Visit Llanwrtyd Wells and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys. On the road between Builth Wells and Llandovery, at the point where the Irfon river runs due South from its source in the wide uplands of the Bryn Garw (Stag Hill) and the Drum yr Eira (Snow Ridge), past old Llanwrtyd with its mill, to meet the Cledan stream, the Wells of Llanwrtyd made one of the most beautiful watering-places in Wales. As a healing spring of the modern kind, it had been active since 1732, when the Vicar of Llangamarch, Theophilus Evans, discovered the properties of its water by observing (people say) the remarkable agility of frogs about a spring in the valley. Llanwrtyd has strong sulphur, chalybeate, and saline springs from the igneous rocks around it, and hotels with every other convenience once added pump-rooms to the number, but these are no longer in operation. Fishing and boating are available on the Abernant lake, and there is an excellent golf course.
Old Llanwrtyd, at the foot of Garn Dwad (1,500 ft). has an outstandingly good viewpoint where the edges of the Great Desert of Wales, the rolling moors that stretch unbroken to Rhayader and Elan and the Ystwyth valley, stand against the sky, and the walls of the Irfon glen contract about Abergwesyn. This has a church of exceptional interest and an ancient inn. It is still famous, but now attracts anglers, not the men who crowded there in earlier days, the drovers who came with cattle from over the hills and passed through Llanwrtyd on the way to places like Llandegla and the open ridgeways of Berkshire and Hampshire. It is a curious illustration of the continuity of history that the paths across the moorlands, laid in many cases by Roman legionaries supervising the transport of ores, created such places as Abergwesyn, and that the drovers, following where they had led, largely founded the modern banking system, by use of the paper-token credits passed between them as they went about their traffic.
Nearby towns: Brecon, Builth Wells, Llandovery
Nearby villages: Abergwesyn, Beulah, Builth Road, Cilycwm, Cynghordy, Garth, Halfway, Llanafan-Fawr, Llandeilo r-Fan, Llanfihangel-Nant-Bran, Llangammarch Wells, Llanwrtyd, Lower Chapel, Maesmynis, Merthyr Cynog, Newbridge on Wye, Pentre Bach, Rhandirmwyn, Upper Chapel, Ystradffin
Have you decided to visit Llanwrtyd Wells or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Llanwrtyd Wells bed and breakfast (a Llanwrtyd Wells B&B or Llanwrtyd Wells b and b)
- a Llanwrtyd Wells guesthouse
- a Llanwrtyd Wells hotel (or motel)
- a Llanwrtyd Wells self-catering establishment, or
- other Llanwrtyd Wells accommodation