There is so much to see and do around here all year round. Hundreds of footpaths let you ramble your way through the beautiful and picturesque Powys/Shropshire countryside. There are many smashing walks around our grounds too at Mellington Hall set within 270 acres of stunning park and farmland. It’s fairly easygoing for the most part, and the views are spectacular. Or try your skills at coarse fishing in our well stocked lake in the stunning estate grounds.
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Kerry Vale Vineyard is within walking distance of Mellington Hall and is home to 6,000 vines. There are four varieties – Rondo, Pinot Noir, Phoenix & Solaris, all ideally suited for our English climate. Spaced at 1.2m in rows 2.3m apart – there are 62 rows with a combined length from the first vine to the last of just under 13 kilometres or approximately 8 miles! Why not book your Wine Tasting Trip!
Adventurous ramblers can explore the remote and stunning Long Mynd in Church Stretton. Take a walk across the wildlife-rich heathland from 1600 feet up and enjoy the views across the Shropshire Hills, or simply let the kids play in the stream in the valley at Cardingmill.
As a perfect antidote to the urban grind, or a stress free alternative to a beach holiday, the Brecon Beacons is the place to visit to relax and unwind.
Expect to find a landscape infused with its own histories and cultures. The National Park has some of the highest quality dark skies in the whole of the UK, making it the perfect destination for stargazers.
From high octane adventure activities and extreme sports to meandering streams, pleasant pastures and Neolithic stone circles, the 520 square miles of the Brecon Beacons has it all.
The traditional market towns form the gateways to the Brecon Beacons each retain their own charm. Abergavenny, Crickhowell and Brecon are towns with a wealth of history, and where you can find vibrant and exciting events going on all year round.
For adventure lovers you’ll find a Championship Down-Hill Mountain Bike track at Caersws. Caersws is the best DH mountain bike venue in the UK for the choice of tracks to ride and the uplift service in renowned as the best anywhere in the country.
The Bury Ditches Hillfort, near Lydbury North dates from the 1st Millennium B.C. and is considered to be one of the finest hillforts in Britain.
The hillfort is on Forestry Commission land so it is freely accessible to members of the public, with a car park close by. This walk takes you round the fort, enabling you to see some of its archaeological features. In the 1970’s the hillfort was really revealed for the first time, following a number of winter storms that removed many of the trees on the top of the hill. Take a picnic and enjoy the stunning surroundings.
Owned by the National Trust, the wood is remnant of ancient pasture woodland, once part of a large Elizabethan Deer Park. It is dominated by unusually shaped 400 year old veteran oak trees which are home to rare lichens and beetles.
The Wood, which lies in a small valley below Bury Ditches Hill Fort and is protected from extreme weather and pollution, is now under active management after years of neglect. Bluebell, primrose, violet and sorrel carpet the wood in springtime and it is a haven for much wildlife.
There are lots nearby: Lake Vyrnwy, Y Berwyn, Ynys-hir, and Carngafallt are all within striking distance in beautiful settings with abundant wildlife.
Powis Castle (Castell Powys in the Welsh language) is a medieval castle, fortress and grand country house near Welshpool. The seat of the Herbert family, Earls of Powis, the castle is famous for its formal gardens and for its interiors – reputedly the most magnificent in Wales. The castle and garden are under the care of the National Trust.