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County of Powys Sir Powys
Geography
Area
Surface area
Surface area is the measure of how much exposed area a solid object has, expressed in square units. Mathematical description of the surface area is considerably more involved than the definition of arc length of a curve. For polyhedra the surface area is the sum of the areas of its faces...


- Total
- % Water
Ranked 1st
5,179
1 E9 m²
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 km²
? %
Admin HQ Llandrindod Wells
Llandrindod Wells
Llandrindod Wells , colloquially known locally as "Llandod", is a town and community in Powys, within the historic boundaries of Radnorshire, mid Wales, United Kingdom. It was developed as a spa town in the 19th century, with a boom in the late 20th century as a centre of local government. Before...

ISO 3166-2
ISO 3166-2:GB
ISO 3166-2:GB is the entry for the United Kingdom in ISO 3166-2, part of the ISO 3166 standard published by the International Organization for Standardization , which defines codes for the names of the principal subdivisions of all countries coded in ISO 3166-1.Currently for the United Kingdom,...

GB-POW
ONS code
ONS coding system
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00NN
Demographics
Population
Population
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:
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- Density
Population density
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Ranked
{{About|the county in Wales|other uses|Kingdom of Powys|and|Powys (surname)}}
County of Powys Sir Powys
Geography
Area
Surface area
Surface area is the measure of how much exposed area a solid object has, expressed in square units. Mathematical description of the surface area is considerably more involved than the definition of arc length of a curve. For polyhedra the surface area is the sum of the areas of its faces...


- Total
- % Water
Ranked 1st
5,179
1 E9 m²
To help compare orders of magnitude of different geographical regions, we list here areas between 1,000 km2 and 10,000 km2. See also areas of other orders of magnitude.* areas less than 1000 km2* 1,000 km2 is equal to:...

 km²
? %
Admin HQ Llandrindod Wells
Llandrindod Wells
Llandrindod Wells , colloquially known locally as "Llandod", is a town and community in Powys, within the historic boundaries of Radnorshire, mid Wales, United Kingdom. It was developed as a spa town in the 19th century, with a boom in the late 20th century as a centre of local government. Before...

ISO 3166-2
ISO 3166-2:GB
ISO 3166-2:GB is the entry for the United Kingdom in ISO 3166-2, part of the ISO 3166 standard published by the International Organization for Standardization , which defines codes for the names of the principal subdivisions of all countries coded in ISO 3166-1.Currently for the United Kingdom,...

GB-POW
ONS code
ONS coding system
In the United Kingdom, the Office for National Statistics maintains a series of codes to represent a wide range of geographical areas of the UK, for use in tabulating census and other statistical data...

00NN
Demographics
Population
Population
A population is all the organisms that both belong to the same group or species and live in the same geographical area. The area that is used to define a sexual population is such that inter-breeding is possible between any pair within the area and more probable than cross-breeding with individuals...

:
- ({{Welsh council population|TXT=Year}})
- Density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...


 
Ranked
{{About|the county in Wales|other uses|Kingdom of Powys|and|Powys (surname)}}
County of Powys Sir Powys
Geography
Area
Surface area
Surface area is the measure of how much exposed area a solid object has, expressed in square units. Mathematical description of the surface area is considerably more involved than the definition of arc length of a curve. For polyhedra the surface area is the sum of the areas of its faces...


- Total
- % Water
Ranked 1st
5,179
1 E9 m²
To help compare orders of magnitude of different geographical regions, we list here areas between 1,000 km2 and 10,000 km2. See also areas of other orders of magnitude.* areas less than 1000 km2* 1,000 km2 is equal to:...

 km²
? %
Admin HQ Llandrindod Wells
Llandrindod Wells
Llandrindod Wells , colloquially known locally as "Llandod", is a town and community in Powys, within the historic boundaries of Radnorshire, mid Wales, United Kingdom. It was developed as a spa town in the 19th century, with a boom in the late 20th century as a centre of local government. Before...

ISO 3166-2
ISO 3166-2:GB
ISO 3166-2:GB is the entry for the United Kingdom in ISO 3166-2, part of the ISO 3166 standard published by the International Organization for Standardization , which defines codes for the names of the principal subdivisions of all countries coded in ISO 3166-1.Currently for the United Kingdom,...

