Directions to Llanidloes
Llanidloes translation: (“town built around the parish church of St. Idloes”) is a smal market town, 15 miles west of Newtown, close to the geographical centre of Wales. It is set in the beautiful Severn Valley countryside, east of the Cambrian Mountains, with its green fields, forests and sheep.
It is impossible to say with any degree of certainty, what the weather on any day in the UK will be like, but the welcome in Llanidloes will always warm-hearted.
Getting to us
The nearest airport is Welshpool; approx 28 miles from Llanidloes but only for chartered flights! Liverpool, Cardiff and Manchester airports are just over two hours away.
The nearest station is Caersws. Trains run as well as they do in the rest of the UK so please leave plenty of time for your journey. (See http://thetrainline.com/ for further details)
Doubtful, if not impossible. Llanidloes may stand of the River Severn, and the Church of Our Lady and St. Richard Gwyn is less than twenty metres from the river banks, but river transport along this route – from its source at Plynlimon is barely navigable in anything more than a very small paper boat built for mice, and upstream from the Bristol Channel is plain silly.
National Express coaches do stop at Llanidloes, and for private hire coaches there is free parking in the town, public conveniences and more that enough choices of eating establishments.
As with the rest of the UK, in order to drive to Wales, you need a full, current driving licence. And you drive on the left. European visitors are reminded that blind bends without a “no overtaking” sign still remain a bad place to be found on the righthand side of the road.
Sheep are common users of Welsh roads. Please treat these ladies with respect. Slow down and form a neat line behind them as they inevitably trot along in front of your car. Although you might think that the verges are the best place for them, they are only being polite and showing you the way. They will return to their verge, hedge, field in good time.
The same principle applies to tractors.
There are two free car parks in the town, one requiring payment. (About 10 minutes walk from the centre of the town.) There are no restriction regarding parking-time by the church but turning a 40ft coach in a touch difficult.
Money and banks
As part of the British Isles, the currency in Wales remains pound sterling (£) since offers of adopting the euro have so far been declined.
Barclays is the only bank in Llanidloes open in the town, (Monday, Wednesday and Friday); the NatWest has a mobile on Monday between 12.30 and 1.30 in the Spar car park and the are a number of ATM’s.
Exact directions to the church, by car or on foot.
From the Old Market Hall, situated in the centre of town, travel west down Short Bridge Street, over the bridge immediately followed by a lefthand bend, and follow the road (Pen Y Green Road) for about half a mile. The Church of Our Lady and St. Richard Gwyn will be on your right.
If you have informed one of the “contacts” on this web site of your arrival time, we will make every effort to be present to greet you.