The Area


Dolanog is a small hamlet, originally called Pontdolanog because of the bridge which crosses the river Vyrnwy which still stands and is now the footbridge, having had a new road bridge built alongside.

Welshpool (Y Trallwng) 12 miles

This is a market town and where Wales begins… or the Gateway to Wales, whichever you prefer. Nestled in the Severn Valley, Welshpool (Y Trallwng in Welsh) has a colourful past and many buildings of historical value remain, some are highlighted on the Towns Heritage Trail.

The town offers a variety of independent shops, as well as some familiar names: from arts & crafts to fashion, fresh food & traditional tools in the market hall, to antiquarian curios and lots more.

Quality local produce is available, reflecting Welshpool’s role as the centre of an agricultural community – plus the newly opened Livestock Market, recently relocated from within the town, reputed to be the largest in Europe!

Newtown (Y Drenewydd) 16 miles

Situated on the banks of the River Severn in one of the most visually arresting areas in Wales, the town of Newtown (Y Drenewydd in Welsh) is steeped in history and came into being in 1321.

The industrial revolution changed the industries in and around Newtown, due to the canal, for example the Severn Valley produced good malting barley and supplied upland districts of Mid Wales and so the production of malt was one of the many industries drawn to the side of the Montgomery Canal, the malting and brew houses being able to take advantage of coal brought along it.

A lot of businesses have made their home in Newtown, due to the network of trunk roads leading to it.

Oswestry (Croesoswallt) 23 miles

A vibrant and diverse market town nestled between the patchwork plains of Shropshire and the hill country of Wales, this town has an eclectic mix of independent shops and fine eating places.