GB-POW
ONS code
ONS coding system
In the United Kingdom, the Office for National Statistics maintains a series of codes to represent a wide range of geographical areas of the UK, for use in tabulating census and other statistical data...

00NN
Demographics
Population
Population
A population is all the organisms that both belong to the same group or species and live in the same geographical area. The area that is used to define a sexual population is such that inter-breeding is possible between any pair within the area and more probable than cross-breeding with individuals...

:
- ({{Welsh council population|TXT=Year}})
- Density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...


 
Ranked {{Welsh council population
{{Welsh council population|POP=00NN}}
Ranked {{Welsh council population
{{Welsh council population|DEN=00NN}} / km²
Ethnicity 99.3% White
Welsh language
Welsh language
Welsh is a member of the Brythonic branch of the Celtic languages spoken natively in Wales, by some along the Welsh border in England, and in Y Wladfa...


- Any skills
Ranked 7th
30.1%
Politics

Powys County Council
Powys.gov.uk
Control {{Welsh council control|ONS=00NN}}
MPs
  • Roger Williams
    Roger Williams (UK politician)
    Roger Hugh Williams is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He has been the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Brecon and Radnorshire since the 2001 general election.-Early life:...

  • Glyn Davies
    Glyn Davies (Welsh politician)
    Glyn Davies is a Welsh Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire since May 2010, and is a former member of the National Assembly for Wales in the Mid and West Wales region .-Background:Educated at Castle Caereinion...

AMs
Members of the National Assembly for Wales
The National Assembly for Wales is composed of 60 members known as AMs or Assembly Members...

  • Karen Sinclair
    Karen Sinclair
    Karen Sinclair AM is a Welsh Labour politician, who has represented the constituency of Clwyd South since the National Assembly for Wales was established in 1999. Born and brought up in Wrexham, north Wales, Sinclair has lived in Llangollen for over twenty years.-Education and professional...

  • Mick Bates
    Mick Bates (politician)
    Mick Bates is an Independent Liberal Democrat politician. He was Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Montgomeryshire between 1999 and 2011.-Background:...

  • Kirsty Williams
    Kirsty Williams
    Victoria Kirsty Williams is a British politician. She is the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and the Member of the Welsh Assembly for Brecon and Radnorshire.-Early life:...

     (Constituency)
  • North Wales (Part)
  • Mid and West Wales (Part)
    (Regional)
  • MEPs
    Member of the European Parliament
    A Member of the European Parliament is a person who has been elected to the European Parliament. The name of MEPs differ in different languages, with terms such as europarliamentarian or eurodeputy being common in Romance language-speaking areas.When the European Parliament was first established,...

  • Wales

  • Powys (icon;
    Welsh
    Welsh language
    Welsh is a member of the Brythonic branch of the Celtic languages spoken natively in Wales, by some along the Welsh border in England, and in Y Wladfa...

    : ˈpowɪs) is a local-government county and preserved county
    Preserved counties of Wales
    The preserved counties of Wales are the current areas used in Wales for the ceremonial purposes of Lieutenancy and Shrievalty. They are based on the counties created by the Local Government Act 1972 and used for local government and other purposes between 1974 and 1996.-Usage:The Local Government ...

     in Wales
    Wales
    Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain, bordered by England to its east and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to its west. It has a population of three million, and a total area of 20,779 km²...

    .

    Geography

    See the list of places in Powys for all towns and villages in Powys.

    Powys covers the historic counties of Montgomeryshire
    Montgomeryshire
    Montgomeryshire, also known as Maldwyn is one of thirteen historic counties and a former administrative county of Wales. Montgomeryshire is still used as a vice-county for wildlife recording...

     and Radnorshire
    Radnorshire
    Radnorshire is one of thirteen historic and former administrative counties of Wales. It is represented by the Radnorshire area of Powys, which according to the 2001 census, had a population of 24,805...

    , most of Brecknockshire
    Brecknockshire
    Brecknockshire , also known as the County of Brecknock, Breconshire, or the County of Brecon is one of thirteen historic counties of Wales, and a former administrative county.-Geography:...

