Fancy a personal tour of a private castle site? Then we have a very special treat for you in 2017! Stapleton Castle occupies a commanding position on the hill overlooking Presteigne. It has no public access, due to the perilous state of the ruins. However for 2015 we are pleased to announce that the owners, Trefor & Margaret Griffiths, are offering guided walks to private parties around the site. Tours last a minimum of one hour and include the site of the 12th century castle, the ruins of the 17th century house, the mill site and a relaxing stroll through the gardens.
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Archaeology and geology
We’re very proud of our rocks in Mid Wales. So we were delighted when 300 square miles of the Brecon Beacons National Park was designated as the Fforest Fawr European Geopark – the very first in Wales.
You might think this only matters to keen geologists who can tell their carboniferous limestone from their Silurian siltstone. But you’d be wrong.
This isn’t just about rocks. It’s about people too. For thousands of years we’ve been using our rocks to construct mysterious standing stones, Iron Age hillforts, Roman roads and Norman castles. Not forgetting the dry stone walls on our hillsides.
We really got busy during the Industrial Revolution. We built quarries, mines and limekilns to exploit our rich geological resources – and the canals, tramroads and railways to transport them.
You can still see these archaeological monuments. You can ride our steam railways and sail our scenic canals. And you can experience some of the most remarkable rocky landscapes in Europe.
Not just our many mountains, although they’re the obvious place to start. Try the Waterfall Country around Pontneddfechan, where fast-flowing rivers have worn away the mudstone to leave a series of spectacular falls. Or the immense underground limestone caves at Dan-yr-Ogof – voted the greatest natural wonder in Britain.