells, holds artefacts relating to the former county of Radnorshire and is housed in the old Carnegie Library.
The Hall at Abbey Cwm Hir – Historic Hall and gardens open to the public daily - http://www.abbeycwmhir.com/index.php/history-and-setting37.html
Abbey Cwm Hir ruins, village and church – http://www.abbeycwmhir.org.uk/ set in a unique valley, Abbey Cwn hir is well worth a visit – it is a beautiful spot. The name Abbeycwmhir derives from the Cistercian monastery built here in 1143 and translates as Abbey in the long (hir) valley (cwm). Abbeycwmhir is also the burial place of the last native Prince of Wales "Llewellyn the Last".His head was taken to London and his body buried here,there is a memorial stone for him in the ruins of the old Abbey. The village sits in the base of the valley close to the Clewedog brook and is surrounded by hills.Glyndwrs Way national walking trail and cycle route 25 pass through the village making it an ideal location for these activities.
Judges Lodgings, Presteigne- http://www.judgeslodging.org.uk/- Once called ‘the most commodious and elegant apartments for a judge in all England and Wales' (Lord Chief Justice Campbell, 1855), decay beckoned Radnorshire's disused Shire Hall into obscurity. Now, aided by an interior hardly touched by time and original furnishings discarded in attics, extensive research and restoration has re-awakened this ‘Victorian fossil'.From the stunningly restored judge's apartments to the dingy servants' quarters below you can explore their gaslit world. Damp cells remind you of the building's true purpose, along with the vast courtroom where your imagination in captured by the echoing trial of William Morgan, local duck thief.
Offas Dyke Centre – Knighton - www.offasdyke.demon.co.uk/odc.htm The Centre forms the focus for activities based on the 8th Century earthwork built by Offa. Includes information on the interactive exhibition housed there.
Site of the battle of Pilleth- Bryn Glas Battlefield- http://www.canolfanglyndwr.org/wales-pilleth.php
The Centre forms the focus for activities based on the 8th Century earthwork built by Offa. Includes information on the interactive exhibition housed there. The church is open all the time and contains some articles and papers about the battle arranged in an informal way for visitors to read there. Substantial sections of the church stood at the time of the battle (majority of the tower) and the building probably played a role during the battle prior to being burnt by Glyndŵr!
Erwood Station Craft Centre- http://www.erwood-station.co.uk/history-of-erwood-station-craft-centre?id=3- The Mid Wales Railway (MWR) opened its line from Llanidloes to Brecon in 1864, with many stations - Builth Wells and Erwood included - along its route.
Beauty Spots/Nature Reserves
Hergest ridge – footpath along the ridge with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside
Hergest Croft gardens - http://www.hergest.co.uk/hergest_estate.html
Elan Valley and reservoirs – www.elanvalley.org.uk/ The local jewel in the croft and a must for all visitors to the area.
Water Break its neck waterfall – Llanfihangle Nant Melan – situated off the A44 between Llanfihangle Nant Melan and New Radnor, a forestry road takes you to a parking place, where you can walk from to the local beauty spot.
Giggrin Farm- Red Kite Centre- Rhayader - http://gigrin.co.uk/ Mid Wales has the greatest density and diversity of birds of prey in southern Britain... Mid Wales was home to the last remaining Native Red Kites. Now, due to the hard work of the Conservation bodies here in Wales, Red Kites are once again in the ascendance.
Gilfach Nature reserve – Marteg Bridge, Rhayader - http://www.rwtwales.org/index.php/radnorshire-wildlife-trust-reserves/gilfach Set in the lovely Marteg Valley just north of Rhayader, Gilfach is a 410 acre hill farm nature reserve, owned and managed by Radnorshire Wildlife Trust for the benefit of wildlife. The farm is a mosaic of habitat including traditional hay meadows, rocky outcrops, rhos pasture, wet flushes, hill-side scrub and oak woodland, and is of course hugely rich in flora and fauna.
