There’s plenty to see and do in the local area surrounding Leylands. In addition to quaint and historic market towns and villages, there’s historic castles and gardens and the beautiful Mid Wales coastline all within easy reach. There’s also a fantastic selection of places to eat and drink to choose from.
Providing majestic views across Mid Wales, and a 72 metre high dam at Llyn Clywedog holds back 50,000 megalitres of water, making it one of Severn Trent Water’s most spectacular visitor sites.
Rare wildlife can be seen at each step along the way, with red kites and buzzards often spotted riding the thermals. The woodland and clear mountain streams are also a fantastic place to investigate for any budding explorers and the reservoir provides excellent fly fishing for trout anglers.
The Unicorn – Llanidloes
The Unicorn is a small hotel providing Bed & Breakfast and a daytime bistro which transforms into a 50-seat restaurant by night. Both daytime and evening menus offer a variety of dishes and vegetarians are also catered for and very welcome.
Bistro Hafren is a coffee and tea shop and evening bistro based in Llanidloes. Designed to offer something for everyone, the menu has dishes that range from £6 to £12.50 for main courses such as steaks, marinated fish and vegetarian crepes with a choice of starters and desserts if required.
Derwen Farm Shop
Derwen Farm Shop, Guilsfield is owned by Rachael Joseph and situated within the grounds of Derwen Garden Centre.
It’s easy to see that Rachael has a real passion for food. She sources many delicious foods locally and is always on the look out for suppliers of fresh fare, organic food, and specialist treats.
Coed Y Dinas, Welshpool
Coed-y-Dinas is one of seven stores making up the Charlies Stores Ltd Group.
The other branches are located around the Mid Wales and Borders countryside in Newtown, Aberystwyth, Carmarthen, Shrewsbury and Queensferry.
The Lion Hotel
Situated in the upper reaches of the Severn valley, The Lion Hotel in the picturesque village of Llandinam, is only four miles from Llanidloes and some eight miles from Newtown. With views of the river from the hotel’s garden, it is an ideal place to stop for lunch or dinner prepared by award winning chef patron Nick Davies and his team.
Open for lunch and evening meals, The Lion is highly recommended for the whole family. A coaching inn, built in the early 1800s, today hotel is a very much a family business, run by Nick and Joanna Davies.
With an amazing collection paintings, furniture, sculpture and tapestries, you might be surprised what you find at Powis Castle in Welshpool, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mid Wales.
In addition to the castle, be sure to visit the fantastic terraced gardens and the Clive Museum at this stunning National Trust property.