     (Breconshire), and a small part of Denbighshire
    Denbighshire (historic)
    Historic Denbighshire is one of thirteen traditional counties in Wales, a vice-county and a former administrative county, which covers an area in north east Wales...

     — an area of 5,179 km², making it the largest county in Wales by land area.

    It is bounded to the north by Gwynedd
    Gwynedd
    Gwynedd is a county in north-west Wales, named after the old Kingdom of Gwynedd. Although the second biggest in terms of geographical area, it is also one of the most sparsely populated...

    , Denbighshire
    Denbighshire
    Denbighshire is a county in north-east Wales. It is named after the historic county of Denbighshire, but has substantially different borders. Denbighshire has the distinction of being the oldest inhabited part of Wales. Pontnewydd Palaeolithic site has remains of Neanderthals from 225,000 years...

     and Wrexham
    Wrexham (county borough)
    Wrexham is a county borough centred on the town of Wrexham in north-east Wales. The county borough has a population of 130,200 inhabitants. Just under half of the population live either within the town of Wrexham or its surrounding conurbation of urban villages. The remainder living to the south...

    ; to the west by Ceredigion
    Ceredigion
    Ceredigion is a county and former kingdom in mid-west Wales. As Cardiganshire , it was created in 1282, and was reconstituted as a county under that name in 1996, reverting to Ceredigion a day later...

     and Carmarthenshire
    Carmarthenshire
    Carmarthenshire is a unitary authority in the south west of Wales and one of thirteen historic counties. It is the 3rd largest in Wales. Its three largest towns are Llanelli, Carmarthen and Ammanford...

    ; to the east by Shropshire
    Shropshire
    Shropshire is a county in the West Midlands region of England. For Eurostat purposes, the county is a NUTS 3 region and is one of four counties or unitary districts that comprise the "Shropshire and Staffordshire" NUTS 2 region. It borders Wales to the west...

     and Herefordshire
    Herefordshire
    Herefordshire is a historic and ceremonial county in the West Midlands region of England. For Eurostat purposes it is a NUTS 3 region and is one of three counties that comprise the "Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire" NUTS 2 region. It also forms a unitary district known as the...

    ; and to the south by Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil
    Merthyr Tydfil
    Merthyr Tydfil is a town in Wales, with a population of about 30,000. Although once the largest town in Wales, it is now ranked as the 15th largest urban area in Wales. It also gives its name to a county borough, which has a population of around 55,000. It is located in the historic county of...

    , Caerphilly
    Caerphilly (county borough)
    Caerphilly is a county borough in southern Wales, straddling the ancient county boundary between Glamorgan and Monmouthshire.Its main town is Caerphilly, and also the largest...

    , Blaenau Gwent
    Blaenau Gwent
    Blaenau Gwent is a county borough in South Wales, sharing its name with a parliamentary constituency. It borders the unitary authority areas of Monmouthshire and Torfaen to the east, Caerphilly to the west and Powys to the north. Its main towns are Abertillery, Brynmawr, Ebbw Vale and...

    , Monmouthshire
    Monmouthshire
    Monmouthshire is a county in south east Wales. The name derives from the historic county of Monmouthshire which covered a much larger area. The largest town is Abergavenny. There are many castles in Monmouthshire .-Historic county:...

     and Neath Port Talbot
    Neath Port Talbot
    Neath Port Talbot is a county borough and one of the unitary authority areas of Wales. Neath Port Talbot is the 8th most populous county in Wales and the third most populous county borough....

    .

    Most of Powys is mountainous, with north-south transportation by car being difficult.

    The majority of the Powys population is made up of small villages and towns. The largest towns are Newtown, Ystradgynlais
    Ystradgynlais
    Ystradgynlais is a town on the River Tawe in south west Powys; it is the second largest town in Powys, Wales. The town grew around the iron-making, coal-mining and watch-making industries....

    , Brecon
    Brecon
    Brecon is a long-established market town and community in southern Powys, Mid Wales, with a population of 7,901. It was the county town of the historic county of Brecknockshire; although its role as such was eclipsed with the formation of Powys, it remains an important local centre...

