Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Abermule, Powys, a small village 4 miles North East of Newtown, is set in a particularly lush part of the Severn valley. Across the river to the West, on a green hill, is the site of Castell Dolforwyn. This was built by Llywelyn, the last native Prince of Wales, almost as a challenge to the royal stronghold of Montgomery. It was granted to Roger Mortimer after the fall and death of Llywelyn. There is little left of the castle. The meadow below it along the Severn is called Dolforwyn (Maiden's Meadow). Local tradition places here the scene of the drowning of the unfortunate nymph Sabrina, the daughter of Locrine. The story comes from the fertile imagination of Geoffrey of Monmouth, who relates in convincing detail that Locrine, when King of Britain, fell in love with Estrildis and had a daughter by her, which roused the envy of Gwendolen, his own queen. Gwendolen seized power and threw Sabrina into the river, “whereby it comes that down to our own time this river is called Habren in the British tongue, although by a corruption of speech it is called Sabrina in the other tongue” The story was used by Milton in his masque Comus, where Sabrina is invoked as the goddess of chastity.
The cast-iron bridge over the river was built in 1852 and carries an inscription pointing out that it was the second iron bridge constructed in the county of Montgomery. Railway enthusiasts will remember that Abermule was the scene of one of the few accidents that ever occurred on the old Cambrian Railway.
Nearby towns: Llanfair Caereinion, Newtown, Welshpool
Nearby villages: Aberhafesp, Acton, Beguildy, Berriew, Bettws Cedewain, Bryn, Buttington, Caersws, Castle Caereinion, Chirbury, Church Stoke, Clun, Felindre, Forden, Hyssington, Hyssington, Kerry, Leighton, Llandinam, Llandyssil, Llanerfyl, Llangadfan, Llangyniew, Llanllugan, Llanwnog, Mainstone, Manafon, Meadowtown, Mochdre, Montgomery, Sarn, Snead, Tregynon, Trelystan
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation