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The re-opening of the Nantmawr branch brings with it the opportunity for the area around it to benefit from tourists, most of whom currently pass through it - either on their way to the Welsh coast or to Llangollen and elsewhere in North Wales. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that the area is a hidden gem!
Businesses which stand to benefit include pubs, restaurants, craft shops, B&Bs, hotels, and last but by no means least, farm shops. The latter are beginning to emerge as an important part of the rural economy. A prime local example is Penisa'r Llan Farm Shop, which sells fresh, locally-made produce and is located alongside the B4396, just after the A495 turn-off near Llanyblodwell.
The platform at Pentrefelin on the old Tanat Valley Railway has remarkably survived over a hundred years. This picture has also been included to show the tapography of the Tanat Valley at this point - green pastureland on the valley floor surrounded by rolling hills. Pictured on the afternoon of Sunday 5th May 2005. Photo - copyright Gareth Evans 2005 -
The peaceful village of Llanyblodwell is located just off the A495/ B4396 roads. It includes a fine country pub and a beautiful bridge across the river Tanat, along with St Michael's church and it's ornate Gothic interior. Of note to railway enthusiasts is that the village was formerly served by the old Tanat Valley Railway. The long-distance Offa's Dyke footpath also passes through the parish.
Above Left - St Michael's church, Llanyblodwell viewed from the west (Llangynog) end on the afternoon of Saturday 18th June 2005. Photo - copyright Gareth Evans 2005 -
Above Right - A view of St Michael's church, Llanyblodwell, taken near the entrance to the church yard on the afternoon of Saturday 18th June 2005. Photo - copyright Gareth Evans 2005 - Mile End TIC - one stop shop
A mere stone's throw (as the crow flies) over the hill that bears the same name, Llanymynech is literally a borderline village, for the Anglo-Welsh border cuts through the village. The principal attraction is the Montgomery Canal, a visitor centre having recently been opened at Llanymynech Wharf. Efforts are currently underway to re-open a short stretch to passenger-carrying standard, hopefully by spring 2006. The village has a rich industrial past and the remains of the lime kilns and chimneys can still be seen in the heritage area.
Above left - The former stable block on the Montgomery Canal at Llanymynech has recently been restored and opened as a visitor centre. Note the vessel 'George Watson Buck' moored alongside, which will be used to operate public cruises in the near future. Photo taken on the afternoon of Sunday 29th May 2005. Photo - copyright Gareth Evans 2005 -
Above right - A short walk along the canal towpath at Llanymynech will enable one to take in some delightful sights, particularly if one is interested in photography - including swans, ducks and reflections on the canal. Plans are curently afoot to operate cruises along a short section towards Pant where this photo was taken. Note the chimney which dominates the sky line - a reminder of the area's rich industrial archaeology, which has hitherto gone largely unnoticed by the outside world. Picture take on the afternoon of Sunday 29th May 2005. Photo - copyright Gareth Evans 2005 -
>>>...Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant...>>>
Some five miles West along the Tanat valley lies the village of Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant. William Morgan, Parson at St Dogfan's church, proved to be a saviour for the Welsh language in 1588 in providing a standard Welsh book which was placed in every church where Welsh was spoken - alongside the English bible, including areas of Cheshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire and Gloucester. The village was also the setting for the film 'The Englishman who came down a hill & went up a mountain'.
Located a couple of miles from the village is one of the seven wonders of Wales - Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall (Pistyll is Welsh for waterspout, Rhaeadr is waterfall), as illustrated in the picture below.
On a final note, we would be delighted to receive information or ammendments to this page & to attend community events and exhibitions, along with model railway exhibitions etc. in the mid & north Wales + borderland regions. Please e-mail us on email@example.com or call Press Officer Gareth Evans on 07973 412 789.