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January 2024

Greetings, fellow explorers,

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! 

Hop on in to the first Mid Wales My Way blog of 2024 as we set foot into the captivating landscapes of Powys. 

A distinctive charm unfurls across this Welsh county, casting a spell of uniqueness, a misty morning filled with hundreds of possibilities…

As the crisp winter season blankets the undulating hills and provides a frosty embrace to our historic sites, Powys beckons you to uncover a rich tapestry of experiences that promise to kindle warmth within.

Step into the magic of January with us as we embark on an expedition through the enchanting wonders of Powys.

This is a month of possibilities, where every corner of this Welsh county holds the promise of discovery and delight. 

1. Winter Strolls in the Brecon Beacons:

  • Where: Brecon Beacons National Park

  • What: Lace up your boots and explore the frost-kissed wonders of the Brecon Beacons. Crisp air, snow-dusted peaks, and the tranquil beauty of winter await you on scenic trails like Pen y Fan. Capture the breathtaking views and let the serenity of the landscape rejuvenate your soul.


2. Embrace the Spirit of Hen Galan:

  • When: January 13th

  • Where: Throughout Wales (south)

  • What: Immerse yourself in the ancient Welsh New Year celebrations of Hen Galan. Witness the Mari Lwyd parades, where locals don white sheets, carry horse skulls adorned with festive decorations, and engage in spirited exchanges of poetry. It's a unique and lively tradition that brings the community together in a burst of laughter and merriment.

3. Cozy Pub Evenings in Hay-on-Wye:

  • Where: Hay-on-Wye

  • What: As the sun sets over the Wye Valley, head to the charming town of Hay-on-Wye. Cozy up in a traditional Welsh pub, sip on a warming local ale, and indulge in hearty meals by the fireplace. Immerse yourself in the literary vibes of the "Town of Books."


4. Powis Castle's Winter Wonderland:

  • Where: Powis Castle and Garden

  • What: Wander through the enchanting gardens and corridors of Powis Castle, where winter brings its own magic. Marvel at the frost-kissed landscapes, explore the castle's rich history, and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa in the castle café.


5. Cultural Gems in Machynlleth:

  • Where: Machynlleth

  • What: Uncover the cultural treasures of Machynlleth, a town steeped in history. Visit MOMA Machynlleth for contemporary art exhibitions, explore the Owain Glyndŵr Centre to learn about Welsh history, and stroll through the charming streets lined with unique shops and cafes.


6. Llandrindod Wells: A Thermal Haven in Winter:

  • Where: Llandrindod Wells

  • What: Indulge in the soothing warmth of Llandrindod Wells, known for its historic spa heritage. Try the rejuvenating town's waters from the chalybeate at the Rock Park Spa, stroll along the scenic lake, or explore Victorian architecture that echoes the town's rich history.


7. Knighton: A Winter Retreat in the Hills:

  • Where: Knighton

  • What: Escape to the tranquility of Knighton, nestled in the hills of Powys. Take a winter walk along Offa's Dyke Path, visit the Spaceguard Centre for celestial wonders, and cozy up in a traditional Welsh tearoom for a taste of local treats.


8. Ystradgynlais: Riverside Serenity in Winter:

  • Where: Ystradgynlais

  • What: Discover the peaceful charm of Ystradgynlais by the river. Explore the scenic beauty of the Swansea Valley, visit local craft shops, and savour a warm cup of Welsh brew in the heart of this delightful town.

9. Winter Wildlife Watching at Lake Vyrnwy:

  • Where: Lake Vyrnwy

  • What: Bundle up and venture to Lake Vyrnwy for a wildlife-watching adventure. Spot winter birds like red kites, enjoy the tranquility of the lake, and capture the beauty of nature in its serene winter coat.


10. Llanidloes: A Quaint Winter Haven:

  • Where: Llanidloes

  • What: Discover the allure of Llanidloes, a market town with historic charm. Explore the cobbled streets, visit the Old Market Hall, and relish the sense of peace that envelops the town during the winter months.


As January unveils its unique beauty in Powys, let the county's diverse offerings, weave a tapestry of delights. 

From ancient traditions, farm to fork tasty treats  to winter wonders, 

Wrap up warmly, wander freely, and let the heart of Wales enchant you. 


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