    , and Welshpool
    Welshpool
    Welshpool is a town in Powys, Wales, or ancient county Montgomeryshire, from the Wales-England border. The town is low-lying on the River Severn; the Welsh language name Y Trallwng literally meaning 'the marshy or sinking land'...

     with populations of 12,783, 9,004, 7,901 and 6,269 respectively (2001).

    Just under a third of the residents have Welsh linguistic skills and Welsh speakers are concentrated mainly in the rural areas both in and around Machynlleth
    Machynlleth
    Machynlleth is a market town in Powys, Wales. It is in the Dyfi Valley at the intersection of the A487 and the A489 roads.Machynlleth was the seat of Owain Glyndŵr's Welsh Parliament in 1404, and as such claims to be the "ancient capital of Wales". However, it has never held any official...

    , Llanfyllin
    Llanfyllin
    Llanfyllin is a small town in Powys, Mid Wales, United Kingdom.- Location, history and amenities :Llanfyllin's population at the date of the 2001 Census was 1,407. The town lies on the River Cain by the Berwyn Mountains in Montgomeryshire. It is known for its holy well, dedicated to Saint Myllin....

     and Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant
    Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant
    Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant is a village in Powys, mid Wales. Population 1,470 , Welsh-speaking 65% .The village is best known as the former parish of William Morgan, then a vicar who first translated the Bible into Welsh and later rose to become a Bishop at Llandaff Cathedral and St...

     (where William Morgan
    William Morgan (Bible translator)
    William Morgan was Bishop of Llandaff and of St Asaph, and the translator of the first version of the whole Bible into Welsh from Greek and Hebrew.-Life:...

     first translated the whole Bible into Welsh in 1588) in Montgomeryshire ({{lang-cy|Sir Drefaldwyn}}), and the industrial area of Ystradgynlais
    Ystradgynlais
    Ystradgynlais is a town on the River Tawe in south west Powys; it is the second largest town in Powys, Wales. The town grew around the iron-making, coal-mining and watch-making industries....

     in the extreme south-west of Brecknockshire ({{lang-cy|Sir Frycheiniog}}). Radnorshire
    Radnorshire
    Radnorshire is one of thirteen historic and former administrative counties of Wales. It is represented by the Radnorshire area of Powys, which according to the 2001 census, had a population of 24,805...

     ({{lang-cy|Sir Faesyfed}}) was almost completely Anglicised by the end of the 18th century.

    For a map of the current distribution of Welsh speakers see the website of bwrdd-yr-iaith/The Welsh Language Board

    History


    This area is named after the older Welsh/British Kingdom of Powys, which occupied the northern two thirds of the area as well as lands now in England, and came to an end when it was occupied by Llywelyn ap Gruffydd
    Llywelyn ap Gruffydd
    Llywelyn ap Gruffydd may refer to:*Llywelyn the Last *Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan...

     of Gwynedd
    Kingdom of Gwynedd
    Gwynedd was one petty kingdom of several Welsh successor states which emerged in 5th-century post-Roman Britain in the Early Middle Ages, and later evolved into a principality during the High Middle Ages. It was based on the former Brythonic tribal lands of the Ordovices, Gangani, and the...

     during the 1260s.

    In December 2007 Powys was awarded Fairtrade County status by the Fairtrade Foundation.

    Heraldry


    The gold in the county coat of arms (see right) symbolises the wealth of the area. Black for both mining and the Black Mountains
    Black Mountains
    There are several mountain ranges named the Black Mountains:* Black Mountains * Black Mountains * Black Mountains * Black Mountains * Black Mountains * Black Mountains...

    . The fountain is a medieval heraldic
    Heraldry
    Heraldry is the profession, study, or art of creating, granting, and blazoning arms and ruling on questions of rank or protocol, as exercised by an officer of arms. Heraldry comes from Anglo-Norman herald, from the Germanic compound harja-waldaz, "army commander"...

     charge
    Charge (heraldry)
    In heraldry, a charge is any emblem or device occupying the field of an escutcheon . This may be a geometric design or a symbolic representation of a person, animal, plant, object or other device...

    , always shown as a roundel barry wavy Argent and Azure. It represents water and, therefore, both refers to the water catchment area and the rivers and lakes. The arms, therefore, contain references to the hills and mountains, rivers and lakes, water supply and industry.