Stanner Rocks National Nature Reserve-http://www.first-nature.com/waleswildlife/e-nnr-stannerrocks.php Stanner Rocks NNR is the only location in Britain where the Early Star-of-Bethlehem (Gagea bohemica) - also known as the Radnor Lily -can be found. Access to this NNR is restricted because of the sensitivity of its wildlife habitats and species and because the terrain is dangerous. If unaccompanied the only part of the reserve available to the public is the level area inside the old quarry part of Stanner Rocks NNR close to the entrance. This national nature reserve is a paradise for those interested in rare and unusal plants; it has many species that are rare in Britain and more frequently associated with the Mediterranean region.
Beacon Hill- Llangunllo -http://www.rwtwales.org/index.php/radnorshire-wildlife-trust-reserves/beacon-hill.html The Beacon Hill reserve forms part of the original Manor of Gollon. It is thought that the land was originally given by William II to Ralph Mortimer Earl of Wigmore. The common land is covered extensively by grazing rights, rights to collect bracken and some rights to take stone. The sporting tenant also has various rights to cut and burn heather to encourage red grouse which breed on the moor. The Radnorshire Wildlife Trust is interested in the conservation value of the moorland which includes a wide range of bird species as well as uncommon plants.
The reserve comprises all of the common land of Beacon Hill belonging to the Crown Estate.
Rock Park Llandrindod Wells - http://www.rockpark.org.uk/rock-park.html Rock Park is situated on the south-west side of Llandrindod Wells covering approximately 12 acres (4.9 ha) of land which slopes from the North towards the River Ithon, which forms the western boundary of the park. It is one of the earliest public parks in Wales dating from the late 1860s, when the arrival of the railway and the enclosure of common land led to the development of Llandrindod as a flourishing spa town.
Offas Dyke Path – National trail - www.nationaltrail.co.uk/offasdyke/
Glyndwrs Way- www.nationaltrail.co.uk/_trail.asp?u=GlyndwrsWay/- Glyndŵr's Way was granted National Trail status in millennium year 2000. Its enigmatic name derives from the early fifteenth century folk hero Owain Glyndŵr, who won significant battles close to the route and who held a Welsh Parliament in Machynlleth.
Llandrindod Wells Lake – Local beauty spot, which has a path around it for easy access, refreshment area, shop, picnic facilities and children’s play area. Loved by all.
National Trust Attractions
Powys Castle, Welshpool - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle/
Croft Castle- www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle/
Historic Ludlow - www.ludlow.org.uk/
Hereford Cathedral, Mappa mundi and chained library - www.herefordcathedral.org/
Brecon Cathedral- www.breconcathedral.org.uk/
Many local churches, burial grounds, castles, battlefields to wonder around and enjoy.
Quackers Play Barn – Newbridge on Wye - www.quackersnow.com/
Play park at Llandrindod Wells Lake
Leisure Centres at Llandrindod Wells, Rhayader, Knighton and Presteigne
Cantref Adventure Farm, Brecon- www.cantref.com/
Brecon Canal- www.breconbeacons.org/.../monmouthshire-and-brecon-canal
One hour from the seaside towns of Aberystwyth and Borth
Vale of Rheidol railway, Aberystwyth - www.rheidolrailway.co.uk/
Borth animalarium- www.animalarium.co.uk/
Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway- www.wllr.org.uk/
Small Breeds Farm park, Kington- http://www.owlcentre.com
Sport and Leisure
Powys Leisure centres at Llandrindod Wells, Rhayader, Builth Wells, Knighton and Presteigne www.powys.gov.uk/index.
Golf courses at Llandrindod Wells, Builth Wells, Knighton, Rhosgoch and Kington
- Heart of Wales riding stables – Penybont - www.heartofwales.co.uk/
- Underhill Riding Stables – Dolau- www.underhillridingstables.co.uk/
Fishing – Spring Rock Carp Fishing – Llandgeley near Penybont - www.springrockfishery.co.uk/
The River Ithon flows by the Caravan site and visitors are welcome to fish the waters along the banks of the farm.
