Start at Newtown, head for Montgomery, up to Welshpool and then arrive at the Pistyl Rhaeadr waterfalls. Continue anti clockwise to Lake Vyrnwy before dropping down to Machynlleth. Head for the magnificent Elan Valley to see the dams and reservoirs before passing through Llandrindod Wells to finish at Knighton.
Birthplace of Robert Owen the social reformer the market town on the banks of the River Severn was built on textiles during the industrial revolution. There are remains of a motte and bailey mound close to the centre of town. Nearby is Gregynog Hall and Gardens set within a 750 acre estate.
Based on two hills with a 13th century castle ruins dominate the border town built around a Georgian town square. Close by there is a large Iron Age hill fort and the Welsh stronghold of Dolforwyn Castle The remains of this castle, begun by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd ('the Last') in 1273 and captured by the English in 1277, have been revealed by excavations. A mile away is a stretch of Offa’s Dyke.
Set in rolling farmland the main attraction is the impressive red sandstone hewn Powys Castle with collections from Clive of India and world famous gardens. Steam enthusiasts may like the Welshpool and Llanfair railway. Heading north the Llanfyllin workhouse built in 1837 has a grand façade and is now being fully renovated.
One of Britain’s longest drop waterfalls in the Berwyn mountains falling 230 feet in three stages in a delightful setting of trees and ferns complete with a natural arch half way down is considered one of the seven wonders of Wales.
A man-made reservoir built to send water to Liverpool with spectacular waterfalls, set in unspoilt countryside. Explore the trails in the 24,000 acre RSPB Reserve, with viewpoints and hides to observe the amazing variety of birds. Walk through the Sculpture Park below the Dam. Plus plenty of activities too, including boating, adventure activities, cycle hire, walking and horse riding.
A small market town with an amazing clock tower at the head of the beautiful Dyfi estuary. It was here Owain Glyndŵr was crowned Prince of Wales in 1404 in the presence of leaders from Scotland, Spain and France and established his parliament in the town. Medieval buildings include the Parliament House and the Royal House.
Set in the rugged Cambrian Mountains, Elan is a beautiful area enhanced by the 6 dams and reservoirs and a 73 mile aqueduct built over 100 years ago to carry drinking water to Birmingham which together have created a landscape rich in wildlife and stunning views. There are plenty of places to walk or drive to all the dams.
The name Abbey Cwm Hir derives from the Cistercian monastery built in 1143 and translates as Abbey in the long valley. It is also the burial place of the last native Prince of Wales "Llewellyn the Last". There is a memorial stone for him in the ruins of the old Abbey. The Hall built in 1834 is open to the public. Nearby Gigrin Farm is a feeding site for the Red Kite.
The market town became a popular resort and Victorian Spa town where visitors came to take the waters. You can still taste at Chalybeate Spring in the Rock Park and see the wonderful architecture from that time all around the town.
Head to Knighton a town on the banks of the River Teme rich in history on the Welsh borders with half-timbered houses and winding streets known locally as "The Narrows". Knighton has 'Walkers are Welcome' status and is unique in Wales in that two national walking trails meet here - Offa's Dyke Path and Glyndŵr's Way. The part of the Dyke here is one of the best preserved sections.