Whinyard Rocks, New Radnor, Powys, LD8 2TG, Wales

Harley Valley in New Radnor, Mid-Wales. Copyright: Mat Price

The radnor valley

A haven of bucolic views, ancient woodland, heather-covered moorland, and verdant soul-stirring landscapes in the mid-Wales borders.

Our low-intervention vineyard and boutique holiday cottage's location in the foothills of the Radnor Forest makes for a restorative base to recharge after a day of exploring. Set in the tranquil and historic Radnor Valley, also known as the Walton Basin in the Welsh Marches on the border of England and Wales, you’ll be surrounded by views of Hergest Ridge - home to the Offas Dyke path - on one side, and the steep hills of the forest on the other. Explore our local waterfall, enchanting woods, horse-riding trails, stunning mountain biking and road cycling routes, and a range of picturesque walks for all abilities.

Low cloud at dawn over the Radnor Valley. Copyright: Mat Price
 

Top 5 things to do nearby

 

All within a 10 minute drive

 

1. Dip your toes in a waterfall

Follow the trails through Warren Woods or take advantage of the small car park nearby to reach the spectacular local Water-Break-Its-Neck waterfall. There is an easy, accessible 1-hour walk.

 

2. Hike up Whimble Hill

Make it to the 598.8m summit of this dewey on our farm and you’ll be rewarded with wondrous views across the Radnor Valley, taking in the Black Mountains and spanning all the way to the Malvern hills.

 

3. Have a pint at The Harp

Winner of Country Pub of the Year 2020 and Best Pub in Powys 2021, drink in the unparalleled view across the Radnor Valley at our local pub. Expect excellent seasonal food, local ales and a cosy open fire.

 

4. Pop in to Presteigne

A cultural hub and host of two festivals - Sheep Music and Festival of Music and Arts - you'll find independent shops and antiques aplenty. Visit the Judge's Lodging Museum before sourdough pizza at Daphne's.

5. See the world's largest owl

The Small Breeds Farm Park in Kington is a sanctuary and home to an incredible array of miniature rare breeds of animals and owls. With lots to do over a whole day out, it's a must for kids and animal lovers alike.
 

Water-Break-Its-Neck Waterfall in New Radnor, Mid-Wales. Copyright: Mat Price

BIKE HIRE

Hire a hybrid or cross-country bike from £22.50 a day at Dream Pedallers in nearby Presteigne.

HORSE RIDING

Ride horses and ponies in spectacular scenery at the family run Bryngwyn Riding Centre whether you're advanced or a total beginner.

Courses & WOrkshops

Make a Welsh stick chair from tree to finish with green woodworker Ben Willis amongst Presteigne woodland. Try your hand at pottery at Cabalva Ceramics in a walled kitchen garden studio near Hay-on-Wye. Learn how to ‘be a miller for the day’ and make artisanal flour at the 200-year old Talgarth Mill. Visit Creative Breaks or Craft Courses for more run by skilled local craftspeople.

LOCAL TAXIS

Radnor and Kington Taxies: 01547 560 205 | 07831 898 361

Garrods Taxis: 01544 267220

Access Taxis: 01544 267739

Knighton Taxis: 01547 528165

The Harp Inn Old Radnor. Copyright: Susan Kinsey-Jones

Water-Break-Its-Neck, New Radnor

The Harp Inn, Old Radnor

“It is in its surroundings that New Radnor's charm lies to-day in Radnor Forest, which is at its doorstep, and in the other hills which meet the Forest, primitive all in their wildness, unspoilt in their beauty. For those who like coloured pageantry of hillside and moorland, and the slumber of sequestered valleys, there can indeed be few better centres in Wales.”

Radnor: Old and New, W.H.Howse, 1944

Black Mountains Panorama. Copyright: Mat Price
 
Cyclists riding across the dams of The Elan Valley from above. Copyright: Mat Price

The Elan Valley, Rhayader

Top 5 day trips Further afield

 

Under an hour's drive

1. Brecon Beacons

Our local National Park is bursting with incredible scenery that’s diverse as it is beautiful in its forests, lakes, waterfalls, caves and remarkable flora and fauna. Venture up South Wales' highest mountain Pen y Fan or breathe in the serene cascading hills of the Black Mountains.

2. Elan Valley

This series of novel Victorian dams provides a stunning backdrop for a range of scenic walks over 80 miles of designated rights of way. Stop by the visitor centre and cafe or stay after the sun sets to watch the stars and enjoy the estate’s International Dark Sky Park status.

3. Hay-on-Wye

Lose yourself rifling through secondhand bookshops, independents and antique shops at the world-famous book town and home to the Hay Literature Festival. Grab a coffee or artisanal ice cream at Shepherds or head to the pebbly beach at The Warren where locals go for a wild swim.

4. Ludlow

Enchantingly beautiful medieval market town in Shropshire that’s a must for any foodie. Sample its independent butchers, bakers, brilliant deli, and CSONS cafe or stock up at the traditional open-air market with over forty stalls on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday.

5. Leominster

Stuffed with over 120 antiques dealers and an array of independent shops, stop at our nearest large market town for some retail therapy. English Salvage is a must for the serious shopper. The town also links 10 picture-postcard villages along the 40-mile 'Black and White Trail’.

Richard Booth's Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye. Copyright: Susan Kinsey-Jones

Richard Booth's Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye

English Salvage Antiques, Leominster and Wellington, Herefordshire
Harp Lane Deli display, Ludlow

Harp Lane Deli, Ludlow

English Salvage, Leominster & Wellington, Herefordshire