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Walk 1: From house up the valley.  From front door turn left through gate, up track.  Follow track round the back of the house and right up the valley.  Turn left and come back towards house through fields.  
Time: 40 mins
Terrain: track and field.  Can be muddy

Walk 2: From house to Llangynog .  Turn right out of house and follow track as far as it goes.  Continue straight on through fields and aim for gate at top of valley.  Follow path over the top and down steep path to the village of Llangynog.  Have refreshing drink at the Tanat Valley pub.
Time: 1 hour to 1 and a half hours
Terrain: Very steep in places
NB not suitable with little children

A 16 mile return journey by narrow gauge steam railway through beautiful Welsh countryside.  The railway was opened in 1903 to connect the town of Welshpool to the rural community of Llanfair Caereinion.

The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Preservation Co. limited
The Station
Llanfair Caereinion
Powys SY21 0SF

Tel: 01938 810441

The beautiful church of Pennant Melangell is situated two miles from the village of Llangynog at the Head of the Tanat Valley.

The first church is said to have been founded in the 7th century by Melangell, the daughter of an Irish king, who dwelt in the valley as a hermit.  One day the Prince of Powys came hunting and a hare took refuge under Melangell’s cloak.  The prince’s dogs fled howling and deeply impressed by her goodness, the prince gave the whole valley to Melangell as a sanctuary.  Pennant Melangell has been a place of pilgrimage since this time and Melangell herself is the patron saint of hares.

Parts of the church date from the 12th century although it was partially rebuilt in 1990.  Inside the church is a 15th century oak screen with carvings relating the story of Melangell and Prince Brochwel.  The church tower contains a small shop and on the first floor is a display of old photographs of the area.

Snowdonia National Park is under an hour’s drive away. 

The Snowdonia National Park boasts vast areas of natural beauty and unique scenery. It is known as Eryri by Welsh a name that can be translated as “the place of the eagles”.
The park which covers 838 square miles is one of the three natural parks found in Wales and the oldest one being designated as one in 1951.  The area of the Snowdonia National Park has so much to offer to visitors that if you are visiting it for the first time you will wonder why it took you so long to do it.

The drive from Pen-y-bont-fawr to Lake Bale winds through Llangynog and up over a magnificent mountain pass.  At four miles long and a mile wide, Lake Bala is the largest body of water in Wales.  In Welsh the lake is known as “Llyn Tegid” which means Lake of Serenity.  There are many watersports available at the lake including yachting and kayaking.  There are steam trains running along the shore.  The train gives wonderful views of the lake and surrounding scenery.  The town of Bala has a market day on Monday.

There is the National Whitewater Centre for watersports nearby, opened in 1986.  The centre is known by canoe enthusiasts as an excellent destination for white water rafting.