Tours in Powys

Llandrindod Wells Transport Heritage Tour

Take our self-guided tour of transport-related sites in Llandrindod Wells and you may well be surprised by the variety of transport it covers!

The tour includes Britain’s National Cycle Museum, the site of an aerodrome where flights were available to London and other cities, a medieval log boat, a Victorian signal box, an ancient coaching inn and the grandly named Automobile Palace.

Simply scan the QR codes at any of the features to start the tour. When you’ve read the text for that location, click “Next” to see the text and map for the next place on the trail. Eventually you’ll return to your starting point.

Join the tour at a key location...
Radnorshire Museum
Rock Park
Railway Station

To follow the trail virtually, choose a starting location from the box on the right.
To view a map showing all HiPoints on this tour follow this link.

 

Llandrindod Wells (Powys) in World War 1

Life in Llandrindod Wells was transformed in the First World War, when the usual influx of tourists suddenly stopped and hotels became billets for thousands of Royal Army Medical Corps men and officers. Some of the spa facilities, developed for health tourism, made ideal hospitals for wounded or rheumatic soldiers.

The town welcomed refugees from occupied Belgium and raised funds to aid soldiers and war horses. The temporary residents engaged in musical, theatrical and sporting entertainment, sometimes sharing platforms with locals.

Army deserters were taken to courts martial in the town, and a tribunal decided whether local men – including conscientious objectors – should be exempted from military service. As the war ground on, more and more men left their homes and workplaces in Llandrindod to serve, and more and more were reported wounded or killed. Some families lost more than one person.

Now you can discover how the war affected the town by following our self-guided trail. Simply scan the QR codes at any of the featured places to start. When you’ve read the text for that location, click “Next” to see the text and map for the next place on the trail. Eventually you’ll return to your starting point.

Join the tour at a key location...
War Memorial
Grand Pavillion
Albert Hall
Llandridnod HIgh School
County Buildings

The complete circuit is about 2.3km (about 1.4 miles).

To follow the trail virtually, choose a starting location from the box on the right.
To view a map showing all HiPoints on this tour follow this link.

The trail was created by HistoryPoints in conjunction with the Powys War Memorials Project.

Talgarth (Powys) in World War 1

The First World War took a heavy toll on Talgarth, where the local war memorial lists 25 men who died. Two days after war broke out, a meeting was held at the town hall to encourage local men to enlist. About 20 young men rushed forward to give their names.

By 1915 the school headmaster’s roll of honour listed 95 of his past pupils who were serving in the war. Two men who were known and respected locally as preachers were killed. One had been rejected by the army several times because of a childhood leg injury but he eventually got his way, and was killed only a week or so after reaching the Western Front.

Talgarth’s postman was quick to enlist. His bravery on the field was rewarded with the Military Medal but he died in 1917. Side by side in Talgarth’s churchyard are the war graves of a brother and sister.

Now you can discover how the war affected Talgarth by following our self-guided trail. Simply scan the QR codes with your smartphone at any of the featured places to start. When you’ve read the text for that location, click “Next” to see the text and map for the next place on the trail. Eventually you’ll return to your starting point.

You’ll find the codes by the war memorial, outside the town hall, in the church porch and at various properties which were once home to men who died in the war. To view a full tour map, click here

Join the tour at a key location...
War Memorial
Church
Town Hall

The complete circuit is about 1.5km long (just over one mile).

The trail was created by HistoryPoints in conjunction with the Powys War Memorials Project. It is based on the Talgarth WW1 Walk booklet produced by Talgarth & District Historical Society and the Powys War Memorials Project. The booklet can be downloaded here (pdf file).

Powys County Council and HistoryPoints cannot accept liability for any injury or loss suffered by any person as a result of taking part in the above trails. Any person taking part should satisfy themselves that the walk is suitable for them.

We have made every effort to ensure that the information provided is correct at the time of publication and Powys County Council and HistoryPoints will not be held liable for any loss or disappointment suffered as a result of using the information.

Other tours in Powys

The Offa's Dyke Path runs through eastern Powys. Click here for the introduction to our QR-code tour along the path.

The Wales Coast Path goes through Machynlleth. We have created QR codes for walkers to discover the history of hundreds of places along the path. Click here for the introduction to our WCP tour