Explore more of the Welsh Borderlands as you head south and west from Oswestry. Look out for a chimney that’s possibly too high even for Father Christmas, a pink castle built by a 12th century Prince of Wales and one of the seven wonders of Wales. Offa’s Dyke Path defines the border, it is barely a green mound in some places but stretches all the way from Chepstow to Prestatyn and is a great attraction for walkers.
Llanymynech Lime Works – Llanymynech could be your first stop and it is right on the border. The local pub was once renowned for only serving alcohol in one room on a Sunday as the other bar was in Wales and Sunday was a ‘dry’ day. The heritage area by the canal gives you an insight into the Limeworks and the restored Hoffman kiln.
Rodney’s Pillar – A climb awaits next and the views are worth it! Breidden Hill topped by Rodney’s Pillar soars 350 metres over the valley looking towards the market town of Welshpool
Welshpool – Welshpool and Llanfair Railway– Another market town and the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway, a gem of a railway steaming up to Llanfair Caereinon.
Powis Castle– National Trust property Powis Castle and its world famous gardens are an essential detour. Discover the fascinating Clive Of India’s collection and wonder at the enormous yew trees on the terraced gardens.
Lake Vyrnwy – The man made lake is renowned for the RSPB bird reserve. Why not hire a bike? All the family could enjoy the 12 mile flat circuit of the lake.
Llanrhaeadr Waterfall – The trip from Lake Vyrnwy over to Llanrhaeadr takes in some of the most majestic scenery in Mid Wales and the waterfall – wild and impressive on a wet summer’s day – sorry – on a wet autumn day recently impressed none other than David Beckham. He described it as ridiculously beautiful.