Powys is a large county and therefore correspondingly difficult to characterise. It includes the hills of mid-Wales and the flat country along the Severn in the east, it is extremely Welsh in the north and mostly English in the south.

Like all of Wales, it has many attractions for the visitor: ancient buildings, historical houses, vast tracts of open country where you can ramble all day, and charming towns that seem to be stuck in a time-warp and where you expect someone in a morning coat or a bustle to come round the corner.