Things to Do...
Walks from the Cabin...
Stanner Rocks - The Stanner rocks walk is 1.5-2hrs round trip, a truly beautiful walk, quite strenuous and steep for a small part but well worth it when at the top, stunning views across the valley and wild horses at the top. There is a rare flower that grows here, called The Radnor Lilly click here for more info on this rare and unusual flower.
Worzel Wood - There are various circuits from 30 mins skirting the bottom of the woods to 2hrs for more adventurous routes in this beautiful woodland, one of our personal favourites.
Hergest Ridge - You can get up on to the ridge in about 25 mins (at a steady pace) many ways walking from the cabin. The simplest route takes 2-2.5hrs. Stunning views all the way the Malvern Hills, Brecon Beacons and beyond.
Hanter Hill - The walk to the impressive hill opposite the cabin takes 1.5-2hrs there are views of the black mountains and Brecon Beacons from the top on a clear day.
Closest Pubs To Hergest Lee...
The Harp – https://www.harpinnradnor.co.uk/ Thursday – Sunday, you will need to book, 15 min walk up the hill. VOTED PUB OF THE YEAR IN THE UK 2020. Fantastic views, food and drinks.
The Forest Inn - http://thefforest.co.uk/ One of Wales’s oldest pubs, book for the carvery at the weekend. About 10 min drive passed New Radnor.
The Royal Oak Gladestry https://www.theroyaloakgladestry.co.uk/ - 2.5 miles down the road, a pretty little pub with a nice beer garden.
The Stagg at Titley -https://www.thestagg.co.uk/ 10 min drive towards Presteigne. Ex Michelin Starred pub/restaurant, food is delicious.
The Cattle Shed (Penhros Court Lyonshall) - | An excellent cafe in a breathtaking surrounding, a former celebrity hideaway and housed rock royalty such as Queen and ex local resident Mike Oldfield.
The Workhouse Gallery Presteigne | Weds-Sat 10-4pm a beautiful cafe and shop selling a carefully curated range of stock.
Border Bean and La Gala - Small Cafe’s on Kington High Street serving coffee, tea and cakes.
Tearoom at Hergest Croft Gardens, a beautiful, traditional cafe in the grounds of Hergest Croft Gardens serving lunch and homemade cakes
The Thomas Shop 10-5pm Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun- https://www.thomas-shop.com . Really lovely cafe in Pen-Y-Bont about 15 mins drive away (perfect pit stop if visiting the Red Kite Feeding Centre). It has riverside seating outside in the summer and a small children's play area, most importantly.. The best cakes in Powys! All hand made by the owners Liz & Derek. Try the salted caramel brownie if they have it. It also has a fascinating museum inside the cafe, it’s like stepping back in time. See the website for more information.
Close by there is so much to do in terms of wildlife and nature, spot the Red Kites, Buzzards and even Perigrine Falcons flying overhead. At night you can hear the owls and watch the bats swoop over.
There's many bridlepaths in the area and horse riding centres Bryngwyn is quite a renowned one just 8 miles away.
There's lots of rare and unusual Flora and Fauna in the area and the nearby Stanner Rocks has it's own rare Lilly called The Radnor Lilly.
Red Kite Feeding Centre | Fun for all the family, a truly spectacular event, hundreds of Red Kites fill the sky. South St, Rhayader LD6 5BL | 01597 810 243 | https://www.gigrin.co.uk/
Bryngwyn Riding Centre | https://www.ridinginwales.com/ 01497 851669 Need to book beforehand.
Canoeing | Celtic Canoes | www.celticcanoes.co.uk 07515 905419 Book beforehand
If you love gardens then you really are spoilt for choice around here, there are some stunning places to visit.
My top 3 are;
Hergest Croft - Beautiful garden and woodland with cafe.
Rhodds Farm - Stunning garden to visit.
Westonbury Mill Water Gardens | https://www.westonburymillwatergardens.com
We love wild swimming and know plenty of local secret spots, please let us know and we will give you
directions to these...
The Warren at Hay on Wye - Through a meadow to a big shingle beach with a fast flowing part of the Wye but great for swimming and paddling.
Wolfs Leap - an hour away but so worth the drive. Stunning scenery and deep pools to dive into from rocks. An amazing place.
Lentwardine - Beautiful spot for swimming/paddling, underneath a bridge.
Pembridge - In the very pretty village of Pembridge next to a nature reserve you will find this spot, it has picnic
benches and a small bit of river perfect for paddling.
