Visit Caersws and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Caersws, Powys. So far, this small town has kept its rural character unspoilt. It is a centre for the farming interests of the upper Severn valley, where the moors of Plynlimon and the Radnor Forest drop to lush levels of green.
It is an ancient place, and its roots in the history of Roman Britain are firmly laid. Here stood a Roman military station one that concerned itself with the economic development of the region. The men holding it were probably under orders from the Twentieth Legion, which operated in West Shropshire and even to the North towards Chester. The main interest of the Empire was to exploit the lead in the Plynlimon heights; at first this was a matter for central government authority, but in course of time the mine-workings were apparently farmed out to local people.
A Roman road can be traced, leaving the modern highway between Newtown and Llanidloes shortly after Penstrowed, on the South side of the Severn, passing through Maes-mawr Hall on the outskirts of Caersws, and then striking West across the fields to connect with the farm roads to Trefeglwys. Here the uplands crowd in again on the River Trannon, and no motorable track can follow the ancient pack-way, though a mountain road can be taken to Llawryglyn over Foel Fawr to Stay-little and Dylife. Before the Romans. the route across the hills to Caersws may have been regularly used: this is suggested by the standing stones leading to Llawryglyn and by the many encampments on the neighbouring hills.
South from Caersws, the pleasant village of Llandinam is worth seeing. Milton's “Sabrina fair” in Comus is said to have been inspired by a visit to the Severn he made when at Ludlow, and by a particular meadow near Caersws.
The church in the small village of Llanwnog, a little to the North of Caersws, shares its Roman memories. The foundations of the tower are laid on stones believed to have been gathered from an imperial building close by.
Nearby towns: Llanidloes, Machynlleth, Newtown
Nearby villages: Aberhafesp, Abermule, Berriew, Bettws Cedewain, Carno, Castle Caereinion, Felindre, Kerry, Llanbadarn Fynydd, Llanbrynmair, Llandinam, Llanfair Caereinion, Llangurig, Llanllugan, Llanwnog, Manafon, Mochdre, Pennant, Staylittle, Talerddig, Trefeglwys, Tregynon, Y Fan
Have you decided to visit Caersws or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Caersws bed and breakfast (a Caersws B&B or Caersws b and b)
- a Caersws guesthouse
- a Caersws hotel (or motel)
- a Caersws self-catering establishment, or
- other Caersws accommodation