A Day Out - Builth Wells
Take a trip to the nearby town of Builth Wells (14 miles from Wyeside Camping and Caravanning Club Site), within the historic boundaries of Brecknockshire, mid Wales, lying at the confluence of the River Wye and the River Irfon, the Victorians and Edwardians appreciated Builth Wells for its health giving natural springs. Today, this friendly bustling market town is a fine base for a day out, walking, cycling and much more including;
Builth Bridge - There’s been a bridge here for centuries. The one which stands today was built in 1779 and altered in the 1920s, as the original was only one cart wide. On calm days, when the river mirrors its graceful stone arches, it’s one of the prettiest bridges on the Wye. For the best views, head for The Groe. If it’s sunny, you could take a picnic.
Wyeside Arts Centre - In Victorian times, when Builth was a popular spa town, this riverside building was both the market hall and the Assembly Rooms, used for concerts, dances and public meetings. Today, it’s a thriving little arts hub which presents films, live music, theatre, dance and big name comedy nights.
The Groe - A stone circle, a striking war memorial, a splendid quartet of giant redwood trees and a statue of a prize bull mark the eastern edge of Builth’s large park. It’s home to the local rugby club, the Bulls. There’s a shady path beside the Wye, and masses of space to kick a ball around – or run with it, if you prefer.
Llewelyn Muriel Broad Street - The end wall of a shop near the impeccably restored Lion Hotel is painted with scenes celebrating 13th century Welsh hero Llywelyn ap Gruffydd. As well as the prince himself, it shows his farrier, who reversed the shoes on Llywelyn’s horse to confuse his pursuers.
Monument to Llewelyn - After defeating the English army at Menai Straits, Llywelyn set up camp near Builth in December 1282, hoping to raise support from local chieftains. Instead, he was ambushed and killed. A stone menhir now marks the spot.
Builth Castle (site of) - All that’s left is a grassy mound. But you’ll enjoy scrambling up to picture the scene in Norman times, when it was a timber motte and bailey, or in 1277, when Edward I had it rebuilt in stone, with a moat and drawbridge.
Wye Valley Walk - The Groe’s beautiful, tree-lined riverside path is part of a 136-mile walking route which follows the River Wye from its source all the way to Chepstow. From Builth, it’s 16.5 miles to Rhayader or 21 miles to Hay on Wye, through lush green landscapes. If you just have time for a stroll, you could head upstream to Penddol Rocks.
Cycling, the lon Las Cymru - Builth Wells lies at the junction of the northern and southern sections of the epic National Cycle Route 8, the 17 mile stretch to Rhayader is a favourite.
Royal Welsh Show Ground - Events throughout the year.