Leintwardine - Beautiful spot for swimming/paddling, underneath a bridge opposite a very nice Pub called The Lion. There’s also a good fish and chip shop in Leintwardine.
The Heart of Wales line runs from Pen-y-bont (15 min drive mile from us). It is a request stop and there approx. 4 trains a day in each direction. https://www.heart-of-wales.co.uk/
This offers opportunities to make trips out to stops including Shrewsbury in one direction and Swansea with connections to Cardiff also.
The station name is spelt Pen-y-bont. You must use the hyphens to locate the right station on internet train sites.
There are also trains running from Knighton (18 min drive away) Trains to Craven Arms, Shrewsbury.
Travelling by Bus.
There is a regular bus service that runs from New Radnor to Kington. Kington also has a bus station with buses to Llandrindod and Hereford.
Timetables : http://www.sargeantsbros.com/timetables.shtm
Things to do with Children.
Small Breeds Farm Kington Owl sanctuary and small breeds farm.
Red Kite Feeding Centre | Fun for all the family, a truly spectacular event, hundreds of Red Kites fill the sky.
Quackers Llandrindod Wells - Soft Play (Not Awful)! Actually quite a good one with some pretty intense drop slides and outdoor space .
Pick your Own at Park Farm nr Pembridge (Strawberries, Raspberries, Gooseberries, Redcurrant's and Blackcurrant's) Summer Season Only. Ask for details.
Pick Your Own Pumpkins, various farms in the area throughout October.
Aardvark Cafe - Secondhand book shop and cafe with children's pirate ship play area.
Bryngwyn Riding Centre - Horse riding centre.
The Globe at Hay on Wye - They have Lego in big drawers under the seating, good for little ones on a rainy day, they also have a great outdoor garden for children to play.
Croft Castle - National Trust. They have a fantastic outdoor play area, cafe and grounds for the kids to run around.
The nearest town is Kington (4min drive) which has all amenities including; a Co Op shop, a lovely deli on the high street and a couple of good coffee shops, theres also a great greengrocers called The Grapevine.
Kington has a spa with swimming pool called The Burton Hotel which you can pay and use for the day if you wish. There's also a little local market on a Friday selling local meat, veg, bread from local star baker Alex Gooch and an amazing French Chocolatier (https://www.frenchchocolates.co.uk) well worth a visit to pick up her chocolate covered prunes, which are delicious.There's also a good park if you have children. You'll also find local amenities such as chemist, charity shops, butchers (also very good).
10 mins drive away, here you will find local independent shops, some good antique shops and a nice wine bar which has a good garden for the Summer months. Theres a good greengrocers here too called The Salty Dog. Theres a very good Deli called Deli Tinto and a fabulous cafe and gallery called The Workhouse
Daphnes Restaurant is well worth a visit, the pizza is excellent and try the local cider which is also delicious, a good restaurant called Wild Thyme on the high street too. In Presteigne there is a museum called the Judges Lodging which is a fascinating place to visit.
Hay on Wye.
A 25 Min drive, you will find the famous book town of Hay on Wye, famed for it's literary festival the town is well worth a visit. They have a great local market every Thursday and on a Saturday a smaller market. They have recently renovated Hay Castle and it’s beautiful and fascinating, they also have a very nice cafe inside. Theres a lovely patch of river down at The Warren and some great places to eat and drink, a tapas bar called Tomatitos and plenty of pubs and book shops. In Hay you'll also find an independent Cinema.
Leominster is the closest big town here you'll find a big Morrisons and Aldi, Boots, Holland and Barett etc.
Leominster has excellent second hand shops and if you like antiques it's well worth a visit, there are lots of really great antiques shops here. One of our favourites is The Retro Station . Theres also a good cafe called The Flying Dutchman.
Ludlow 45 min drive
Ludlow is a beautiful medieval market town in Shropshire, it's renowned for it's food and used to have the most Michelin starred restaurants in the UK. Ludlow doesn't have any stars any more, however it does still have some excellent cafes and restaurants. The Deli there is fantastic well recommended, the coffee is great.
They have a market on a Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat and they also have excellent antiques shops. Ludlow is so pretty and well worth a trip out to. It also has a large Castle which you can visit.
Hereford is the nearest city about 40 mins away there's a Waitrose and Sainsburys, Aldi and Lidl and other shops that you would typically find in a city. Personally I find Hereford a tad uninspiring and often go to Ludlow if I need supplies as it's much prettier.