    The crest continues the colouring of the arms. A tower has been used in preference to a mural crown, which alludes to the county's military history and remains. From the tower rises a red kite
    Red Kite
    The Red Kite is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards, and harriers. The species is currently endemic to the Western Palearctic region in Europe and northwest Africa, though formerly also occurred just...

    , a bird almost extinct elsewhere in Britain, but thriving here. The bird is semy of black lozenges for the former coal mining industry, while the golden fleece it carries is a reference to the importance of sheep rearing in Powys).

    The county motto is, Powys - the paradise of Wales ({{lang-cy|Powys Paradwys Cymru}}).

    Government



    {{seealso|Powys County Council}}
    Powys was originally created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972
    Local Government Act 1972
    The Local Government Act 1972 is an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom that reformed local government in England and Wales on 1 April 1974....

    , and originally had Montgomery
    Montgomeryshire (district)
    Montgomeryshire was, from 1974 to 1996, one of three districts of the county of Powys, Wales. The district had an identical area to the previous administrative county of Montgomeryshire....

     and Radnor
    Radnorshire (district)
    Radnorshire was one of three districts of the county of Powys, Wales, from 1974 - 1996. The district had an identical area to the previous administrative county of Radnorshire....

     and Brecknock
    Brecknock (borough)
    The Borough of Brecknock was one of the three local government districts of the county of Powys, Wales from 1974 to 1996. The district comprised the majority of the historic county of Brecknockshire....

     as districts under it, which were based directly on the former administrative counties.

    On 1 April 1996, the districts were abolished, and Powys was reconstituted as a unitary authority
    Unitary authority
    A unitary authority is a type of local authority that has a single tier and is responsible for all local government functions within its area or performs additional functions which elsewhere in the relevant country are usually performed by national government or a higher level of sub-national...

    , with a minor border adjustment in the north-east (specifically the addition of the communities of Llansilin
    Llansilin
    Llansilin is a village and local government community in Powys, Wales, about 6 miles west of Oswestry. The community, which includes Llansilin village, a large rural area and the hamlets of Molfre and Rhiwlas as well as the remote parish of Llangadwaladr, had a population of 648 at the 2001...

     and Llangedwyn
    Llangedwyn
    Llangedwyn is a village in Powys, Wales at .It lies in the Tanat Valley near to the Wales/England border. It is approximately five miles from the small town of Llanfyllin and ten miles from the Shropshire market town of Oswestry. The Berwyn mountain range is nearby, as is Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall...

     from Glyndwr
    Glyndwr
    Glyndŵr was one of six districts of Clwyd between 1974 and 1996.It was formed on April 1, 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, from parts of the administrative counties of Denbighshire and Merionethshire....

     district in Clwyd
    Clwyd
    Clwyd is a preserved county of Wales, situated in the north-east, bordering England with Cheshire to its east, Shropshire to the south-east, and the Welsh counties of Gwynedd to its immediate west and Powys to the south. It additionally shares a maritime border with the metropolitan county of...

    , along with the movement of the border so that all of, and not as previously half of, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant
    Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant
    Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant is a village in Powys, mid Wales. Population 1,470 , Welsh-speaking 65% .The village is best known as the former parish of William Morgan, then a vicar who first translated the Bible into Welsh and later rose to become a Bishop at Llandaff Cathedral and St...

     was in Powys, all historically part of Denbighshire
    Denbighshire (historic)
    Historic Denbighshire is one of thirteen traditional counties in Wales, a vice-county and a former administrative county, which covers an area in north east Wales...

    ).

    The first Lord Lieutenant of Powys
    Lord Lieutenant of Powys
    This is an incomplete list of people who have served as Lord Lieutenant for Powys. Prior to 1974, the Monarch was represented in the area by the Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire, the Lord Lieutenant of Radnorshire and the Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire....

     was previously the Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire
    Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire
    The following is a list of people that have held the title of Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire. After 1761, all Lord Lieutenants were also Custos Rotulorum of Montgomeryshire...

    . The Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire
    Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire
    This is a list of people who served as Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire. After 1723, all Lord Lieutenants were also Custos Rotulorum of Brecknockshire...

     and Lord Lieutenant of Radnorshire
    Lord Lieutenant of Radnorshire
    This is a list of people who have served as Lord-Lieutenant of Radnorshire. After 1715, all Lord Lieutenants were also Custos Rotulorum of Radnorshire...

     were appointed as Lieutenants.

