Lloyney itself is a hamlet in mid Wales, which is easily explored on foot, and is just across the River Teme from Llanfair Waterdine in Shropshire, England.
This really is border country and, if you are interested in history, castles, or even railways, there will be lots to interest you in the area. There is plenty of good walking and cycling in the area, straight from our front door.
Llanfair Waterdine is the closest village to Lloyney, and is a small Shropshire village which has a thriving community and many activities.The plant life is of particular interest, as is the bird life. The local inn, theWaterdine Restaurant, is well known for its food.
Knucklas, the next settlement between Lloyney and Knighton. Its name means ‘The Green Mound’ in Welsh and is dominated by both the ancient castle mound, said to be the birthplace of King Arthur’s Guinevere, and the equally impressive Victorian castellated viaduct along which runs the Heart of Wales Railway Line. A community land trust has recently bought the castle mound and great things are planned for the future.
Knighton, or “Knight’s Town”. In Welsh ‘Tref-y-Clawdd’ or the “Town on the Dyke” is a historic market town situated half-way along the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail and at the start of Glyndwr’s Way. Three miles from The Mill, it has banks and other services, and there is a thriving livestock market, regular Farmers’ Market and lively festivals and events throughout the year. The Milebrook country house hotel is a great place to eat for that special meal in lovely surroundings
Ludlow is a well known gastronomic centre for England, and is only 20 miles from the Mill. If you love food, you will love Ludlow, which has many restaurants, including Mr Underhill’s, recently voted the best in Britain by one restaurant guide.Events are held at the stunning castle (began in 1085), including a Christmas Medieval Fayre, Food and Drink festival and art and antiques events.
Hay-on-Wye or Y Gelli in Welsh – is the centre of second hand book sales (and records and other collectables too) in the UK. If you like reading or are looking for a special, rare or out-of-print book, a visit to Hay is a must, to browse through the thirty plus bookshops, which helped develop the town as a tourist attraction. The well known literary festival, the Guardian Hay Literary Festival, takes place in May/June each year and is well worth a special trip.
We are fortunate that the counties bordering Wales and England have many gardens to visit which are full of interest for the generalist and the enthusiast alike. Some you may wish to visit include:
Powis Castle (home of Artemisia Powis Castle)
Dingle Nursery and Garden
The Walled Garden, Bryan’s Ground
Hampton Court Gardens
Music, art and crafts all thrive in the local area. You can generally find something to watch or take part in locally at all times of the year if you don’t mind travelling a little way to a village hall, community centre or pub. There are nearby local galleries which showcase local artists and craftspeople, including the O’Learys, skilled craftspeople in stone, at Knucklas – and the Tower House Gallery in Knighton to name only the most local. We are also close to Acton Scott, the historic working farm recently seen on television, where there are many courses to try and events to attend.
Rally Driving is an exciting skill that can be learned at the Phil Price Rally School, (as used by International rally teams!) for an action-packed day out. More information and leaflets are available for you to look through at The Mill.