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 to Montgomery, if you are lucky you will be able to find the Spectacuar Rustgill (Gymnopilus junonius) on an enormous fallen oak trunk in Lymore Park.
Autumn colours are a big pull for visitors to Powis Castle too. Weather presenter Sian Lloyd is amongst those who find Powis castle particularly appealing in the autumn. The redness of the vines and trees seems to enhance the red glow of the castle itself in the autumn sunshine. Just north of Welshpool, The Dingle garden, which is open every day of the week apart from Christmas week, also extends its charm from the voluptuous excesses of Summer to Autumn richness.
As you prepare for winter festivities and are visiting the area mid November (Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November), you may want to drop in on the Winter Food & Craft Festival, Coed Y Dinas, Welshpool. You’ll be delighted by the opportunity to browse over 60 stalls with some of the best food and craft mid Wales and the borders has to offer. A further chance to stock up on Christmas supplies, or simply soak up a festive feel, presents itself on 5th December at the Welshpool Winter Festival. There, you’ll find a Christmas Street Market, Town Hall Craft Stalls, Community Stalls, Street Entertainment, Nativity Scene and more. The market opens from 10am till 4pm.
As always, Montgomery itself will lure you in, and the cafés will be all the more alluring as the days shorten and become cooler. Indulge in short walks in and around the town, cycle rides, dip into The Old Bell museum, Cloverlands model car museum, or Monty’s Brewery Visitor Centre. Pick up gifts and treats in Bunners, The Little Gallery, Indigo Moon, or the Post Office. And don’t forget to browse the antiques and interiors in The Old Stores, or pop down to Claudia Lis Ceramics.