    The present Lord Lieutenant
    Lord Lieutenant
    The title Lord Lieutenant is given to the British monarch's personal representatives in the United Kingdom, usually in a county or similar circumscription, with varying tasks throughout history. Usually a retired local notable, senior military officer, peer or business person is given the post...

     is The Hon. Mrs Elizabeth Shân Legge-Bourke
    Shân Legge-Bourke
    Elizabeth Shân Josephine Legge-Bourke LVO is a Welsh landowner....

     LVO of Crickhowell
    Crickhowell
    Crickhowell is a small town in Powys, Mid Wales.-Location:The name Crickhowell is taken from that of the nearby Iron Age hill fort of Crug Hywel above the town, the Welsh language name being anglicised by map-makers and local English-speaking people...

    .

    Quality of life


    Recent research suggests that Powys is the happiest
    Quality of life
    The term quality of life is used to evaluate the general well-being of individuals and societies. The term is used in a wide range of contexts, including the fields of international development, healthcare, and politics. Quality of life should not be confused with the concept of standard of...

     place in the UK, however, even the researchers said the numbers were not statistically significant.

    Cave systems

    • Ogof Agen Allwedd
      Ogof Agen Allwedd
      Ogof Agen Allwedd or Agen Allwed, also known as Aggy, is, at 32½ km long, one of the longest cave systems in Wales, and the longest cave system on the Llangattock escarpment, where Ogof y Daren Cilau is also found....

    • Ogof Craig a Ffynnon
      Ogof Craig a Ffynnon
      Ogof Craig a Ffynnon is a cave in Wales. The cave is about 7km in length .The cave is renowned as one of the most well-decorated caves in Britain.The cave contains some early short crawling...

    • Ogof Ffynnon Ddu
      Ogof Ffynnon Ddu
      Ogof Ffynnon Ddu is a cave located under a hillside in the area surrounding Penwyllt in the Upper Swansea Valley in South Wales...

    • Ogof y Daren Cilau
      Ogof y Daren Cilau
      Ogof y Daren Cilau is one of several cave systems in the Llangattock escarpment near Crickhowell in south Powys, Wales.Its awkward 517m entrance crawl is a natural barrier to any casual visitor and precludes the need for a locked gate to protect it from vandals.Highlights of Daren Cilau include the...


    Lakes, reservoirs and waterfalls

    • The Elan Valley Reservoirs
      Elan Valley Reservoirs
      The Elan Valley Reservoirs are a chain of man-made lakes and reservoirs in the Elan Valley in Powys, Mid Wales , using the rivers Elan and Claerwen...

      :
    • Lake Vyrnwy
      Lake Vyrnwy
      Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve and Estate is an area of land in Montgomeryshire, Powys, Wales, surrounding the Victorian reservoir of Lake Vyrnwy. Its stone-built dam, built in the 1880s, was the first of its kind in the world. The Nature Reserve and the area around it are jointly managed by the Royal...

    • Llangorse Lake
      Llangorse Lake
      Llangorse Lake is the largest natural lake in south Wales, and is situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park, near to the town of Brecon and the village of Llangors....

    • Llyn Clywedog
    • Pistyll y Llyn
      Pistyll y Llyn
      Pistyll y Llyn is one of the tallest waterfalls in Wales and the United Kingdom. It is a horsetail style set of falls which are located in the Cambrian Mountains about 4 km from Glaspwll in Powys, Wales....

       - one of the highest waterfalls in Wales
    • Pistyll Rhaeadr
      Pistyll Rhaeadr
      Pistyll Rhaeadr is a waterfall, located a few miles from the village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in Powys, Wales, twelve miles west of Oswestry.- Description :...

    • Water-breaks it-neck - waterfall in Radnorshire

    Museums and exhibitions

    • Brecknock Museum
      Brecknock Museum
      Brecknock Museum is a museum in Brecon, the historic county town of Brecknockshire or Breconshire in Mid Wales. It is managed by Powys County Council.- Location :...

