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Living in Llanidloes: the local area guide

The town of Llanidloes, situated in Powys, mid Wales, is just over a millennium old, with its royal charter having been granted in the year of 1280. The region is one of outstanding beauty, with dozens of hiking trails surrounding the town.

Of particularly repute is the Glyndwr's Way, which forms part of the 135-mile circuit that swims through Wales. The area is also popular with cyclists and others who enjoy outdoor activities, with the region famed for birdwatching and the town being the first one to be found on the River Severn.

The town also holds the unique distinction of having 9 pubs, granting it more pubs per square mile than even Glasgow. However, this isn’t a comment on untoward influences, it is instead a representation of how social and alive this town is.

Old architecture is found throughout the town, with Georgian houses and a half timber Old Market Hall in the centre, which today hosts a small museum dedicated to the history.

Demographics

Nearly a quarter of the town’s residents, who number just under 3,000, work within the retail sector. Some commute to other larger towns in the area, such as the largest town in the county of Powys, Newtown.

Whilst the town was formerly known for its weaving and flannel production, it is now known, somewhat oddly, for its roots in the ‘counterculture’ movement. This has morphed Llanidloes into an outgoing town, one where its residents’ progressive views and storefronts might not seem in keeping with the history of the area. This has aided Llanidloes image as a quirky yet fantastic place to live.

Over 60% of the residents are Welsh born and the town has a large Welsh speaking population. Almost 25% of residents speak the language – this is way above the national average of 19%.

Education

There are two schools within the town, between which all ages of children are accommodated. The Llanidloes Primary School takes students from the ages of 5-11, before they, ordinarily, move onto the Llanidloes High School.

This school is one rated ‘Yellow’ by the Welsh education authority, meaning that it’s a well-regarded institution. Its academic credentials are also extremely high, with 7% of its A -Level students having gone onto attend Oxbridge in 2009.

The closest University, the University of Aberystwyth, is about 45 minutes away, though many students choose to go to England or to the University of Cardiff for further education.

Transport

Whilst local commuting is easily achieved via the dozens of hiking and cycling routes that criss-cross the countryside, the town is close to major motorways. Both the A470 and the B4518 run adjacent and through Llanidloes, connecting it to larger hubs nearby, such as Newtown.

Several bus services run through the town, as well as shuttle services to cities such as London, Birmingham or Cardiff. The closest airport, Hawarden Airport, whilst not being close in its location, does have international connections and can be reached in around 2 hours.

The town formerly hosted a train station, though it was closed in 1962 and now holds small businesses. As of today, the closest train station can be found six miles away, in Caersws.

Amenities and shopping

Some supermarkets, such as the Co-operative, and several small businesses maintain a presence within the town. Of particular note is the organic shop, run by a group of local volunteers, and the vegetarian wholefood café, both a testament to the forward-thinking locals and the town’s reputation as a ‘counterculture’ hub.

For High Street shopping the closest malls of repute can be found in Newtown. Here, fashionistas can frequent name brand stores and purchase the latest designer garments. A golf course can also be found in the surrounding area, and, in keeping with its ancient charter, there are still market days, with several dozen stalls now turning up with local wares and produce.

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