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As you may have heard, it’s been known to rain every now and again in Mid Wales. It’s what makes our green green grass of home quite so green.


It also means you’re never far from water. More than 300 rivers, streams and waterfalls flow into Lake Vyrnwy alone. The Wye and the Severn both rise in the Plynlimon mountains above Rhayader and the source of the Usk is high on the northern slopes of the Black Mountain.


All of which explains why most of our market towns are set beguilingly beside water. We just can’t get enough of the stuff.


Not content with having the largest natural lake in South Wales at Llangorse, we created the epic reservoirs of the Vyrnwy, Elan and Claerwen valleys.


And we built a couple of canals – the Monmouthshire and Brecon and the Montgomery – that were once busy waterways of the Industrial Age. Now they’re just perfect for messing about in boats.


Hire your own for a taste of life in the slow lane. Not to mention the company of otters and kingfishers and a brand new view every morning.