Things to do at Glanoer

Glanoer is a great location to stay during your visit to Mid-Wales and well placed for a host of activities and days out.  Following are some ideas for you during your stay. We have a selection of OS maps which you are welcome to borrow and free Wi-Fi for our guests.

Llandrindod Wells (15 mins)

Take a scenic drive over the Rhogo to Llandrindod Wells, a Victoria Spa town.  Here are a variety of local independent shops, cafes and coffee shops together with the Rock Spa where you can ‘take the waters’ (revolting – don’t!) and follow the sculpture trail.

Builth Wells (15 mins)

A similar distance from Glanoer, Builth is set on the beautiful banks of the Wye River and again has a variety of local shops and cafes.

Erwood (15 mins)

Erwood Station Craft Centre just outside Builth, is a centre for over 100 local artists and craftspeople. The centre has a bird hide, riverside walk and bike hire facility together with café, exhibition and wood turning demonstrations.

Glasbury-on-Wye (30 mins)

Enjoy a leisurely day on the Wye. Hire a Canadian Canoe or kayak and see the Wye from a different angle. Paddle downstream from your starting point at Glasbury-on-Wye, stop for a leisurely lunch at Hay-on-Wye and a browse round the lovely shops there.  Re-board your canoe and continue on to your finishing point at Whitney-on-Wye. Enjoy a refreshing glass of locally brewed ale at the Boat Inn while you await your transport back to Glasbury. A fantastic day on the water, where your only companions will be the birds and wildlife. A truly magical experience, not to be missed! Wye Valley Canoes

Knighton (40 mins)

Take the scenic drive towards Pen-y-Bont and on towards Knighton. A traditional livestock market town set on the Owain Glyndwr Way.  Take the train from Knighton to Knucklas and enjoy a country ramble back to town taking in the glorious countryside.

Bishops Castle & Clun (1 hour)

Two pretty towns set in the South Shropshire Marches. Bishops Castle is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is a great spot from which to explore the surrounding countryside. It is home to the oldest brewery in the country, The Three Tuns since 1642 serving a wondrous array of ales which you cannot leave without trying.  Clun is a smaller but equally pretty village with an ancient packhouse bridge and Normal castle.  It also has its own brewery and galleries, shops and places to eat.

Hereford (45 mins)

A cathedral city which is home to the famous Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world, giving a 13th Century take on the world.

Hereford Cathedral also houses a ‘chained library’, dating from the 17th Century it is the largest surviving example in the country. Hereford has all the shops and facilities you would expect in a city but is very compact and much of it is pedestrianised making it easy to explore. All Saint Coffee Shop, located in a busy functioning church in the centre of the city, is worth a pit-stop.

Hay-on-Wye (30 mins)

The ‘Town of Books’ is home to the world famous Hay Literary Festival.  Hay is easily accessed via the main route from Builth Wells but try taking the country route home via Clyro and Painscastle for some stunning views. Hay offers a fabulous selection of boutique shops including clothes, gifts, chandeliers and foody outlets together with a plethora of book shops as you would expect.  Don’t miss the antiques emporium which is a treasure trove with some reasonably priced finds. For eats, try the Granary for a light lunch or highly recommended is the Three Tuns, sitting on the banks of the Wye.

Brecon (40 mins)

Another Cathedral city in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. The Brecon Cathedral is well worth a visit and houses a memorial to the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, an event of the Anglo-Zulu war in 1879 which inspired the classic Michael Cain film, Zulu. The Cathedral has a lovely coffee shop in the grounds.  Because of its location in the heart of the Beacons, Brecon has a wealth of outdoor pursuits shops and outlets with opportunities for mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, together with a good selection of independent shops and a covered market.

Leominster and the Black and White Trail (30-45 mins)

The drive to Leominster (pronounced ‘Lemster’) takes you along part of the Black & White villages trail (Kington, Lyonshall, Eardisland, Pembridge, Kingsland, each with its own character, tea shops, craft workshops and pubs. Dunkerton’s Cider Mill is at Pembridge and well worth a visit to see how the cider and perry is made and sample the goods!  A little further on at Monkland is the Monkland Cheese Dairy, an independent producer with a fabulous little shop where you can try local artisan cheeses before you buy. The shop also sells a variety of locally produced goods, gifts postcards and pictures. Leominster is a 7th century market and wool town set in the Herefordshire countryside well known for its antique shops.

Elan Valley and Rhayader (30 mins)

The Elan Valley Estate is an area of spectacular beauty and abundant wildlife right in the heart of mid Wales about half an hour from Glanoer. Close to Rhayader, the Elan Valley Visitors Centre is a great place to start exploring the scenery and wildlife and activities including walking, cycling, pony trekking, birdwatching and fishing. Rhayader itself, translated as the Waterfall on the Wye, is a small bustling town, home to the Royal Welsh Crystal Workshop, where you can enjoy a workshop tour with demonstrations by the master craftsmen.  Don’t miss also the Old Swan Tea Rooms at the crossroads for a fabulous selection of home-baked cakes and goodies.  Close to Rhayader is Gigrin Farm Trail and Red Kite Centre.  Daily at 3:00pm you can take your seat in one of five specially built hides to witness red kites, buzzards and crows from miles around home in to feed on fresh meat. It is spectacular and a must-see.

Golf

There are a number of local courses which welcome visitors.  These are located at Llandrindod Wells, Builth Wells and Kington.

Local Walks

From the door, you can take a number of short walks, perfect for early morning walk or evening stroll to sharpen the appetite before dinner.

Glanoer Fields

Even closer to home, feel free to explore our two fields and Glanoer Brook.  The brook contains brown trout fry and a myriad of insect and wildlife including huge dragon flies, water voles and weasels.  Spot them if you can while you take a paddle in the brook!

NEW for 2016

Powys County Council have invested in refreshing the footpaths in Bettws so there are even more walks to explore from the door.  OS maps are available for you to borrow during your visit and a number of suggested local walks are highlighted in your welcome pack.