Local Places to Visit
Warren Wood and Water Break-its-neck: A beautiful woodland area with a magical waterfall (which is either a trickle or more impressive, depending on recent rainfall) at its heart. Plenty of nearby parking available for less keen walkers.
Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre: Just as the name suggests! If you like the idea of hanging out with fluffy, friendly pygmy goats, this is the place for you.
The Rodd: A regional centre for the arts run by the Sidney Nolan Trust located in a range of wonderfully restored historic buildings. Nolan was one of Australia’s leading artists of the 20th century who settled in the Radnor Valley later on in life.
Hergest Croft Gardens: A fantastic garden of over 70 acres that includes a traditional kitchen garden, azalea garden, maple grove and rare tree woodland. Other gardens to visit are Westonbury Mill Water Gardens and Hampton Court Castle Gardens & Parkland.
Monkland Cheese Dairy: Enter a world of cheese and even learn how to make it yourself with their ‘Cheese Experiences’.
The Spaceguard Centre: A working observatory dedicated to “addressing the hazard of Near Earth Objects” (in other words, if an asteroid is about to hit the earth, this place will be the first to know).
The Judge’s Lodgings: a Victorian courthouse, complete with cells, courtroom and the judge’s living quarters
The Willow Globe (Y Glôb Byw) in Llandrindod Wells is a scaled down, living version of the Globe in London.
Talgarth Mill: Restored 18th century flour mill that makes its own amazing bread. Visit to see the mill, buy the bread or eat in the café. Or learn to make bread yourself one of their highly-regarded baking courses. The Black and White Trail: A forty mile circular driving route through the amazing local countryside taking in the most picturesque black and white villages (villages characterised by their timbered and half-timbered buildings) along the way.
The local town, Kington, is a hub for walkers and hosts a popular walking festival. It is an accredited ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town and claims to have more long distance paths converging on a town of its size than anywhere else in the UK (most notably the Offa’s Dyke Path – a National Trail).
Other well-known footpaths in the area include Glydwr’s Way, the Wyche Way, the Arrow Valley Trail and Mortimer’s Trail. As well as there being plenty to explore in the beautiful landscape of the surrounding Marches, the Brecon Beacons are also easily reached from Old Radnor.There are a number of local walking guidebooks at the house for guest use. We can also put you in touch with local walking guides.
We have some keen runners visiting Little Harp, drawn to the beautiful surroundings landscapes and especially the hills which are challenging but not quite as intimidating as some of the steeper terrain that you can find further into Wales.
We have created two testing running challenges nearby that you might want to try – The Rocks Run (short but very sharp route of 4.5km) and the Hay-Ya (24km of amazing scenery). Try to get yourself onto the leaderboard!
The area is very popular with cyclists (both road and mountain biking). Notable routes and areas include the Radnor Ring, the Trans Cambrian Way and mountain biking around the Elan Valley.
A popular local cycling event that goes very close to Old Radnor is the Autumn Epic (usually held in October), which has been running for over 15 years and includes routes from 25 to 100 miles.
The National Cycle Museum is in Llandrindod Wells.
There is an outhouse building at the top of the garden where bikes can be stored inside.
We can put you in touch with local cycling guides.
Canoeing down the River Wye, wild swimming and horse riding are all easily enjoyed in the area and we can advise on where to go and who to contact if interested.
If you want to try something new, Eirian Studio Glass offers glass blowing courses in Hay-on-Wye. Cheesemaking courses are offered at Monkland Cheese Dairy and highly-regarded bread baking courses can be joined at Talgarth Mill.
For more ideas try the Creative Breaks website which offers creative workshops in beautiful rural settings across Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and the Welsh Borders.