Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Clyro, Powys, lies under its own hill, a little more than 1,000 ft high, where the Wye at last breaks out of the Ellennith (or Moruge, as the Normans of Gerald de Barn's day called it), the moor and peat of Central Wales, into the green breadth of the borderlands. It is a very short way from Hay-on-Wye, and it may have been ancestral to that town. For the Romans — striking into the western hills with an eye to the riches they held in lead, copper, silver, and gold — set a station at Clyro between the water-valley and the forests: a station that probably looked along the Roman road eastwards to Brinsop, now in Herefordshire, where the church stands, like that at Caerhun, within the squared earth-embankments of another of their stations, watching the ways from Magnis (Kenchester) to Gobannium (Abergavenny) and Isca (Caerleon).
If you come to it from Kington. you will pass Rhydspence after Brilley, a place on the English side of the border and giving its inn the name of the Last House in England, its presence in the area is unlikely to be from earlier than Tudor times, though it claims patronage by the Marcher Lords and their princely Welsh rivals.
Clyro itself is a pleasing place some distance from the Clyro Castle built by direction of the Norman William de Braose, but still near to the first fort thrown up by the Romans. The Norman Castle, now ruined, had a successor in the time of Queen Elizabeth Tudor, a mansion unluckily destroyed by fire and replaced by a modern reconstruction. with the original battlemented gateway now serving as entrance to a farm. Further beyond Llowes, a neighbouring village, which has in its churchyard a magnificent Celtic cross dating from about A.D. 600, and close to Glasbury, stands Maes-yr-Onnen (Ash Field), one of the oldest Nonconformist meeting-houses in Wales, founded in 1696; it still has furnishings of the 17th century.
A more modern connection is that in Clyro Francis Kilvert held a curacy for seven years. His diary opens with the last two of these years, 1870—2, and has many charming anecdotes of the people and sketches of the wind and weather in this hilly district, which seem at a distance of 700 years to echo what Gerald de Barn, the Welshman who served a Norman bishop, felt about other such places.
Nearby cities: Hereford
Nearby towns: Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Kington, Talgarth
Nearby villages: Almeley, Boughrood, Bredwardine, Bronllys, Clifford, Colva, Cregrina, Dorstone, Eardisley, Erwood, Felin Fach, Gladestry, Glasbury, Glascwm, Hergest, Hundred House, Huntington, Huntington, Llandefalle, Llanigon, Llanstephan, Llowes, Llyswen, Michaelchurch Escley, Newchurch, Painscastle, Rhosgoch, Velindre, Willersley, Winforton
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