Pippins is situated 15 minutes by car from the spa town of Llandrindod Wells in Powys, Wales, locally shortened to “Llandod.” The town is in the historic boundary of Radnorshire and has all the usual amenities, including a large Tesco and Aldi, pubs, restaurants, local shops, chemists, health food store, Post Office, Tourist Information, and an 18-hole golf course.
The hill behind Pippins, known as Castle Hill, offers 360° views of the surrounding countryside. The ruins of Cefnllys Castle are here, a monument of national importance. By 1558 the castle had fallen into ruin and today the remains are simply scattered rocks and ditches.
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Bailey Einon Nature Reserve
A short walk down the hill from Pippins and following the public right of way, lies the 13th Century St Michael’s Church, near the banks of the River Ithon. Continuing on from here, across the river via the Shaky Bridge, (thankfully far from shaky!) is Bailey Einon Nature Reserve, part of the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust.
The Elan Valley
A little further afield and about 30 minutes by car, is the Elan Valley, with a nine mile traffic-free path, walking trails, stunning scenery and a fascinating visitor centre, cafe and a variety of events all year round. The surrounding area has long been famed for rare and beautiful wildlife, and the International Dark Sky Park status of the Elan Valley makes it an ideal place to view the moon, planets and stars.
Cors y Llyn National Nature Reserve
The reserve at Cors y Llyn near Builth Wells is about 20 minutes by car and has one of the best wildflower meadows in Mid Wales. There is a short accessible walking trail on a wooden boardwalk that goes through the reserve where it winds through the swampy woodland and the stunted forest. Well worth a visit throughout the year as each season varies with different plants and wildlife to look out for.
The Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre
We can also thoroughly recommend the Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre at Kington, approximately 30 mins by car from Pippins.
Devil’s Bridge and waterfalls
Devils Bridge Falls is a world famous tourist attraction in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and 12 miles from the seaside town of Aberystwyth. Here you will see three bridges built one on top of the other and spectacular 300ft waterfalls deep within the Rheidol gorge.
Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre
Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre at the head of a dramatic valley has commanding views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains. It is well-known for its long established tradition of daily feeding of Red Kites, Wales’s National Bird of Prey. There is also a range of trails for walkers, mountain bikers, and runners which are waymarked from the visitor centre.
Vale of Rheidol Railway
The Vale of Rheidol Railway is a narrow gauge steam railway that runs for a 12 mile journey along the Rheidol Valley between Aberystwyth on the coast to Devil’s Bridge. Devil’s Bridge is famous for its waterfalls and is nestled in the stunning scenery of the Cambrian Mountains.
Hay-on-Wye, also known as ‘The Town of Books,’ is famous for its specialist and second-hand book shops. Events are held all year round but most notably is the Festival of Literature and Arts that takes place across 10 days in late May and early June. Hay is approximately 45 minutes by car from Pippins.
The Royal Welsh Show
The Royal Welsh show is an annual event held in July at the Showground near Builth Wells and is approximately 30 minutes by car from Pippins.