      , Brecon
      Brecon
      Brecon is a long-established market town and community in southern Powys, Mid Wales, with a population of 7,901. It was the county town of the historic county of Brecknockshire; although its role as such was eclipsed with the formation of Powys, it remains an important local centre...

      ,
    • Centre for Alternative Technology
      Centre for Alternative Technology
      The Centre for Alternative Technology is an eco-centre in Powys, mid-Wales, dedicated to demonstrating and teaching sustainable development. CAT, despite its name, no longer concentrates its efforts exclusively on alternative technology, but provides information on all aspects of sustainable living...

      , Machynlleth
      Machynlleth
      Machynlleth is a market town in Powys, Wales. It is in the Dyfi Valley at the intersection of the A487 and the A489 roads.Machynlleth was the seat of Owain Glyndŵr's Welsh Parliament in 1404, and as such claims to be the "ancient capital of Wales". However, it has never held any official...

    • The Museum of Fiction, Llanerfyl
    • Llandrindod Wells Museum
    • Llanidloes Museum
    • Newtown Textile Museum
    • Powysland Museum, Welshpool
      Welshpool
      Welshpool is a town in Powys, Wales, or ancient county Montgomeryshire, from the Wales-England border. The town is low-lying on the River Severn; the Welsh language name Y Trallwng literally meaning 'the marshy or sinking land'...

    • The Judges Lodgings, Presteigne
      Presteigne
      Presteigne is a town and community in Powys, Wales. It was the county town of the historic county of Radnorshire, and is in the Diocese of Hereford...

    • The Old Bell Museum, Montgomery
      Montgomery, Powys
      The historic county town of Montgomery in Powys, Wales lies just three miles from the English border in the Welsh Marches. It is best known for its castle, Montgomery Castle, begun in 1223, and its parish church, begun in 1227. However its origins go back much further, as seen by the Celtic Iron...

    • The Robert Owen
      Robert Owen
      Robert Owen was a Welsh social reformer and one of the founders of utopian socialism and the cooperative movement.Owen's philosophy was based on three intellectual pillars:...

       Museum, Newtown
    • The Rhayader Museum & Gallery, Rhayader, Powys

    Castles

    • Dolforwyn Castle
      Dolforwyn Castle
      Dolforwyn castle is a castle situated within the Welsh county of Powys some 4 miles from Montgomery close to the village of Abermule...

    • Montgomery Castle
      Montgomery Castle
      Montgomery Castle is a stone masonry castle looking over the town of Montgomery in Powys, mid Wales. It is one of many Norman castles on the border between Wales and England.- Motte & Bailey Castle :...

    • Powis Castle
      Powis Castle
      Powis Castle is a medieval castle, fortress and grand country mansion located near the town of Welshpool, in Powys, Mid Wales.The residence of the Earl of Powis, the castle is known for its extensive, attractive formal gardens, terraces, parkland, deerpark and landscaped estate...

    • Tretower Castle
      Tretower Castle
      thumb|320px|right|Tretower CastleTretower castle is a castle in the village of Tretower in the county of Powys, Wales.-History:Tretower was founded as a motte and bailey castle. In the 12th century, a shell-keep was added to the motte. By c.1230 a tall cylindrical keep was added to the inside of...

    • Aberedw Castle
      Aberedw Castle
      The remains of Aberedw Castle, also known as 'Castle in Elfael Uwch Mynydd', are located at the small village of Aberedw in the county of Powys, mid-Wales.-History:...

    • Castell Du
      Castell Du
      Castell Du, also known as Sennybridge Castle or Castell Rhyd-y-Briw, is located approximately eight miles west of Brecon in Powys, Wales, and is believed to be the work of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, Prince of Wales...


    Walks

    • The Wye Valley Walk
      Wye Valley Walk
      The Wye Valley Walk is a long distance footpath in Wales and England following the course of the River Wye .-Distance:The whole route now that it has been extended runs for 136 miles .-The route:...

       from Chepstow
      Chepstow
      Chepstow is a town in Monmouthshire, Wales, adjoining the border with Gloucestershire, England. It is located on the River Wye, close to its confluence with the River Severn, and close to the western end of the Severn Bridge on the M48 motorway...

       to Rhayader
      Rhayader
      Rhayader is a market town and community in Powys, Mid Wales. It has a population of 2,075, and is the first town on the banks of the River Wye, from its source on the Plynlimon range of the Cambrian Mountains....

