Local Attractions

Mid-Wales Tourism

The log cabins are on the Severn Way, and also on the cycle path (National Route 81) along the Montgomeryshire Canal and into Newtown, and there is a pub (The Waggon & Horses) within walking distance. You can walk or cycle right into the centre of Newtown without going on a road.

There is a Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust reserve (Pwll Penarth) 10 minutes walk from the cabins, with several bird hides on a lake, and running alongside the River Severn.  The trust has lots of other nature reserves in the area too.

There is lots of walking available in the area, with local circular routes available to download from Walking Newtown.  Several of these routes are accessible from the cabins (maps and routes in a walking folder in the cabin).  You can also walk along the canal and up to the ruins of Dolforwyn castle with its stunning views of Montgomeryshire.  And if you want to explore with a guide, guideded walks are available with Helen from Bryn Walking.  And if you don't fancy walking it is now possible to hire Kayaks or canoes nearby and explore the River Severn or Montgomery Canal with Kingfisher Kayak

The log cabins are near Powis Castle (NT) with its beautiful gardens.

The county town of Montgomery has a lovely collection of shops and restaurants, as well as dramatic castle ruins overlooking mid-Wales.

Also nearby is:

Gregynog, with its Grade 1 listed gardens, Coed y Dinas garden centre, Derwen Garden centre and Dingle gardensGlansevern Hall Gardens has re-opened.  All have nice cafes.

Llyn Clywedog is excellent for walking, wildlife and fishing and for steam train enthusiasts there is the Welshpool & Llanfair light railway - a 16 mile journey by narrow gauge steam train through the beautiful mid-Wales countryside.

Newtown has a 9-hole golf course, and there are also courses at Lakesideand Welshpool

For rainy days there is 10-pin bowling in Newtown (ustrike)  and as well as a leisure centre in Newtown, there is The Flash Leisure Centre in Welshpool with leisure pool, flume, rapids, spa pool, paddling and beach areas.

Other places within an hour of the cabins are: Bird watching at Lake Vyrnwy (RSPB) & Ynys Hir (RSPB) - location for BBC's Springwatch; Sites to watch Red Kites being fed at Gigrin Farm near Rhyader, and Bwlch Nant yr Arian.  If you are interested in Owls and small animals visit The Small Breeds & Owl Centre in Kington which is great for families. Check for opening times. 

Good walking in Mid Wales, including the Severn Way, Offa's Dyke, the Elan Valley & the Berwyns;

Shopping in Shrewsbury.

Porthouse Wood cabins are self-catering cabins, and there are plenty of food shops in Newtown, and nearby there are the market towns of Welshpool, Llanidloes and Montgomery. There are also a number of pubs and restaurants serving good food, including The Checkers in Montgomery that recently gained a Michelin star.

From Newtown train station there is easy access to Shrewsbury, Birmingham and Aberystwyth.

There is a folder with lots of information on things to do in the Mid Wales area in the cabin.