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Local Events:

Llanwrtyd Wells is only a few minutes drive or twenty minute walk from Kilsby with a population of about 600. It is famous for hosting the World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Man Vs. Horse hill marathon and the mid-Wales Beer Festival. The town hosts many other events and activities supported by local organisations 'Green Events' and 'Green Dragon Activities'.

Local Facilities:

The town of Llanwrtyd Wells has its own tourist information centre, several shops and three friendly pubs all of which offer good food and a range of real ale, one with it's own micro-brewery which has produced the 'Champion Beer of Wales'. Hot take-away food is also available. For that special occasion or holiday treat there are two excellent restaurants in Llanwrtyd Wells offering gourmet cuisine. There is a local butcher, late opening at the Spar shop, full fuel facilities and mechanical repairs at the local garage which also offers a small general shop incorporating the local Post Office. In addition small supermarkets are available 20 minutes away in Builth Wells and Llandovery with a choice of larger supermarkets in Llandrindod Wells (30 minutes) and Brecon (45 minutes).

Cycling:

There are many miles of on and off road routes and Route 8 of the National Cycle Network passes through here. Come and try the exciting single track trails in the nearby Trallwm Forest. Bikes can be hired locally in Llanwrtyd and Builth Wells where there is a cycle shop for equipment and repairs 20 minutes drive away. Drover Holidays offer organised cycling holidays and bike-hire in the local area.

Fishing:

Mid Wales provides excellent game & coarse fishing opportunities. Your host is a keen angler and is always happy to advise on local waters of which there are many within an hour's drive.

Grayling and Brown Trout fishing on the Rivers Irfon & Wye, Sea-Trout and Salmon on the Towy, Brown Trout on the Elan Valley Lakes and a number of local stillwater Rainbow Trout fisheries are all particularly good. In addition there is also excellent coarse fishing available locally. We have our own fishing rights and can offer reduced rate wild trout fishing for £5 per day (£20 per week) on the local upper Irfon beat within walking distance from the cottage as part of the Upper Wye Passport scheme.

We are also able to provide advice on accessing many miles of coarse and game fishing through the Wye & Usk Foundation on the rivers Wye and Usk, their tributaries and a number of local stillwaters. Excellent coarse fishing is available at the Abernant Lake Hotel in Llanwrtyd Wells, Llyn Alarch ay Builth Wells, Llyngwyn near Rhayader, at the lake in Llandrindod Wells and on the River Wye at Builth Wells. The latter is renowned for specimen chub fishing.

Further details on local waters are available in the Wye & Usk Foundation Passport booklet and on their website - click here.

Walking:

Llanwrtyd Wells is a walker's paradise. Stay with us and you can walk for miles from the doorstep and see spectacular views and a great variety of birds without ever needing to use your car (don't forget your packed lunch !). We have a comprehensive selection of maps and a pair of binoculars you can borrow - Sue has walked most of the local routes herself while marking for the organised walks and is able to offer comprehensive advice on your chosen route. Check out the Epynt Way routes by clicking here and other local walks by clicking here. On the longer local routes you can walk for hours without seeing a soul and in these circumstances personal GPS tracking and hand-held mapping devices can be invaluable - check out some options by clicking here.

Other activities:

Horse-riding and guided pony-trekking for both novices and experienced riders alike are available from established stables in nearby Llanwrtyd Wells. For the enthusiastic golfer there are 3 excellent 18-hole courses with very reasonable green fees at Builth Wells, Llandrindod Wells and Cradoc all within 45 minutes driving time and set in breathtaking scenery. Canoeing on the River Wye is available a little further downstream at Glasbury about 40 minutes drive from Kilsby. Tennis and swimming facilities are also available locally in Builth Wells and at the Kingfisher Health Spa in Llangammarch Wells which also offers gym facilities and beauty treatments. Llanwrtyd Wells also now boasts a skateboarding park as well as an outside play area for our younger visitors. The mid-Wales area is highly regarded for motorbike touring and our accommodation here at Kilsby offers secure off-road parking.

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