Powys, United Kingdom
Areas in Powys
When to go
Rain is a year-round commodity in Powys (those valleys must be kept verdant and those reservoirs full, after all); May to September offer the most clement skies and warming sun for the avid rambler. Autumn can be striking in the county: time your visit carefully for a wander through the Wye Valley’s tapestry of red and golden forests.
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PlanesNearby airports include Cardiff (a two-hour drive away from Llandrindod Wells) and Birgmingham (allow two and a half hours). International travellers may find it just as easy to drive from London’s airports, three to four hours away along a scenic route traversing the Brecon Beacons.
BoatsLlandrindod Wells station serves direct trains to Swansea (a two-hour journey) on Arriva Trains Wales, with onwards connections to Cardiff, London, Manchester or Birmingham. If you’re in no hurry, Powys’ steam locomotives ply routes along the Brecon Mountain and Rhiw Valley railways.
TrainsLlandrindod Wells is a 40-minute drive from Brecon, the gateway to the National Park and Black Mountains. Driving from Cardiff will take an hour and a half along the A470; it's an hour longer from Birmingham along the A456 and a further hour from London along the M4.