    • Offa's Dyke Path
      Offa's Dyke Path
      Offa's Dyke Path is a long distance footpath along the Welsh-English border. Opened in 1971, it is one of Britain's premier National Trails and draws walkers from throughout the world...

    • Glyndŵr's Way
      Glyndwr's Way
      Glyndŵr's Way is a long distance footpath in mid Wales. It runs for in an extended loop through Powys between Knighton and Welshpool.- History :...

    • Severn Way
      Severn Way
      The Severn Way is a waymarked long-distance footpath in the United Kingdom following the course of the River Severn in the West Country of England and Mid Wales.-Distance:...

    • Taff Trail
      Taff Trail
      The Taff Trail is a popular walking and cycle path that runs for between Cardiff Bay and Brecon in Wales. It is named so because it follows the course of the River Taff...

    • The Sarn Sabrina circular walk from Llanidloes via the source of the River Severn
      River Severn
      The River Severn is the longest river in Great Britain, at about , but the second longest on the British Isles, behind the River Shannon. It rises at an altitude of on Plynlimon, Ceredigion near Llanidloes, Powys, in the Cambrian Mountains of mid Wales...

       ({{lang-cy|Afon Hafren}}) in Hafren Forest
      Hafren Forest
      The Hafren Forest lies North-West of Llanidloes, an ancient market town situated in Mid-Wales.Covering around 40 square kilometres, and consisting of mainly Pine and Spruce trees, the Forest takes its name from the Afon Hafren which rises in a deep peat bog approximately 800m outside its western...

      , Plynlimon
      Plynlimon
      Plynlimon is the highest point of the Cambrian Mountains in Wales, and the highest point in Mid Wales. It is a massif that dominates the countryside of northern Ceredigion....

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    Others

    • The Black Mountains
      Black Mountains, Wales
      The Black Mountains are a group of hills spread across parts of Powys and Monmouthshire in southeast Wales, and extending across the national border into Herefordshire, England. They are the easternmost of the four ranges of hills that comprise the Brecon Beacons National Park, and are frequently...

    • Brecon Beacons
      Brecon Beacons
      The Brecon Beacons is a mountain range in South Wales. In a narrow sense, the name refers to the range of popular peaks south of Brecon, including South Wales' highest mountain, Pen y Fan, and which together form the central section of the Brecon Beacons National Park...

    • Radnor Forest
      Radnor Forest
      Radnor Forest is a rock dome in Mid Wales, and a forest only in the mediæval sense of an unenclosed area used for hunting . The highest point is Great Rhos or Rhos Fawr, a broad featureless plateau which reaches , and a similar plateau adjoining to the east, Black Mixen is the only Nuttall to...

    • Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
      Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
      The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway is a narrow gauge heritage railway in Powys, Wales. The line is around long and runs westwards from the town of Welshpool via Castle Caereinion to the village of Llanfair Caereinion. The track gauge is ....

    • Welsh National Cycle Route
    • Y Gaer, Brecon
      Y Gaer, Brecon
      Y Gaer, Brecon is a Roman fort situated near modern day Brecon in Mid Wales, United Kingdom.Y Gaer is located at .- History :...

       Roman fort
    • Battle of Bryn Glas
      Battle of Bryn Glas
      The Battle of Bryn Glas, was fought on 22 June 1402, near the towns of Knighton and Presteigne in Powys...

       site

    See also

    • List of Lord Lieutenants of Powys
      Lord Lieutenant of Powys
      This is an incomplete list of people who have served as Lord Lieutenant for Powys. Prior to 1974, the Monarch was represented in the area by the Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire, the Lord Lieutenant of Radnorshire and the Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire....

    • List of High Sheriffs of Powys
      High Sheriff of Powys
      The office of High Sheriff of Powys was established in 1974 as part of the creation of the county of Powys in Wales, replacing the shrievalties of the amalgamated counties: High Sheriff of Montgomeryshire, High Sheriff of Radnorshire and High Sheriff of Brecknockshire.This is a list of High...


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