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Presteigne - 'Llanandras' in Welsh

PresteigneWhen writer George Borrow came to Presteigne in 1867 he asked where he was - the reply was ‘Neither in Wales nor England, but simply in Presteigne, Radnorshire'. This small, but thriving border town, where one step over a small stone bridge will take you into England, is set amongst the lovely unspoilt countryside of the Marches and will delight you. You can pick up a free copy of the town trail at The Judge's Lodging, which will take you on a journey not only through the streets of this charming town, but also on a trip into the past. It will guide you by buildings such as The Red House, home of Rear Admiral Puget, after whom Puget Sounds, Vancouver, is named; The Radnorshire Arms Hotel, home of Sir Christopher Hatton (a favourite of Elizabeth I) and St Andrew's Church which houses a superb 16th century Flemish tapestry. Local archaeological treasures include standing stones, a holy well and the ruins of Stapleton Castle which look down over the town.  You can also download a pdf of the town trail from here.

stapleton castleFor nature lovers the town has a nature reserve, The Withybeds & Wentes Meadow  and Silia Wood in which to wander. The discerning walker can walk straight from town to country on one of the many local paths, whilst the National trails of Offa's Dyke, Mortimer's Trail and Glyndwr's Way all pass nearby.


elan valleyWhile you are in the area

From the town, a short drive will take you walking in the Brecon Beacons and the Elan Valley, sight-seeing and shopping in the picturesque border towns of Ludlow and Hereford, searching for books in Hay-on-Wye, or following the Black and White Village Trail around some of the most attractive villages in Britain.


If you want to know more about the town, have a look here, where you will find ideas of things to do, a calendar of events, accommodation and much more.  You will find more suggestions on our Links & things we like page.    

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    These were special dog tongs used for removing badly behaved dogs from church during services.  There is still a pair in St Beuno's Church, Clynnog Fawr, North Wales


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