Foraging for Fungi in Mid Wales

I was going to call this Magic Mushrooms, but that may be misleading. We organised a guided forage with Daniel Butler, an expert in the field of wild mushrooms because it is a subject that has both fascinated and also terrified us for many years.

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Cycling The Lon Las Cymru

There are many reasons to come to Builth Wells, it is in the middle and on the way or the way back from most places, in Wales. It is especially convenient for cycling routes and the Lon Las Cymru has come to our attention because we have had guests riding this route who stay with us. It is also known as Cycle Route 8 as part of the National Cycle Network scheme.

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Pony Trekking

There are some things that are inherently associated with Wales, among them Mountains, Rugby, Choirs, small railways and Pony Trekking. We have always been involved with horses in some way or other and therefore it was only a matter of time before we explored a ride in Wales at a Pony Trekking Centre.

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Fishing

I may get myself into deep water here but let’s talk about fishing. Fishing is something that is extremely popular in the United Kingdom and there is a great deal to attract anglers to this part of Wales.

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The Abergwesyn Pass

If you type in Abergwesyn Pass into Google the search results include many blokey car sites describing what a great road it is to drive. There is no mention of the potential for visual artistic expression, the serenity of the place or the spiritual ambience of the area which is dramatic and remote. Having said that, it is a great road to drive.

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Walking Builth Wells

One of the many reasons for coming to this part of Wales has to be for the walking. Builth Wells is in the Wye Valley, surrounded by hills, mountains and forests so there is much to explore such as The Brecon Beacons, The Black Mountains, The Cambrian Mountains, The Elan Valley, Radnor Forest, The Mynydd Epynt Range and The Wye Valley. This morning, Sunday, as the sun was shining we decided to drive a few minutes out of Builth to do a circular walk that includes part of the Epynt Way.

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Llanidloes and Llyn Clywedog

“We have to do research, just to see what is on offer in the area so we can, with great authority, pass the information on to our guests. This is tough hard work, but someone has to do it. It is especially arduous when the sun is shining, the skies are clear and bright and the scenery is breathtaking.” Ian @ The Owls

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Adelina Patti and Craig-y-Nos Castle

Thirty three miles from The Owls Bed and Breakfast is Craig-y-Nos Castle. We drove past it recently on our way to a trade fair in Llanelli on the A4057. I had heard of the castle but wasn’t expecting to come across it so was very excited to discover it and that it was reasonably close by for a future visit.

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The Wye Valley Walk

The Wye Valley walk goes through Builth Wells and if you are staying at The Owls B&B you don’t even need a car to walk part of it. We discovered it recently and were very pleasantly surprised by what a delightful section of the walk we can get to from our back door.

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The Wyeside Arts Centre at Builth Wells

We love going to the cinema. When we moved to Mid-Wales to run a busy B&B in the middle of the town we thought our film days would be over; not true. Four minutes walk away from The Owls B&B, situated on the banks of the River Wye, is the Wyeside Arts Centre, a lovely cinema with two theatres and we have so far visited twice. Not only is it close it also offers a modern state of the art cinema experience, which includes both current and back catalogue films, live theatre screenings and live acts as well as an art gallery and educational courses. If you come to Builth you have to go there.

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