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    Cathedral close, Brecon
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    Paddling downstream from Hay on Wye
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    Visit Brecon Cathedral

    by MikeBird Written Aug 12, 2014

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    The Brecon Cathedral, whilst being small in size, is also the mother church for a huge Diocese of churches covering a large part of south Wales. It is definitely worth a visit just to take in the quiet atmosphere and the reflective mood it conveys upon its visitors.
    The site was first a Priory for Benedictine monks built from 1093. In the 1500s when many Priories were dissolved it became the parish church of the town of Brecon. It was only converted to cathedral status in 1923. In the grounds of the building there are other architecturally pleasing buildings and a café.

    Brecon Cathedral Cathedral close, Brecon
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    Go canoeing on the River Wye

    by MikeBird Written Jul 26, 2014

    We were fortunate to have a warm, sunny day to go canoeing from Hay to Whitney on Wye. We hired our Canadian canoes from an outfit in Hay and set off for a two hour, leisurely, 5mile paddle downstream.
    The company were very professional in dealing with our enquiries and with the short training they gave us. We were clear where we had to leave the river and which points along the route could be potentially difficult. In the end it is was all very easy. The 'rapids' were very tame and none of us felt in any way at risk. I don't know what the river was like to swim in but it looked reasonably clean even though most places were too shallow for swimming.
    At the end we had time for a drink and ice cream at the pub before being collected by minivan and returned to our cars back at the launch site in Hay.
    Incidentally you start off in Wales where the river forms the national boundary but half way along the route the border veers away from the river and you cross into Herefordshire in England.
    We all really enjoyed our paddling and would look to do something similar next year.
    Price was £20 per adult for the half day experience.
    It was also good to see Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher and a family of Goosander with at least 10 young.

    Paddling downstream from Hay on Wye Wildlife on the river bank
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    The Elan Valley

    by uglyscot Written Jun 21, 2008

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    A trip through the Elan Valley is a trip through mountains and along winding roads. The main thing to see is the dam and the five lakes . These supply water to Wales and as far as Birmingham.
    When the water is low, the remains of a large house and other buildings can be seen beneath the waters.

    The film the Dam Busters was filmed here.

    below the dam the dam the dam and lake- Caban Coch Gerreg Dhu
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    Judge's Lodging - say hello to Arthur

    by SallyM Written Sep 18, 2006

    The Judge's Lodging is a restored Victorian town house, complete with court and cells. What sets it apart from other restored buildings is that visitors are allowed to touch the exhibits and sit on the furniture. The only things visitors are not allowed to touch are the genuine gas lamps (for obvious safety reasons).

    This is a wonderfully atmospheric place to visit, and the resident cat, Arthur, will make you feel at home.

    Servants' Hall, Judge's Lodging
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    See the Dragon

    by uglyscot Written Jun 21, 2008

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    Visit the lake at Llandrindod and see the dragon. The community contributed to this copper statue, and the scales bear the initials of the contributors.

    the dragon
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