Things to do near by

Local area and places of interest

The Radnor Forest, a former Royal hunting ground that boasts diverse woodland and abundant wildlife and which has miles of scenic tracks to explore for walkers, horse-riders and cyclists, is easily accessible from the cabins.

The Fishpools trail starts from us and has sign-posted trails designed for the family, taking in the spectacular views of Bleddfa and across to the Lugg valley and the old battle site of Pilleth.

Walkers can also enjoy longer walks – the Radnor Forest Valleys walk, the Glyndwr’s way and the Offas Dyke path are all easy to get to from us.

Bleddfa (1 mile)


Lower Fishpools Lodges are situated one mile from the village of Bleddfa whose name derives from ‘Bleddfaich’ meaning ‘the place of the wolf’. The old village school is now the Bleddfa Centre for the Creative spirit.

Bleddfa is also the home to the Church of St Mary Magdalene, a church that possibly dates from the early part of the thirteenth century and which over the years has had several renovations. It is the venue for musical concerts and community events.

The Hundred House Inn is the village pub. They have a good menu and have been recommended by several guests staying in the Lodges.

Dolau (3 miles)


Dolau has an award winning station for the scenic Heart of Wales line which travels from Shrewsbury to Swansea.

Underhill riding stables offer a great way to explore the local area. This family run business offer hourly hacks, half, whole day and pub rides.

Llangunllo- (6 miles)


Llangunllo is a small picturesque village with the long distance Glyndwys way footpath passing through. Activities in this area include the Phil Price Rally School where you can book for a day’s rallying fun and Classic Clays which offers clay pigeon shooting for individuals and corporate days.

Penybont- (6 miles)

The other side of Penybont common is The Thomas Shop and tea rooms and the Severn Arms hotel. The Thomas Shop has a large collection of vintage shop paraphernalia and wool crafts. Lovely home made cakes can be bought in the tea room. 

Knighton- 8 miles


Knighton is a typical borders market town that offers a range of shops and is host to a regular Farmers Market held on a Saturday. The Offa’s Dyke Heritage Centre and park is at the top of town. There are several cosy tea shops and cafes in the town.

Harry Tuffins Supermarket is worth a visit- the entrance is via the Petrol Station. It is much bigger than it looks from the outside and it has a very good selection of everything! The multi-storey car park was built when cars were much smaller and the multi layers of paint on the corners gives a clue to how difficult it is for larger cars! There are larger stores in Craven Arms and Churchstoke. The Churchstoke store has a park with a variety of animals to see.

The Space Guard Centre is just outside of the town. It is a working astronomical observatory and is open all year round for tours.


Brampton Bryan (14 miles)

Aardvark Books and Café is based here. It is a bookstore selling new and second hand books and has a lovely café serving home-made cakes.  Their website has details of events they hold throughout the year.

This arty town has a range of tea rooms and gift shops along with an impressive Church which houses a 500 year old tapestry. There are two greengrocers selling organic fare, a fish shop and a delicatessen, wine bar, tapas bar, a couple of good restaurants and the usual general stores (no supermarket).

The Judges Lodgings is a wonderful place to visit. It is a restored Victorian accommodation for visiting Judges and the contrast between the conditions for the Judges and the servants is amazing. A court room replays an actual case. Well worth a visit

Events happening in Presteigne include the popular Sheep Music Festival, the annual ‘Tour de Presteigne’ electric bike rally and many other alternative events.

Nearby is the Border Go-karting circuit with its extended track.

Llandrindod Wells (11 miles)


Llandrindod Wells (Llandod) is the County town of Powys. It is a Victorian spa town, celebrated by the annual week long Victorian Festival held in August. There is a lake to walk around, childrens parks, the Rock Park which used to be the centre of the spa and of course the High street which has a popular health food shop ‘Vans’. Market is held every Friday.  There are several little tea shops and cafes around the town centre.

The National Cycle Museum is much better than it sounds- it is a museum that makes the history of cycling interesting! There are lots of cycles in period settings and is well worth a visit on a rainy day. It is open Nov-March.

Tescos and Aldi are the supermarkets in the town.

Quackers Play Barn is an indoor play centre with a drop slide. It has a pedal go-kart track outside and an attractive picnic area.

Rhayader and Elan Valley (17 miles)


Rhayader is a busy market town that has the Welsh Crystal Glass Factory to visit. Further afield is the Red Kite Centre at Gigrin Farm.

The beautiful Elan Valley and its series of dams, where villages were flooded to make reservoirs in order to pipe drinking water to Birmingham is a must for visitors to the area.

Builth Wells (16 miles)


Builth Wells is host to the Royal Welsh Showground at Llanelwedd which has the Royal Welsh Show in July, the Small holder and Garden Festival in May and the Winter Fair in December.

It has the popular Wyeside arts, entertainment and film Centre, housing a cinema (where you can watch films with a glass of wine bought at the bar) and a full programme of events.



Jennifer Rice
Lower Fishpools

Tel: +44 (0)1547 550204