Montgomery returns to the Middle Ages

Medieval reenactment - cooking over a fire

Montgomery returns to the Middle Ages The Welsh Marches, the lands bordering England and Wales, were the site of countless bloody skirmishes in the Middle Ages. Back then, you would find a fiercely tribal culture. These borderlands were places to avoid, unless you were ready to risk the inevitable bloodbaths resulting from violent tribal clashes. These days, the people of Montgomery and the surrounding area are far more welcoming.   The 1267 Treaty of Montgomery We do love to celebrate the rich history of our town, however. The weekend commencing 29th September 2017 offered us an occasion to return to Continue reading

Montgomeryshire War Memorial walk

Approaching the war memorial

Montgomeryshire War Memorial walk A walk from Montgomery up to the Montgomeryshire County War Memorial on Town Hill that overlooks the surrounding area, giving commanding all round views Going: Medium difficulty. Climbs steeply to a high local hilltop. Slippy in damp conditions. Duration: 1.5 hour+ to include taking in the views. Facing the Town Hall, walk around to its rear and head up the narrow road that climbs up past the Dragon Hotel.  It starts off quite steep then levels out a little as you progress. This narrow and steep lane is known locally as  ‘The Conduit’ – pronounced locally as Continue reading

Autumn in and around Montgomery

Photo of Spectacular Rustgill

Autumn in and around Montgomery Summer in Montgomery is lush, but Autumn is enchanting.  Hedgerows are heavy with berries and woodlands wear their reds and yellows with pride.  September and October are some of the best months to visit Dolforwyn woods , featuring ancient woodland with a great variety of tree species and a bounty of fungi. Roundton Hill nature reserve is also a great place for discovering fungi in the early autumn. See if you can spot Date Waxcap (Hygrocybe spadicea), Pink Waxcap (Hygrocybe calyptriformis) Olive Earthtongue (Microglossum olivaceum) or Violet Coral (Clavaria zollingeri), which is also referred to as the Amethyst Fairy Club. Nearer Continue reading

Bunner’s hardware shop

Bunner’s hardware shop If you are visiting Montgomery on holiday, your visit would not be complete without a rummage around Bunner’s. Bunner’s hardware shop was established at the end of the 19th Century. It is, perhaps, their traditional values of providing great customer service, sharing in-depth knowledge about their goods, and having a wide selection of items in stock that have resulted in a loyal customer base as well as regularly attracting new customers. Locals know that if they ever run out of anything for the home or garden, there’s a good chance Bunners will stock it. The modest frontage Continue reading

Montgomeryshire Field Society visits Montgomery

Close-up photo of a bee visiting a Teasel flower

Now that the excitement of the spring and early summer flowers has passed and farmers are well on the way to harvesting their cereal crops, August has a mature feel about it. Dave and I have stopped exploring the hedgerows on foot as other demands have encroached on our time. Therefore, I was delighted to make an excuse to get out there with the Montgomeryshire Field Society this week. The Montgomeryshire Field Society planned to explore Montgomery Castle and the surrounding countryside this August, as part of its Summer programme 2015. They have surveyed and reported on the flora and Continue reading

Glansevern gardens – a place to unwind

On a warm day at the end of May, Glansevern Gardens offered up a real opportunity to unwind and take in the soothing surroundings. We were able to stroll through the wildflower meadow to the bird hide on the River Severn. It was the smartest bird hide I had ever seen, furnished with tables and chairs more suited to a garden party on the lawn. We remained there for an unexpectedly long time as chains of black-headed gulls entertained us with a mesmerising aerial display, rhythmically swooping and skimming the water. By the five acre lake, we were also delighted Continue reading

Ffridd Faldwyn Hillfort walk

Ffridd Faldwyn Hillfort walk This is a pleasant circular walk from Montgomery up through beech woodland leading to site of Ffridd Faldwyn Hillfort, through grassland fields and returning via a minor road. The walk takes 1 hour+ including time to take in the views . From the Town Hall walk past the shops along Broad Street and out towards the ‘Ivy House’ Cafe.  Turn left onto Princes Street and  take the Newtown road out of Montgomery (B4385).  Keep walking straight on and ignore roads off to the left and right of this main road.  You will soon walk out of Montgomery, Continue reading

The Dingle – a garden of contrasts

The Dingle – a garden of contrasts Planted in a steep, dramatic valley that sweeps down to the lakes brimming with fish, the Dingle garden near Welshpool gives delight at every step. A mid-May visit with my husband left us buzzing with ideas about the opportunities for practising photography skills, or retreating there for a few hours to write or paint. Continue reading