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Free days out


As we all know, the best things in life are free. Which is handy if you’re on a budget. It costs nothing to climb a mountain, hug a tree or walk along a riverbank. All of which we have in abundance in Mid Wales. Just pick your spot. There are 2,000 square miles of free entertainment out there.


You can watch the birds or follow the sculpture trail at Lake Vyrnwy, join Little Red Riding Hood on the Rock Park Fairy Tale Trail in Llandrindod Wells, or stroll the pleasure gardens of soprano Adelina Patti at Craig-y-Nos Country Park. You can see world-class contemporary art at Oriel Davies in Newtown or the Museum of Modern Art Wales at Machynlleth and walk a wooden causeway to a thatched roundhouse raised on stilts above Llangorse Lake at the Welsh Crannog Centre. And from the terrace of the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre at Libanus, you will get an unforgettable view of Pen-y-Fan – the highest peak in southern Britain.


None of these things will cost you a penny -as long as you bring a packed lunch and a flask, that is. Otherwise you may have to make an allowance for all the homemade cakes and freshly-ground coffee you’ll encounter on your travels.