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

Hints of Autumn at Montgomery Castle

Hints of Autumn at Montgomery Castle I always feel pleasantly surprised when a grey morning turns into a glorious afternoon here in mid Wales. It shouldn’t really be a surprise, because most days delight me with a moving display of light and shadow as the sun and clouds move across the sky. It was one of those days when I didn’t think about taking a camera on my walk up to Montgomery Castle, and I wished I had. I did, however, have my mobile phone, and managed to get a reasonable representation of the subtle hints of Autumn that were Continue reading

Welsh Assembly Senedd visit

Welsh Assembly Senedd Visit Montgomeryshire AM unveils painting Montgomery residents took a trip to the Welsh Assembly building in Cardiff for the unveiling of a painting of their Town Crier, Sue Blower, in full ceremonial regalia.  The painting, by local artist Daniel Yeomans of Llandysil, is on prominent display on the top floor. The structurally stunning Senedd building was constructed in 2006 and houses the Welsh Assembly. It is based on the seafront in Cardiff and overlooks wonderful views of the old docks area that has been redeveloped into a vibrant waterfront location. Montgomery visitors passing through scanners and security at the Senedd. Continue reading

Self catering in and around Montgomery

Where to Stay – Self Catering in and around Montgomery Further information Bank Cottage, Montgomery This delightful mid-18th-Century Grade II Listed cottage is situated within a short walk of the centre of Montgomery, just down the hill from Montgomery Castle. This traditional, semi-detached, wood beamed cottage oozes character. The self catering accommodation includes two wood-floored bedrooms, one with a double bed, the other with a single bed and bunk bed. Bank Cottage also features an oak staircase and landing, a modernised bath/shower room, kitchen, dining room and a lounge with wood burner and exposed original beams. It is also equipped with fridge/freezer and TV with Sky. Continue reading

Powis Castle – Illuminated Formal Gardens

Powis Castle – Illuminated Formal Gardens 2015 We attended the first of 4 evenings at Powis Castle, Welshpool ( 7 miles from Montgomery ) to view the Illuminated Formal Gardens and captured these colourful photos on our walk around the grounds. OPEN EVENINGS..4th/11th/12th/13th  December 2015  |  5pm to 8.30pmMore Details….http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle-and-garden/whats-on Continue reading

Montgomery Xmas Lights 2015

Lights, Camera, Action ! The Towns Xmas lights were turned on this evening by the Worlds Tallest Town Crier  Martin Wood Shrewsbury Town Crier  Guest Crier For one night only ! Our own Sue Blower ( Monty Town Crier ) relinquished her Crier attire for just this one night to welcome back Mr Martin Wood.  Martin, at 7 foot 2 inches gave a welcoming speech – partly with microphone, which was sort of redundant as he is famed for being LOUD !!!. He warmed up the crowd then led the shouted countdown before throwing the switch.    Surely Gentle Giant Martin must be Continue reading

Hendomen and Ford of Rhydwhyman walk

Hendomen and Ford of Rhydwhyman walk This is a pleasant circular walk from Montgomery out to Hendomen, the site of a medieval timber motte-and-bailey castle, and down to the River Severn and the Ford of Rhydwhyman – the historic main crossing point between England and Mid Wales. Going:  Easy Distance: 3 miles. The walk takes 2 hours+  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 Continue reading

Offa’s Dyke Walk

Offa’s Dyke Walk A wonderful walk going back 1200 years  to the manual labour construction of a 177 mile long Earthworks, now a registered Ancient Monument, called Offas’ Dyke. Going: Fairly level easy going. Duration: Allow 2 hours to complete the walk. From the Town Hall walk past the shops along Broad Street and out towards the Ivy House Cafe.  Turn right onto Princes Street and walk out of town ignoring any left or right hand roads. After a few hundred metres you will see a childrens play area on your left and just past the next road on your Continue reading

Discover Montgomery Castle – Short walk

Discover Montgomery Castle – Short walk Going: Medium difficulty – Steep climbs and descents with narrow tracks in places. Duration: 1 hour+  to include taking in the views and castle grounds.                 We hope that you enjoyed our short walk and tour of our lovely Montgomery Castle and you feel inspired to take another of our suggested walks shortly.  We particularly recommend the ‘Offa’s Dyke’  and ‘Ffridd Faldwyn Hillfort’ walks that take a few hours to complete.     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