Phil Price Rally School- Llangunllo - http://www.philprice.co.uk/
Elan Valley Leisure- http://www.elanvalleyleisure.co.uk/list-of-activities/
Walking, Running, Bird Watching, Canoeing, Kayaking, Climbing, Abseiling, Orienteering, High-Ropes Challenge and Archery.
Oaker Wood Leisure- http://www.oakerwoodleisure.co.uk/ Paintballing, Quad trecking, High and Low rope challenges, Climbing, Clay shooting plus more.
Many local vintage shows locally throughout the year- Teme Valley vintage club, Radnor Valley vintage club plus many more exhibitions at local shows and events.
Theatre and Arts
Willow theatre – Llanwrthyl, near Rhayader – http://www. willowglobe.co.uk/
Plays, festivals and workshops in a magical living willow theatre in the beautiful upper Wye valley, Powys, mid Wales.
Wyeside Arts Centre- theatre and cinema, Builth Wells - www.wyeside.co.uk/ - Similar
Cinema, arts centre and theatre. Building history and listings for live shows, arts gallery and the cinema.
Theatre Hafren, Newtown- www.thehafren.co.uk/
Hafren, Entertainment venue for Mid Wales offering Comedy, Drama, Local Theatre, Musicals, Choirs and Children's Entertainment.
Theatre Brycheiniog, Brecon - www.brycheiniog.co.uk/ - Similar
Theatre offering a programme of entertainment and performing arts throughout the year.
The Bleddfa Centre – Centre for the creative spirit – www.bleddfacentre.com
Tower House Gallery, Knighton - thegalleryknighton.co.uk/
Presteigne is an art lovers paradise with many events and exhibitions being hosted throughout the year.
Art Cafe - Llandrindod Wells
Places to Eat
- Severn Arms Hotel, Penybont – within walking distance of the caravan site – home cooked food, real ale.
- Red Lion, Llanfihangle Nant Melan – Good food, warm welcome, theme nights.
- Jules Wine Bar – Llandrindod Wells – good food.
- Elan Hotel, Rhayader – fantastic Sunday Carvery
- Crown Inn, Rhayader – cosy and good food
- Horse and Jockey, Knighton– never fails, good home cooked food, warm welcome, always reliable.
- Herb Garden Café, Llandrindod Wells – organic home cooked food, tasty.
- Spencers brasserie, Hotel Metropole, Llandrindod Wells
- Stokesay Castle (22.6 miles)
- Ludlow Castle (25.1 miles)
- Powis Castle & Garden (27.3 miles)
- Cwmmau Farmhouse (12.3 miles)
- Croft Castle and Parkland (20.5 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Llandrindod Wells - Shaky Bridge - llandrindod Wells (4.0 miles)
- Warren Woods - Water Break Its Neck - Warren Woods (4.8 miles)
- Nantmel - Bwlch Mawr - Nantmel (5.4 miles)
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Tourer storage facilities
Commercial vehicles allowed
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Hay on Wye: Castle Bus Stop — 15.0mi
Llandinam (Powys): Coach Stop — 16.4mi
Llanidloes: The Gro Bus Station — 16.5mi
- Train stations
Pen-y-Bont Rail Station — 1.4mi
Dolau Rail Station — 2.5mi
Llandrindod Rail Station — 4.0mi
- Ferry ports
- Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing — 44.6mi
- Gloucestershire Airport — 54.8mi
Train - The Penybont Railway Station is about a mile out of the village. We can provide transport from the station. It is a request stop on the beautiful Heart of Wales line. www.heart-of-wales.co.uk/
Buses to the village can be caught from Hereford, Kington and Llandrindod Wells.
Information on public transport can be found on: http://www.traveline-cymru.info/
Dolswydd Farm is located on the A44 to the East of Penybont village in Mid Wales. Between Llandegley and Penybont signposted off Penybont Common for Dolswydd Caravan site.